Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a premium brand of healthy snacks to our customers: Lawless Jerky.
Lawless Jerky offers 100% grass-fed beef snacks created for the inspired “snacker” who values quality. Handcrafted with top-quality ingredients and without artificial additives or preservatives, Lawless Jerky is loaded with more intense flavors with a soft texture and contain no sugary coatings.
Lawless Jerky offers seven world-inspired flavors, including Sweet Sriracha (beef), Aloha Teriyaki (beef), BBQ Spare Rib (pork), Pho (beef), and Japanese Curry (beef). All flavors are thoughtfully handmade with consciously raised meats, including 100% grass-fed beef and hormone-free, antibiotic-free pork. With all jerky products created by hand in micro batches, the company uses spices, herbs, and ingredients that are completely unique to jerky-making.
Unlike gas station jerky and gimmicky upstarts, Lawless Jerky jerky tastes like carefully flavored meat with no added nitrates and nitrites, no added MSG, and no corn syrup. This unique grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in heart healthy omega-3s and antioxidants and lower in cholesterol and saturated fat.
Filed Under: Ask The ND at 1:32 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Allergies, health concerns, and lifestyle choices are just a few reasons why many people choose to go dairy free. In this episode, Dr. Jeremy Wolf breaks down common dairy alternative choices and their benefits.
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.
Gummy vitamins have been known to have one main target: kids. However, that does not necessary mean every single gummy vitamin product should be made for children. In recent years, a good number of companies have created new products, particularly multivitamins, which contain gummy vitamins instead of the traditional tablet or capsule. So, what’s the real story behind this? Are the better, the same, or just another “up to your personal” taste debate?
Gummy vitamins made for adults are widely available from many different brands. Multivitamins, fish oils, calcium supplements, energy enhancers are just a few examples of products available in gummy form. Gummy vitamins contain basically the same ingredients as a regular multivitamin product but some products may leave out the vitamin K, niacin, thiamin, and a few minerals often present in most multivitamin tablets.
The interesting point about gummy products is that they may be the best way for people not used to take supplements to start a new routine of taking these essential vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, gummy vitamins for kids contain much small amounts of vitamins and minerals and are normally developed for a certain age group, not really suitable for adults.
The bottom line is that gummy vitamins can be a great solution for someone who may have a difficult time swallowing pills, particularly those giant multivitamin ones. Plus, it can be a great alternative for people who struggle to take pills as, for some reason, gummies seem to be a lot easier to be taken on a daily basis. One last tip: check the amount of sugar in the gummy vitamins and preferably try to find a product that contain healthier, more natural sugars, from organic sources.
Filed Under: Green Living,Home at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Late spring, early summer is the time of the year when people start really enjoying the outdoors. Camping, hiking, picnics, grilling, fishing and many other activities can be a lot of fun, unless unwanted visitors come to “bug” your good time: mosquitos. Lucky Vitamin has good news and is happy to introduce a couple of great products to keep these bugs away from your fun this year: Murphy’s Naturals.
Murphy’s Naturals offers all-natural products that can effectively keep away mosquitos and are made from responsibly sourced plant based ingredients. The company leaves out all of the chemicals and toxins and instead focus on providing amazing earth-friendly products that will help others through its purchases.
Murphy’s Naturals has two options of insect repellent products: mosquitos sticks and mosquitos candles. The sticks are made with all natural incense sticks from a unique fusion of sustainable bamboo, citronella, lemongrass and rosemary, and contain no petroleum or any toxins. Formulated with significantly more repellent oils than other insect products, Murphy’s Mosquito Sticks deliver an effective and refreshing fragrance so you can enjoy life outdoors. The second option is Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Candle. This unique natural repellent candle contains a fusion of sustainable palm wax, citronella, lemongrass and rosemary. Formulated with no D.E.E.T., petroleum or any toxins, Murphy’s Mosquito Candle delivers an effective and refreshing fragrance to create a pleasant bite-free environment.
Start 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!
There are many choices for milk replacement products but one of the best alternatives isn’t all that famous. We are talking about quinoa milk. This natural product is a great high-nutrient, gluten-free milk, and contain all nine essential amino acids. While quinoa is one of the most popular health foods, its milk is still not on the top list of replacements. So, we present you 5 health benefits from quinoa milk.
1. Super Nutritious
Quinoa milk is high in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and all nine essential amino acids. This great-taste, easy-to-drink product contain important minerals such as magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc and phosphorus. Plus, all these important nutrients come with a small amount of omega-3s and this delicious milk is considered relatively low in calories, and low in fat.
2. High Fiber
Quinoa contains more fiber than most grains. Quinoa milk contains around 10-15 grams of fiber per every 100 grams and, despite the fact some of these fiber is insoluble, the amount of soluble fiber is still very good.
