We might not look it, but as a nation, we’re starving. We’ve got plenty of food. Or at least we’ve got plenty of stuff that passes for it. But when it comes to nutrition, we’re all hungry for a solution. We created Healthy Skoop to be part of the solution. We’re on a mission to bring plant-based nutrition to every American, and our superfood blends and protein powders are a convenient way to make sure you are giving your body what it needs every day.
But perhaps the coolest part about getting your Skoop on is that you’re not just doing a good thing for yourself–you’re doing a good thing for the future health of the country. That’s right. Positive change is baked into each and every batch of Skoop. Allow us to explain…
Our school lunch programs are struggling–there are too many schools out there that have to count french fries and ketchup as vegetables in order to meet FDA requirements. There are kids out there that think leafy greens are just for feeding their pet rabbits. This generation of kids is the first generation in the history of America that may have a shorter average lifespan than the one preceding it–and that is seriously not okay.
That’s why we partnered with the Chef Ann Foundation to create Project Produce. The Chef Ann Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing tools to enable schools to progress from serving highly processed, unhealthy food to serving fresh scratch-cooked food. Project Produce is a joint effort between Healthy Skoop and Chef Ann Foundation to provide grants for fresh fruits and veggies to schools across the country.
Schools who qualify for the grants use the money to purchase fresh fruits and veggies for the kids to sample and educate the kids about healthy eating in fun, creative ways. Seriously–these veggie parties are fun-Think veggie costume contests, smoothie bar mob scenes, and highly-vegucated 6th graders teaching the younger kids what’s what. We know because we go to many and enjoy interacting with the kids, sampling veggies, and talking about nutrition.
We’ve pledged to give 3% of our total revenue to Project Produce. So far, in 2015 alone, we’ve already been able to help out over 20 schools across the country. That’s over 8700 kids who were given the chance to learn about healthy eating habits that will impact the rest of their lives. #SkoopOn!
To learn more about Project Produce, please visit https://healthyskoop.com/project-produce. To support Project Produce by buying Healthy Skoop, check out Lucky Vitamin’s selection of our products here: http://www.luckyvitamin.com/m-6374-skoop
If you’re an educator and/or involved in school food service and would like to apply for a grant, please visit http://www.chefannfoundation.org/programs/project-produce.
Over the last three and a half decades, Nature’s Way has been at the cutting edge of more than just herbal and nutritional science. They’ve also established themselves as true innovators of the supplement industry with their simple desire to help people enhance their health through a product line that features over 500 high quality nutritional and dietary supplements. Here are some of the newest additions to Nature’s Way already stacked line-up or products!
Nature’s Way – Sambucus Elderberry helps supports healthy immune function. This formula boats Vitamin C, Zinc, and a little black elderberry extract for just the right touch of sweetness. This is a must-have for back-to school.
Nature’s Way Primadophilus Optima Women’s Probiotic formula contains eight probiotic strains for women’s balance with 50 billion (!!!) active probiotics. This probiotic not only supports your digestion but promotes healthy yeast balance, vaginal pH, urinary tract health and immunity.
Keep UTIs at bay with Nature’s Way CranRx Gummies. It’s unique formula combines 100% Whole Cranberry, Vitamin C and D-Mannose to support urinary health.
Whether you’re trying to conceive, currently pregnant or in the post-partum stage, Nature’s Way Alive! Prenatal is a complete multi-vitamin that includes full B-complex, 14 vitamins/minerals, DHA, choline and boron. Alive! Prenatal also contains plant-sourced DHA to help support healthy eye and brain development.
Nature’s Way Alive! B-Complex pectin gummies are naturally sweetened and are designed to convert food into energy, helping support daily metabolism. Bonus: they’re gelatin-free!
Nature’s Way Alive Calcium Gummieshelp provide 1,000 mg of Calcium and 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 which helps supports bone immunity, breast health and muscle function.
Nature’s Way Primadophilus Optima Intensive 200 Billion is a probiotic supplement that contains six HDS (Human Digestive Strains) that ensure your intestinal tract receives the diversity of probiotics that it needs. These vegetarian capsules have a delayed release which helps resist stomach acid to deliver active probiotics to the intestine where you need it most.
During the month of August, you can get Nature’s Way new items and their other top sellers on sale here.
