Fancy Oatmeal

Add Protein Essentials Collagen to your oatmeal to maximize your benefits. One serving of Quaker oatmeal has 5g of protein, add 1 scoop of our collagen and now you have 12g of protein. Add fruit and nut butter like Sunbutter to really ramp up the flavor and health benefits. Sprinkle Linwoods Ground Flaxseed Pumpkin Seed & Sunflower Seed  over the top. Now your little bowl of oatmeal is a real taste and health treat!

Oatmeal and Fruit and Collagen

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Pomegranate Smoothie

Pomegranates are in season October through February – they just started appearing in the grocery isles. These lovely shaped reddish brown fruits contain tiny teardrop shaped seeds enveloped in deep yellow pith. The seeds, also known as arils, burst in your mouth with a tart, juicy sweetness. Pomegranate has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years, more recently it has become known as a superfood. It is believed that pomegranate can relieve symptoms of many diseases. Pomegranates contain antioxidants meaning they help protect cells from damage and may lower inflammation. Pomegranate seeds also high in vitamin C, providing about 40% of the daily requirement.

1/2 c pomegranate
1/2 c vanilla yogurt
1 small frozen banana
1/4 c almond milk
1 scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen

It is actually simple to remove the fruit from a pomegranate. Cut it in halves or quarters, gently squeeze it over a large mouthed bowl. Tap the skin with a wooden spoon to further loosen the fruit. Nudge the remaining fruit out with the handle side of the wooden spoon. Clean up quickly as they can stain surfaces.

Put all the ingredients in the blender and let it rip.

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Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

Here is a super healthy way to start your day. It will also make you feel organized and efficient because you do most of the work before you go to bed.

Here’s the recipe, complete with Iphone pictures.

Oats:
1 c rolled oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 small banana, sliced
1 cup milk
tiny pinch of salt
Topping:
1/2 small apple, diced
1 tablespoon granola (we love http://us.naturespath.com/product/flax-plusr-pumpkin-flax-granola)
Scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
Pure maple syrup or brown sugar

Before you go to bed, combine all the “oat” ingredients in jar or bowl with a lid. Give it a stir. Put the covered bowl/jar in the refrigerator.
In the morning, your breakfast is ready. At this point, you could pop it uncovered in the microwave to take the chill off. Slowly stir in the collagen, then add your toppings and enjoy!

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Here’s a Classic Smoothie that Will Make You Smile

The Strawnana

Today’s recipe is a simple yet delicious fruit smoothie that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth while providing natural vitamins, nutrients, and needed protein to your diet. Adding Protein Essentials Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen to the Strawnana will give you essential amino acids, aid in muscle growth, promote skin health and rejuvenation, improve skin elasticity and moisture, and reduce joint and muscle pain. Transform your morning smoothies into a healthy super drink with Protein Essentials. Here’s how-

Ingredients:

 15 small strawberries

 1 banana (frozen)

 2/3 cup skim milk or almond milk

 Splash of orange juice

 1 scoop of Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen

Add 5 strawberries, the milk and scoop of Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen into a powerful blender and mix at medium speed. Whenpartially liquified add banana and continue to blend until banana is pulverized. Add 5 more strawberries and blend at a higher speed. Add the splash of OJ and the remaining strawberries and blend until the smoothie is at your preferred consistency.

Pour into a tall glass and drink up!

Makes about 3 cups (24 oz) and contains approximately 105 calories per Cup (8 oz)

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

Start Your Day Right

We love this article Yahoo News posted yesterday about the benefits of your morning tea. According to the article, Matcha green tea not only protects your skin from UV rays but it is also packed with antioxidants. The article also lists several beneficial elements you can add to your tea like cinnamon for improved blood circulation, stevia for nutrients, and milk for calcium. Add 2 tablespoons of Protein Essential’s Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen to your morning cup of coffee or tea in addition to the suggestions in this

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article for the ultimate start to your day. Our products are made with quality in mind and are dairy and gluten free.

If you’re not into coffee or tea, smoothies are a great alternative. You can find a bunch of delicious recipes for refreshing smoothies on our website.

Protein Essentials is Fun for the Whole Family!

Protein Essentials isn’t just for athletes, it’s for the entire family. Make Protein Essentials part of your family’s day with our fun, easy, and delicious recipes. The easiest and tastiest way to incorporate Protein Essentials into your family’s diet is through drinks. Smoothies are a great way to satisfy even the most picky taste buds. Today’s recipe comes straight from Katy’s Kitchen, our recipe headquarters here at Protein Essentials. We bring you The Fat Elvis smoothie.

Elvis Presley loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. If you ever go to Memphis, TN you can get one at most of the local restaurants as homage to The King.  Back home, however, you can have a tasty and healthier version that will make you want to shake your hips and sing. Here is how you rock it:

What You’ll Need:

1 Scoop of Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen

1 whole banana

2 Tablespoons of your favorite peanut butter or almond butter

1/2 cup skim milk or non dairy milk product

2 ice cubes

Add the contents to a powerful blender like a Vitamix. With the blender off,  add the wet ingredients first, peanut butter next, then break the banana into a few sections and put in the first section after that. Put the lid on the blender and turn it on medium. When you see that it is blending well add the rest of the banana and turn the blender to a higher setting. Once the contents are in a relatively liquid state, add the 2 tablespoons of Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen. Turn the blender to high and get the ice cubes. Put in one ice cube at a time and turn the blender to crush. Wait until most of the previous ice cube is thoroughly crushed before putting in the second ice cube. Blend to your desired consistency. Pour in a tall glass get a straw and enjoy! Makes about 14 oz and contains approximately 180 calories per 8 ounces.

You can find more recipes like this on our website www.proteinessentials.com and by clicking the Katy’s Kitchen tab on our blog.