3. Low Glycemic Index
An excellent product to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, quinoa milk is known to have a low glycemic index, around 53. Foods that are high on the glycemic index can stimulate hunger and contribute to obesity.
High in essential minerals, quinoa milk can be a great choice for people looking to increase the intake of magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Particularly high in magnesium, with one cup having about 30% of the RDA, quinoa can help increase calcium absorption.
Quinoa contains quercetin, an amazing flavonoid known to enhance the immune system. These plant antioxidants have been shown to be shown to offer many health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-depressant properties.
You spent all day soaking up the sun only to wake up the next day with a wicked burn and a deep yearning for a bottle of aloe vera to dull the pain. Sound familiar?
Some of the worst burns happen on overcast days when cloud-filled skies can cause even the most faithful sun worshippers to (unwisely) skip the screen, unknowing that 80% of the sun’s UV rays can easily slice through the typical cloud coverage. Even if you do apply, just because you lather up your legs, arms and face doesn’t mean that you’re completely protected.
Here are some oft overlooked spots that need some sunscreen love!
Ears – When you apply sunscreen to your face don’t forget the ears. Whether you’re driving or wearing a baseball hat, remember that your ears are exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. A recent study from the Skin Cancer Foundation found the ears to be one of the most common places to find skin cancer.
Scalp – Greasy hair, don’t care! Apply sunscreen on your hair or (if you’re follicley challenged) scalp to prevent a painful burn. Even better, wear a hat (but see above about making sure your ears are protected). A team of researcher at UNC found that the most deadly melanoma skin cancers occur on this area of your body. Tip: use a Q-tip for an easy, clean application.
Tops of Feet – Did you know the soles of feet have a layer of dead skin cells which protect against UV rays? Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the tops of our feet which, of course, actuallyface the sun. Plus, getting burnt here is pretty painful especially if you have to wear shoes.
Lips – Whether you’re sipping on a tropical smoothie or eating some healthy snack on the beach, lip protection can come off pretty easily, so reapplying is always a good idea. Our top pick combines organic sunflower seed oil, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, and vitamin E to protect your lips under the harshest conditions.
Tops of Hands – Our hands show age and sun spots before our face. Reapplying here is key, especially if you wash your hands a lot. Here’s a little tip from us: use face sunscreen on your hands. It’s loaded with ingredients to prevent further damage. This ultra-sheer lotion features fruit stem cells to diminish photo-aging and stimulate healthy cell renewal for age-defying benefits
First, conventional sun care products such as sun blockers and lotions may contain harmful ingredients such as mercury, ammonium, laureth sulfate, alcohol, and many others. Think about it: you are actually applying these toxins directly onto your skin and they can be easily absorbed into your skin and perhaps spread through the body. The vast majority of natural sun care products avoid these harmful ingredients, decreasing the chances of redness, irritation, skin breakout as well as allergic reaction. Plus, always keep an eye on the ingredients list and avoid parabens, a very dangerous synthetic ingredient known to mimic your body’s natural hormones and alter the functions of the endocrine system.
Second, natural sun care is the best way to protect yourself and your family from side effects. Convectional products contain a great amount of artificial fragrances, designed to cover up the smell of other chemicals used in many sun care products. Some of these chemicals are known to have a strong smells and may cause headaches in many people. Natural sun care products often contain only natural ingredients instead of a cocktail of chemicals. Additionally, a good number of natural sun care products may be scented with natural essential oils that can even provide aromatherapy.
Lastly, natural sun care is the best way to ensure you are only buying earth-friendly products. Conventionally produced ingredients can have a negative environmental impact and a multitude of regular sun care products contain chemicals. The manufacturing of these products may leave a lot of those chemicals into the air and water, and even more go down your drain in your own home. Choose natural, organic ingredients for your sun care products this summer and do your part to keep our planet healthy too.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to talk about better sun safety for your family. Despite increased sales of sunscreen, melanoma continues to increase at rapid rates, and much of the damage can occur during childhood. In this webinar, Kate Solomon from Babo Botanicals will talk about the importance of zinc and sun protection.
Filed Under: Gluten Free at 10:56 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Celiac disease, wheat allergies, and the prevalence of gluten sensitivities are just a few reasons why people are implementing gluten free diets into their lives. In today’s society, there is a great deal of buzz surrounding the word gluten, but a lot of people don’t truly understand or know what gluten is. Gluten is the name for the main proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. For individuals with a wheat allergy or celiac disease, the body’s immune system reacts to these proteins in the intestinal mucosa which can cause damage to the intestinal lining making it difficult to absorb nutrients. By adapting a diet free of gluten, the body can work more efficientlyresulting in less discomfort for the individual. Whether you’re switching to a gluten free diet by choice or because of a health concern, here are some tips to consider to ease the transition.
