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20
JUL

Feeding the Littles: First Foods

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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“So, when are you starting him/her on solids?” is a question posed (over and over…) to most new parents. For many, it’s a question that can conjure some unexpectedly anxious feelings. After all, where do you begin? We know how overwhelming these early decisions are during the first introduction to solid foods and that’s why we’re here to help.

Below you’ll find the top three foods to get you and your little one started.  Renowned pediatrician Dr. Sears (so renowned that he doesn’t even need a first name!), explains that a child’s taste buds fully develop over the first three years of their lives. Seize the opportunity to instill in your child a lifetime of adventurous and healthy eating habits. Let‘s get started!

Best First Foods:

Banana – Being soft and easy to digest make bananas a perfect first food for baby. Not to mention, they require little to no prep. Just peel and mash. You can add creaminess to a mashed ‘nana by adding a little breast milk and spoon feeding it. This tasty fruit contains essentials for your baby’s developing body including potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

Avocado – Like banana, avocado is a great first food. With a smooth and creamy texture it’s soft for baby to chew and swallow. Avocados are packed with fiber and vitamin E and are an excellent source of “good fats.” This sodium- and cholesterol-free fruit has the full recommended daily value for folate along with 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats vital for baby’s nervous system and brain.

Soft boiled egg yolk – Around eight months, you can give your baby a soft boiled egg. Make sure to only give the yolk, however, since egg whites are known as a top allergen in children. We suggest using organic, pastured eggs from a local farm whenever possible, as eggs harvested from grass-fed chicks contain higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Egg yolks provide essentials for brain development including choline, good cholesterol and iron.

 




13
JUL

Feeding the Littles: Are They Ready?

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Congratulations, you’re a new parent! From their first smile to their first time sleeping through the night, nothing is more gratifying than watching your child begin to check off those all-important first milestones. Another huge step in your baby’s development is the introduction of solid foods. But how do you know when they are ready to make that crucial next step? Fortunately, there are some specific developmental signs that indicate when your little one is ready raise his culinary game.

Signs That Your Baby Is Ready:

Ability to Sit Up – This is a no-brainer because if a baby cannot sit up unassisted, eating food becomes a serious choking hazard. To be safe, make sure that they can hold their head up steady and sit up on their own.

Interest in food – When you sit at the table to eat a meal does your baby stare at you intently, watch your mouth, or maybe even mimic your chewing action? This could be their way of showing interest in what you are eating. Some experts consider reaching for food a sign, too. However, keep in mind that four- to six-month olds are teething and usually putting everything in their mouth, including nonfood items.

Loss of tongue thrust reflex – This reflex allows babies to drink and swallow liquids without choking. Not sure what to look for?  Simply place a piece of banana in your child’s mouth and if they push it back out with their tongue, you have just witnessed the thrust reflex in action. It’s usually gone by six months, but in some cases breastfed babies can hang onto this reflex a little longer, meaning their forays into the world of solid foods might take a little longer than formula babies.

Always remember that all babies are different and progress at varying rates. Even though they may have some of the signs mentioned above, they might not be interested in food. Some babies may start as early as four months while others may not start until as late as nine months. Watch for your child’s hunger cues and don’t try to force it. They’ll eat when they are ready.




12
JUL

Acai Antioxidant Bowl

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 12:27 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This acai bowl is packed with antioxidants, healthy omegas, fiber, amino acids and delicious superfoods.

Recipe:

1/2 cup almond milk

1 frozen banana

1 Sambazon Original Blend Acai Berry Packet

Toppings:

1/4 cup blueberries

1/2 cup halved strawberries

1 TBS Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds

1/2 TBS hemp seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 oz goji berries

1 TBS Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flakes

Enjoy!




8
JUL

What Are Superfoods?

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Superfoods at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Superfoods have been a hot topic for many years but yet some people still have a difficult time with the overall definition. What are superfoods? Which ones can be considered superfoods and which ones are not part of the group?

Superfoods can be simply described as all foods that are rich in nutrients. Most of these foods are plant-based but fish and dairy may also be classified as superfoods. These foods contain large doses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids that can help improve overall health as well as fight off various diseases, resulting in a longer and heathier life.

