In 2013 I discovered the autoimmune protocol and started a long journey of tremendous gut healing. It was all about REMOVING/EXCLUDING inflammatory foods and allowing my body to repair and restore my gut lining. I benefited a great deal from following that protocol for a number of years, perhaps lingering longer than I needed to, but eventually working in a fair number of reintroductions. There are still foods I avoid like nightshades and lectins.
But currently I am moving in to a phase where I am intentionally INCLUDING new superfoods to feed my microbiome and keep them healthy so they will keep me healthy by producing their many postbiotics.
In those strictly AIP years I ate plenty of fiber and tons of greens, but my template was still fairly limited. Now I am expanding to include a variety of polyphenol rich nutrients. One easy way I have found to expand my polyphenol intake is to incorporate them in to my protein shakes, rotating them in different combinations.
Here is what I am doing.
Each 16 oz wide mouth mason jar starts with:
1 scoop of Ultimate Paleo Protein. I have chocolate and vanilla so they serve as a base that I alternate. This protein powder contains probiotics, collagen and also L glutamine for gut healing. Both flavors are delicious. It is a beef based protein so egg, dairy and soy free. There is not even a hint of beef. Very well flavored.
1 scoop of Mikuna chocho plain plant based protein. It is lectin free.
1 T psyllium husk powder
1 tsp acacia fiber (I like Sari foods brand)
1 tsp Sovereign labs colostrum
This is where the fun begins. MIX AND MATCH!
I will add different superfoods to each jar and will vary the combinations.
I currently have the following powders to work with…and the collection keeps growing! I have added these over time as they each last a long time since you are using small amounts.
Açaí (deep purple, fruity)
Acerola cherry Vitamin C
Amla (Indian gooseberry)
Baobab (fiber source
Cacao Powder and Nibs
Carob Powder (I always add to any chocolate shake)
Maqui (deep purple, so delish. My current favorite!)
Mesquite (fiber source and naturally sweet)
Pitaya or dragonfruit (BRIGHT PINK!)
Spirulina (Just a touch…very dark green)
I tend to use the fruity flavors like maqui, açaí, pomegranate with the vanilla protein powder, but they are also pretty delicious with chocolate.
When I am ready a to make a shake to break a fast, I will add 8 oz of almond milk to my blendtec jar. I add in 2 cubes of frozen brewed sip herbals and Chagacinno (more superfoods!) and sometimes a few frozen berries…usually raspberries or blackberries. I dump in the powders and blend for 2 smoothie cycles in my blendtec blender. If I am drinking it right away I will often add 1/4 tsp of zen basil seeds which makes the shake a little thicker. I will not add if I am packing it to travel as it tends to get a little TOO thick over time. I often use the mason jar as a drinking glass to reduce clean up.
I also like to drink a few ready made superfood blends like:
Organifi Red Juice ( I mix 1 scoop in 6 cups of water in a 64 ounce mason jar, add 1 scoop Sunfiber and the juice of 1 lime). This blend contains Cordyceps mushroom as well as some red superfoods.
Gundry MD Vital Reds
Gundry MD Power Blues (my FAVORITE)
With these I put 1 scoop in 32 ounce mason jar and add the juice of 1 lemon, a scoop of Sunfiber and then fill with water. I make them ahead and let them chill overnight. I use a flip top lid for drinking right from the jar. I use a mason jar compatible juicer to squeeze the citrus right in to the jar! Handy!
I like the mason jar juicer accessory for squeezing citrus right in to the jar. Handy!
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