What makes our family feel like The Incredibles?

The Pink Power Drink!

This is because Pink Power’s daytime alias is the GAPS™ Milkshake, dubbed so by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the founder of the GAPS™ Protocol for physiological and psychological healing.

Dr. Natasha on the GAPS™ Milkshake:

GAPS Milkshake: make a juice from a mixture of fruit and vegetables, add 1-2 raw eggs (both the yolk and the white) and a large dollop of raw sour cream (if sour cream was not introduced yet, use coconut oil) and whisk the whole thing. It will turn into a delicious ‘milkshake’. The fats and protein balance the sugars in the juice, keeping the blood sugar under control. The juices of apple, celery, beetroot and other vegetables soften the gallbladder stones over time, while the fat provides gentle stimulation to the liver to squeeze these stones out. Start this milkshake from a few tablespoons per day and gradually increase to 2 glasses per day: first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and middle of afternoon.

She also recommends:

  • Drinking on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, or middle of the afternoon
  • 1/3 of a glass to start
  • Chew your mouthfuls (this stimulates digestive juices)
  • Work up to 2 glasses a day

Juicing is powerfully detoxifying, and adding healthy fats and proteins to your freshly pressed juice will slow down the absorption of the natural sugars in the juice.

GAPS milkshakes provide the stimulation for the liver contraction and bile flushing, and the juice gently dissolves gallbladder stones. And a healthy liver and gallbladder are your friends in the detox realm.

Raw egg white is also an excellent heavy metal chelator!

What we do:

Our family generally juices every weekday morning (for some reason it works better to do it on tightly scheduled mornings rather than loosely structured weekend mornings, go figure)

Here are approximate ingredients that we use in our “family quantity” juicing, but they are very flexible:

  • 6 – 10 freshly rinsed carrots
  • 1 organic apple
  • 1  lemon (peel & pits removed)
  • 1  beets (rinsed & quartered)
  • small handful cilantro
  • 3 large handfuls of greens – like organic spinach, lettuce, kale
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 – 3 stalks of celery

Again, it is very flexible, and you may not always have all the ingredients on hand. You want to aim for approximately 50% good tasting, and 50% “therapeutic”. Other veggies can include cucumber, small amount of cabbage, parsley, etc.

Then to this freshly pressed juice add:

  • 2 – 3 whole raw eggs (organic & pastured is best)
  • large dollop of 24-hr GAPS Diet sour cream (use highest quality you can, organic & homemade is best)

I use my immersion blender to make it perfectly smooth.

A tip for the less-than-eager? You can start your kiddos out with GAPS™ juicing by using little shot glasses…a lot more fun.

So here’s to your Superpowers.

Some other resources and websites:

GAPS™ Milkshake/Smoothie Youtube video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAr7kq6B9Cw

GAPS Australia Practitioner on the GAPS™ Milkshake – http://gapsaustralia.com.au/gaps-milkshake-smoothie/

Another GAPS™ Practitioner’s take on the milkshake – http://www.judytsafrirmd.com/my-go-to-breakfast-the-gaps-milkshake/

I would love to hear from you!

Have you considered juicing?

If you juice, what do you put in your morning juice?

What is your favorite juicer?

Let me know in the comments below!


16 thoughts on “Pink Power {a.k.a. GAPS milkshake}”

  1. Hi! Love your website. My doctor has just told me I cannot have dairy or eggs or nightshades, at least for the time being. Is there anything I can substitute to make it creamy? Coconut milk? I can live without dairy but I sure am gonna miss my eggs!!


    1. Hi Jennie,

      Thank you for your comments and question. Perhaps you could try coconut cream. 🙂

      Also, have you considered duck eggs? They are often okay, even when chicken eggs are not.


    1. Melanie Christner

      Hi Rhonda,

      If you use a Vitamix you’ll need to run the mixture through a nutmilk bag or some other sort of strainer to remove all the plant fiber…if you are doing it for the GAPS Introduction Diet that is.

