Have you ever heard of a bean smoothie for weight loss or muscle gain?
I came across this smoothie recipe, and I think I almost fell over.
1/4 cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds
1 scoop NitroFusion, or similar protein powder
1 cup soymilk
1 cup water
1 can canellini beans, rinsed [aka white kidney beans]
[optional] cocoa powder to taste
Blend all ingredients to desired consistency
Total stats: 974 calories, 125g carbs, 68g protein, 18.5g fat, 43g fiber
This was on a Vegan Bodybuilding website, and I wanted to say… body building for WHO exactly? I don’t know about you but 974 calories is most of my daily diet. WOW!!
So what kind of bean smoothie do I use?
This is more up my alley in terms of healthy and wellness for a bean smoothie.
Now of course you are probably saying, “What? Beans are not paleo??” … but many in our community are starting to change the way we look at beans as a one-size fits all sort of plan. You know I am all about finding your own nutritional truth, right? A fantastic article on Chris Kressers’ blog went into details about the pros and cons of beans, and the ONE study that most of your paleo pushers use to put the fear of beans into your diet. I recommend you read it, and if you tolerate beans, then this is a fun recipe revamp that we use at my house.
Great Northern Protein Shake
6 ounces raw pineapple
4 ounces flax or hemp unsweetened milk
1 cup frozen berries
1 can (16 ounces) Eden Great Northern Beans or your own soaked Great Norther beans, rinsed and drained
1 scoop of protein powder
1 teaspoon stevia (optional)
Blend and enjoy