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30
MAY

3 Great Fish Sources of Omega 3

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fish is known as an excellent source of omega-3s but it’s important to remember that some types of fish contain more omega-3s than others. Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA, are found in fatty fish and are good for your heart and your health as they can lower your risk of heart disease mainly by lowering triglycerides and countering inflammation. So, let’s present you 3 great fish sources of omega-3.

1. Mackerel

The highest amount of omega-3 comes from mackerel, 2.6 grams per 3.5 ounces. Atlantic mackerel is considered the best choice as this small fish has very little mercury levels. On the other hand, you may want to avoid king mackerel as it may contain high levels of methylmercury.

2. Herring

With 1.7 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per 3.5 ounces, herring is a great choice for your diet. These oily fish have a long history as an important food and are often salted, smoked or pickled. The larger Atlantic herring is a good choice as well as the smaller Baltic herring, both high in omega-3s and low in mercury levels.

3. Wild Salmon

Salmon is another top choice of omega-3s but it’s essential to stress the importance of the word “wild” on your choice of fish. Wild salmon is high in omega-3s, (with 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per 3.5 ounces) and low in contaminants but it’s also important to choose fish that are caught using sustainable fishing techniques in the wild. The farmed variety of salmon often comes from farming practices that may produce waste and can spread parasites and disease to the fish. Researchers think antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals used in raising farmed fish may cause harmful effects to people who eat the fish.




26
MAY

Recipe: Spring Eating Clean Salad

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Summer is right around the corner and who says you can’t eat deliciously satisfying food while still staying on track of your health goals. Well, you most definitely can with this Spring Eating Clean Salad.  It’s light refreshing and doesn’t require you being in the kitchen all day. And it makes a great side to bring to all those memorial day parties and barbecues.

INGREDIENTS

2 pint containers cherry tomatoes, halved

1 can chick peas

2 cucumbers diced

2 cloves garlic

2 avocados diced

¼ cup red onion

1 tbsp fresh basil chopped

1/4 cup Parsley, fresh

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and onion in a medium sized bowl
  • Drain, rinse and add chickpeas to bowl
  • Add parsley, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve over a bed of lettuce

*If making ahead, wait to add the chopped avocado until right before serving




20
MAY

3 Health Benefits from Carrot Juice

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are looking to add a new juice to your diet, you may want to consider the healthy and delicious carrot juice. Known for its high content of vitamin A, carrot juice can be helpful to support a variety of health issues. Carrots are considered by many nutritionists as an essential part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. Here’s a quick list of 3 health benefits from drinking carrot juice.

1. Support Eye Health

Carrots are known to boost eye health due to its high amounts of lutein, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin. Vitamin A is essential to prevent eye disorders such as macular degeneration and drinking a glass a carrot juice a day can be an efficient way to ensure your daily intake of A stays at healthy levels. Carrot juice is a great alternative for people who don’t like eating raw carrots.

2. Allergies and Headaches

Research has shown that carrot juice is one of the most effective cure for allergies, headaches, and any type of inflammation. Regular consumption of natural carrot juice, such as one glass in the morning before breakfast, may reduce allergy symptoms as well as minimize headaches and migraines.

3. Cardiovascular Support

Regular consumption of carrots as well as carrot juice can help decrease the risk for health disease and stroke. Current research indicates that drinking carrot juice benefits heart health by lowering oxidative stress and improves the body’s defense against various forms of cardiovascular disease due to the high antioxidant content that carrots contain. Carrots also work to lower cholesterol and boost bile production, which increases the body’s ability to digest fat. This not only helps your digestive system to properly absorb nutrition from food but also directly impacts the good cholesterol levels, protecting your heart.




18
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Lawless Jerky

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a premium brand of healthy snacks to our customers: Lawless Jerky.

Lawless Jerky offers 100% grass-fed beef snacks created for the inspired “snacker” who values quality. Handcrafted with top-quality ingredients and without artificial additives or preservatives, Lawless Jerky is loaded with more intense flavors with a soft texture and contain no sugary coatings.

