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25
MAR

3 Efficient Natural Energy Boosters

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

If you are constantly feeling tired and can’t seem to boost your energy levels, a few natural products might be just what you need. Guaraná, maca, and ginseng have been top-selling energy enhancers for many years as studies have shown that these herbal products are efficient in providing a boost in energy levels. So, let’s learn a little more about these 3 efficient natural energy boosters.

Guaraná 

Guaraná is originally from the Amazon region and its products are popular in Brazil and other South America countries. Loaded with caffeine, one seed of guaraná contains five times more caffeine than an average coffee bean. Available in supplement form, this tropical fruit is also used to make energy drinks as well as soft drinks but with significantly lower levels of caffeine. A good number of natural energy supplements contain guaraná in formulas designed for fat burner, weight-loss, athletic performance enhancers, and products to stimulate the mental function.

Maca

Maca products are known to promote more energy as well as hormonal balance. This superfood has been used for centuries by the native people in the Andes of Peru for a variety of health benefits. Maca root is not only known to boost energy levels but it is also believed to increase sex drive and improve fertility, increasing semen volume and sperm counts. Maca contains high levels of protein, fat and minerals and it’s eaten baked, dried or mixed with vegetables.

Ginseng

Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal supplements due to its long list of health benefits. Research has suggested that the root of the ginseng plant (Panax ginseng) is helpful to improve energy levels and is also beneficial to control blood sugar levels. Ginseng provides sustainable energy by utilizing your body’s own energy resources as it has the ability to boost energy by ramping up ATP production.

Gaia Herbs – Maca Root 1000 mg. – 60 Vegetarian Capsules
NOW Foods – Panax Ginseng 520 mg. – 100 Capsules
Source Naturals – Guarana Energizer 900 mg. – 200 Tablets

 
24
MAR

4 Allergy Formulas for Spring

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Homeopathy,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Usually around this time of year the sun is starting to shine, the flowers are beginning to bloom and allergy season is just mere weeks away. Don’t let fear of allergies and allergy season ruin the beautiful spring and summer weather. There are many alternative and natural ingredients to help relieve you of and prevent your allergy symptoms.  But don’t just try one ingredient, check out LuckyVitamin for many top rated and recommended allergy formulas to help keep the sniffling, sneezing,, watery and red itchy eyes away.  Below is a look into some of our top selling products.

Ortho Molecular D-Hist and D-Hist Jr:  One of my personal favorites and go to formulas for allergy season is this product. The D-Hist formulas include Quercetin, Bromelain, stinging nettles leaf and N-Acetyl Cysteine to promote optimal support for nasal and sinus passageways.  This professional grade supplement combines the best herbs and supplements for comprehensive support for seasonal challenges and best of all won’t cause drowsiness. It is best taken before allergy season starts to help prevent symptoms but also works well if symptoms have already developed.

Boiron Sabadil combines the most commonly used homeopathic medicine to treat seasonal allergies into one formula.  This formula is meant to help relieve runny nose, spasmodic cough, burning eyes, sneezing, discharges and other symptoms associated with allergies. Sabadil is an FDA regulated homeopathic medicine.  Homeopathic medicines are non-drowsy, safe and effective alternative to common standard medications.

Vital Nutrients Aller-C – This combination supplement combines Quercetin, Vitamin C, and other Bioflavonoids into one effective formula. One of the main ingredients in this formula Hesperidin a flavanone glycoside found commonly in citrus, known to help relieve allergy symptoms.  Another ingredient in this formula is Vitamin C. Vitamin C has antihistamine properties and some research suggests it might help reduce allergy symptoms.

Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Allergy – This Gaia herbs formula contains organic and Non-GMO ingredients. An herbal blend of ingredients to promote a healthy inflammatory response as well as promote respiratory health.  This product combines Turmeric along with other herbal extracts to help fight off symptoms of allergies.  One of the main ingredients in this product is Quercetin, which is well known for its ability to decrease the histamine response, the main chemical in the body responsible for allergies.  Quercetin and other allergy fighting supplements are best taken before allergy season starts to help keep your body from over reacting to the allergens.


