I think squirrels have the right idea with their diet. You never see them lining up at the doctor’s office needing shots and medication. So what better ingredients for a protein shake than nuts and berries? I usually use at least one kind of berry in my protein shakes every day but I don’t typically add a lot of nuts, just a scoop of almond butter usually. So to mix things up a little (and add some more protein), I made this one extra nutty.
My favorite berry is raspberries but I think strawberries or blueberries would taste good in this one too. I like to use unsweetened berries as much as possible to make sure I’m not taking in any extra sugar. I try to buy organic berries too even though the price tag is a little higher.
Almonds have long been touted as a healthy snack but did you know walnuts are really good for you too? I didn’t really pay them much attention (other than to use them in one really good pesto recipe) but do a little research and you’ll find they contain tons of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties! Adding more than one kind of nut, ups the amount of “good fat” too.
I use coconut milk yogurt and agave nectar to keep the smoothie dairy free and refined sugar free but you can always use low fat milk and honey if you prefer. I really like to use pea protein to keep it as healthy as possible too. My favorite pea protein is Now Foods. It’s tasty stuff!
With all of the antioxidants and nutrients in this protein shake recipe, I like to use this after a long, early morning workout in the fitness pool or a late night date with the weights at my favorite gym.
Either way, you’ll find this one takes like a yummy bowl of cereal all mixed up in a shake!