Strawberry Geendrink Smoothie
Protein powders are highly processed and often heated to the point that the protein is denatured, making it very hard for the body to recognize and use. Also, since they are not considered "supplements" they are not regulated by the FDA, and some of the cheaper, non organic brands are filled with artificial sweeteners, allergens like whey protein and soy, and preservatives. Consumer reports even tested some a few years back and found heavy metals in them. Yikes
Protein powders are NOT whole foods. A lot of people think protein powders are just regular whole foods dried and ground up into powder form, and it's a lot more complicated than that. To get a high protein count, you have to extract the proteins OUT OF the food, leaving the rest behind.
One popular veggie protein powder is pea protein, made in a lab and it's got a high glutamate concentration so if may affect you the same way MSG does. It's extracted even if it's organic and I found I got headaches if eating more than a small dose a few times a week as both my husband and I are very sensitive to MSG.
In some brands you can find GMO ingredients and Whey Protein Isolate, another high glutamate/extracted ingredient which is non-vegan and is usually not organic (which means it may contain antibiotics and pesticides too)
My favorite alkaline "green" drink go to
Your body processing all of this protein can be hard on the kidneys and you can end up with excess acid and uric acid build up as your body tries to digest and break down those proteins. You want a highly alkaline smoothie, NOT a highly acidic one unless you want to tempt a kidney stone down the road.
SuperGreenFood is a 30 calorie per serving grass green blend, with no sugar fiber and a fruit based antioxidant blend as well as probiodics (for those that can't eat dairy yogurt). It's been improved to be more finely ground, so think sort of clean salad taste in a smooth liquid, NOT glass clippings. They do have some flavored with orange or pineapple which are surprisingly good, but usually I just blend with a cup of fruit for a really refreshing low calorie smoothie This is NOT a protein boost, containing only 2 grams but it is very good for you, and has a soothing alkaline effect on the body.
I was diagnosed with high uric acid levels post menopause, when I had a gout attack. You do NOT want to go there. One day you're fine, then you wake up in the morning and your toe or wrist or other joint is the size of Delaware and the pain is so bad you can't even touch the skin.
That was a week of "get this baby out of me NOW" kind of pain I had not expected. It took the docs a few days to figure it out. I had none of the triggers for gout, - in my late 40's, normal weight, extremely light drinker, female, but the doctor said a highly acid diet of two cheap nutritional drinks a day and a diet high in protein and light in calories while trying to drop five pounds fast, plus menopause likely triggered it. That's a lesson I don't have to learn twice. So I ditched the sugary drug store diet drinks and all of the meat and added one of these green drinks every day, drank lots of water, added a few more calories in the form of alkaline fruits and veggies and I haven't had as much as a flare up since the initial one.
So think about what you are putting in your smoothie - just because it's in the "health food" section of the grocery does NOT mean it's healthy.