Tiger’s Milk Protein Drink

Eric Bakker N.D.March 31, 2022

Tigers Milk was a very popular high-protein drink that was created by Adele Davis. Try it, especially if you are looking for a great tasting high protein drink pre or post workout!

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Tigers Milk is an excellent tonic. It supplies protein, essential fatty acids as well as calcium, iron and B vitamins. When I was very active in my 20’s and 30’s I found it good to have a full glass in afternoon, 2 to 3 hours before the evening meal for best result. It gives you a great boost of energy and is perfect for a person who is seriously into health and fitness. This recipe is my little contribution to celebrating the life of nutritionist Adele Davis. I purchased her book when I was a student and many of her views shaped my outlook in the clinic with regards to eating a natural, whole foods diet rich in vegetables.

A very good protein drink for a cyclist, rugby or football player, martial artist, swimmer, runner of gym junkie.
Adele Davis, in her book “Lets Get Well” (1970’s) gave the recipe for “Tigers Milk”.

Adele Davis (1904 –1974) worked tirelessly as an advocate for better diet as a means of improving one’s health. She was considered “the most famous nutritionist in the early to mid-20th century.”

In 1942, Adele published an early textbook on nutrition, which was followed by four best-selling books for consumers, all of which promoted the benefits of natural foods while criticising the diet of the ordinary person in the United States. Her books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide and have had a significant impact on shaping American healthy eating habits.

Pep Up

The name Tiger’s Milk was copyrighted. She later sold the name to a concern and changed the name to “Pep-up”, This first recipe is Adele Davis’ original recipe, that I have been recommending to patients for ages. The second recipe is my own personal version of Tiger’s Milk. This was a particularly popular beverage with me for years during my active gym years in the 80’s and 90’s.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/3 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup milk powder
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (use 1 tbsp if you are not used to the taste of the yeast!)
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ

Method

  • Mix milk and banana in a blender, and add the yeast, wheat germ, and milk powder. That’s all there is to it. It has a pleasant taste.
  • This is about 40 grams of protein, with minimal calories.
  • Tiger’s Milk could replace breakfast, but over the years I have found that could use a little more fibre in the way of LSA mix (Linseed Sunflower & Almond) which was made popular in the 1980’s by Dr. Sandra Cabot (The Liver Cleansing Diet).

Eric’s Version of Tiger Milk

Blend 2 cups of Soy, Rice or Oat milk with

  • 1 Tblsp flaxseed oil
  • 1 tsp Manuka honey
  • ½  Tblsp Brewers yeast
  • ½  Tblsp Lecithin
  • ½  tsp natural vanilla essence

Notes

  •  Shake or blend very well before serving.
  • Optional : Add 1 Teaspoon of Green Barley powder, high in  protein, for an extra boost in energy.

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