I love this series in the New York Times about cheap-ish things that make your life better, from meal prep to air travel.
It feels like a collection of actually useful life hacks for small, common routines: for the kinds of things that might be frustrating in the moment, but don’t register as a real need or a real problem.
To be clear, they’re not solving *real* problems, but a simple (and super cheap) change like getting a longer charging cord for your phone eliminates a lot of small, daily frictions, and is more satisfying than your average $6 spend.
I had a surprising, simple life-improving discovery lately, involving my coffee, which is an outsized feature in my life.
It’s this tumbler.
This tumbler is one of those surprise wins. It was a gift from my logo designer (thanks Sabina!) and to be honest it languished for a while in my overflowing cupboard of water bottles, coffee tumblers, and other beverage vessels. One of the occupational hazards of my job is that I have SO. MANY. promotional beverage containers.
Then I started using it, and it quickly became my daily coffee cup. It’s nice to drink out of and feels good in my hand. It’s far from perfect: it doesn’t fit in my cup holder, and, crucially, it’s not leak proof, yet despite those missing features, I still prefer it to all the other tumblers I own.
I love it so much that I got a second, bigger tumbler just for water.
And you know what? I started drinking more water. Like magic. It was so simple I am still questioning the results.
Other than this surge of responsible hydration, I’ve not been taking good care of myself, and nothing represents that better than how I’ve been dropping the ball at breakfast.
More often than not, breakfast has been a pastry at my ‘office’ for the day. On the deliciousness scale I was pulling in high ratings but on the feeling strong for my half marathon training … not so much.
Then my tumbler collection expanded yet again. As part of Fit Approach’s campaign with Nuzest, I got some protein powder and bars, plus this little shaker bottle (not my first or my 10th, let me tell you), but it was the nicest size I’ve received yet. (Why are most shaker bottles so HUGE?).
So I started carrying that, too, and drinking not-even smoothies—just Nuzest chocolate protein powder mixed with whatever liquid I had on hand (usually a mix of whole milk and water), plus a few ice cubes, shaken, consumed en route to preschool drop off.
And (SPOILER ALERT) I started feeling better, because I was having some kind of nutrition in the morning. I know, I know, this is a revelation.
Now, all these advances in my liquid consumption meant I was leaving the house every morning with no fewer than three vessels, plus a preschooler and/or baby, none of which are leakproof.
It was kind of a spill-y disaster, to be honest.
So I decided to streamline, but there’s only so far a caffeine addict newly enamored with her hydration success can go.
So I reduced to two containers—small steps, baby.
I did it by making my cold brew protein mocha-licious.
Let me stop by saying, in case you’re new around here, I’m not usually a put-things-in-your-coffee person. I like my coffee black. I drink cold brew concentrate straight without diluting it. I am so hardcore about coffee I like to brag about it in random blog posts about protein powders.
Now that I’ve established my caffeination bonafides, here’s my ultimate get your morning started beverage. The big bonus for those of you with babes is that you don’t need a blender, so there’s no risk of waking anyone up.
Cold Brew Protein Mocha Ingredients:
- Cold brew concentrate. I’ve been making my own, following this recipe from Verve. It makes a super concentrated syrup. Without question the strongest cold brew concentrate I’ve ever experienced. The ratio of beans to water gives me pause every time I make it.
- One scoop of Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Powder in Rich Chocolate. I can tell you honestly, as a person who has tried just about every protein powder on the market, that this stuff is legit. The ingredients are super clean. The taste is on point. It mixes like a dream, with just a shaker or even just a stir.
- Water and/or milk to taste. I do a splash of whole milk and some water, plus a few ice cubes.
SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE it up, and take your lightened-up beverage load on the road.
Created in partnership with Nuzest. Thank you, Nuzest, for helping streamline my mornings, and for partnering with Fit Approach. We are honored to work with you. As always, all opinions are my own.