That’s right! This is a protein UNmilkshake! A nutrient rich, protein packed thick milkshake without all the typical sugar laden ingredients. Growing up, I loved indulging in a chocolate milkshake from my local dairy queen. Typically loaded with ice cream or some form of dairy, plus all the chocolate and sometimes an added banana for extra sweetness. Talk about sugar and calorie overload! It’s possible to enjoy this childhood treat without all the unnecessary sugar, fat and dairy. With some experimenting in the kitchen, I made a super creamy UNmilkshake! It may seem strange to add avocado to a shake, but this heart healthy power packed fruit makes this UNmilkshake super creamy. Not to mention, it adds a healthy dose of potassium, folate, B6,and vitamin C! Aside from sweetness, raspberries give this power packed shake an antioxidant boost. They also contain a high amount of flavonoids, such as quercetin and anthocyanins- great for keeping your immune system strong! DO attempt to make this at home!!
Power Packed Raspberry “UNMILK” Protein Shake!
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 cup water (optional depending on how thick you like your shake)
1 cup frozen organic raspberries
Half an avocado
1 tsp organic vanilla extract
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender. Enjoy!
Want to make your own homemade almond milk?! Its super easy!
VANILLA ALMOND MILK
1 cup almonds, soaked 8-12 hours
4 cups water
3 tbsp agave, raw honey, or sweetener of choice
1 tsp organic vanilla extract (or fresh vanilla bean)
Soaking almonds is a MUST! If you don’t have 8-12 hours, even 1-2 hours will do the trick. I soak my almonds in my vitamix overnight, then drain them in the morning and add 4 cups of FRESH spring water. I then add in my sweetener of choice, vanilla extract and blend. For a smooth consistency, strain your almond milk through a nut milk bag, or run the mixture through a very fine strainer/sieve. You may need to strain it a few times through a sieve to get your desired consistency. You can use the almond pulp for cookies or nut butter! Enjoy!
Samantha Gladish, RHN, ROHP, graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and proceeded to focus her studies in the field of Holistic Nutrition. After receiving a diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2009, Samantha acquired membership in the International Organization of Nutrition Consultants, earning her the designation of Registered Orthomolecular Healthcare Practitioner.
Since graduation, Samantha has demonstrated ongoing professional development through continuing education programs in Naturopathic and Orthomolecular medicine. Samantha’s comprehension of complementary and alternative medical treatments is evident in the success of her holistic practice. Samantha is also a certified Hatha Yoga instructor.
In the kitchen, Samantha transcends the disconnection between modern cuisine and the traditional preparation of whole, organic, live foods. Samantha’s culinary skills are surpassed only by her genuine enthusiasm for education and her practical application of nutrition in the prevention of modern disease. You can visit her on her website at www.holisticwellness.ca and follow her on Twitter @IMHolistic