The most common superfoods are: blueberries, spinach, kale, fruits, nuts, whole grains, beans, sweet potatoes, salmon, mackerel, sardines, and acai. According to the American Heart Association, superfoods are good for you and your overall health when incorporated into a healthy diet that’s balanced in lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat milk and dairy products.  However, there are no standard criteria or approved list of super foods.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, many people in the U.S. don’t get enough of potassium, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamin D found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk and milk products. In addition to essential vitamins and nutrients, superfoods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds provide phytochemicals, chemical compounds found in plants responsible for deep colors, that may have numerous health benefits including reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty deposits in artery walls.

In conclusion, superfoods are great but they are not magical foods. It’s important to remember that eating just superfoods or too much of one type of food may prevent you from getting all the nutrients you need.




7
JUL

Baby Recipe: Green Monkey Mash

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Adding superfoods into your baby’s diet is a great way to set the stage to health living. This superfood is a favorite that you can start giving baby around six months. Try it in this super easy recipe your baby will love.

Spirulina is considered to have the most concentrated sources of functional nutrients. In case you didn’t know this green powder is actually a type of algae sourced in pure, fresh water. What makes this super food so unique is that is contains all eight essential amino acids that readily and easily digested which is perfect for a baby’s delicate digestive tract.

Another great addition to this recipe is DHA. Your child’s brain grows the most in the first three years of life. You can optimize your little ones developing brain and eyes by adding DHA to their regimen.

INGREDIENTS

2 ripe bananas

¼ teaspoon spirulina

1 ml of Baby DHA

DIRECTIONS

Using a fork, mash the peeled bananas

Add the spirulina and mix well until fully combined

*This should make enough for two feedings. Keep refrigerated in an air tight container and use in 1-2 days before the bananas brown**




5
JUL

New Brands Showcase: Brami

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B5Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a new brand of products which is the Mediterranean answer to edamame beans: Brami.

Brami offers a unique line of beans products that are soy-free, ready-to-snack, and come in exciting flavors. The company creates this delicious snacks in small batches, adding a variety of natural spices. Rich in plant-based protein, Brami beans are a great alternative to animal protein snacks such as jerky.

This amazing product contains lupini beans which are considered a “superbean” as they provide tons of nutrients as well as a boost of energy. Often overlooked because of their long preparation time, lupini beans are the ultimate ‘slow food’ snack but the extra work is definitely worth the effort.

Brami meticulously prepares these beans for days before steeping them in small batches of natural spices, sea salt, and tangy citrus. Finally, the company vacuums pack them fresh out of the barrel, preserving their natural flavor and crunch without the use of artificial preservatives. Brami beans are inherently pest resistant, low maintenance, non-GMO, and able to withstand difficult conditions, making this warrior bean an eminently sustainable crop. Do yourself and the planet a favor: trade in that jerky for some Brami beans.

You can save even more when you shop Brami beans at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 7/31/2016




24
JUN

4 Supplements to Improve Digestion

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Woman Has Stomach Ache Sitting on Bench at Park

Overeating is a common problem. Having digestive problems regularly should be so common. It may take time, and sometimes a visit to a doctor, for some people to realize the difference between just eating a little bit too much more than you should and feeling too full because your digestive system isn’t working properly. A few supplements can be helpful, so we present you 4 supplements to improve digestion.

1. Probiotics

Known as one of the best products to support the digestive system, probiotics contain living organics such as bacteria and yeast that can help improve gut flora composition. Some probiotic products can also provide relief from diarrhea as well as minimize symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

2. Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes can help in many different ways from speeding up digestion to alleviating constipation, from reducing the full feeling to minimizing bloating. These supplements contain a variety of ingredients known to enhance digestion and can also help with food absorption, increasing the amount of vitamins and minerals people get from food.

3. Fiber

Fiber is known to bulk up stools and relieve constipation but this natural product can also help digestion on a regular basis. An ingredient in laxatives, psyllium has high fiber content and it’s able to absorb water in the intestines. That makes the stool bulky and easier to pass. It’s important when treating constipation to drink plenty of fluids.

