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Protein Shakes, Real-Foodie Style

We have been sorely missing having ALL our chickens in full production.

We started with eight Rhode Island Reds...then lost 6 to a raccoon massacre.  Lemme just say, after that, all those little boy hats and sweaters for autumn with raccoons on them...yeah, no longer cute.  I would scowl when I walked by them in the store, lemme tell ya.  At the time Little Man was learning sign language and loved the Baby Signing Time videos.  Nerdy momma here decided that "evil raccoon" needed to be in his vocabulary.  True story.

Then we got ten Golden-Laced Wyandottes.  Due to a hawk attack in the city, a dog, and some chicken stupidity, we are finally down to just our 4 current hens.

When raising chickens is to expect to lose some.  Anything that can replace itself in its respective population on nearly a DAILY basis (that daily egg, y'all) is likely to be quite low on the food chain.

Our new batch of fifteen Barred Rocks need to hurry up and grow!

In the meantime, I tried to come up with some alternate protein sources for our mornings.  Again, nerdy momma here did some math and found that this makes TWO large 1-quart smoothies and each is equivalent to 3 eggs (18 grams protein).  The protein portion comes out to paying around $3.50/dozen equivalent in eggs, which isn't bad for a true, grass-fed protein source, even if you're paying $8/gallon for organic/raw dairy and making your own yogurt.  (Those "cage-free, organic" eggs at the store don't cut it in my book.)  If you can't source your eggs well (I'm VERY picky with my eggs) or need a break from daily eggs, this is a good alternative.

Did I mention that I can be a mega nerd?

Little Man approved!

Protein Shake

  • 3 c. organic, whole-fat yogurt (I make my own from whole milk. Super easy and much cheaper than buying at the store, provided you can even find it without a bunch of additives.)
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 2 bananas, ripe **
  • 1 large handful frozen strawberries (probably about 1-1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 Tbsp of gelatin (I use the green can variety as it dissolves nearly instantly into cold liquids)

1. Place all ingredients into a blender. (I just keep adding in more orange juice and yogurt in a 3:1 ratio until I have enough liquid.  This is veeeery flexible!  You may want to halve the recipe unless you have people with big appetites at your home!)
2. Blend to smithereens.
3. Enjoy.

** I find that bananas are THE key to a good smoothie. It's just not the same without it.  I usually try to look for the marked down bananas at the store.  I peel them and place them on a plate and freeze then store the pre-frozen bananas in a plastic bag until I'm ready to make a smoothie.  Keeps me from wasting them.  And I hate how bananas turn black in the freezer with the peel on.  Just puts me off frozen bananas.  Gross.

This is very versatile and you can substitute (or add) whatever flavoring fruit for strawberries.  Keep those bananas though! I also will toss in baby spinach if I have it around (or make baby spinach into pre-blended ice cubes if I have a batch about to go bad and use it in smoothies to prevent waste).


  1. Great idea! Loved your thoughts on freezing spinach "cubes" and I completely agree on the black banana peel...gross!


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