Protein Shake

Will has been trying to make me have more protein.  I think we eat fairly healthy already, but I guess one needs extra protein to grow a baby.  In the morning, Will makes this pretty delicious protein shake that contains (in his words):

  • 8 frozen, pitted dates (dates are so sweet that it’s hard to eat as many as you’re supposed to eat in pregnancy)
  • 2-3 med chunks frozen banana
  • ~ 64 g nut butters (I use a combination nut butter or a mix of peanut and almond)
  • 15-20 g hemp protein (few spoonfuls) I find it a little icky and grainy, but put as much in as you can stand the texture of.
  • 10-15 g chia seeds (optional)
  • 21 g blackstrap molasses (for iron / calcium, and additional sweetness)
  • ~ 85 g silken tofu (the kind in aseptic packages), optional
  • 200-350 ml soy milk (depending on whether you’re using yogurt, add more or less)
  • 50-100 g greek yogurt or other high protein yogurt (optional, obviously vegans will omit this or substitute something else)
  • cocoa powder (optional)
  • ice

You can also add some brewers yeast to things to boost their protein and vitamin content.

He throws all of that together our blender and blends till smooth.  I like to have it in a jar with a lid so that I can drink half for breakfast and half in the afternoon.  Sometimes, if I’m super hungry, I may drink the whole thing in one go, but it’s pretty filling.

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