half-pint horror (raqs_loki) wrote in vegancooking,
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nutritional shakes (shaker/blender ball compatible)

What does everyone like to do for easy protein/nutritional shakes? I'm on a med regimen that messes with my appetite, and I've found shakes useful for times when solid food is not going to happen.

I've been grabbing those Bolthouse Farms shakes at work, but they're 1) expensive and 2) not vegan, and I'd like to start getting closer to vegan again. Those shakes do have a really nice thick creamy texture. They're whey + soy protein, probably some other thickeners to achieve the consistency.

What I sometimes mix up at home is almond milk, Genisoy protein powder (don't believe the weirdos on Amazon who mix this with plain water - it tastes like nothing), and Ovaltine (for vitamins & flavor; but it's ONE ingredient away from vegan, which bugs me). This tastes good, is pretty cheap, and can be made easily with my blender shaker ball thing, it just lacks the thickness and variety of the premade shakes. I've read about chia/flax for thickening beverages - but how do you separate out the solids once they've done their trick?

I'm almost out of Genisoy and ready for new ideas before I buy anything again. I could maybe get an actual electric blender soon, but I'm a last-minute person, often mixing my shakes on the way to my car, so simpler = better.
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I use Vega - 20g protein a serving (all Vega products are vegan). I buy it at Whole Foods, but the stuff isn't cheap.
Peanut butter that's just peanuts has 18g protein per quarter cup, so I just dump that in the blender with soy milk (much more protein than almond) and a frozen banana and call it a day. When I had a year of indigestion following horrible food poisoning, I lived on these--they're very easy on the gut.
Vega Chai Latte in almond milk.

Do not ever buy the chocolate flavored stuff of ANY brand because it's always awful.

Do not get Sun Warrior Protein--it may be vegan but that's the ONLY good thing about it. Yuck!

Okay then--I do a LOT of protein shakes. I use Vega protein, or a brand with at least 15 grams of protein and pea protein. Pea blends better than the others. A mix of pea and hemp protein is great when you can find it. Base shake is one cup of almond milk, one scoop/packet of protein powder, 1-2 large handfuls of spinach (raw or frozen.) Don't worry, you really cannot taste the spinach. You can always add a small *Ripe* banana to give it some body.
To flavor: try 1 cup frozen cherries with about a tablespoon of fresh minced ginger (current favorite)
OR--1 cup fresh (or frozen) pineapple with some fresh chopped mint (do not use mint extract--eek!)
OR--1 cup mixed berries (frozen or fresh) and a touch of vanilla extract
OR .5 tsp vanilla extract and .5 tsp orange extract (you can try using fresh tangerines)
You get the idea. About a cup of any fruit you like--Oh, I forgot, mango and pineapple!_

Add 4-5 ice cubes and blend it until it's really smooth and thick.
I do a quarter cup of full fat coconut milk, a cup of non-dairy milk, a heaping scoop of protein powder, a tablespoon of psyllium husk, and a squirt of flavored stevia or monk fruit extract. You'll feel full for like 5 hours on one of those.
PS you just eat the chia and flax seeds, I've never heard of anyone ever straining it. It's sort of like drinking oj with pulp. Way better than the filtered stuff haha

PPS I always made my shake in a shaker bottle. Although if you're going to let it sit for awhile before drinking, don't put in psyllium husk or it'll turn into pudding.
I really like the VegaOne shakes, they're pretty great and have a lot of variety of flavours.
This is really good recipe for everyone, every person like to drink easy protein shakes. I am also mix almond in milk its really helthy for our mind and body. Thanks for sharing it, i really love it

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