Contrary to popular belief, everyone can afford to eat more healthily. It is simply a question of lifestyle choices. The narrator of this video chooses not to have cable TV, (for example), in order to use the money she would otherwise have spent on that to provide her family with healthy, wholefood nutrition.
The simple smoothie/protein shake recipe she shares is great for strengthening your immune system if you suffer from pollen allergies causing hayfever, or seasonal rhinitis with all the accompanying misery of streaming eyes, blocked sinuses, runny nose and generally feeling pretty low.
She uses local honey in her shake because of the local pollens used to make it. She also includes local fruits, in this case, choke cherries – which are actually chokeberries, a type of bird cherry native to North America. However, you can use any soft fruits local to your region and if you want to use them out of season, harvest them when they are plentiful and freeze them in suitable pack size quantities so they are ready for use whenever you need them.
Using frozen fruits in smoothies and shakes (provided that your blender can cope, of course), will provide an extra-creamy tasting drink without any extra calories. If the calorie count is important to you because you are trying to lose weight, you will be interested to read more about the benefits of raw cacao powder in our ‘key ingredient focus’ section below!
You will also find some helpful information on choosing a good Soy protein powder – although you could use hemp, pea or a protein blend in this recipe. We recommend Jarrow Formula Iso-Rich Soy as not only is it excellent value for money, but you have the reassurance that first of all, it contains absolutely no GMO ingredients and secondly that the Isoflavones so vital for health are preserved because of the way the soy protein is extracted to make this product. Great value, great reviews, great taste!
Immune Boosting Protein Shake
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Raw Nuts of your choice
- 1 level tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder
- 1 level tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1 scoop Protein Powder
- 1 level tablespoon Raw local honey
- 1/2 cup choke cherries or local fruits of your choice
Blitz all the ingredients in your blender, after adding them in the quantities above. Adjust the thickness of the shake when you have finished, by adding more water until it is the perfect consistency.
Focus on Key Ingredient Raw Cacao Powder
Raw Cacao Powder has so many benefits for health. It is packed with antioxidants and vital minerals. It could help you with your weight loss goals as it also contains an appetite suppressant which can help you feel fuller for longer; Add raw cacao to your diet instead of chocolate which has added dairy and sugars and will just help you gain more pounds!
In addition, it contains key elements that can improve your mood and make you feel great – these include Anandamide, which has been nicknamed the ‘bliss chemical’ and PEA (Phenylethaylamine), which has been nicknamed the ‘joy molecule’. You might also be interested to know that Cacao is reputed to be an Aphrodisiac because it contains Tryptophan – this coupled with the fact that raw Cacao boosts your energy levels, could be good news if love making has been the last thing on your mind lately when you turn out the light after another exhausting day!