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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Why Your Protein Shake Is Not A Meal Replacement Shake I Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo

Your Protein Shake Is Not A Meal Replacement Shake

Why Your Protein Shake Is Not A Meal Replacement Shake I Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo
Yes... your meal replacement drink does contain copious amounts of protein. Still it is not the same thing as a protein shake. When you want a fast meal on the go, protein shakes may help in a pinch, but they are designed for recovery, not meal replacement. When I see women and men using a shake that is only 70 - 150 calories as a meal... I shudder. Think of your protein shake as a nutritional supplement that help increase the amount of protein in your daily diet. If you desire, it can be a part of a healthy meal replacement program, just not alone. 

So how do you make a healthy meal replacement shake?

Start with your liquid base, such as water, whole raw milk or non-dairy milk, or freshly squeezed organic juice, into a blender. This will help dilute and blend all the ingredients in your liquid meal replacement. You never want to do just juice, because it will spike your blood sugar fast, which is why we use it in a meal replacement rather than just drinking juice.

Next blend in healthy carbohydrates, such as berries, apples, oranges, bananas or other fruits. You can also add vegetables, such cucumbers, kale and spinach, depending on the type of smoothie or milkshake you are making. This is where you can also add in some minerals and antioxidants or raw greens. This morning I had pineapple and loads of greens in my breakfast shake.

Blend in a healthy fat source, such as avocado pieces, coconut oil or ground flaxseeds or chia. I did chia this morning and it was AMAZING!! Avocados are cholesterol-free, low in saturated fats and contain "good" mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which not only help your bad cholesterol levels reduce, but they are a flat belly food... win-win. Flaxseed contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation in your body, and is a good supplemental add in for anyone with chronic inflammation, as would be some turmeric powder if you don't add too much it. It's very FLAVORFUL

If you have a hormonal imbalance issues like myself, I add in a capsule of maca powder (capsules keep the potency in tact better than buying a bag of powdered maca) and just enjoy it! If you like it thicker, add in ice or make your fruit frozen.

You may then add in a protein source, such as crushed almonds or good source of grain-free protein powder. I also like using the Flax + Protein milk in mine. Use protein powder only as directed on the product label. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Remember that if you are using an truly healthy protein, leave it to the last because the longer it's blended, the more likely it will lose some of the benefits of the whole foods protein sources. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Affirmations & Magic Words Create A New Five Principles : Reiki

Over the last year I have embraced my energy, and find such joy in finding an aligned purpose for the open heart and open chakras I have always had since childhood. Part of that was getting certified in Reiki, which has brought me many blessings. The place I felt stuck though, was in the Five Principles. I have learned through some of the most amazing trainings that our unconscious mind is always churning. It is always listening. So when you push "fearless" your unconscious mind still hears fear. So I wanted to align my daily practice using the Five Principles to what I felt was aligned to the affirmations my body, mind and soul wanted to hear and say. So here are the ways I updated my principles, and perhaps it will spark something special in your heart.

My Reiki Five Principles:

For This Day:

1. I invite good-natured thoughts and calm emotions.

2. I free myself to feel trust and reassurance.

3. I am grateful for my many blessings and grace.

4. I practice expanding mindfulness and enlightenment.

5. I am gentle and loving with all beings including myself.

Part of what aligning has given me is a connection back to nature. I had sort of lost that, and I was pulled into the "convenient" foods and lifestyle where electronics are simple, food comes from the Whole Foods Market, and I never have to need or want for anything. What a boring, sad, closed off life. We are trying new things, exploring new areas, connecting to other life forms in a very mindful manner. It's been very freeing to release and invite so much more back into my life, and to let other emotions fly away as they are no longer needed. Have you ever felt like that? Try using these Five Principles as part of your daily meditation and see what it brings you. I'd love to find out if you find it as helpful as I have.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Secret to Change is Plants. Lots and Lots of Plants I 30 Day Challenge

I took the left photo on December 12th, and then I took the right photo today January 14th. What if I told you that in just a month you could have these results? I tried the Zen Bodi before, and although I saw some results, the product that seemed to help me the most was the aminos. Clear sign that I was a big adrenal mess, but the extra whey gave my sinuses the worst issues. And that's why I went vegan in the first place. So I have done it all, and now I'm back to the core of what I know. Plants!!

