My Quest for the Perfect, Plant-Based Nutritional Drink

questI admit, I love nutritional drinks!

Which helps, because I’m also trying to eliminate some animal-based products from my diet. Yes, I am looking for that perfect concoction: a nutritional drink (preferably vegan) that provides a rich array of nutrient-dense plants, fruits and herbs.

Like you, I am getting older. As my energy levels begin to decrease, I find that nutritional drinks are some of the best sources for antioxidants, essential fatty acids, nutritive herbs and fiber.

Nutrition and energy… that’s what it’s all about!

And it’s those powerful, vegetable proteins that I want to tell you about today. After all, people cannot live on fruits and vegetables alone. We need protein.

But, unless you’re filling up on beans, seeds and nuts, you might not be getting an optimal level of plant-based proteins. And it doesn’t take much to stay healthy.

“While beans may not work for us all, and others may be allergic to nuts, choosing one of these foods for a protein source is important. You can either use them in whole food form, or buy raw or organic protein powders made from these foods to give your body the protein that it needs,” stated an article on One Green Planet.

And that’s why I love nutritional drinks!

My Quest for the Perfect, Plant-Based Nutritional Drink

Different kinds of beans in bowls on wooden backgroundOne Green Planet’s “A Green Monster’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition: Plant-Based Protein” has almost everything you need to know about this important nutrient.

The benefits of consuming more plant-based protein include:

  • Support for muscles, tendons and collagen production
  • Better mental focus
  • Prevention of muscle deterioration and weak bones caused by aging

Experts say that each day you need about .5 pounds of protein per pound of body weight.

Healthy sources of plant-based protein include:

  • Lentils
  • Black beans
  • Green peas
  • Barley
  • Almonds
  • Quinoa
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Oats
  • Hemp seeds
  • Navy beans
  • Kidney beans

Yummy!

These are all great. But, I found an easier way to eat plant-based protein every day: the Nature’s Harvest nutritional drink mix from Nature’s Sunshine Products.

nharvestCheck out these benefits:

  • Provides nutrient-dense plants, fruits and herbs for health and energy.
  • Provides 75% of the Daily Value for 18 essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Contains green foods, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, nutritive herbs, fiber and more.
  • Provides 13 g vegetable protein per serving.
  • Supports the intestinal and circulatory systems.
  • Is vegan, dairy-free and lactose-free.

Perfect!

The drink mix comes in several nutritional blends, and the ingredients read like a plant-based Who’s Who:

  • Pea protein
  • Adzuki beans
  • Black beans
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Rice protein
  • Chia
  • Alfalfa
  • Carrot
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Beet
  • Artichoke
  • Parsley
  • Sunflower oil

And that’s just a sample.

Mix two scoops of Nature’s Harvest powder into eight ounces of water, and you’re on your way!

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