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5
FEB

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Filed Under: Recipes at 10:43 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Diverse mix of young friends celebrating goal watching winning fThe Super Bowl is a fun time for friends and family to get together and enjoy a great football game and delicious snacks. Too often though, those snacks are laden with high calories, high fat and low nutritional content. Want to participate in the fun without sacrificing your eating habits? Check out these 3 healthy Super Bowl snack recipes!

Zucchini Fries

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°. Cut zucchini into 3-inch sticks. Whisk an egg white in a small bowl, and add milk. Combine Parmesan and seasoned breadcrumbs in a separate bowl. Dip zucchini sticks into egg mixture, and then roll in breadcrumb mixture. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, and place zucchini on sheet. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until golden brown.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of fresh cauliflower florets
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ¾ cup hot sauce

Directions

Preheat oven to 450. Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil, or olive oil. Set aside. Mix the garlic powder, salt, pepper, melted butter, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Add the cauliflower into a large gallon-sized bag, pour the buffalo sauce into the bag. Shake until the cauliflower florets are fully coated. Spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing, if desired.

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 jar (10 Oz) sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1 cup tahini paste
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil

Directions

Put chickpeas, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, tahini, tomato paste, some salt and smoked paprika in a food processor or blender and process until well combined and smooth. Drizzle in sesame oil adding more if you want a thinner consistency. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add more oil, lemon juice or tomato paste if needed. Serve with a drizzle of oil.



4
FEB

4 Reasons to Switch to Organic Soap

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 11:41 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
soapThe Harsh Chemicals

Many traditional soaps contain synthetic foaming agents, artificial colors and a laundry list of unpronounceable chemical additives that can leave your skin feeling rough and itchy. Commercial soap manufacturers extract the very ingredient that helps keep skin moist (glycerin) during the soap-making process and sells it off to companies who make lotions and moisturizers. In contrast, most natural and organic soaps contain ingredients such as coconut oil, aloe, goat’s milk and essential oils that nourish, heal and repair the skin.

The environment

When you wash off conventional soap, the sudsy residue that circles your drain is made up of more than just soap and water. All of the chemicals and pollutants go along for the ride as well, eventually winding up in our soil, rivers and streams. Organic soap ingredients are far more mindful of the toll is ingredients take on our environment.

Your Family

By making the switch to organic soap you’re reducing the amount of toxins your family is exposed to. In a 2008 study by the Environmental Working Group, 20 teenage girls used 17 products a day, five more than the average U.S. woman. The study found 16 chemicals with potentially harmful health effects in blood and urine samples of the girls, aged 14 to 19.

The Economy

Research shows that nearly 70 cents of every dollar spent locally stays within the community. When you shop “small” and support local retailers, artisans and farmers you’re also making an investment in your community. It’s a great way to “think globally, act locally”.

 

 



4
FEB

Heart Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Filed Under: Recipes at 11:10 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This heart-healthy smoothie is packed with vitamins and minerals to aid your circulatory system and overall health!

Ingredients

Mix all ingredients together and blend until smooth.



4
FEB

Heart Health

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Supplements at 10:58 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf gives you the rundown on heart health and some tips you may be able to use in order to maintain a healthy circulatory system.

Shop Heart Health Supplements at LuckyVitamin.com

About The Series:

Watch LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND series featuring Dr. Jeremy Wolf for healthy information, benefits and facts about popular nutritional supplements and wellness topics. These quick guides are great educational resources to learn about a variety of wellness-oriented topics from a trained Naturopathic Physician. View other videos from LuckyVitamin on our YouTube channel.



3
FEB

Benefits of Pine Tar Soap

Filed Under: Men's Health,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PinetarA very special soap product which can be used for very special conditions. That’s a good way to describe pine tar soaps. This old fashioned personal care item has been used for centuries to promote a variety of health benefits but what exactly is pine tar?

Pine tar is an all-natural substance that results from burning the wood of pine trees. Originally used in the Scandinavian countries, the first use of this unique product was to protect wood from the harsh winter conditions as well as to preserve the bottoms of Nordic skis.

Known for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, pine tar soaps have been used for its medicinal benefits in the treatment of skin conditions for years. Pine tar soap has been proven effective in soothing psoriasis and eczema, reducing itching of the scalp due to dandruff, easing inflammation of the body, relieve itching associated with bug bites, and treating other skin irritations. It is also useful to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy.

