Protein Crazy: I want it clean!

When was the last time you investigated the ingredients in your protein powder? My meal schedule includes alternating between a meal and a protein every 2.5-3 hours so its safe to say I eat a good amount of protein every day! So I have been on the hunt for a “clean” protein powder that also tastes good!

My wish list included:

  1. non-soy
  2. low in sugar
  3. dairy free
  4. no harsh chemicals
  5. no sugar substitutes

I connected with Maggie Yount who is a leader of the My Whole Healthy Revolution, a Certified Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach.

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Website: https://linkinprofile.com/mywholehealthy
IG: https://www.instagram.com/mywholehealthy/

 

Maggie and I connected on Instagram after another Thyroid Cancer Survivor I follow on Instagram posted  a picture of Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant based protein powder. We were talking about my concerns and she was extremely helpful and responded quickly! I decided to try the powder and oh my goodness was it delicious!

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Since yesterday was National Icecream day and I did not partake I was craving a post workout milkshake! I decided to mix the protein powder, a 1/4 c of frozen bananas, and unsweetened almond milk in my Nutri Bullet. It was so creamy I felt like I was cheating! I added some cacao nibs from Navita’s Naturals to the brim! This was so delicious that I had to break out a spoon to scoop out every last bit in my cup!

I think this protein would be the perfect powder to use in baking because it didn’t have a after taste that you find in a lot of protein powders on the market and it mixed very smooth! I use protein powder in my waffles, oatmeal, pancakes, breakfast muffins, and so much more! A lot of times adding a protien powder leaves a distinct taste which makes it a bit unappetizing!

Ingredients:

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My sister, who just recently graduated nursing school, is my non-official ingredient investigator. She gave this two thumbs up and wants to try it herself! “Rebaudioside A” was the only thing I personally was not familiar with but my sister quickly informed me that is Stevia (Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Steviarebaudiana (1)) -more info bellow in FAQS

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  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Grain free
  • No Added Sugar
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • No Artificial Colors

Why no soy? I believe (and so does Life’s Abundance) that soy can disrupt thyroid function which may lead to hypothyroidism and thyroid problems. I have been avoiding soy since my thyroid cancer diagnosis in 2013.

I would definitely recommend trying this protein powder! Reach out to Maggie: maggie@mywholehealthy.com

FAQ

I also wanted to the FAQ PAGE from Life’s Abundance that I found was extremely helpful:

Why should I choose foods that are non-GMO?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Genetic modification is a technique that alters living cells to produce new chemicals and functions in plants and animals. Many food scientists question the safety of genetically modified foods because they do not know if eating GMO foods over a lifetime can damage our health.

What is vegan?

A vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products.

What does gluten free mean and why is it important?

Gluten is the sticky protein found in certain grains including wheat, barley and rye.

To people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is very important because it is the only known treatment for celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disease. People with celiac cannot digest gluten, which causes inflammation in the digestive system and affects the small intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. Symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, bloating, fatigue, and anemia.

People with gluten sensitivity have similar symptoms to those with celiac disease but test negative for it as well as wheat allergies. These people may feel fatigued, depressed, bloated and have abdominal pain.

Gluten-free grains include rice, corn, quinoa and buckwheat.

I have noticed “soy free” foods lately and I want to know if soy products are unhealthy?

Soy is one of the top food allergies, especially among babies and children. Symptoms of soy allergy are typically mild, although anaphylaxis is possible. People avoiding GMOs may avoid soy since more than 90% of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.

Soy can disrupt thyroid function which may lead to hypothyroidism and thyroid problems.

Soy contains phytoestrogens, compounds that mimic human estrogen.

Is eating dairy free healthy?

People may go dairy free if they are lactose-intolerant, have a milk allergy or are vegan.

People with lactose intolerance do not have the enzyme lactase which helps to digest milk and they can experience diarrhea, nausea, bloating and cramps when eating dairy products.

Milk allergies, which are one of the top 8 food allergies, occur either minutes or hours after having milk or milk products and can cause hives, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps.

People may also avoid dairy for ethical reasons or believe it helps keep their skin clear.

Sugar is a natural ingredient so why do I care if there’s no sugar added?

Eating too much sugar has been linked to inflammation throughout the body and increased health risks. It is important to check labels since manufacturers frequently add sugar to many products that you would not think of as sweet, such as pasta sauces, chicken nuggets, cured meats, and ketchup. Also, sugar comes in many forms such as cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup and crystalline fructose.