4. Betaine HCL

Betaine HCL is known to help alleviate heartburn and can be taken on a regular basis. Additionally, betaine HCL also has the ability to help the stomach break down fats and proteins from food, assisting in the general detoxification processes in the body. It is an essential component for metabolizing and absorbing food, and is particularly needed for assimilating proteins, vitamin B12, calcium, and iron.




22
JUN

How To Shop The Summer 2016 Health And Wellness Trends

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With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this summer.

BEETROOT

The beetroot movement is upon us, I repeat, the beetroot movement is upon us. Since 2009 beet products have quadrupled. Beets have attracted a lot of attention as a “functional food” meaning they not only provide basic nutrients, but may help promote optimal health and reduce the risk of disease.  While this vegetable’s popularity has only recently gained back momentum, its use dates back to ancient Roman times. So why has it become so popular again? Beets are a source of nitrates and provide a natural means of increasing nitric oxide (NO) availability. Beetroot is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets also contain a group of bioactive pigments known as betalains that are thought to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beet products can be found in the forms of Beet Juice, Energy Bars, Sports Shots, Protein Powders, Veggie Packs, and Beet Crystals. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of these products from top rated brands.

NUTRICOSMETICS

Skin is the largest organ in the human body and it serves several important functions. Nutrition is a key factor for skin health and its overall appearance. Maybe that’s why the saying goes “beauty comes from within.” This might also be why nutricosmetics, or using supplements to help improve skin health, is now a growing trend. At the forefront of the nutricosmetic industry is collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein found in animal connective tissue and can be found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. There are at least 16 types of collagen, but 80-90 percent of the collagen in the body consists of types I, II, and III. As we age, our natural ability to produce collagen and density of the dermis decreases leading to less structural support to the epidermis. The epidermis carries the blood vessels and supplies the skin with important nutrients for its functioning.  A growing body of evidence shows that collagen peptides can improve skin health by improving skin moisture and preventing the fragmentation of the dermal collagen network, thus counteracting one of the key components of skin aging. Shop some of our top rated collagen products from brands such as Reserveage Organics, Youtheory, NeoCell, and Bulletproof.

COLD BREW COFFEE

With the summer months upon us and temperatures rising, the days of warming up with a hot coffee or latte are behind us. Iced coffee sales continue to explode and with this trend comes the era of cold brew coffee. While the cold brew coffee craze isn’t completely new, it’s finally become a mainstream trend.  Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time to produce a smoother, less acidic coffee. This less acidic coffee enhances the many other flavors found in coffee beans and gets rid of the familiar ‘bite’.  Not ready to make your own pot of cold brew? Don’t worry!  LuckyVitamin carries a great selection of pre- packaged ready-to-drink cold brew coffees you’re sure to enjoy this summer. DIY extraordinaire don’t fret—we also have a selection of DIY cold brew kits for you to try.

FACIAL MASKS

Fiber masks, bamboo sheet masks, collagen masks, eye masks, peptide masks and mud masks, are becoming increasingly popular in the personal care and beauty world. These facial masks are easy to apply are a great conduit for delivering nutrients and other beneficial ingredients to the skin. Even trendier is the use of these in single serving pouches so the products won’t dry out and are more affordable. When shopping for any type of facial mask, look for products that are 100% organic and non-GMO as well as paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. Many masks also cater to vegans and are cruelty free. A great product to try is the Andalou Naturals Clarifying Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask with Coconut Water to helps to hydrate and detoxify the skin, soothe inflammation and minimize pores for a clearer, healthy complexion.

PULSES

The term superfood describes nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be beneficial for one’s health and well being.  There’s yet another superfood craze you may not have indulged in yet, but chances are after reading this you will! Pulses, which are another name for lentils, chickpeas, beans and dry peas, have become one of the most talked about superfoods in the health and wellness industry. Pulses provide protein and fiber as well as vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium. In fact, a ½ cup serving of black beans has one and half times the iron of a 3-ounce piece of steak. Pulses are also packed full of saponins and tannins, phytochemicals which may possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic benefits.  An article from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that inclusion of pulses in a diet may be a beneficial weight-loss strategy because it leads to a modest weight-loss effect, although further research & future studies are needed. This summer, shop LuckyVitamin to incorporate your favorite pulses into your diet.