The process has been simple. We have our plant based low glycemic vegan shake for breakfast, a vegan protein waffle with omegas for a snack if needed, then I usually have vegan protein + more plants for lunch. After lunch I have another shake mixed with water for an afternoon snack. For dinner I have lean vegan protein, and more plants. Lots and lots of plants. I also have every day my trio of whole food capsules, however I don't use the capsules. I dump the plants inside them into a little warm water, stir it up and drink it. I also have coconut mct oil in the morning and another in my detox tea in the evening. Most nights I also am doing turmeric.

I just added some DIM for my next month to see if that helps my body more effectively use the estrogen it has. We'll see if that helps. I started to take Vitamin D (hello winter), K2, and extra blueberry extract and iron every few days mixed into juice. I may ramp that up as well and see if that helps more. I also started working out and have done three weeks now and so I feel more aligned to my body. Want to transform with me? 

Zen Bodi Vs Juice Plus I Juice Plus 30 Day Challenge

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wheat & Simple Sugars : Why Your Child Is Immune Suppressed

Simple Sugars makes our kids sick

You may read the topic and think I'm a crazy person, but I want to share with you some information that's been around since a large study in the early 1970's. Just 400 calories of simple sugars (glucose, fructose, honey, juice, sugar, etc.) decreases you immunity. The cells ability to engulf bacteria is left at that decreased level for five hours.

Dr. Sears has said:
Excess sugar depresses immunity. Studies have shown that downing 75 to 100 grams of a sugar solution (about 20 teaspoons of sugar, or the amount that is contained in two average 12-ounce sodas) can suppress the body’s immune responses. Simple sugars, including glucose, table sugar, fructose, and honey caused a fifty- percent drop in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria. In contrast, ingesting a complex carbohydrate solution (starch) did not lower the ability of these white blood cells to engulf bacteria. The immune suppression was most noticeable two hours post-ingestion, but the effect was still evident five hours after ingestion.

There was a 1973 study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers at Loma Linda University gave volunteers 100 grams of sugar (20 teaspoons, roughly the amount in a liter of soda). The researchers then drew blood from the volunteers and mixed in some bacteria. They found that infection-fighting white blood cells from people who had just gorged on sugar gobbled up many fewer bacteria than those who had just fasted or eaten an unsweetened starch.

Let's take that a step further. We know that a typical human has about 5 liters of blood, and a reading of 99 mg/dl, which is considered pre-diabetic - which does effect your immune response. Just one teaspoon of sugar contains 5 grams which is all that is needed to hit that reading. So the 4.95 grams of sugar in the blood of a person just short of being pre-diabetic equals a little less than one teaspoon. Crazy, right?

So why am I including wheat to this topic of sugar and immune suppression?

How often do you feed your kids. What's in their lunch box, What do you think your kids are getting for treats at school and preschool?

When we eat simple sugars at every meal our bodies cannot respond to disease. Along with that the peptides in gluten cause immune suppression or addiction to wheat. And our children already have less developed immune systems and are touching everything, hugging friends and have become these little petri dishes living with runny noses, coughs and upset stomachs. They are getting some sort of simple sugar and wheat at every meal, every snack. They are never able to catch up internally to fight off the bacteria in their bodies.  There are simple things you can do, so let me sum it up for you:
  • All body processes are intertwined especially the gut and immune system. Structure determines function. Good food turns on good genes. 
  • We are not slaves to our family's medical history. 
  • The American Medical Association recommends organic foods. Benomyl has been connected to Parkinson's disease. It kills neurons. But this is just one chemical and we know so little about so many of these chemicals and pesticides they are using on our food. Organic is best. 
  • A way to help our children eat healthy food is adding in smoothies (With kale, broccoli,  berries, citrus, pineapple, and your complete powder--- my favorite new vegan protein/fiber shake) and creating a rainbow on their plates. Teach them to get in all of their colors. I am thankful for the extra plants we get from the complete shake and children don't even notice it is good for them it tastes so good. 
  • We must supplement for our children. Our soils are depleted and our produce is very different from our grandparents produce---lacks nutrients. A children's chewable whole foods supplement is a great support to your child's system. 
  • Reduce toxic load. Use less chemical self care and home cleaning products. 
  • Inflammatory foods are Wheat (Wheat Belly) Simple Carbs (Sugar) Excess Omega 6 (from fast food)
  • Use Flaxseeds (Omega 3 to balance Omega 6s) 
  • Children are immune suppressed. Build a healthy immunity through playing in the dirt. (antibacterial essential oil hand sanitizer.) the complete offers probiotics and whole foods vitamin D . Feeding children inflammatory foods leads to pro-inflammatory diseases and autoimmune disease.
  • Whole foods are safe and effective for all of us and help protect and support our gut microbiome
Remember that Kids Eat Free with the Juice Plus Children's Health Study when an adult orders their own Juice Plus whole foods supplements

