I am not generally a fan of processed foods. There is nothing natural about cookies that have a two year shelf life or a freeze-dried shake with ingredients almost no one can pronounce. If you want to look good, feel good and perform optimally then I believe a varied, whole foods diet is the way to go. However, there are times when you might need a little assistance from something comes in a plastic container.
I have been dealing with one of these situations on and off since I fell. While my jaw was wired shut, I lived on protein shakes and soup. More recently, I had braces put on which when combined with my flipper (a retainer with a fake tooth on it) makes eating solid food on my lunch hour a bit daunting. So, I am back on liquids and very soft (i.e. easy to remove foods) during the day.
For a while, I was regularly picking up Nearly Naked Protein Drinks, thinking they were among the better options on the market. I noticed that I was feeling really bloated and couldn’t understand why. Then one day, I read the label and was surprised to learn that these shakes had WHEY, as well as, soy protein in them. Ugh, no wonder why! Then I went on a quest to find a vegan, organic ready-made protein shake. There are a few but they are not always that easy to find and I wasn’t convinced ready-made was even the way to go. When was it made? How long had it sat on the shelf?…on the truck?… at the factory???
I decided to go back to making my own. Although, I do use protein powder sometimes for the sake of convenience (other times I will blend down tofu or throw in some vegan yogurt,) I like having control over the freshness of the other ingredients. Quite frankly, I think they taste a lot better because you can use fresh fruit, real vanilla bean or your favorite dark chocolate. Also, you can put it in a reusable container. So, that is kinder to Mama Earth. And if you use a glass container (I like Ball Jars ’cause they’re neat!) it is kinder to you because you don’t have to worry about plastic contamination. It is also kinder to your wallet. I can make something twice the size of the Nearly Naked Shake I was buying for far less than half the price.
So, next time you find yourself reaching for a pricey protein shake, why not reach for your blender instead? All you need is a banana, a glass of almond milk, a scoop of protein powder (or half a package of tofu,) maybe a lil pure vanilla extract and then just shake shake shake…
What do you like to blend up? I would love to hear from you.
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