PROBIOTICS

Most of us know about the buzz surrounding probiotics, live beneficial bacteria and yeasts for gut & immune health. Did you know that research shows that probiotics taken internally and applied topically may benefit the skin as well? Probiotics applied topically work in a variety of ways. First, they can provide a protective shield preventing the skin cells from seeing the bad bacteria and parasites that can cause problems like inflammation. Secondly, probiotics have antimicrobial properties. Lastly, when probiotics come in contact with skin cells they calm parts of the cells that may want to react to the presence of harmful bacteria. Common skin conditions that probiotics may be beneficial for include Atopic Dermatitis and Acne Rosacea. Some great sources of topical probiotics include Andalou Naturals, ACURE & Essential Formulas Dr. Ohhira’s. 

MATCHA

Customarily used in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha is a type of green tea grown in the shade, and once harvested, the leaves are made into a fine powder. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is because matcha is rich in catechins, a subclass of polyphenols or antioxidants.  In fact, one study found that matcha is at least 3 times higher in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a specific catechin that may boost metabolism and slow the growth of cancer cells, than regular green tea. Another reason that matcha is trending upward is because it also contains caffeine, similar to the amount contained in a cup of brewed coffee. Buy it in bulk, or try it in a latte, bar, or even moisturizer. This summer try making a refreshing & energizing matcha green tea smoothie by mixing ½ tsp. matcha green tea powder in 2 ounces of hot water. Stir the mixture and then combine 3 teaspoons of sweetener or sweetener of your choice. Add in 4 ounces of milk or milk alternative of your choice. Combine the mixture along with ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. For a little added refreshment try mixing in some organic vanilla extract.

BONE BROTH

Wellness bloggers and celebrity chefs have been talking about this trend for some time now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone broth, or stock, is made by boiling the bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken or beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones and reducing joint pain and inflammation. It may also help inhibit infection and seal your gut to promote healthy digestion. While it’s best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods, Kettle and Fire and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient pre-made broths.

AVOCADO

When it comes to fruits with health benefits, avocados are at the top of the list. They’re packed full of fiber, potassium and vitamins such as vitamin B6, B5, C, E. One of the most talked about benefits is the fact that it provides the body with “good” fats, also known as monounsaturated fats. These fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, which in turn can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.  One new and interesting use for avocado is avocado oil. Brands are using avocado oil to make all sorts of products, including cooking oil, avocado mayonnaise and avocado kettle chips. You can even find avocado oil in personal care products. Some great brands that use of avocado oil based beauty products include Peter Lamas, Giovanni, Now Foods and Baby Mantra.

DIY GARDEN

Love the idea of growing your own garden, but worried you don’t have the time or space to grow and maintain it? Let LuckyVitamin help you! LuckyVitamin has a large selection of DIY garden accessories that make growing a garden easy, fun, affordable and even space friendly. One of my favorite products is Garden-In-A Can from Back to the Roots. The Back to the Roots Garden-In-A-Can gives you access to organic herbs that you can grow right from your very own windowsill. Another great DIY gardening kit is from the brand Noted. With Noted plants you simply start growing the plant in a natural jute bag. Once the plant is established you transfer the entire bag to your garden and then watch it grow. Check out more of our DIY garden accessories at LuckyVitamin.

LuckyVitamin is a leading online retailer of health and wellness, natural products, vitamins, herbal supplements, sports nutrition, natural and organic foods, beauty and skincare. Striving to bring good health to the masses, LuckyVitamin.com offers premium quality products at an exceptional value. LuckyVitamin is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives, as a source for thousands of brand name wellness products at the most competitive prices online. Learn more and shop online at www.luckyvitamin.com.




20
JUN

Recipe: Snickerdoodle Bites

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 9:33 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
A baking sheet with cookie dough balls.

If you haven’t heard of xylitol yet, you’re in for a sweet surprise! It has fewer calories than sugar and makes a great alternative sweetener in baked goods for those trying to lose weight or avoid the overuse of sugar in their diet. Xylitol doesn’t compromise on taste or texture and is metabolized without insulin, so it creates a significantly lower glycemic effect when eaten.

