Product Review: Garden of Life Raw Protein & Greens

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A key to the success of a healthy lifestyle is making meals and concocting snacks that are tasty and as packed with nutrients as you possible. Making your recipes work for you means you’re nourishing your body and mind without depleting your precious physical and emotional energy. One way to do this is to through smoothies, which is why you see the onslaught of smoothie recipes on this site and in our social feed.

As a nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free practice, we are always on the hunt for vegan protein without nuts or soy that can be integrated into a variety of meals and snacks, like – you guessed it – smoothies!

A veteran dilettante of vegan protein powders, we were thrilled to see the repackaged and re-formulated Garden of Life Raw Protein & Greens during a foray of shopping to restock our own inventory!

Raw Protein & Greens Powder? Here’s the scoop #punintended ūüôā

  • HIGH PROTEIN: 20 grams of raw organic plant protein from Organic Peas and Sprouted Organic Grains, Seeds and Legumes plus 6 organic greens and veggies
  • POST WORKOUT RECOVERY: Help your muscles recover with a clean nutritional shake powered by organic protein and nutrient-rich organic green energy
  • GREEN SUPERFOOD DRINK: This delicious vanilla protein powder is power-packed with green energy from raw, organic greens and green juices
  • PROTEIN POWDER WITH PROBIOTICS: Tasty, smooth protein shake with 1.5 billion CFU probiotics and 13 non-GMO enzymes for easy digestion
  • VEGAN PROTEIN POWDER: Organic, gluten free, vegan, dairy free, soy free, Informed Choice Certified (Trusted by Sport), non-GMO whole food protein

Our Take

The vanilla flavor is subtle and not too sweet. The smell and flavor is almost identical to the Garden of Life Raw Vegan Protein Powder we’ve grown to love with only a subtle earthy smell, attributed to the greens. The relatively high vegan protein content has additional benefits of sprouted greens and grains and is organic, as well, with low sugar (<1 gram). Even with the sprouted grains and legumes, this protein powder is gluten-free and gentle to digest for those with aversions to beans.

It’s a perfect add-in to protein pancakes or to a variety of smoothie flavors/recipes with its low glycemic index (you know how we’re off the sugar wagon!), added greens (like alfalfa, spinach, kale, broccoli, carrot and beet – yay!) and versatile vanilla flavor.

One last note: The probiotic content was not a strong selling point because we supplement gut flora with a high dose of probiotics via capsule. Because of the way we use protein powder, which includes smoothies as well as baked goods, the probiotic power is diminished significantly; even used in a smoothie, we can’t vouch for the healthy bacteria making it to the small intestine intact because we haven’t seen or performed the research. If you’re looking to increase your healthy gut flora through Garden of Life products, try probiotic capsules, like these, or explore fermented foods, like kimchi, sauerkraut, or low sugar kombucha.

Let us know how you get more from your smoothies with added greens and protein!

As always, wishing you a week of greens, grace and gluten-free goodness!

So Fresh & So Clean, Clean: A New Smoothie Recipe

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Check out this new smoothie for a fresh¬†nutritional powerhouse with anti-inflammatory ingredients, internal cleansing agents and yummy flavor. You’ll love this new take on an old fave. As with any recipe, explore and experiment! Make it your own and just¬†have fun with it!

So Fresh & So Clean, Clean
In your blender, combine:

– 1 cup berries (fresh or frozen)
– Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
– 2 knobs of ginger (1-2 inches, depending on your preference)
– 5 mint leaves
– A few sprigs of parsley
– 1/2 tsp turmeric
– 1/2 tsp maca powder (can be found here)
– 1 cup spinach
– Handful of wheatgrass (watch out with this one; too much, and the texture goes awry!)
– 2 inches of peeled aloe leaf
РYour protein powder (my fave is this one)
– 1/4 avocado
– 1/2 cucumber
– Approx 1/2 cup of ice
– Approx 1 cup of water

Enjoy!

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Bon appetit!

Tips for Solving YOUR Energy Crisis

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Huffington Post’s Healthy Living rocks my world¬†with this quick article and slide show¬†about how to eat for more energy. Ever since doing a Clean Eating Detox a few weeks ago, I’ve been working towards kicking the caffeine habit. It’s been easier than I thought since I gave up the highly-processed creamers (I used to adore the Fat Free French Vanilla!!) and all those other artificially sweetened add-in’s a few years ago. Back in the day, a Skinny Vanilla Latte? Yes, please! Make it a double!

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Needless to say, black coffee is much easier to walk away from than lattes and cappuccinos; however, weaning myself off of
the gentle jolt from a Cup o’ Joe definitely takes some getting used to. (So does falling asleep at 7PM, let me tell you!
Allegedly, it’s all part of your body adjusting, but yikes, does it put a damper on a girl’s social life for a good week or so!)

