Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The 'Original' Protein Drink

Everywhere I look, I see protein powders advertised.  Even Dr. Mercola has a 'whey protein powder' derived from all natural products.  But, from what I understand, dairy products do not dehydrate very well, and must be done at low temperatures, which is expensive for the manufacturer.  And since dairy is 'the source' of most protein powders, I am uneasy about their use, esp in large quantities.

But, the convenience can certainly not be underrated.  Easy to make, portable, easy to flavor complete meals.  All in a mug.  It combines the McDonald's McMuffin and the Starbucks coffee mug, all in one.  And for most Americans, who are on the go, all the time, it's a great convenience. 

Luckily, there is an alternative to the dehydrated protein powders on the market, that is simple, tasty and super nourishing.  We call them 'smoothies'.  And they are easy to assemble and great for on-the-go meals.

The general Recipe is:

Liquid
Sweetener
Flavor
Egg Yolk

That's the framework, and you can change it up within that framework.

Some ideas for LIQUID: water, milk, kefir, yogurt, coconut milk, coconut kefir, rice milk, almond milk, fruit juice, etc.

Sweetener: Honey, maple syrup, stevia, rapadura, molasses, dates, raisins

Flavor: Fruit, fresh, frozen or dehydrated.  Cocoa powder/carob powder. Veggies. Vanilla extract. Any extracts out there. You can also add any nuts or seeds you like, as well as herbs and spices, such as cinnamon and ginger.  A lot of people throw in some green leaves for extra nutrients, but without tasting them.  Some people also add in coconut chips or coconut oil. 

Egg Yolk:   This makes it a powerhouse of nutrition, as the vitamins and minerals are ingested immediately in the gut and available for use right away.  Just be sure they are from healthy, roaming chickens, not the ones from the grocery store. 

Put them all in your blender, pour into your mug, and take with you on the bus or train to work.  Or to drop the kids off at school, or on the way to church on Sunday morning...  Or, as we like to do, put them in a container and throw it in a cooler along with some cups.  It's a great, simple meal for the zoo or the beach, or the local playground.

1 comment:

  1. I need to be more diligent to do this. I am really good at getting the kids fed and their needs met, but I am horrible at meeting my own needs. If I had some easy things to throw in the blender, that would be super power house food right! Plus good "diet" food! hmmm...lots to think about on this concept! Maybe for my breakfeasts and lunches I'll do smoothies, what do you think?

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