Pineapple Slique Shake
When I say I have tried almost every protein powder out there, I’m not kidding.
I grew up in a family of bodybuilders, athletes, and a lot of active boys, so protein powder was a staple. While I never could stomach the canned, chalky shakes my dad and brothers were drinking (50 grams of whey protein per can), I always rounded out my workout with a recovery protein drink. Always.
Then one day, I realized the organic whey protein I was drinking was contributing to my post-nasal drip, bloated belly, acne, and that relentless tickle in my throat. Nasty. Not everyone can handle whey protein. So, I switched to vegan powder, which stopped the reactions, but I soon encountered a new set of challenges.
Guess what…not all plant proteins are sourced to a high standard. I had been drinking a delicious vegan protein for a few years when consumer reports flagged the protein for levels of lead, mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals.
If you are freaked out, you are in good company. Check out this quote taken from the article linked above. “‘Plant-based proteins may have higher contamination levels because the plants are especially prone to absorbing heavy metals from soil,’ says Sean Callan, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and director of operations at Ellipse Analytics, the lab that tested the protein products.”
Protein powder is something I am consuming every day. This isn’t like accidentally swallowing an apple seed and the trace amounts of cyanide that comes with that. We are talking about heavy metals, every day, for years. I immediately went to Young Living, and began researching their protein powders.
See, I’ve been through Young Living’s testing facilities. I’ve been in their labs. I’ve stood in their fields. I know that when a field is purchased for planting, it lays fallow for years so any toxic metals in the soil are gone by the time the non-GMO plants are placed in the ground. I know that weeding is done by hand, that pesticides never touch my plants. I know every batch of every product goes through vigorous testing for heavy metals and anything that falls below the standard of purity is discarded. I knew there was no way in the hot place below that my protein powder would be tainted. Now, I needed a vegan option.
Young Living’s Slique Shakes have 16 grams of vegan protein per serving. All you hard core bodybuilders know that 20-25 grams of protein is more than enough for a recovery. You can always add almond butter (average of 4 grams of protein per tablespoon) to boost your protein macros. Yes, it has some carbs…you need carbs to build muscle. It is berry flavored, so it mixes well with cocoa powder, fruits, nut butters, or just by itself. There are some citrus oils in the shake, but I promise - it only tastes like mixed berries. When I travel, I pop these packets into my luggage, and use either the blender the hotel provides or a shaker with unsweetened almond milk. It is the perfect method to keep my diet on track.
The recipe below is a little more complex than a shaker and almond milk, but we were in the tropics and I felt like dressing my protein up with some local fruit. Enjoy!
Pineapple Slique Shake (serves 1)
1 packet Slique Shake
1/2 frozen banana
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
3-5 cubes of either frozen or fresh pineapple
dash of cinnamon
5-8 ice cubes depending on your desired consistency
In a blender or food processor, blend away! It’s really that simple.