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It’s beautiful and 70 degrees here in Novato and we love to drink shakes and smoothies. Here are our favorite recipes. These are all delicious and dairy-free (Paleo). If you drink milk, just use regular organic milk instead of coconut milk.

100% grass-fed whey protein powder with 3 grams of sugar (stevia)

The Protein Base:

When made well, the best part about drinking protein shakes and smoothies is about 20 grams of protein in one glass. To hit that elusive 40-30-30 protein goal, it’s very easy to blend it into a cold creamy shake. We use the All Pro Science protein powder. It packs 23 grams of organic grass-fed whey protein powder with only 3 grams of stevia. If you want to make a shake immediately, Trader Joe’s sells one called Designer Whey which is okay in a pinch.

Available at Target for $20-30

The Equipment:

Investing in a hand blender is wise so you don’t have to spend time washing a blender. This hand blender comes with a shake mixing cup. You can also use it to puree soups or mash vegetables. Protein powder–check. Hand mixer–check. Gather your frozen & fresh fruit, raw nuts and nut butters, and coconut milk or milk of choice. Fancy superfoods like raw cacao nibs, Artisana Coconut Butter, goji berries, and green algae are optional.

Designer Whey is a less expensive alternative to the All Pro Science Protein

The Mocha One:

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

1 cup of coconut milk (or almond milk, or hemp milk, or cow’s milk, etc.)

1 banana

1/2 cup espresso (or French pressed coffee, or drip coffee) if you aren’t a coffee person, use a tablespoon of raw almond butter for a chocolate nutty creamy treat. Add ice or freeze bananas and espresso for a cold ice-creamy texture. Blend. 271 calories. Perfect for breakfast on-the-go or a pre or post workout snack.

Trader Joe’s frozen mango. We use about 3 bags per week!

The Tropical One:

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 banana

1 cup coconut milk

Blend. 397 calories. Beqir loves this one BUT he uses an entire can of full fat coconut milk (450 calories) AND a raw garlic clove, AND a splash of olive oil, AND some raw walnuts or pecans. He also doubles the fruit listed above and adds strawberries. His shake is 981 calories.

It’s green and FULL of vitamin A and antioxidants

The Green One:

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 avocado

3/4 cup frozen spinach

1 cup coconut milk

Blend. 400 calories. With only one cup of coconut milk, these shakes will be thick. When I want to thin them out, I add water. If you are like Beqir and need 3,000 calories a day, add more coconut milk.

Post to the comments your favorite protein shake recipe. This morning I took the ingredients of my usual daily breakfast: 1 banana, 1.5 tablespoons of raw almond butter, a cup of coconut milk, and a scoop of chocolate protein powder. Heavenly. I’m definitely ready to do seven minutes of burpees.

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