 
23
MAR

What’s New? Green Herb

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements at 7:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of supplements to our customers: Green Herb.

Green Herbs provides the highest-quality health supplements, made only from the finest, 100% natural ingredients, and produced in a manner consistent with what nature intended.

Green Herbs offers the combined benefits of an unmatched dietary supplement based on natural whole-food grains and herbs with powerful probiotics. The company was started to give a chance to consumers to treat themselves to a fresh start.

Green Herbs has created a superior line of the finest products available in the health food market. The company searches the health universe to bring you only the most wholesome and natural dietary supplements. Green Herb has revolutionized the world of health, not only by the use of only natural components but also ensuring that these ingredients must be produced using natural processes. The result is a premium selection of quality supplements that afford maximum bio-absorption, assimilation and benefit.

Green Herb products have been developed by leading European master herbalists and dietary specialists. All products undergo extensive lab testing to ensure that the delivery system endows you with the utmost advantage. What you see in the bottle is the culmination of years of research, development, testing and more testing.

You can save even more when you shop Green Herb supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code MAR15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.

Green Herb – Replenish Probiotics For Kids – 60 Chewable Tablets
Green Herb – Replenish Probiotics – 60 Vegetarian Capsules

 
20
MAR

Spring Beauty Sale – Fatal Attraction: Chemicals to avoid in your Cosmetics

Filed Under: Beauty,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Cosmetics have been popular products for years but this attraction to beauty products may be risky. Many products contain hazardous chemicals ingredients that can be dangerous to your health. Here’s a list of 7 chemicals to avoid in your cosmetics.

1. Parabens: commonly used in makeup and listed as methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl paraben, this toxic ingredient may interfere with hormone function and it has been associated with breast cancer. Found in nearly 90% of all products on the market, parabens are also used in lotions, scrubs, shampoos, and conditioners.

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): used in cosmetics as a detergent, SLES can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer, as well as a variety of other issues such as eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic reactions. Additionally, SLS may damage liver, and affect the respiratory tract.

3. Petrolatum: avoid this particular ingredient at all costs. Used in make-up products, lip balm, lipstick, and skin care products, petrolatum is a mineral oil jelly used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers.  This chemical is derivative of petroleum and crude oil and it is known as an endocrine disruptor and a carcinogen. Healthy skin needs to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Instead, this chemical may suffocate the skin.

4. Triclosan: Found in many cosmetic products including anti-bacterial soap, shampoo, facial cleanser, toothpaste and deodorant, triclosan has antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. However, this chemical is a known endocrine and thyroid disrupter.

5. Siloxanes (Cyclomethicone): these silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics and facial treatments to soften, smooth, and moisten but it may interfere with hormone function, impair human fertility, and damage the liver.

6. Polyethylene Glycol (PEGs): these petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Commonly used as cosmetic cream bases, PEGs are easily absorbed through the skin and may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which can cause cancer, as well as lead, nickel and arsenic.

7. Mineral Oil: often used in beauty treatments products, mineral oil is a petroleum by-product which may clog the pores and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. It may slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Its solvent properties are used on cleansers to remove oil-based.

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John Masters Organics – Face Wash For Oily Skin Balancing Bearberry – 4 oz.
Peter Lamas – Chinese Herbs Revitalizing Styling Cream – 4 oz.
Peter Lamas – Naturals Rice Volumizing Shampoo – 12 oz.

 
19
MAR

Non-Toxic Spring Beauty Must-Haves

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Andalou Naturals – Beauty Balm

What can we say about this BB cream, except that it is amazing. The sheer matte finish gives you flawless complexion when worn under make-up. It fills in every nook and cranny to reveal nothing short of a perfect look. Did we mention that it’s non-GMO and loaded with stems cells to stop the hands of time? With an SPF of 30, you can wear this bb cream year round to prevent the sun’s nasty rays from wreaking havoc on your skin.

