Earl Grey, Collagen & Halos

Simplicity is sometimes the key to greatness. Combine three simple ingredients and BOOM! Simply perfect. Healthy and delicious. We came up with this on a Sunday so it’s giving us #SundayVibes – but it’s safe to say this combo is great every day of the week.

Combine a warming cup of Earl Grey Tea with a scoop of Protein Essentials Collagen Peptides and hit this with a big splash of a Halo mandarin for simple loveliness. You could add a drop of raw honey for an extra hint of sweetness.

Earl Gray Tea, Halos & a Scoop of collagen

Bonus: This treat is NonGMO, gluten & dairy free and packed with protein and health benefits!


The 10 Best Foods to Improve Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America, with over 50 million adults and 300,000 children currently living with a diagnosis of joint pain or joint disease. It does not discriminate, affecting people of all ages, races, and genders. With symptoms ranging from moderate to severe, and coming and going, arthritis has the power to affect lives in major ways.

wrist arthritis

Leading treatments include a combination of medications, joint surgeries, and other natural remedies. While such treatments are imperative, a lifestyle change may also be in order. Increased physical activity, like swimming and taking walks around your neighborhood, and adjusting your diet not only decreases symptoms of arthritis, but also leads to improved overall health. Choosing foods that are high in protein and contain anti-inflammatory properties are your best bet for combating symptoms of arthritis. Whereas protein strengthens bones, making you less susceptible to injury, anti-inflammatories help to relieve joint pain.

An altered diet isn’t a life sentence lacking in flavor or satisfaction, but actually leads to prolonged energy, potential weight loss, a stronger immune system, and enjoying whole foods that are as tasty as they are beneficial to your health. To take the guessing out of an arthritis-friendly diet, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best ingredients to combat joint pain and benefit you in the end:

  1. Fish

Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation, making it one of the most recommended foods for those with arthritis. Eat fish, like salmon, mackerel, and herring, at least twice a week for the most benefits.

  1. Fruit

Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries) and cherries contain Anthocyanins, which have an anti-inflammatory effect. Citrus fruits, on the other hand, are rich in vitamin C. Opt for citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and limes.

  1. Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy products have proven benefits, given that they’re packed with calcium and vitamin D. Choose products like skim milk, low-fat yogurt, and hard cheeses.

  1. Broccoli

One of the foods you were most reluctant to eat as a child also contains a compound called sulforaphane, which has proven to potentially prevent or slow down the progression of arthritis.

  1. Olive Oil

Olive oil contains heart-healthy fats and oleocanthal, which offer relief similar to that of anti-inflammatory drugs.

  1. Beans

Beans are a great source of protein and fiber, also containing other beneficial heart health and immune system helpers like folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Be wary of saltier options and choose red beans, kidney beans, or pinto beans instead.

If you don’t enjoy eating beans but still want to increase protein intake, consider protein supplements or InstaBroth, which you can add to your post-workout shakes and favorite recipes.

  1. Whole Grains

Products such as oatmeal, whole-grain cereals, and brown rice are proven to reduce levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in blood, which is a marker of inflammation linked with arthritis.

  1. Garlic

Containing a compound called diallyl disulphide, researchers believe garlic has the potential to limit cartilage-damaging enzymes. Used for a myriad of homeopathic treatments, garlic is also packed with anti-inflammatory properties.

  1. Turmeric

While this spice has a centuries-long history of being used to prevent and treat inflammatory diseases, recent findings have proven that an included compound called curcumic can assist in managing inflammatory-related joint diseases.

  1. Nuts

Nuts, such as walnuts, pine nuts, almonds, and pistachios, are packed with calcium, magnesium, protein, and vitamin E. Filling and good for your immune system, nuts are also beneficial for weight loss.

Foods That Exacerbate Arthritis-Related Symptoms

Now that you are armed with the knowledge of the most beneficial foods for someone with an arthritis diagnosis, it’s also important to be informed regarding which foods to avoid. Understanding how inflammation exacerbates joint pain, along with other negative and unrelated symptoms, those with arthritis should decrease or cut out sugar, saturated and trans fats, refined carbohydrates, MSG, and alcohol from their diet.

