DSCN3298It’s not uncommon for singers to avoid dairy products, but there is a fair amount of confusion regarding the reason for it. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is true that milk may make phlegm thicker and more irritating to the throat; however, milk does not cause the body to produce more phlegm.

This is not a universal truth, though:  some people can consume dairy products without any phlegm-y repercussions, and others cannot.  This means that the age-old advice to avoid dairy before a performance is applicable for some–but not all–singers.  It is up to each individual performer to make this decision for his or herself through personal experimentation and/or based on current medical conditions (diagnosed lactose intolerance, allergies, et cetera).

I’m one of those poor people who seems to be intolerant to dairy.  I noticed about a year ago that I have multiple negative physical responses to dairy products, including nausea, indigestion, significant weight gain / water retention, and even slight laryngitis.  As a result, I’ve cut all dairy products out of my day-to-day life, save the occasional ice cream or froyo treat for “cheat meals” after singing commitments.
To fulfill my dairy cravings, I came up with a milk-free chocolate milkshake recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

DSCN3301Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 cup of unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 cup(ish) of ice cubes — add more for a thicker shake
1 scoop of Chocolate Whey Powder— I use Cellucor COR-Performance Molten Chocolate Whey
1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter {optional}  look for a brandthat lists ONLY peanuts in the ingredients, such as the Wegmans Natural Peanut Butter in a glass jar; it comes in both smooth and chunky.
1/3 cup of rolled oats {optional} 
Stevia or Truvia to taste

milkshakeDirections:  in a blender, combine Almond Milk, ice cubes, whey powder, peanut butter, and Stevia/Truvia.  Once the mixture is a thick, even consistency, mix in the rolled oats.  Some people prefer this recipe without oats, but I personally love the texture it gives to the shake.  You could further customize this recipe by blending in your favorite fruit, such as bananas or strawberries.  Pour and enjoy!

PLEASE NOTE:  THIS RECIPE CONTAINS WHEY POWDER, WHICH IS DERIVED FROM MILK.  If you are lactose-intolerant, you should not consume whey powder, unless you have approval from your doctor.  Despite my typical reaction to dairy products, I don’t have a noticeable reaction to whey powder, but it will be different for everyone.  Avoid experimenting with new food items or recipes when you have a lot of singing commitments.  Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about whey powder, or protein powder in general.


With love,
Kendra Signature with Photo


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