Saturday, March 7, 2015

Healthy Protein Bars Recipe

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
* 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!

*Tip: If using peanut butter, make sure to use natural or organic as many brands add sugar, oil and preservatives.

Hope you enjoy this healthy, protein packed snack!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Are All Vitamins the Same?

"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?
3 types of Vitamins:

1. Test Tube or Synthetic (usually found in drug stores or discount store vitamins)–made in a test tube in a lab, to resemble the real thing. This is toxic to the body and does more harm than good!
**Imagine a Plastic Lemon from the store with juice in it. This type is the Plastic lemon with NO juice. That is basically what you are eating if you take this type of vitamin.
  • No enzymes
  • Man-made
  • Inorganic substances
  • Stimulant
  • Side effects
  • Can actually be more harmful to your health to take
2. Crystalline or Extracted (**Usually  in health food stores)–These start out natural, but are heated through the processing, so all live enzymes are killed. You end up with a partially live vitamin, if live at all. Most of these have harsh binders and fillers, plastic coatings, and some contain tar.
**This is the Plastic Lemon with juice. IF you can get past the plastic coating, there is a little bit of real stuff in there. However, the juice has been heated so it’s not really like drinking it fresh squeezed.
  • Weak enzymes
  • Uses chemical and heat extraction
  • Low quality raw materials
  • Stimulant
  • Imbalanced
  • Harsh binder and fillers
3. Natural / Unaltered (**Shaklee food supplements and other whole food supplements)–Cold pressed to extract the vitamins, all enzymes remain alive so you get something as close to nature as possible
**This is the REAL lemon…unaltered and fresh. What’s inside is alive and natural.
  • Strong enzymatic action
  • Low heat, low pressure process
  • Organic substances
  • Feeds and improves cell’s health
  • Balanced
  • Contains essential unknown nutrients
**X brands need only 10% natural ingredients to legally be classified as “All-Natural.”  Shaklee food supplements are 100% natural!

My Vitamin Ate Through A Cup!!
Shaklee family member, Jenni Oates, tested her prenatal vitamins in water and the vitamins ate a hole through her plastic cup!! 
Here's her story: "Ok, so I tested my prenatal vitamins in water and this is what happened!! Be prepared to gross out! If you drop your vitamin in water, it is supposed to dissolved in 15 minutes or less or it passes right through you undigested. The other option is that it can get lodged in tissue and in organs because it is synthetic. Things that are synthetic are not living and therefore have zero intellegence, like our food. When you eat food, it knows how to make it’s way through the body, dividing up the usable parts and eliminating the waste. Synthetic vitamins (like drugs) can not do this. They are toxic to the body.

So after 24 hours in a cup of water and NOTHING, we dumped the water out of the cup, left it on the counter and forgot about it. We came back the next morning, and WA-LA!! The prenatal had EATEN A HOLE IN MY PLASTIC CUP!!!  This is scary, considering this is just what the Doctor ordered!  This is supposed to help my baby and me have everything we need to be healthy and form every cell properly.  I don’t think it worked.

After seeing this, I chose Shaklee Vita Lea and it’s been 10 years and I haven’t looked back!! Vita Lea dissolves completely in water in less than 5 minutes. It looks like a pile of dust at the bottom of the glass of water and leaves no food coloring in the water because it gets its green color from vegetables.
Test your vitamins and see what it does! Does it dissolve in under 15 minutes?  Does it leave food coloring or black, tarry particles in the cup?"

That is scary stuff!! I don't know about you, but I don't want to put that in my body! This is why my husband and I have been using Shaklee Vitalizer and we love it! This one little vita strip includes everything we need in 1 daily serving. 
We're so thankful for the Shaklee difference and that every single product is completely safe to use and it works...guaranteed! To learn more about the Shaklee difference, click here. If you have any questions or would like to know more about Shaklee nutrition, we'd love to hear from you! Please leave us a comment on this blog post or free to email us at

Here's to your health!

* 3 Types of Vitamins/Vitamin Ate Through A Cup was reposted with permission from HealthyOates.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe

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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