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19
DEC

Choosing the Right Protein Powder for Your Body

Filed Under: Nutrition,Sports Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Protein powders come in many forms.  Just walking down the aisle of your local supplement store and you will find a variety of sources for protein powders.  Options such as whey, soy, rice, vegan, egg, pea and more leave consumers feeling confused and hopeless on where to start.  When it comes to choosing the right protein powder, what works for one person might not work for you.  Choosing the right protein to fit your needs and your body’s needs is important.  For instance, some people require more protein throughout the day.  If you are a body builder, you may look for a product that contains more protein.  However, if you are a marathon runner you may want a protein powder with more carbohydrates.  Some people won’t be able to digest the ingredients of certain formulas and need more hypoallergenic powders. LuckyVitamin carries an assortment of protein powders for any individuals needs.  We are going to take a brief look at the different proteins you might find on the shelf.

One form of protein is Whey protein which is derived from dairy.  More technically defined, whey protein is the protein contained in whey, the watery portion of milk that separates from the curds when making cheese.  It contains a blend of amino acids that stimulates muscle growth.  Since this product comes from dairy, if you are allergic to dairy then a whey protein is not for you.

Another form of protein is Soy protein. It is a type of protein that is isolated from the soybean.  It is roughly 90-95% protein, it contains amino acids needed for growth, and it is nearly carbohydrate and fat free.  This replacement protein can be found in bars, meal replacement shakes, bottled fruit drinks, and other dietary supplements. Soy protein isolate can be purchased as flavored or plain soy protein shake powder.  One of the issues with soy protein is that most of the soybeans grown in the US are genetically modified (GM).

Next, you have Rice protein, which most often comes from brown rice.  It is an interesting source of protein for those who are on a restricted diet and for vegetarians.  Brown rice protein contains all 9 essential amino acids and it has been shown clinically to be effective at building muscle and aiding in muscle recovery. Not all rice proteins are created equally though and you must look for a quality product free of heavy metals and other toxins.

Hypoallergenic formulas are another great source of protein. Hypoallergenic formulas like Plant Fusion feature a vegan based protein powder. The source of the protein comes from pea, amaranth, quinoa, and artichoke. It is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free and shellfish free. It contains 21 grams of protein and has a very similar amino acid profile compared to whey. Next time you are shopping for a protein powder consider your individual needs.

 

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17
DEC

Chicken Noodle Soup Rx:

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

 

With cold and flu season quickly approaching I wanted to breakdown one of the most commonly prescribed remedies to help get you back on your feet. No, I am not talking about antibiotics, cough syrups, decongestants, Tylenol or any type of prescription or over the counter drug. I am talking about chicken noodle soup. Moms and grand moms everywhere have long prescribed this hearty broth to help combat colds and flues. How is it though that a soup can make you feel better?  Lets breakdown a typical recipe and discuss how each ingredient plays a key role in making you feel better.

Normally when we sit down to eat soup it is boiling hot. Not only do the ingredients of the soup help make you feel better but also the temperature. This burning hot soup actually causes a change in our body temperature. We feel warm inside, maybe even start to sweat a little. This increase in body temperature helps us to fight off the infection.  It causes our blood vessels to dilate improving blood flow, which contains our natural defenders. Hot soup can actually help to clear that awful congestion you might be suffering from. A study looking at mucus velocity showed that hot chicken soup, either through aroma or taste was superior in increasing mucosal flow vs. hot or cold water. Besides the temperature the broth of this is also very hydrating for when you most need it.

Allium Sativum and Allium Cepa more commonly known as garlic and onion are two key ingredients found in almost every chicken noodle soup. Besides offering remarkable flavor profiles these vegetables actually have numerous health benefits. Both garlic and onion are anti-viral and anti-microbial, which means they help fight against unwanted pathogens. Onion is also considered a diaphoretic herb, which means it is causes the body to heat up and thus sweat. These are not the only ingredients in your soup that have health benefits though.

Herbs like Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) and Petroselinum crispum parsley are also common added ingredients in chicken noodle soup. Thyme is another one of those herbs that are antimicrobial. Another added benefit of adding thyme to your chicken noodle soup is that it is a relaxing expectorant. Relaxing expectorants are used to help break up mucus so you can get rid of the unwanted congestion.  Parsley is rich in vitamins C & A which both play a key role in supporting your immune system. This cold and flue season don’t forget that food is medicine. Try out some different chicken noodle soup recipes using a combination of different ingredients.