What is rebaudioside A?

Rebaudioside A is an ingredient that is extracted from stevia leaves. It is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, so very little is needed to sweeten foods and/or beverages.

What is monk fruit extract?

This fruit grown in Southeast Asia is one to one-and-one-half times sweeter than sugar so very little is needed to sweeten foods and/or beverages.

Are natural flavors healthier than artificial flavors?

In general, artificial flavors tend to be in foods that are overly processed. If a food product contains artificial flavors, check to make sure that it doesn’t also contain other less desirable additives like artificial colors and preservatives.

What’s wrong with artificial colors?

Artificial colors may cause hyperactivity and behavioral changes in children. Some artificial colors have been linked to increased health risks.

What’s wrong with artificial preservatives?

Some artificial preservatives have been linked to increased health risks.

What are the manufacturer’s credentials?

This dietary supplement is manufactured by a company that is GMP certified and FDA regulated in the USA.

 

DISCLAIMER: all statements made are cited and my own personal options are not medical advise as I am not a doctor! Any health concerns should be directed to your doctor!

 

Summer Salad: Creamy Mango Vinaigrette

There was this local market I used to go to all last summer that was next to my old work called Elements Natural Foods out in Covina. They have the best Acai bowls and smoothie bowls hands down. They also served loaded salads and my favorite was the Mayan salad which was topped with ingredients such as quinoa, avocado, and a creamy mango vinaigrette. That dressing is so delicious and recently I have been craving it!

I decided to make my own superfood version and it was delicious! It also gave me the chance to test out my “avocado rose” skills which has been a trend on Instagram lately. Lets just say I still need some practice!

 

I know that the original dressing had to contain fresh mangos and lime juice so I looked on google to see what else I might want to add. After experimenting this is what I came up with:

Ingredients:

2 tbs. olive oil (I ran out so I used coconut oil)

  • 1/2 cup chopped mango (about 1 mango’s worth_
  • 1 tbs. white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp. pink Himalayan salt (any salt will do)
  • 1/2 lime juice

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. In your NutriBullet or blender combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth
  2. Transfer into a container and chill until ready to serve the salad. You can store up to 3 days in the fridge.

Salad mix:

  • I mixed  1 parts chopped Kale 1 parts cabbage kale slaw bag, strawberries, mango, avocado, onion, and quinoa.

Ingredient Ideas for Salads:

  • Fruit
    • Strawberries
    • Raspberries
    • Blueberries
    • mango
    • pineapple
    • cherries
    • dried coconut
    • oranges
    • Pomegranate seeds
    • apple
    • pear
  • Protein
    • Chicken
    • Tofu
    • salmon
    • ahi tuna
    • black beans
    • soy beans
    • Black Eyed Peas
    • hard boiled eggs
  • Greens
    • sprouts
    • broccoli
    • tomatoes
    • cucumber
    • bell peppers
  • Nuts
    • sunflower seeds
    • walnuts
    • pecans
    • pistachios
  • Other
    • Garbanzo beans
    • sweet potatoes

Power Breakfast: Eggs and Hash 

As I’ve mentioned several times on my blog I am a huge breakfast fan! I can eat breakfast at anytime of the day. Making breakfast taste good without getting boring can be difficult! I recently made some zucchini hash and eggs and it was so delicious!

I was scrolling through my Instagram one day and I saw someone had added nutritional yeast to their zoodles (zucchini noodles) so I thought why not do the same to in a breakfast hash!

A perfect addition to any meal — providing nutrition while saving calories — nutritional yeast is one source of complete protein and vitamins, in particular B-complex vitamins. It contains folates, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, selenium and zinc, making it a great superfood! – Dr.AXE.com



Ingredients for 1 serving:

– 1 Zucchini

-1/2 tsp nutritional yeast

– Meats2u House Blend Seasoning

If you don’t have their seasonings, you can use your favorite spices! Some ideas are garlic powder, pepper, and red pepper flakes

  1. Using a course cheese grader, grade your zucchini into a small bowl
  2. Add your seasoning and toss with a fork to incoperate
  3. Add to a warmed electric skillet ( I have a Oster Skillet and it’s my favorite appliance in my kitchen, other then their Waffle maker! You don’t need ANY oil!)
  4. Let it cook for 3-4 min and then turn into the other side for an additional few minutes!
  5. Serve with a side of scrambled egg whites and enjoy!

