This is a smoothie recipe that went over very well with my ten year old (soon to be eleven year old) son. On July 5, 2013 we got the results from his ALCAT food sensitivity test. So much is now clear for us and we are on the road to supporting his development at this very important time in a young persons life.
He has to avoid wheat and sugar (maple sugar, cane sugar, HFCS [which I tried my best to avoid having him consume ever], honey, agave nectar, coconut nectar…you get the idea). But he can have stevia.
He doesn’t like bananas besides the fact that he is supposed to avoid them for the next nine months regardless.
Besides wheat, he must avoid Barley, Malt, Oat, Almond, Rye, Spelt and Coconut.
He can have a lot of other grains such as Amaranth, Quinoa, Wild Rice, Buckwheat, Rice, Corn, Sorghum, Millet and Tapioca. So you see there is still a lot of room to grow, it just means a bit of trial and error.
This is the recipe I made for him on his second morning without wheat or sugar. (At the time of writing this we are on day four of his experiment and he loves how he feels already!)
My Boy’s Smoothie Recipe
Note: With the ALCAT approach to eliminating food intolerance and sensitivity, foods should not be repeated two days in a row and ideally kept four days apart. Which means, my son will have this smoothie at most on a four day rotation.
- 6-8oz or ~1 Cup Ceres Pure Papaya Juice
- 3-4 TBSP Hemp Protein Powder
- ~10 pieces of frozen organic mango chunks
- UPDATE: we will no longer add this ingredient (1 packet Sweet Leaf -Natural Stevia Extract) [each packet as sweet as 2 tsp. of sugar]
- ~5 ice cubes
- For optimal blending, add ingredients to blender in the order listed above.
The smoothie was green and could have been a real turn off for him. We added stevia as a way to ensure that he would not reject the smoothie. I had never used Hemp Protein before and had no idea how it would taste. So as a precaution I added the sweetener. However, he did admit that it was a bit sweet and I will cut him back on the amount of sweetener I add. No sense in replacing one vice for another!
UPDATE: after a few days I asked him about having the smoothie again and he admitted that it was too sweet. He will try it without the stevia from now on. Yay! Progress!
I bought the Hemp Pro Fibre, but once we finish this container I will switch to the regular Hemp Pro 50.
- Per 30g (4TBSB.) serving,
- Hemp Pro Fibre has: 10g Protein, 2.7g Omegas 3 & 6, 13g Fibre
- Hemp Pro 50 has: 15g Protein, 2.6g Omegas 3 & 6, 7g Fibre
UPDATE: I decided not to wait until I finished the first container to buy the Hemp Pro 50. The extra fibre in the Hemp Pro Fibre is beneficial for my boy but because I already get a lot of fibre in my diet I think that I will do better with the Hemp Pro 50.