Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shake It Up

I've officially been a vegetarian for almost a year. Surprisingly, I don't miss eating meat at all, and have been able to find a bunch of really good veg-friendly recipes.  Lately though, I've been thinking that I might not be getting enough protein. And since the body uses protein to help sustain all of  its tissues and muscles,  I want to make sure I'm getting enough!

According to Madelyn Fernstrom, director of the Weight Management Center at U of Pittsburgh Medical Center, you should have 1 gram of protein for every kg of body weight (this works out to .4g per pound). Since this is sort of a complex calculation, she suggests taking your total body weight, dividing it in half and subtracting 10 to get the number of grams of protein you should consume daily. So for me this works out to be about 42 grams. And I'm definitely not consuming that much.

Enter the protein shake. I always picture people who drink protein shakes as big time workout buffs or  body builders with bulging muscles. So the idea of me drinking a protein shake makes me laugh. But being able to get 22 grams of protein from a morning shake is very appealing. I made sure to buy a soy-free protein. Since, I'm wary about eating too much soy because of the mixed opinions on whether or not soy can mimic estrogen. I bought Lifetime Life's Basics Plant Protein (vanilla flavor). It actually tastes great in a shake and is preservative and artificial ingredient free which is an added bonus.

This is the shake recipe that I've been making (modified from It is pretty addicting - you should try it!

1 cup frozen organic cherries

1 frozen organic banana

1 scoop protein powder

3/4 cup organic almond milk

1 cup filtered water

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

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