As I pointed out in two of my prior articles, “Going Vegetarian After Gastric Bypass” and “** Protein and Amino Acids for Vegetarians and Vegans**,” it is possible to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet and still get the proper amount of protein and nutrients that are needed to sustain a healthy diet.
I mentioned that protein shakes using Garden of Life Organic products will help to address some of the dietary needs of the post-bariatric vegetarian. Here is one such recipe for you to enjoy. As they say, the proof is in the pudding. In this case it is in the protein shake. Enjoy
Vegan High Protein Shake from Borne AppétiIngredients:_
6-oz Chameleon Organic Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
2-TBS Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk (canned)
10-oz Goya Roasted Coconut Water
1-scoop Garden of Life Organic Raw Protein Vanilla
1-packet Garden of Life Organic Dr. Formulated Probiotics Fitbiotic
2 tsp. Whole Psyllium Husk (steam-treated non-irridiated)
Spring water, about 4 oz
20-oz Shake bottle
Coffee is one of the dirty dozen foods loaded with chemicals, so you’ll want to be sure to use only organic coffee concentrate. I buy Chameleon at my local health food store but you can order it from the product website http://shop.chameleoncoldbrew.com.
Along this same line, Trader Joe’s is the only brand of coconut milk that I have found does not contain preservatives or chemical additives. It is 100% coconut and that’s it. Regrettably, as of yet I have not found coconut water that has no chemical additives. However, my Vegan High Protein Shake can be made with spring or filtered water in lieu of the roasted coconut water; you likely will need to add a little stevia to sweeten the shake if you go this route.
Whole psyllium husk and probiotics both are valuable supplements for digestive health
Add all the ingredients into a shaker bottle, cap it tightly and shake well. Open the mouthpiece and fill the bottle to the top with spring or filtered water. Shake again and enjoy!
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Living larger than ever,** My Bariatric Life**
Cheryl Ann Borne, writing as My Bariatric Life, is a contributing writer and Paleo recipe developer for HealthCentral’s Obesity Community. Cheryl is an award-winning healthcare communications professional and obesity health advocate who has overcome super obesity and it’s related diseases. She publishes the website MyBariatricLife.org and microblogs on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Cheryl also is writing her first book and working on a second website. Watch her transformational video on Vimeo.