What do you do when every protein shake you try gives you sugar cravings? If you’re like me, you create your own.
Yesterday, I was in the drug store, and I checked out the nutrition label on a national brand “lean,” shake. I didn’t have a lot of time because I was on the way to pick up my son, so I just looked at the carbs per serving. You can imagine how shocked I was when I read 30 grams. Thirty grams of cabs for a shake that is supposed to help you get lean? Really? I’m following a ketogenic nutritition strategy, and I eat 30 grams of carbohydrate over the course of an entire day, not just in my pre-workout drink.
Actually, I don’t even use a pre-workout protein shake unless I’m training or teaching very early in the morning. Right now, I’m teaching 6:30AM sessions with another following at 8AM, so I need some protein beforehand. I was just eating a hard boiled egg between classes, but I thought I could do better. On top of that it occurred to me that my clients could use a good sugar free protein drink as well.
Note: I mention 3 different sweeteners here: Liquid Stevia, Erythritol, (Swerve) and Xylitiol (Made in the USA, not China.) I find that 8 drops of stevia plus 1 teaspoon of Swerve tastes wonderful, but people are very individual when it comes to sweeteners. You may want to borrow some from a friend, or buy the smallest amount possible when you are testing them out. Remember, go easy as you can always add a bit more.
Here is the recipe:
Freedom Protein Shake
1/3 Cup Grass Fed Whey Protein Powder
1 Cup Coconut Milk (Unsweetened)
1Tablespoon Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
8 Drops Chocolate Raspberry Liquid Stevia
or Erythritol or Xylitol to taste.
2 Ice cubes
Shake all ingredients in a shaker bottle.
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I’m back! Note: instead of Coconut Milk, you can use 1 Tablespoon of heavy cream plus 1 cup of water. This is a supplement, not a milkshake so it’s enjoyable, but never “irresistible.”