Breakfast without Battle: A New Shake Recipe from my Upcoming Cookbook

JJ making a shakeIn my household, nothing triggers World War 3 faster than breakfast. Can I get a few hands of people who love breakfast? Yeah, I thought so: I don’t see many hands.

Getting the kids off to school while juggling numerous tasks (why does the bathroom sink decide to clog up at 7:30 a.m.!?) usually designates breakfast an abysmal priority. You might think summer would be easier: after all, there’s no rush to get your kids off to school. Yet somehow, breakfast becomes a hassle period.

I can understand why families resort to sugary cereals and other “fast” foods, but doing so sets a crash-and-burn blood sugar cycle and your kids will experience the repercussions about 10:30 a.m. during math class.

Even during summer months when they spend time with friends, they’re more likely to resort to pastries, toaster strudel, or whatever other sugar concoctions lurk in their friends’ kitchen.

I’m currently working on The Virgin Diet Cookbook (set for a February 2014 release!), and can I just say this might be the most fun I’ve ever had writing a book. I’m certain you’ll agree these Virgin Diet-friendly recipes are amazing.

The cookbook also offers cool protocols for numerous conditions, from autoimmune illnesses to accelerated fat loss (I got your attention with that one, right?) to party planning. Having this book will be like hiring me to custom-tailor The Virgin Diet for your specific needs.

Among these is a family-planning protocol about how to get healthy meals on the table when patience and time are on short supply. After all, we’ve all had days where preparing grilled chicken and broccoli for dinner felt like we should win a gold medal for speed and endurance.

Okay, I still haven’t figured out how to get kids and teens not to beg for fast food, but I’ve got some pretty ideas about how to bypass the drive thru without Armageddon erupting in the car.

I provide lateral shifts to upgrade your kids’ favorite meals along with their health. (Yes, you can use The Virgin Diet guidelines for guilt-free burgers and fries!) I’ll even show you how to get them to eat green veggies without bribing. I know: it sounds daunting, but you can do it and I’ll show you how.

In nearly every protocol in my cookbook I’ve included The Virgin Diet Shake. It’s a no-brainer because shakes are so simple, easy to make, fast, and filling. Especially during the warmer months, who wants to stand over a hot stove for breakfast? (Better yet, who has time to do that?)

With some very minor tweaking, The Virgin Diet Shake can work for nearly every condition, whether you need to burn fat, boost energy, improve autoimmune conditions, and yes, give your kids a healthy breakfast that actually takes less time than pouring cereal and milk.

The cookbook will provide numerous fab shake recipes. This week I want to share one of my favorites my teenagers also love. It’s sweet, satisfying, healthy, and totally hits the spot on a warm summer day (which in the dessert, can be up to 120 degrees!).

Stay tuned to this blog over the coming months when I’ll share more ideas as I complete my cookbook.

In the meantime, I want to hear from you. What would you like to see in the cookbook? And what strategies do you use to get your kids and teens to eat a healthy breakfast?

Share your thoughts below or on my Facebook Fan Page.

Chocolate-Cherry-Chia Protein Shake

Makes 1 serving

2 scoops The Virgin Diet All-In-One Chocolate Shake Powder

1 cup frozen organic unsweetened dark cherries

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 to 2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 to 1/2 cup cold water

Combine the shake powder, cherries, almond milk, almond butter, chia seeds, and 1/4 cup water in a blender. Mix on high until smooth. Mix in more water if a thinner consistency is desired.

© 2013 JJ Virgin & Associates, Inc. Celebrity Nutrition & Fitness Expert JJ Virgin helps clients lose weight fast by breaking free from food allergies.  She is the bestselling author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy, a Huffington Post blogger, creator of the 4X4 Burst Training Workout & co-star of TLC’s Freaky Eaters. Her latest book, New York Times Bestseller The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days, is out now. Learn more at