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Butternut Squash Protein Shake (GF, Vegan, Paleo)

GF, Paleo, Protein, Smoothie, VeganHaley HansenComment

Low-carb, high protein, high fat, no sugar, lots of veggies, no beans, no legumes, no processed dairy, lots of animal meat, no gluten, no grains, lots of butter, no caffeine, the list goes on.  

My goodness, what the bleeeeeeeep are we supposed to eat?! Grass or something? 

No, thanks. 

Don’t get me wrong – I understand that the almost infinite amount of food available makes finding the healthiest ones a difficult task, and scientists and experts are only trying to help us navigate the crazy food-maze. 

But seriously, shouldn’t there be more emphasis on just finding what’s right for YOU? Even if that means lots of carbs? Or less fat? Or no animal meat at all? 

I don’t know about you, but I’m overwhelmed with all this confusion about what exactly is best to eat for optimal health. 

If you’re familiar with my project – Pale-YOU – you know that I’m all for trying out new lifestyles. But my focus is primarily on trying them and then modifying them to fit your lifestyle. 

I’m even guilty of getting caught up in the low-fat, high-fat, low-carb, high-protein fads that have come, gone, and then come back again. For example, I’ve been searching for recipes other than my usual protein shake (which is high in carbs and protein) to lower my carbohydrate intake and still get the same amount of protein. Oh, and I still want it to taste good. 

Let me tell you, people, its NOT EASY. Thank the Lord for Pinterest. It’s a great place to go when you’re just lost. 

While I was scrolling up and down the magical Pinterest wall searching for recipes last night, I remembered a bag of frozen butternut squash sitting in my freezer. 

It’s kinda like pumpkin, right? I thought to myself as I came across a hundred pumpkin shake recipes. 

Can I do that with butternut squash? 

Hell yeah, I can. 

I was so scared while I blended this. To be honest, I did not think butternut squash would taste good in a protein shake. Don’t ask me why I made it. 

Just be glad I did. ‘Cause it’s freaking awesome. 

It’s also a super sneaky way of getting two servings of vegetables in! And it’s pretty!  

Makes 1 smoothie

1 banana
1/3-1/2 cup butternut squash puree
1 cup spinach
¾-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop brown rice protein powder
½ tsp. cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
ice cubes, optional

  1. Blend the banana, butternut squash, spinach, and almond milk until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend once more.
  2. Serve immediately and feel your muscles grow and tummy sing with happiness.