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Healthy Protein Energy Bars For On The Go Nutrition I Paleo Vegeo Mom

Health Protein Energy Bars For On The Go Nutrition

Think about this, if you drive through for fast food then you are going to spend at least $5, and most of you will spend more. You are going to feel sluggish, you’ll be adding to the chemicals, antibiotics, hormonal issues and adding unhealthy fats to your diet in the name of fast food. If I run out the door with my meal replacement shake and a healthy energy bar I have spent about $5, maybe less. I am getting dense nutrition, I am getting something that I know all of the ingredients in it, and I am having something that doesn’t feel like I’m giving anything up. In fact it feels like I’m giving myself the day off with a treat.
My meal replacement shake is a chocolate organic vegan mix , or a vanilla vegan mix with spinach, flax milk, and at the end stirred in chia seeds.  And I love to add in frozen blueberries or apples. This gives me greens, probiotics, antioxidants, adaptogens, digestive enzymes and omegas all for less than 200 calories. My energy bar is the big hit. My daughter LOVES them. And it's perfect for the Transform 30 if you aren't doing one of the Complete Bars.

Just remember that the next time you think you can’t get healthy because you are in your car and on the go… it’s a cop out. To be healthy you have to live the lifestyle, and it’s not as hard as you want to make it out to be. It’s a decision. If you are ready to make that decision then it’s time to connect with someone like myself that can help you with easy basic changes to get you to where you want to be.

Chocolate  Healthy Energy Bars

1/2 – 1 Cup Mix of Chia, Hemp, Buckwheat if you still eat it... I sometimes do (depending on how crunchy you like it)
2 Tbsp Organic Raw Coconut Oil
1 Scoop of Complete Chocolate Mix
1 Scoop of Organic greens (you choice) 
6 Organic Dates (pitted)
Mix to a paste in your blender. Flatten in your container or roll into balls and then refrigerate for a few hours. They’re so amazingly yummy!! You can add extras like coconut, dark chocolate hemp protein, cranberries, chocolate chips (enjoy life brand), sacha inchi seeds, almonds. Whatever you want in your bar you can add and it will be amazingly yummy when you pull it out of your purse or drawer at work to nosh on.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Going Through Detox When Your Body Says "NO" - And What The Liver Has To Do With It

Going Through Detox With The Vitality Reset Protocol Kit

I am dreaming of a healthier liver... what about you?

Dreaming Of A Healthy Liver I Going Through Detox With The DoTERRA Reboot Protocol Kit I Paleo Vegeo Barbara Christensen Wellness Advocate
I saw this image on Instagram and it was too perfect to not share being where I am this week. Are you doing a detox and your skin is going crazy? That means your primary "chimneys" are struggling to detoxify all of the toxins in your body. I feel like, knowing how clean and green I live, that my body doesn't detox well because I always have some symptoms. Since I started my whole food supplementation I have gotten far better with this, but I know that it is a process. I probably struggle a lot with the endocrine issues because of the inability to detoxify properly. How many of you feel like you are dealing with the same sort of issues?

I am going to increase my detoxification oils to more than 2 drops, twice a day. I know that often you have to increase rather than decrease. I am only using, however, one gi cleansing oil capsule a day because I don't want to release the toxins into my body too quickly. That's why I like this cleanse. I get to control the aspects to suit my life... and I dream of being toxin-free... although I know I'll have to go through many rounds of this to get there.