Zuzu Luxe – Dual Powder Foundation

After applying your bb cream finish your spring beauty look with Zuzu Luxe’s Dual Powder Foundation. Its lightweight formula eliminates shine and never leaves your skin feeling dry.  This mineral-based pressed powder is perfect for all skin types and gives you added protection with SPF 8.

Mineral Fusion – Cheeks Blush Powder

Just because you can’t make it to the beach this summer doesn’t mean you can’t fake it. Using an angled blush brush, lightly dust the apples of your cheeks to highlight, brighten and contour your cheekbones. Give yourself a beautiful glow and save some face with this antioxidant rich blush powder.

Acure Organics – Lip Lush Birthday Suit

Nothing’s hotter in Spring than a nude lip. Acure’s luscious, lip smacking gloss screams all-natural green goddess. Unlike most lipsticks Birthday Suit replenishes and locks in moisture with organic argan oil. The Echinacea stem cell helps plump and protect your pout.

Zao Organic Makeup – Matte Eye Shadow Green Olive

Enhance your eyes and make them pop with Zao Organic Makeup in Green Olive. Get a look that’s not only ephemeral but cruelty-free too. This eye shadow is enriched with active organic ingredients and silicia sourced from bamboo stem. Plus, it comes in an adorable bamboo container with a drawstring bag.

Ecco Bella – FlowerColor Natural Mascara

Gorgeous, lush and long eyelashes — yes, please! Conventional mascaras are loaded with toxic ingredients that can cause long term health effects like cancer; no thanks! Keep in mind, Ecco Bella’s FlowerColor Mascara is water-resistant, not water-proof, so think twice before applying and immediately hitting the pool. It’s excellent for sensitive eyes, and is gluten and fragrance-free. Free of anything you won’t like!


 
18
MAR

What’s New? Doctor’s Advantage

Filed Under: Immunity,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of supplements to our customers: Doctor’s Advantage.

Doctor’s Advantage offers a unique line of supplements created to surpass the highest standards of product quality and efficacy. The company was started by board certified physicians to answer a growing concern in medicine today. Over the years, medical studies have recommended increased amounts of specific vitamins and nutrients for certain diseases. Many primary care doctors began recommending increased amounts of certain foods or supplements and many patients started taking vitamin supplements, but were unaware of the name of the vitamins, its ingredients, or its quality. Doctor’s Advantage feels that the same way dosages of prescription medications are managed should be used to every patient’s use of non-prescription supplements for their own safety and medical benefit.

At Doctor’s Advantage, every high grade nutritional supplements is manufactured using premium ingredients, and produced under strict guidelines in GMP certified facilities. All supplements also undergo testing for purity and accuracy in dosages. The company’s medical board of licensed physicians continues to review the benefits of vitamins and supplements as published in medical literature. New formulations and reviews of current products are discussed on a regular basis to provide you with the highest quality and most advanced supplements available.

One of Doctor’s Advantage best-selling products is Daily Shield. This whole body multivitamin was formulated with a blend of powerful antioxidants to help fight free radical damage and strengthen your immune system to promote optimal health. This product is an ideal supplement for any person who desires to lead a healthier lifestyle, including eye health.

You can save even more when you shop Doctor’s Advantage supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code MAR15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.

Doctor’s Advantage – Macular Shield AREDS 2 plus Complete Multivitamin – 120 Capsules
Doctor’s Advantage – Omega Shield – 60 Softgels

 
17
MAR

7 Signs of a Nutritional Deficiency

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Nails – White spots on nails indicate a mineral deficiency. The appearance of ridges, specifically, could indicate a lack of zinc.

Mouth – When your tongue is pale in color you could need more iron. A painful or burnt tongue could be your body’s way of telling you that you need more B vitamins, specifically B2 and B3.

