InstaBroth and the Weekend!

Know what goes great with a cup of InstaBroth®? Netflix. It’s true. Try it this weekend. Gluten InstaBroth goes great with comedies, dramas and reality tv. Pour yourself a mug of delicious InstaBroth and relax.

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How to Choose Protein? Thats Easy, Peptan Collagen is Backed By Science.

Protein Essentials products are all made using Peptan® collagen, a high-purity, natural bioactive product. Peptan® collagen peptides are type 1 collagen peptides. This means they are identical to the collagens found in human bones and skin. Peptan® is a high-purity, natural bioactive product, containing more than 97% protein.

Peptan collagen peptides are optimized for high bioavailability and activity, and their hydrolyzed form makes them easily digestible by humans. Peptan is a bioactive ingredient that has been specifically developed to deliver multiple health benefits and functional properties. In other words, by choosing Protein Essentials products with Peptan, you are getting more collagen bang for your buck!

Peptan contains 18 amino acids, the building blocks of our tissues and the primary component of proteins. Glycine, proline and hydroxyproline represent around 50% of Peptan’s total amino acid content; the glycine and proline concentration in Peptan is 10 to 20 times higher than in other proteins. As a result, Peptan offers nutria-functional properties that cannot be found in other protein sources; looking at you whey, hemp and pea protein.

Peptan collagen peptides were developed to improve health and as a result, deliver multiple health benefits. Peptan is continually involved in scientific studies, including in-vitro, in-vivo and clinical research to further substantiate Peptan’s health benefits.

The choice is clear – Protein Essentials products with Peptan deliver multiple health benefits backed by science! Protein Essentials offers a complete line of collagen supplements to meet your needs from Chocolate Collagen and InstaBroth to Perform 100.

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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.

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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.

Vegetable Garden

The Protein Essentials Test Kitchen has been hard at work getting the organic vegetable garden ready for spring! It is truly a labor of love. Here’s what we have been up to. Use some of these tips to get your garden ready.

All the soil must be turned over. First we rake any remaining leaves and debris from the top layer of soil, adding these to the compost pile. Next every inch of our three raised beds gets turned over. Really get in there and disrupt the place! This will help rid your soil of any diseases or insects that have stayed over winter in your garden.

Add compost and new top soil. If you have had erosion over the winter, now is a good time to add new soil. Once you have added the new soil, mix in the compost. New soil should be allowed to acclimate to your garden before you introduce any plantings.

Prune. You can prune in the fall or the spring. We prefer the spring method. Different plants require different pruning. Grape vines need to be pretty agressively pruned while  apple and plum trees require a more delicate touch.

Check your hoses, repair or replace any hoses that have developed leaks. Check your fencing. If you live in an area where you are fighting off wildlife this is especially important. Turn over your compost pile, especially if you have not been adding to it over the winter.

Plant. We have planted early spring crops of lettuce, spinach, kale onion and radish. These crops all do well in cooler weather. We have also planted our more tender crops in indoor containers to be transplanted when the weather is warmer.

Ready for spring!

Protein Packed Irish Soda Bread

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with this easy and protein packed Irish Soda bread!

2 C flour
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
2 T chia seeds
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
3 T butter, diced
2 eggs, divided
3/4 C buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375 and grease a baking sheet.
In a large bowl whisk to combine flour, sugar, collagen, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter using pastry knife (or two knives). Mixture should be crumbly. In a small bowl whisk one egg and buttermilk. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients. Mix just until moistened.
Turn dough out onto floured surface. Knead for 1 minute. Shape dough into a round loaf. Place on prepared pan. Cut a deep cross on top on bread. Beat remaining egg and brush over loaf.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Enjoy!
Simple, protein packed and festive.

 

Healthy Ways to Beat the 3pm Slump

We all know that feeling, 3 pm rolls around and we get the midday crash.  Beat that midday slump without breaking your diet or reaching for caffeine by using one of the tips below.

Perform 100
Perform 100 is formulated to provide all the health benefits of rapidly absorbed Peptan Hydrolyzed Collagen with the instant energy properties of the essential amino acids.One scoop has 20 amino acids, including 100% of the daily allowance of the 9 essential amino acids. Less than a gram of sugar per serving and around 125 calories with 6 great fruit flavors make this a healthy alternative to fight the midday slump.