Why The Liver Is The Focus of My Detox

Going Through Detox With The DoTERRA Reboot Protocol Kit I Paleo Vegeo Barbara Christensen Wellness Advocate
The liver is one of the most important organ in the human body and during a program like this sometimes the liver will become overloaded with toxins that are being released from storage sites throughout the body. I know this, and I know what I'm living with. This is akin to overloading a toilet, and my skin is showing it. Until then you may only see photos when I've had my hair professionally done. LOL... you know what I mean?

Currently I take my trio of vegan, gf whole food capsules every day, 5,000 units of Vitamin D, sometimes I take extra kelp, and every few days some extra iron for my lift replacement. I also make sure I follow the protocol and get my two shakes (complete vegan protein + greens, low gi fruit and chia seeds for the breakkie shake) every day.

A lot of you may not realize that one of the most important functions of the liver is to break down and remove excess hormones from our body. The one hormone in particular is estrogen. As you know, estrogen is a big player in our endocrine health, and it's cohort progesterone. When estrogen has done it’s job in the body, it is sent to the liver so it can be broken down and removed through the colon. Unfortunately, if your liver is all junked up from the excess toxins and unable to function optimally and thus cannot remove estrogen at it’s normal rate.  Estrogen is not metabolized properly and can be reabsorbed back into the body causing lots of issues.

A great article I read from Experience Life talked about how this diet all is so important in this process:  
By encouraging us to eat a lot of meat (much of which is laden with toxins), and discouraging us from eating enough fiber-rich, water-dense fruits and vegetables, such diets can slow elimination. By loading us up with so many proteins that our stomachs can’t produce enough acid to digest them all, such diets can inhibit proper digestion, overloading our liver and intestines with a stream of nasty, internally produced poisons such as indican, ammonia, cadaverine and histide.

So be thankful that you are already ahead of the game by eating more vegetables than the average person. I'll keep sharing the journey. This is my last few days of my initial T30 program, and I am on week three of my fitness program, and day 10 of the Paleo Vegeo Whole 30 with my large Facebook group. Starting on January 20th I will start  the T30 all over again, but with my simplified Vitality Reset of 2 Shakes + 2 Snacks + 1 Healthy Meal plus fitness.  How many 120 day cycles I will need, I'm not sure. Will keep you posted.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Brunch Pancake - Farinata (chickpea crepes with mushrooms, tomatoes and artichoke aioli)

Farinata Chickpea Crepes

Paleo Vegeo Barbara Christensen Ocean Avenue and Body FX Founder Farinata chickpea crepes with mushrooms, tomatoes and artichoke aioliI recently purchased the 'Crazy Sexy Kitchen' recipe book from Kris Carr and today I decided I was going to make some of the Farinata chickpea crepes to have for breakfast a few days this next week on my meal plan. I figured I'd make some for brunch and then put some away for the week. Good thing I was making extras because they were a huge hit with my kids. I have to say that although I've cooked with chickpea flour before, I was pretty unsure about making them. But I don't know that I'd want regular pancakes after having these, they were really that amazing!

I cooked them on low in one pan with coconut oil, and then sauteed some tomatoes and mushrooms in another pan and it was really easy to make, and fast.

Farinata Chickpea Crepes and Artichoke Aioli Recipe

I modified a little and here is my changes on the amazing recipe that Kris Carr shared in her book:

Paleo Vegeo Barbara Christensen Ocean Avenue and Body FX Founder Farinata chickpea crepes
Farinata Chickpea Crepe Batter
1 3/4 cups water
1 teaspoon Himilayan salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/3 cups chickpea flour
4 drops rosemary essential oil

Coconut oil (add a tsp before and in between each pancake)

1. In a blender, combine water, salt, pepper, and chickpea flour. Blend until smooth. Add more flour, if necessary, until the mixture is the consistency of slightly thick pancake batter. Lastly add the essential ois.
2. Place pan over medium heat and add enough coconut oil to lightly coat the bottom.
3. I put my batter in a shaker cup.
4. Pour about 1/4 cup of the Farinata Batter into the center of the pan.
5. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 3 to 4 minutes, then flip it over and brown the other side. 6. Set aside on a plate and cover to keep warm while you cook the remaining crêpes, using the rest of the batter and more coconut oil in between each one.