Pine tar, as well as pine oil, has a strong smell and when it is combined with other scented oils, such as essential oils, creates a great product for use on the body. Considered by many an excellent product for bathing, showering, shaving and shampooing, pine tar can clean, moisturize and deodorize.

Pine tar has been traditionally associated with homemade, organic, and natural soap-making. Additionally, pine tar soap is a vegetable based product that does no harm to the environment.

Click here to buy soap sale online at LuckyVitamin.com.



3
FEB

Recipe: Apple of My Eye Oats

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
oatsFebruary is Heart Month, so take care of your ticker with this warm and satisfying oatmeal. Oatmeal is an amazingly healthy breakfast option especially during these cold winter months. Research has shown a specific type of phenolic compound, present only in oats, may possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch and anti-cancer properties. It also suggests that oats may play a vital role in protecting the heart.  Oats are known for being a great source of fiber so by adding apples in the equation means even more wholesome goodness.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup steel cut oats

2 cups water

1 cup chopped apples

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Once boiling, reduce heat and and simmer until fully cooked. For some added sweetness add a dollop of honey at the end.

 



2
FEB

Winter’s Must-Have Hot Beverage: Elderberry Tea

Filed Under: Uncategorized at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
TeaIf you are struggling to fight off cold and flu this winter, one hot beverage may be just what you need.  Elderberry teas offer a ton of health benefits and can be the perfect solution for people who cannot take tablets, capsules to enhance the immune system or just forget to take them all the time.

Elderberry tea is made from the flowers that bloom on the elder plant before the berries appear. When fresh or dried flowers aren’t available, you can make tea by adding a tincture or extract made from elder berries or flowers to hot water. Elderberry supplements are quite popular as this natural herb is one of the top-selling products in health food stores, particularly during the winter month. The health benefits of elderberry seems to come from the plant’s antioxidant-rich flavonoids.

Drinking elderberry tea offers a variety of health benefits as this herbal remedy can help soothe cold and flu symptoms, including fever, headache, fatigue, sore throat and coughing. On top of that, you can find many delicious elderberry teas that can, for example, substitute a cup of coffee. Make tea with four tablespoons of elderberry extract, and drink it every day for three days for maximum benefits. Studies have shown that good evidence exists for elderberry tea as a potential treatment for cold and flu symptoms. Click here to visit our selection of elderberry tea at LuckyVitamin.com.

 



31
JAN

3 Simple Ways to Switch to a Healthier Diet

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B31Changing your diet doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple, small changes can really make the difference in the way you eat. If you are looking for ways to make your diet a little healthier, but don’t want to follow any strict regiments, we present you 3 simple ways to make your diet a little heathier.

Popcorn

Instead of crackers with cream cheese, or instead of ice-cream, try popcorn. This whole grain easy-to-make snack contains fiber and, surprisingly, antioxidants. Considered by many nutritionist as the healthiest food snack (particularly organic products), popcorn is very filling, delivering long-lasting crunchy satisfaction.

Hard-boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are a great addition to your diet as the boiling process removes heart-clogging saturated fats found in eggs when you fry them. Try a boiled egg on a whole-grain English muffin for breakfast instead of fried eggs, sausage and cheese on a bagel.

Chicken Breast and Whole Grain Bread

One of the most popular sandwich consists of a choice of meat, cheese on a white roll with mayo. You can make some small changes and have a much healthier product. For example, chicken breast instead of meat, no cheese, add lettuce or tomatoes (good source of phytonutrients and fiber), use mustard instead of mayo, and use whole grain bread, trimming down carbs and adding fiber. The result is a delicious meal with much less calories than the traditional one.



29
JAN

Lucky New Year, New Brands: Titan Tea / Gorilly Goods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B29We wrap up the month of January presenting two new brands recently added to our site. Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce Titan Tea and Gorilly Goods to our customers.

Titan Tea

Titan Tea is an incredible brand of organic teas with electrolytes. A source of advanced hydration for the athlete in all of us, these unique cold brewed teas are infused with electrolytes to deliver delicious, healthy hydration for everyone.

Instead of the conventional sugar-laden and artificial hydration options, Titan Tea offers great benefits with natural caffeine, created with the best organic, fair trade ingredients. The company sources tea leaves from one of the most reputable estates in the world, and ensures only the highest quality, and non-GMO ingredients are used. Titan Tea leaves are cold-brewed for 12 hours for the purest flavor and then lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar and organic fruit juice concentrates, resulting in a naturally low calorie product.

