"Aren't all Vitamin supplements the same?" We get asked that question a lot! There is a huge difference between buying a synthetic vitamin and a whole-food vitamin. It's important to learn how to read labels and understand the ingredients used. For example, check the label of your vitamin E supplement (or multi vitamin that contains vitamin E). D-Alpha tocopherol is the scientific name for the form of natural vitamin E that is found in food and that our bodies need. If the vitamin E is synthetic, it will be listed with a DL prefix, dl-alpha-tocopherol. You can experience side effects of synthetic vitamins from the additives and the unnatural state of the synthetic supplement. It is remarkable how many natural-looking vitamin bottles with natural-sounding brand names contain a synthetic vitamin. What type of vitamin are you using?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
We LOVE these healthy protein bars! My husband takes them to work and it gives him that extra mid-afternoon energy. This 9x13in dish of protein bars is packed with 120g of Protein.
* 1 cup instant Shaklee protein (Shaklee vanilla protein works too)
* 1 1/2 cups oats
* 1 cup almonds/walnuts, chopped
* 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
* 1/4 - 1/3 cup ground flax seed
* 1 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
* 2/3 cup raw honey (or organic agave)
* 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Heat honey on a stove until it starts to come to a boil. Remove from heat immediately so it doesn't burn and add peanut butter and vanilla extract. Stir until peanut butter is nice and smooth.
Add the peanut butter/honey mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir ingredients together until they stick. If mixture seems too dry, add extra peanut butter or honey.
Press mixture into a 9x13in glass dish. We like to melt some dark chocolate chips and spread the melted chocolate on top of the bars. Refrigerate and cool. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Hope you enjoy this healthy, protein packed snack!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
I'm excited to share this tasty Minestrone soup recipe! This is one of my favorite winter time meals and is very easy to make. The great thing about this soup is that you can pretty much add whatever veggies you want. I used the basic ingredients for Minestrone soup, but you could also add french green beans, corn, cabbage or whatever you happen to have in your fridge.
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 15oz can white beans
- 1 15oz can kidney beans
- 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup red wine (optional)
- 1 fresh rosemary sprig
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp. red chili pepper (optional)
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 medium zucchini, chopped
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1.5 cups shell pasta, cooked al dente (I use organic quinoa pasta)
- parmesan cheese, garnish
In a pot, combine broth, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, beans, wine, herbs, salt and pepper. Let soup cook for 30-40 minutes before adding remaining ingredients. Add zucchini and spinach and simmer for 30 minutes. Add cooked pasta 10 minutes before serving. Remove rosemary sprig, bay leaves and add salt & pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
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