By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jan 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM

We all have our routine in the morning.  I’ve been an oatmeal and blueberry guy for as long as I can remember.  Sure, I have the occasional breakfast meeting with an omelet or pancakes and I always do a big breakfast on one of the weekend days.  But, for the most part oatmeal and blueberries are my things. 

A few months ago, though, I changed my routine.  Now, the morning meal is a protein shake.  Pro-Optimal Whey from Dr. Mercola’s website, if you need the brand name.  I mix the powder with ice, water and either organic or coconut milk.  It’s easy, tastes great and maybe I’m still in the early phase of conversation but I truly think it gives me additional energy and focus.  

I’ll occasionally still have a bowl of Rice Chex and blueberries after the shake. But nothing more. I’ve also cut out, for the most part, gluten in the mornings.

Hat tip to my buddy Matt who recommended and endorsed the Mercola brand.  It’s natural, healthy and doesn’t have a crazy aftertaste like many "healthy" protein drinks can.  

I’m digging my new breakfast, and if you’re also looking to shake up your mornings I’d highly recommend it.

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.