Not Your Brother’s (or Your Mother’s) Protein Powder!

October 17, 2016 by Kathleen Sullivan

Protein Essentials introduces the next generation of protein shakes; combining great taste, convenience and important health benefits. Each delicious 95 calorie serving contains 20 grams of highest quality pasture raised Peptan collagen protein and 3 grams of net carbs. Protein Essentials Mocha boasts a hint of coffee, while the Chocolate has a lightly sweet chocolate flavor. Perfect for a Paleo or Keto lifestyle, both flavors are non gmo, all natural, gluten free and non dairy (no whey!), free of additives, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. Protein is one of the most vital components of our diet, and dscn3480adequate protein intake is essential to maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.

Protein Essentials supplements with Peptan offer 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. Protein Essentials collagen promotes connective tissue health and supports bone, joint and skin health. Additionally, these shakes provide sports nutrition and promote muscle recovery .

Simply improve your overall health by adding one scoop of Chocolate or Mocha Protein Essentials Powder to 12 ounces of water, milk, almond milk or your morning cup of coffee. These shakes are so versatile you can use them as a meal replacement, a snack or a pre or post work out supplement. Protein Essentials Chocolate and Mocha Shakes are the ultimate clean hydrolyzed collagen protein powder.

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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!

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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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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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10 Easy Ways to Add Collagen Protein to Your Daily Routine

  1. Add a scoop to your morning cup of coffee or tea. You will not notice a difference. Protein Essentials Collagen with Peptan is tasteless and odorless.
  2. Having heart healthy oatmeal for breakfast? Excellent choice, especially when you stir in a scoop of collagen. This also works great in overnight oats or quinoa.
  3. More of an eggs for breakfast person? Collagen is your friend here too. When you are whisking your eggs, whisk in a scoop of Protein Essentials Collagen.
  4. Yogurt is a popular and healthy choice for snacks and lunch. Stir in some collagen to pump up the protein and help you feel full longer.
  5. Another high protein snack is nut butter with apple slices and celery. Stir a scoop of Protein Essentials Collagen into your nut butter and you will increase your protein by 7 grams!
  6. Collagen infused smoothies are a great snack, remember if you are having a smoothie as a snack to practice portion control. Add nutrient rich greens to ensure your smoothie is a healthy snack.
  7. Iced Tea is a popular summer refresher that is now available in an array of fresh flavors. Stir in some collagen, and you will be sipping a protein rich refreshment.
  8. Having a salad with dinner? Stir some collagen into your dressing for a lovely protein boost.
  9. Stir a scoop or two of collagen into your marinara for a protein rich spaghetti dinner. Perfect protein bump!
  10. Pancakes for dinner? Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?! It’s easy to add Protein Essentials Collagen to your pancake mix – swap out a 1/4 cup of flour and replace it with collagen. Delicious Protein Pancakes!

Check out our website http://www.proteinessentials.com for recipes.

Delicious Use of Leftover Vegetables

Cooked too many vegetables for dinner last night? Seems to happen all the time! Here is a tasty and healthy way to use up those leftover veggies, while maximizing protein. This super fast leftover veggie sauce would make a great meal for a meatless Monday.

1 c InstaBroth, chicken flavored
leftover vegetables
minced garlic, optional
salt & pepper to taste
dash of thyme
dash of oregano

Using 1/2 a cup of InstaBroth to begin, blend all the ingredients in a strong blender or food processor. Add additional InstaBroth to get desired consistency. Pour over quinoa, couscous, rice or pasta. The heat from the cooked pasta will warm the vegetable sauce. This healthy sauce would also be great on a wrap. Enjoy!

InstaBroth Oven Poached Chicken

Poached chicken is super easy and has a million different uses. Poaching boneless, skinless chicken breasts also ensures the chicken won’t dry out. This requires a flavorful poaching liquid, InstaBroth chicken flavor is perfect. The chicken is moist and delicately flavored. Poached, sliced chicken can be added to salads and pastas. Or shred it with BBQ sauce for pulled chicken sandwiches. The list goes on…..

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 c chicken flavored InstaBroth

Arrange chicken in 9×13 baking dish. Add InstaBroth. Cover chicken with parchment paper. Really snug the parchment paper down and around the chicken. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes until instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees. Slice, dice, shred and enjoy!

 

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Healthy Delicious Raspberry Bars

It’s berry season, well almost. The raspberries in the grocery store right now are pretty tasty. This recipe is a healthy take off of the popular raspberry and oat bar. Raspberries not only taste great, with their gritty burst of sweetness, but they are an excellent source of nutrition. Raspberries are high in vitamin C and potassium. High in fiber, they also aid the body in detoxing and reducing inflammation.

You will need two mini loaf pans, or similar baking pan.

Crust:
2/3 c Linwoods Ground Flaxseed, Pumpkin Seed, Sunflower Seed Mix
2 scoops Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
1 1/2 T coconut oil
1 T maple syrup
pinch of salt
Filling:
2 T raspberries preserves
Topping:
2 T pistachios
microplaned chocolate bar

Add crust ingredients to mini food processor. Chop/Grind until the mixture comes together. Divide between two mini loaf pans. Press crust into loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes until the edges are browned. Allow crust to cool before preceding.
Stir the preserves until they are easy to work with. Sread onto crust.
Chop with knife or grind pistachios in mini food processor. Sprinkle over top of preserves. Microplane dark chocolate over the pistachios.
Cut into squares and enjoy!

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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!

Strawberry Orange Skillet Cake

Skillet cakes have been around for a long time. The original skillet cake was a pineapple upside down cake cooked in a cast iron skillet on the stove. Present day skillet cakes are baked in the oven, in the same seasoned cast iron skillets. Any version of skillet cake you try will be warm, comforting and sweetly caramelized in a way that can only be achieved with a cast iron skillet. The Protein Essentials test kitchen recipe is a healthier, less sweet version with a collagen protein boost. Beauty from within skillet cake!

1 c plus 2 T flour
1/4 c Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
5 T butter, room temperature
3/4 c sugar plus 1 tablespoon
1 1/2 t vanilla
juice of half an orange
1 egg
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 c almond milk
1 1/2 c strawberries, halved

Preheat oven to 375. Prepare skillet by greasing with butter and dusting with flour. Set aside.
Whisk flour, collagen, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well mixed. Set aside.
Beat 5 T butter and 3/4 c sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the vanilla, orange and egg.
Alternate adding flour mixture and almond milk just until batter is moistened throughout.
Spoon the batter into prepared skillet and smooth the top. Decoratively add the strawberries on top. Gently nestle the strawberries into the batter. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar over the top.
Bake for 35 minutes until deep golden brown. Enjoy!

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