Gorilly Goods

Gorilly Goods provides healthy snack options for everyone to enjoy. Simply made using the purest ingredients, the company ensures that only organic, non-GMO, raw ingredients are used to produce these delicious treats for strength.

Gorilly Goods believes everyone should have access to incredibly delicious organic treats and delivers just that. This premium line of snacks contains a crunchy mix of fruits and nuts, or seeds and greens, all organically grown and dehydrated raw by folks who care. Started 15 years ago, Gorilly Goods has evolved from handmade batches to an industrial kitchen powered by 100% renewable energy, but continues to produce the same tasty, homemade good-for-you, raw fruit snacks for everyone to enjoy.



28
JAN

A Great Superfood Choice: Moringa

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B28Superfoods are an excellent choice for your diet but with so many options to choose from, it might be challenging to choose just one or two of these amazing products. If you are unsure about what superfood to choose, we present you a great, yet not so popular choice for your super source of nutrition.

Moringa is a superfood known for its high nutritional value. Originally from the Himalayas in India but also cultivated in Central and South America, Moringa contains 92 nutrients, 46 types of antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, and a multitude of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and much more. It also contain 18 amino acids, including all essential amino acids.

Nicknamed “The Miracle Tree” and “The Elixir of Long Life”, Moringa Oleifera superfood is a complete product that will not only provide you with the vitamins you need, but also improve your overall health as well. Moringa supplements are known to boost energy levels and improve mood but this exotic superfood may help to treat a variety of health issues too. Studies have shown that moringa may help improve digestion, enhance the immune system, lower blood pressure, and treat stomach ulcers.

Moringa Oleifera was featured in the Dr. Oz talk show as he pointed out its energy enhancing properties. Many people have reported a boost in their energy levels after taking Moringa supplements.



25
JAN

BCAA: No Pain, Much Gain

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BCAAThe old saying has an updated version. No pain, no gain is a thing of the past as many supplements can help you gain muscle and support muscle recovery at the same time. BCAA supplements are one of these great products known to help increase muscle mass, speed up recovery, and enhance athletic performance.

Short for Branched-Chain Amino Acids, BCAA are known as the building blocks of muscle mass. Research suggests that continue use of BCAA can help individuals not only to build muscle, but also burn fat, and increase athletic performance.

Considered one of the best post workout recovery products, BCAA supplements contain three essential amino acids which play an important role in protein synthesis: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.  By taking BCAA’s, the breakdown of muscle, known as muscle catabolism, can be prevented quickly, especially for usage in high-volume cardio work.

The perfect supplement for endurance and strength training, BCAA has also the ability to prevent muscle loss at high altitudes and prolong endurance performance in the heat, a common condition for marathon or triathlon runners. A popular supplement in the bodybuilding and fitness community, BCAAs are useful for gaining mass and maintaining muscle mass even while on a calorie-deficit diet. BCAAs not only increase the rate of protein synthesis, but they also increase the cell’s capacity for protein synthesis.

Additionally, BCAAs might also help improve workout intensity as it competes with the amino acid tryptophan for entry into the brain, where Tryptophan can be converted to the neurotransmitter serotonin. During exercise, serotonin levels rise and can increase fatigue. BCAA supplementation reduces the amount of tryptophan that enters the brain, and therefore reduces the amount of serotonin produced.



23
JAN

Lucky New Year, New Brands: Jadience Herbal Formulas / Kale Naturals

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky New Year, New Brands: Join the Movement: Jadience Herbal Formulas / Kale Naturals

New Year, new products. Lucky Vitamin continues to add premium brands in order to help our customers to achieve a healthier life in 2016. Our latest additions are two top-quality brands of personal care products: Jadience Herbal Formulas / Kale Naturals.

Jadience Herbal Formulas

Jadience promotes the healing and beautifying wisdom of Traditional Oriental Medicine to feed and detoxify your skin and body to the core. This unique line of herbal health and beauty products contain natural formulas designed to improve and strengthen the natural detoxification process of the mind, body and spirit.

Jadience Herbal Formulas’ follows the original Eastern Asian method of detoxifying with all three elements of your being by working with the natural processes of the mind, body and spirit.  This is the true and gentle, yet very powerful, method of detox that leads to lasting beauty and longevity.

You can save even more when you shop Jadience products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code JAN16NEW16 at checkout to save an additional 15% of all items of these new brands.