Lawless Jerky offers seven world-inspired flavors, including Sweet Sriracha (beef), Aloha Teriyaki (beef), BBQ Spare Rib (pork), Pho (beef), and Japanese Curry (beef). All flavors are thoughtfully handmade with consciously raised meats, including 100% grass-fed beef and hormone-free, antibiotic-free pork. With all jerky products created by hand in micro batches, the company uses spices, herbs, and ingredients that are completely unique to jerky-making.

Unlike gas station jerky and gimmicky upstarts, Lawless Jerky jerky tastes like carefully flavored meat with no added nitrates and nitrites, no added MSG, and no corn syrup. This unique grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in heart healthy omega-3s and antioxidants and lower in cholesterol and saturated fat.

You can save even more when you shop Lawless Jerky products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.




16
MAY

The 5 Best Meat-less Alternatives To Add To Your Pantry

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Superfoods at 9:40 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Whether it’s for the planet, for the animals or for you…going vegetarian can have a ton of health benefits including weight loss, lower cholesterol, blood pressure and decreased chance of heart disease. Check out some of our favorite meat-less favorites if you decide to ditch the meat.

Tofu ½ cup = 13 grams protein

Tofu is made by soaking, crushing, and cooking soybeans into a slurry, then adding a coagulant — usually calcium sulfate or calcium chloride and gluconolactone. This heart-healthy vegetable protein is not only a great alternative to eggs, dairy and meat, but also shines when grilled or sautéed. We suggest keeping your soy intake to once a week max and always choose organic.

Hemp Seeds 2 tbsp = 10 grams protein

Hemp seeds pack a nutritious punch with a rich nutty flavor and tender crunch. So easy to use, you can eat them straight out of the package or sprinkle on anything – salad, cereal or yogurt, etc. Don’t be fooled by their small size, hemp seeds boast 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving.

Quinoa 1 cup = 8 grams of protein

Known as the “mother grain,” quinoa has been consumed for thousands of years and is one of the most potent sources of grain protein. Naturally gluten-free, this fiber full versatile grain works great as a side dish or main course. Quinoa is also a complete protein, meaning it provides all nine essential amino acids necessary for good health.

Nut Butters 2 tbsp = 7 grams protein

Are you nuts like us for nut butters? Cashew, almond, peanut, sunflower — who can choose when they are all this delicious? They are full of healthful fats that benefit heart health, reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Beans ½ cup = 7 grams

Beans are a classic staple in any vegetarian’s diet. They are full of protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, potassium, and are low in fat. Besides getting a bad rap for making you gassy, they are incredible easy on the wallet compared to buying a steak. Plus, research shows that a diet including beans may reduce your risk of heart disease.




12
MAY

5 Health Benefits from Quinoa Milk

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
There are many choices for milk replacement products but one of the best alternatives isn’t all that famous. We are talking about quinoa milk. This natural product is a great high-nutrient, gluten-free milk, and contain all nine essential amino acids. While quinoa is one of the most popular health foods, its milk is still not on the top list of replacements. So, we present you 5 health benefits from quinoa milk.

1. Super Nutritious

Quinoa milk is high in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and all nine essential amino acids. This great-taste, easy-to-drink product contain important minerals such as magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc and phosphorus. Plus, all these important nutrients come with a small amount of omega-3s and this delicious milk is considered relatively low in calories, and low in fat.

2. High Fiber

Quinoa contains more fiber than most grains. Quinoa milk contains around 10-15 grams of fiber per every 100 grams and, despite the fact some of these fiber is insoluble, the amount of soluble fiber is still very good.

3. Low Glycemic Index

An excellent product to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, quinoa milk is known to have a low glycemic index, around 53. Foods that are high on the glycemic index can stimulate hunger and contribute to obesity.

