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Want Something Sweet? Pick up Dark Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
17 Holiday ChocolatesWith the holidays coming up, chocolate will be around you. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, at least one time (but possibly many times), you will just have to eat a piece of chocolate, or two, or three. The good news is that not all chocolates are the same and we are here to talk about the health benefits of dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and contains vitamins and high concentrations of minerals, such as potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron, which can be beneficial for your heart. Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate three times a week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate can also help improve blood flow, reduce the formation of blood clots, and prevent arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. Plus, the copper and potassium in dark chocolate may help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular ailments.

Moreover, dark chocolate helps control blood sugar as the flavonoids can keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. Dark chocolate is also known to reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index which will not create huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

Lastly, can chocolate be good for your teeth? If it is dark chocolate, the answer is yes. Unlike most other sweets, dark chocolate contains theobromine which has been shown to harden tooth enamel and lower your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.

It is important to remember that while eating dark chocolate can lead to all these health benefits, chocolate is also high in fat and should be eaten with moderation, particularly if you are on a weight-loss diet.


Kids: Turn Off the TV

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
TVA new report says kids are seeing more “unhealthy snack ads” on television. The research from the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity ranked how often children ages 6 to 11 saw snack ads in 2014 based on Nielsen syndicated data, and the results are hardly surprising.

The products children saw advertised most often were chips, fruit snacks, cookies, and other junk foods, with the data collected showing that kids saw these ads an average of 97.1 times in 2014. Additionally, the reports states that about 40% of all the food and beverage ads young people see on TV are for snacks. The author and the researchers of the study hope these results will bring awareness and hope parents will start protesting advertising practices.

Food companies have been increasing their advertising to children for junk food and sometimes even marketing it as healthy snacks. Plus, there’s a growing amount of snack advertising on social media and mobile phone apps. Although snacks ads online were much less prevalent than on TV, big food companies placed millions of ads on Facebook and YouTube in 2014.

Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, the particular report compared how many snack ads young people typically saw in 2010 and 2014, and how many promoted products such as chips or healthier options, such as yogurt, fruit and nuts. Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 saw an average of 582 snack ads on TV in 2014, an increase of 18% since 2010. Children ages 6 to 11 saw 629 snack ads, an increase of 10%, and teen’s ages 12 to 17 saw 635 snack ads, an increase of 29%.

Perhaps a better solution to this problem is just turn off the TV and find another activity for your kids.  Playing sports, playground, roller skating, dancing are just a few examples of fun activities away from TV and their unhealthy snacks ads.


New Brand Spotlight: Mediterra

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MEDLucky Vitamin is proud to present another top quality brand of delicious nutritional bars to our customers: Mediterra.

Mediterra offers all-natural nutrition bars inspired by the Mediterranean diet and made to enjoy on the go. As healthy as they are appetizing, these unique bars are excellent sources of sustained energy and overall wellness. Loaded with fiber, nutrients and vitamins instead of complex sugars, and saturated fats, Mediterra bars will fundamentally change your idea of the snack bar.

The company was inspired by the time-tested Mediterranean Diet creating nutritional bars that contain its all-natural ingredients, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, fiber-packed grains and seeds. Mediterra serves up convenient-to-consume bars packed with gourmet flavor and is a healthy option to complement the nonstop pace of modern life, whether you’re meeting or messaging, enjoying a run or running around. Mediterra serves up the nutrition your body craves, the gourmet taste you love, and the convenience your life demands.

Based on the foundation of the Mediterranean Diet, Mediterra bars contain whole grains, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and olive oil. Made with only natural ingredients, each and every bar was designed with a balanced offering of all natural, nutrient-rich non-GMO ingredients and are gluten-free. These delicious bars feature a low caloric profile to sustain activity, energy and promote good nutrition. All Mediterra bars are sourced responsibly with non GMO suppliers.

You can save even more when you shop Mediterra products at Just enter the promotional code NOV15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.


Grapefruit Seed Extract vs. Grape Seed Extract

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Supplements at 7:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GSE VS GFSEThe names are similar and some people may confuse them but grapefruit seed extract and grape seed extract are two different things. What they do have in common, however, is that both products offer many health benefits. Keeping things apart, let’s do a quick breakdown between the grapefruit and grape.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit is a fruit that provide multiple health benefits. This citrus fruit is a great source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, pectin, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Grapefruit juice is used to battle high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, as well as skin issues, weight loss and obesity.

