PROTEIN SHAKE : I can’t tolerate the Ultra-Clear that I’ve been taking forever, and am allergic to nuts, seeds and most grains… rice is ok though. Any tips would be appreciated!
I make a green smoothie almost every day, and add Chia Seeds, which are high in fiber, protein, Omega 3 and 6, antioxidants and multiple minerals. I consider it a “super food”. The mucilaginous coating on the seeds, expand when hydrated, and they create a thicker consistency to your smoothie. If you can tolerate them, they are a great addition to your smoothie. You can see the ingredients list here:
I also add one of two different sources of plant protein . . . pea protein and brown rice protein. I prefer to use the unflavored versions of both, because they don’t contain added ingredients, which can increase your chances of reacting. As I said, I use one or the other. By having both on hand, you can rotate them, causing less chance of developing a sensitivity.
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Here is the recipe for the PROTEIN SHAKE Green Smoothie, that I made today.
4 oz. Hazelnut milk (Unsweetened Almond milk could be rotated, to minimize sensitivity.)
1 cup ice, made with filtered water
4 oz frozen organic blueberries
2 Tbsp organic cocoa
2 Tbsp Brown Rice protein
1 scoop (1/2 tsp) Lo-Han (Monk Fruit) organic sweetener [0 kCal, 2gm Carb, 1.5 gm Fiber]
1 cup fresh alfalfa leaves & blossoms (from my garden) [Adds chlorophyll, protein and fiber – see substitutions below]
5 Dayliliy Blossoms [Can substitute with rose pedals, geranium blossoms, violet blossoms, lavender blossoms, etc.]
Lavender leaves – Strip leaves from two stems of lavender (one stem if large stem)
This smoothie is very adaptable. Different fruits can be added and/or substituted, such as strawberries, grapes, peeled apples, pineapple, papaya, mango, etc. The advantage to adding color to your smoothie (as with flowers and fruit), is the addition of vitamin A (carotene).
Substitutions for Alfalfa leaves could be:
Swiss Chard (one of my favorites – fresh from my garden)
Lamb’s Quarters (if picked from an herbicide/pesticide free zone). When it comes up in the Spring, I cultivate a couple, of the plants, which provides me with wonderful salad greens and green smoothie greens. Before Spinach was developed, Lambs Quarters, was called Spinach),
Red Clover greens and blossoms
Cilantro Leaves – if you love Cilantro, like I do, this gives your smoothie an interesting flavor
Flat Leaf Parsley
Lettuce – best is darker green lettuces, like Romaine, Buttercrunch and one of my favorites is Red (Oakleaf) lettuce
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