The Protein Shake
A while back I had learned that changing my diet to a more alkaline diet was beneficial to my Rheumatoid Arthritis. My inflammation improved, my fatigue improved, and my overall state of well being improved. When I first made the “switch” it was a bit overwhelming because I felt like all I was doing was preparing food all day and that just wasn’t something I had time for each and every day. That all changed when I came across the Arbonne 30 Days To Healthy Living Program. You can read more information on an alkaline diet at this post, “Healthy Food For Rheumatoid Arthritis,” as well as this post, “Alkaline Broth for RA.”
Diet versus Lifestyle
One of the things I love about this “diet”, (I don’t really like calling it a diet because it is more of a lifestyle change.) is the protein shake or as Arbonne calls them, meal replacement shakes. In the beginning, I was a bit skeptical since every protein shake I had ever tried in the past tasted awful. Not these shakes! The Arbonne meal replacement shake and the Arbonne recovery shakes, (the recovery shakes are for after your workout) are delicious! One of my favorite go-to’s is the Nutty Apple Cinnamon Shake, O.M.G.! So Good! (See recipe below)
Meal Replacement Shakes
The Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living Program has you eating 4-6 meals a day and 2 of those meals are the meal replacement shakes which makes my mornings quick and easy! Mornings are busy for me so throwing a few ingredients into my blender and voila, I’m ready to go. Another time of day that works well for me is later in the afternoon, around that 3:00 PM time when I tend to start feeling a little hungry before dinner.
The Basic Shake ingredients include:
2 scoops of Arbonne Protein plus 1/2 scoop to 1 scoop of Arbonne fiber boost
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk or water. I prefer almond milk. Additionally, I add ice.
Optional to add is 1/2 – 1 scoop of Arbonne Greens Balance, which I do use regularly as I’m not a great greens eater.
For the Meal replacement shakes you should always a healthy fat, like avocado, a nut butter, raw nuts, flax seeds etc.
You should also always add veggies, like spinach (my favorite go-to), kale, collard greens etc. Fresh or frozen can be used.
You can then add many different types of fruits to your shake. Be sure to use low GI fruits in your meal replacement shakes and you can use higher GI fruits in your work out recovery shakes.
Here is the recipe for one my favorites.
Nutty Apple Cinnamon
2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla Protein Power
1/2 scoop Arbonne Fiber Boost
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 sour green apple, sliced
Ground cinnamon, to taste
1 Tbsp. raw pecans; or slivered/sliced raw almonds. The pecans are delish in this shake!
Add ice to taste and blend.