Kale Naturals

Kale Naturals personal care products are formulated with ingredients that are superior in quality and performance, multi-functional for simplicity of use, and easy on the earth.

Based in Dallas, Texas, this luxury personal care and grooming line is natural, naturally derived, and gentle. Created for families who maintain busy, active lifestyles, and desire products containing gentle cleansers that replenish face, hair, and body, Kale Naturals products are custom formulated with anti-aging antioxidants and beneficial botanicals. Kale Naturals products are available in fresh, light scents of wild mint, citrus, and peppermint and do not contain harsh chemicals such as parabens, formaldehyde, or polyethelene microbeads.

You can save even more when you shop Kale Natural products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code JAN16NEW16 at checkout to save an additional 15% of all items of these new brands.



20
JAN

Join the Movement: Reusable Shopping Bags

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are still using plastic bags when grocery shopping, it’s time to start thinking about joining the movement: start using reusable shopping bags.

Plastic grocery bags have been useful to carry items from a store to our homes for many years but we should not ignore the impact these single-use little monsters have in our environment.

Each year millions of discarded plastic shopping bags end up as litter in the environment when improperly disposed of, and due to their durability, plastic bags can take centuries to decompose in landfills. Additionally, large buildups of plastic bags can cause other problems such as clogging drainage systems, contributing to flooding, and when carried long distances by ocean currents, plastic bags can strangle marine animals. Some stores have banned plastic bags but the majority of retailers continue to use this single-use item.

Of course plastic bags can be reused and people have found several alternative uses for this modern day problem. Lighter weight plastic bags are often reused as trash bags or to pick up pet feces. Plus, modern plastic shopping bags are increasingly using recyclable or biodegradable materials which is a step in the right direction.

However, an even better, more eco-friendly idea is to shop a reusable bag. Available in many different shapes, materials, and colors, these heavy-duty shopping bags have nearly no impact on our environment and are actually a much easier way to carry your grocery items home. These bags hardly ever break and can better protect fragile items such as glass jars, eggs, or fruits.

What are we waiting for? Don’t wait any longer. Get your reusable shopping bags and start helping our planet Earth right now.



19
JAN

10 Benefits of Oolong Tea

Filed Under: Nutrition,Teas at 4:17 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
oolongOolong tea, also known as Wulong, is a traditional Chinese tea with an earthy, full-body flavor and fruity aroma. Oolong is a slightly fermented black and green tea hybrid that boasts some significant health benefits, including weight loss and heart health. What are you waiting for? Get to sipping!

Antioxidant – The fighters of free radicals and enemies of heart disease and cancer, antioxidants are abundant in this tea! Antioxidants also help maintain a youthful appearance and complexion!

Weight loss – Research shows the caffeine combined with the EGCGs in oolong tea can help increase fat oxidation. Translation: it can help you shed some of those extra pounds.

Mental Well Being – Oolong contains the amino acid L-theanine, a powerful stress and anxiety reliever that can improve focus and mental clarity.

Dental Health – A study at Osaka University in Japan discovered that consuming oolong tea on a regular basis prevented the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth, dental plaque, cavities and tooth decay.

Cholesterol – Oolong tea can help in lowering your high levels of LDL cholesterol due to its high content of antioxidants.

Inflammation – A 2014 study found that the polyphenols in oolong tea reduce visceral fat and inflammation in mice fed high-fat, high-sucrose obesogenic diets.

Bone Density – Good news for those who don’t or can’t enjoy dairy but still worry about osteoporosis. Oolong contains calcium and magnesium in its leaves which can protect your bones and make you less likely to lose bone mineral density.

Controls Diabetes – You may notice decreased blood sugar levels from sipping on oolong. The high levels of antioxidants work wonders on sugar metabolism.

Anti-Cancer –The polyphenols present in the tea prevent the formation of N-nitroso compounds, by trapping toxins before they become carcinogenic cells.

Energy Booster – The caffeine in oolong can give a much needed boost of energy. Enjoy a cup in the afternoon to ward off cravings and prevent energy slumps.



19
JAN

Morning Kickstarter Smoothie With Vega One

Filed Under: Recipes at 11:04 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Morning-KickstarterGive your morning coffee an upgrade by adding Vega One and coconut oil! A delicious and nutritious way to start your day.

Ingredients

1 serving Vega One Nutritional Shake (flavor of your choice!)

1/2 cup hot coffee

1 cup hot water

1 Tbsp coconut oil

Preparation

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe from myvega.com