Eyes – Dark circles are sometimes an indicator of needing more than just sleep. See a food allergy specialist to check for intolerances and foods you may need to steer clear of. Some other vitamins you could need are vitamin D for nearsightedness and vitamin A for poor night vision.

Hair – Suffering from hair loss? Try taking a Biotin supplement. Dry hair and dandruff are also signs you need some more vitamin A and omega-3s.

Skin – Irritations and skin problems are usually signs that there are issues going on inside the body. Alleviate dry skin with vitamins A and E. If you suffer from acne during “that time of the month”, try a B6 supplement.

Joint Pain – It can be very defeating when you no longer can perform day-to-day activities due to joint pain. Try magnesium for cramping and twitching. Vitamin B1 and B6 are very useful swelling and twitching. Try a B12 supplement to combat joint numbness.

Brain Fog – Do you have trouble focusing? Are you feeling tired or rundown all the time? You might be experiencing the phenomenon known as “brain fog”. Fortunately, there are some vitamins that can help stave off its effects. A complex of B vitamins can help a body’s response to stress. Vitamin C and zinc have been shown to improve mood disorders and anxiety.

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16
MAR

Do you REALLY need a Multivitamin?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Many people wonder about this important question: do you really need a multivitamin?

Multivitamins contain a combination of the nutritional minerals and vitamins that are essential for the proper functioning of the human body. People often believe that if they eat well and have a healthy lifestyle, a multivitamin isn’t really necessary. That might be true but the most appropriate answer is, not always.

The human body needs nutrients to ensure proper function, proving energy, vitality and good health. Multivitamins cannot substitute a healthy diet but it may provide some important nutrients. Even a well-balanced diet may lack a vitamin or mineral that might be important for your health. For example, people who exercise regularly may need extra vitamins and minerals to avoid injuries and other issues. The more you work out, more nutrients is required by your body to keep functioning properly. So, even someone eating a healthy diet may benefit from taking a multivitamin.

Additionally, a few groups of people may really benefit from taking a multivitamin. Kids and teenagers require a variety of nutrients during the growing stages and, sometimes, it may be difficult to obtain these vitamins from food. The same can be said for athletes, people with digestive issues, and pregnant women. For the elderly, multivitamins are necessary because as people age, the body starts losing the ability to absorb nutrients from food, and providing nutrients directly in the form of multivitamins can help their body being supplied with all the necessary nutrition.

A whole food product is highly recommended if you are planning to start taking a multivitamin. Whole food multivitamins are made with nutrients from natural sources and contain concentrates of fruits and vegetables as well as additional nutrients that help the body absorb these essential vitamins and minerals.

Click here to check out Lucky Vitamin’s special multivitamin sale.

Natural Vitality – Organic Life Vitamins Organic Fruit Flavor – 30 oz.
Twinlab – Men’s Ultra Daily Advanced Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Supplement – 120 Capsules
Garden of Life – Vitamin Code RAW 50 & Wiser Women’s Multi Formula – 240 Vegetarian Capsules

 
16
MAR

3 DIY Recipes for a Clean Home

Filed Under: Green Living,Natural Cleaning Aids,Recipes at 11:47 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Making your own cleaning products is a fun and easy way to go green while saving some green along the way. When making your own cleaning supplies make sure to use new, clean plastic bottles. Also, add some labels so you know what’s what.  Here are some of our favorites:

All Purpose Spray

2 tsp. of baking soda

½ tsp. of Dr. Bronners Citrus Orange Castile Soap

4 Tbsps. white vinegar

1 ¾ cups of filtered water

Stir and shake well. Add to a squirt bottle for added convenience.

