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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Spicy Turkey Sloppy Joe’s

2 lbs ground turkey
1 1/2 c diced tomatoes (or 1 can)
5 scallions, finely chopped
medium red pepper
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t paprika
1/4 t smoked paprika
1/2 t red pepper flakes
1 t coconut sugar
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
1 t fresh oregano, chopped
1/4 c basil, chopped
1 T olive oil
3/4 c InstaBroth
1 can tomato paste
1/2 c tomato sauce
smoked mozzarella cheese, optional

Place pepper directly on burner set to medium high and char on all sides. Watch the pepper closely, turning often. Once pepper is blackened, place it in a paper lunch bag to cool. Brown the turkey over medium heat. Use a paper towel to remove the shiney and blackened outer skin from the pepper. Cut open, remove seeds and dice. Set aside. Combine salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, smoked paprika red pepper flakes and coconut sugar. Whisk until well combined. Add to browned turkey meat, stir to coat. Add diced tomatoes, scallions and red peppers. Stir. Add InstaBroth, olive oil, tomato paste and tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and add fresh thyme, oregano and basil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350.
Spoon mixture onto hamburger buns and top with very thinly sliced smoked mozzarella. Bake Sloppy Joe’s until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Alternately, you could add Sloppy Joe mix to a sweet potato, a spinach and kale salad or a wrap. Enjoy!

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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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Why Hydrolyzed Collagen is whey Better

If you go to the store looking for a protein powder, you will find entire shelves full of whey protein. While whey is a popular name in protein right now, there is a new product on the market with all the benefits of whey and more. This product is called Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen. What is Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen, and why is it superior to whey protein? We give you the run down.

First things first, what is whey protein and what is hydrolyzed collagen?

Whey protein:

Composition-

  • beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, bovine serum albumin, immunoglobins

So what is it?

  • There are two proteins in milk; casein and whey. The two can be separated, leaving just the whey protein.
  •  Whey is a complete protein with 20 amino acids, 9 of which are essential amino acids (the amino acids your body doesn’t produce).

3 Types:

  • Whey protein concentrate: low fat, low carbohydrates, protein levels vary
  • Whey protein isolate: no fat, no lactose (filtration leaves 15%, ion-exchange leaves 5%), typically 90% protein
  • Whey protein hydroslate: requires less digestion

Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen:

Composition-

  • Porcine Collagen Peptides, Bovine Collagen, Fish Collagen Peptides

So what is it?

  • Collagen represents 30% of animal protein matter. It is a key protein for joint, skin, bone and cartilage health.
  • Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen are type 1 Collagen Peptides, containing over 97% protein. It is easily digested, and includes 18 amino-acids, 7 of which are essential amino acids.
  • Made from enzymatic hydrolysis of native collagen

What’s the Difference?

The Ingredients:

  • Whey comes from dairy, which means it can cause digestive issues, stomach cramps, nausea, fatigue and headaches in those with lactose intolerance.
  • In its natural form, whey is gluten free, however many whey products add “glutamine peptides” which is hydrolyzed wheat protein. This makes whey a bad option for gluten free and paleo diets.
  • Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen is a non-allergenic, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, kosher, and paleo protein supplement.

Digestion:

  • Since Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen is hydrolyzed, it is highly digestible and quickly absorbed meaning faster recovery. With hydrolyzed collagen, up to 90% of the protein is absorbed.
  • Hydrolyzed whey is very expensive and bitter. The more common, non-hydrolyzed whey contains just 25%-40% protein, while Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen contains 97% protein and is rapidly absorbed.
  • Hydrolyzed collagen can be digested safely by people with dairy and gluten intolerance.

The Bottom Line:

  • Both hydrolyzed Collagen and whey have been proven to increase blood levels of essential amino acids, stimulating the production of muscle protein. However, Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen is absorbed faster than whey, producing a better recovery.
  • Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen is dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and kosher, so you don’t have to worry about unpleasant digestive issues or sacrifice your diet.
  • Studies have shown hydrolyzed collagen not only promotes muscle regeneration, but also stimulates bone tissue formation, reduces the cartilage degrading effects of osteoarthritis, lessens joint pain, improves skin appearance and decreases wrinkles, and improves athletic performance.
  • If you are looking for a protein powder with all the essential amino acids, Protein Essentials Perform 100 is a collagen based sports recovery supplement that has all 9.

Learn more about the many reasons Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen is whey better here:

www.peptan.com

Make the switch to hydrolyzed collagen today:

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sources:

http://www.peptan.com

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263371.php

http://www.gnolls.org/3066/your-whey-protein-and-whey-isolate-may-not-be-gluten-free-beware-glutamine-peptides/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/529699-the-difference-between-hydrolyzed-whey-protein-and-regular-whey-protein/

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

Image: Forgemind ArchiMedia, Flickr

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.

The Spring Green Refresher

The Spring season is a time to revitalize and refresh. Why not get the feeling of Spring each day with this delicious smoothie?  Here’s a smoothie straight from Katy’s Kitchen. It has a light sweet flavor that bursts with energy and gives you all the healthy benefits of Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen. Even my teenager raved about this drink! Here’s how to make it for yourself:

Here’s What You’ll Need:

 1  cup almond milk

 15 green grapes

 1/2 orange

 Zest of 1 orange

 Handful of organic baby Kale

 1 Scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen

 6 ice cubes

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Add the ingredients except the Collagen and ice cubes to a powerful blender. Turn the blender to medium speed and let it mix for about 15 seconds. Turn off the blender and add the Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen plus two ice cubes. Turn the blender to a higher setting and let it mix until the ice cubes are crushed. Turn of the blender and add two more ice cubes and repeat until all ice cubes are completely crushed.

Pour the smoothie into a tall glass and enjoy.

Makes about 20 ounces and contains approximately 100 Calories per 8 ounces.

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.

PERFORM 100: Energy & Recovery Supplement

We have developed a product that can do it all for the competitive athlete who requires optimal muscle recovery and growth plus added bone, joint, skeletal and skin health. Introducing the PERFORM 100 Nutritional Supplement. Unlike whey based products which can cause bloating, shortness of breath, rashes and intestinal issues, our beef hydrolyzed collagen is dairy and gluten free, coming from South American pasture raised cattle. Collagen makes up to 34% of the human body’s protein. It’s the foundation for the musculoskeletal system and the perfect hypoallergenic base to build the finest and most effective Perform 100 Protein Essentialsperformance recovery drink on the market. 

Our proprietary blend of essential and non-essential amino acids including 2:1:1 ratio of (BCAA’s) Branch Chain Amino Acids and L-Gutamine assures our customers are getting the best nutritional supplement for his or her body. Rapidly absorbing amino acids taken thirty (30) minutes prior to workout are essential. PERFORM 100 is the fastest absorbing collagen protein hydrolysate on the market, which allows your muscles to recover to their baseline strength within hours, not days. PERFORM 100 helps you train harder and more frequently, translating into better performance, focus, healthier joints, greater bone density, more strength, more lean muscle and less fat.

Not all proteins are created equal. PERFORM 100 workout protein supplement delivers on its name due to its high concentration of fast-absorbing and bioavailable amino acids. PERFORM 100 starts with a high quality collagen protein isolate that is hydrolyzed into tiny peptide sequences of amino acids that are rapidly absorbed and delivered to your needy muscles in a matter of minutes. Other proteins can take 1-2 hours – just long enough to miss your peak anabolic window.

Find this Paleo Superfood™ on our website.