What To Look Out For On The Ingredient Label
Other Hidden Sources Of Gluten
Binders and Fillers
Salad Dressings& Sauces
Soup & Chili Bases
Processed Deli Meats
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Oats (Although these are naturally gluten free, they are often processed in facilities with gluten containing grains and may become cross-contaminated)
Meet Some Gluten Alternatives
Amaranth –This grain is similar to oats and has a rich, nutty flavor profile thatis high in protein, fiber, minerals and B vitamins. This grain can be a great thickener for sauces, soups, stews and even jellies.
Quinoa – Quinoa contains some of the highest quality protein compared to any other grain or cereal because it has all 9 essential amino acids. But that’s not all!It’s also is packed with fiber, iron, magnesium folate and heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Quinoa can be used as a thickener for soups, chili and stews. It can also be a great side dish to any main course.
Chia – Chia seeds come in black or white, both of which are a great source of protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They also have a high concentration of plant-based omega 3 fatty acids. You can sprinkle the seeds on gluten free cereals, yogurt or salads, and can also be added to smoothies and used for puddings.
Sorghum – Sorghum is a tall growing cereal grain high in protein, phosphorus, potassium fiber, niacin, iron and B6. It is commonly used for the production of sorghum molasses, syrup and in the production of alcoholic beverages, but can also be used in cereals, granola bars, snack foods and baked products.
Millet – Millet is an ancient grain thatis a good source of protein, fiber as well as vitamins and minerals. Millet has a mild, sweet flavor and quick cooking time. It can be served alone or turned into a flour to be used for baking.
Buckwheat – Although commonly included in the lists of grain, Buckwheat is not a grain. It is actually a seed rich in trace minerals like manganese, magnesium and copper. It is also a good source of vitamins, fiber as well as quercetin and other bioflavonoids. Buckwheat is great when seasoned and served as a side dish but also is great when added as a thickener to stews or soups.
Gluten free foods must be labeled in a variety of ways: gluten free, free of gluten, no gluten, and without gluten. The FDA now enforces the labeling of these 4 variations, which means there must be an unavoidable presence of gluten that is below 20ppm.
Other Information To Consider:
Going gluten free does not necessarily mean that you are eating healthier. It’s important to not fill up your diet with gluten free processed foods but instead focus on foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish and meats which are naturally gluten free.
Gluten may also be found in a number of cosmetics, personal care products, vitamins and some pharmaceutical medications. It’s important to look out for this on product labels.
When it comes to choosing your gluten alternative, it is important to read the full ingredients label. You will want to look for products that are Non-GMO & USDA Organic.
Spring season brings us hockey playoffs and for many players, and some fans, is the time of the year for an old and fun tradition: the playoff beards.
The superstitious practice of not shaving during the playoffs started by hockey players and it’s now also part of other sports playoffs. It’s not known exactly when and who started this trend, perhaps the New York Islanders in the 80s as a couple of Swedish players part of that team may have been inspired by tennis champion Björn Borg’s custom of not shaving his beard during Wimbledon. The playoff beard is believed to bring good luck to teams, so as the team enters the playoffs, players stop shaving and will not shave until the team is eliminated or wins the hockey final game of the Stanley Cup.
However, for many man, a beard is not about “not shaving” and letting the facial hair grow out. It’s much more than that. A beard means many different things. Some men may have it for cultural-religious tradition, while some others believe it to be fashion. Some men think a beard can show virility or strength, while others may think it can be classy or show high social status. No matter what your reason or believe, maintaining a beard requires some work as trimming, cleaning and treating hair is essential to keep it healthy and in good shape.
A happy, healthier world starts with a healthy and delicious diet. That is the belief of Lucky Vitamin’s recently added brand of nutritional bars: Bhu Fit.
Bhu Fit offers an exceptional line of nutritional bars which are developed to be the best superfood alternative to sugary snacks. These premium bars are healthy, low sugar, high fiber, clean-label products and are created to exceed the expectations of customers. The company strives for excellence in everything ensuring that by only using the freshest, healthiest, super food, organic, whole food, fair trade, sustainable ingredients in all products.
Bhu Fit products are super foods as they contain almonds, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, coconut oil, chunks of apples, and dried cherries. The company uses the highest quality, non-GMO, low sugar, low carb ingredients available and make sure the only sugar in the bars comes from things like tapioca fiber, shredded coconut, dried apples and dried cherries. There is not even a single artificial ingredient being used.
You can save even more when you shop Bhu Fit products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.