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Chocolate Cherry Chia Protein Bars January 22, 2018 19:41

Chocolate Cherry Chia Protein Bars made with Complete Whey Protein, dark chocolate, raw almonds, dried cherries and chia seeds!

We made a batch of delicious Chocolate Cherry Chia Protein Bars. Great for breakfast or a quick snack to satiate your hunger! 

So easy to make! This is a No bake recipe with NO Added sugar. Just blend and form the batter into a square to cut into smaller portions or roll into balls:

1 cup of pitted medjool dates (we softened them in hot water before blending)

1 cup of raw almonds

4 scoops of Complete Whey Protein in the Delicious Chocolate flavor

2 Tbsp. of Chia Seeds

1/4 cup of dried cherries

1/4 cup of dark chocolate bitties

2 Tbsp. of Coconut oil

Sprinkle with Himalayan Sea Salt right before serving!

Homemade Protein bars made with Complete Whey Protein, raw almonds, chia seeds, dark chocolate and cherries!

Health Benefits of this recipe include:

The cacoa found in dark chocolate is full of anti-oxidants and serotonin, a natural antidepressant. 

The flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body's insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

Chia seeds help detoxify the body and aid in weight loss.

Chia seeds contain Omega 3 Fatty acids and help dieters feel full longer. 

Chia Seeds contain complex carbohydrates that are absorbed slowly and metabolized over a long time so you feel satisfied for longer periods of time.


When a chia seed is exposed to water, it forms a coating of gel, increasing its size and weight. Since the gel is made of water, it has no calories. It’s also difficult to remove from the seed, meaning that it helps your body think it is full, without adding calories!

Keeping balanced levels of blood sugar is important for both health and energy. Both the gelling action of the seed, and it’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars. If you eat chia with a meal, it will help you turn your food into constant, steady energy rather than a series of ups and downs that wear you out.

Raw Almonds are a SUPER FOOD. Almonds contain: Protein, Dietary and Insoluble Fiber, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Folate, Vitamin B, Biotin, Potassium, Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium and Phosphorous.

Medjool Dates
are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. They contain B Vitamins, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Folate, Manganese and Calcium. They help keep your bones strong and your digestive system healthy! They add great flavor as well as being a natural sweetener. Their gooey texture is ideal for creating healthy snacks you can take on the go.


Coconut oil
contains fatty acids which help boost brain function, contains Lauric acid which is highly anti-microbial, and can help you lose weight by reducing abdominal fat.

The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy levels by as much as 5%, which can lead to significant weight loss over the long term.

Dried cherries are a great source of natural fiber, potassium, copper, protein, iron, and carbohydrates. The red coloring in cherries contains anthocyanin which is a powerful antioxidant which prevents free radicals from damaging our cells.

Dried Cherries
are great for your immune system as they contain vitamins A,C & E.


Raw Whey Protein can help replace fat with lean muscle which leads to a higher metabolism and increased energy.

Raw whey protein is an excellent source of cysteine, the precursor of Glutathione which is the most abundant antioxidant in the body that protects us from damage due to toxins and free radicals. 

A batch of easy to make Homemade Chocolate Chia Cherry Protein bars made with Complete Raw Whey Protein!

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No Bake Pumpkin Pie October 10, 2017 00:22

Delicious No Bake Pumpkin Pie

It's October and that means Pumpkin Season! We created a delicious No Bake Pumpkin Pie recipe filled with nutritious ingredients like pumpkin puree, Complete Whey Protein, and spices!

No Bake Pumpkin Pie

Blend all ingredients and chill overnight:

1- 15 oz. can of Organic Pumpkin Puree (we used the Kroger Simple Truth Organic Brand)

4 scoops (about 3/4 cup) of Complete Whey Protein in the Creamy Vanilla Flavor

1/4 cup of Almond Butter

3/4 cup of Almond Flour

3/4 cup of Coconut Flour

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

3 Tbsp. Maple syrup

5 Tbsp. Ground Xylitol

2 tsp. Ceylon Cinnamon

2 tsp. Nutmeg

2 tsp. Ground Ginger

1 tsp. Allspice or clove

1/2 tsp. of Himalayan Sea Salt

*Optional- We topped our no bake pumpkin pie with Greek Yogurt and Cinnamon!

If you prefer, you can roll into bite sized balls that look like tiny pumpkins. We used candied ginger slivers for pumpkin stems and roasted pumpkin seeds as leaves for a decorative garnish!

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bite Sized Snacks

Health Benefits of this recipe:

Pumpkins are low in calories and high in fiber which helps us feel fuller longer and keeps our appetite at bay.

