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28
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Yoxo

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Environment,Green Living at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B27Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce an innovative brand of toys to our customers: Yoxo.

Yoxo creates award-winning toys to inspire kids to design and build their own toys. The company has a sustainable and recyclable approach to making toys. The primary ingredient in all Yoxo products is wood pulp, considered one of the more sustainable and recyclable materials on earth.

All durable Yoxo links are made from 95% SFI-certified recycled wood fiber and are 100% recyclable. Additionally, the company uses FSC-certified post-consumer recycled paper and cardboard whenever possible.

Yoxo’s award-winning building sets inspire kids to design and build their own toys using recyclable Y, O, and X-shaped links that connect in countless ways with everyday household materials like paper towel rolls and cereal boxes. Yoxo even links with other toy building sets including LEGO, KRE-O and Mega Bloks.

You can save even more when you shop Yoxo products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



25
MAR

5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Cooking

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Superfoods at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B25Time and time again we talk about the health benefits of coconut oil but some people still find it difficult to add this incredible product to their diet. We come up with a few suggestion and present you 5 ways to use coconut oil for cooking.

1. Cooking

Replacing other cooking oils such as canola oil or any other vegetable oil with virgin organic coconut oil is a great way to start. Coconut oil is perfect for cooking at high heat, particularly since some oils are unsafe for cooking at high temperatures.

2. Baking

Coconut oil is a great replacement for butter and vegetable oils since it can tolerate high temperatures. An excellent dairy-free option, baking with coconut oil also adds an additional flavor to muffins, scones, cookies, brownies and pies.

3. Salad Dressings

Coconut oil is a perfect fit for a delicious salad dressing. This addition is ideal for anyone trying to increase energy levels and lose weight as coconut oil is known to enhance the metabolism and help weight-loss.

4. Frying

Frying can be healthier if you use coconut oil instead of conventional oil. It works really well to fry eggs as well as potatoes, sweet potatoes, and chicken. The additional health benefits combined with the delicious hint of coconut makes this a perfect choice.

5. Popcorn

This fun part of cooking can also be made with coconut oil. A spoonful of extra virgin organic coconut oil works just perfectly for making popcorn but you can also use it as a topping, drizzling melted coconut oil over popcorn for a sweet taste.



25
MAR

DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Recipes at 9:09 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
sugar scrub

Avoid chemicals and save some green with this easy DIY coconut sugar scrub. It sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal a healthy glow. It’s organic, free of parabens and sulfates and made with just a few items, most of which you probably already have on hand.

If you don’t have any white sugar handy, feel free to use brown sugar instead. Likewise, jojoba or almond oil make fine substitutes for the coconut oil.

Ingredients

8 ounce mason jar

1 cup of organic sugar

¼ cup organic coconut oil

6-12 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions

Add the sugar to a medium sized bowl. Add the melted coconut oil to the sugar and mix with a spoon until you arrive at a nice, fluffy consistency. Add your essential oil and transfer the scrub to the jar.

While this scrub has a shelf life of up to two months you’ll probably use it up well before then!



23
MAR

Berry, Beet & Ginger Smoothie

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes at 2:14 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
hello freshOn any given day at LuckyVitamin, you’re bound to walk into the lunch room to find someone using the blender to make a smoothie. It’s one of our favorite things to make and for good reason. Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition in a small space, and there are so many ways to make it delicious depending on what you like.

I don’t know about you, but during the winter, the craving for cold smoothies noticeably decreases. Now that we’re heading towards the summer (yay!), that smoothie craving is starting to come back. So, we decided to take a short work break to make a jammed-pack smoothie with a ton of delicious ingredients. The avocado adds smoothness, the beet and berries adds beautiful color and the ginger makes the flavor pop. Not to mention all the little add-ins that bump up the smoothie (and health) benefits – chia seeds, hemp seeds and turmeric.

If you’re in the mood for a refreshing smoothie, give it a try!

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 medium beet, peeled
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh berries (can be a mix or just one type)
  • 1″ piece of peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Cut the beet in half (or quarters depending on how big it is).
  • Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Delightful Adventures



23
MAR

Hyaluronic Acid and Healthy Joints

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B23Hyaluronic acid has been known to promote healthy joints for many years. This naturally occurring carbohydrate is found in the human body in connective tissue, joint fluid, skin and cartilage. Also known as HA, hyaluronic acid is responsible for maintaining the body joints lubricated as well as keeping your skin smooth and elastic.

