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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.


Sweet Treats for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Nutrition,Recipes at 9:00 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
iStock_000046279286_SmallFinding out you’re gluten-intolerant can be a bit devastating. I’ve seen my mom go through a transition from eating whatever she desired to eating gluten-free. About 10 years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder where eating gluten can “attack” and damage the lining of the small intestine. It can be pretty difficult to hear the news that you can never eat gluten again. But once you stop mourning your gluten-filled food loves, you’ll start to feel better and realize that our culture is becoming better at accommodating a gluten-free lifestyle.

I don’t know about you, but fall is definitely my favorite season. This time of year can be especially difficult when thinking about all the delicious seasonally appropriate desserts that are not gluten-free friendly. The pumpkin and apple recipes are everywhere, but luckily as the awareness around Celiac disease spreads, more and more recipes are finding their gluten-free equivalent. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of not-so-great gluten-free dessert recipes with my mom, but with time, we’ve gotten better at gluten-free baking. Here are two of our favorite recipes to satisfy a gluten-free or even a non-gluten-free sweet tooth in the fall or any time of the year. With recipes as easy as these, just imagine how you could change them up and make them your own! Enjoy!

Spiced Apples

1/4 cup butter
5 large Granny Smith apples; peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple slices and remaining ingredients. Saute 15 to 20 minutes or until apples are tender.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup gluten-free peanut butter
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. gluten-free vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients and stir well.  Roll the dough into balls the size of walnuts and place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. With a fork dipped in sugar (to prevent sticking), press a crisscross design on each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan.


Evening Primrose Oil

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Primrose OilEvening primrose oil supplements are considered by many herbalists as one of the best sources of omega-6 essential fatty acids, particularly gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Sometimes abbreviated as EPO, this natural, plant-based oil is made from a small yellow colored flowering plant native to North America and Europe.

Known to provide a variety of health benefits, evening primrose oil has been used successfully for decades to help boost fertility in women. Containing high levels of the omega-6 essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that the body uses for growth and development, evening primrose oil may help boost fertility efforts by strengthening the placenta, helping to increase cervical mucous, and strengthen the uterine lining which is the nurturing environment a fertilized egg needs to implant and grow. Europeans have been using it for years to treat all types of infertility issues including prolonging the life of a sperm within the reproductive system.

Recent studies indicate that the GLA present in evening primrose oil works well at reducing inflammation throughout the entire body, including the reproductive system where inflammation can cause blockages and other infertility concerns. This is due to its ability to convert the GLA found in the plant oil to hormone-like compounds that help to reduce inflammation.

Additionally, these anti-inflammatory properties may offer additional benefits such as helping ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and chest discomfort. This amazing oil is also recognized as an efficient remedy for eczema and a number of other skin problems due partly to its GLA content and other essential fatty acids which are necessary to correct skin health.


A Peek Inside the Natural Mom’s Hospital Bag

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Baby and Child Health,Green Living,Women's Health at 6:33 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
leafmamaCalling all mamas to be! Does it seem like you’re spending as much time figuring out what to pack in your overnight hospital bag as you have been researching pediatricians and creating elaborate stroller comparison spreadsheets? There’s a lot of information out there and everybody seems to have an opinion on what classifies as “must brings”.

Besides the obvious staples like toiletries, comfy clothes and an outfit for your little one, if you’re like me and planning a natural birth, there’s a whole lot more to think about. After attending hours of workshop and seminars from doulas and midwives, here a list of must-haves to help you on your labor journey.

Magnesium Oil – Makes a great labor aid by relaxing the muscles. This stuff will definitely come in handy during contractions. Have your doula or birth partner gently massage some magnesium oil into your skin during labor.

Honey Sticks – Labor has been compared to running a marathon, so you need to maintain your stamina for the long haul. The sweet honey stick helps by giving you a sugary burst of energy to power you through the valleys of a natural birth. If you’re delivering at a hospital with strict restrictions around food and drink, honey sticks are even more crucial since they’re considered a liquid!

