Friends, I recently had the need to go back to a simpler way of life. I seemed to be cooking complex meals every day, several times a day – and it was making me crazy. Because I never do anything incrementally (both a blessing and a curse), I hearkened back to my 20s when it was sunny every day, my ovaries did exactly what they were supposed to, I had a healthy back, I didn’t give a shit about politics, and I had a strawberry Carnation Instant Breakfast with skim milk every morning before rushing out to whatever random job I had at the time.
I loved those things!
I still do, but of course now that I’m older and have read the fine print on many things in my life, I know it wasn’t the best choice for me.
It was delicious (mmm – sugar and artificial flavors), and apparently nutritious (maybe?), but really when you get down to it, the nutrition label reads more like a supplement pack than actual food.
What’s wrong with that?
So its a packet with flavoring and supplements – isn’t that okay?
No. First, there are 19g of sugar in the packet. Meaning it’s dead to all ketorino’s already.
If that wasn’t enough (second), the if the nutrition doesn’t come from whole food sources, that means they’re artificially made in a lab. Taking in naturally occurring vitamins is always more ideal than the synthetic version.
If those reasons are enough, the packet also includes carrageenan, a controversial thickening agent considered to be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) by the FDA. (Not good enough for me.)
Carrageenan is also the target of an ongoing effort to get it removed from the U.S. food supply because of its potentially cancer-causing properties,
Most organic companies have voluntarily removed the ingredient due to possible harm it may cause.
On to the Keto Strawberry Milkshake
For all of the above reasons, we shall make our own healthy version of this simple drink. Granted, I don’t have the ease of tearing open a packet, but it only takes about 5 minutes to throw together and subsequently guzzle.
One of the things I love about this recipe is how customizable it is. Once you’ve got it down, feel free to change out the berry type, add fiber with chia seeds, change up the milk type, there are a ton of options and add-ins. Experiment, figure out what you like, and let me know how it goes.
Strawberry Macro Smoothie
- 1/2 cup coconut milk canned
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 35 grams strawberries (about 2-3 whole medium strawberries)
- 2 tsp granular monkfruit sweetener add or subtract to taste
- 1 pinch pink sea salt
- Measure all ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth. This may take several pulses to break down strawberries and combine fat with other liquids.
- Add ground chia seeds for more fiber (taste test between tablespoons).
- Collagen peptides adds obvious benefits plus a little protein.
- Quality MCT oil for added fat, an energy boost, and mental clarity.
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