Much of February’s news has been trumped by stories of the weather. I won’t bore you with my weather woe’s, but let me say, I do hope you’re feeling comfy and warm by now! Speaking of warm, beverages are hot (as in swanky)! Yep, and this month’s Recipe Redux is right on top of the trend, showcasing a healthier drink…
Today I can’t seem to get peptides and amino acids out of my head! No, not literally… it’s just that I have been immersed in studies on protein while putting together a PowerPoint, on the subject to present next month at the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association. Consequently, my mind’s preoccupation is influencing the beverage I’m posting; high protein cappuccino, anyone?
This coffee house staple actually dates back to the 17th century, when a Franciscan monk invented the drink and named it after his order, Capuccini. The combination of espresso, steamed milk and foam are a winning combination and make for what I call a very cozy drink. (Something that should be sipped while culred up in a chair with a good book!) This one is made with strong coffee, skim milk, and some whey protein.
The reason for the coffee instead of espresso is simply because I
lack have enough cooking paraphernalia, just not an espresso machine. But the addition of protein is 100% intentional. Let me explain. You see, in America, our protein intake is skewed. We tpycially skimp on protein at breakfast, eat a little more a lunch, and then overload at dinner. A rule of thumb for healthy individuals is to distribute protein throughtout the day and consume 20 – 30 grams of protein at each meal- breakfast, lunch and dinner. So if your protein intake is a little shy of the 20-30 grams recommended, and you agree that caffeine is a decent drug, enjoy this hot cuppa and meet your needs for maximum protein synethsis!
Please check out the links at the bottom of this post for more ways to rethink your drink!
High Protein Cappuccino
Ingredients (one serving)
- 1 cup double strength coffee
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 2Tablespoons whey protein
Pour strong coffee into a favorite mug. Add skim milk to a frother and process until foamy. Holding back the foam, pour off milk into a separate container and mix with whey protein ; stir well to combine. Add protein milk mixture to coffee and top with frothy milk. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!