In the Artichoke aioli I went the easy route

Artichoke Aioli
1/2 jar of Annies Lemon & Chive dressing
1 1/2 tbsp of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup of artichoke hearts

1. Place in blender
2. Mix until completely blended.
3. Pour and enjoy

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

How To Select A Healthy Meal Replacement Shake - Especially for the Paleo Vegetarian

GMO Soy is not a Healthy Meal Replacement Shake

So let's start out with I believe to NOT be a healthy Paleo Vegetarian or Vegan meal replacement shake, or really a healthy choice for anyone. GMO or Isolated Soy protein are bad bad bad, and interfere with basic aspects of our own biochemistry. First among them are inhibitors that block trypsin and chymotrypsin, enzymes needed for protein digestion. They also contain haemagglutinin, which is a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together, and goitrogens that depress thyroid function. I know a lot of you have had problems with thyroid that I've worked with. Also gmo-soy protein has one of the highest phytate levels out there, and is run through five different chemically toxic phases of production before it hits your protein shake. Non-GMO pea protein and cold-washed soy and tofu protein is far superior to this in each and every way!

The process that these companies use to deplete the "dangerous" isoflavones from the soy is where they take the soybean slurry material after it's been processed with the solvent, and it's subjected to a centrifuging process to form a liquor that is subsequently pasteurized. Sugars and other small molecular weight components may optionally be removed from the liquor using membrane ultrafiltration or another separation technique to increase the protein content of the soy protein product. The resulting retentate from the membrane ultrafiltration process is subjected to an adsorption process in which isoflavones are removed by adsorption. The resulting isoflavones-depleted soy protein material is-pasteurized and then is optionally spray dried. Take a look at the patent and see why I have only one soy product I have ever recommended... EVER!

Since I know after the holidays a lot of us look for meal replacement shakes I wanted to make sure you have this information. So many people look at a shake and see, WOW... look at all of that protein, and comparably it may look like a better shake. That's not always the case. You need to consider the ingredients. GMO-Soy should not be one of them no matter if you are just vegan or paleo vegan (pegan). If you are going to use a whole foods shake with soy, which soy is on the Whole 30 Vegan shopping list, then make it cold-washed organic, very very minimally processed soy like the Complete Shake which is the shake that I use. I like it because it's just whole foods, and prebiotics, although many may not feel it's "paleo" enough. I drink this shake daily along with a trio of whole foods capsules that I dump into water and drink. Bridging the gap where I need nutrition with my B Vitamin mutations. It's the only soy I will ever recommend. So you've heard it, and we'll move on.

Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo I Select A Healthy Paleo Vegan or Vegetarian Meal Replacement Shake
Also for you athletes, stay away from sugar because it will inhibit the building of building muscles. Some of these shakes that claim to be healthy have 10 or more grams of sugar (like the Isagenix shake), and yet not one sign of real fruit, just fructose. Fructose can be worse for your insulin resistance than corn syrup is. Shakes that are sweetened with items like stevia, Luo Han Guo, coconut nectar or actual real natural vanilla will make sure your workout is match with the nutrition and not structured by sugar.

My top choices of paleo meal replacement shakes, and why:

For those with any sort of major inability to detoxify, my first choice would be Mediclear SGS. This shake offers "enhanced liver support by adding sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS) a natural substance from the seeds and sprouts of select broccoli varietals for effective up-regulation of the body's natural phase II detoxification enzymes". And for those with CFS, Autism, Fibromyalgia, MTHFR... I recommend a shake that will push your body to actually detoxify - maybe even for the first time in your life. Like many of the vegan shakes this one has a sprouted brown rice protein in the mix, and so if you don't tolerate rice, then this may not be the shake for you. It does really detox so make sure you are up to it before you go in for it.

Second up, and a little bit less money would be Pure Green Protein. Non-GMO protein from Pea, Rice, Spirulina and Alfalfa are joined with four free amino acids (Lysine, Methionine, Threonine and Valine). It comes in natural, vanilla, chocolate or mixed berry. It has all of the proteins, and it has amazing bio-availability.

