So what we need is an all-natural, whole foods alternative that matches the Scandishake (and other weight gain shakes) in its caloric content, fat content, and protein content. In the past I've focused on creating fat-heavy, high-calorie green smoothies based on fatty nuts like macadamias. But they are kind of hard to digest, they are a meal in and of themselves, and affordable macadamias are hard to find. Plus, they are not very high in protein, and I wanted to create a high-calorie shake that would double as a protein shake as a post-workout option. So I came up with this delicious concoction.
I also add in a few supplements that do not affect the shake's flavor all that much. I add in raw potato starch as a prebiotic resistant starch to help feed my beneficial gut bacteria. Raw potato starch is not absorbed by our digestive tracts and instead feeds our gut bacteria (especially Bifidobacteria in the colon). This can significantly help rebalance our microbiome to favor helpful probiotic bacteria which support healthy immune function and break down the starch into short-chain fatty acids that directly feed our intestinal cells! Research has shown that eating resistant starch is more effective than taking probiotics for boosting Bifidobacteria in the colon. Although raw potato starch is a "carbohydrate", it is not absorbable by the human digestive system, therefore will not raise our blood sugar significantly. I also add in a scoop of glutamine, a gut-healing amino acid. I like to take my daily probiotic with this shake, since it comes a lot with a lot of prebiotic fibers that will make those good bugs happy and buffer them from my stomach acid. This shake would be a great way to get in some powdered herbs that may not be so tasty on their own, especially adaptogens like ashwaganda, chaga, or American ginseng. You can also add in some mild-tasting greens like lettuce or spinach if you'd like to add extra fiber and antioxidants.
But the final test: is it tasty? Heck yes! I think it rivals the Scandishake flavor. Tastes to me like a damn good milkshake. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!
Calories = 387
Fat = 25 g
Carbs = 30 g ( *not including the carbs from the potato starch, since they are not absorbed)
Fiber = 4 g
Sugars = 21 g
Protein = 16 g
4-5 Tbsp of raw hemp hearts (like these). Store hemp seeds in the fridge or freezer to preserve the integrity of their polyunsaturated fats.
~ 8 oz. (1 cup) of unsweetened hemp milk (like this)
7 ice cubes
1 Tbsp unsweetened carob powder
1/2 Tbsp organic cocoa powder
1 Tbsp raw (unmodified) potato starch (I get mine from Bob's Red Mill)
1 scoop (5 g) glutamine (like this)
~ 1 Tbsp raw honey, or to taste
~ 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1) First combine your ice cubes and hemp milk in the blender until well blended up. If you blend everything all at once it gets to be a mess.
2) Add in everything else and blend up until smooth. If it's too thick (because of the ice cubes), just add a little water and reblend.