A few weeks ago, Good Morning Texas called on Wednesday around 3pm to ask if I could do a segment on Friday demonstrating how to use plant-based protein in smoothies. I said, “Next Friday?” They said, “No, this Friday (June 27th).” We need three smoothies; one chocolate, one with coconut water and one green. Here they are: the Three Smoothies for Good Morning Texas, and they are yummy-good! The video from the segment is below, and all three printable recipes are located at the bottom of this post. The main message in the video is that 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds contains 8g protein, and 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds contain 9g protein. One cup of milk contains 8g protein, and one cup yogurt contains around 9g protein. Protein can easily be added without dairy. Enjoy the recipes!
A Word on Protein
It is the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) that we receive 10-35% of our protein from daily calories. So, how much do you need? Here’s the calculation: Your Body Weight (divided by) 2.2 = kg. Take this kg number (multiply by) 0.8 = RDA for your weight in grams. How much is a gram? About 4 grams equal 1 teaspoon.
Protein Powders Shown in the Video
I was asked to bring a few protein powders. Personally, I do not daily use protein powder. I did select three brands that have integrity. Vega Brand is created by iron-man and performance athlete, Brendan Brazier. Raw Meal Brand is created by Jordan Rubin, who cured himself of Crohn’s disease with his personal food choices. SunWarrior Brand is currently in clinical trials with the USDA to reduce high blood pressure. I do use protein powders when I travel. You never know what could be encountered on a flight; where you may need to emergency land, and how long you could be there. I am always prepared with a protein powder. When flying, I have my thermos with me. If I feel like I want a protein smoothie, I get green tea at Starbucks, or use my own teabags, cool it down, add the powder, shake the thermos like crazy, and there’s my protein drink.
The Three Recipes
The top worn in the video is current in the Sundance Catalog.