      Thank you,

      1. Yes ma’am. I’m just now starting my journey into gut health and I have heard a lot of wonderful things about juicing. So that being said, what budget friendly juicer do you recommend that doesn’t leave a lot of waste?
        Thanks so much,
        Robin, a newbie from Mississippi

        1. Hi Robin!
          Welcome to the GAPS world 🙂 Our article on juice and juicers will probably be helpful for you: https://honestbody.com/juicing-101-why-do-it-which-juicers-are-best-recipes-to-try/

          Centrifugal juicers are usually cheaper so you might decide to go that route. You can search Omega or Breville on Amazon and do some model comparison to see what is right for you. When I was doing research for purchasing a juicer I learned a lot from this website: https://www.discountjuicers.com/budgetjuicers.html, however it may be a bit out of date.

          Happy Shopping!
          Honest Body Assistant and Certified GAPS Coach

    1. Melanie Christner

      Hi Crissy,

      Thanks for the question. This would actually not be until Stage 4 or after, when juicing is introduced.


  2. Hello! I hear here and then that the gaps milkshake should contain whole eggs ( whites and yolks) BUT i always heard that raw Egg Whites should never be consumed along with yolks because it contained substances that anihilated yolk vitamins :/ what do you think?

    1. Hello Eva,

      I have not heard anything about the egg whites annihilating the vitamins in the yolks…it doesn’t quite make sense to me because they are a whole food, together. There do seem to be more people who have an issue with whites rather than yolks, but if you are not sensitive it should be fine to add them to your GAPS milkshakes.

      Thank you for the comment,

  3. How can you scale it down to just start with a small amount? I hate to waste all those fruits and veggies just to get a few tablespoons. I am the only one in my family on GAPS intro and can’t think of anyone else to give the extra juice to drink.

    1. Melanie Christner

      Hi Kimberly,

      If you have a good juicer, you can juice for 2 days at a time (tightly sealing the extra and storing in the fridge).

      Also, even if someone was NOT on GAPS, fresh pressed juice is very beneficial for everyone’s help and is a great energy booster.

      I would suggest starting with a very simple juice, like carrot & lemon only, and as you can drink more, then add more variety of vegetables and fruit.

      Thank you,

  4. Do you have a rough idea of how many ounces per glass of juice we should be drinking to maximize detox without taking in too much?

    1. Hi Autumn,
      Good question! This would be an individual consideration. The primary issues with tolerating juice are: blood sugar balance, digestive discomfort, detoxification, and stools. If the juice is causing a problem in any of those areas (blood sugar spikes then falls too low, stomach or intestinal discomfort, detoxification symptoms such as skin issues, hot flashes, fatigue, or diarrhea) then it is wise to take less juice and dilute it with GAPS sour cream, egg yolks, whey, meat stock, or warm water. As with many GAPS things, start with a small amount of juice and see how you respond. Dr. Natasha recommends making beet juice no more than 5% of the juice mixture due to it’s strong detoxifying properties. If juice is well tolerated you can take 1-2 8oz glasses per day, preferably on an empty stomach (upon waking or as an afternoon snack are good times).

      Certified GAPS Coach and HB Assistant

  5. I have heard that raw spinach and kale as well as celery are high in oxalates. Oxalates can cause kidney stones. What do you think about that?

    1. Hello Kelli,

      Thanks for the question. I appreciate what Dr. Natasha has to say on the subject best 🙂

      “All foods contain substances, which can be damaging to the human gut and the rest of the body.
      Plants contain phytates, lectins, oxalates, salicylates, phenols and who knows, what else. Animal
      foods are largely made of proteins, every one of which can cause allergies. So, should we stop
      eating at all? It is a matter of what you can digest and assimilate at any particular point in your
      life. Even people, who consider themselves healthy, have periods in their lives when they are
      run down or under stress. These are times to be kind to your digestive system and not eat things,
      which are hard to digest. Following the GAPS Introduction Diet allows people to heal their gut
      by eating easily digestible foods, so later they can safely introduce foods, which are harder to

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