Paleo / Primal / Bacon / CleanEats Lifestyle
Being a proponent of whey protein shakes after a workout, I need to mix it with something other than water. Water gets boring, especially in a shake. Now I know what you are saying “John Mack, whey isn’t considered Paleo”. Personally I can handle dairy in moderation. The type of whey you should be using should be a clean whey and from grass-fed cows. I firmly believe in the benefits of whey protein to meet your protein needs for the day as well as after a workout.
When whey is taken after a workout, generally 30-60mins after, whey helps with muscle recovery and building of new lean muscle tissue. Whey is the fastest absorbed of the protein powders, next being soy, egg, and casein. I know, I know I should be taking egg protein, I have tried and whey helps me recover a lot faster than egg, so it works for me. Find out what is right for you by trying egg vs whey after workouts. Some people can’t handle dairy so egg is a great option for them. Just because eggs are in the diary section of the grocery store doesn’t mean they are dairy!
Ok so to the point, typical almond milk is loaded with a whole slew of ingredients other than almonds and water. Lets take a look at the ingredients of Almond Breeze Original Unsweetened, the brand you see everywhere:
INGREDIENTS: ALMONDMILK (FILTERED WATER, ALMONDS), CALCIUM CARBONATE, SEA SALT, POTASSIUM CITRATE, CARRAGEENAN, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2 AND D-ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL (NATURAL VITAMIN E). – AlmondBreeze.com
So lets take a look at a few of the ingredients in depth :
calcium carbonate – side effects may include : upset stomach, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation and more…
potassium citrate – side effects : are the same as above
carrageenan – read here – can cause serious gut issues
With the combination of just the three ingredients listed above, your gut could be in serious pain!
There are cleaner options available like the brand Califia. The ingredient list for their unsweetened almond milk is :
Almond Milk(filtered water, almonds) Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Vitamin/ Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Zinc), Gellan Gum, Carrageenan, Potassium Citrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.
So if you want clean almond milk, the safe option is to make your own! It is easy but time consuming because you have to soak the almonds. I went searching the internet for ways to make almond milk and used the recipe found here : TheKitchn.com
I followed the instructions exactly and came up with some great almond milk. My only advice would be to split the batch in half and put it in the blender. I say this because I threw everything into my blender and burnt it out. So today I will be heading out to the store to get a new blender and soaking some more nuts.