The orange color of pumpkins tells us that they are filled with the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is one of the plant carotenoids converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy, glowing skin, strong eyesight, and our immune system.

Pumpkins are rich in iron which helps make hemoglobin and transports oxygen throughout your body.

Pumpkins are low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. Pumpkins are also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

Xylitol is a great sugar substitute that breaks down in the body slower without causing sugar spikes. This is an ideal sweetener for Diabetics.

Ceylon Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body.

Almond butter is a great source of protein, folate, and is low in cholesterol and saturated fats, and it contains no trans-fats.

Almond butter is rich in monounsaturated fats, which are the type of fats that reduce levels of cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease.

Coconut flour has a moderate effect on blood sugar which makes this a healthier option for diabetic sufferers.

Complete Whey Protein is a great protein formula for muscle building and strength, workout recovery, weight loss, improved energy, healthy digestion and immune boosting.

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Apple Pie Oatmeal September 28, 2017 13:34 1 Comment

Apple Pie Oatmeal made with Complete Whey Protein!

We combined Complete Whey Protein with nutritious spices, organic apples and high fiber steel cut oats for a delicious heart healthy and extremely filling breakfast that tastes just like an apple pie!

Apple Pie Oatmeal

This is a "NO COOK" Recipe! This recipe made 4 servings.

Blend and chill all ingredients:

4 Organic Apples cored (Blend 3, use the 4th for garnish. We used tiny heart shaped cookie cutters for the garnish shapes!)

1 tsp. of Ceylon Cinnamon + Sprinkle on top before serving!

1 tsp. of ground ginger

1 tsp. of ground nutmeg

1 tsp. of ground clove or allspice

1 tsp. of ground turmeric

1/2 tsp. of Himalayan Sea Salt

1 cup of pitted Medjool dates (around 8-10 dates)

1/2 cup of Coconut Oil

1/2 cup of Complete Whey Protein in the Creamy Vanilla Flavor (about 2 scoops full)

1 cup of Steel Cut Oats ( we used Trader Joe's Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats)

1 cup of Almond Meal

*Substitute Complete Pea Protein for a completely vegan recipe!

*Substitute Complete Paleo Protein for a paleo version of this recipe!

Apple Pie Oatmeal made with Complete Whey Protein!

Health Benefits of this recipe:

Steel Cut Oats are extremely high in fiber. Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber which means the soluble fiber helps us eliminate waste and the insoluble fiber helps us digest slowly which makes us feel full and satiated longer.

One key component in oats is a nutrient called Beta-Glucan which lowers cholesterol levels, boosts heart health and builds your body's immunity!

We are constantly consuming toxins, whether it is from drinks or food, and your liver is responsible for clearing these toxins out of your body. One of the best and easiest waist help detoxify your liver is a diet rich in fruits like apples.

Many health problems are associated with being overweight, among them heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. To manage your weight and improve your overall health, doctors recommend a diet rich in fiber. Foods high in fiber will fill you up without costing you too many calories. This recipe is an excellent example of a meal that is extremely high in fiber and will keep you from feeling hunger for hours.

In addition to the high fiber content of apples, they also contain Quercetin- a flavonoid antioxidant which keeps your heart healthy, reduces high blood pressure and helps prevent cancers.

Spices such as ginger and turmeric are both packed full of vitamins and minerals which help with digestion and are anti-inflammatory foods which help combat most every disease known to man.

Coconut oil contains fatty acids which help boost brain function, contains Lauric acid which is highly anti-microbial, and can help you lose weight by reducing abdominal fat.

Medjool dates are an excellent source of energy and our loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, B-6 vitamins and copper. All of these nutrients help with regulation of blood pressure and a healthy nervous system!

Complete Whey Protein is quite simply the best, no-compromise, whey protein on the market. It is a great protein formula for muscle building and strength, workout recovery, weight loss, improved energy, healthy digestion and immune boosting.

Apple Pie Oatmeal made with Complete Whey Protein!

We hope you enjoy this delicious recipe! Eat Healthy, friends!

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What is protein and why is protein important for our health? August 24, 2015 15:38


Everything in the human body is either made of protein or is dependent on protein for its function. Everything! You could easily make the case that protein is the most important nutrient. But why is protein so important?  

No other nutrient has such widespread uses in the body. Healthy fats, like omega 3’s, are used in lots of places in the body, but not everywhere. The same is true of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. All of these nutrients are extremely important for our health, but their uses in the body are not as all-encompassing as protein. 

