I am not really a fan of protein shakes. Mostly every powder is full of disgusting ingredients that are terrible for you. Personally, I like REAL FOOD. Plus, I feel like you would drink it too fast to aid digestion, and that it would encourage eating something sweet, instead of food. Now, if you are pregnant, or even pregnant with triplets (! happens!), or struggling to get in protein, or just busy-busy, maybe a shake is the thing for you. Recently, I sent my husband to a naturopath, who suggested he try to drink a protein shake in lieu of lunch. I wondered if this meant he should eat less or more often… not sure the motivation, but I PROMISED not to send him to someone and then totally say, “THAT IS SO WRONG!” after he relays the advice to me. Ha, I am SO GUILTY of that. Anyway, this was the only advice that made me a little uneasy, but we are trying it. So, if you like protein shakes for whatever reason, here is what we made. Now, my husband is low-carb and did not need any sweetener. You *may*. I suggest Sweetleaf liquid vanilla stevia. Just a few drops. Or Truvia, or Erythritol if you hate stevia. This protein powder does have stevia in it already and it was enough sweetener for him. My husband has been told dairy doesn’t agree with him, so this shake is also dairy-free.
So, here is my explanation for these ingredients. Raw egg – SO good for you. You can put an extra in, if you want. Eggs are such a perfect food, if you are not allergic. If you have any doubt about eggs for any reason, here is a great article to read at rawpaleo.com. Use a pastured egg, huh? Brazil Nuts! 2 a day for your selenium needs. I follow a different diet, but if I ate nuts, I would eat two of these suckers a day. Spinach- obvious greens, but spinach is not a cruciferous vegetable, so it is fine to eat raw. Please don’t add kale! It contains goitrogens which destroy the thyroid if eaten unheated. It is fine to eat cruciferous vegetables if you heat them, but they are not good for you raw.
Organic Coconut Milk – Native Forest “Simple” coconut milk has no fillers! Finally. Also, the can is reported to be BPA-free. So, they are awesome. Also, so much thick cream. I have to scrape out half the cream and then pour out half the liquid. Almond butter for taste and nut protein… maca powder is rich in Vitamins B, C, E, and includes calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It’s also good for libido and fertility… just saying. It helps children focus. I put it in my son’s protein pops to help him with focus. I find if you use the ratio 3 cocoa powder to 1 Maca powder, it makes the chocolate flavor more intense and yummy.
Now, I know you are wondering how I could EVER use a protein powder. Well, it wasn’t easy. I discounted MANY for horrible soy, or raw cruciferous vegetables, or other terrible ingredients. But, Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein contains mainly seeds and nuts, plus probiotics and enzymes. It is GMO-free, soy-free, gluten free, and contains no grains. Sugars are less than 1g and carbs are only 6. Many shake powders had 22g of carbs in it! What the what? That’s more than you should eat in a day. Don’t even get me started on how mad that makes me. Finding a protein powder so my hubby could follow this naturopath’s directions was not easy. I half-heartedly approve this one, I grudgingly admit I can find nothing wrong with it. Plus, my friend who reacts to everything said she does great with it. So, there you go.
Gelatin is my favorite “protein powder”, and Great Lakes gelatin is a brand of grass-fed gelatin that is the best. I love it for all its good for you benefits and the way it makes this a little thicker. Calcium magnesium powder is another supplement that’s just good for you, and luckily this brand has no taste, so I added it. I liked that the whole shake fit nicely into this 16 ounce mason jar, with room to spare. My husband said it was filling and tasty. He really liked it and asked me to write down the recipe (you’re welcome! :D)
How can you pack this “to go” for work? Well, you could make it ahead and put it in a mason jar and store it in a fridge at work (this straw pictured didn’t work because it was too thick, but then I only used 6 ounces of water). Or you could stir all ingredients into a jar and mix it up there if you have a vitamix at work… funny, but my husband actually does have one at work. Storing it in a mason jar makes it easy to see that it won’t be too many ingredients, as well. You don’t want to make more than you can drink.
Real Food Protein Shake
From Woowoomommy.com. Makes about 12 ounces
1 raw pastured fresh egg
2 Brazil Nuts
1-2 Tablespoons chopped spinach, we used frozen
1/2 can Native Forest “Simple” Organic Coconut Milk
2 -3 Tablespoons Almond butter (or almonds)
3 Tablespoons non-alkalized cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon Maca powder
1 Scoop Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein, vanilla or unflavored
1 scoop calcium magnesium
1 Tablespoon Great Lakes gelatin, red can
6 – 8 ounces filtered water
Stevia to taste, optional (my husband didn’t need it- the vanilla powder has stevia in it)
Vitamix or similar high speed blender
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