Did you know that protein powders are a source of free glutamate aka MSG? We avoid them like the plague. However, if you’re interested in adding a little more protein to your smoothie/shake toss in some hemp seeds. This shake is a treat and should actually be called some sorta latte cappa-thing.
3/4 cup cold coffee
1 1/2 frozen banana
2 tbsp raw cashews
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp of cacao nibs or powder
1 tsp homemade vanilla extract
3-4 ice cubes
Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender, blend and serve.
Cacao is preferred over cocoa to keep glutamate levels lower, but this can still be problematic for many as both cacao & bananas are higher in salicylates, histamine, etc. Coffee can also contribute to the glutamate/GABA imbalance as caffeine inhibits GABA.