My typical breakfast is some protein powder, milled flaxseed, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, & raspberries with about a cup of skim milk blended into a smoothie. I love this and look forward to it in the morning but now that I am trying to eat paleo, milk is not allowed.
Anybody have any thoughts on what a good substitute is for something like this?
Grok wouldn't even recognize protein powder as food. The berries are very Paleo, though. Given that your dentition and digestive tract is evolved to eat them as berries straight off the bush, not pureed and drunk through a straw, why don't you just have a bowl of berries in berry form and maybe have an egg or some bacon with it?
If you tolerate milk, drink it. Don't worry about whether it's paleo or not. I'd suggest using whole milk instead the skim milk though. Raw whole milk would be ideal.
If you want to go without the dairy milk, I'd suggest coconut milk. If you don't like that, nut milks are another decent option. Also, try adding a couple egg yolks instead of the protein powder.
I'd use either coconut milk or whole cream/water with your regular additions, and maybe half the protein powder and add a raw (pastured) egg. It would be a reasonable compromise to keep your breakfast close to what you like to eat now.
Kefir would also get you something like milk without the milk (i.e. not as much lactose). I buy the good stuff (the stuff without skim milk added) at Whole Foods, then blend it with ice and a few berries. The kefir at WF is whole goat's milk and the cultures used to ferment it, and that's all. Nice on the stomach.
Surprised nobody has jumped on the flaxseed yet. Here's David Moss, succinct: http://paleohacks.com/questions/277/is-alpha-linolenic-acid-ala-necessary-by-itself
Protein powder rest on the idea that the only factor in building muscle is protein. If you're eating lots of protein, and doing no exercise at all, your body is not going to build muscle. I'm not going so far as to promote the idea of a "protein myth", but the single most important factor in muscle building is strength training, and to a lesser extent, cardio.
Protein shakes are part of the food culture of bodybuilding just like oats and peanut butter and chicken breasts. In the end the effectiveness of such foods is subjective and their progress on such a diet is more likely caused by the intense amount of weight lifting they do.
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