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15
DEC

How To Grow Your Own Wheatgrass

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Did you know you can grow wheatgrass for as little as $1-2 per week? All you need is a few supplies and within a week you will have lush and nutritious wheat grass growing in your home. No green thumb needed. Just follow these easy steps:

1. Buy organic  wheat berries.

2. Put half a cup of wheat berries in a quart sized mason jar and fill the jar with water. Make sure the water covers the seeds. Soak the wheat berries for 8-12 hours.

3. Rinse your seeds and repeat step 2.

4. Give the wheat berries one more final rinse before you sow the seeds.

5. Cut small holes in a 10 x 10 foil tray for drainage

6. Fill the tray with moistened organic potting soil

7. Spread a single layer of “seeds” on top of the soil and spray with a water bottle.

8. Cover the tray with plastic wrap, place a plate underneath and place in a sunny window sill.

9. Keep the seeds covered for three days and spray with a water bottle every day. It’s best to use a light mist so the seeds do not move.

10. Harvest when your wheat grass is 6-10 inches high.

If you’ve never had wheatgrass juice before it’s recommended that you start off with a one ounce shot daily for a week, so that your body can acclimate itself. Wheat grass is an amazing superfood valued for its nutritional benefits. Time to drink to health. Bottoms up!

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22
NOV

What’s New? Santa Cruz Organic

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

Are you looking for a delicious, natural, and organic juice? Look no further. Lucky Vitamin is happy to present Santa Cruz Organic products to our customers.

Santa Cruz Organic offers the best organic juices made from harvest to the bottle, with no stops in between. As a pioneer organic brand, Santa Cruz Organic was the first company to offer customers a wide range of organic, 100 percent juices and blends. They were also the first juice processor to use all organic fruit.

The Santa Cruz Organic brand’s roots stretch back to the early 1970′s when founder and nature lover, John Battendieri, began revitalizing orchards in the Santa Cruz mountains, an area known for its high-quality, flavorful fruit. Battendieri pressed his first batch of “Mr. Natural” apple juice in 1972, making it one of the first packaged organic products. The company believe nature itself is the truest form of art, and the goal is to infuse the beauty of nature’s process into everything.

Santa Cruz Organic currently offers more than 50 organic items ranging from organic fruit juices and lemonades to organic fruit sauces, chocolate syrups, peanut butters and fruit spreads available nationwide. By offering high-quality organic products, the Santa Cruz Organic brand raises awareness for the health and economic benefits of organic agriculture.

In addition, the company has been a leader in efforts to conserve water resources, build soil integrity and support a healthier ecosystem by helping growers make the decision to choose organic practices for their fields and orchards. Each year, Santa Cruz Organic buys fruit from hundreds of carefully selected organic growers, who represent thousands of acres dedicated to organic practices. Santa Cruz Organic is proud to be an official participant of the Non-GMO Project.

Additionally, you can save an extra 15% when you shop Santa Cruz Organic products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Pure Lime Juice – 16 oz.
Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Apple Sauce Strawberry – 23 oz.
Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Cranberry Nectar Juice – 32 oz.

 
20
NOV

6 Fermented Foods You Need In Your Diet Now

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Fermentation is a preserving method that injects food with naturally occurring microorganisms that helps promote a diversity of cultures to thrive within your body. Consuming and creating these “live” foods have become a movement to many and an art form for some. Increase your gut flora and replenish the microbiome with these “good bacteria” foods.

Miso – This fermented soybean paste is rich in enzymes and is traditionally used in Japanese cooking. You can add miso to soups, sauces, dressings, dips and marinades.

Tempeh – Another fermented soy product that comes in a patty form, tempeh’s fermentation process allows it to retain a higher content of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins.

Kefir – More nutritious than yogurt, kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir “grains.” It’s considered one of the most probioticly rich foods on the planet, having originated centuries ago in the Caucasus Mountains. Are you vegan? No worries, kefir water is available in a variety of flavors.

Kombucha – Known by some as the “Elixir of Life,” kombucha is a fermented tea that is created from a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria & Yeast). The outcome is an effervescent drink that contains b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic, and lactic).

