You may be surprised we are recommending you drink a protein smoothie after learning you have trouble digesting proteins. Allow us to explain…
Proteins are a vital macronutrient for building and repairing all muscle tissue, neurotransmitters, and DNA so we definitely don’t want to scale back on protein intake. Instead, we can focus on making sure your body can fully digest these proteins, absorb the nutrients and make use of the amino acids found in protein.
Choose a high-quality protein that provides all nine essential amino acids at recommended levels for a complete protein profile. We recommend the Veg-E Complete Protein because the blend of organic pea, pumpkin seed, and sesame seed provide 15g of vegan protein and a complete amino acid profile. It’s sweetened with coconut and monk fruit and thickens the smoothie for that shake-like consistency.
Almond butter makes any smoothie a little more delectable with its creamy consistency and it offers 7g of protein in 1 serving (2 TBSP). If that’s not enough to get you aboard the almond butter train, check out these nutrients you’ll find inside an almond: riboflavin, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, and Vitamin E (essential for heart health, brain function, skin health, blood sugar levels). The skin of almonds contains probiotic components that help with digestion, detoxification, and healthy bacterial growth.
Unfortunately, the skin also contains inhibitors that can degrade digestive enzymes and need to be soaked, also known as sprouted. Sprouted almond butter is almost double the price. It is cheaper and more effective to buy raw almonds by the pound. Soak a 1/2 cup at a time overnight then throw the nuts into your high-speed blender.1,2
Kale is a bitter food that will help stimulate the protein enzyme production. Kale is also extremely nutrient dense, second only to turnip greens. We encourage you to try Turnip Greens in this smoothie, we really enjoyed it’s buttery texture.
Figs are a key player when it comes to breaking down proteins into smaller peptides. Figs are filled with proteolytic enzymes, known as ficin, that aid in the breakdown of proteins.3 Without this ingredient (or help from a digestive enzyme supplement), your body may struggle to break down and absorb the quality proteins from the almond butter and Veg-E Complete Pro.
Blackberries are rich in polyphenols, which are effective in reducing inflammation and oxidative stress associated with undigested protein. Research shows that blackberries reduce oxidative stress created by nitric oxide, helping also to aid against cardiovascular disease. Blackberries can also reduce blood glucose level.
If you have protein symptom patterns, this smoothie may be beneficial to you. Consult a functional digestion specialist for additional HCL and enzyme promoting supplement and herbal plan if you exhibit any additional symptoms.
1) Zhou, Jin R., and John W. Erdman Jr. “Phytic acid in health and disease.” Critical Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition 35, no. 6 (1995): 495-508.
2) Bohn, Lisbeth, Anne S. Meyer, and Søren K. Rasmussen. “Phytate: impact on environment and human nutrition. A challenge for molecular breeding.” Journal of Zhejiang University Science B 9, no. 3 (2008): 165-191.