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Meet Our New Family Member and Are Protein Powders Good For Us?

Watch the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy – Live Stream #11 video replay

I was so happy to chat with my sweet Kitchen Pioneers and introduce everyone to our new family member during this month’s live stream on June 24, 2021. Among other topics, we also had the opportunity to talk about protein powders and powdered gelatin and discuss if they’re good for us…or not!

This live stream replay is available to Kitchen Pioneers who have joined my YouTube membership community—The Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy.

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Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy Live Stream

These live streams and live stream replays are available to members of the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy, who we call Kitchen Pioneers. You can learn more about my optional YouTube membership community, including members-only videos and exclusive perks.

This membership community is optional. I’m still publishing my weekly detailed instructional cooking videos on my public YouTube channel that you can watch for free. (Thanks so much for being a Sweet Friend and subscriber!)

In addition to links to the latest Kitchen Academy vodcasts, this blog post lists some of the public videos that I talk about in my live stream.

Our Sweet New Pup!

It has been quite a roller coaster ride here at our nest with the new addition to our family. I forgot what it is like to have a puppy! It’s just like having a new baby! Lots of sleepless nights but filled with joy nonetheless!

Our sweet pup is a yellow lab who was about 10 weeks old when we adopted him. His name is “Indy,” and yes, that is short for Indiana Jones. If you haven’t guessed already, you would be correct in surmising that we are movie buffs! Raiders of the Lost Ark is my husband’s favorite movie ever since he saw it as a boy with his Dad.

Indy has been a real joy in our lives, and we are having lots of fun teaching him the basic commands. He is so smart and attentive and loves to please. He has mastered sit and stay, and luckily is probably close to about 90% potty trained…yay! I’ll be sure to keep you updated on his future development as he grows up into the big boy and famed archeologist that he will be!

Protein Powders and Powdered Gelatins – Yay or Nay?

A big part of the live stream included a detailed discussion about using protein powders or powdered gelatin in smoothies. This is an excellent topic because you know that I am not a fan of buying prepackaged items, such as these powders and gelatins, when I think we can make these items ourselves.

Protein Powders

When it comes to protein powders, I would much rather add real food sources of protein to my smoothies, like cottage cheese, yogurt, and nut butters. But what if you do want to use protein powders?

Well, I am not a fan because I have learned from the Weston A Price Foundation that protein powders can be damaged proteins. Read the following article and learn why this is the last thing we want to put into our bodies!

Powdered Gelatin

Now, what about powdered gelatin? I prefer to add bone broth directly to smoothies or to use my own dehydrated bone broth powder.

If you prefer not to use bone broth, you can instead look for high-quality, low-temp dried gelatin from pastured animals.

However, whenever we use a food that has been dried into a concentrated form, I’m concerned about overusing it. Sometimes there is wisdom in learning that too much of a good thing is…too much. If we overuse dehydrated powders, we may be taking chemicals that can hurt our bodies.

Read the following article to learn more about how gelatin can sometimes be contaminated and actually work against us:

Make Your Own Dehydrated Bone Broth Powder

One way to control the ingredients in bone broth powder is to make your own. In the following videos, I show you how to make bone broth and dehydrate it in your kitchen. And you can choose if you want to make beef bone broth on the stovetop, slow cooker, or the Instant Pot.

You can also choose if you want to dehydrate your bone broth in the oven or a dehydrator.

And if you want to learn more about dehydrating, I have you covered in the following review of helpful books about dehydrating.

Join My Next Traditional Foods Live Stream

These live streams are a lot of fun, and I enjoy getting to know more about you, my wonderful Kitchen Pioneers. 😊

Be sure to bring your questions for me to our live streams. You can also get to know the other members in our Kitchen Pioneers community. You’ll find a lot of fellow Kitchen Pioneers who are working on sourdough starters, ferments, and more traditional foods recipes, just like you!

Remember that you’re always welcome to post questions and comments on my videos at any time, and I’m glad to reply.

More Kitchen Pioneer Videos

In addition to live streams, I publish exclusive videos for my membership community. In case you may have missed any of my past videos, be sure to catch up with the videos below.

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