Kimchi – A traditional, Korean side dish made by lacto-fermentation, similar to sauerkraut.  Both spicy and sour, Kimchi is the combination a variety of Asian vegetables (like napa cabbage and daikon radish) and seasonings.

Sauerkraut Lactobacillus is at work again to give you this wonderfully tangy condiment. Derived from the German word that simply means sour white cabbage, sauerkraut has a long history of health benefits due to its high levels of glucosinolates. These compounds have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.

You can find most of these foods at your nearest health food store. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try to make your own!

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6
NOV

Chocolate Helps with Memory

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

As if you didn’t already love chocolate enough, a small-scale study found that an antioxidant in chocolate might improve memory skills associated with age related memory loss. The study, which was released by the Journal Nature Neuroscience, included healthy people ages 50 to 69, who for three months drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols. This group performed better on a memory tests than those who drank a low flavanol mixture. Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds that can be found in a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods. Cocoa flavanols are a unique blend of phytonutrients that can only be found in the cocoa bean. This research supports other findings showing that flavanols, especially epicatechin (found in cocoa beans), improved blood circulation, heart health and memory in mice, snails and humans.  The researchers of this study also found that the flavanol mixture was able to increase activity of the dentate gyru: the part of the brain that is involved in memory associated with recognizing faces and remembering where you parked your car.

Unfortunately for us chocolate lovers out there you would need to consume about seven average-sized chocolate bars to replicate the amount of epicatechin (138 mg) used in the study. However, if you do want to try to increase the cocoa and chocolate in your life then shop LuckyVitamin. We carry chocolate bars like Theo Chocolate, which is organic, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, soy free and fair trade. We also have other top brands like Chocolove, Green and Black’s Organic, Dagoba, Newman’s Own, and Endangered Species.  Endangered Species chocolate is protecting diversity of life on our planet and promoting true global change with each chocolate bar.  They donate 10% of net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. While you might not increase your memory overnight eating our organic chocolates, at least you will be happy doing so.

 

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3
NOV

What to Eat to Beat High Blood Sugar Levels

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition at 3:17 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you eat can help control your diabetes and keep your blood sugar under control. Next time you’re at the grocery store, start stocking up on the following heart healthy foods:

It’s important to get your daily dose of friendly fats.  Monounsaturated fats lower the risk of diabetes. These foods include applesavocado and nuts.

Taste the rainbow and improve your insulin sensitivity with nutrients found in colorful plants, especially in vegetables and fruits called anthrocyanins. Load up your cart with sweet, delicious blueberriesraspberries and blackberries.

Fill up on fiber. Roughage has been shown to slow the release of glucose into the body. You want to aim for 20-30 grams per day from fresh vegetables (think broccoli,artichokes and peas) and legumes, like beans and lentils.

Carb quality counts. Stay away from refined starches and stick to complex carbs that metabolize slower, such as whole grains and brown rice.

 

Also, keep in mind these healthy living tips:

Drink 64 ounces of water a day.

Catch more than six hours of sleep each night.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

 

 

 

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24
OCT

A Guide to Natural Sweeteners

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but sometimes we just can’t help but succumb to our sweet tooth. Not only is it OK to treat yourself every now and then, you can still make smart choices when doing so. Check out the following list for some natural sugar alternatives, as well as a few ingredients you should always try to avoid.

Look For:

Maple Syrup – This natural sweetener is made using a two-step process. While here are several grades commonly found in most food stores, Grade B is the darkest and has the strongest maple flavor.

Raw, Local Honey – Packed with amazing health benefits, this natural sweetener easily trumps refined table sugar. Plus, honey has immune strengthening properties, as well!

Stevia  – A plant-derived herb that has been used around the world for thousands of years. Keep in mind that stevia is 30 times sweeter than sugar, so tread lightly when substituting in baked goods.

Black Strap Molasses – A strong flavored, sugarcane sweetener full of vitamins and minerals. Use a small amount of black strap molasses when replacing with sugar in recipes.

Xylitiol/ ErythritolThese are common sugar alcohols that have few calories and little aftertaste. Xylitol and Erythritol do not raise blood sugar but may cause digestion issues when over consumed.

