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25 Sep

JR’s Breakfast Smoothie

Mark’s Daily Apple reader JR submitted this Primal Blueprint recipe video as his entry to this year’s Primal Blueprint Recipe Video contest. This is one in a series of recipe videos, workout videos, Grokfeasts and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

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  1. Hmm…. this is what I should have done!!

    Primal Toad wrote on September 25th, 2012
  2. lots of carbs – man this is dessert not breakfast

    lockard wrote on September 25th, 2012
  3. Way too much sugar! Agree with lockard on this.

    Sd wrote on September 25th, 2012
    • Agree with lockard. I was surprised at how much fruit this has in it. Maybe cut back on some of the fruit and add a 1/4 of an avocado for healthy and filling fats and it adds a nice thick texture. I also like to add some pasteurized egg for protein and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon.

      Jennie wrote on September 25th, 2012
  4. Dont fear fruit!

    Primal Toad wrote on September 25th, 2012
  5. SO products like that one above contain the additive carrageenan. Carrageenan has a long and significant history of significant correlations to different types of cancer and acute anti-inflammatory responses. It’s used in plant milk products to improve the viscosity. That and the high sugar content make this very unappealing to me. There is still a lot of research and debate about the Carrageenan but I’ve read enough to think twice before consuming it. Just a little food for thought!
    Also, I do a frozen spinach, avocado with hemp protein and macadamia butter smoothie. It sounds grose, but it’s pretty darn good!

    Ali Richards wrote on September 25th, 2012
  6. The coconut milk he’s using

    So Delicious UNSWEETENED COCONUT MILK BEVERAGE is garbage – notice it’s calla beverage not coconut milk

    Ingredients: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM, WATER, GUAR GUM), CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, CARRAGEENAN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D-2, L-SELENOMETHIONINE (SELENIUM), ZINC OXIDE, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B-12.

    Notice Vitamin D-2 – This is CRAP

    1) His smoothie is all fruit – all carbs with a small amount of fat

    Nutrition Facts for the +coconut milk”

    Serving Size 1 cup (240 mL)
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 50
    Calories from Fat 50
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 5g 8%
    Saturated Fat 5g 25%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 15mg 1%
    Potassium 0mg 0%
    Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
    Sugar 0g
    Protein 1g

    A breakfast smoothie – IMHO – should contain some protein

    Here’s my version

    Take 1 pint Natural By Nature Heavy Whipping Cream and 1 pint of water – blend together and divide in half – use 1 immediately and save the other for the next day

    Blend in 1 tablespoon of unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa and 1 scoop of Jay Robb Protein Powder Made With 100% rBGH-Free
    Whey protein isolate as the protein source

    Add either 1/2 cup of blueberries OR 1/2 cup of strawberries

    Blend and drink – NOW THAT”S A BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

    Also – if you’re going VLC just leave out the fruit

    Carbs w/o fruit – 2
    Carbs with fruit – appx 8-9

    charles grashow wrote on September 25th, 2012
  7. Thanks for the comments guys, I appreciate the advice about the coconut milk. It is a recent addition into my diet so I will look around for alternatives.

    As for the haters, this is not a daily smoothie, I have it on occasion mixed in with other recipes which are mostly veggie based. This was my first ever how-to video and wanted to do something quick and easy, I wasn’t planning on winning but wanted to participate since I have the time.

    As for the sugar/protein comments, I totally understand, but we are all different. When I eat a protein filled breakfast, like today for instance (3 egg veggie omelet & bacon strips) I want to fall asleep about an hour later. I don’t need food in the morning, just a little something to get my day going. I don’t know what to tell you, it just doesn’t work for me, never has. Many times I will skip breakfast all together and just drink water in the morning.

    Considering I have lost 60 lbs and now weigh in the 140′s, have energy throughout the day as you will see when my workout video is posted, and feel phenomenal, I must be doing something right. Also being a smaller individual, I don’t need massive amounts of protein every single day. The amount I get from my spinach, nuts/legumes and the occasional meat based dinner seems to be just fine.

    Thanks again,

    JR

    jrVegantoPrimal wrote on September 25th, 2012
    • Hi JR – It takes a lot of work to put together a video and I enjoyed watching yours. Congratulations on your weight loss and overall primal success! Do what works for you, adjust what doesn’t (but you already know that).

      Cherie wrote on September 25th, 2012
      • Those are kind words Cherie. Thank for being so positive. JR – Your shake is almost identical to mine and I LOVE it. I’ve been dealing with an extra 30 lbs for 30 years, (I just lost 18 of those pounds in the past 11 weeks on PB!) so in my book, anyone who can lose 60 lbs gets my attention. “Weigh” to go bro! Don’t worry about people who disagree with you. They have that right, but being Primal (at least to me) is about a healthy lifestyle, and that includes the words and attitudes we choose to use and have. You are totally rockin’ it bro and I appreciate your video. Keep going!

        Kirk wrote on September 30th, 2012
    • Nobody’s a hater. That is a really unfortunate expression. It really is a lot of fruit. I have a smoothie for breakfast every day, but I boost the protein and try to stick with one or two fruits so I can actually taste the strawberries, or raspberries, or whatever it is I have in the fridge that day. It is always a modest amount though in order to control the sugar spike.

      Brad B wrote on September 26th, 2012
  8. I do think that is a lot of fruit BUT it is full of nutrients. I use raw regular organic grass fed milk. I add greens and chia seeds and aloe (fresh)..sometimes a avacado and coconut oil.
    You look great!

    deb wrote on September 25th, 2012
  9. A diabetics nightmare! Please post (as you mentioned) the veggie smoothie that you have in the evenings and redeem yourself! (LOL)

    Paul wrote on September 26th, 2012
    • Today’s smoothie was JR’s Mean Green.

      Almost all organic contents –

      Green Grapes
      Green Apple
      2 Celery Stalks
      Half of a Large Cucumber
      Snow Peas w/ Pods
      Lots of Baby Kale
      Coconut Water
      Ice

      If you need a “boost” you can add or substitute Green Tea or another unsweetened tea. Sometimes I will also add a Kiwi or some Pineapple chunks if I want it sweeter. If i’m out of Kale I will use Baby Spinach, then head to the store of course!

      In retrospect maybe I should’ve filmed this one, but I will be filming it along with other smoothies and meals in the future, and adding them to my youtube channel.

      jrVegantoPrimal wrote on September 26th, 2012
  10. I love the video…I never have time to make breakfast… blending fruits n vegies works best…n its quick n nutritious…love it!

    Nanette wrote on October 3rd, 2012

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