I love smoothies because they can be a great breakfast on the go if properly formulated with fat and protein. There is a lot of ways liquid breakfasts can go wrong and I wrote about some of the pitfalls here. Vegan protein powders (this one is sprouted) can be very hard to digest becasue of the grains that have lectins and phytates. I wrote more about that here.
Some people have sensitivities to dairy in whey protein and the health of the cows is very important (I use this one) . Soy protein is completely off the limits because of the estrogenic properties that disrupt up hormones (more about that here). Egg white powders have anti-nutrients in the whites that can be flare up anti-bodies in people with autoimmune problems.
Gelatin can be a good choice for gut healing and it will stick with you for many hours. One issue about gelatin is that it lacks one amino acid to be complete protein so it may not be ideal as a post workout meal for people wanting to build muscle. As you can see there are many issues with common protein powders and everyone has to find which smoothie ingredients fit their Paleo lifestyle. I also add some ingredients that have helped me with my digestion such as colostrum (I use this one) and resistant starch (I use this one). These two ingredients can be good for leaky gut and feeding good bacteria and microbial balance, if well tolerated.
This smoothie taste like marshmallows because of the gelatin that is added becomes light and fluffy in the blender and the vanilla bean gives it a comforting flavor that will make you smile.
Paleo Vanilla Low Carb Smoothie with Marshmallow
Cook Time: N/A
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Serves: 1 to 2
1 cup water
3 cups ice
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons collage hydrosolate (I use this one)
1 scraped vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (gluten free)
2 pastured organic eggs
3 tablespoons grass fed whey protein (I use this one) OR
1 tablespoon colostrum (I use this one)
2 tablespoons plantain flour (I use this one)
Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Serve and enjoy.
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