Let’s Shake Things Up This Summer!

There’s nothing better tLets Shake Things Uphan a nice cold drink to quench your thirst on a hot summer day. But do you give any thought to what’s actually in that drink your holding? Chances are you’re sipping on a sugar and calorie-loaded beverage that’s just making it harder to get that beach body you desire!

When it comes to shakes and smoothies, convenience isn’t the answer. Unless you want to fuel your body with liquid sugar, cream, and artificial flavouring, don’t give in to those summer “dollar day” milkshake sales. If you spend that time making your own shakes and investing in the right ingredients, you’ll be surprised how much liquid nutrition you can get out of your homemade drinks.

The most important part of making a nutritious shake is to use a good source of protein. Here’s where a good protein powder like ND Shake Original or plain Greek yogurt do the trick. If you want to “amp up” the health benefits of your shake, use ND Shake for Women/Men — this line of protein powders has all the goodness of ND Shake Original pea and rice-based protein plus a full spectrum multivitamin and multimineral supplement aimed for the specific health needs of women or men. You could also easily throw in a scoop of your favourite multivitamin-multimineral or Greens powder.

Once you’ve got a healthy base of protein, you can get a little creative with what else to add. Here are my top three suggestions:

  1. Choose fruits like blueberries and strawberries, or even green tea powder.
  2. Greens! Yes, green vegetables like kale and spinach. Although they tend to turn your drink into a darker colour, you’ll be surprised how well hidden the taste of greens are in a smoothie.
  3. Flax seeds – a great source of fibre and healthy oils for your body.


If you know me well, you’ll know I love blueberries and tea. You may not know that I am also a sucker for iced drinks! So I’m sharing my recipe for a slushie drink that I love and I make at home all the time.

Dr. Janis’ Favourite Blueberry-Matcha Protein Slushie Recipe
Disclaimer: I tend to just eyeball my proportions so these are just estimates of how much of each ingredient I use. Play around with proportions in the recipe until you get a consistency that you like!

  • 1 scoop of ND Shake protein powder or 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 handful of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tsp Matcha green tea powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup ice


Just blend everything together and enjoy!

Dr. Janis Li is a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Bayview North Family Chiropractic in Richmond Hill, Ontario. She is a naturopathic family practitioner with a special focus on pain management, stress management, women’s and pediatric health, and digestive concerns. As a strong advocate of holistic care, Janis is passionate about sharing her health knowledge and works with her patients to address their fundamental causes of disease. Her individualized treatment plans combine safe and effective natural therapies including acupuncture, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical therapies, nutrition and lifestyle counselling. To learn how naturopathic medicine can address your health concerns and optimize your well-being, call Bayview North Family Chiropractic at 905-881-8733 to book an appointment with Dr. Janis Li today! For more information please visit www.janisliND.com.

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