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1/5/12 6:31 P

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I am a dessert addict, and being on a diet can be super tough for me sometimes; but, I have been perfecting my dessert protein shake and I am sooooo happy with it!

Try this for added protein:

Aria (Whey Protein for Women) - 1 Scoop
Silk Almond Milk - 8 oz
Ice Cubes - 3 (Ice Tray Size)
Hershey's Lite Syrup - 1 Tbsp
Brown Sugar - 0.5 Tsp
Fruit - 0.5 Banana OR 4 Large Strawberries with 10 Blueberries OR 2 Clementines

Blend in a blender until the ice is well blended. I LOVE this shake and it adds 16g of protein and only about 200 calories (for dessert, that rocks)!

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1/4/12 10:58 A

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Thanks Callie.

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What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUMUvYLC5iM
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1/4/12 10:50 A

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Steel cut oats is one of those things that you don't notice because you aren't interested, but when you are you realize it is all over the place. It's right there with oatmeal -- often called Irish steel cut oatmeal. You can find both organic and non-organic with the regular oat counter parts.

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1/4/12 9:51 A

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Since I never knew what I needed I only would use the instant type. But I kind of figured raw was better, but there again I didn't know which to buy and can't afford to keep buying food that I can't eat. So next time I go for oatmeal it should be steel cut which am assuming can be found at my local grocer maybe the organic isles?
And since I am new to the world of nutritionally sound breakfast smoothies I will try to find one that is fairly simple to start.

Thanks for this thread and your responses guys.

~Michelle Macari in St George UT~ Lifestyles of the fit and meatless!
What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUMUvYLC5iM
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CALLIOPEDAK's Photo CALLIOPEDAK Posts: 3,242
1/4/12 7:51 A

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A vitamix or a blendtec can handle steel cut oats just fine -- as I understand it. I use Bob's Mill Rolled Oats.

One thing to try with a less powerful blender might be to soak the oats in whatever liquid you use in the smoothie (almond milk for me) overnight. I really do NOT Like an icy cold smoothie for breakfast, especially when winter hits, so I usually put the spices, protein powder, oats, almond milk and frozen fruit into a pitcher then let them, as Alton Brown puts it, hang out overnight in the fridge. In the morning I just dump it all into the blender, add my fresh spinach and blend.

Makes a fast breakfast even faster and I end up with a satisfyingly cool smoothie without an ice chill/headache.

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1/4/12 7:11 A

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That makes sense. I am converting to raw and that is not raw. It's a bit too processed for my program. Thanks for responding.


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1/4/12 6:42 A

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For raw oatmeal, I use rolled oats. It has a good texture. Steel cut would probably be too crunchy.

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When you gals are talking about raw oatmeal, exactly what are you talking about? Rolled oats, instant type oats or steel cut oats-the type I fix for my children from scratch?

I have a blendtec also which my mother-in-law donated to me. I love it!


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1/3/12 9:52 P

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Thanks Callie. I thought my main blunder was throwing them in raw. I wonder if a regular blender might work a little better than the immersion blender.

I have an old blender...it was my ex husbands grandmothers blender!


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What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUMUvYLC5iM
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1/3/12 9:49 P

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I use 3 scoops of uncooked organic oatmeal that I just drop into the smoothie along with the rest of the ingredients then hit blend.

But I sprang for a Blend Tec blender in 2011. I know those are pricy, but I understand a 1,000 watt blender like a Ninja will do the trick, and at least the Ninja is $100.

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1/3/12 9:18 P

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Callie if I can ask a question?

I have read and read the benefits of oatmeal but cannot stand the consistency in my mouth so I don't eat it. When adding to a shake, what do you use? Cooked or raw? Do you have to process it in any way? I have tried just pouring raw oatmeal in a shake and it did not work out well.....the only kitchen tool I have is the Emerson Immerse blender....

~Michelle Macari in St George UT~ Lifestyles of the fit and meatless!
What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUMUvYLC5iM
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1/3/12 8:31 P

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I use protein powder in my morning green smoothie. (almond milk, oatmeal, fruit, spinach plus cinnamon, ginger and a dash of cayenne powder) Keeps me nice and full until dinner time and makes certain I get my daily minimum of most requirements.

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The other day my husband and I watched "To Your Health" by Julieanna Hever She went and interviewed all the major gurus in the plant-based diet world. Joel Jurmal,T. Colin "Campbell, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Chef A.J.. All of them, every single last one, stated unequivocally that PLANT based protein should only be 2 1/2% of your total calories a day. It is impossible for a vegan to be protein deficient as long as they are eating to satiation. Avoid meat protein-even fish, that is a meat btw!, because not only does it cause heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc., but it is not for humans to consume.

