Some things about being “post GAPS” are easier. Some are harder. Harder are things like: keeping a balance so as not to go too far off the healthy path (i.e., eating too much processed food or too little nutrient-dense food), teaching a child “reasonable food approaches” vs clear rules, talking freely on my blog about where I’m at (because I don’t want to talk too much about “post GAPS” foods and approaches to people just starting out).
Easier are things like this shake, which I made up a week ago and has again changed our lives. For both my son and I, it has provided a very obvious boost of energy and eliminated cravings in a way similar to Stage 1 & 2 of Intro do for us. I make one each morning, set some aside for myself, and pack about 400ml in a Thermos for my son. He loves it and wants to drink it all in one go, but I’m teaching him to instead take smaller amounts throughout each day. Is it a coincidence that since starting him on this shake he has had a ridiculous amount of happiness and energy as he moves through a full day of school, plus two or more hours of intense movement?
Fat & Protein Shake
As usual, I do not have exact measurements for you, as I just toss random amounts of things in, but I’ll try to provide some sense of what I get up to…
Important: The abundant fat of the coconut oil is a key aspect to this shake’s benefits. However, if newly introducing coconut oil, start with a teaspoon or less per day and work up slowly. Coconut oil will trigger intense healing and die-off!
- Coconut milk, half a can
- Coconut oil, approximately 3-5 tablespoons
- Eggs 2-3, or home-fermented whey or, post-GAPS, 30 grams of commercial whey protein
- Frozen fruit (berries, banana)
- Optional: raw cocoa powder
- Sea salt to taste
Zoom together with a hand held blender. Eat, refrigerate, pack in a Thermos, or freeze.
- As we are post-GAPS, we find we are now able to use a commercial, powdered whey for convenience. At Whole Foods, we found one that is organic and from grass-fed cows, and which has no additional ingredients. Those on GAPS can use homemade whey or whole, raw eggs for the protein content. (I still often throw whole, raw eggs into our shakes.)
- I am comfortable eating whole (yolk and white), raw eggs that are organic and free-range. I always recommend that any person not comfortable using raw eggs simply skip them. My own comfort level, based only on my preconceptions or intuition, dictates that I not add raw eggs to a smoothie that will be transported around all day in fluctuating temperatures; that’s where the whey is a lovely convenience. I add raw eggs only to foods I will be consuming immediately.
- My son prefers this shake very cold. The frozen fruit makes it so, and packing it into a cold-conditioned Thermos keeps it that way.
- Our favourites by far are the banana or banana-and-cocoa, but I do a rotation of flavours so we get a wider range of nutrition and also don’t weary of any one kind.
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