That said, finding these oldies-but-goodies on how to naturally boost our energy levels is both serendipitous and motivating. Simple and easy-to-remember techniques that help combat blood sugar dips and mid-afternoon slumps? Sounds like a must-read to me!

Check out the Post for the tip(s) that will help you triumph over your own 2PM Cookie Monsters and Energy Drink temptations!

My favorite is #2: Eat The Right Food Combos for maximum energy: fruit or veggie + a whole grain + lean protein + plant-based fat + herb/spice. (LOVE that herbs/spices are having a moment in the spotlight of energizing superfoods! Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, oh my!)

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Yummy superfood combo!
Which tips speak to you?! Leave us a comment and share your thoughts on how you overcome lulls in your own energy.

Happy Snacking!

The Ultimate Green Goddess Smoothie

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Clean, green smoothies & juices are all the rage right now – I know I just can’t get enough! – and rightfully so. They are full of vitamins & nutrients, taste delicious, and are a healthy breakfast or snack, particularly when made at home and taken on-the-go. Not to mention today’s technologies & user-friendly appliances can be found at almost every price point, so it’s becoming easier for just about anyone to whip one up!

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Not sure where to start? Neither did I! ¬†And let me just tell you, it took a while before I was able to figure out how to concoct a green smoothie that didn’t taste – or¬†look –¬†like some sort of green salsa or something from straight out of the garden trimmings. Holy moly, it was not at all palatable (nor very appealing to look at)! In all honesty, I gave up a few times and completely wrote off the whole “Green Smoothie Thing,” BUT, after experimenting with recipes, getting creative, and realizing that there’s no “wrong way”¬†to making smoothies, I got the hang of it, and¬†I’ve been enjoying a green smoothie every morning for the last two and a half years!

So, here’s the deal: Ever since I’ve been toting this magic potion into the office every morning (or indulging in one as a snack, for example, after a run with friends), people have taken notice & started to ask questions. Some even dare to ask for a sip, and inevitably, they ask for the recipe, so here it is, the recipe for The Ultimate Green Goddess Smoothie!

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So vibrant! Lookin’ good already!

The Ultimate Green Goddess Smoothie
Serves 1
1 Р1 1/2 scoops of Garden of Life RAW Protein, Vanilla flavored (seen here)
1/2 – 1 full bananaHandful of Spinach or Kale (or both!)
1/3 – 1/2 cucumber (about 1/2 cup messily chopped)
1/2 of an avocado
5 drops liquid stevia (start with 5 and add more if needed)
1 Tbl flax seed
1 cup milk (hemp, rice, almond, flax, etc.)
1/2 cup H2O
1/2 cup ice
2-3 sprigs of parsley
1 tsp maca powder (seen here)
1/4 c. berries (frozen or fresh, preferably organic)
1 Tbl Royal Jelly (**NOT Vegan)
1 Tbl chia seeds (added after blended)

A Few Tips
– ¬†Have fun with it! Mix and match your ingredients, and don’t worry about the creating the perfect green smoothie; above all, it should be fun, and there’s nothing fun about worrying!
Р Add enough liquid (milk and/or water) that it covers 3/4 of the contents of your blender; that may mean adding more than the amounts listed above.
– If your blender “stalls,”¬†turn it off, add a little more liquid, stir, put the top back on, and get back to blending!
– ¬†Blend until the consistency looks like “normal” smoothie consistency (usually about 5 minutes).

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Happy Blending!

Superfood of the Week: Turmeric

This week’s superfood post is brought to you by Turmeric, a powerful little spice!

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With its origins in South & Southeast Asia, Turmeric is ubiquitous in Indian cuisine and revered for its extensive healing properties, particularly in Integrative Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. You could say that Turmeric is a Four Star General in the fight for good health.

Among its many medicinal properties, this little wonder has been proven to:
Detoxify the liver
– Balance cholesterol levels
– Fight allergies
– Stimulate digestion
– Boost immunity
– Enhance the complexion
– Fight inflammation
– Regulate and purify the male & female reproductive systems
–¬†Reduce fevers, diarrhea, urinary disorders, insanity, poisoning, cough,¬†and lactation problems

And PS., if you haven’t heard, research has shown that the common origin of age-related diseases, such as Chronic Heart disease, Cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and even Cancer is…¬†Chronic low-level systemic inflammation. (In other words, your body gets out of whack due to dietary, lifestyle or environmental factors, prompting an all-out¬†inflammatory¬†response instead of just in a localized spot, like if you had a cut or a sprained ankle.) Turmeric, among other foods, helps reduce the systemic inflammation and promote healing and overall balance in the body! A spice may help prevent cancer? Yup.

It’s no wonder this spice is considered a magical superfood with its many health-promoting properties! And, if you can believe it, it’s easy to find in your local grocery store and can be easily incorporated into many family-favorite meals, like chili, chicken soup, pasta salad, rice dishes and more. Stay tuned for more superfoods and easy recipes to incorporate this powerhouse!

Happy Healing!