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?
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.
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.
I just never found cream all by itself to be that tasty. I don't know if I am the only one or what, but I find coconut milk to be far more tasty for something like a smoothie. Plus I love that coconut milk fat is highly saturated and therefore so very healthy for you. Saturated fat is the most stable and least likely to go rancid type of fat. I save my cream for sauces and cooking where it seems to really be much better suited as far as taste.
The reason I didn't jump on flaxseed is because I don't consider it all that healthy compared to other alternatives. It has a lot of PUFA and the DHA is not very bioavailable so why drink it? I've never tried it so I don't know if it is super tasty or not, but I don't see the point of drinking a lot of seed oil if I can drink tasty coconut milk instead. -Eva