Whole Foods for a Healthier Life

Ultimately, one of your greatest allies is a healthy lifestyle. Stick with whole, naturally produced meats, vegetables, and fruits. When planning your meals for the week, bring to mind the foods and ingredients mentioned above, then shop and cook with the confidence that the food you’re putting in your body is helping.

Which foods have you found to decrease your arthritis-related symptoms? Do you have any tried and true arthritis-friendly recipes? Please share in the comments section below!


Three Easy Ways To Have a Healthier Halloween Party

What’s not to like about Halloween? Whether you are a fan of the creative costumes, the super-spooky stories or the loads of sweet treats, there really is something that everyone can enjoy about the holiday. Unfortunately, it seems that we’ve been overindulging with candy over the past couple of years, and it’s starting to show. In fact, recent studies have found that the average American consumes 25 pounds of candy per year, with Halloween candy making up the largest portion of seasonal consumption. With candy being one of the most iconic elements of Halloween, how are you supposed to cut it out of your party? Below are some ideas to help you cut the sugar while still giving your guests a treat this Halloween.

Veg Out With Your Party Guests

Despite what you may have been told in the past, there are actually quite a few ways that you can use fruits and vegetables to create healthy Halloween party snacks. Most obviously, instead of serving candy packed with refined sugar, try putting out some treats that incorporate dried fruit. Just as sweet, if not sweeter than candy, dried fruit offers similar flavors and textures to everyone’s favorite candies. With its huge range of uses, dried fruit allows you to create a ton of satisfying party snacks that won’t overdo it with the calories.

Halloween child friendly treats

One great idea is the classic “ants on a log” treat that combines celery, peanut butter and raisins to create the illusion of ants walking across a log. For a vegetable snack, try arranging some veggies on a platter to look like a skeleton. Let your creativity run wild, and you’ll be surprised at how healthy you can make the snacks at your party. You can even recreate classic Halloween characters and symbols with just fruits or veggies.

Chocolate’s Dark Side

A cornerstone of Halloween candy is, of course, chocolate. However, we don’t necessarily have to abandon chocolate to have a healthier Halloween party. We often forget that there is more to chocolate than the sweet milky stuff that we see in trick-or-treat bags every year. Dark chocolate actually has quite a few health benefits when eaten in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. Dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants and has been connected to lower blood pressure and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Chocolate colored strawberries

One easy way to incorporate dark chocolate is to make chocolate-dipped fruit. These treats have the perfect amount of sweetness and deep chocolate flavor to satisfy your guests. If you can’t resist some of the more traditional chocolatey goodies like cookies and cake, try substituting dark chocolate for milk chocolate. You will be surprised at how much sugar and fat you’ll end up cutting from the recipe and how much rich chocolatey flavor you’ll end up adding.

A Protein Poltergeist

After all the sweet snacks you give your guests, they are going to want something more substantial and savory. Thankfully, there are loads of protein-packed snacks to fuel your party. Why not try a low-carb cauliflower pizza with melted mozzarella ghosts, or pretzel broomsticks with string-cheese bristles. Along with these conventional snacks, you can also add a protein punch to any treat by using our Hydrolyzed Collagen peptides blend. This unflavored collagen mix can be added to almost anything you want to serve your guests without affecting the flavor of the dish. Even though they can’t taste it, they are sure to reap quite a few health benefits like lubricated joints, improved skin hydration, rebuilt muscle and improved bone density.

As you can see, there are quite a few ways that you can put a healthy spin on your Halloween party without sacrificing the fun of the holiday. We hope that with these fun suggestions, you’ll not only create healthy habits for yourself and your family, but also introduce your party guests to these healthy options as well. Of course, Protein Essentials is always here to help you make health and wellness an integral part of your life, no matter the season. Who would have thought that Halloween party snacks could actually make you healthier? What are some ways you like to make your Halloween snacks healthy? Share with us in the comments below.

