Shake it Up: Blender Meals, Smoothies and Liquid Lunches

Juices and smoothies are all the rage and sometimes it just makes sense to sip your food. While driving, it's much more convenient (and safe, thank you) to drink from a straw than to juggle a fork or spoon. Please don't do that, especially while texting.

The trouble is that it's really easy to compose a blended meal in such a way that it really is just a thinly disguised milkshake. Don't do that either.  

MILKSHAKE = MISTAKE.

Instead, think "plants and proteins" as you usually do when preparing a healthy meal. You are doing that, right? Let me say that again for you. Plants and proteins - that's the formula for a meal that will energize you and keep you lean and smart.

But no one wants to eat blended kale and steak. Ugh. 

So I scrounged around and this is what I came up with today.

Not bad, it's got a Cherry Garcia feel to it. 

 

PLANTS: goji berries, avocado, frozen cherries and cocoa powder) PROTEIN: flax seeds, collagen powder (the best one)

PLANTS: goji berries, avocado, frozen cherries and cocoa powder)

PROTEIN: flax seeds, collagen powder (the best one)

 Important to the process is making something that will satisfy your hunger like a "real" meal would so don't forget the fat, which will usually come naturally with protein but adding an avocado or a little coconut oil or MCT oil works too. 

 

The three components of a healthy and tasty smoothie are:

 LIQUID                 +                           PROTEIN                      +               PLANTS

almond milk                             whey protein (grass-fed only)                     raw cacao nibs

water                                        raw pastured eggs                                     cocoa powder

milk kefir                             organic almond or peanut butter              cinnamon, ginger, cloves

coconut milk                                shredded coconut                                   frozen banana  

                                              grass-fed collagen protein                            frozen berries

                                             hemp, flax or chia seeds                     greens - powdered or fresh

                                                                                                                    avocado

 

That's a short list of foods you can easily combine to make a tasty shake. The possibilities are endless and the flavor options are up to you but the formula should remain constant:

PLANTS PLUS PROTEIN with some FAT TO FILL YOU UP

and enough liquid to bring it all together. 

SHAKE, STIR AND SIP.