Hyaluronic acid is produced by the human body but production tends to deplete as we age, which may lead to several joint issues such as osteoarthritis. In order to replenish healthy levels of this important body fluid, hyaluronic acid supplements may be one of the best ways to minimize joint pain and discomfort.

One of the most popular ingredients in products for joint and mobility support, hyaluronic acid can enhance the maintenance of cartilage and joint tissues but is also know to promote healthy bone formation. A good number of supplements for joint support contain hyaluronic acid but it seems like the best results may come when used in conjunction with other joint support ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. Studies have shown that these four ingredients combined are the best combination to promote healthy joints as well as minimizing pain from osteoarthritis. Another aspect to keep in mind: since absorption may be an issue for some individuals, these joint support products are available in liquid form, which contain a much higher rate of absorption than tablets and capsules.

Click here to buy Hyaluronic Acid products at LuckyVtiamin.com.



21
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Premier Protein

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B20Lucky Vitamin is happy to present another top-quality brand of health food products to our customers: Premier Protein.

Premier Protein offers a unique line of nutritional bars made to help your achieve a healthy and active life. The company believes that nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Although eating healthy and staying active is challenging in today’s hectic life, Premier Protein strives to be your health and nutrition partner, making powerful, healthy choices easy.

These nutritional bars were developed to provide you energy for every day. Loaded with protein, the company understands that getting enough protein can be hard, especially protein that doesn’t come with too many calories or too much fat. That’s the reason Premier Protein has create these delicious, essential healthy protein products that curbs hunger and fuels your energy for whatever you love to do. Premier Protein bars are loaded with protein but are also an excellent source of fiber. All products are gluten free and contain no artificial flavors or colors.

You can save even more when you shop Premier Protein products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



18
MAR

Need Fiber? Check Out Psyllium Husks!

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Superfoods at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B18Low fiber intake may lead to many health issues. Fiber is very important for proper function of the digestive system but yet some people eat very little fiber.

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal issues caused by insufficient intake of fiber and liquids but there is one product that can really help aid constipation and we are talking about psyllium husks.

Psyllium husks are portions of the seed of the plant Plantago ovata, and this bulking agent swells considerable when added to liquid, helping to support healthy gastrointestinal function. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative and is high in both fiber and mucilage. Psyllium seeds contain 10–30% mucilage. Psyllium forms a gelatinous mass that keeps feces hydrated and soft, provided it is taken with sufficient water.  The resulting bulk stimulates a reflex contraction of the walls of the bowel, followed by emptying. It is important to maintain a high water intake when using psyllium.

In addition, psyllium husks can provide additional health benefits as its high fiber content is effective in relieving the symptoms associated with diverticular disease as well as lowering total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Some people with IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, may benefit from bulk-forming laxatives as regular intake of psyllium products may help regulate normal bowel activity and improved symptoms. Adding some psyllium fiber to your diet might lower your chances of developing a set of risk factors for the heart disease called metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome are at significantly higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke and developing diabetes than people without the condition. A review of studies conducted over the past 32 years showed that taking a psyllium supplement helps decrease the risk of developing metabolic syndrome as it seems to improve blood sugar levels, insulin, and blood fats.

Psyllium supplements are available in whole husks, husk powder and capsules. Click here to shop Psyllium supplements at LuckyVitamin.com.



18
MAR

To Be (Vegetarian) or Not To Be

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 12:32 pm | By: Mary Nason, Contributing Author
Various vegetables on table with woman chopping radish in backgrSo many omnivores want to eat less meat as a way to benefit their health, the planet, and the well-being of animals, yet they struggle with the concept of “going vegetarian”. The mere thought of “not being able” to eat meat again can be a major roadblock, not to mention – a major bummer.

A Different Way to Think About Vegetarianism
You know, you can simply decide to try more plant-based options and forgo the meat more often than you do now. It can be that simple. There’s no need to make a lifelong commitment or take on the label of “Vegetarian”. You can just go into discovery mode and find new alternatives. Who knows? Maybe later on you’ll decide to go for an official title.

  • Pescetarians are vegetarians who also eat fish
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarians eat dairy and eggs
  • Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy but not eggs
  • Flexitarians (or Semi-Vegetarians) eat meat on occasion

Replace 1 Meat with 1 New-to-You Plant-Based Dish
By deciding to replace 1 single serving of meat with a plant-based option, you are not only aspiring to be more healthy and eco/animal-friendly, you are succeeding! Studies show the environmental impact of not eating just 1 hamburger is equal to that of not driving 320 miles. So this one decision does have an effect.