Steer Clear Of:

Stay away from products that contain the ingredients below, and remember that, as always (even when indulging!), moderation is key.

Agave

Refined White Sugar Cane

Aspartame

HFCS

Sucralose

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21
OCT

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Filed Under: Nutrition,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Fall is the time for carving pumpkins and making Jack-O-Lanterns to illuminate your front steps.  You’ve just finished cutting open the top of your pumpkin. The newspaper has been laid out on the table; a trash can next to you and all of your carving accessories handy. As you begin to reach into the pumpkin to scoop out the insides, you might be considering whether or not to get rid of all of its contents. What if I told you those seeds on the inside may actually have some healthy properties? Today we are going to look at some of those benefits.

Cucurbita pepo more, commonly known as pumpkin, contains many physiologic health benefits. The majority of its salubrious assets come from the seeds and include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, diuretic, and anthelmintic properties. Besides having actual physiologic benefits, pumpkin seeds are also very nutritious. One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Pumpkins seeds are also full of zinc, fiber and healthy fats like ALA, which together all play a key role in supporting your body.

Pumpkin seeds’ anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for inflamed, boggy, irritated prostates as seen in Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH).  In a randomized double blind study, it was found that pumpkin significantly improved urinary flow, micturition time, residual urine, as well as frequency of micturition.  Another study showed that a combination of pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto were both clinically safe and effective as complementary treatments for BPH.

In addition to its benefits for BPH, pumpkin seed oil has also been researched for its role in preventing calcium oxalate kidney stones. Two studies performed in Thailand looked at pumpkin seeds snacks and their role in preventing kidney stones in children with a high risk for developing them. Research found that pumpkin seeds increased the level of inhibitors of crystal formation in the urine suggesting a preventive effect, but did not look at the actual reduction in stone formation.

This fall don’t just get rid of all of the “guts” of your pumpkin. Clean and wash off the pumpkin seeds, add a small amount of salt and bake for not only a delicious, but also nutritious snack.

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14
OCT

Forget the Franken-Candy for Halloween

Filed Under: Food Politics,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

 

Boo! Didn’t mean to scare you, but now that summer is over Halloween isn’t too far away.  The temperatures are dropping and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. This Halloween don’t be just the coolest house in the neighborhood, be the healthiest. LuckyVitamin has a great selection of candy made with organic, non-GMO ingredients to help you stand out from the rest of the houses on the block.

Many of the candy ingredients on the market are made with artificial dyes, food coloring agents, artificial flavors and other ingredients that can throw off your children’s nervous system. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one of these ingredients, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, is no longer “generally recognized as safe” and should eventually be phased out of the production of food. A great health benefit to our all-natural sweet treats is that they do not contain hydrogenated oils.

Chocolate is a staple of Halloween. LuckyVitamin carries top selling delicious treats like Chocolove Mini Organic Chocolate Bars that come in flavors like Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, Orange Peel, and Toffee Almond.  Another delectable treat you will find is the Lara Bar Jocalat Chocolate Mint Bar. This yummy bar is non-GMO, organic, and free of artificial calories, dairy, gluten, and preservatives.

Are you worried about not having Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in your candy bucket this fall? Don’t worry; LuckyVitamin has you covered with Justin’s Nut Butter Peanut Butter Cups. Not only is this enjoyable candy organic, it is also free of dairy and gluten.  Now it wouldn’t be Halloween without M&M’s; however, a tasty and healthier alternative is SunSpire Sun Drop Original Chocolate Candies.  These candies are organic, vegetarian, and free of preservatives, trans fat, and artificial flavors. On top of all that they are also a quality fare trade product.

Other great alternatives to satisfying that sweet tooth with include Yummy Earth Root beer candy drops, Surf Sweets All Natural Gummy Bears , Yummy Earth’s Organic Gummy Bears and All Natural Lollipops. This Halloween don’t be frightened by the candy on you super market shelves; shop LuckyVitamin for all natural and organic candy to hand out to those witches, goblins, princesses and super heroes.

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13
OCT

If Betty Crocker was a Vegan

Filed Under: Nutrition at 10:48 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Vegan baked goods. To most people, that may sound like an oxymoron. How can something that feels and tastes like cardboard really be “good”? The answer is, of course they can be, provided you have the tools and know-how to whip up some delicious vegan goodies the right way. This Halloween, “trick” your friends and family into eating delectable vegan booked treats! The shocked look on their faces will be all the reward you’ll need for ditching animal fats and proteins.