Superfoods products continue to be among the top-selling items at LuckyVitamin.com and to make sure you don’t run out of options, Lucky Vitamin is presenting another premium brand of superfood products to our customers: Yumbutter.
Yumbutter offer superfood nut butter products to nourish the world and help your everyday adventures. The company has created and developed a very unique product made with organic nuts, seeds, plus energizing superfoods. The result is a real-food fuel product that offers complete protein, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Using Holistic Responsibility, the company fully believes that this strong foundation ensures everyone can be the best they can be, from conception to consumption of their food, and beyond. Holistic Responsibility is the result of asking themselves the question: how can a nut butter company improve people’s lives? They aim to consider the impact on the health and happiness of Yumbutter fans, supply chain partners, Mother Earth, employees, the business ecosystem, and people born into unfortunate circumstances. The company is proud to support two extremely important projects: Buy One Feed One project and Certified B-Corporation Status.
Yumbutter products are the perfect supplement to fuel your body as this delicious, healthy portions are packed with protein, healthy fats and a wide range of micronutrients. The amount of nutrients in each Yumbutter provides sustained energy for the everyday grind as well as for any cool activity you would like to do such as running, biking, hiking and much more.
You can save even more when you shop all Yumbutter products at Lucky Vitamin. Just enter the promotional code’AUG15NEW15′ at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this special offer ends 08/31/2015.
Filed Under: Health Foods,Teas at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of tea products to our customers: Owl’s Brew.
Owl’s Brew is not your conventional brand of tea. This revolutionary brand has created the first ever “tea crafted for cocktails”. It is one of the only products on the market that is fresh-brewed and bottled. Brewed in Vermont within large kettles, Owl’s Brew is handcrafted in small batches, and then sweetened, packed, and bottled.
This unique product provides the at-home-entertainer an effortless way to offer craft cocktails. Owl’s Brew is intended to be paired with a variety of spirits but always in moderation of course. Available in three delicious flavors, this all natural tea can be mixed with vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey, gin, or champagne. It can be served on the rocks or shaken or any way you want, so you can to find a new, favorite way to drink wise.
Owl’s Brew is an all-natural product that is brewed-up from whole tea leaves, fruits, spices and herbs, with no added or artificial flavors. Why Fresh Brewed? Ingredients are important to Owl’s Brew and the company ensures that no artificial ingredients are ever used.
Shampoos, conditioners, hair coloring, hair styling, gels, and sprays. All these products are created to make your hair healthy and beautiful. But what if, instead, the products you are using contain a variety of ingredients that can actually damage your hair?
We can easily list five or six ingredients that you should try to avoid at all costs but this list can be much longer. The downside to your hair care starts when you shop conventional products that use harmful, potentially carcinogenic ingredients.
Possibly the most dangerous ingredients in hair care products, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) should be avoided as these ingredients can strip off the essential oils your hair needs to stay healthy. Used as detergents and surfactants, SLS and SLES can cause even more serious issues such as malformation in children’s eyes, damaging to the immune system, and skin problems. Studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain.
In addition, try to avoid ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol, a solvent and denaturant often found in hair color rinses. This petroleum-derived substance is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent and will dry your hair out and break it off. Mineral oil is another one to always be avoided. Derivative of crude oil/petroleum, this dangerous ingredient coats the hair and skin just like plastic wrap, hindering normal respiration, transpiration by keeping oxygen out. Fragrance is another one to be checked as this ingredient. Also labeled as perfume, it contain hundreds of highly toxic synthetic ingredients that can cause nausea and allergic reactions.
Lastly, it becomes quite difficult to find a hair care product without all of these ingredients but, if you can, carefully check labels and try to avoid also the following ingredients: propylene glycol (PG), chlorine, PEGs, FD & C color pigments, DMDM hydantoin, DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (momoethnanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine).
Try adding some of these foods to your diet and eat your way to amazing hair!
Chia Seeds may be small but are packed with nutrients like zinc and copper that are known to promote hair growth. , Plus, they contain calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. Sprinkle some chia seeds on salads or add a tablespoon to your smoothie.