You may have heard that DNA controls the building blocks of life, and this is true. But proteins ARE the building blocks of life. Here is why. DNA has a very simple job; it decides which type of protein gets created, and when and where that protein is created. That is all! Everything in life, even your DNA is based around protein.      

 

What is protein? 

Proteins are made up of a combination of building blocks called amino acids. Different combinations of amino acids results in different proteins that can be used for all of the different structures and functions in the body. 

 

Structure- You are literally constructed of protein. Muscle, skin, bone, nerves, organs and even blood cells are made of protein. If you want youthful skin, good muscle tone, strong bones and healthy organs you need to have adequate protein in your diet. If you restrict your protein intake, your body will wear out quickly and fall apart. Restricting your protein intake would be like asking a car manufacturer to build a good car without enough metal (or plastic these days). It just wouldn’t work. Your body can't work well without protein either because protein is the "metal" of all of the different structures of your body.    

 

Hormones- An important group of compounds that keep you healthy and feeling good are hormones. Many hormones such as thyroid hormone, melatonin, insulin, growth hormones and adrenaline are made of protein. Other hormones that are not made of protein such as testosterone, estrogen and cortisol require certain proteins called enzymes in order to be manufactured in the body. So, without protein you could not make any of your body’s vital hormones.   

 

Mood and Craving Control- Other important chemicals in the body are the neurotransmitters or as I like to call them, our "brain chemicals". Serotonin and dopamine are two common brain chemicals that help you feel good and give you motivation and a stable mood. Both of them, along with many other important brain chemicals, are made of protein. Without adequate protein intake you might experience anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue or uncontrollable cravings due to low production of these important brain chemicals. 

  

Aging- In order to protect our bodies from damage you rely on a group of nutrients called antioxidants. Basically, antioxidants protect you from undergoing the same process that causes iron to rust. It is called oxidation and it is one of the primary causes of premature aging and chronic disease. The single most important antioxidant in the body is called glutathione and it is made directly from protein.  Restrict your protein and you risk excessive aging due to low antioxidant production. And here is an important fact- you can’t replace glutathione with other antioxidants like vitamin C. Glutathione has a specific role in protecting your body and only it can perform that protective role. 

 

Cleansing- Another role of glutathione is to help your body cleanse itself of toxic materials. That by itself is enough reason to make sure to consume adequate protein. But glutathione is only a small piece of the detoxification process. And, you probably guessed it, the other pieces of the detoxification systems in your body requires protein as well. In fact, your liver requires at least 25 grams of protein a day just for its functions alone. So if you ever hear someone use the words “fasting” and “detoxing” in the same sentence, you know they are only harming themselves. You cannot cleanse or detoxify the body without adequate protein intake.  

 

Immunity- Your immune system helps fight infections and to do this it uses specific types of immune boosting proteins. Consuming high quality protein can be a nice boost to your immune system. Without it your immune system would shut down and you would likely become ill from bacterial or viral infections. 

 

Energy- Protein can act as an energy source for your body to burn as fuel but more importantly protein helps control blood sugar. Those who eat more protein tend to have more stable blood sugar as well as more sustained energy levels throughout the day. 

 

Healing- If you cut our skin, break a bone or damage your joints, protein is required to build new healthy tissue. In other words, protein is required for healing. 

 

Workout Performance and Recovery- When you exercise it causes microscopic damage to your muscles and bones. As long as you have enough protein available your body will respond by rebuilding your muscles and bones stronger than they were before the exercise. This is how exercise works. It is basically just controlled injury and healing and, as I mentioned above, without protein you can't heal. But as long as you consume adequate amounts of protein, exercise can help keep you young, strong and fit for life!

 

-Dr. Jeremy Webster

Weight Loss and Nutrition Expert

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No Bake Coconut Protein Bars August 22, 2015 09:42

Our No Bake Coconut Protein bars are delicious and nutritious treats for the whole family!

If you love coconut candy bars, here's a tasty and healthier version to enjoy:

Ingredients:
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
2 scoops of Complete Whey Protein unflavored, unsweetened
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. xylitol
2 tsp. pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla or almond extract
dash of sea salt

Instructions:
1. Mix 2 scoops of Complete Whey Protein into the coconut oil
2. Add all ingredients into food processor and pulse until mixed
3. Press coconut mixture into a shallow glass container
4. Chill for an hour in fridge before cutting into squares

Raw Whey Protein is great for muscle building, fat loss, energy, post-workout recovery and immune boosting.