Now let’s get rolling…these snickerdoodle bites are an easy, one bowl recipe that can be made in no time. Did we mention they’re delicious too!

INGREDIENTS

Sugar Topping

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl
  2. Mix well until combined
  3. Use your hands to roll into bite-sized balls
  4. Roll balls in the sugar topping mixture
  5.  in refrigerator and enjoy




5
JUN

Raisin the Bar!

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Raisins are dried grapes which may be eaten raw or used in cooking, baking, or brewing. Produced in many regions of the world, raisins are nutrient-dense foods often used as an ingredient in a variety of foods such as cereals, nutritional bars, breads, cookies, just to name a few. Eating raisins regularly may provide you with some health benefits as these delicious snacks are loaded with essential nutrients.

Raisins are known as a constipation reducer due to its high amount of dietary fiber, which is beneficial to regulate bowel movement. When ingested, raisins swell because the fiber present in has shrunk in a raisin’s dried form, but it will begin to swell due to the body’s natural fluids. This adds bulk to the food moving through the intestinal tract and ultimately helps provide relief from constipation. The type of fiber in raisins is considered insoluble fiber because it takes in water and gains volume in that way. Besides reducing constipation, raisins can also help to stop loose stools by absorbing the liquid of those stools and reducing the frequency and unpredictability of diarrhea.

In addition, raisins are a great energy booster and are considered an ideal ingredient for breakfast. Rich in carbs, especially natural sugars, they give you a quick boost of energy when you’re feeling sluggish or need to get started with your day. An excellent pre or post workout snack, raisins contain about 130 calories and 31 grams of carbs in each 1/4 cup portion.

On top of that, raisins are an excellent source of minerals, particularly iron. One of the few plant-based foods rich in dietary iron, raisins are also rich in potassium, calcium, phytonutrients, and antioxidants and can support additional health issues such as hypertension, anemia, fever, and sexual dysfunction.




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




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.




13
MAY

Recipe: Blueberry Bliss Smoothie

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes,Superfoods at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
blueberrysmoothieStart your day with free-radical fighting antioxidants by sipping on this Blueberry Bliss Smoothie. Easy to make and perfect for a quick on the go breakfast or post workout drink. Did we mention it tastes delicious too!

INGREDIENTS

2 handfuls spinach

1 scoop of protein powder

1 frozen banana

½ avocado

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp lime juice

1 tsp coconut oil

2 tsp flax meal

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

DIRECTIONS

Blend all the ingredients together, top with some sprouts and enjoy!!




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.




28
APR

3 Recipes With Protein Powder That Aren’t a Shake

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes at 10:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Okay, we say “protein powder” and you think of a smoothie, shake or blender bottle. Did you know you can make amazing desserts, breads and baked goods with your protein powder? Why YES you can. Check out some of our favorite recipes below:

Oat Protein Pancakes

INGREDIENTS

½ cup of oats

1 banana mashed

2 eggs

1 scoop protein powder

1/8 tsp of baking powder

DIRECTIONS

  • Mash the banana
  • Add the remaining ingredients and whisk together well
  • Measure out 2 tablespoons and add to a hot skillet greased with grass-fed butter or coconut oil
  • Let cook 30 seconds each side or until golden brown

 

Protein Cranberry Energy Balls

INGREDIENTS
½ cup of dried cranberries

1 scoop of protein powder

1/2 cup of coconut milk

1/2 cup of almond butter

1 cups of gluten free rolled oats

1 tbsp maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

  • In a medium saucepan combine milk, maple syrup and almond butter on low heat until almond butter is spreadable
  • Stir in protein powder until dissolved completely
  • Add oats and cranberries
  • Roll into bite-sized balls and refrigerate until harden (30 minutes)

 

Protein Vanilla Blondies

INGREDIENTS

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp xylitol

1 tsp cinnamon

1 egg

3 egg whites

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 and line a muffin tray
  • Combine all the ingredients and whisk well
  • Bake for 12 minutes until cooled
  • Top with fresh berries and yogurt