4 Harmful Things to Avoid in Your Protein Shake | Plus 20 Free Recipes!

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Here are 20 of my favorite smoothie recipes for you!

These recipes are simple.  Just pick your base.  Choose your add-in.  Then blend.



It’s important as you pull out your blender (hopefully there is not dust on it) to make your smoothies that you are choosing the right protein.


Nathan and I searched high and low for a protein that we could add to our smoothies that we could trust to help us and not harm us.



How could a protein shake or smoothie harm you, you might wonder?


Here are some common ingredients that you are better off without that are found in many leading protein powders:


  • Dangerous Hormones (rBHT – growth hormone injected in cows)
  • Heavy Metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury)
  • Artificial Sweeteners (a.k.a. Splenda, Sucralose, Aspartame)
  • Artificial Flavors (One artificial flavor listed can contain up to 58 ingredients not listed!)


Protein Powders with Heavy Metals BURSTClub

4 Dangerous Ingredients to Beware Of




Added growth hormones like rBHT are given routinely to dairy cows to increase milk production.  However, this routine treatment of rBGH in cows drastically increases the occurrence of mastitis, a painful bacterial infection of the udder which causes inflammation, swelling, and pus and blood secretions into the milk.


As a standard treatment to offset the potential of mastitis, cows are then treated with massive doses of antibiotics — whether they are actually sick or not.  So you’ve probably already concluded that consuming milk from commercially raised cows, as well as cheap protein powders from “Super-marts” exposes you to these antibiotics.  These have been linked to decreased immune function, increased incidence of GI distress, colon disease, and even breast cancer.


Heavy Metals


As if hormones aren’t bad enough, Consumer Reports conducted an eye-opening investigation that revealed several protein powders contain heavy metals – specifically arsenic, cadmium, and lead. Out of 15 tested, all had a least one of these heavy metals.  You might be surprised at some of the brands that contain one or more of these heavy metals. Take a look….




EAS Myoplex tested for two heavy metals in higher amounts than the USP limit of exposure per day and Muscle Milk had the highest of all levels of all brands tested.


Here’s an excerpt taken from the Consumer Reports investigation on Protein Powders:


“We purchased 15 protein powders and drinks mainly in the New York metro area or online and tested multiple samples of each for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.  All drinks in our tests had at least one sample containing one or more of the following contaminants: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

Those metals can have toxic effects on several organs in the body.  The results showed a considerable range, but levels in three products were of particular concern because consuming three servings a day could result in daily exposure to arsenic, cadmium, or lead exceeding the limits proposed by USP


The amount of lead in a single daily serving of eight of the protein supplements we tested would require that the products carry a warning in California. 


But federal regulations do not generally require that protein drinks and other dietary supplements be tested before they are sold to ensure that they are safe, effective, and free of contaminants, as the rules require of prescription drugs.”

Artificial Sweeteners


Maybe you’ve heard that adding these deceiving little sweeteners to your coffee or tea isn’t such a great idea.   But why?  There is a big price to pay for “Zero Calorie” sweeteners.  I’m sure it sounded like a great idea to the first guy who invented one.  But I don’t think he calculated the long-term costs to our health.


There is much research out that has made strong connections between the use of artificial sweeteners and cancer, thyroid disease, and the risk of brain tumors.  Other studies link these sneaky sweeteners to muscle and nerve disorders.


If you are using artificial sweeteners to cut back on calories and lose a few pounds, I hate to break the news to you that they have repeatedly been linked to weight GAIN, not weight loss.  In fact, in one study those who used artificial sweeteners experienced a 500% increase in belly fat stores, while the group who used no artificial sweeteners experienced no weight gain at all.


Artificial sweeteners are chemically derived and are not natural.  Our bodies are ill-equipped to deal with their consumption.  Avoid any protein supplement that contains aspartame, sucralose, or saccharine in its list of ingredients.


It’s a good thing Shaklee 180 smoothies are sweetened with Stevia, a zero calorie natural sweetener derived from plants.


Artificial Flavors


Artificial flavors are simply chemical mixtures that mimic natural flavors.   Just by the name alone we should know that these can’t be good for us.  However, many of the protein bars and powders contain artificial flavorings to trick your taste buds into thinking it is real…but it’s far from natural.



Nathan and I have chosen to use Shaklee protein  because they are committed to making products that are as close to nature as possible and that will only put pure ingredients in your body – nothing artificial ever.  I started using Shaklee protein as a Division I athlete to give me a competitive edge after I saw that numerous Olympic athletes also chose Shaklee.  These were unpaid athletes that simply used the products because they worked and they were safe.

Shaklee has spent 300 Million dollars in research and development…to ensure the potency and purity of each and every product.  If top Olympic athletes, who can get drug tested at any moment, trust this protein and other products I can too.  Numerous Olympic athletes have been banned from a sport or stripped of a medal due to positive drug tests.  Many of these tests were later Shaklee 180 Mango Smoothielinked to the heavy metals found in their protein powder that I mentioned above.


Shaklee 180 protein is unmatched – it will help you recharge your metabolism by helping you burn unwanted fat and keep your lean muscle.  That is why we use this particular protein with our BURSTClub clients.  It helps protect the lean muscle you are working hard to build, while burning fat and helping you lose inches.  I know with summer right around the corner, you may be thinking more about sleeveless shirt, swimsuits, and shorts.


If that thought scares you, don’t be worried.  Just grab you a smoothie or two a day (with the right protein!) and your body will do a 180 – without adding in all the harmful ingredients that sabotage your efforts and your health!


If you want help getting the right protein shake for you, please email us at info@burstclub.com and Coach Nathan or Jenni will help you.

Here is one of our friends who used BURSTClub and Shaklee 180 together!   Laura went from a size 10 to a size 2.  Here are other stories to inspire you.


Laura evans


  • Hello, I am curious about shakes from Arbonne, but am not sure what to look for in the ingrediants to determine if they are healthy or not. I am looking for a quick and easy snack/meal with getting the proper nutrients and that are not harmful while pregnant. I am also interested in knowing about Shakalee. I have heard to stay away from Whey or soy, is this correct information? Thank you! I would also like to lose 10 pounds while taking these shakes.

    amanda 22.02.2015
    • Amanda, I apologize for missing this comment! In re: to Arbonne…as far as I know they are not touted as natural. I know Shaklee is the #1 natural nutrition company in the US and they have 300+ million invested in research and development so I’d say theirs are the most trustworthy. They’ve also been around for 60 years and I know Dr. Shaklee actually invented the first natural protein isolate. The Shaklee 180 line is the best for losing weight the RIGHT way – protects your muscle while you lose the fat. You can email me at info@burstclub.com for more info.

      Jenni Oates 27.04.2015

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