Coco Nutty Protein Powder Recipe

How to make a tasty protein supplement at home.

By Kevin RR Williams

NUTRITION If you have a powerful personal blender like the NutriBullet, Ninja or Vitamix, we have already established that there is little need to purchase protein powered supplements — unless you have a nut allergy. The previous homemade powder included two nuts with peas and carob. Now let’s learn a variation that works well in citrus and yogurt smoothies, while still offering around 17 grams of protein.

Coco Nutty Protein Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs whole raw almonds
  • 1 Tbs shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbs whole flaxseed
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • I use the NutriBullet milling blade assembly to combine all ingredients together for half a minute and then pulse a few times before resuming the blend until all the chunks become powder. Remove the milling blade and add smoothie ingredients before screwing on the extractor blade. Shake well and blend until smooth. Makes one serving.

    Since this is a variation of the Easy Peasy Protein Powder, you do not need to purchase an entirely new batch of ingredients—just add a couple (coconut and turmeric). Save pre-portioned protein packs within zippered plastic bags, so you can tell at glance how many portions are available and when to shop for more. This prep also shaves a few minutes from an early-morning hectic pace.

    Health Benefits of Turmeric

    The addition of turmeric, not only makes brighter smoothies, it includes significant health benefits. To avoid staining, make certain you don’t spill any on your garments. In a small 1989 study, turmeric supplements were found to be more effective at curbing heartburn and indigestion symptoms than a placebo, Everyday Health reported.

    One key component of turmeric, is curcumin. A 2012 study followed 121 patients who had bypass surgery between 2009 and 2011. Three days before surgery through five days after, half of the patients took curcumin capsules, while the other half took placebo pills. During their post-bypass hospital stays, more people in the placebo group experienced a heart attack (30 percent) compared with those in the curcumin group (13 percent), Reuters reported.

    Researchers, whose 2012 results were published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that a daily dose of curcumin seemed to prevent new cases of diabetes among people with so-called pre-diabetes — abnormally high blood sugar levels that may progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes. After nine months, 19 of the 116 placebo patients had developed type 2 diabetes. That compared with none of the 119 patients taking curcumin.

    The numerous benefits of peppery, citrusy cardamom include improved digestion, oral health improvementoral health improvement (reduced halatosis), diuretic, lessoned depression, cold and flu prevention, lower blood pressure, combats blood clot, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Cardamom is well worth adding to your food for the flavor alone but it certainly helps that it is so healthy.

    Making your own fresh protein powder means that you don’t have to worry about amino spiking nor oxidation. For more recipes, follow the Desserts, Sweets & Smoothies board on Pinterest. Next up, I’ll share some tasty smoothie recipes that include this nutritious protein powder.

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    References
    1. 6 Health Benefits of Turmeric. huffingtonpost.com
    2. Curry compound may curb diabetes risk: study. reuters.com