My third favorite meal replacement shake is Shakeology. It has all of the great super food nutrition, digestive support, hormone balancing, and is really tasty.  {Unless you are using the Vegan formula I no longer recommend this after seeing the FAQ below buried deep on their site ... which has now been replaced with just the Vegan Shakeology information. Here is an saved image}

" For those customers who do not want vitamin/mineral fortification, the Shakeology vegan formulas are an option as they are not fortified with added levels of vitamins or minerals."

INVIGOR8 - Nutritional Shake & Organic Superfood I Paleo Vegeo I Meal Replacement Shake Fourth up is the undenatured whey products. There is the Action Whey Grass Pastured shake in vanilla or chocolate which is just undenatured whey,MCTs medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil, organic sweet whey, natural vanilla flavor, guar gum, sunflower seed lecithin, luo han guo juice concentrate, coconut oil powder and arabinogalactin extract. Boost the glutathione, but not as detoxifying and is vegetarian not vegan. Of course if you want just the undenatured whey and nothing more, get OnlyProtein Undenatured Whey. It is honestly just undenatured whey, nothing more and nothing less. Or if you want a full meal replacement shake go for the INVIGOR8 - Nutritional Shake & Organic Superfood. Comes in a triple chocolate brownie.. YUM! 100% Organic. 100% Natural. 100% Delicious! INVIGOR8's comprehensive + complete formula of 8 unique complexes include: Grass-Fed Whey Protein; Hormone-Free Colostrum; Balance of All 3 Essential Omega Fatty Acids from Chia + Flaxseed; Power-packed Greens from Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Alfalfa, Chlorella; Plant Based Fiber to Keep Hunger at Bay; Clinically Tested Cognition Enhancers for Laser-Sharp Clarity; Natural Immunity Boosters to Support Your Fast-Paced Life; Restorative Digestive Aids to Increase Uptake of Nutrients; and the Perfect Balance of Dairy-Free Pre-Biotics & Pro-Biotics.

My husband uses plain old non-GMO pea protein. Just unflavored and unexciting. To the point. He's also the guy that just likes to lift heavy stuff, totally functional. It's very easy to digest, and so it makes it a good non-bloating morning shake. He uses the NOW brand most of the time. It's easy to pick up down the street on the way home. But my preference is  the PurePea or the PaleoMeal if you are looking for a good non-GMO pea protein. You get more of the detoxification support from PaleoMeal, but you get the pure stuff with no chemicals used in the processing. I know how important that is. You can even buy the Designs For Health (company that makes PaleoMeal and PurePea) 14 Day Detox Kit. This kit includes:
  • 1 - PaleoCleanse Powder
  • 1 - PurePea Vanilla Powder
  • 1 - Amino-D-Tox 90 capsules
  • 1 - Plant Enzymes Digestive Formula 90 capsules
  • 1 - 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Patient Guide
  • 1 - Blender bottle
  • 1 - Reusable bag made from recyclable materials
They've used a combination of carefully selected products and a methodical, step-by-step diet plan in their design in order to introduce people to a healthy cleansing process without having to commit to a longer regimen. It is ideal for those with busy schedules or anyone new to the concept of detoxification.

I also love hemp protein, but I'm one of those that doesn't mind the "green" flavor of it. I do admit I like the dark chocolate hemp protein more than the others, but it's better in a mix of other items, like a big green smoothie. Lots of blueberries and more.

Finally I can't forget the Boku Super Protein. I originally ordered it last year from OpenSky. I love that place, I have gotten coconut charcoal for bbq'ing in the summer, and so many other amazing sustainable items. It's amazing. Check it out of you haven't ever browsed their store. The Boku is made with organic, sprouted bio-fermented, whole grain brown rice protein, organic cranberry protein, organic red dulse, and it does have that very "ricey" texture, but it's got a nice flavor with the maple syrup. Not a good source for after lifting weights though for that very reason.

However I want to end with what I believe is the best Paleo Vegan shake, if you can wrap your head around it, and that is the Juice Plus Complete I talked about before. Even Whole 30 says complete soy and tufu is okay. Complete is gluten-free, it's certified non-gmo, and it's just whole foods. It's also why I use the Juice Plus Capsules. They are encapsulated in vegetarian capsules, so I open them and dump the contents into a little warm water and drink them, my husband adds it to his smoothie.

So there you have it... you know the shakes that have rotated through my pantry... usually there is at least one of the above in there.