About a month ago I received and email from Harrison, the founder of Rootz Nutrition. A company that makes real food ingredient based protein powders, and pre-workouts. The thought of purchasing a paleo protein shake mix had actually been on my mind. After reading the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, and implementing the macro nutrient rations he recommends I found myself often short of protein most days.
Honestly, I feel faint or tired if I don’t consume enough protein, but sometimes my stomach can’t eat anymore. So these smoothies are the perfect remedy. When Harrison first wrote to me, I quickly looked at their website and read the ingredients. I let him know that I can’t eat nightshades, and although I hadn’t tried re-introducing goji berries (present in all their products), I probably wouldn’t be able to personally try it, but I would be glad to have my husband, who’s an avid cyclist, try it out. Justin, my husband, regularly takes whey protein and pre-workout supplements made with who knows what. Bleh.
When the package arrived and I was able to take a closer look at the product, I got really excited. The ingredients are IMPECCABLE! Boasting some top shelf super foods like royal jelly, bee pollen and sacha inchi. Did I loose you there? I know, weird sounding stuff right. Let me break it down for you.
Royal Jelly: is a honey bee secretion that is used to feed the queen bee with protein, carbohydrates and fatty acids. The queen bee who is twice the size of the other bees and extremely fertile. Thought to have similar effects on humans, people consume royal jelly for a growth, longevity and fertility.
Sacha Inchi: a seed from an a fruit known as sun warrior. they have a crisp nutty flavor when lightly roasted and are packed with protein, omega 3, 6 and 9. As well as vitamins E and A!
Bee Pollen: Considered one of nature’s most complete foods is 40% protien, “About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body. Such highly assimilable protein can contribute significantly to one’s protein needs.” (mercola.com)
Impressive right?!! The full ingredient list:
Egg White Protein, Sacha Inchi Protein, Hemp Protein
Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Maca Root, Bee Pollen, Acai, Goji Berries, Blueberries, Royal Jelly
Green Detox Blend
Spirulina, Chlorella, Kale, Spinach, Broccoli
Natural Chocolate Extract, Natural Vanilla Extract, Stevia Leaf, Cinnamon, Natural Sea Salt
So, I had to try it. I did try it, nightshades be damned! Now I don’t know if it’s because the goji berries are mixed in with such a stellar bunch, or because it’s not a concentrated dose of goji, but I’ve had no negative effects from it. Which I was ecstatic about because I loved the earthy nutty flavor, I love the macros, and the convenience of it. I actually use it more that my husband. It’s such a pick me up after the gym, I love cooking with it, adding it to my pancakes. I even make protein brownie bites for those days when I need a little protein before bed, because, you know a chocolate before bed is way better than cold turkey.
My husband loves the pre-workout! He likes the flavor and the caffeine fuels him for long rides, he’s satisfied with the protein mix during his recovery afterward. With endurance sports nutrition is so important. I remember when he first began riding and wasn’t compensating with food for the caloric deficit, he would actually loose sight temporarily after rides! How crazy is that? We both love the fact that now he can avoid such things, while using proper, whole food nutrition, instead of sugar laden franken-foods.
It’s a fantastic and versatile protein blend. I even put it in to my sons smoothies. When he’s being, well, being three, and difficult about his meals. I’ll blend up some protein with a banana, greens and almond milk and Mama gets the last laugh because I know he’s being properly nourished.
We’re both sold on Rootz, I’m so glad they sent me some, they truly gained a new customer in me. There is such peace of mind for me. The number of packaged goods I can enjoy can be counted on one hand. My body is extremely sensitive to inflammatory and processed foods. Paleo Superfood Protein makes me feel amazing.
Ok, so you know I’m going to share my protein bread recipe with ya’ll. Duh!
Looking for more free recipes?
- 1/2 cup cacao powder or carob powder
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 scoops Rootz Paleo Protein Superfood
- 1/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend (or maple sugar)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup HOT water
- 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Mega Chunks or Lily’s Chocolate Chips
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Line a baking pan, bread loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with avocado oil or cooking oil.
- In a bowl whisk together cacao powder, protein powder, almond meal, salt, baking soda and Truvia.
- Add in eggs, almond butter, vanilla and coconut oil.
- Mix well to combine.
- Add in water and mix until smooth.
- Pour into prepared baking pan.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
- If you’d like to add some crunch, top with sliced almonds.
- Bake for 30 minutes, insert toothpick to check if its done.
- Might take up to 40 minutes.., maybe more, oven temperatures vary.
- *You can omit the protein powder if you want, in that case, only add 3/4 cup water ?