Hydration Important During Cooler Spring Days

May 3, 2016 by Kathleen Sullivan

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Dehydration can occur in virtually every physical activity scenario. It does not have to be hot outside. You can become dehydrated cycling, golfing, exercise walking or running on a cool spring day.

Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluids through sweating than it takes in. The consequences of mild dehydration include muscle fatigue, loss of coordination and decreased energy or athletic performance.

Hydration is required before, during and after exercise. Athletes are advised to begin exercise well hydrated and replace fluids during exercise to promote adequate hydration. Additionally, rehydrate after exercise by drinking enough fluid to replace fluids lost during exercise.

Sports drinks provide hydration, but not all sports drinks are healthy. Perform 100 is the next generation of sports nutrition. Perform 100 is a performance and recovery supplement that provides hydration, while also protecting joints and tissues. Perform 100 improves performance and energy with 25g collagen protein and BCAAs. Take Perform 100 before, during and after workouts for maximum benefits and hydration.

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Perform 100 – the Details!

Perform 100 is our energy and recovery supplement. It is a unique sports supplement because it is made from healthy ingredients. As athletes, we were searching for a healthy sports supplement for ourselves and our families. We knew the amazing benefits of pasture raised hydrolyzed collagen. There had to be a way to turn the health benefits of collagen protein into a sports supplement, and that is how Perform 100 began.
The final product has 25 grams of pure, clean, Peptan collagen protein, 7 grams of BCAA in a 2:1:1 ratio and 5 grams of L-glutamine. One scoop has 20 amino acids, including 100% of the daily allowance of the 9 essential amino acids. Perform 100 is formulated to provide all the health benefits of rapidly absorbed Peptan Hydrolyzed Collagen with the instant energy, muscle building and recovery properties of the essential amino acids. Perform 100 is three great supplements in one; our formula replaces the need for pre, during and post work out supplements.
We also made sure to avoid ingredients that don’t provide a benefit. Perform 100 does not contain caffeine, creatine, whey or gluten. We have less than 1 gram of sugar per serving. Perform 100 provides ingredients your body needs to Perform 100% at your chosen activity; golf, cycling, crossfit, weightlifting, running, walking and training.
We are really proud of our great new flavors! We came up with flavor combinations that provide great variety; our Peach-Mango is perfect for exotic taste buds. We also have Cherry-Lime, Cherry, Grape and Lemonade. Looking for a sport recovery drink that is 100% natural? Then Natural with a Hint of Citrus is for you. All of our delicious flavors have around 125 calories per serving.
Perform 100: Protein Essentials to Recover, Focus, Optimize & Rebuild Muscle with 100% of daily essential amino acids. It’s a Paleo Superfood!

 

Overnight Oats with Applesauce and Pears

Overnight oats are fast, healthy and delicious. You can use any applesauce that you like, we used the Protein Essentials Applesauce with Cranberries for this recipe.

1 1/2 c oats
1/2 c applesauce
1 c almond milk
1 t chia seeds
1 t cacao nibs
1 small pear
1 scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
tiny pinch of salt

Add all the ingredients to a bowl/jar with a lid, we like to use a mason jar.
Give it a stir, cover it and put it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning add toppings or just eat it straight out of the jar! You can even throw the jar in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm slightly. Topping ideas include granola, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, cocoa dusting and/or maple syrup.

 

 

 

Which Fitness Watch to Buy? Protein Essentials Gives You the Run Down

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This summer is looking like the summer of wearable fitness tech. So how should you go about navigating the crowded market of fitness watches? It’s confusing enough accepting that gadget watches are no longer just for the movies, picking one is a whole different story. Here at Protein Essentials we did some digging to lay out the features of five popular watches so you can decide which watch best fits your needs.

VivoWatch by ASUS:

$150

  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Sleep tracking
  • good battery life
  • step and calorie counter
  • UV level detector
  • goal setting
  • simple companion app
    • no distance tracking
    • no app notifications

Check out Engadget.com’s review for more details on the VivoWatch!

Basis Peak by Intel:

$199

  • Heart rate monitoring
  • sleep tracking
  • step and calorie counter
  • texts, emails, calls, calendar
  • perspiration levels
  • Skin temperature
  • goal setting
  • sync data with Apple Health and Google Fit
  • differentiates running, walking, biking
    • no GPS tracking
    • limited manual options
    • confuses inactivity with sleep

Check out CNET’s review for more information on the Basis Peak.

Alpha 2 by Mio:

$199

  • curved screen built for sports
  • heart rate monitor
  • timer, calories, pace, distance
  • water resistant up to 30 meters
  • very comparable with apps which can add the lacking features
    •  confusing manual controls
    •  too large for smaller wrists
    • no GPS
    • annoying charger
    • no daily movement tracking

Check out Wareable for their review of the Alpha 2.

Vivoactive by Garmin:

$249

  • GPS and sports tracking!
  • Golf tracking with 38,000 courses
  • Daily steps
  • sleep tracker
  • notifies you when you are inactive for too long
  • pairs with smartphone to deliver notifications
  • texts, calls, tweets, etc.
  • touch screen
  • waterproof to 50 meters
    • outdated square design
    • low-res screen that is hard to read in low light

Find out more in Wareable’s review of the Vivoactive.

SmartWatch 3 by Sony:

$195

  • GPS tracking
  • NFC and Wifi capabilities built in (not used by features)
  • powerful processor and 4GB of storage
  • good battery life
  • waterproof up to 60 minutes at 2 meters
  • pairs with smartphone for apps and notifications
    • more sporty than sleek design
    • low-res screen feels faded
    • no optical heart rate sensor
    • wristband attracts lint

Check out Wareable’s review for more on the SmartWatch 3.

We hope our Protein Essentials‘ quick guide to this summer’s hottest fitness watches helps you find the right watch for you. As you pick a watch that will keep you motivated in your fitness goals, remember Protein Essentials Perform 100: Energy & Recovery Supplement can take you to the next level in both health and wellbeing.

Big Races Coming Up in Chicago, Prepare with Protein Essentials

The Chicagoland area will host a bunch of road races this summer. Whether you’re new to running or an ultra marathoner, running events are a great way to get involved in the community and kick start your summer fitness goals. Here’s Protein Essential’s list of the top 5 races to run this summer!

1. The Undy 5k Run/Walk, May 23rd, Chicago, IL

This fun run requires little clothes, but supports a big cause. The funds raised through this event support colon cancer research, sign up on their website.

2. The Essence of Freedom Run, May 25, Deerfield, IL

Memorial Day isn’t just about summer and BBQs, participate in this race‘s 5k or 10k to support our veterans and troops.

3. The North Shore Half Marathon, May 31, Highland Park, IL

One of our very own Protein Essential founders participated in this race a few years back. The event features a great course through beautiful highland park, and a grand finish in the track arena.

4. The Color Run Chicago, June 7, Chicago, IL

If serious racing isn’t your style, the Color Run Chicago is the perfect event for you. At this race, you’ll have a blast getting sprayed with colored paint as you race, just remember to leave your nice workout clothes at home.

5. Burgers and Beer 5k, July 13, Chicago, IL

While this race is held at Soldier Field and has all the staples of an official 5k, it’s the post-race party which sets the Burgers and Beer 5k apart from the rest.

Whichever race you chose, Protein Essentials will help you achieve your race goals. Start preparing today. Add two tablespoons of our Perform 100: Energy & Recovery Supplement to your post-run drink and feel the benefits. After all, it’s a Paleo Superfood™.Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 2.50.35 PM