4. Minerals

High in essential minerals, quinoa milk can be a great choice for people looking to increase the intake of magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Particularly high in magnesium, with one cup having about 30% of the RDA, quinoa can help increase calcium absorption.

5. Quercetin

Quinoa contains quercetin, an amazing flavonoid known to enhance the immune system. These plant antioxidants have been shown to be shown to offer many health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-depressant properties.




6
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Bhu Fit

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BhuFoodsA happy, healthier world starts with a healthy and delicious diet. That is the belief of Lucky Vitamin’s recently added brand of nutritional bars: Bhu Fit.

Bhu Fit offers an exceptional line of nutritional bars which are developed to be the best superfood alternative to sugary snacks. These premium bars are healthy, low sugar, high fiber, clean-label products and are created to exceed the expectations of customers. The company strives for excellence in everything ensuring that by only using the freshest, healthiest, super food, organic, whole food, fair trade, sustainable ingredients in all products.

Bhu Fit products are super foods as they contain almonds, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, coconut oil, chunks of apples, and dried cherries. The company uses the highest quality, non-GMO, low sugar, low carb ingredients available and make sure the only sugar in the bars comes from things like tapioca fiber, shredded coconut, dried apples and dried cherries. There is not even a single artificial ingredient being used.

You can save even more when you shop Bhu Fit products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.




28
APR

Why Choose Organic Protein?

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Organic protein continues to gain popularity across the country. Every day, more people are switching to the most natural version of protein products for several good reasons.

First, protein products are one of the best examples of how the organic version can be much better than the conventional, non-organic ones. Organic protein, particularly whey protein, is by far the best form of protein powder you can possibly buy and consume as these products are hormone-free. Non-organic foods are often made from milk from cows that are given hormones to help boost milk production. However, these hormones stay present in the milk and its products, eventually ending in the consumers’ system. Organic whey protein comes from cows which are fed organically pesticide-free grown feed and never treated with hormones.

Additionally, a lot of organic protein products come from vegetarian sources and are perhaps the most natural form available. Vegan products are not only great sources of protein but also ensure that you are getting a product from a company/brand that uses ingredients with zero exposure to pesticides and toxins, as well as helping to promote sustainable and ecologically-friendly agricultural practices.

If that’s not enough reasons to choose organic protein, here’s another one. Some of the dairy non-organic protein products are made with milk from cows treated with antibiotics. This is also important because antibiotics can be passed through milk into individuals. This is especially dangerous if a person has an antibiotic allergy which could be potentially deadly. Organic certified protein comes from cows which are not treated with unnecessary antibiotics.

Click here to check out LuckyVitamin.com exclusive selection of organic protein products.




27
APR

Paleo Diet 101

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The Paleo diet has been making some noise lately but some people are still unfamiliar with this trendy diet. Lucky Vitamin is helping out with a Paleo Diet 101, a quick beginner’s guide to this natural food diet.

What is Paleo Diet?

Paleo is a diet based on eating natural, non-processed foods. The idea of this diet is to eat food like we ate thousands of years ago, fresh from the nature with no additives, and no processing.  The Paleo diet contains mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and nuts and does not include ingredients such as grains, sugars, preservatives, and other non-natural ingredients.

What is on the menu of the Paleo Diet?

Vegetables are all in. Fish such as salmon, bass, tilapia, herring are also part of the diet. Green light for seafood and eggs. Only lean meats are in the Paleo including beef, veal, and chicken. Plus some fruits, particularly the less sugary fruits such as berries. Legumes are not Paleo. Most nuts are also acceptable but peanuts are not. No grains, no dairy, and definitely no processed foods. Look up “foods allowed on the paleo diet” to ensure you are eating it correctly.

What are the benefits of the Paleo Diet?

