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.
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
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.