Good Morning Smoothie Recipe

Wanna know our favorite smoothie recipe?

  • 1 ripe Banana
  • 2 cups plain Kefir
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed oil, not necessary, but a great way to get some “good fat” (essential fatty acids, aka Omega 3s)
  • 15-20 grams Protein Powder (we use True Whey, see note below)
  • Handful of frozen strawberries (or other frozen fruit)

Throw first 4 ingredients in blender; blend until smooth. Add frozen fruit; blend until fruit is finely chopped into smoothie.

What’s Kefir?
Essentially it is a different way of preparing cultured dairy similar to yogurt. Lots of good healthy stuff in it. If you can’t find kefir, just go with plain yogurt – that works too.
We use True Whey powder by Source Naturals. It is a cow whey protein from grass fed cow milk which has not been heated or isolated; the immunoglobulins are intact and the structure of the protein and essential fatty acids haven’t been altered or damaged. In plain speak that means it’s food the way it comes out of the cow,  is a boost to our immune system, and able to be absorbed, rather than over-processed and of questionable health value.

I am aware of two other companies which make similar products with low heat: Designs for Health makes Whey Cool, and Garden of Life makes Goatein (from goat milk, for those with difficulty digesting bovine protein).

Often people with lactose intolerance do well with whey protein, but if you have an actual allergy to dairy products, try hemp protein, such as Vanilla Spice Hemp Protein by Living Harvest. It is one the the few complete proteins from vegetables.

Finally, if you go “protein shopping” you will find many brands and varieties of soy protein available. Rather than a health food, soy is a cover crop that needs to “go somewhere” and is therefore marketed heavily as a health food. Get the real scoop in these articles on Myths & Truths About Soy , and Soy: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite “Health” Food a longer article discussing many of the health risks of soy, including hormone disruption at all stages of life. Walk away from soy; there are much better options.

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5 thoughts on “Good Morning Smoothie Recipe

    1. Hi Krista!
      I have not tried Trader Joe’s Hemp protein. We did try a Hemp protein a couple years ago called EFAGold…it was awful and ended up throwing it out! :-/ It was green, like straight ground hemp. It made the smoothies gritty and have a weird veggie taste. However, I recommend the Living Harvest powder as I’ve seen/smelled it and I’m sure it would taste good (although it does have organic sugar added to it…no wonder it tastes good!). The Living Harvest Hemp Milk is also delicious, sweetened with rice syrup. You can order it in bulk/discount through Azure Standard Azure Standard.
      Since we have done so well with dairy protein we have just stayed with it, but now I’m curious about TJs; I’ll take a look next time I’m there!
      Thanks for the encouragement; I’m excited to be blogging too!

  1. Bronwyn, I have a full container of Non-GMO Soy Protein Powder that contains: SUPRO Brand Soy Protein Isolate, xylitol, cocoa powder, & sucralose. In your research, have you come across non-GMO? I’d hate to throw it away, but if it’s a cover crop which causes hormone imbalances…

    Thanks for the other suggestions. I love that you give actual products that you use. There is so much research out there and so many products, that it’s nice to see someone who has done some of the legwork and is willing to give their suggestions. Have had fun reading up on your research and suggestions! ~Paula

    1. Hi Paula!
      That’s a great question about non-GMO soy. This is similar in some ways to organic corn (and organic soy). Organic crops are -so far- not allowed to have GMO seeds used, however, GMOs are so invasive that there is likely some contamination into even organic fields (if wind carries the pollen, the next field is infected, as the GMO genes “trump” the genes of the planted corn). It’s safe to say that we should only consume organics in these two crops, and limit our intake at that.

      However, with soy the issue is really not just GMO/organic. The soy itself is really a negative in terms of nutrition unless fermented (like Tamari…the traditional and healthful version of soy sauce), and soy is an endocrine disruptor. In certain instances it could be used in a justifiable way…menopause therapy, comes to mind…but really should not have a place in the healthy diet of most people, especially children who are developing their endocrine systems and anyone with hormone problems, fatigue, or cancer risk. The Weston A. Price foundation is trying to get the word out about the dangers of soy, so you can check their site to see all the info and sources, but here are a few points from the back of their brochure “Soy Alert”:

      Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion…in test animals it caused stunted growth…
      Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function…potential to cause infertility and cause breast cancer…
      Potent antithyroid agents…soy formula given to infants is associated with thyroid disease later…
      Fragile proteins are over-denatured during high temperature processing to creat soy protein isolate…aluminum contamination in most…
      Processing rusults in formation of carcinogenic chemicals…

      In regards to the product you have in your pantry; there’s another ingredient which brings up a red flag: sucralose, otherwise known as Splenda. This is a chlorine molecule fused with a sugar molecule, and is not food, and damages healthy gut flora. Please do not eat sucralose if you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant; there are many studies which show chlorine to be negative for developing babies.

      On a side note, some of the concerns about overly processed proteins from soy relate to overly processed proteins from milk as well. I do not buy “whey protein isolate” for these reasons.

      All this said, I know how difficult (and hard on the budget) it is to get rid of things which we “paid good money for” but now realize aren’t good for our health. I’m a thrifty person, and it’s almost painful to see any new package go in the trash. You really have to make the decision for yourself about the tradeoffs of trashing it or using it. It’s unlikely that all, or even one, of those calamities listed above will befall your family by using one canister of soy and sucralose. But you also have to consider the current state of health that you are each in. If you’re thriving, you’ll probably bounce back from risky behavior. 🙂

      Whether or not you trash this can, I hope you’ll decide to not purchase it in the future. That is one step toward a healthier future!
      Blessings, Bronwyn

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