We have a growing and active 13 year old boy allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, sesame and watermelon (yes, watermelon). Like a lot of parents, we’d love to get him some extra protein and those protein shakes seem to be a good way to go.
So we searched everywhere. Our grocer, big box stores and on-line. Every time we thought we found something acceptable, our hopes we’re quickly deflated by the allergy warnings on the label. Really, it’s amazing the things that can make their way into a protein drink.
Yesterday, we embarked on a marathon search at Whole Foods. We have the same love/hate relationship with Whole Foods that you probably have (love the products/hate the prices). Sometimes, though, its the only place to find what we need. And it was this time.
First, many thanks to the young lady at our local Whole Foods that took the time to read dozens of labels with us. After over an hour of comparing, our search brought us to the bottom shelf ( you know how that product placement works…) and we found it! A protein shake mix that is free of the top allergens. I even called and checked the website to make sure:
Q: Is PlantFusion gluten free, dairy free, and soy free?
A: Yes, PlantFusion is free of all the major food allergens (milk, eggs, fish [e.g., bass, flounder, cod], Crustacean shellfish [e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp], tree nuts [e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans], peanuts, wheat [gluten], and soybean) as identified in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004.
Q: Is it safe for people with diabetics, food allergies, or critical illness.
A: PlantFusion is low-glycemic and has tested negative for the 8 major food allergens. It contains whole food based ingredients; many of which you would find in a very well balanced diet. While PlantFusion was designed to be taken by the average person, if you have any concerns about how it may affect your health or the affects it may have on your medications or treatments; it is always best to consult with your primary health care professional and provide the toll free number, 1-800-519-6266, for any questions that need to be answered.
Here’s the link for allergy information: http://www.plantfusion.net/products/plantfusion?variant=391351348
So, today we tried it with unsweetened soy milk. You can use any liquid, even water, depending on your needs, likes and allergies. We tried chocolate. While it wasn’t like drinking a Hershey chocolate milk, it was pretty good. With low sugar (4 grams) and high protein (21 grams), it meets our needs and is a fantastic find.