And, this is where it begins to get interesting too, because instead of the boring string beans you’ve never really enjoyed, you’re discovering something (hopefully) delicious that you can really sink your teeth into and enjoy again and again. Nothing you love is taken away (forever) and yet something else gets added in. Win win.

A great way to try this approach is to go to a restaurant featuring plant-friendly cuisine like Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, or Japanese. Choose someplace where you don’t already have a favorite meat-based dish. Remember, the goal is to try something new, not to tempt yourself into failure! Repeat this meat-replacement-new-dish-discovery method as often as you like, at your own pace. Take note of the dishes you enjoy and then try making them at home.

It really can be that simple – to be.

Written By: Mary Nason



17
MAR

Recipe: Shamrock Spirulina Smoothie

Filed Under: Green Living,Recipes,Superfoods at 10:13 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Spirulina is known as one of the most nutritious, concentrated whole foods around. It’s 60% protein and an excellent source of numerous vitamins, including vitamins A, K1, K2 and B12, as well as iron, manganese, and chromium.

This St. Patty’s Day go green the healthy way by passing up those calorie- and chemical-laden stouts and fast food shakes in favor of this delicious spirulina smoothie.

Shamrock Spirulina Smoothie

2 cups coconut milk

1 tsp. spirulina

1 scoop vanilla planted-based protein powder

1 banana

1 tbsp. of hemp seeds

2 handfuls of greens

½ cup of frozen pineapple

4 mint leaves



16
MAR

Vitamin Rich, St. Patty’s Day Green Smoothie

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes at 4:02 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this low calorie smoothie packed with antioxidants and ingredients to aid in digestive health. You’ll be feeling as good as gold!

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16
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Pure Indian Foods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PureIndianFoodsLucky Vitamin is introducing another brand of premium health foods to our customers: Pure Indian Foods.

Pure Indian Foods offers healthy, natural, and organic Indian food products made from the purest ghee. The company was founded in 2008 and has become one of the top brands of Indian products in the United States. Based in New Jersey, this family-owned business has been in ghee business in Northern India for 5 generations, since 1889, and now makes over 10 varieties of grassfed organic ghee products.

Pure Indian Foods makes America’s favorite grassfed and certified organic ghee, cultured ghee, coconut ghee, Coffee++, Turmeric Superghee and delicious herbal/spiced ghee. An important source of fat-soluble vitamins and CLA, ghee has a high smoke point, about 485F, and does not burn like butter, making it perfect for sautés, stir fries, and sauces.

Pure Indian Foods ghee is made with milk obtained only during spring thru fall, when the cows are out to pasture eating fresh green grass. Additionally, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used on the cows’ feed as grassfed milk contains fat-soluble vitamins and naturally occurring Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). The ghee is always made fresh in small batches in stainless steel equipment and adhering to organic methods. All ghee products are Non-GMO and made in a well-equipped cGMP production facility.

You can save even more when you shop Pure Indian Foods products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



14
MAR

3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Did you know that dark chocolate is actually very nutritious as it contains high concentrations of minerals, vitamins, fiber and even antioxidants? That’s not false advertisement as dark chocolate provides potassium, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Plus, an average size, high quality dark chocolate bar contains 11 grams of soluble fiber and a variety of powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins. With so many nutrients, it makes sense this delicious product can be good for you. So, we present you 3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate.

1. Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Consumption of dark chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease as the high amounts of copper and potassium may help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular ailments. Additionally, the compounds in dark chocolate appear to be highly protective against the oxidation of LDL, which may result in much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries, lowering the risk of heart disease over the long term. Research suggests that cocoa consumption may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57%.

2. Cholesterol Support

Consuming dark chocolate may help regulate cholesterol levels. Cocoa powder is known to significantly decrease oxidized LDL cholesterol as well as increase HDL in men with elevated cholesterol. Dark chocolate normally contains an abundance of powerful antioxidants that do make it into the bloodstream and protect lipoproteins against oxidative damage.

3. Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure

Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate three times a week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate can also help improve blood flow, reduce the formation of blood clots, and prevent arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce Nitric Oxide (NO), which can send signals to the arteries to relax. This process may lower resistance to blood flow and therefore reduce blood pressure.



12
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Mineral Hygienics

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MineralHygienicsLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a new brand of superior cosmetic products to our customers: Mineral Hygienics.

Mineral Hygienics offers a unique line of cosmetics that can help you look incredible. The company has spent years perfecting all-natural formulas that uses the fewest number of ingredients in the industry, in exactly the right combination, for exactly the right results.

