Once upon a time, I was pretty into protein powder. I loved how it seemed to fill me up and replenish my tired muscles after workouts. I didn’t love how it made my stomach rumble (not a lot, but enough to annoy me).
So I ditched it – for the rumbles and also because I just couldn’t quite justify how protein powder (even the 100% grass fed whey stuff) fit into my real food only diet.
But after a few weeks of giving up protein shakes, my body continued to long for a thick and filling post-WOD beverage. And fruit smoothies just weren’t cutting it.
So, I thought of Rocky and decided to take some lessons from his raw egg-eating book.
I played around and attempted to create a shake using raw eggs as a protein source. I started with just two raw eggs, a banana, and coconut milk. Then under Chef Jamie’s (my sister in-law) recommendation, I added a few dashes of cinnamon along with some vanilla extract and pure maple syrup.
The results were magical. And the perfect paleo post workout protein shake was born!
In addition to being a great source of real food protein (containing roughly 7 grams of protein per egg), eggs are also rich in the following nutrients:
- Vitamins A, D, E, and K
- Vitamins B12 and B2
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Magnesium & Potassium
The same can’t be said about protein powder, which is only fortified with vitamins and minerals.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As wonderful as raw eggs are, store-bought eggs are not so awesome in a raw state — and they may actually make you sick. For this reason, only use pastured eggs for this recipe.
- 2 PASTURED eggs
- 1 banana
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A few dashes of cinammon
- Mix everything together in a blender (I use the magic bullet)!
- Don't worry about exact measurements for this recipe and go with your gut instead. No one wants to spend too much time on a protein shake - especially right after a workout!