A Great Shake Must Have These 5 Qualities 6


Smoothies, Protein Shakes, Meal Replacement Shakes

Great Shakes!

No matter what you call them, everyone is shaking them & making them. Active people, athletes, busy people, lazy people, weight loss types, moms, dads, kids, the whole family- everyone is enjoying the many benefits of a shake.

I really got into them over a decade ago when I’d visit my cousins in the summer. Good times! as they lived right on a lake. We’d do killer workouts, go for a swim and then into the house to make our post workout shake. To refuel our bodies, everything went into them: protein powder, wheat germ, vegetables, fruit, yogurt…you name it, we added it. We’d blend it all up and then see if it passed the Banana Test. The Banana Test was how many bananas we had to add to make it drinkable. 1 was a pass, 2 was on the edge, 3+ Yikes!

Why am I telling you all this? Well, before you rush out and buy a bunch of bananas, here’s my take on the 5 necessary elements for a great shake. I use a meal replacement shake, but it’s the same for protein shakes or smoothies.

1.    Taste

You’ve got to start with taste. I don’t care how healthy your Shake Creation is, if it’s not tasty, it’s not going to be something you enjoy drinking and what’s the point of that?

Constantly adding to it to make it palatable alters the ratio of the protein, carbs, and fats. This also adds unnecessary calories as most of the flavor-fixers are high in calories. It’s frustrating to keep tweaking – tasting- tweaking –tasting until you finally have to give up and go with what you’ve got whether it’s tasty or not!

It’s fine to add a lot of ingredients but you shouldn’t have to in order to drink it. Remember the Banana Test: sometimes there are just not enough bananas in the whole world!

2.    Convenience

It should be easy and fast to make. If there’s a lot to it and it’s time consuming, it becomes “just one more thing to do” and then that stop at Starbuck’s starts looking pretty good.

Remember my cousin’s shakes? By the time we put everything into them, it was time for another workout.

3.    Affordability

Your shakes costs more than your day-pass at the gym? You need to rethink it!  

Remember the shakes we were making way back then… I can’t imagine what they cost at that time, let alone now.

4.    Organic

Try to use as many organic ingredients as possible. It’s better for you, better for the planet. Even if you’re not completely convinced, why take the chance?

The shakes at the lake were made with very low quality ingredients. That’s not good. We expect a lot out of our body; we should give it the best fuel possible!

5.    Nutrient Dense

It should be nutrient dense. Nutrient dense foods give you the highest amount of nutrients for the fewest amount of calories (have a high nutrient to caloric ratio). You’re providing your body with the nutrients it needs to repair, replenish and function at its highest level.

When I see someone adding a banana to a shake, I fondly remember those great times and workouts with my cousins. But, I can’t say I miss the shakes!

How Does Yours Compare?

This morning I had 23 gms of organic whey protein (from grass fed NZ cows), low glycemic carbs, healthy fats, 20+ adaptogenic plants, massive minerals, 33+ supergreens and 30+ superfruits. It took about 1 min. to prepare and cost around $3.50.

I’d love to hear what you’re doing. If you’re still searching for the perfect shake, contact me. I can help.

References:

Benefits of Organic Foods

http://www.organic-food-for-everyone.com/advantages-of-organic-food.html

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2011756_2011730_2011720,00.html

Original Picture Sources:

http://www.isagenixnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Assorted-Shakes_240x159.jpg


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