I have reasonably good teeth, but I have found that using them is not always the most efficient way to consume healthful food. Years ago, I began to drink a protein shake before leaving for work. I referred to it as a protein breakfast drink, but rather than using protein powder, I relied on whole milk, nonfat dry milk, and raw eggs to provide the protein.
I would toss in a banana and a scoop of ice cream, blend it for about fifteen seconds, and down it before running out the door. I found that it gave me energy and helped me get through the morning without being tempted by the treats that the other employees would bring to work.
The ingredients I put into the concoction were not perfectly healthful by a long shot, but the concept was good, and since then, I’ve continued the custom with improved knowledge. Now, I ingest daily a robust preparation that not only keeps me going strong but also contributes to my overall physical and mental health.
The original idea for the protein drink is not mine. When I was young, my mother began to make “tiger’s milk” for herself in the morning before work. She obtained the recipe from one of Adel Davis’s books, and it consisted of skim milk, wheat germ, molasses, and brewer’s yeast. Later, she made similar drinks for my sister and me, but she added a scoop of ice cream to offset the bitter taste of the brewer’s yeast.
So the drink has a history in my family, and over the years, I have reformed it into a cornerstone of my life. Rain or shine, I drink the drink. Here is the recipe at this point in its evolution:
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 1 cup of water
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of molasses
- 3 heaping tablespoons of milled flaxseed
- 1 heaping tablespoons of brewer’s yeast
- 3 heaping tablespoons of oatmeal
- 3 heaping tablespoons of a sugarless, soy-based protein powder
- 2 medium-sized carrots
- 2 sticks of celery
- 3 slices of ginger root (A slice is about the size of a quarter. Some chefs refer to it as a coin.)
If you expend the effort each day to make and drink this mix, you will find yourself snacking less, feeling stronger, working better, losing weight, and looking fit. Frankly, the hard part is the shopping. I am constantly running out of one thing or another, and I have resigned myself to going to the store often in order to maintain everything fresh and on hand.
I hope you like the protein-breakfast-drink recipe and the idea behind it. I am confident that you’ll benefit from both. For one reason or another, you may have to eliminate an ingredient or substitute something for it. That’s OK. Do whatever you have to do to get onto a track of better health and a higher quality life.