I have been looking into the possibility of buying a protein powder to supplement my nutrients and caloric intake. Yet, after reading the ingredients on multiple different protein powder brands, I decided to make my own.
The reason I had problems with most protein powder mixes is mostly due to my Candida Overgrowth. I can’t have sugars, and also I need to avoid whey and most grains due to Leaky Gut (most likely caused by Candida). Also, many protein powders have added vitamins in forms that I don’t need or don’t want to ingest. I’m already taking vitamin supplements that I specifically need, so I don’t need it included in my protein smoothie.
So here is the homemade vegan protein smoothie that I came up with.
Create your own homemade vegan protein smoothie using any combination of the ingredients below.
Oatmeal is my preferred breakfast food. Unfortunately it’s not allowed on the Candida Free or SCD/GAPS healing diets. So I just make it for my husband instead.
It’s fast and easy to prepare and can be flavored anyway you like. I add 1/2 cup of rolled oats (gluten free) and 1/8 tsp salt to 1 cup of water and allow to cook just until it starts to boil. (You can easily double this recipe.)
Then I turn off the heat and with a little stirring it’s done. Oatmeal cooked in this manner will be creamy, but if you want more cream you can add almond milk. I haven’t purchased almond milk in the store for over 5 years, I didn’t buy it often, but I don’t remember it being as creamy as the one I make on my own. You should try some home made almond milk.
Oatmeal with Creamy Almond Milk, Raisins, Cinnamon and Coconut Oil
So, sometimes I have oatmeal with almond milk, raisins, cinnamon and coconut oil.
Then if I want a more “fruity” version. I add fruit (like strawberries or blueberries), dates/raisins a little water (or almond milk) and sometimes cashews (if I want added protein) to the Vitamix and mix until smooth and creamy.
Oatmeal with Blueberry Sauce
So, my goal is to use fresh natural sugars to sweeten my oatmeal. My daughter who likes oatmeal and totally loves blueberries thinks it’s the best flavored oatmeal she’s ever had (much better tasting and surely better for us than any boxed version).
The basic oatmeal recipe can easily be doubled. Also, make sure to cook over low heat so it doesn’t burn.
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/8 tsp salt (optional)
1 cup water
Add all ingredients to a pot over low heat for creamy oatmeal or wait for water to boil to keep oats separate.
Here is the recipe: I made the sauce in the Vitamix. I made just a few changes from the “Fresh Tomato Sauce” recipe in the Vitamix Whole Food Recipes Book. This recipe is for one serving. Step 1. Place the following ingredients into the Vitamix:
3 Roma tomatoes, quartered
1/4 small red onion
1/2 small carrot
1 TBS tomato paste
1/2 garlic clove
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp RAW honey
1/8 tsp salt
dash of pepper
dash of smoked paprika (to spice it up a bit, optional)
Step 2. Process on high speed for about 3 minutes.
Step 3. Pour into saucepan ans simmer for 30 – 40 minutes.
Step 4. When sauce is just about done, use Spiralizer to make noodles using 2 small to medium size zucchinis.
Step 5. Pour sauce over noodles and add fresh basil, parsley and Parmesean cheese.
It was a good serving size. It looked like a lot, but it tasted so good that I finished the plate and found the serving size to be just right.
On a busy day like today, it’s difficult to take the time to stop and eat proper nourishment. Just finished Part 1 of our garage sale and now it’s time to recuperate. I used some frozen tropical fruit to start, then I added kale (or you can add spinach) and yogurt (or you can add banana) for more creaminess. On my way to take my daughter to purchase the big item for which she was hoping to make enough money….and she met her goal.