Recipe: Protein Shake, Hold the Chemicals

Many people eat most of their protein at the end of the day, which is fine, but I think it's also important to eat a decent amount of protein when you're fueling your body to begin a new day. I'm fed up with many of the protein concoctions on the market today that are filled with so many questionable ingredients, GMOs, pesticides, and chemicals - and they taste insanely sweet to me. The protein powder I use is made by Tera's Whey and is plain, organic, unsweetened, and grass-fed (22g protein per serving). This shake is delicious and nutrient-dense - a perfect way to start the day!

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Note: I peel and chop a couple bananas every week and keep them in the freezer, which is what I use to make this shake. If you don't have frozen bananas, you can just use a regular banana and a few ice cubes, but take care not to make it too watery. 

Ingredients:

1 banana, peeled, chopped and frozen
8 oz. vanilla almond or soy milk
1 tbsp. almond butter
1 tsp. bee pollen (optional)
1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
1 scoop plain, unsweetened whey protein 

Throw all the ingredients into a blender, mix, and enjoy! 

Notes on ingredients:

-Soy milk has more protein and less sugar than almond milk, but both are equally delicious. 

-Bee pollen is a protein-packed "superfood" with some hugely beneficial vitamins and minerals. I'm a big fan. Read more about bee pollen here and here.

-Vanilla bean paste is a mixture of vanilla extract and vanilla beans. I keep it in the cupboard for baking purposes, but I also love to mix it into yogurt and smoothies. To substitute, use the same amount of vanilla extract or scrape the seeds out of a vanilla bean pod. 

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*all photos by Shauna Burke