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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
8/7/13 7:55 P

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As I'm moving to reduce the amount of animal protein in my diet, I've been making smoothies with no whey protein powder in them. I have discovered some other protein powders, though, that are vegetable based. I'm planning to try them, but I still want to use up several canisters of my Isagenix powders that came with my monthly shipments before I discontinued them. [An aside: I read an article that indicated there had been some contamination problems with a few powders whose whey protein originated in New Zealand. Isagenix wasn't mentioned, and I doubt that its products were involved. It's just a reminder that we need to exercise some caution, even when seeking healthier foods.]

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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
7/12/13 2:38 P

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Further adjustments in my smoothie recipe: now I'm using either half a banana with a half-teaspoon of cardamom [or no banana or cardamom, if I'm having a second shake]. I've also cut the protein powder to one-quarter serving or omitted it completely if I'm doing a second shake in the same day because I've been going over my recommended daily limit [15% of calories] for protein. I've discontinued my monthly shipment of protein powder from Isagenix because I'm working toward no animal protein in my diet.

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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
6/20/13 10:17 A

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I'm still using my protein smoothies with kale, but another site with information on Ayurvedic nutrition indicated that the kapha part of my dosha [about 1/3, with 2/3 pitta] would suffer from smoothies and cold drinks during the summer. I've also been using bananas, and the same site indicated that they, too, were not good for kapha doshas. One recommendation was to offset them with cardamom and lime juice which are less "cold" nutritionally. I'm anticipating that I'll have to get more professional recommendations on what my diet should include and exclude. I am making progress in limiting my intake of animal protein: I've started using rice and almond milk, even though my protein powder is whey based.

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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
5/18/13 8:13 P

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I like using chia seeds, too, but when I tried them in my blender, most of them just stuck to the sides of the container. You might want to try mixing them in separately by hand after everything else has been blended. Almonds or other nuts are also good, unless you're allergic to them, of course.

Joe

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5/17/13 8:54 P

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It does sound quite tasty! I'm going to try it. Thanks for sharing.
I love making protein powder shakes & mixing in berries, etc...I've wanting to do a green smoothie & I like yours. I have everything but the sunflower seeds, so I'll sub chia or hemp seeds-thanks again emoticon


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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
5/6/13 8:41 A

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When I went to the grocery store this week, I bought some kale and coconut water so that I could try preparing a "green smoothie." I've been using a high-protein powder by Isagenix to make a shake for breakfast or lunch for almost three years. The green smoothie I made was a variation on that protein shake: 1 scoop the protein powder; 2 cups of chopped, fresh kale; 10 baby carrots; one small apple, sliced; 1/2 of a banana; 1 Tbs. of unsalted sunflower seeds; 5 0r 6 ice cubes; and 1 cup of coconut water [in place of 1 cup of filtered tap water. I put the ice and sunflower seeds in my Ninja blender [more blades to help chop the ice] and added everything else to the chopped ice/sunflower seeds. I'm sure I try variations with other fruits and veggies, but this version was quite good.

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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
4/21/13 8:04 A

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This past week I happened to hear a proponent of juicing (especially wheatgrass) and smoothies (especially kale) discussing the merits of these two ways of preparing foods to retain their nutrients and make them more accessible for our bodies. Both touched on the value of providing a more alkaline quality for our foods to maintain health because many pathogens that make us sick thrive in an acidic environment. What they were saying makes sense to me scientifically, and I was wondering if anyone has an idea of how such methods of preparation would factor into an ayurvedic model of eating.

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