Liquid Gel Dishwasher Detergent

3 Tbsps. of Dr. Bronners Baby Mild Castile Soap

3 cups of warm filtered water

1 cup washing soda

Add all the ingredients to a jar and shake very well until the washing soda dissolves. You may need to keep the jar upside down overnight. Store in a mason jar with an air tight lid.  Use 1-2 TBSP per load in the main wash.  For added sparkle, add one tablespoon in the pre-wash or you can use vinegar!

Antibacterial Spray

1 cup of distilled water

¼ cup of witch hazel

15 drops of lavender essential oil

10 drop of tea tree oil

Store in a spray bottle preferably glass since some essential oils can degrade plastic over time. This spray is perfect for a sweat drenched yoga mat.

 

 

 

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13
MAR

3 Supplements You Need to Add to Your Regimen NOW

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 3:08 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

American Health, a leading manufacturer of the American Health and Ester-C brands strives to bring you the highest quality nutritional products to help you maintain optimum health and wellness.  Today, American Health remains one of the most trusted and respected innovators of specialty supplements in the natural health food industry. Their commitment to product quality remains intact with their line of digestive enzymes, probiotics as well as with the patented and clinically researched vitamin C formula, Ester-C.

Pass the Papaya

Help combat the body’s natural inclination to slow enzyme production with the help of Super Papaya Enzyme Plus. Since we naturally produce enzymes at different levels, some of us may digest proteins well, but not carbohydrates, or vice versa. Enzymes help convert food into nutrients the body can absorb, making them available for energy needs, cell growth and other vital functions. There are many different types of digestive enzymes with specific roles. For example, papaya helps digest protein while amylase helps digest carbohydrates. Super Papaya Enzyme Plus provides you with delicious papaya fruit flavor fortified with well-known enzymes to encourage proper nutrient absorption and aid in digestion.

Get Good Gut Flora

American Health Acidophilus Chewable With Bifidus Natural Strawberrry Flavor helps to stimulate the beneficial bacteria in the digestive and intestinal tracts, encourages proper nutrient absorption and promotes immune health. Consuming Acidophilus is the ideal way to boost your beneficial bacteria and enhance positive flora. Their 100% naturally delicious banana flavored, milk-free chewable acidophilus is ideal for those who are lactose-intolerant. Each wafer contains a mix of two classic lactobacilii — acidophilus and bifidum and is guaranteed to deliver one billion microorganisms per serving. With Chewable Acidophilus, you can support your digestive health and increase the amount of healthy bacteria and flora in your intestine.

Believe in the Power of C

Ester-C is a pH-neutral, non-acidic form of vitamin C that is gentle on the stomach. It is created using a proprietary, chemical-free, and water-based manufacturing process that yields a unique, non-acidic form of vitamin C, supported with naturally-occurring metabolites. Vitamin C is water soluble, meaning it tends to “wash out” rapidly from the body. Patented Ester-C was specifically developed to stay in your system, and be retained in your white blood cells.

From immune support to digestive health, along with vitamins and specialty supplements, American Health has you covered. You’ll be sure to find simple solutions for everyday optimum health.

 


 
13
MAR

5 Ingredients to Avoid in Household Products

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Spring is just around the corner but before you start shopping for your annual spring cleaning, check out some news about household cleaners containing toxic ingredients. Learning about these potentially toxic chemicals is extremely important as these ingredients can be harmful to you and your family; instead, let nature do the dirty work for you.

1. Phthalates

Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors but are often found in air fresheners, dish soap, toilet paper, and other cleaners. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present because, by law, companies do not have to disclose what’s in their scents. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or other personal care products.

2. 2-Butoxyethanol

Often found in window, kitchen, carpet, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol/ethylene glycol butyl may cause blood disorders as well as liver and kidney damage. Additionally, it causes sore throats when inhaled and long-term exposure may contribute to necrosis, pulmonary edema, and may cause reproductive damage.

