Shaking Bunny’s Buns

September 2, 2009

Bunny’s breakfast shake consists of nonfat milk, a scoop of natural peanut butter, half a scoop of chocolate protein powder, a banana, and ice. Four food groups (protein, dairy, fat, fruit). Let’s look more closely at the shake.

Banana. Healthy, full of potassium and all kinds of nutrients. And tasty, too.  But wait. Bunny’s doctor’s diet of choice, Adkins, forbids bananas and all other fruits, accusing them of excessive carbiness. So Bunny’s not sure. Should she eat a whole banana every day? Every 3 days? Should she cut the banana in half, and face the eternal dilemma of how to keep half a banana fresh? Sure, it’s going into a shake, it doesn’t matter if it’s soft and brown and yucky, but a half of a banana sitting around looks kind of disgusting. Bunny’s just not sure.

Non-Fat Milk:  Adkins doesn’t like milk either. Bunny did lose a lot of weight on Adkins last time we took this journey, but she didn’t like the exclusion of fruits and dairy. A little non-fat milk isn’t too objectionable. Vitamin D and all that.

Peanut Butter:  Adkins likes peanut butter, as does Weight Watchers, and it supplies a nice boost of protein and the kind of fat that seems to make these food plans and other nutritional expert types happy. A healthy scoop of all-natural peanut butter seems OK.

Chocolate Whey Powder:  It was Bunny’s Adkins-loving doctor who recommended whey protein powder to her. This confused Bunny profoundly, but who is she to argue with a licensed physician? So, she uses half a scoop, which provides 9G of protein. Bunny’s a fairly sedentary woman in her 50’s with a desk job, so she’s not sure how much protein she needs, and let’s not forget that there’s protein in the peanut butter, too.

OK, let’s check it out.  An article on  says: “Whey protein: most common type of protein used, which contains high levels of all the essential amino acids and is readily absorbed by the body.”  As to how much protein is needed per day, the article states: “Women: between the ages of 51-70 years old, approximately 46 grams per day.”  So, Bunny is relatively comfortable with the whey powder, but then wonders, how much protein can/should/does she consume the rest of the day? We’d better keep an eye on that.

Ice. This seems to be pretty safe. Nobody seems to have any strenuous objection to ice, and it does do a great job making the shake nice and fluffy.

Now that Bunny’s rational mind (as opposed to the irrational eating monster that lives inside her head) has analyzed her breakfast shake more closely, she wonders if she might be better off by rotating the ingredients in the shake every few days. Perhaps berries and strawberry whey instead of a banana and peanut butter. Maybe a whole-grain cereal for breakfast every couple of days.  Bunny knows that a variety of healthful foods is most beneficial, and most of the nutrition-loving world shouts the benefits of berries. Alternating between three or four healthful breakfasts will give her a good start to the day, and should help shrink Bunny’s buns.

Assuming that she doesn’t stop by the shop in her office building and grab a giant muffin when she gets to work.