Paleo diet is great for losing fat as it changes your body from primarily burning carbs to basically just burning fat. The human body preferred source of energy is fats, a slow burning and more efficient fuel for your body to use. Since we consume a lot of carbohydrates, our bodies tend to burn carbohydrates rather than fat, consequently storing these fats aside causing people to gain weight over time. The paleo diet alter this process by removing a lot of the simple carbohydrates from your diet and, as a result, your body can no longer use carbs for energy producing and is forced to use and burn fat stores.




26
APR

New Brands Showcase: Bee Panacea

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin offers an incredible selection of honey products but we can still find room for one more premium brand: Bee Panacea.

Bee Panacea offers a unique mix of raw, organic honey, infused with a unique combination of natural herbs and superfoods. The company develops these potent formulas to be mixed with a delicious 100% raw royal honey base, creating products to promote energy, mental clarity and vitality. Bee Panacea uncompromising hand-made production standards maintain the highest level of purity. Nothing in Bee Panacea is ever pasteurized or modified and each ingredient is backed by a Certification of Analysis, which eliminates any possibility of toxins, chemicals and bacteria.

Bee Panacea products provide sustained energy and can be useful to elevate mood, manage weight, strengthen immunity, aid digestion and much more as it contain detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties.

The company combines super-foods, such as spirulina, chlorella and maca root, with Chinese and Ayurveda (Indian) herbs such as shilajit and reishi mushrooms. These combo is then infused with the complex flavors of raw, organic royal honey, bee pollen, propolis (rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory) and royal jelly (rich in proteins and collagen). Working in harmony, these ingredients allow your energy to feel balanced and may help you achieve a sense of balance and well-being.

You can save even more when you shop Bee Panacea products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

Additionally, you get 2X LuckyReward points when you shop Bee Panacea products at Lucky Vitamin. Click here for more information about our LuckyRewards program.




20
APR

4 Great Coconut Products

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

Coconuts are known to provide a ton of health benefits in many different ways. Coconuts are used in everything these days from creams and lotions to shampoos and conditioners, sunscreens, candles, soaps, baking products, ice cream, coconut milk, and much more. With so many options, we choose 4 great coconut products to present to you.

1. Coconut Water

One of the most known products, coconut water has become one of the best-selling sports drinks because of its health benefits. A single (100ml) serving of coconut water contain only 19 calories and is considered a natural isotonic beverage, helping replace fluids and salts that are lost during exercise. Plus, coconut water contains more potassium than bananas.

2. Coconut Oil

Another popular product, coconut oil has been trending in the past few years. Commonly used in cooking, especially for frying, coconut oil can be used in liquid form as a replacement for vegetable oils. Coconut oil doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils and it doesn’t go rancid easily. The sweet, nutty taste and the creamy texture make it a great addition to smoothies and other drinks. Coconut oil is often used in raw, vegan kitchen for desserts.

3. Coconut Butter

Coconut is a type of butter with an extra touch. The delicious, sweet, exotic taste of the coconut can be a great addition to your diet or a replacement for regular butter or margarine. Great for cooking, coconut butter can also be used as a replacement for peanut butter.

4. Coconut Vinegar

Coconut vinegar is certainly the less known product on this list but perhaps it’s time to give this one a try. Coconut vinegar is produced from fermented coconut water and has not only a unique, different taste but is surprisingly nutritious. For example, coconut vinegar is more nutritious than apple cider vinegar and it has the same alkalizing effect in the body.




19
APR

Non-GMO: Your Right to Know Webinar

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Supplements at 10:45 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This webinar will focus on defining what genetically modified organisms are, how to avoid them and how they might be found in foods and supplements you consume each day. You will also learn about the Non-GMO Project’s practices for GMO avoidance.

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Register for upcoming webinars




7
APR

Nutritional Benefits of Almond Milk

Filed Under: Health Foods,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B7What’s with all the hype about almond milk? The answer is pretty simple: lots of nutrition and great taste. When a product provides tons of health benefits and actually tastes pretty good, it’s a safe bet many people will be willing to, at the very least, give it a try and that seems to be the case of almond milk.

