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Paleo Iced Coffee Protein Shake

The ideal morning routine combines coffee and a healthy breakfast into one powerful smoothie.

Though a well-made smoothie can pack plenty of protein, sometimes a drink crammed with frozen fruit just isn't what you're looking for in a morning drink. For a sip that combines your morning caffeine fix with the nutrition of a healthy breakfast, look no further than this paleo-friendly coffee-spiked protein shake. It's frothy, chilled, and a tad sweet—and it might just become your new favorite way to get energized for the day, especially if you're not a big breakfast person. It also works as a pre- and post-workout pick-me-up for when you need something refreshing and light to recuperate.

Adding a date as a natural sweetener to your smoothie will provide long-lasting energy and won't spike your blood sugar levels. Dates are a favorite ingredient among paleo-dieters and clean-eaters because they are a completely natural, unprocessed sweetener that packs numerous health benefits, including substantial levels of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Let's put it this way: dates are among the best and cleanest sources of sugar.

If you're not a big coffee drinker, you can swap the espresso out of this protein shake recipe for a teaspoon of matcha. Matcha contains roughly half the caffeine of coffee, but its energizing effect builds slower and is longer lasting, so it's a great option for those who feel that coffee is too strong for them.

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When it comes to paleo protein powders (or really any protein powder), you should look for one with a short ingredient list. Ancient Nutrition's Multi-Collagen and Bone Broth Protein Powders are great options, as are PaleoPro Protein Powder. If you're looking for a vegetarian option, try Julian Bakery Egg White Protein. With a shot of caffeine and a boost of protein powder, we can't picture a better get-you-out-the-door-quick breakfast than this.

Makes 1 serving


2 Tbsp paleo vanilla or plain protein powder
1 cup cashew milk
1 shot espresso
1/2 medjool date

How to Make It

1. In a blender, combine protein powder, cashew milk, espresso shot, and date and puree until smooth. Blend in ice until desired consistency is reached.

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