Macha Tea
This popular tea improves your energy by promoting blood flow throughout your body. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a mug of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours. Due to the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s good, clean energy!

Spinach
Bulk up your lunch time salad with this iron rich leafy green. Low iron levels in the body can correspond with low energy levels. Iron is a key component in transporting oxygen in the body. Two cups of spinach provide 12mg of iron- more than half of your daily recommended intake! Spinach is also high in fiber, which helps sustain energy.

Pistachios
An easy afternoon snack is Pistachios because they are high in protein and fiber. Additionally, Pistachios aid in stabilizing blood sugar which provides long lasting energy. Pistachios are a great on-the-go snack for the calorie-conscious, as 25 pistachios weigh in at only 100 calories, while providing 6g of protein and 2g of fiber. Plus, they taste great!

Water
Feeling tired is one of the first signs of dehydration. Before reaching for another cup of coffee, have another glass of water instead! Adding more water-rich foods, such as cucumbers or lettuce, to your meals is another way to increase your water intake, while boosting your fiber intake as well.

Sugar-free gum
Research has found that chewing gum increases heart rate and improves blood flow to your brain, which can increase alertness. Further, opting for a fresh, mint flavor will wake up your senses even more. Chewing gum may also prevent you from snacking!

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Perform 100 Fruit Filled Popsicles

Yep, popsicles! We know it’s a little early, but with the warm weather spreading across the country, we could not resist. Who doesn’t love a naturally good for you and delicious popsicle?! Whatever combination of Perform 100 and fruit you choose, you are getting a protein packed, vitamin rich popsicle! At about 35 calories each, Perform 100 Fruit Filled Popsicles are a healthy low calorie treat. We used a Crate and Barrel popsicle making kit. But these could easily be made in paper cups with wooden sticks or even an ice cube tray.

Make a shaker cup of your preferred Perform 100 flavor, we used the cherry flavor. Pour the drink into the popsicle molds you are using and place them in the freezer. After about an hour, add your fruit and the popsicle sticks. You might have to gently smash through the top layer of ice. For our popsicles we added blueberries. Wait for the popsicles to come to a hard freeze, unmold and enjoy!

Let your imagination be your guide with your own Perform 100 Fruit Filled Popsicles – Cherry-Lime Perform 100 with blackberries would be a great combination, Perform 100 Lemonade with stawberry pieces, Perform 100 Peach-Mango with raspberries….

Bring on summer!

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Homemade Marshmallows

Today the Protein Essentials test kitchen tried out a recipe for homemade marshmallows. We used a recipe from The Clever Carrot website. We picked this recipe because it does not use corn syrup. These marshmallows taste great and they are fun to make! We had several taste testers of all ages and everyone loved them.
The Clever Carrot website is great – lots of recipes – we appreicate them letting us test out their recipe and share it with our customers!

1/2 C water plus 1/4 C water
3 T Protein Essentials Gelatin
2 C sugar
1/2 C evaporated milk
1 T pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
1/2 C corn starch

Generously grease the bottom and sides of 8×8 or 9×11 pan. Cut parchment paper to fit inside your pan, lengthways and sideways, overlapping.
Pour 1/2 C water into bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Sprinkle gelatin over water and allow to soften, about 10 minutes.
In a large saucepan combine the sugar, evaporated milk and 1/4 C water. Whisk over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Immediately reduce to a simmer, without stirring until a candy thermometer registers 247-250, about 10-15 minutes.
Add the hot syrup to the gelatin mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add the vanilla. Increase speed to high and beat until thick, fluffy and tripled in volume – about 10-15 minutes. You are looking for a glossy white, almost meringue looking mixture.
Using a greased rubber spatula, working quickly, scrap the marshmallow mixture into prepared pan and smooth surface.
Allow to set, uncovered, at room temperature for at least 8 hours or overnight. After the marshmallows have set, combine powdered sugar and corn starch in large bowl. Whisk to thoroughly combine. Dust some of the powder onto the marshmallows and a cutting board. Lift marshmallows out of pan using parchment paper as handles. Using a knife and or pizza cutter, cut marshmallows into 1 inch squares. Toss marshmallows into powder mixture to prevent sticking. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.