Mineral Hygienics products do not contain complicated fillers, ingredients, or jargon. All products are created with natural ingredients and backed by solid research, input from dermatologists and other skin experts, and continuous testing to meet the latest standards for cosmetic safety.

When Mineral Hygienics develops a product, there is both reason and logic in its formula. Every product has a purpose, and the reason for development is to be better than the competition. The company does not want to release thousands of sub-par products and saturate the market. Instead, Mineral Hygienics wants to ensure that, before using a product, customers feel comfortable knowing that it was developed with care and reason and, after using the product, customers are excited that they feel the need to share the excitement with others around them. The company’s mission is to be the premier cosmetic manufacturer focusing on creating the highest performing products and doing everything possible to keep them as natural as possible.

You can save even more when you shop Mineral Hygienics products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



11
MAR

Storing Whole Grains With Bob’s Red Mill

Filed Under: Health Foods at 2:40 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Jars-of-Grain-FIf you asked Bob how to store whole grains, he’d tell you to buy an extra fridge. Put it next to your regular fridge and fill it with all of your whole grains. Most of us don’t have the ability to add an extra fridge into our lives. Even if someone gave me a free fridge and offered to pay the increase in my electrical bill, I couldn’t fit an second fridge into my kitchen. Excepting those who are able to have a fridge or freezer with spare room, the rest of us are stuck scratching our heads and hoping our grains will be fine. Here’s a rundown on where to store whole grains. I hope it will give you some insight and inspiration for your own kitchen and maybe frees up a little room in your freezer.

Whole grains are best kept in the fridge or freezer to prevent rancidity. True. They are. BUT, this is more important when a grain has been broken up in some way- be it milled into flour, cracked into cereal or flaked like oatmeal. Whole grains themselves (brown rice, wheat berries, quinoa, etc.) are more shelf stable that we think. Some of these grains can last many years without going rancid. That’s how nature made them. Most whole grains that have been broken up in some way will last up to two years, sometimes longer, without spoiling.

Here is a quick breakdown of where to store products.

  • Whole Grains (wheat berries, brown rice, quinoa, millet, etc) used once a month: room temp
  • Whole Grains used less than once a month: freezer
  • Dried Beans: room temp
  • Flour, Cereals, Cracked Grains used once a week: room temp
  • Flour, Cereals, Cracked Grains used less than once a month: fridge or freezer
  • Baking Mixes: room temp or fridge, do not freeze
  • Refined Grains, Flours and Cereals (white flour, white rice, etc): room temp
  • Items that should always be kept in the fridge or freezer:
    • Almond Meal
    • Hazelnut Meal
    • Coconut Flour
    • Wheat Germ
    • Rice Bran
    • Flaxseed Meal (whole seeds are fine at room temp)
    • Hemp Seeds
    • Active Dry Yeast (do not freeze)

I recommend airtight containers for everything, but at the very least use airtight containers for things left at room temperature. Bugs love whole grains and nothing keeps a bug out quite like a mason jar. Plus, mason jars filled with whole grains and beans are very pretty and make a lovely addition to your decor. You can make your own labels like we did with the display above, or cut out labels from our bag and adhere them to your jars.

Article reposted from Bob’s Red Mill Blog

By: Cassidy Stockton



10
MAR

What Is Millet?

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Nutrition at 11:11 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
milletThere’s a “new” ancient grain on the block. Enter millet. I know what you’re thinking…isn’t that, like, bird seed? Well, not so fast.

Millet was mentioned in the journals of Marco Polo and considered sacred in China. It has been a staple in India and Africa for thousands of years and is even mentioned, as a grain for making bread, in the Old Testament. You might say that millet isn’t just “for the birds”. Here’s why…

Nutrition

Millet is a gluten-free grain packed with Magnesium, which can help prevent migraines and heart attacks. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that multiple varieties of millet boasted high antioxidant activity. Further research has found that millet may be helpful in controlling diabetes and inflammation. It’s an alkaline food which makes it easy to digest and serves as a great source of dietary fiber. Plus, one cup of millet contains eight grams of protein — perfect for vegetarians.

Cooking

Combine about 2 ½ cups of liquid for each cup of millet grain. This highly versatile grain can be used in sweet or savory dishes. You can use it in a variety of ways — everything from pilafs to breads, soups and stews. It can even be popped like popcorn for a healthy, delicious snack. Cooking millet increases the goitrogenic effect so unless you want to send your thyroid into a tizzy (hypothyroidism), keep your millet consumption to a minimum.  Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry, dark place.