Thursday, May 19, 2016

Trying Some New Smoothie Ingedients!

I went in this morning for my yearly blood work draw.  It was a fasting draw, so I came back home ready for some nourishment :)  I thought I would try out a relatively new version of my Sun Warrior protein powder...and a different brand of almond milk.  Along with some organic blueberries...and a juicy  mango, I added hemp seeds and a bitty splash of pure maple syrup!  I honestly forgot to add some greens. Oh well, next time :)

Here's the low-down on the protein powder...It's called Sun Warrior Classic PLUS Organic Raw Plant-Based Protein Vanilla.  I recommend non-soy, plant-based protein powders (rather than dairy-based) to avoid any kind of dairy intolerance.  It also fits the bill for the sometimes vegan in me :)
This raw organic protein boost is made from pea, brown rice, quinoa, chia seed and amaranth.  It is USDA organic, soy free, gluten-free and dairy-free!  Some of y'all just plain don't like the experience of protein powders.  It may seem too gritty...or have an aftertaste.  I understand.  Personally, I trade a bit of that experience for the high-quality...and portable...nutrition in this product.  It's such a clean product with 100 calories in one scoop offering me 18 grams of protein.  Bottoms up!!

The almond milk is from the SO Delicious company.  This vanilla almond milk is carrageenan free...and is NON-GMO project verified.   Carrageenan is a substance extracted from a variety of seaweed.  It is used to gel, thicken and/or stabilize food products.  Carrageenan cannot be digested...and it has no nutritional value.  Your digestive tract doesn't really like this stuff, and it can lead to inflammation in the gut.  I am happy to see companies taking this unnecessary (and potentially harmful) ingredient out of their foods. 
Here are some pics...

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