Five Healthy Snacks for Your Memorial Day Get-Together

The observance of Memorial Day to remember and respect those lost in the line of military duty has, over the decades, become a way for friends and family to reconnect and pay their respects as a group. A gathering always means food, which means you have some decisions to make if you’re hosting this weekend’s gathering. It may be tempting to load up on fatty, sugary foods, but here are five healthy substitutes you can add to your spread.

  1. Guacamole – Skip the cheese dip and go with this tried-and-true dip. Avocados are full of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), fat-soluble antioxidants, omega-3s and almost every vitamin letter you can name. You can add virtually anything you want to a guacamole recipe, including black beans, pineapple, balsamic vinegar, red onion and more. Mix it up!Guacamole
  2. Roasted Asparagus – Instead of French fries on the side, go with this fiber-loaded vegetable. Asparagus is also packed full of folate and vitamins A,C and K. Prep a hot pan with olive oil and minced garlic before adding the stalks and cooking until the skin begins to blister. Garnish with salt and serve.Grilled Asparagus on White Plate using Selective Focus
  3. Grilled Shrimp – This delectable seafood is a great way to get protein into your diet without the guilt of fat that comes with red meat. On average, one ounce of shrimp features just 30 calories and has 6g of protein. Shrimp are also full of B-vitamins and vitamin D. Marinade and dress them however you wish to match the cuisine’s theme.Grill prawns Large Shrimps on Skewer
  4. Red Sangria – Light, refreshing and undeniably summer, sangria is a great way to give guests an alcoholic option without loading them up with sugar. Be sure to fill your pitcher with plenty of limes, oranges and lemons to give your adult beverage a healthy dose of vitamin C.Homemade Delicious Red Sangria
  5. Yogurt Pops – Cool and refreshingly sweet, frozen yogurt pops make a great dessert option without the sugar and fat of normal popsicles. Take your favorite non-fat yogurt, fill up a freeze pop or ice cube tray, add some store-bought wooden sticks and wait for them to freeze. You might even add in a kick of protein with our hydrolyzed collagen peptides!BLUEBERRY YOGURT POPS

You can serve a Memorial Day weekend meal from beginning to end without over-indulging and expanding your waistline. Consider substituting ingredients or replacing sugary, fatty menu items for lean, heart-healthy options. The result? You and your guests will be full, content and happy on this reflective, important holiday. Share some of your Memorial Day recipes with us in the comments below!

Healthy Breakfast w Muesli & Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen

Muesli is a delicious and healthy alternative to oatmeal and granola. Muesli and granola are both made with oats, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Granola is baked with some type of sweetener added; honey or brown sugar. Muesli is typically raw and unsweetened. They’re both healthy breakfast options; both are served with milk, alternative non dairy milk, or yogurt; and they’re equally tasty.

One traditional way to eat Muesli is to let the Muesli soak overnight in liquid, much like overnight oats.


Muesli with Almond Milk, Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen and Diced Apple.

1/2 c Muesli
1/2 c Almond Milk
1 scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
Add the ingredients to a dish with a cover, stir. Allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning add diced apple, sliced banana, more nuts, a dollop of yogurt, a tablespoon of almond butter, a sprinkle of coconut sugar…..the toppings are endless.
If you like a warm breakfast, you can pop it in the microwave for 15-30 seconds.
This breakfast will provide approximately 13g protein, 6g fiber, 260 calories per serving. Enjoy!

Chocolate & Pineapple Smoothie

Easy, healthy, lightly sweet and satisfying – Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Protein shake with almond milk and frozen pineapple chunks. This is the way to start your day; 21 grams of protein and under 200 calories!

1 scoop Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Shake
1 c almond milk
3/4 c frozen pineapple chunks
4 ice cubes

Blend until desired consistency is achieved. Enjoy!


No Fuss Marinade with Big Taste

This is the easiest marinade ever – and it yields delicious results! Here is how to use it with flank steak.