3. Chlorine

Widely used in toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners, mildew removers, scouring powders and even in tap water, the health risks from chlorine can be acute, and chronic. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and is listed as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

4. Glycol Ethers

Found in cleaning products, liquid soaps, and a variety of household products glycol ethers are used as solvents. Acute exposure to these chemicals can result in necrosis, pulmonary edema and serious kidney and liver damage. Long-term exposure can cause fatigue, nausea, anemia, tremors and anorexia.

5. Ammonia

Often used in bathroom cleaners, polish products for sinks and jewelry, as well as in glass cleaners, ammonia is a powerful irritant that can develop serious health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia evaporates, doesn’t leave streaks and is known to cause irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, breathing difficulty, wheezing, chest pains, pulmonary edema, and skin burns. High exposure can lead to blindness, lung damage, heart attack or death. Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas when mixed with bleach.

Seventh Generation – Disinfecting Wet Wipes 70 (7" x 8") Lemongrass Citrus Scent – 17.4 oz.
Green Forest – Size Your Own Premium Paper Towels 100% Recycled Paper 2-Ply 104 Sheets – 1 Roll(s)
Mrs. Meyer’s – Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap Lavender – 16 oz.

 
11
MAR

What’s New? RxBar

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another excellent choice of nutritional bars to our customers: RxBar.

RxBar has developed nutritional bars that make you feel good about eating them and feel great after you eat them. The company believes that food should be consumed as nature intended and has created bars that are simple and delicious without compromising nutrition. Made with minimal ingredients, RxBar gives you the proper balance of high quality egg white protein, a healthy supply of fats, carbohydrates that are high in fiber, and natural sugars from real fruit.

RxBar products are 100% natural and contain no dairy, soy, gluten, added sugars, artificial sweeteners, GMOs, and preservatives. Inspired by the lack of real food protein bar, each ingredient of RxBar brings something to the nutrition table: egg whites and almonds with protein, blueberries and cacao with antioxidants and vitamins, figs and dates with fiber and potassium, and so on.

The company uses four main ingredients which are considered the core ingredients of these delicious and nutritious bars: egg whites, figs, dates, and nuts. Egg white protein is one of the best choices as the protein is immediately absorbed into the body as well as offering plenty of minerals and amino acids. Figs are dense in nutrients offering more calcium than most fruits as well as good amounts of fiber, potassium and iron. Dates are a much healthier choice for sweetener due to its natural sugars and also contains natural fibers, B vitamin and potassium. Nuts are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids and are one of the best ingredients to be used in nutritional bars.

You can save even more when you shop RxBar products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.

RxBar – Protein Bar Apple Cinnamon – 1.83 oz.
RxBar – Protein Bar Blueberry – 1.83 oz.
RxBar – Protein Bar Coffee Cacao – 1.83 oz.

 
9
MAR

5 Healthy Ways to Enjoy Rice

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Rice is one of the most popular foods around the world and there are many ways to enjoy this wonderful grain. Health benefits of rice include providing fast and instant energy, good bowel movement, stabilizing blood sugar levels and providing essential source of vitamins. Likely the most widely consumed staple food around the globe, rice is not only famous for its traditional dishes but also for a variety of other products. Here is a list of 5 healthy ways to enjoy rice.

1. Rice Cakes

An excellent healthy snack, rice cakes are usually made from brown rice, high in whole grains, which provide good amounts of fiber, carbohydrates and phytochemicals. Rice cakes are commonly used in several weight-loss diets as they are low in fat and calories.

2. Rice Chips

Another great choice for a healthy bite, rice chips are lower in fat than conventional chips made of potatoes or corn. Rice chips are generally low in saturated fat, and contain no cholesterol, and no sugar, creating a healthy alternative for a quick snack.

3. Rice Milk

Rice milk is a tasty low-fat alternative for vegans and vegetarians who are allergic to soy. This lactose-free product contains many nutrients , including high levels of niacin, vitamin B-6, iron, copper and magnesium.