Maple Syrup is a natural heart healthy sweetener containing zinc and manganese which also help keep your immune system healthy.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have natural antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

Xylitol is a great sugar substitute that breaks down in the body slower without causing sugar spikes. This is an ideal sweetener for Diabetics.


Strawberry Coconut Cream Protein Pops are the perfect summer treat! August 01, 2015 08:35

We enjoyed these delicious protein-packed treats by the pool yesterday!

Blend Ingredients and freeze overnight in popsicle molds:

8-10 Organic Strawberries with core removed

1- 14 oz. can of coconut cream, We like Trader Joe's thick and creamy coconut cream!

2-3 scoops of Complete Whey Protein

1 Tbsp. of Xylitol for extra sweetness (if desired)

Coconut cream has so many health benefits:

-strengthens the immune system

-anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-parasite

-promotes weight loss

-improves digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals

-reduces risk of heart health and improves good cholesterol (HDL)

-great for hair and skin

-helps with insulin secretion and symptoms of diabetes

-helps prevent kidney disease, bladder infections

-helps to protect the body against cancers due to insulin reduction and removal of free-radicals

Organic Strawberries are extremely healthy for us!

Strawberries aid in weight management!

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best defenses against type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Strawberries are naturally low calorie (around 28 kCal per serving), fat-free and low in both sodium and sugar.

Strawberries are full of healthy antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol. They also contain vitamin C, folate, potassium, vitamin K, and magnesium.


Strawberries contain antioxidants such as Ellagic acid, Lutein and zeathanins which help prevent cancers and build a healthy immune system.


The antioxidant properties in strawberries help to prevent cataracts and promote eye health.


The antioxidants found in strawberries help lower LDL cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the joints.


The potassium found in strawberries can help regulate blood pressure and may even help to lower high blood pressure by acting as a buffer against the negative effects of sodium.

 

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Are you eating enough protein? Not if you are following the RDA guidelines. July 29, 2015 16:06

Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet. Every single cell in the body (muscle cells, skin cells, brain cells, bone cells, liver cells, etc.) contains protein and most of the hormones in the body are derived from protein. Without adequate protein, we simply can not live a healthy life. A lack of protein in the diet has been shown to lead to muscle loss, reduced immune function, diabetes, over eating of sugar and fat, weight gain, weakening of the heart and lungs, anemia, fatigue, excess stress and even a shortened lifespan. 

New research published this month in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, suggests that current protein recommendations may be too low by a considerable margin. The studies show that current dietary protein recommendations may not be high enough to maintain optimal lean body tissue (muscle and bone density).

The (old) RDA recommendations currently being used for protein consumption are based on a faulty measurement method called nitrogen balance. Newer and more accurate methods for determining optimal protein consumption (stable isotope-based techniques) suggest that the older recommendations are too low. Many experts in the field of protein research have now endorsed this new method and its recommendations.

The current RDA levels for protein are between 46g-56g for adults where the new requirements based on recent research recommends 75g-105g split somewhat evenly over three separate meals. And the research acknowledges that some individual's needs may be even higher than this depending on body type and activity levels. For example, a large male who lifts heavy weights or plays an aggressive sport such as football or MMA may require well over 105g or protein just to maintain his current levels of lean muscle. 

The studies suggest that eating high-quality protein (25–35 grams) during each meal promotes muscle health and helps preserve lean body mass as we age. This is the equivalent of 4-5oz. of chicken, fish or lean beef with each meal. Other great sources of protein include turkey, lamb, eggs and protein powders (whey, beef or pea). The studies also demonstrate that spreading the protein consumption out over three meals is better than eating a lot of protein at one big meal.

You can read the research here: http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/10.1139/apnm-2014-0530#.VbDy97NVhBc

Consuming adequate levels of quality protein at each meal promotes fat loss and helps keep the weight off after losing it. It also helps to maintain lean muscle mass while losing weight and during intense exercise.  To meet the basic protein requirements to maintain muscle and help my patients lose weight I generally recommend 4-6 oz of lean meat (beef, chicken, turkey or fish) with each of the three meals. A few eggs or a large scoop of high quality protein powder can also serve to meet the protein requirements of each meal. 

-Dr. Jeremy Webster

Weight Loss and Nutrition Expert

 


That's One Nutritious Tablespoon! July 08, 2015 16:01

Get all of your daily fruit and vegetable requirements in one Tablespoon!

This is the perfect way to get your diet back on track. Our Organic Greens Powder has power packed doses of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that you get from eating spinach, kale, broccoli, and other dark green vegetables. It comes in a convenient powder that you can easily blend to make tasty shakes and smoothies!