Lavender Essential Oil – Not only does this essential oil smell great but its therapeutic benefits will help you relax, too, which is vital during labor. Lavender has also been found to reduce headaches and backaches too!

Coconut Water – You wouldn’t run a marathon without downing plenty of water on the way, would you? In labor, hydration is key! Coconut water is a natural isotonic – simply put, it helps quickly replace lost fluids — loaded with electrolytes.

Protein Bar – After your baby is born, chances are that you’ll be very hungry. Ravenous, even. If you deliver during the middle of the night, the hospital cafeteria will likely be closed, so plan ahead and bring a couple of protein bars along with you. Your body will need to replenish itself after all the hard work.

Ginger – No one wants to be nauseous or vomiting during labor, but it happens. Be prepared with some of ginger candies. Ginger has been shown to be effective in preventing and easing nausea. Plus, the sugar will give you some added energy when you’re feeling down.

Birth Ball – There’s a ton of pain management techniques for labor but a birth ball is a definite. It’s versatile and can be used in different positions to help turn and move your baby down the birth canal. During early labor, rocking and bouncing can decrease back pain.

Good luck with your natural birth. If you have an amazing birth story we’d love to hear from you!


New Brand Spotlight: Vaska Home

Filed Under: Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
VaskaLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of natural cleaning products to our customers: Vaska Home.

Vaska Home offers a new standard in laundry with safe, simple and proven products. The company creates formulas so pure, you can actually drink it. Naturally powerful, Vaska Home does not contain pollutants, irritants, toxins, dyes, or binding agents which allows it to wash clean out of fabric, much like a shampoo for clothes. Clothes are left looking, feeling, and smelling their best while leaving nothing harmful behind, on you, your clothes, or the environment. The Vaska formulation has been certified “natural” by the EPA, who awarded Scent-free Laundry Detergent, as well as the Design for the Environment (DfE) certification.

A pioneer company in green chemistry, Vaska was originally founded in Berkeley, California in 1999, to create a new formula of an efficacious laundry detergent suitable for delicate fabrics, sensitive skin, and the planet. Today, Vaska Home creates products which are environmentally safe, contain no chemical residue, and provides stain removal effectiveness. Vaska’s revolutionary formula has been perfected by a team of scientists over the past decade. The formula’s natural ingredients are derived from herbs and include the essential cleaning agents you need in order to effectively remove visible dirt, grime, stains, and odor from fabrics. Vaska was selected as a Clean Choice Award Winner in Clean Eating Magazine in 2014 and 2015. The brand was also featured in the Household Goods section for earth friendliness.

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


Whey vs. Whey Isolates — What’s the Difference?

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 12:05 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Whey protein supplements are considered one of the best sources of protein for muscle building and fat burning. The reason behind its success is that whey protein has one of the best protein ratings in terms of amino acid composition and digestibility. Whey contains essential and branched-chain amino acids which may help raising the amount of amino acids available in your body for the muscle growth process, also known as muscle protein synthesis.

However, some people may find it a little bit complicated to choose and buy the right whey supplement so often recommend by nutritionists and fitness trainers. Some products are labeled whey isolates while others are whey concentrate. What is the difference? Which one is better?

The main nutritional difference between whey concentrate protein and its whey isolate protein is the amount of protein, lactose and fat present. For example, a whey concentrate protein powder contains in average around 12% of protein, 70% of lactose and roughly 1.5% of milk fat. On the other hand, whey protein isolate products contain over 90% protein, less than 1% of lactose and just 0.5% of milk fat. So, the next question is: how does that happen?

Whey protein isolate is created by filtering whey protein through a micro filter to remove the lactose and ash in the product. This unique process creates a product that is much higher in protein than a regular whey protein and is also rich in immunoglobulins, alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoalbumin, and other immune boosting factors. As a result of the nature of whey, the purification process is a low-heat, spray-dry method that does not use any solvents, ensuring that the final result is a natural and chemical-free product.

Whey protein builds lean body mass by helping to increase your body’s production of muscle protein, which is especially important after intense workouts.


