That has got to be the nastiest thing to take besides epsom salts! Dr. Atkins said pysillum husks stirred in a glass of water, taken before bedtime would relieve constipation on a LC diet. Ugh, I've done that many times, choked it down and quickly gobbled something sweet to take the yukky taste away - besides, not to mention the texture! My husband very kindly bought me a lot of pysillium husks (the coarser kind was easier to take but the powder he bought is just vile in plain water!) So, needless to say it was sitting in the cupboard. Then recently I needed some "help", so fished it out reluctantly and thought about what I could do with it. I came up with an ice cold, double thick chocolate "milk shake", that could be viewed as more palatable than medicine! It's not quite up to my usual standards, but remember this contains a medicinal ingredient. This recipe makes a lot and could be used throughout the day to keep one "full". It's a great dieting tool, if you can stomach the idea. (wink)

Double Thick Chocolate Shake

1 1/4 cups ice cold water
2 tbsp whipping cream or Hood Calorie Countdown Milk
2 tbsp chocolate whey protein
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp sour cream (optional)
1 tbsp powdered pysillium husks
1 tsp powdered erythritol (optional)
1/2 tsp Xanthan gum
1/2 tsp sucralose (from a Splenda Quick Pack)or sweetener of choice
many ice cubes to make it ice cold

In blender, combine water, cream or milk, chocolate whey protein, cocoa, powdered pysillium husks, erythritol (if using), Xanthan gum and sucralose; blend until smooth and thickened. Add ice cubes; blend well.

Helpful Hints: This shake needs to be ice cold, so add more ice if necessary and blend. These days I like to blend in a tablespoon of sour cream with the last addition of ice (weird, I know!) - even better!

Nutritional Analysis: 1 serving
(with cream): 151.9 cal; 8.0 pro; 10.5 g fat; 3.0 g carbs
(with Hood Milk): 72.9 cal; 8.4 g pro; 1.6 g fat; 2.5 g carbs