Avocado is a great healthy fat to add to your diet. Plus it keeps your scalp in good shape as well as prevents hair loss as a result of a vitamin deficiency. If you chemically treat your hair or use a lot of styling tools try mashing up an avocado and applying topically to your scalp and hair for a conditioning mask. Your locks will thank you.
Walnuts are a great snack for hair growth because they contain biotin (vitamin B7) that strengthens the hair follicle and prevent loss. The oil in the walnuts improves the elastin in the hair contributing to the health of your hair.
Lentils are high in zinc, folic acid and iron. The iron specifically helps the red blood cells carry oxygen needed for cell renewal and strength. So this is a great food, especially if you are vegetarian.
Eggs are extremely helpful in achieving shiny and beautiful hair. In addition to protein, they supply your body with biotin and other b vitamins essential for hair growth. This is another food that can also be topically applied to your hair. Just add the egg white from one egg with two tablespoons of olive oil. Leave on your scalp and hair for twenty minutes, then rinse.
Protein is an essential nutrient that plays an essential role in many body functions. Protein supplements have been very popular for many years with whey protein often leading the way in sales. But did you know that many vegetarian sources may be an excellent alternative to whey protein? Why? We present you the 4 reasons whey doesn’t want you to know about plant proteins.
1. Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids
Plant protein provides not only good quality, pure protein but also additional healthy ingredients such as omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids. For example, hemp protein is loaded with these two fatty acids that have heart health and anti-inflammatory benefits. One of the few Omega-3 sources found in plants, the fatty acids in hemp reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, and may even ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, the Omega-6 fatty acids in hemp stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and help the brain function.
2. Improve Digestion
Improving the digestive system is another great benefit from a variety of plant sources of protein. Many people tend to have digestion problems with protein supplements such as whey but plant sources can actually help to slow digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar and therefore sustains your body’s energy. A diet rich in protein and fiber from plants such as chia and hemp may help promote digestive regularity.
3. Cholesterol Regulation
Plant proteins have a reduced content of essential amino acids in comparison to animal proteins. A significant reduction of limiting amino acids such as methionine, lysine, and tryptophan means lower protein synthesis. However, lower intake of these amino acids provides a preventive effect against cardiovascular disease via cholesterol regulation by an inhibited hepatic phospholipid metabolism.
4. Weight Loss
Some sources of plant protein can also aid in weight-loss by making you feel fuller longer and reducing cravings. Pea protein, chia and hemp protein contain good amounts of fiber and help aid in satiety, which will prevent you from snacking and keep you fuller longer.
Whether you’re at the gym or reading fitness magazines, you’ve probably seen articles that advocate the importance of animal-based protein. Proponents of animal proteins argue that it boasts the highest numeric value of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Of course, quantity does not necessarily mean quality. Plant-based proteins may sound like an oxymoron but they definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. When comparing proteins it’s important to consider what energy goes into metabolizing animal proteins and how much your body actually absorbs.
We all know the importance of making sure our meat is properly heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees before eating it. But most people don’t realize that doing so comes at a price, mainly in the form of “denaturation” – a process that great diminishes the animal’s protein makeup. For example, a 3-ounce serving of uncooked skinless chicken breast provides 29 grams of protein, but the same amount of COOKED chicken winds up only containing around 15 grams. Fortunately there are alternatives to traditional meat-based options that pack a just as powerful protein punch. And they “crop” up in some of the most unlikely places.
Plants – yes, plants – can offer a surprising amount of healthy proteins that are easily absorbed and far easier on your liver and digestive system. Plant-based proteins are free of antibiotics and hormones and are better for the environment. Black, kidney and pinto beans, almonds, lentils, hemp seeds, spirulina, quinoa, spinach and broccoli are just some of the most protein-dense plants out there.
Of course, we’re not suggesting that you put your love of steaks out to pasture or 86 omelets from your Sunday brunch routine. Just keep in mind that there’s a world of sneaky, under-the-radar plant-based protein powerhouses at your disposal.
Did you know that a good number of household cleaners contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to you and your family? Many conventional products use powerful toxic ingredients which are carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. Natural cleaning products can clean as effectively as their petrochemical counterparts without polluting your home as well as the environment. So, next time you shop cleaning products, check all ingredients on the labels and make sure they do not include any of these 5 cleaning agents to keep away from your home.
