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Need added protein for Smoothies . . .

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 05, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I'm presently trying the auto-immune protocol, dairy-free, nut free paleo diet.

I vitamix a smoothie with 1 can coconut milk, 6oz spinach (cooked first in .5oz coconut oil), and 1/2 cantaloupe (12oz).

It makes 3 servers, each with: 25g fat, 18g carb, 7g protein

I'd like to increase the protein content, but am not yet ready to try commercial protein powders because I'm trying to limit variables as I trouble-shoot a pesky remaining health issue. Because I'm nut, diary free, adding almond butter or whey protein are not options for me right now.

Question:

What whole, paleo friendly food can I add to my smoothie to increase the protein?

(I suppose I could eat 4oz of ground beef first, then drink the smoothie. The idea of blending in beef into a green smoothie doesn't sound appealing).

Thanks for any out-of-the-box suggestions, Mike

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on August 16, 2013
at 03:02 AM

same here. always have a nice big scoop of hydro collagen in my smoothies. my hair looks AWESOME since I started using it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 05, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I am also partial to it, mate.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 05, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I'm a big fan of water. I drink it periodically.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 05, 2012
at 09:23 PM

I bet the egg whites have not met the mighty Vitamix! The demo guy at the home how blended the outer husk of a pineapple into a totally smooth drink!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 05, 2012
at 09:12 PM

Not the water? lol.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on May 05, 2012
at 08:44 PM

He was probably talking about the taste of tuna.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on May 05, 2012
at 08:42 PM

The boiled chicken breast would grind up fine, still kind of chunky. Have fun blending a hard boiled egg, the whites wouldn't break up well at all. @Roth - Egg yolks don't have that much protein, that's why I'd go for the whites at least. The whites in cartons are pasteurized, so I'm pretty sure the avidin (biotin binding protein) is denatured that way.

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

(823)

on May 05, 2012
at 06:25 PM

I like the idea of boiled chicken breast. I'd have to get it ground up pretty fine.... Oh, you could use baby food....

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 05, 2012
at 05:58 PM

It's just tuna in water. How can tuna plus water be terrible? https://www.google.com/search?q=tuna+shake&ie=UTF-8

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 05, 2012
at 05:46 PM

This might work for you - Egg Whites (pasteurized) http://www.eggwhites-international.com/. Scroll down for reviews and info. Haven't tried them but was considering them for a while.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 05, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Honestly, tuna in a smoothie? (that sounds totally terrible). However, like anything, I guess I should be more open minded. Thanks for the out-of-the-box suggestion.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 05, 2012
at 05:19 PM

I initially ruled out raw eggs due to safety concerns, but I supposed I could toss a hard boiled egg in there. Maybe, depending on how much fruit, I might not be able to taste it. Excellent suggestion!! Thanks!

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on May 05, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Neither. Egg yolks. Just toss a couple in there and blend it up. If he's trying to avoid common allergens, he shouldn't be consuming raw egg whites. Cooked egg whites, maybe.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on May 05, 2012
at 01:05 PM

You can buy the egg whites in cartons, and just pour them into the smoothie. Can't really get pastured eggs that way, and I wouldn't be taking the only the whites from pastured eggs anyway, kind of defeats the purpose of getting them.

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D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

on May 05, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I did hear you say no powder. However, if whey is the thing holding you up, there are some powders that are dairy, soy, gluten, and sugar-free.

PaleoMeal DF http://patient.designsforhealth.com/PaleoMeal-DF-Berry-Cream I use coconut milk, PaleoMeal, fiber, raw spinach, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 sour apple, and some coconut butter. (heavenly!)

There's also VegaOne http://myvega.com/ Which I haven't tried, but my chiro is quite into it. Dairy, soy, gluten, and sugar free, with greens already powdered and added.

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Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

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on May 05, 2012
at 05:08 PM

Gelatin/Collagen powder

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Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

on May 05, 2012
at 01:00 PM

if you can get over the ick factor, boiled chicken breast. Blends up nicely, and it's not that bad if you mix it with plenty of other stuff in your smoothie.

Otherwise, eggs or egg whites?

EDIT: November reminded me of alternative powders, you can get beef protein isolate or powdered egg whites. I haven't had these and I don't know if they're good or not, so the links are just some suggestions.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 05, 2012
at 05:46 PM

This might work for you - Egg Whites (pasteurized) http://www.eggwhites-international.com/. Scroll down for reviews and info. Haven't tried them but was considering them for a while.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on May 05, 2012
at 08:42 PM

The boiled chicken breast would grind up fine, still kind of chunky. Have fun blending a hard boiled egg, the whites wouldn't break up well at all. @Roth - Egg yolks don't have that much protein, that's why I'd go for the whites at least. The whites in cartons are pasteurized, so I'm pretty sure the avidin (biotin binding protein) is denatured that way.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on May 05, 2012
at 01:05 PM

You can buy the egg whites in cartons, and just pour them into the smoothie. Can't really get pastured eggs that way, and I wouldn't be taking the only the whites from pastured eggs anyway, kind of defeats the purpose of getting them.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 05, 2012
at 09:23 PM

I bet the egg whites have not met the mighty Vitamix! The demo guy at the home how blended the outer husk of a pineapple into a totally smooth drink!

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on May 05, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Neither. Egg yolks. Just toss a couple in there and blend it up. If he's trying to avoid common allergens, he shouldn't be consuming raw egg whites. Cooked egg whites, maybe.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 05, 2012
at 05:19 PM

I initially ruled out raw eggs due to safety concerns, but I supposed I could toss a hard boiled egg in there. Maybe, depending on how much fruit, I might not be able to taste it. Excellent suggestion!! Thanks!

D8c04730b5d016a839b3c5b932bf59dd

(823)

on May 05, 2012
at 06:25 PM

I like the idea of boiled chicken breast. I'd have to get it ground up pretty fine.... Oh, you could use baby food....

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 05, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Tuna plus water in a blender. Tastes very nice if you like tuna.

Raw, whole eggs if you are not allergic. Coconut milk and raw eggs is delicious. Just a tiny bit of pineaple juice makes it even tastier. :)
Coconut milk and raw eggs are great if you want to add weight quickly, so don't over do it.

(I suppose I could eat 4oz of ground beef first, then drink the smoothie. The idea of blending in beef into a green smoothie doesn't sound appealing).

You can cook ground mince very quickly in boiling water and then blend it up but if you are using hot liguids in a blender, be sure to add hot liquid slowly while it is blending or the lid will blow off.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on May 05, 2012
at 08:44 PM

He was probably talking about the taste of tuna.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 05, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I am also partial to it, mate.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 05, 2012
at 05:58 PM

It's just tuna in water. How can tuna plus water be terrible? https://www.google.com/search?q=tuna+shake&ie=UTF-8

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 05, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I'm a big fan of water. I drink it periodically.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 05, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Honestly, tuna in a smoothie? (that sounds totally terrible). However, like anything, I guess I should be more open minded. Thanks for the out-of-the-box suggestion.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 05, 2012
at 09:12 PM

Not the water? lol.

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105f9c7957cf40f80295f7b2d363816a

on August 16, 2013
at 02:54 AM

Great Lakes Collagen from pastured beef... i always put it in my juices/smoothies.!

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on August 16, 2013
at 03:02 AM

same here. always have a nice big scoop of hydro collagen in my smoothies. my hair looks AWESOME since I started using it.

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E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

(982)

on May 05, 2012
at 04:31 PM

hemp hearts..If you can forget they may not be "Paleo" a healthy diet/body is important..not so much if a food is explicitly Paleo

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