However, grapefruit seed extract has been used as medicine for many years as this incredible product can efficiently treat bacterial, viral, and fungal infections including yeast infections. Additionally, grapefruit seed extract is often used as an ear or nasal rinse for preventing and treating infections. Grapefruit seed extract is generally considered safe.

Grape Seed Extract

Grapes are known as a healthy fruit but its seeds offer some pretty special benefits. Grape seed extract is derived from seeds of red wine grapes and can be used to treat a number of diseases, particularly cardiovascular conditions, due to its high level of antioxidants.

Grape seed extract may help regulate poor blood circulation, reduce high cholesterol, minimize swelling caused by injury, and speed up wound healing. Grape seed extract is also generally considered safe.


Discover the Health Benefits of Xylitol

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
XylitolIf you are looking for a sugar substitute but have yet to find the perfect one, it is time to consider one of the most popular choices of sugar subs: xylitol.

Stevia has been one of the most popular healthy alternatives choices for sweeteners but Xylitol has also made an impact on the sugar market. This natural product has being widely used not only as an alternative way to replace sugar in everything from baking to beverages but also by companies manufacturing products such as chewing gum or toothpaste.

Xylitol has been used as a sugar substitute for many years a this alcohol form of xylose has less effect on blood sugar or insulin levels compared with sucrose. A useful sugar substitute for diabetics, xylitol can also inhibit the growth of several types of bacteria, including those that cause tooth decay and ear infections.

Xylitol occurs naturally in straw, corncobs, fruit, vegetables, cereals, mushrooms, and some seaweed. For use in food manufacturing, xylitol is extracted from birch wood chips. Xylitol may be found in many foods labeled as “sugar-free,” including hard candies, cookies, soft drinks, and throat lozenges. Xylitol is recognized as a safe food additive by the U.S. government.

In addition, xylitol has been used in chewing gum products due to ts ability to help cleaning up teeth, decreasing tooth decay and dental plaque acid production. Scientific research has showed that regular use of xylitol may reduce dental cavities by as much as 80% and may prevent gingivitis as well. Most of xylitol sugar-free products will help keeping a fresh breath, and it will actually work whitening and protecting your teeth as you chew.

Natural toothpastes have also been utilizing xylitol to promote a cooling and moisturizing effect on a dry mouth, while natural ingredients, such as mint and cinnamon, may add a refreshing flavor.


How To Avoid GMOs

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Nutrition at 10:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
iStock_000076092929_MediumThey surround us every day and many of us don’t know what they are or where they came from. They lurk in our supermarkets waiting for us to consume them. Genetically modified organisms or “GMOs” as they’re called, are living organisms whose genetic material has been altered in a way that doesn’t occur naturally. But what does that mean? In simpler terms, it means the food has been altered by scientists. For example, apples that are less prone to browning, plants that are genetically altered to be more resistant to insects and plants that contain more nutrients.

More than 60 nations require labeling of genetically modified foods, however the US isn’t one of them. In fact, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed foods in the United States. GMO ingredients can now be found in foods, baby formulas, beverages, personal care products, supplements and much more.

Benefits to Avoiding GMO Foods
While some scientists and researchers believe GMO crops are safe and may have their own benefits, this might not be the case. Many of the foods engineered for GMOs worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, there have been large increases to the number of herbicides applied to GMO crops. The most common herbicide used on genetically modified crops is Glyphosate, which has been labeled as a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Several studies have also found that GMO foods can harm the kidneys, liver, heart and other organs, as well as introduce new unanticipated allergies. These crops have also caused problems for farmers, including herbicide-tolerant “superweeds”, compromised soil quality, and crops that have shown an increase in susceptibility to disease.

