Recently, a Facebook follower posed to us a significant question:
"If I wanted to jam pack as much ZING/Nutrition/Taste into a 2–3 oz shot for work every morning...WHAT ingredients would you recommend I blend together?"
As I began thinking about his question, I realized many people could benefit from my answer. Certainly many of our customers are satisfied using HPDI's multivitamins, Rejuvenate!™ superfoods, and other foundational supplements to create optimal nutrition. There's no question I've formulated many highly nutrient-dense antioxidant formulas, multivitamins, and superfoods.
But his question focuses on how to blend up a shot-type concoction offering highly concentrated nutrition in just a few ounces of nutritional drink. Here was a challenge about which I felt confident we could succeed. But I had no way of predicting exactly what our nutritional drink would look like. We had to build it.
My team set to work in the kitchen creating and sampling drinks that would satisfy these requirements. And that could provide answers to his question about how to pack nutrition, taste, and "zing" into highly concentrated shot-type drinks.
Fast forward to today. After much tasting and tinkering, we have created a practically "perfect" nutritional drink! Now we can our provide answers to the original question.
FORMULATING CONCENTRATED NUTRITIONAL DRINKS
I have been creating nutritional drinks in my own life for a long time. And many of my professional formulation efforts have focused on providing super nutrition. As I see it, here are the basic requirements for this type of concentrated nutritional drink:
- Easy Preparation
- Nutritionally Dense
- Readily Available Ingredients
- Great Tasting!
I have formulated many excellent supplements in a capsule form that can easily be opened and put into in a nutritional drink. The base for such a drink can naturally be one of my Rejuvenate! superfoods. These superfoods truly are loaded with fantastic nutrient density. Extra zing can come from organic juices. My favorites belong to Knudsen's brand of organic "Just" fruit juices available from natural foods stores nationwide.
A MODEL FORMULA FOR NUTRITIONAL DRINKS
- Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs (1 scoop or 2.5 tbsp)
- 2 PRO-C™ capsules
- 2 Ultimate Protector capsules
- 1 Myo-Mag capsule
- 1 B-Complex-50 capsule
- 1 Immune Assist capsule
- 1 Prescript Assist capsule
- 2 oz of Organic Cherry/Blueberry/Raspberry/Pomeganate/Cranberry Juice
- 1 oz of Organic Lemon Juice
- 1/2 cup Fresh Organic Strawberries/Blueberries/Blackberries/Raspberries/etc. (Must be blended.)
- 1–2 oz Water (Fresh Filtered or Purified)
- 1–2 tsp Chia Seeds
- 2–4 drops Stevia Liquid or other natural sweetener (as desired)
We prepared nutritional drinks several times according to my formula (using cherry juice, strawberries, and blackberries). The formula actually makes about six ounces. It tastes so good that all of it goes down easily. However, three ounces could be stored in a small glass container for consuming later in the day. I use a hand blender and glass mason jars to blend the nutritional drinks, but any quality blender will work.
NOTABLE NUTRITION AMOUNTS (APPROXIMATE)
- 7 grams Protein
- 3 grams Fat (mostly essential fats)
- 8 grams Fiber
- 8 grams natural sugars (mostly from the fruits and fruit juices)
- 1.7 grams Vitamin C
- 150,000+ ORAC5.0 units for antioxidant support
- 195 mg Dietary Nucleic Acids (RNA/DNA)
- Complete Multivitamin with more than twice the Daily Value for each vitamin
- Prebiotics & Probiotics
- Enzyme Complex (for digestive support)
Note: For variation, you can prepare nutritional drinks using other Rejuvenate! superfood formulas.
"YAY" & "WOW" FACTORS!!
"Wow!" That was our first response to the drinks we concocted. The taste is there, and it we love it. The nutrition is there, and we feel it. The fact this drink is so nutritionally dense and delicious contribute marvelously to its fulfilling character. Fresh, live ingredients (like the raw berries and chia seeds) also contribute mightily to its overall satisfying taste and feel.
This drink is enjoyable when sipped, but it's not too finicky to be downed as a shot. It's versatile. "Yay!"
We often enjoy nutritional drinks chilled, although that may be especially the case as warmer temperatures approach. It's still winter (at least sort of winter-like here in Arizona this year) and to us this drink tastes equally good at room temperature. You can probably taste some of its finer nuances when it's unchilled. Of course, whether you chill your nutritional drink is up to you and your taste buds.
However you choose to prepare it, the basic nutritional drink formula should provide all the taste, nutrition, and "zing" you crave! We are pleased we can provide many of the basic ingredients you'll need to create such delicious, healthy concoctions.
So "Cheers!," "Bon appetite!," Bottom's Up!" or whatever phrase you like best. We love our nutritional drinks. We hope you enjoy yours!
There are many variations of the basic formula we have given for tasty morning super nutritional drinks. Don't feel compelled to make it exactly our way. Create a variation that suits your taste, or try creating different variations. In any case, there will be high density nutrition if you include most of the basic ingredients (e.g., Rejuvenate! superfoods, Ultimate Protector™, PRO-C™, Myo-Mag, etc.).
As fast and easy as making nutritional drinks can be, you might also try preparing your drink the night before the morning you consume it. That is, just because you may not have time every morning to make the drink doesn't mean you can't enjoy it anyway. Just whip it up the night before and keep it in the refrigerator. The many antioxidant nutrients (e.g., provided by PRO-C™ and Ultimate Protector™) in the drink will keep it fresh, entact, and help preserve its nutritional value.
As far as obtaining ingredients goes, these nutritional drinks are easy to make using ingredients easily purchased from us at Health Products Distributors, Inc. (www.IntegratedHealth.com) and your favorite local natural foods stores.
YOUR QUESTIONS ARE WELCOME
We love questions about creating super-nutritious drinks, how to use our nutritional supplements and superfoods, or other health and healing related questions. We can't guarantee we will answer your question, but we thrive on providing unique, innovative solutions to creating better health.
SOURCES & RESOURCES
“Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs is Rich in RNA, Plant Proteins” (by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger)
“Superfood for Cellular Survival” (by Dr. Mark Sircus)