1. Ammonia: found in bathroom cleaners, polish products for sinks and jewelry, as well as in glass cleaners, ammonia is a powerful irritant that can develop serious health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia is also known to cause irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, breathing difficulty, wheezing, chest pains, pulmonary edema, and skin burns. High exposure can lead to blindness, lung damage, heart attack or death.
2. Phthalates: air fresheners, dish soap, toilet paper, and other fragranced cleaners may contain this dangerous ingredient. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present because, by law, companies do not have to disclose what’s in their scents. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or other personal care products.
3. Phenols: found in toilet bowl cleaners, disinfectants, and other household products, phenols are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems. This chemical is still used in the United States but because of the threat posed to the environment by nonyl phenols, the European Union has banned this harmful ingredient from all cleaning products manufactured or used in the EU.
4. 2-Butoxyethanol: commonly found in window, kitchen, carpet, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol/ ethylene glycol butyl ether can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may cause blood disorders, as well as liver and kidney damage. May also cause reproductive damage with long-term exposure.
5. Chlorine: widely used in toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, and even in tap water, the health risks from chlorine can be serious. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and is listed as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are the most popular ingredients in joint support supplements and most people get significant results from these three efficient products. However, some people struggle to reduce joint pain even when taking these highly efficient products. It is always important to remember that everyone is different and react differently to supplements but if you are looking for another natural alternative, curcumin might be the right one for you.
Curcumin supplements are an effective way to protect your joints and end joint pain quickly, naturally and safely. Curcumin is the antioxidant pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow-orange color. It has been used as a natural medicine in Indian Ayurveda for years due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Traditional Ayurvedic uses included treatment of conjunctivitis, acne, skin wounds, ringworm, eczema, hemorrhoids and other skin conditions.
Joint discomfort affects roughly 1 in 5 adults and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Pain in your knees, hips, back, shoulders, elbows or hands can often make simple daily activities turn into painful, difficult tasks. Curcumin supplements can ease your discomfort and increase your mobility by addressing the root cause of joint pain.
Curcumin is proving to be the most powerful nutrient for addressing inflammation, the primary underlying cause of joint discomfort. With no side effects or long-term adverse consequences, curcumin supplements may be the best and safest daily treatment to reduce pain and increase mobility. Studies have shown that curcumin works by effectively switching off the body’s most powerful inflammatory chemical, Nf-kappa beta, along with specific enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation. Additionally, studies have found that curcumin blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the launch of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary product to our customers: GR3EN.
GR3EN is a one-of-kind energy drink loaded with superfoods to provide you the energy boost you need every day. Created by organic farmers from Hawaii, who believe in empowering people with positive energy from a handful of ingredients that you can pronounce, GR3EN is produced with organic ingredients with no cutting corners or compromising quality by using artificial fillers, sweeteners, fake flavors or stimulants.
GR3EN organic energy drink raises the bar with an organic dream team of wonderful ingredients: green tea, coconut water, guarana, and kale. GR3EN is pure, organic and powerful and is the perfect pick-me-up when you first wake up, need a lift, hit the gym, or hit the wall at work. GR3EN has the amount of caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee but combines the health benefits of coconut water, green tea and kale juice, all in one can.
This 3 in 1 (hydration, energy and wellness) revolutionary product is 100% organic, gluten free, Non-GMO, vegan and contain no synthetic stimulants or artificial flavors. Each can has 150 mg of organic plant-based caffeine but it does not contain “iffy” ingredients found in most mainstream “Energy Drink” products and workout drinks such as taurine and synthetic B vitamins.
GR3EN roots are truly green as the company started as organic farmers growing super greens on rooftops. They proudly made history by installing the first certified organic food-producing green roof in the world through their parent company, FarmRoof. Today, GR3EN wants to spread organic farming through donations funded by sales of GR3EN Organic Energy.
How much sleep do you need? Experts say most people require between seven to nine hours of sleep in order to maintain good health. However, not just enough sleep but also good, deep sleep is very important to prevent a variety of health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and skin problems.
The term beauty sleep, which refers to the act of sleeping early to maintain healthy, beautiful skin, is definitely a reality for many people around the globe. Sleep repairs tired skin and research has shown that the whole body goes into repair mode when you sleep.