4. Rice Noodles

Delicious and easy-to-make, rice noodles are a low-fat, low carb choice. A 2-ounce serving of rice noodles contains only 0.3 grams of fat. As a naturally low-fat carbohydrate, rice noodles can provide a filling base for a meal without the worry of lots of fat.

5. Rice Protein

A hot item in recent years, brown rice protein offers many benefits for health and fitness. A great source of protein nutrients for vegetarians, brown rice is considered hypo-allergenic, it may also make an excellent choice for individuals with dairy, soy, or gluten allergies.

Seeds of Change – Organic Brown Basmatic Rice – 8.5 oz.
Suzie’s – Whole Grain Thin Cakes Lightly Salted Brown Rice – 4.9 oz.
VegLife – Peaceful Planet Rice Protein Pure Powder Unflavored – 20.4 oz.

 
7
MAR

What’s New? Beet It

Filed Under: Superfoods,Supplements at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of natural foods to our customers: Beet It.

Beet It offers a unique beet juice that has been used for research around the globe. Supplying more than 90 universities and research institutes throughout the world, Beet It is proud to have such a close relationship with leading scientists and professors. The company has years of experience developing fruit and vegetable juices and has established itself as a leading brand in the worldwide research and commercial markets.

Beet It has grown over the last few years to include not only the original beet juice in 1l and 750ml cartons, 750ml glass bottles and 250ml PET bottles, but also the original concentrated organic shot (0.3g nitrate content) and the Sport shot (with 0.4g nitrate), as well as new flavor mixes with ginger and passion fruit. Because beet contains natural dietary nitrate, the Beet It Sport shots have been designed with this in mind. The first sport nutrition product to deliver a specific dose of natural dietary nitrate, these shots are 100% natural and do not have any artificial additives and preservatives.

Beet It is an energy booster product that works best over an extended period of time. Unlike the majority of energy or caffeine-booster drinks available, Beet It Sport is optimal to be taken a few hours prior to activity. This unique product is not a typical energy or caffeine booster as it works gradually and, therefore, you don’t feel that immediate kick. Most athletes taking Beet It Sport believe that one shot 12 hours before, and one around two hours before exercising is the ideal plan. However, one shot is sufficient for general training.

Click here to visit all Beet It products available at LuckyVitamin.com.

Beet It – Beet Juice – 8.5 oz.
Beet It – Beet Juice Sport Shot – 2.4 oz.

 
6
MAR

Bob’s for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Filed Under: Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Breakfast – Superfood Chia Pudding

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill chia seeds

1 teaspoon baobab powder

1/2 teaspoon maca powder

1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon raw honey

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Whisk milk and chia seeds in a bowl for one minute until chia seeds are homogenous with the milk.
  2. Add in maca, baobab, cinnamon, vanilla and honey. Whisk again for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or preferably overnight.
  4. Top with anything! Fresh fruit and nuts are great additions.

Lunch – 13 Bean Chili

Ingredients

1-1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix

1 onion medium-sized, chopped

2 cloves of garlic minced

2 cans tomato sauce (8oz cans)

1 tsp sea salt

1 pinch ground pepper

1 to 2 Tbsp chili powder

Directions

  1. Soak 13 Bean Soup Mix overnight or soften by boiling five minutes and allowing to soak for at least one hour.
  2. Drain beans and cover with water and simmer until tender (about 3 hours).
  3. Sauté onion until translucent, about 5 minutes, add garlic and two 8 oz cans of tomato sauce, spices and the cooked 13 Bean Soup Mix. Simmer all together one hour.

Dinner – The Basic Vegan Burger Recipe

Ingredients

1 can of no salt added kidney beans

½ cup of  Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats

½ cup of cooked brown rice

1 ½ Tbsp canned diced tomatoes

Directions

  1. Mash kidney beans with a masher
  2. Add remaining ingredients
  3. Divide into equal parts and shape into patties
  4. Let sit in the fridge for 15 minutes
  5. Broil on high in oven for 5 minutes on each side

 
 
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