My mom had a tooth extracted recently. After that ordeal, I wanted to provide her with something tasty and easy to eat that would give her a fair amount of protein. So I came up with this recipe! Mom liked it — and so did I. In fact, I’ve had this shake for breakfast myself a few times already! It’s delicious!
1 cup vanilla almond milk (at refrigerator temperature) 1/2 cup half & half from grass-fed milk (at refrigerator temperature) 1 scoop of whey protein powder (see Ingredient Notes) Instant coffee (regular or decaf), to taste Maple syrup, just a little, if desired
Place all of the ingredients into a quart-size jar, screw on the lid, and shake the jar until it’s well mixed and a bit frothy. Pour into individual glasses, with our without ice.
You can make double this recipe in a quart-size jar, and what you don’t drink up right away can be kept for another day or two. Just the lid back on the jar and refrigerate.
- Whey Protein powder – Milk contains 2 proteins: whey and casein. The protein powder I used, Biochem Ultimate 100% Whey Protein (Natural), contains just whey. in the form of whey protein isolate. It also contains natural french vanilla flavor, sunflower lecithin, and xanthan gum, and has 22 grams of protein per scoop. There are about 30 scoops in a 24-ounce can. I have found this product at Whole Foods and on Amazon. Any fractionated food like this is not something I would depend on a lot in my diet — but for a small amount of your daily protein, if you like it (and don’t find it too expensive), why not use it?
- Half and half made from grass-fed cows – The first time I made this shake, I used store-bought half and half. The second time, though, I made my own half and half by mixing some lovely organic grass-fed heavy cream with organic grass-fed milk (1 part cream to 4 parts whole milk or 1 ounce of heavy cream and 3 ounces of whole milk or 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and 6 tablespoons of whole milk), as explained in the About.com post. Note: By comparison, a cup of ice cream has about 1/2 cup heavy cream in it.
If you use a quart-size canning jar with measurement markings on the side, you don’t have to even dirty a measuring cup! They sell such jars by the dozen on Amazon. But I see you can find these for a better price elsewhere, so it might pay to shop around. If you decide to buy these jars, be sure you get the “wide mouth” jars. Wide mouth jars can be used to freeze foods, but the “regular mouth”jars are not good for freezing — they tend to break when defrosting!
I used to be a dietitian and all my professional life I told people to avoid foods rich in saturated fat, such as cream. Now I’m giving my mom cream! The field of nutrition is going through a major shift — from backing the low-fat diet (which by necessity is high carb) to finally admitting that nutrition science supports a higher fat (and lower carb) diet. If you want to understand this paradigm shift, check out the new New York Times Bestselling book, The Big Fat Surprise – Why Butter, Meat, Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.
Enjoy and be healthy! ~ Leni