While you sleep, your skin renews itself as new skin cells grow and replace older cells. In addition, during your sleep, a number of hormonal and metabolic changes happen in the body and a good number of these changes happen in the skin and lack of sleep can significantly disrupt those processes. For example, lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circles. It can also increase stress levels, consequently making you tired, angry, sad, and increasing the chance of premature wrinkles.
If your main concern is skin care, three easy tips can make a big difference for you. First, follow a beauty regimen with a cleanse before going to bed using a mild or exfoliating cleanser as well as a moisturizing cream, preferably a night cream. Second, avoid smoking, alcohol and heavy eating in late hours not only to prevent skin issues but also to improve overall sleep. Lastly, it is highly recommended that you establish a good sleep habit, going to bed and waking up around the same time every day.
Collagen – Look your best and age beautifully with collagen. One of our favorites is derived from pasture-raised collagen protein. Unlike gelatin, these peptides are soluble in cold liquids as well as hot. Enjoy a scoop in your morning coffee and feel beautiful from the inside out. Did we mention that collagen also increases elasticity and regeneration of tendons, cartilage, bones, and joints? You better believe it!
Probiotic – By now most people know that taking a daily probiotic is one of the biggest keys to maintaining maximum gut flora health. But what you may not know is that they are also one of the best supplements for women in regards to urinary and vaginal health. Bacteria such as Lactobacillus species, as well as the strain Bacillus coagulans help keep the pH level in these regions slightly acidic making it difficult for yeast and “unwanted” bacteria to thrive.
Daily Vitamin – Ahh, the great vitamin debate. Do you need one? The answer is yes. Today, a majority of conventional food is grown in poor soils that lack essential nutrients. Therefore if we’re not getting vital nutrients from food, then we NEED to take vitamins. A daily, one a day formula is an easy way to get complete energizing support in one capsule specifically design and formulated for a women’s chemistry.
Red Raspberry Leaf – Red raspberry leaf can help relieve PMS symptoms such as cramping, irritability, and depression. That’s all well and good, but the leaf is most commonly known for its effects in helping maintain a healthy pregnancy. A favorite herb amongst midwifes, red raspberry leaf is reported to increase fertility, helps tone the uterus of an expectant mother and can lessen the strain felt from contractions. Some reports have even shown that it can increase milk production. However, most experts agree that pregnant women should limit their consumption of red raspberry leaf to the third trimester, only.
Vitex – Another “women’s” herb, vitex helps keep hormones in balance. Used for centuries as a female remedy, Vvtex works by supporting the pituitary gland — the master gland for hormone production. Traditionally, vitex was used to stimulate breast milk production in nursing mothers, boost fertility and relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. This herb can also shorten a woman’s monthly visit from “Aunt Flow” – always a welcome benefit. Please note that vitex should be strictly avoided during pregnancy.
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Filed Under: Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of health food products to our customers: Julian Bakery.
Julian Bakery offers a unique selection of products to help customers reach their goals through proper nutrition. The company is fully dedicated to low carb, gluten-free, grain-free, GMO-free, vegan, and Paleo food manufacturer. Started in 1990, Julian Bakery is now the nation’s leader in Paleo and low-carb baked goods and its delicious protein bars are the company’s most famous, best-selling items.
Paleo Protein Bars are made with the most bio-available proteins such as egg or beef albumin, combined with carefully selected fibers, carbohydrates, and sweeteners. Paleo Protein Bars are remarkably low in sugar, net carbs and total calories, containing fiber from IMO (Isomalto-oligosaccharide), (calorie) values of 1.2 and 2.4 calories per gram respectively, versus 4 calories per gram used for typical carbohydrates. The IMO Prebiotic Fiber used for the bars is derived from tapioca, which helps improve digestion. Paleo Protein Bars come in six delicious flavors and all of these delicious bars contain 200 calories or less with 20g of protein. All Paleo Protein Bars are free of gluten, nuts and dairy.
Paleo protein bars offers a variety of health benefits such as helping burn fat and weight loss, enhancing recovery, building muscle, improving digestion and much more. These soft, delicious, and chewy bars are perfect for those with a busy lifestyle or in need of a great snack to bring on-the-go.