How to Prepare Morning Shakes Rockwell Nutrition Style
From time to time, I stumble upon a product I don’t expect to like but actually do — which is exactly what happened with Garden of Life’s Raw Meal.
It’s no secret that I’ve never been a huge fan of Garden of Life, but I’ll be the first to admit that the reason for that has little to do with their product.
No, my prejudice came from the fact that the founder of Garden of Life and I were in a class together many years ago, and, frankly, I just didn’t much like the guy.
So there, I admit it: my prejudice about the company was very colored by an insignificant incident 15 years ago, but then again, who ever said prejudices were smart?
So I’m browsing through the catalogues of various companies, and I see this product by Garden of Life — Raw Meal — and the description sounds so fascinating that I decide to order it.
Which I did.
Let me just be honest and say this: It’s great.
I mean, seriously great. It’s my go-to meal replacement these days. And I’ll tell you why…
Why I LOVE Raw Meal by Garden of Life….
First of all, it tastes great. (I’ll tell you how I personally prepare it at the end of this newsletter.)
Second, it has 17 grams of protein in a half serving, 34 grams in a complete serving. More about this “serving” business in a minute…
Third, a full serving has a remarkable 10 grams of fiber, and even a half serving has 5 grams, which is more than can be found in 95% of the crummy cereals we’re told to eat for their “high fiber” content… but don’t get me started.
Here’s the deal with the “full serving” and “half serving”. You can use this powder as a meal replacement in which case you use two scoops and it provides 310 calories. That’s considered a full serving.
Or you can use it as a mini-meal or snack, in which case you use one scoop and it provides 155 calories. That’s the half serving size.
If you use it as a meal replacement, you can throw in all kinds of goodies like berries, raw oats, raw milk, almond milk, Forti-Flax, even a handful of nuts if you like, essentially designing your own meal with as many (or as few) calories as you like.
You can even add a scoop of whey powder, like Designs for Health Whey Cool, to pump up the protein content a bit. And you can do the same for the fiber by adding in a small scoop of Paleo-Fiber. It’s like adding options to the base model of a car.
More Benefits to Raw Meal…
Raw Meal provides twenty essential vitamins and minerals, in many cases 100% of the RDA (pitiful as that number is). In addition, there’s a RAW probiotic and enzyme blend, with about 3 billion CFU of lactobaccilus acidophilus and digestive enzymes. The protein is completely derived from plant sources, and the product is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.
I was also pleased to find that this company really cares about the planet, and seems to have a true commitment to sustainability. They use only certified organic plant protein from sprouted grains and legumes, and they use only recyclable packaging, vegetable inks, sustainably farmed papers and 100% certified renewable wind energy credits to run their operations.
I’ve gotta give ‘em props for that.
All this probably wouldn’t matter so much if the product didn’t taste great, but it does.
Seriously, folks this is one of the best meal replacement products on the market.
The Rockwell Nutrition Morning Shake…
Here’s the way I personally like to use Raw Meal. Try this and tell me if it’s not the greatest thing ever.
Warning: I make things in the kitchen entirely by feel, so please forgive me if this doesn’t exactly follow recipe protocol. Experiment with it and I promise you’ll find a mix you love!
- Take a glass of raw, whole milk and put it in a blender. Raw milk is still legal in a couple of states. If you can’t get raw, whole milk, use almond milk. I usually use about 7/8 raw whole milk and then top it off with a dollop of almond milk anyway, just for flavor.
- Throw in one scoop of Raw Meal
- Add a small handful of berries
- Add a tablespoon or so of Forti-Flax
- Throw in a small handful of almonds
- Throw in a small handful of coconut flakes
- Add ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of Manuka Honey
- Toss in a scoop of PaleoFiber
- If you want to amp up the protein add a scoop of Whey Cool
Blend and drink!
If it comes out too thick—or looks like it will—add more almond milk, or even some ice cubes to thin it out a bit. But don’t thin it out too much. When it’s just right it’s creamily delicious, with a nutty, crunchy texture.
I love this shake so much, that this week I wanted to feature all of the products I use in it here in our newsletter and offer a discount on all of them. So stock up and enjoy!
Did I mention this powder also contains beta-glucans, SOD, glutathione and CoQ10? I’m telling you from a health and flavor standpoint this product is hard to beat. My recommendation: Go with the vanilla flavor featured here. It’s delicious.
In my opinion, this is one of the best whey powders on the market. You can use it alone if you prefer whey to a vegetable-based protein powder, or you can add it to your shakes like I do to pump up the protein. Your choice. Either way, this is an excellent product.
Most people don’t get nearly enough fiber in their diet. PaleoFiber offers an easy way to increase your fiber intake, it’s tasteless, and it’s a wonderful addition to your morning shake routine. I love it.
Don’t forget to drop me a line and let me know if you love this shake as much as I do!
Wishing You Health and Wellness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team