High-Risk Crops for Being Genetically Modified:
– Corn
– Soy
– Alfalfa
– Canola
– Cotton
– Papaya
– Sugar Beets
– Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash

Hidden Ingredients That May Contain GMOs:
Amino Acids
– Aspartame
Vitamin C
– High Fructose Corn Syrup
– Maltodextrins
– Xanthan Gum
– Monosodium Glutamate

Tips to Avoid GMOs:
– Look for foods that are Non-GMO Project verified
– Choose foods that are Certified Organic or “100% Organic” as they cannot include any GMO ingredients
– Know your ingredients and avoid the at-risk foods & ingredients
– Dairy products can be derived from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone; look for labels with no rBGH, rBST or artificial hormones
– Most frozen fruits and vegetables are non-GMO unless from one of the high-risk crops
– Check packaged foods such as breakfast cereals, chips, baking mixes and protein bars to see if they GMO ingredients

LuckyVitamin makes it easier for you to find non-GMO products! We carry over 3,000 Non-GMO products you can easily search for using our “Specialty” tab. We’re also a proud sponsor of the Non-GMO Project!


Baking with Natural Sweeteners

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 1:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SweetenersBaking is always fun. Some people avoid baking as it traditionally involves “not so healthy” foods and ingredients. Yes, baking goods are delicious and yes most people like them, but the amount of calories and artificial ingredients used in baking can scare many people away. Well, that’s not always the case.

Baking with natural sweeteners is a healthy, alternative way to create delicious baking items in your kitchen. Substituting sugar is easier than you think. So, we present you a few options of ingredients for healthy baking.

Stevia a very popular low-calorie sweetener often used instead of sugar in baking. This product is extracted from the leaves of a plant called stevia rebaudiana, grown for sweetness and medicinal purposes for centuries in South America. Likely the healthiest choice for sugar substitutes, stevia is very sweet but has virtually no calories and offer health benefits such as lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics, improving insulin sensitivity, and reducing oxidized LDL cholesterol as well as plaque build-up in the arteries.

If you don’t like the taste of stevia, try raw honey. Honey can be used instead of sugar for most baked items. Honey offers plenty of health benefits as it is packed with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that help boost your immune system and protect your body from bacteria. Full of flavonoids, honey contains these antioxidants which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Furthermore, honey has a low hypoglycemic index and it won’t send your blood sugar into overdrive. As a basic rule, when you use honey in your baked goods, use a half cup honey for every cup of sugar.

Last but not least, agave nectar is an excellent choice as a sugar substitute. Many varieties of the agave plant produce a wonderfully sweet, low-calorie nectar which is a low-glycemic sweetener, helping the body metabolizes it slowly, preventing dramatic spikes and dips in blood sugar.


New Brand Spotlight: Gustus Vitae

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GustusVitaeLucky Vitamin continues to expand the variety of products to our customers. Our latest addition is a premium brand of gourmet spices: Gustus Vitae.

Gustus Vitae offers top-quality condiments to share with you the magic of cooking. From gourmet seasonings to salt free seasonings, gourmet salts to gourmet collections, Gustus Vitae makes the best spices and gourmet salts on the market. The name Gustus Vitae means ‘Taste of Life’ in Latin. This spirt of this brand wants to create products that will help getting the spices off the rack and onto your plate. For trying new things. For making food taste spectacular.

The company’s sourcing team seeks out both local and international ingredients, and only accepts the highest quality. Every spice, salt, and condiment goes through a unique process to ensure that every product has been personally inspected for quality, before being hand-packed into unique tins in the Los Angeles facility. Unlike most spices and salts available today, Gustus Vitae products are never irradiated or treated with EtO (Ethylene Oxide) gas, and at no point are stored or coated with PLA (Polyactic Acid).

In addition, the company has a one-of-a-kind food education program for those interested in cooking but who are not too confident in the kitchen. You can expand your culinary horizons and share experiences as well as checkout the recipe page for ideas and inspiration for turning simple plates into signature dishes.

You can save even more when you shop Gustus Vitae products at Just enter the promotional code OCT15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand but hurry, offer ends October 31st, 2015.