They even go into the calcium myth. Animal calcium causes disease! The same ones listed above PLUS calcium deficiency, bone loss, etc., by leaching calcium out of the bones. The body needs to combat the acidity of the animal milk by taking calcium out of the bones and then calcium is excreted through the urine.

Humans are herbivores as stated below.


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1/3/12 7:43 P

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I agree with the comments that we don't need as much protein as "they" say. I think the numbers were generated by the meat industry.
There is an increasing number of elite athletes who are vegan, including body builders.
Someone put a great post up here, which you should see.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNCGkprGW
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I have a green smoothie every day with brown rice protein in it.
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Thank you everyone for being such a huge help. I feel more reassured and a lot less worried. I really needed that!

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Welcome to the vegetarian way!

To answer your question, I think protein shakes are a good solution for part of a healthy and quick meal when you want to boost your protein. Whey protein has a permanent spot on my pantry shelf.

There are vegan and vegetarian protein shake alternatives, always read labels and "do your homework".

A vegetarian diet is NOT detrimental to your health. A vegetarian diet can provide a healthy lifestyle without ever needing to eat chicken or fish. (Of course, many vegetarians have followed a path of junk food and empty calories. But that's a different story!)

NOTE: I usually add frozen fruit with the whey and blend to make a smoothie. Or I add about a tablespoon of peanut butter and enough water to blend the whey, zap it for a minute in the microwave to make a warm cake-like dessert.

Edited by: ECOAGE at: 1/3/2012 (17:29)
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1/3/12 5:17 P

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A good resource to read about protein requirements is The China Study by T.Colin Campbell. Like a previous poster indicated, we don't need as much protein as "the experts" say.

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1/3/12 5:14 P

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I have not had any problems getting enough protein as a vegetarian.... I use the protein shake sometimes...... I eat a lot of beans, cheese, greek yogurt, almond milk, pasta that is higher in protein, I buy a bread that is 10g of protein per serving! (cybros......love it!). You can also try tofu, seitan or other veg meat substitutes. Welcome..... You do have to be sure to get enough b-12. Our bodies don't need much but meat is the only natural source. I take a multivitamin that has it in it.... you can also find a lot of foods that throw in extra vitamins and include it (cereals - nutritional yeast....etc). The first few weeks as a vegetarian were harder - more getting used to living without something I had always eaten. But now I don't even think about it. And I feel so much better knowing I am not contributing to helping factory farms make money.

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1/3/12 5:05 P

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My fiance and I both use protein shakes and bars from time to time. I personally hate the texture and fake, sugary taste of the protein shakes, but I'll drink them after a workout or as a snack. He usually picks the shake we use, but we usually always go with whey protein powder that you can mix with milk (I use soy milk) or water.
I haven't tried it yet, but I've also seen people mix some powder with oatmeal or in smoothies, which seems like a good alternative. A lot of places will let you try some of the protein products before you buy, too, so it always pays to ask. Hope that helps some!

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1/3/12 4:58 P

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"They" are now saying we don't need as much protein as was previously thought. I think it was in the latest Vegetarian Times that your protein requirement is your weight times .35

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1/3/12 4:36 P

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There are many threads on this team's pages about protein. Do a search and you'll find a lot. It is a big topic of discussion with many differing opinions, but the bottom line is that there are a whole lot of very healthy plant-based eaters. There are also a whole lot of unhealthy meat eaters.

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The body can not use animal protein period. We have been fed the wrong info since the early1900's and making us sick and overweight. We are herbavores and the best protein for us is plant and nut protein. Eat enough and you will have enough protein. Dont believe me do some research on line.

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Hey guys, my name's Sarah and I've thought long and hard about switching to a vegetarian diet. My main concern, of course, is getting enough protein. Even eating meat, I almost always fall beneath the minimum 60g of protein. I do plan on continuing to eat dairy, so greek yogurt and eggs will help, and I do love grains and beans, but do any of you think I should add protein shakes/powder to my diet? Any recommendations or tips would be a huge help. I don't know any vegetarians, so I don't really have anyone to turn to for advice. My biggest fear is doing something that I think is really healthy, when in fact it may be detrimental to my health. Maybe I should still eat fish or chicken once in a while (even though the main reason for me deciding to become vegetarian is so I am not responsible for other animals deaths)?

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