Chill out: CryoSpot Cryotherapy

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I recently injured my shoulder and I had to take a break from working out at The Camp Transformation Center for a couple week which was really difficulty because I have been making so much progress!

Recently I discovered The CryoSpot Whole Body Cryotherapy in OC which is owned by Vic and his sister in law Aida. Here they have been helping me speed up my recovery and work to prevent future injuries.


Aida and Vic started their business in October 2015 after they tried Cryotherapy and felt the difference and realized all the benefits it offered. They bought a machine and now help people everyday at their office!

So what is cryotherapy you may ask?

“Whole Body Cryotherapy(WBC) is a revolutionary method of cold therapy involving exposure to subzero temperatures for a controlled period of time. WBC is a non-medical, non-invasive procedure for people seeking superior health, beauty, and athletic performance”

Essentially, when your body goes into shock from the cold (which is painless) your body naturally goes into fight or flight mode and your blood rushes to your core. This process flushes toxins and picks up nutrients and now your blood is now enriched and oxygenated.

As the blood flows back, your vessels start to expand and warm up with the nutrient and oxygen rich blood back into your tissue.

When I first walked into the door for my first session I have to admit I was excited but also a bit nervous. Aida greeted me at the front desk and was so friendly. She taught me everything I needed to know and patiently answered all my questions.

Step 1 – Get dressed for the “chamber”

In the changing rooms, you remove all jewelry and metal items before you treatment. Men, I believe you wear bottoms and ladies I wore panties ( I decided not to wear anything on top! If you want to wear a sports bra make sure there are not metal components!) . You then put on a pair of socks, a robe, gloves, and rubber shoes to protect your toes!

Step 2-Get in the Chamber

The booth was taller than me but once you step inside, the platform raises up so you can peek your head out the top. After you step inside and close the door, you remove your robe and hand it out to a staff member.

Step 3- Chill

They turn on the chamber and a refreshing light cloud of cold air surrounds your body. Is it cold? YES! But is it tolerable? Absolutely! The chamber gets to about -250 degrees F but I started out at -130. The second time I really enjoyed the treatment after seeing what to expect!

For your first time you target 2min and 30sec. My first time I went for 2min 45sec and the second visit I stayed the whole 3 maximum minutes with no problem! Once you master those 3 minimage-15utes each treatment you bring down the temperature a little bit more each time!

During your treatment time, you slowly step in place/ rotate in a circle. FYI I also overly smile during this time period and I have absolutely no idea why but its a thing that I just do! The only part that started to get cold was my knees, but the second treatment I raised my knees a bit higher in what I like to call my “penguin march” which made the feeling cold feeling go away!

Step 4- Warm up

After you are done, you put your robe back on and exit the booth and warm back up. This part feels so refreshing, I love it!

Step 5- Add on treatments

I decided to do a Cryo Facial my first time after my chamber treatment and the 2nd time I spot treated my shoulder injury. These are all separate charges!  This is done in a separate part of the room with a hand held machine. These treatments are extremely relaxing and can be used to treat issues like arthritis on your hands, skin inflammation, psoriasis, and much more! You can also spot treat any pain areas that need more attention than the whole body chamber! The facial left my skin feeling tight, minimized my pores, and any blemishes I had on my face were significantly less inflamed by the end of the day.

 

Benefits of Cryotherapy

So your probably wondering, why do people do WBC?

  • Reduces Pain and inflammation
  • Decreases muscle soreness (new Campers, I know your hurting right now! This helps So much!)
  • Faster muscle recovery
  • Boots metabolism and immune system
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves sleep pattern
  • Releases serotonin and endorphins (same feeling as that post workout happiness)
  • Improves skin elasticity/ reduces appearance of cellulite

Also, just a little FYI ..1 session can burn anywhere from 400-800 calories…. #yourwelcome

What do I think about Cryotherapy?

I slept like a baby the nights that I did a treatment. I felt refreshed and my soreness significantly subsided. Before I started my treatments I didn’t take any glutamine and still have not taking that mean for the past couple days just to see how my body reacts to the soreness with the treatments and I have to say I am impressed! After my second treatment decided to go back to the camp taking a break for two weeks and I kept up with the class a lot more than I expected! I decided to add this to my wholebody wellness treatment plan and signed up for a monthly treatment plan and some spot treatment sessions!

