Make your own protein powder (it’s so much healthier!)
- Mel’s weekly food pick:
Bob’s Red Mill Pea Protein Powder
- Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
If you’ll recall from last week’s post, a healthy and well-balanced shake should have five components: A liquid base like almond milk, fruits and veggies, functional foods such as cacao or ginger, healthy fat, and healthy protein.
Protein is essential for balanced blood sugar. It also slows digestion and helps to keep you full so you eat less! Healthy protein sources include: plant-based protein powders, Bone Broth protein powder, fresh ground nut or seed butter, flax, hemp or chia seeds.
I’ve spent countless dollars on overpriced protein powders over the years. And you know what? I wasn’t really happy with most of them. Other than unsweetened plant-based and Bone Broth protein powders, most contain either added sugar, sugar alcohols, stevia, or worse…artificial sweeteners!
Finally the lightbulb turned on and I thought: I can do SO much better than this!
Rather than make my homemade protein powder all about protein, I decided to raise the nutrition and antioxidant potential by adding some healthy fat and functional food. My Earthfood Powder (scroll down for the recipe!) is a very simple recipe with only seven ingredients:
- Pea protein powder: for protein!
- Pumpkin seeds (pepitas): for fiber, fat, and protein.
- Flaxseed: for omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
- Hemp hearts: for more omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein.
- Ground cinnamon: for flavor and blood sugar control.
- Cacao powder: for flavor, blood sugar control, mood, and magnesium!
- Sea salt.
You can add Earthfood Powder (see recipe below) to oatmeal, yogurt, homemade protein bars, or shakes!
If you didn’t get the chance to check out last week’s recipe, click HERE for my Tropical Turmeric Shake…the perfect meal in a cup! You can add two tablespoons of Earthfood Powder in place of the hemp hearts in this recipe.
Mel’s weekly food pick:
Bob’s Red Mill Pea Protein
Pea powder is a great way to add more protein to your homemade protein powder.
Lots of plant-based protein powders on the market today use pea protein powder, as it blends very well in shakes and has a much smoother texture compared to brown rice protein.
The only ingredient in Bob’s Red Mill Pea Protein Powder is pea protein isolate. What that means is the protein is isolated from the peas using a low-heat, water based process. Unlike many other pea protein powders, there are no chemical solvents used.