Almond milk has been growing in popularity not only for people avoiding dairy products but also for people searching for a delicious and different taste. A creamy, nutty-flavored beverage, almond milk is very nutritious as it contains many vitamins, tons of minerals as well as antioxidants.

Almond milk products contain vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and a multitude of minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Although it does not contain calcium, some almond milks are supplemented with calcium to meet one-third of the recommended daily average.

The health benefits of almond milk include improvement of vision, weight loss, and building stronger bones. It can also help in building strong muscles, regulating blood pressure and maintaining a proper kidney function.

While cow’s milk, rice milk and soy milk are often fortified with various minerals and vitamins, all of these nutrients occur naturally in almond milk. A great milk substitute choice for those who are trying to lower their fat and calorie intake, almond milk contains only 40 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, and these are healthy fats that help protect your heart and preserve cognitive function.

Low in fat and high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber, almond milk can be a great addition to your diet whether you want to avoid dairy products or not.




7
APR

4 Differences Between Juicing & Blending

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 9:14 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Fruit SmoothieTo juice or to blend…that is the question. And the answer is, well…it depends. Read on for more about the key differences between smoothies and green juice.

Pulp

Blending combines everything. Nothing is removed. With juicing you’re separating the juice from the pulp, and for anyone who has ever juiced, you know all about that mountain of leftover pulp. Still, there are multiple uses for all that pulp, such as adding it to your compost pile or an ingredient in baked goods. Plus, you furry friends will love it too!

Fiber

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber keeps your GI tract in top shape and it slows down the absorption of sugar. However, it slows down the rate in which your body absorbs nutrients. With juicing the soluble fiber remains which can act as a prebiotic but removes insoluble fiber aka the pulp to give your body a jolt of nutrients.

Absorption

With juicing the nutrients are quickly absorbed, resulting in a quick release of all things healthy into your body and blood stream. Juicing extracts up to 70% of the nutritional goodness right into your glass and your body absorbs 100%. On the flip side, blending gives you a sustained release of nutrients throughout the day.

Consumption

It’s way easier to consume a massive amount of fruits and vegetable when you’re juicing, but if you’re trying to use all organic produce, that can take a toll on your wallet. Blending a smoothie may not help you get all your servings of fruits and veggies, but at least you can blend a banana and our favorite, avocado.

Now that you have the facts, think about what your health goals are. Trying to get more fruits and veggie in your diet? Then juicing might be more for you. Is losing weight one of your goals? A smoothie will curb your appetite and make you feel full longer. In the end, you really can’t go wrong with either of these tasty additions to your health regimen.

 




5
APR

The Benefits of Beet Juice

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
iStock_000045499888_SmallBeet juice has been one of the hottest supplements in recent years and if you are still not familiar with this wonderful product, let’s not waste any more time and learn a bit more about the health benefits of beet juice.

Considered a superfood, beet juice contain high levels of antioxidants, dietary fiber as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals. This all-natural, low-fat juice is an excellent source of folic acid, vitamin C, niacin, biotin, potassium, iron and magnesium. Plus, beet juice is rich in the nutrient betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health.

Beet juice is known to boost physical stamina and increase exercise endurance as studies have shown that a nitrate in beetroot juice can turn into nitric oxide (NO) in the body. This process can lead to a reduction in oxygen uptake, consequently increasing stamina, reducing fatigue, and making exercise less tiring. Regular consumption of beet juice can benefit endurance athletes, elderly people and those with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases.

Featured in the Dr. Oz show, a recent study has shown that supplementation with dietary nitrate NO3 from beet root juice can have beneficial effects on blood pressure. Researchers suggested that drinking a glass of beet juice a day can lower high blood pressure, safely restoring cardio health.

Additionally, beet juice is known to increase blood flow dramatically and is considered a good solvent of inorganic calcium deposits in the body. Therefore, it is essential in the prevention of circulatory disorders like varicose veins, hypertension and arteriosclerosis.