…It’s not easy. The first time I added MediClear Plus to my otherwise delicious morning shake, I was confident that I was not going to make it through the
functional medicine journey whole glass.
What is MediClear Plus? The following exerpt from the Thorne Research website explains it much better than I can:
“MediClear is a rice and pea protein powder with added vitamins, minerals, and specialized nutrients and botanicals that aid in the detoxification process.* Rice and pea proteins are used in MediClear because individuals are rarely allergic to them. MediClear Plus provides all the nutritional benefits of MediClear, PLUS the added advantages of curcumin phytosome, grape seed phytosome, and green tea phytosome; all well-absorbed forms of these plant extracts to help maintain the body’s normal inflammatory response.”
In other words, MediClear Plus is a protein powder plus a TON of other good for you nutrients MINUS any/all sugar (natural or artificial) to help with elimination / detox diets. I was instructed to prepare a MediClear Plus shake as a meal replacement every day, in lieu of additional vitamins or supplements. I am horrible at remembering to take vitamins (see my previous post), so I was totally on board with using this protein powder daily instead. How bad could it be?
Bad. It is bad. I don’t blame the product or the manufacturer…it’s just the reality of an unsweetened protein powder. MediClear Plus turns otherwise delicious ingredients into a putrid yellow color with a distinct, gross taste.
But, after drinking it 25 times now with various combinations of permitted fruits/nuts/fats, I think I’ve found the winning combination:
- 2 scoops MediClear Plus (32 grams of protein!)
- 1 1/4 cups of frozen organic strawberries
- 1 T hemp seeds
- 1 T chia seeds
- 3 T full-fat coconut milk
- 10 oz Orgain Organic Protein Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk
This recipe works best at masking the taste of the MediClear Plus powder (don’t even try cranberries as your fruit of choice), while also helping to hit other target detox food groups.
The blending method is also critically important. First of all, MediClear Plus is expensive. I’m talking $60 per 20 servings. In fact, this shake probably costs about $6 per day to make, so getting the most out of each preparation is key, as is trying to make the shake as palatable as possible. I’ve tried traditional blenders (a ninja to be exact) as well as my trusty immersion blender and mason jar method, and the immersion blender wins hands down.
First, a traditional blender can take on the frozen strawberries better, but it turned the shake into an almost ice cream consistency. As much as I miss vegan ice cream, MediClear Plus ice cream is not a substitute by any means. Also, I felt like the traditional blender was difficult to extract the ice cream/shake from, and I watched far too much of the pricey yellow powder wash down the drain.
Enter: Immersion blender aka best purchase I’ve made in the past two years. Simply stack all of the ingredients in a wide mouthed mason jar: almond milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut milk, MediClear Plus, strawberries. Then, submerge the frozen strawberries in the almond milk and make tea/do dishes/get ready for five-ish minutes before using the immersion blender. Remove and rinse the immersion blender, seal your mason jar, and you’re good to go. Minimal effort, minimal waste, best taste. Again, I’ve messed around with this recipe every day since I started this elimination diet and even the placement of the powder in the jar has helped improve the taste! I found the winning combination, I promise.
So, if you ever find yourself in the position to add MediClear Plus to your diet, this recipe will be key. I can even admit, I actually look forward to drinking it now!