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Q: Can you give me some protein shake recipes?

A: I have to admit it; I have joined the bandwagon of the New Years Resolution fitness fanatics.  I started going to the gym more often and making sure that I was lifting heavy and hard.  Just like the good old days where I actually broke a sweat.  Instinctively I felt my body develop a need for additional protein.  I fired up my Vita Mix blender and got back into my old habit of drinking two to three protein shakes a day.  Man what a difference a protein shake makes.  My energy levels shot through the roof.  I noticed that I am not as tired in the evening and actually have enough energy to stay up late and get things done.  Since protein is the most important ingredient in a protein shake, I will fill you in on my favorite protein powder "High 5" and why I like it so much.  I believe that a high quality protein powder like High 5 is easier to digest and assimilate than chicken, beef and other forms of dietary protein.

MM Sports Nutrition created High 5 about five years ago.  Max Sports & Fitness Magazine published an article entitled "The Protein Bible".  Within this article came advice from some of the top protein authorities in the world.  The article suggested that optimal protein utilization was possible when combining several different types of protein.  By doing this you can actually elevate nitrogen balance for longer periods of time, thus creating a time release protein blend.  As the name implies, "High 5" is a synergistic blend of 5 powerful proteins.  These proteins include: Whey Protein Concentrate, Soy Protein Isolate, Egg White Protein, Potassium Caseinate and Whey Protein Isolate.  High 5 is fast becoming the most popular protein in our distribution system.  Since MM Sports Nutrition is known for high quality protein powders, this is quite an honor.  One of the reasons High 5 tastes incredible is that we use the finest flavoring ingredients.  We Special Order a Bavarian vanilla that is literally four times more expensive than other vanilla flavors.  In addition to this, we use only the finest and highest quality protein sources available.  All this combined makes High 5 very easy to mix and guarantees it will taste fantastic.

Protein shakes are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to supplement your body with additional protein and other vital nutrients.  By adding 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds to a protein shake, you can supplement your diet with 8g of the essential fatty acids and 12g of dietary fiber.  These seeds are virtually tasteless and add a little body to your shake.  Throw in a few berries, almonds or soybeans and it becomes anything from a super anti-oxidant protein shake to a heart healthy cholesterol buster.  What I found particularly intriguing was the fact that you could load over 60g of protein in one shake, and it tasted awesome.  The cost per serving is less than $2 and you can drink it in a minute or two.  This is a feat that you will never  accomplish with a steak or chicken breast.  Not to mention the added value of essential fatty acids, natural carbohydrates from fruit and of course 60 grams of highly bio-available protein.  So dust off your blender and go to Trader Joe's and pick up some frozen or fresh fruit, soybeans, broccoli and let's get started making some Super Healthy High Protein Shakes.

High Protein Banana/EFA:
1 scoop of High 5 Vanilla or any flavor you prefer
8 ounces of non-fat milk or soy
4 ounces of water
2 tablespoon of golden flaxseeds (not flaxseed oil)
1 whole ripe banana
1 cup of ice
Optional 1 tablespoon of honey or 1 packet of Equal or Splenda to sweeten lightly.

This delicious high protein shake has approximately 40g of protein, 8g of pure essential fatty acids (the good fat), and approximately 32-47g of carbohydrates depending on whether you use honey or not.  By adding an extra scoop of High 5, you can make this shake exceed 65g of protein.  Adding a second scoop of protein will also make it a little bit sweeter and creamier.  Golden flaxseeds are a great addition to any protein shake.  By adding 2 tablespoon of golden flaxseed to your shake, you will add 8 grams of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids.  These essential fatty acids have proven to be effective in reducing heart disease promoting overall good health.  In addition to this, they supply an additional 4 g of protein and only 5 g of carbohydrates.  Best of all by using the whole seed you supply your body with 12 g of dietary fiber.  It is very easy to see why some experts consider flaxseed to be one of the healthiest nutrients you can put into your body.  This shake contains approximately 350-415 calories.

***A nice little trick with bananas that get ripe is to peel them, break them in half and freeze them for later use.  You don't need to make banana bread or eat 4 bananas on the last day.  This works great with shakes and bananas always taste a little better when they are a bit overripe.

Anti Oxidant/ EFA:
1 scoop of High 5 vanilla or any flavor you prefer
8 ounces of non-fat milk or soymilk
4 ounces of water
2 tablespoon of golden flaxseeds (not flax seed oil)
1/2 cup of frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries or a mixture) If fresh use more ice
Optional 1 tablespoon of honey or 1 packet of Equal or Splenda to sweeten  slightly.                    
1 cup of ice

This recipe will make an awesome tasting shake that contains approximately 40 grams of protein, 30 grams of carbohydrates and 8 grams of fat from the essential fatty acids from in flaxseed.  When we add to it to all up, we get approximately 360-400 calories.  Berries are loaded with anti-oxidants.  Try frozen strawberries, blueberries and grapes as well.  Adding 1/2 of a banana will add about 40 calories and make it very smooth.

Low Calorie Protein Pudding Shake (Less than 150 Calories)
1 scoop of High 5 vanilla or any flavor you prefer
10-12 ounces of water
2 heaping tablespoons of Fat Free Sugar free Jell-O Instant Pudding, any flavor you prefer.  This will make your shake very creamy and tasty.
1 Cup of Ice or more if needed

This could be the best tasting shake you have ever tried.  Make sure you use Fat Free Sugar Free Jell-O Instant Pudding to keep the sugar content low.  Jell-O makes other great tasting flavors as well.  When it is all said and done you have a great tasting High Protein Dessert has less than 150 calories and almost 30 grams of protein.  You can add an extra tablespoon of Jell-O to make it taste even better, each tablespoon of Fat Free Sugar Free Jell-O Instant Pudding is only about 18-20 calories.  You will swear you are cheating

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