I’m always a bit nostalgic about September, even after being out of school for so many years. It always feels just as much of a new beginning as January first does, and that makes it a great time to refocus or get back on track after a few months of summer fun. Normally the summers don’t throw me off much, it’s pretty much the same ole, same ole, all year around but this summer in particular has really thrown me off my game. After losing both my kitties, and later on adopting two kittens, plus travelling and visiting and whatnot, I’ve been off. Completely. But summer is over for me, and starting today I’m working back up to my full class schedule (I’ll be back teaching 10 classes/week next week, this week it’s only 7), so I need to get back on track!
new (academic) year = new day planner and goals journal
There are a few different ways I’m getting back on track, but today I’m talking particularly about my eating and breakfast in particular. It’s really important to me to eat a really nutritious breakfast because that way, regardless of what else the day holds I know I at least did one thing that will support my body. For me that means having a protein smoothie.
I don’t always use the same kind of protein powder, different times of day and different nutrient needs can call for different products, but I’m all about the all-in-one products at breakfast (and before bed if I’m having one then).
Lately I’ve been trying a new (to me) product: Leanfit All-In-One Complete Nutritional Protein Shake. I am really a big fan of all-in-one products that combine protein with a lot of other nutrition because it really makes eating healthfully easy even when you are rushed or don’t have access to your normal foods/meals (like when you are travelling).
So what does all-in-one really mean? Well, instead of only being a protein powder, all-in-one products like this one include a lot of the nutrition your body needs each day in an easy to use product. Think of it sort of like a drinkable vitamin – but better! One scoop of Leanfit All-in-One contains:
- 20g protein (plant protein and grass-fed whey)
- 9 different fruits and vegetables
- 24 vitamins and minerals
- 8g fibre (from oats & ancient grains) <– that’s 1/3 of your minimum daily fibre intake right there!
- 2g Omegas
- Green, Organic Superfoods and Antioxidants
For my gluten-free friends, you’ll be happy to know that the All-in-One is gluten-free, it is also GMO free and hormone free, and as a Canadian it always makes me happy to point out that they are a Canadian company!
Because I normally have a smoothie for breakfast, and another one in the evening, I normally use a half of a scoop of protein powder. Partly because I don’t want to depend too highly on getting my protein in powder form, but also because I’m a bit precious and don’t care for the taste/texture of drinks or smoothies with a full scoop 😉 It’s a texture or taste or combination thing for me. But I know lots of my friends can mix a full scoop with plain water and be happy. I’m just not that person.
But when mixed into a smoothie – I’m a happy girl!
Smoothies for breakfast are particularly great because you can make them the night before and grab it out of the fridge on your way out the door. They are super portable so you can have breakfast while on the go in the car, subway or bus – or even at your desk when you arrive at work. And because of the fibre and protein, you will feel fuller longer and will have a more stable blood sugar so you will be less likely to be searching for that 10am sugary snack to get your through to lunch.
What really stands out about this Leanfit All-In-One product for me is the flavour. It is a NATURAL vanilla, not french vanilla. It’s always been a bit of a sore point with me that every other protein product I’ve ever used has had french vanilla, and not natural vanilla flavouring. I love the taste of natural vanilla, and don’t dislike french vanilla, but given the choice I will always choose natural. There is just something about french vanilla that doesn’t do it for me. I was so excited when the package arrived and I saw that this was a natural vanilla flavour! I know what you’re wondering – can you taste the difference? I certainly can. Maybe not everyone would but it’s like the difference between vanilla ice cream and french vanilla ice cream. If you didn’t even know there were different kinds of vanilla, then you probably won’t care, but if you – like me – prefer natural vanilla you are going to love Leanfit! Anyway, I’m particularly enjoying the Leanfit in my plain smoothies with greek yogurt and milk (that’s how I roll), whereas with the french vanilla varieties I always add a little fruit in there to cover up the taste a bit more. Natural vanilla just feels like an even more blank slate so you can take your smoothie anywhere you like as far as the flavour profile, or keep it simple with the plain vanilla.
Where to Buy:
Leanfit Products are available on Amazon*, at Costco both online and some in store (I just saw the Vanilla Whey Protein at the Dartmouth Costco last week!) and select grocery stores. Visit leanfit.com to find a local retailer near you.
Edited to add: It’s now available in select test Costco locations and on Costco.ca in a new Costco-exclusive size!
In addition to the Leanfit All-in-One they also have Whey Protein, Whey Isolate and a completegreen Protein. That means there is a LeanFit product for a wide variety of lifestyles and nutritional needs.
The folks at Leanfit were kind enough to send me a bunch of samples of their all-in-one protein, so if you attend my fitness classes, leave me a comment below and I’ll randomly select a handful of people to receive a sample or two!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Leanfit All-in-One, however I truly like this product and am dedicated to sharing only products I think my readers would like and/or benefit from. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. This post also includes affiliate links (identified by an *), if you make a purchase through one of these links you will be supporting this site – thank you.