So stop by Cryospot and mention KELSEY and your first Whole body Cryo therapy treatment is only 20$ 

Don’t forget to let me know how it goes! And thanks again to Aida and Vic you guys are amazing!

 

Brunch Vibes 

 I love breakfast and brunch so very much and my favorite is eggs Benedict which is definitely not a clean choice (then again most brunch items are pretty sweet and fattening and oh so good!). I decided to create a healthier option: poached eggs on top of a roasted green heirloom tomatoes 

Using poached eggs means you won’t need any oil to fry eggs and using a tomato cuts the carb of the English muffin. I will add steamed spinach next time and if your looking for a treat avocado would be amazing on top!
1 large herloom tomatoe 

2 teaspoons white vinegar 

Garlic (I used elephant)

Pepper 

  1. Combine water and vinegar in a small pot and fire up the oven to 450
  2. As you wait for the water to boil, slice the tomatoes to be about 1/4 inch thick. Slice garlic into thin slices.
  3. Place the tomatoes on a pan lined with foil and top with fresh ground pepper and sliced garlic 
  4. Place tomatoes in oven and keep an eye on them 
  5. Crack the egg into a small Tupperware dish so it makes it easier to drop into the water
  6. Use the handle of a spatula or spoon to quickly stir the water in one direction until it’s smoothly spinning around. Carefully drop the egg in the middle of the whirlpool 
  7. Turn off the heat and set your timer for 5 minutes. Do not touch!
  8. Pull your tomatoes out of the oven
  9. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and place on top your tomatoe and top with pepper and any other toppings you would like!

Enjoy! 

Let me know if you have any other healthy breakfast or brunch ideas to try! 

Power Breakfast: Hot Quinoa Bowl

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and its usually the one we all have the least amount of time to prep for. Before my lifestyle change I used to get my coffee and breakfast at Starbucks but the $ and high fat breakfast sandwiches caught up to me!

13331149_10208440416041197_4728384698736172682_nI recently got my hands on the Julie Morris cookbook that not only shows you how to incorporate superfoods, it  also helps you understand them which is why I am in love with this book! the first part of the book is dedicated to technique, nutritional breakdown, and overall understanding of superfoods! You can find here on Navitas Naturals Website!

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The first recipe I cooked was the Hot Quinoa Bowl in which I discovered what “quinoa flakes”. This is a game changer for me!Like the concept of rolled oats, they are
flattened/rolled quinoa. They cook extremely
fast and taste great, I wish I would have
found them sooner! I stopped by my local Sprouts
Market and picked up some Ancient Harvest Quinoa
Flakes (you can find where to by locally here).

What you will need:

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Mix for Cereal:

1 c unsweetened hemp or almond milk
1/2 c quinoa flakes
optional:
cinnamon
pink Himalayan salt

Optional Topping ideas:
Cacao Nibs – I use Navtias Naturals 
Maca Powder – Navitas Naturals
Berries/ fruit of your choice – I used raspberries and blueberries
Flax seeds
Chia Seeds- Navitas Naturals
Dried goji berries – Navtias Naturals

Directions:

  1.  In a medium saucepan, heat your milk to a boil
  2. add the quinoa flakes, turn of heat immediately and stir to mix. Le it rest for 2 min to finish cooking. Add your salt and cinnamon if desired!
  3. serve with your toppings of choice ( I used  blueberries, raspberries, cacao nibs, and Maca powder)

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Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 11.43.29 PMMACA Benefits:

“The maca root was prized throughout the
Inca empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities
that enable it to nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system, and to help cope with stress. It also energizes naturally, without the jitters and crashes of caffeine, and it can aid in reproductive function by helping to balance hormones”

Cacao Nibs Benefits:

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One of nature’s richest dietary sources of magnesium, cacao nibs are also an excellent source of iron and dietary fiber. You’ll feel really great about eating cacao nibs, due to the alkaloids theobromine, phenylethylamine and anandamine, which boost your mood and can make you feel like you’re in love!

 

Disclaimer/ Source: Navitas naturals.com – these are a healthy food, not a miracle drug. These statements herein have not been reviewed by the FDA. Navitas Naturals products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.