What is a Whole Food Shake, you might ask?
As we are exploring different ways of improving health, sleep, weight, etc, one thing that many people find helpful is to add a protein shake to their day. It can result in almost effortless weight loss, softer skin, more energy... and for some very simple reasons: it's very digestible nutrition, and it can include only what you need, in a very clean form: protein (powder), healthy fats (like avocado, coconut mylk or almond mylk), and low glycemic carbs (like berries, or other low sugar fruit like cherries).
The challenge is that for some people, protein powders just don't feel right. Either they are repelled by the idea of eating a highly processed powder, or they just can't find one they can digest well: whey protein is a dairy food which makes some people gassy and bloated, and others get the same result with yellow pea (veggie) protein. Then there's hemp protein and rice protein powders: they are still powders and don't always mix so well with a liquid, resulting in a sometimes chalky shake - not so appetizing.
So what to do? (#firstworldproblems)
Enter the Whole Food Shake. It's made with...whole foods, of course. No powders to go 'pow' in your gut in a bad way. No processed foods - hence the name "Whole Food Shake".
I first got wind of The Whole Food Shake from Mark Hyman, that brilliant health educator.
Here's his simple Whole Food Shake recipe, (amounts omitted, because I'm lazy):
almond or hemp mylk
cranberries and blueberries
I don't do so well on a fruit, even berries, so I make an even simpler version that is basically
like thick chocolate milk (yeah baby).
My Whole Food Shake, which is (yes!) ok for those on a candida diet:
*unsweetened* chocolate almond mylk
2 tbsp hemp seeds (organic is always best)
small handful walnuts
1/4-1/2 tsp stevia
1/4 avocado, optional
handful of ice, optional (use organic ice - kidding. Free range ice will do :-))
Blend and drink that sucker!!!
Warning, this is VERY tasty. I have been known to have another within an hour. Watch that.
Both Whole Food Shakes above are very low glycemic, mildly sweet, and full of healthy fats
and protein from the hemp seeds and walnuts, which also have omega 3's of course, that healthy fat that most of us don't enough of.
There many other versions of whole food shakes of course. Feel free to post your favourite below.
ps. if you go low on the almond mylk, it basically turns out as a pudding. Yum.
pps. if you add 1/2 a banana, it's not so low glycemic any more, but it's even more tasty. But I can't be held responsible for any smoothie addiction that might develop...but many people can do a chocolate-banana smoothie a day without losing their cool. If you're one of them, dang, you are lucky.
ppps. the smoothie in the pic above has raw cacao chips on it, they are bitter, but a great boost of magnesium, chromium, antioxidants, and chocolate love :-)
Hi, I'm Donovan Giraud. I'm a health coach, meditator and visionary, and I'm on a mission to help people heal themselves and evolve our world.