Protein Powerhouse Smoothie

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Oooh, I was rather excited to find this in my local-ish health food store recently!

Now I know there’s been a bit of controversy out there recently about protein powders, but;

  1. This one is raw; a lot of the hoo-ha has been around the heat processing involved in many protein powders, and;
  2. Quite frankly, I can’t eat almost all other sources of protein, so, what’s a gal to do?

Possible protein deficiency was brought to my attention recently by a friend – I know, I know; I almost face-palmed too – but by going away and reading more around it I realised I probably really am getting protein deficient.
Y’see most vegetarians and vegans don’t have as big a deal getting their protein as is generally made out, as it’s fairly easy to get in foods like beans, soy, lentils, whole grains and so on. Plus if you combine two protein sources, say rice and beans, you can then make a complete protein with the essential amino’s – and boosh – you’re protein a go-go.

*but*

I don’t eat the majority of protein sources as I’m either intolerant to them (hemp, soy, dairy and eggs, for example) or they make my blood sugars go bonkers (beans, quinoa, lentils, any grain, and so on…)

Which leaves me left with nuts and… not a lot else as a protein source. And though nuts do contain protein, I definitely wouldn’t be getting a complete protein/all my essential amino’s.

I know I can get protein from sources like spirulina (which I do use) – but I calculated I’d need to have 8 tablespoons a day to get enough… and that would still be in combo with a whole lotta nuts. Now I like spirulina, but that’s a lotta lotta green stuff!

And essential amino’s are essential for the body to repair itself; guess that’s why they’re  “essential” ;-)

Sooo…. as repairing my body is pretty high on my priority list at the mo, that’s why I’m down with using protein powders – hoo-ha or no. I’ve been using this baby, with pea protein for the last two morning’s, and it feels goooood. Plus my blood sugars have been lovely – bonus!

It is:

  • 350mls almond milk;
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil;
  • A tablespoon of pre-soaked chia;
  • A tablespoon of ground flax;
  • 2 teaspoons or pea protein powder;
  • 2 teaspoons of sprouted brown rice protein powder;
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

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Gently warm the coconut oil and the milk in a pan – not till it’s hot, but just enough to let the coconut oil melt – then put in the blender and whizz in all the other bits and bobs – and you’re done. It’s like a creamy vanilla milkshake, seriously yummy; so yummy in fact that I couldn’t help but guzzle half of it down before I took a pic for you!

Plus if you have this for brekkie then the coconut oil helps your body enter fat-burning mode – double bonus!

You could try adding various bits n’ bobs to this – but this is defo a winner for me for now… what do you try in your smoothies sweet peeps? Let me know, here or on facebook :-)

Enjoy loves xo

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big thanks to Fiona Campbell for setting me off on a protein fact-finding mission! Fiona is a fab friend and naturopath based in Bristol, and you can follow her here.
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