Replace the Egg           

Replacing the egg isn’t so hard. There are plenty of healthier egg alternatives at your disposal. Here are just a few…

For the equivalent of one egg, grind up chia seeds to a mealy consistency. Mix three tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of ground chia. Let this dissolve for about five minutes or until that classic, goopy egg-like texture develops. You can also use flaxseed meal to replace an egg by mixing one tablespoon of ground flax seed with 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of water. One-quarter cup of mashed banana plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder equals one egg. Bananas work best for muffins, pancakes and cakes.  You can also work applesauce in a recipe by using 1/3 cup of applesauce for each egg. However, if you end up needing more than a cup, try using another egg substitute unless you want to wind up with a mushy mess. Ener-G Egg Replacer simplifies baking and allows you to enjoy a variety of delicious egg-free baked goods. Used strictly for baking, not only is Ener-G Egg Replacer 100% egg-free (contains NO eggs or animal protein), it is also gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free, and it’s low in protein.

Replace the Butter

Earth Balance creates natural buttery spreads that provide the taste of butter without the dairy. These plant-based buttery products are vegan, lactose-free, non-GMO and use expeller-pressed oils.

Replace the Milk

This is the easiest replacement out there. Every grocery store sells either rice, soy, hemp or almond milk nowadays. All of these substitutes will work but my favorite is almond milk due to its nutty flavor and slightly thicker consistency.

 

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9
OCT

7 Essentials for the Gluten-Free Baker

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Attempting to bake without gluten can be quite the challenge, not to mention just a little bit terrifying. But it doesn’t have to be. Follow these seven pantry essentials to master the art form of gluten-free baking.

1. Whole Grain Flours – It’s necessary to have several different flours on hand including brown rice flour, chick pea flour, quinoa flour, teff flour and millet.

2. Starches – Arrowroot flour, Cornstarch, Potato Starch and Tapioca Flour

3. Baking Soda and Baking Powder – You’ll need to increase the amount of these leavening agents by 25% when adapting a recipe to one that is gluten-free.

4. Thickeners –Xanthan Gum is added to gluten-free baked goods to bind, stabilize, emulsify, thicken or lend structure or suspension to your baked treat.

5. Buckwheat Flakes – These are a wonderful substitute for anyone avoiding oats.

6. Ener-G Egg Replacer – This is for anyone with a food allergy that needs to avoid gluten, as well as dairy.

7. Gluten Free Mixes – Try saving time with some pre-made blends of most baked goods, including everything from pizza crusts to cupcakes.

Bonus Tip: When creating your own gluten-free flour blend, use a ratio of 60% starch with 40% whole grain flours.  Keep in mind that these rations may vary depending on what you’re baking. If you’re converting grandma’s cookie recipe, a great tip is to substitute 140 grams of your gluten-free mix for every cup of “regular” gluten all-purpose flour.

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23
SEP

#ExpoEast – Bring More Health to More People

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods,Nutrition,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

The natural products industry is on the rise. With so many choices and niches to explore, it’s no wonder that people are becoming more enlightened and inquisitive about what ingredients are in their food and personal care items.

Here at LuckyVitamin, we want to be your go to for all things natural and organic. In order to keep up with the trends, we attended the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD to learn about new products and hot trends in the industry.

Here’s what’s new from the brands you love:

Badger Balm – Coming this November, Badger’s men’s line of personal care products. USDA Certified Organic & 100% natural grooming products for men. Soothe, refresh, restore and improve your skin and hair naturally.

Ways Out Wax – Just in time for the holidays, Way Out Wax’s Buddha Beeswax Ornament is perfect for setting your intention and practicing mindfulness. Their waxes are 100% natural and biodegradable. Plus, they use 100% soy wax in all of their container candles.

Nutiva   – O’Coconut snacks from Nutiva are crafted from lightly sweetened organic coconut flakes and have only 60 calories each. You can start noshing on these tasty treats in late November.

New brands coming soon in 2015:

Cultures For Health – A wide selection of starter cultures and supplies available including those that can get you started on making traditional foods such as kefir, yogurt, sourdough and more.

Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips – Made from only sustainably grown, organic seaweed and other real, gluten-free ingredients, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips are baked, taste great, and are packed with six grams of protein and loads of Vitamin A, B12, Folic Acid and essential minerals like potassium, manganese and iodine.

Beard Balm – Beard Balm makes beards happy. Good for your face, good for the earth, quality-controlled and endurance-tested on real beards. Warning: May cause excessive beard. Natural. Local. Awesome. Handcrafted in Detroit!

Mediterra – Mediterra has created a healthy option to complement the accelerated pace of modern life. Inspired by the time-tested Mediterranean Diet, Mediterra’s savory nutrition bars are made from all-natural ingredients such as nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and fiber-packed grains and seeds. Healthy and delicious. What’s not to love?

Follow us on social to keep up-to-date with the newest brands and products!

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24
JUL

Birthing Mama Prenatal Yoga & Wellness

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Baby and Child Health,Exercise and Fitness,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Pregnancy is a progressive adventure — a time of profound inner and outer growth. It is also a time to examine who you are and how you relate to all living things. Birthing Mama is designed to be your companion during this transformational time, offering six weekly areas of interest to nourish yourself and your growing baby.

Through online, holistic forums for weeks 14-42, along with a series of DVDs, Birthing Mama gives you valuable tools and support to connect deeply to the spiritual process of childbirth.

Birthing Mama is an offering from the heart, to support your pregnancy in being as transformational for your inner-self as it will be for your physical body.  Let yourself be guided through each offering, from a state of openness, curiosity, and awareness. Tune in to your inner voice and follow it within yourself, wherever it leads.

The inspiration for this childbirth companion came from Corinne Andrews, who, when pregnant with her second child, was inspired to launch Birthing Mama to give other expectant mothers a framework for experiencing their pregnancy as a sacred and transformative life event.

A weekly companion offering holistic support for each week of your pregnancy from weeks 14-42

  • 30 Prenatal Yoga Videos – over 6 hours of videos!
  • Recipes & Nutritional Guidance
  • Developmental Benchmarks
  • Inspiration & Education
  • Creative Activities
  • Self-Care Recommendations

 

Also included are product recommendations from other online retailers, access to a media library bursting with articles, guided meditations, yoga nidra and live prenatal classes.  Members also receive exclusive discounts with the Birthing Mama team, (for long-distance subscribers, phone or Skype appointments are available) including: Yoga & Mindfulness, Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine and Family Photography.

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22
JUL

Small But Mighty: Chia, Flax & Hemp Seeds

Filed Under: Nutrition at 10:32 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

You might think eating seeds is for the birds but superfood seeds are making their way into pantries everywhere. Once you learn about all their nutritional benefits; they might end up in yours too!

 

Chia Seeds

Long used by the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans as a a staple food along with corn and beans, chia seeds are enjoying a large resurgence in the health food community due to their impressive nutrition profile.  Chock full of healthy omega fats, proteins and antioxidants and dietary fiber. The little chia seed goes a long way to earn it’s qualifier of “power.” With a mild and nutty flavor, you can sprinkle chia seeds in your oatmeal, mix into a salad dressing or dip or soak them in water or juice to form a gel and use as a thickening agent for soups and a variety of recipes.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are a nutrition wonder and are considered the most concentrated source of lignans, a polyphenol that supports digestive, reproductive, prostate, breast and heart health – and even promote beautiful skin and hair. Its high content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become our modern miracle food.  Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) is a type of plant-derived omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon. Flax Seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, trace minerals and protein. Add some flax seeds to your shakes or sprinkle on top of a salad or add to soups, stews or casseroles.

Hemp Seeds

With rich nutty flavor and a tender crunch, hemps seeds re so easy to use! Sprinkle them in salad, cereal or yogurt! Hemps seeds are packed protein, providing 10 grams of complete plant-based protein per 3 tablespoons. They are also a great way to add omegas or EFAs to your diet. Hemp is truly a superfood providing a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids in each serving. These fatty acids promote heart health, lower triglycerides, work to reduce inflammation, promote brain health, and support the immune system. Low in carbohydrates, hemp seeds are ideal for those following the paleo diet or who need to be carb conscious for their health.

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