5 Benefits of Using Whey Protein Powder

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
proteinpowderWhey is derived from milk and made up of a combination of protein, lactose, and minerals. Not just for body builders, whey contains all nine amino acids and is easy to digest. Most usually think of whey as a supplement for getting lean and fit, but most people don’t realize that its benefits go way beyond the gym!

Lose Fat & Gain Muscle – When added to a healthy diet and exercise regime, replacing carbohydrate snacks with whey protein helps shed weight and fat at a higher rate. Whey contains leucine, which contributes to protein synthesis and burns calories quicker. This amino acids also aid muscle building and growth, too!

Lower Blood Sugar – Post-meal blood sugar spikes can clear a path for diabetes to take root. Researchers from Tel Aviv University found that whey protein shakes can help prevent the blood sugar fluctuations that are common after larger meals.

Feel Full Longer – A research study in Australia focused on 28 obese men who were asked to consume four different drinks. Those who consumed the beverage containing 50 grams of whey had significantly reduced levels of ghrelin (a hormone that tells your brain you’re hungry) up to four hours later.

Prevent Muscle Loss About 30% of people 60 and over are afflicted sarcopenia, an age-related muscle deterioration disease that increases the risk of falls and disability. Consuming whey protein helps combat this affliction by minimizing body protein loss during the aging process.

Cancer Prevention – Studies in animals have demonstrated that, when compared with other dietary proteins, whey is more effective at battling cancer and hindering its development. This is attributed to whey’s high content of cystine/cysteine and gamma-glutamylcysteine dipeptides, which helps raise the body’s glutathione levels. This amino acid detoxifies carcinogens and ensures a competent immune system!




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.


5 Ways to Sneak Greens into Your Morning Meal

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes at 9:28 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
greensBreakfast is the most important meal of the day, even if we don’t always act like it is.  Give your old b-fast favorites a healthy makeover by adding in some healthy, leafy greens to your morning meal.

Smoothies are the easiest, on-the-go way to work greens into your mornings. Use two cups of greens to one cup liquid (almond or coconut milk.) Add one to two cups of fresh or frozen fruit for added sweetness. Top it all off with added power like a scoop of protein, chia seeds or hemp seeds.

Benedicts – Try replacing your Canadian bacon with some swiss chard for a healthier alternative. This leafy green is packed with phytonutrients and anti-oxidants and contains an impressive list of vitamins including vitamins K, C, A, and a whole lot more.

Egg Muffins – Paleo, gluten-free and freezer-friendly, egg muffins give you protein and greens all in one bite. Beat together 6 eggs, ¼ cup of shredded cheese and 1 ½ cups of sauteed spinach. Fill each muffin cup halfway to the top.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Before you know it, breakfast is served,

Pancakes – Spinach pancakes are a great way to sneak greens into this traditional breakfast staple. Puree one cup of spinach, ½ a banana and add milk until the batter reaches desired consistency. Add the mixture and the remaining ingredients to your favorite pancake mix. You won’t even taste the spinach. Plus, the kids will love the color too!

Bread – The kale is barely detectable in this Banana & Kale bread recipe. And it’s gluten-free too! It will have your kids screaming, “Oh Kale, Yeah!”



Banana & Kale Bread Recipe

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Recipes at 7:13 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor


Do your kids hate kale? Well, they change their tune when they try this Banana Kale bread. You’ll have them saying, “Oh Kale Yeah!”


4 eggs

3 large ripe bananas, cut in large chunks

6 oz. pre-washed baby kale

1/2 cup butter, melted

1.5 cups certified gluten free oat flour

1/2 cup sucanat

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon sea salt



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Remove stems from a pre-washed container of kale.
  3. Put all of your ingredients into your food processor on high. In between, stop to scrape down the sides of the bowls. Process again until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Grease a small loaf pan and add mixture. Bake for about 32 minutes.


Makes one 9×5 loaf pan or  12 muffins that freeze great as well.



Efficient Beauty Boosting Supplements

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CollagenBeauty boosting supplements are always one of the top-selling items for good reasons. With promises of making you look younger and more beautiful, some of these supplements can really help in the difficult anti-aging battle.