Healthy Fall Desserts

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes,Uncategorized at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
sweetFall is in the air, and that means pumpkin season is here! So whether you’re raw, vegan, gluten-free or just want a healthy post-workout shake, we’ve got something for you. Here are three recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your healthy eating goals. Oh, how sweet is!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Molasses Cookies



  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix with an electric mixer the pumpkin puree, the vegan buttery spread, sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract and blackstrap molasses
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients bowl
  4. Fold wet into dry and mix on medium speed until combined
  5. Let dough chill in the refrigerator for about an hour
  6. Roll the chilled dough into small balls and roll with some extra sugar
  7. Place the dough balls on parchment lined cookie sheet
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake





  1. Soak the cashews in water for one hour, drain and set aside
  2. Pulse the crust ingredients in a food processor for one minute
  3. Firmly press mixture into a loaf pan and place in freezer
  4. Pulse cheesecake ingredients until smooth consistency
  5. Spread cheesecake mixture on top of crust and freeze for about two hours
  6. Cut into squares when ready to serve

Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie




Blend until smooth and top it off with a dash of cinnamon



A Lunch Smoothie That Actually Keeps You Full All Afternoon

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 3:16 pm | By: Kim McCorkell, Senior Editor

This recipe is my go-to lunch for a busy day! I love having Vega Protein & Greens in the house when I don’t have time to pack a lunch, let alone think. Simply add and blend all the smoothie ingredients together and go. Super simple, right? Rest assured you know you’re going to have a powerful (and delicious) plant-based meal to last throughout your day. Don’t forget the seasonal veggies as a side to add some extra fiber and crunch to your meal. Enjoy!

12 oz unsweetened almond milk
1 heaping Tbsp chia seeds
1 small banana
1 scoop Vega Protein & Greens Chocolate
2 handfuls of fresh greens – for added ‘fullness’ (whatever you have in the house is fine)
1 Tbsp raw cacao powder (optional)

Raw seasonal veggies or a handful of pumpkin seeds or other seeds/nuts of choice to munch on.


Nutrition Guide for a Health Breakfast

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BREAKFASTA strong and healthy breakfast is the foundation for a healthy diet. How many times have you heard this advice? Or something similar to that?

No doubt that breakfast is the best, nutritious way to start out your day but the two main questions are: what should be added? What should be avoided?

Let’s start with the add-ons. Fiber and protein are the essential ingredients for a healthy breakfast. If you can mix this two for your breakfast on a daily basis, you will get a great energy boost and likely feel less hungry until lunch and during the rest of the day. Good choices of high fiber breakfast include oatmeal, cereals, whole grains, whole-wheat rolls, and granola. For protein, eggs, peanut butter, and lean meats are great choices.

On the list of things to be avoided, sugars and carbs are leading the way. Carbs can be added with moderation. Keep in mind that even if you are trying to cut down on carbs, but you absolutely must have it, the first meal of the day is the best time to add it.

Sugars should not only be avoided for breakfast but for every meal, anytime, any day. A combination of these two, sugars and carbs, can really affect your eating habits. Take a look at doughnuts for example. An average donut contains between 300 and 500 calories as well as 30-50 grams of sugar. With such a huge amount of sugar in a small package, your body pumps out lots of insulin, and this huge blood sugar peak leads to an even bigger sugar crash. This extreme up-and-down leaves you hungry soon after your breakfast and you are likely to crave even more refined carbs.

Remember: eating breakfast refuels your body, enhances your mood, improves your concentration, and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Eating a “healthy breakfast” can be quick and easy, and provide you with benefits that last the entire day.


New Brand Spotlight: Neat

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
NeatLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of natural health food products to our customers: Neat The Meat Replacement.

Neat offers one of the healthiest alternatives on the market for people going meatless. No matter what your reason is, Neat has the perfect solution for an easy-to-make, great tasting replacement for ground beef. Derived from nuts and other natural ingredients, Neat is 100% vegetarian, soy free, gluten free, guilt free, kosher, and contains no GMO ingredients. Available in four delicious flavors, original mix, Italian mix, Mexican mix, and breakfast mix, even the choosiest meat-eater will love this healthy and quick way to serve your family’s favorite dishes.

Neat makes great tasting meat alternative products that can be used and served in many different ways. This amazing product is also very easy-to-make. For example, for Neat crumbles, just add water and eggs (or vegan eggs) to Neat and mix well. Brown and chop on medium heat, just like ground beef, in a non-stick skillet for 7-9 minutes. For patties, cook 3 1/2 minutes on each side, until browned. Mix in with your favorite recipes, serve and enjoy.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Neat supplements at Just enter the promotional code SEPT15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand but hurry, offer ends September 30th, 2015.


