Bananas and chocolate are two of my favourite things! So when a friend of mine bought me a Chunky Monkey Smoothie one day at work about a year ago, I was instantly in love! It’s been awhile since I’ve had it and I was totally craving one today so I made one with Kaizen Chocolate Whey Protein. I don’t usually drink Whey but we had some samples at work so I thought I’d try it out. This is a super easy recipe and it’s so delicious! Give it a try and let me know how much you like it!
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 4 pitted medjool dates
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 Tbsp raw cacao
- 1 serving chocolate protein powder
- 2 Tbsp organic plain yogurt (optional)
- Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink & Enjoy! 🙂
- - Use your favourite brand of chocolate protein
- - Any preferred non-dairy milk of choice will work well!
- - A great tip: freeze extra overripe bananas by peeling them and cutting them into chunks. It will work well for this smoothie!
Over the years I have become slightly lactose intolerant. The last time I drank milk was when I was just beginning my health journey. I got super itchy right after consuming the recommended food guide servings of dairy. So for a whole year, I completely removed all dairy out of my diet and I instantly felt better. Now that my digestive system has healed, I can now consume a little bit of cheese and some dairy products here and there. I still wouldn’t eat dairy on a regular basis but if I crave cheese, then I’ll definitely eat it. Balance is key!
So What’s the difference between Whey Protein Concentrate vs. Isolate?
In cheese making, whey is the liquid part of the milk when it’s separated from the curds. To make whey protein, this liquid whey is pushed through a filter and what’s left is then dried and is known as what we call whey protein concentrate.
In a nutshell, Whey Concentrate is more whole food based which means it contains healthy fats, carbs, proteins, vitamins and minerals and is better for overall health. It also contains lactose so if you are lactose intolerant, taking whey protein can cause bloating and even gas. Whey concentrate contains about 80% protein while isolate contains 90% protein.
Whey Isolate is processed further in the manufacturing of whey protein which results in a higher amount of pure protein, less lactose and fat. It is very popular for having lower carbs, sugar and calories. It is said to be easily digested and absorbed if processed with cold temperatures. Because of this, it has a slightly higher retail price. It is important to keep in mind that the further filtering and processing to make isolate also removes some of its immune properties, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
In general, both Whey Concentrate, Isolate and Vegan Protein powders all build amino acids (protein synthesis). But at the end of the day, Whey is more acid forming which increase inflammation in the body and the vegan options are more alkaline which means they are more anti-inflammatory.
At the end of the day, your choice of protein powders depends on the reason why you’re even taking them in the first place. Become an informed consumer and choose for yourself! Happy Friday! 🙂