Collagen supplements seem to be everyone’s favorite for beauty boosting as this protein present in all the body’s organs and tissues provides the matrix that sustains tendons, skin and cartilage. Collagen occurs throughout the body and provides firmness, strength, and elasticity to their structures, particularly the skin.

Collagen type 1 is the best type of collagen for skin products but it’s important to remember that since collagen cannot be absorbed through the skin, supplements are the way to go. As we age, the human body produces less collagen, eventually leading to wrinkles and fine lines as well as decreasing smoothness and suppleness of the skin. However, these signs of aging can be treated or slowed down if the total body collagen levels can be increased. If collagen doesn’t work, you do have other options.

Biotin supplements are one of the best ways to enhance beauty. This highly efficient product can improve skin, hair and nails. Research shows that a daily dose of the nutrient increases nail thickness by 25%, making nails less apt to split and tear. Plus, basically every hair product contain biotin as an ingredient due to its proven benefits for hair.

Additionally, fish oil supplements are considered an excellent source of “beauty”. Alternatively, primrose and black current oil can also be useful as the high amount of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) helps promote healthy skin, hair, and nails.


5 Tips for Winter Skin

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
winterskinDry skin, chapped lips, cracked soles. Ugh!

When winter weather hits, your skin can pay a steep price for the (even steeper) drop in temperature. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help keep your skin feeling healthy and supple.

Drink Up — Your skin is 64% water, so it really does make sense to keep your skin hydrated. Aim for eight, eight-ounce glasses of the good stuff every day. Also, although we tend to drink warmer liquids in the winter, like cocoa and tea, don’t forget that your skin needs hydration and water is the best way to do so. Plus, water is just plain good for overall health!

Shorten Shower Time – Don’t leave your skin feeling parched from a hot, steamy shower. While a hot shower on a chilly winter morning may feel good, it actually dehydrates and strips away your skin’s natural oil.  If you’re going to indulge, keep it to once a week and follow up with our next tip.

Nourish Your Skin – In order to banish dry skin in the winter months, it’s best to sub out your water-based moisturizer for an oil-based product that shields the skin with a protective barrier that locks moisture in.

Love Your Lips – Say goodbye to dry, chapped lips by choosing a natural lip balm. In a jam, with no lip balm around? Try any of the following substitutes: coconut oil, shea butter or aloe vera gel.

Fatty Acids for Supple SkinOmega-3 fatty acids will add much needed moisture to dry skin as well as prevent inflammation that can aggravate winter skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Try a supplement or start incorporating foods such as salmon, flaxseeds, walnuts and beans to your diet.


Sleep Problems? Melatonin May Help

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SleepMelatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that has been used for years to improve overall sleep. Known as one of the best sleep support supplements, melatonin has the ability to help people fall asleep faster as well as sleep for longer hours.

A full night of sleep may be a common, often a daily thing for many people, but others may struggle to fall asleep and may not sleep for longer than a couple hours. Sleep disorders have been increasing rapidly in the past years due to many reasons such as stress, poor eating habits, inadequate sleeping schedule, just to mention a few.

Melatonin supplements are labeled as a natural aid to better sleep but this incredible product offers additional health benefits. For example, melatonin helps to build up the immune system and, consequently, provides a spark of energy in your body. Plus, melatonin is known to support the endocrine system as well as promote muscle relaxation.

Melatonin works in two different ways as it helps people to fall asleep faster and better. In average, it takes at least ten minutes for most people to fall asleep, but some people may need at least half hour to get into deep sleep. Several reasons may stop you from falling asleep, such as noise, stomach problems, stress, inability to promote relaxation, and lack of concentration. Additionally, studies have shown that melatonin can promote a better, more relaxing night of sleep, without waking up several times per night. Uninterrupted sleep is hard to accomplish but is essential to recharge your system, so you can wake up full of energy the next morning.

Melatonin supplements vary from 0.5 mg to 5mg of melatonin but large doses can be counterproductive. Check with your health practitioner before start taking melatonin.