Reviews

Healthy Protein Powders: a review of Sunwarrior, NutriBiotic, Living Fuel & Now powders. Try one in my Mocha-Flax Protein Shake recipe!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Food, Recipes | 1 comment

Healthy Protein Powders: a review of Sunwarrior, NutriBiotic, Living Fuel & Now powders. Try one in my Mocha-Flax Protein Shake recipe!

There are so many types of Protein Powders on the market, it can be overwhelming to decide what is best for you. You want something easy to digest, as your body uses the amino acids in protein to continuously rebuild enzymes, tissue, hormones, and other important molecules.  Did you know most protein powders are created using chemical extraction? Many protein powders have been mechanically separated, heated to high temperatures, and processed using chemicals like hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide which can damage the amino acids like immunoglobulins (antibodies), and glycomacropeptides (help calcium absorbtion & boost immune systems). Just like with any food,...

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Which bar do I choose? What are Snack, Protein, Energy, or Meal Bars? A review of CocoChia, Greens Plus, Nutrobiotics Fruit, Just Great Stuff, Purefit, Raw Revolution & MacroLife

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Food, Reviews | 2 comments

Which bar do I choose? What are Snack, Protein, Energy, or Meal Bars? A review of CocoChia, Greens Plus, Nutrobiotics Fruit, Just Great Stuff, Purefit, Raw Revolution & MacroLife

You want something quick and easy to have on hand for your family. Snack bars that are healthy, with whole food ingredients you can not only name but identify. There are many good well-known brands of snack, meal and energy bars out there including LARABAR,  Luna Protein, Clif MOJO, Clif Kid,Clif C,  Odwalla, Kashi, etc. So in this post I have reviewed a few lesser known bars that could be a great addition to your lunch boxes and pantries including products from CocoChia, Greens Plus, Nutrobiotics, Just Great Stuff, Purefit, Raw Revolution and MacroLife. First lets look at the different types of bars: Energy bars(aka power bars or sports bars): are great for...

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Nuun Hydration Tabs Review

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in Food, Reviews | 0 comments

Nuun Hydration Tabs Review

Electrolytes are important for your muscles to contract correctly, so you don't get cramps or have muscle fatigue. In our average day, most of us do not require added electrolytes. However, for strenuous workouts with much sweat loss lasting more than 2 hours an electroylte like Nuun would be a good idea. You put one tab in 16 oz. of water, watch it fizz and drink.

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Full Circle Eggplant Cannelloni

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Cookbooks, Entrées, Recipes | 0 comments

Full Circle Eggplant Cannelloni

Traditional Cannelloni is a baked pasta dish stuffed with ground meat, usually pork & veal, vegetables and cheese and topped with a Béchamel or white sauce made with a roux and scalded milk. This "healthified" version is made with Eggplant in place of the noodles and a sauteed vegetable filling.

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Seitan Stir-fry

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in Entrées, Food, Recipes, Reviews | 0 comments

Seitan Stir-fry

Although AJ and I don’t miss meat, a friend suggested we try Seitan for something different as  our protein. Seitan is an ancient Chinese food made from wheat gluten with all of the starch removed, leaving a slightly chewy “meaty” food. It is very common in Asia especially in Buddhist communities. It is very popular as a vegetarian, vegan and Macrobiotic food with 21g of protein, about 120 calories, B vitamins, iron and contains no saturated fat or cholesterol per serving. It was actually VERY tasty and it may be a nice occasional add-in to our stir-frys, for grilled satays etc. The texture and taste are very similar to a tender piece of beef; a...

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Almond Milk, Coconut Milk & Cultured (Kefir) Review

Posted by on Mar 12, 2011 in Food, Reviews | 3 comments

Almond Milk, Coconut Milk & Cultured (Kefir) Review

I grew up drinking skim milk 3 meals a day and as an adult at least once a day on my cereal or in protein shakes. In the past year I have been buying exclusively organic fat free milk. When the hubby and I decided to do our detox I purchased some almond milk and we have since to go back to dairy milk. We may add it back in occasionally, and we do eat dairy cheeses and Breyers Natural ice cream, but I must say I love almond milk on my cereal and it makes the best protein shakes! If heated/steamed under 130 degrees it’s also fabulous in our Sunday morning lattes.   Almond Breeze vs. Silk Almond Milk I prefer Almond Breeze by Blue Diamond; it is creamy, and...

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