Fish vs Flax: What Are the Benefits?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Supplements at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fish FlaxThe debate never ends. Which one is better: fish oil or flax oil? As a source of essential fatty acids, both products can be an excellent addition to a healthy diet but what are the benefits?

Let’s start with fish oil. A great source of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid (LA), fish oil contains two other important omega-3 fatty acids not found in the other plant-based foods: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both famous for their health benefits. EPA is effective for inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, asthma and eczema, as well as an excellent product for heart disease as it increases levels of good HDL cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure. DHA is important for brain health, vision, learning, cognition, and may help prevent Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Fish containing high levels of omega-3s include salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna, and herring. You can also take fish-oil supplements, a great alternative if you don’t regularly eat fish.

Now on to flax oil. Also an excellent source of omega-3, flax seed oil may be the best source of plant-based omega-3 fats. However, omega-3 fatty acids are not all the same as the ones in flaxseed. The main difference is regarding EPA and DHA. The omega-3s fatty acids in fish oil contain EPA and DHA and these are the omega-3 fats most people need in their diet. The human body has an ability to take the omega-3 from flaxseed and them into EPA and DHA, but this is not an efficient process unlike fish oil. On the other side, flaxseed has other health attributes as it an excellent source of dietary fiber, an essential ingredient for a healthy diet. Plus, flaxseed contains high amounts of lignan, a phytochemical that may have cancer protective effects.


Healthy Dipping? Salsa!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Gluten Free,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Salsa dip

Snacking doesn’t necessarily have to be unhealthy but did you know that one of the most popular dips actually offers a ton of health benefits? Yes, that’s salsa. Fresh tomato salsa has several health benefits when made with fresh ingredients and low salt. The most common ingredients in tomato salsa are hot peppers, onions, lime, and olive oil. These ingredients provide a source of essential nutrients such as vitamins C, beta carotene, minerals, antioxidants and much more.

Fresh red tomatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and contain the wonderful lycopene ingredient known to prevent heart disease and atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries.

Hot peppers such as jalapenos are often used in salsa and contain vitamins A, K and C, as well as folate and lutein. Jalapenos are also known to speed up the metabolism helping you burn fat more efficiently. Capsaicin, the chemical responsible for a pepper’s spiciness, plays a role in the treatment of some health conditions, and may help relieve indigestion and stomach pain.

Lime juice has antioxidant properties and may help to prevent infections. Onions contains vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. Olive Oil is likely the best choice of oil to be used for salsa for its multiple health benefits as it contains mono and polyunsaturated fats, which unlike saturated fats, may help lower cholesterol levels in the blood, reducing your risk of heart problems.

Fresh tomato salsa is often served with Mexican dishes such as tacos, chips and fajitas but you can also eat it with healthier alternatives like chopped carrots and celery sticks, making a very healthy snack full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Plus, you can use salsa as a healthy garnish for grilled fish or chicken, boosting the meal’s nutrient content and adding flavor without the use of salt or fat.


New Brand Spotlight: Squarebar

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SquareBarAre you looking for protein bars? Do they have to be delicious and made with nutritious organic ingredients? If you answered yes twice, Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a top quality brand of nutritional bars to our customers: Squarebar.

Squarebar offers nutritious organic bards created with only the most nutrient-dense organic and non-GMO foods. The company started in a San Francisco kitchen as a small family business with the idea of providing a healthy protein bar without inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, and processed sugars. Squarebar was launched March 2012 at Natural Products Expo West and is now nationally distributed. The company growth is built on the belief that “ingredients matter most”, sourcing organic and non-GMO ingredients directly from farmers to ensure an ethical path from crop to bar.

All the ingredients used in Squarebar products are USDA organic and Non-GMO project verified as well as gluten-free certified, dairy-free and soy-free. Available in five different flavors, with 11g of complete plant protein and no added flavors, these delicious vegan bars can be your next favorite snack. Just give it a try!

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Squarebar products at Lucky Vitamin. Just enter promotional code AUG15NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this special offer ends 08/31/2015.