2 c InstaBroth, chicken
3/4 c teriyaki sauce
1 flank steak

Whisk the teriyaki sauce with the InstaBroth. Pour 1/4 of the marinade in the bottom of a 9×13 dish. Add the flank steak to the dish, cover with remaining marinade. Refrigerate covered flank steak overnight. Heat your grill to high. While you are waiting for grill to warm up, remove flank steak from refrigerator, allow it to warm up a bit on counter, up to 30 minutes. The gelatin in the InstaBroth will turn the marinade into almost jello or jelly consistency. (It’s not appetizing looking, but fear not!) Scrape most of the gelatinized marinade off both sides of the steak. Grill on high 4-6 minutes a side, depending on the thickness of your flank steak, to achieve internal temperature of 125. Allow steak to rest. Slice thinly. Enjoy!


Gluten Free Healthy Tacos with InstaBroth

1 lb ground turkey
1 carrot, diced small
1 1/2 t paprika
1 1/2 t minced garlic, dried
1 1/2 t pepper
1 t red pepper flakes
1 t ground oregano
1 t salt
1 can diced tomatoes or fresh in season
1/2 c InstaBroth, chicken flavored
1 bunch cilantro, diced, put some aside to garnish
taco shells, tortillas or make a taco bowl
Toppings could include: black beans, julienned radishes, diced peppers, diced avocado, diced tomatoes, lettuce, purple cabbage…….

Brown ground turkey in large pan over medium heat until cooked thoroughly.  Add carrot to pan. Sprinkle all the spice ingredients over the ground meat and stir. Add the diced tomatoes. Stir, trying to scrape up any brown bits on bottom of pan and breaking up any large tomato chunks. Add the InstaBroth, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer for at least 15 minutes. Finally add the cilantro and serve. Enjoy!



Easy Healthy Veggie Packed Stir-Fry

This super healthy dish is easy, delicious and low calorie. If you leave out the meatballs, it is the perfect Meatless Monday dish. You could even add mushrooms or tofu as a meat substitution. This recipe serves 4-5 people.

1 package Mann’s Power Blend (Shredded brussel sprouts, napa cabbage, kohlrabi,
broccoli, carrots & kale.)
1 Mann’s Nourish Bowl, Monterey Risotto Flavor (kale, kohlrabi, brown rice, butternut squash w roasted garlic sauce.)
1 T or 1 scoop Protein Essentials InstaBroth, Chicken Flavor
1/2 c warm water
1 Package Aidells Chicken Meatballs, Carmelized Onion Flavor
1 t olive oil
1 shallot, sliced
1 clove black garlic, smashed
salt & pepper

Bake Meatballs in oven at 375 for 8-10 minutes according to the package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large pan over medium heat, saute garlic and shallot in olive oil for a minute. Add the Mann’s Power Blend. Stir and cook. Add salt and pepper. Follow directions on Mann’s Nourish Bowl (open sauce packet & rice packet, combine with kale, microwave 3 min.) While the Nourish Bowl is in microwave, add InstaBroth powder to warm water. Stir until combined. Add to Superfood Blend on stove. Stir to combine. Add the Nourish Bowl contents to the Superfood Blend on stove. Stir. Finally, add the cooked meatballs to the vegetable blend in the pan on the stove.
If desired, serve over rice, quinoa, couscous or pasta. Enjoy!

Extra, super time saver: most of these ingredients are available at Target #multitasking!



InstaBroth Great Taste with Benefits!

InstaBroth is all the gelatin and collagen goodness of bone broth in an instant! InstaBroth isn’t just about great taste and convenience; check out the top 5 benefits of InstaBroth.

Anti-inflammatory: The glycine provided by the pasture raised collagen in InstaBroth may have some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Weight Loss: InstaBroth is low in calories and high in protein; which can help you feel full. This is in part  due to its collagen and gelatin content, which can promote satiety.

Bone & Joint Health: Numerous studies have  shown that collagen and gelatin improve bone and joint health and reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Sleep and Brain Function: Glycine taken before bed has been shown to improve sleep and brain function.

Gut Health: InstaBroth contains gelatin. Gelatin is hydrophilic (attracts water). Because of this, it coats and protects the mucosal lining of the digestive tract, helping to heal the gut lining.