You’ve all probably heard of protein drinks, energy drinks, soy protein shakes or whey protein. Many people swear by them. They say it gives them more energy, that it’s an easy, fast breakfast, and a good way to lose weight or just get more protein – bodybuilders love it for that reason, too.
Here’s why I don’t like them:
- Many are made with soy protein, and by now you’ve probably heard that soy isn’t good for you unless it’s in fermented form and from organic soybeans so you know they’re not genetically modified.
- There is a much healthier option, and one that is almost as easy to mix up in the morning…
- If you're saying to yourself right now, “But this brand protein shake is good”, then read this post: Soy protein shakes, almond milk, and other fake foods people think are good for them.
Real Food Protein Shake
This is truly so simple, and I often give it to the kids (or myself) when we’re coming down with something and need to build our immune system.
- Pastured egg yolk or two (don’t eat raw eggs unless you know they come from a good source!)
- Raw milk (or at least whole milk that is pasteurized but not ultra-pasteurized – see this healthy milk post for more info on why.)
- Raw cream (” “)
- Grass-fed collagen powder for extra protein from a good source and more nutrients too!
- Whey (real whey, that drips out when hanging your yogurt and making cheese)
- Pinch of sea salt
- You could also add some homemade yogurt or kefir (or you could buy some organic yogurt or kefir as long as it's not low-fat!)
- Flavoring options: fresh or frozen organic fruits like strawberries, bananas, peaches, etc. (This would be more like a smoothie-another great alternative to “protein drinks”), organic coconut milk (or coconut water), organic chocolate syrup (try my homemade chocolate syrup), organic cocoa powder, a dash of cinnamon, organic vanilla, a dash of nutmeg (for an eggnog), a little fresh-squeezed organic lemon juice. (Can you think of more ideas? Just think of the flavorings coffee shops use in their steamers…add your ideas in the comments!)
- Sweeteners: a little local raw honey or real maple syrup, (or you may not need a sweetener if you used fruit or the organic chocolate syrup). You could also try Stevia – if you do, let me know how that tastes. I know you have to use very little or it'll taste bad for sure.
Mix the ingredients, whichever ones sound good to you, in a blender until frothy (or with a whisk, right in your cup) – notice I don’t have amounts, just make however much you want. Gently heat it if you’d like a warm drink – too much heat will kill all the good stuff.
Did you make a real food recipe?
Find more healthy breakfast options, and be sure to check out the comments, as always, for more great tips and ideas!
Do you drink protein shakes? How do you make yours? I'd love to hear your ideas!
- Here's a link to more info on oxidized cholesterol in dairy powders.
- Also, a newer post: Soy protein shakes, almond milk, and other fake foods people think are good for them.