It has long been known that protein is key for sports nutrition, specifically muscle building. Nutrition plays an important role as athletes prepare to reach optimum performance levels. The essential function of proteins is well known to competitive athletes as well as recreational athletes.
Protein Essentials Collagen Peptides can offer important advantages beyond muscle building. Collagen benefits include improving athletic performance, protecting connective tissues, supporting healthy joint maintenance and helping to reduce the risk of injury.
With a unique amino acid profile, Protein Essentials Collagen Peptides contain high levels of the amino acids glycine, hydroxypoline, proline, alanine and arginine – providing specific nutritional benefits not found in other protein sources.
Protein Essentials Collagen Peptides deliver numerous health and nutritional benefits to athletes both during and after exercise: aiding muscle contraction, muscle restoration, performance energy, joint and connective tissue protection and weight management.
Pure, natural, easily digestible and absorbable, Protein Essentials Collagen Peptides are easy to use. Protein Essentials Collagen Peptides are gluten and dairy free. This is important for athletes with dietary restrictions and paleo athletes. Products range from unflavored collagen peptides, to Chocolate & Mocha Collagen to fruit flavored Perform 100.
The right protein powder can be an excellent tool in weight loss if you choose one that is low calorie and great tasting. According to Women’s Health “….getting some of your daily protein in powder form can save you tons of calories. It turns out, protein powder is the lowest-cal way out there to get your protein. That’s because protein powders contain little if any grams of fat or carbohydrates, so all of their calories come from protein.” 2
In addition to looking out for fat and carbs, you should choose a protein powder that does not contain a lot of added sugars. Aim for 2 grams of sugar per serving. According to the Cleveland Clinic, people watching their sugar or with diabetic concerns should look at ingredient labels and pick protein powders without added sugar. “Patients who have diabetes should choose protein shakes without added sugar (don’t choose protein powders with sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients). It’s also best to look for a shake that’s low in carbohydrates (less than 5 grams per serving).” 1
It is really important to read the ingredient labels, because not all protein powders are the same. According to Active Times, “Many poor-quality protein powders have a lot of fillers and other cheap ingredients that affect the overall quality and bioavailability of the protein. It is important that the protein is bioavailable and easily digested because that means you get more bang for your buck, and you’ll get the most amount of protein to your muscles, which is what you want!” 3 Livestrong echoes that sentiment, “Some higher quality protein powders deliver all the nutrients you need and help your muscles to recover from exercise or simply help you boost your daily protein intake, while others lack quality, purity and even taste.”4
Protein Essentials delicious Chocolate and Mocha Collagen Protein shakes deliver on all fronts! Our shakes are low fat, low carb and low sugar – packed with premium quality collagen protein. Plus PE collagen protein with Peptan utilizes a unique combination of 18 amino acids which offers a complete musculoskeletal health solution, including specific mobility benefits not found in any other proteins. Protein Essentials Protein Shakes are the ultimate clean collagen protein powder combining the highest quality pasture raised protein, convenience and great taste!
2 c rolled oats
1 1/3 c slivered almonds
1 c dried cranberries
1/2 c raw honey
1 T vanilla
2 T coconut oil
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1 t kosher salt
1/2 c dark chocolate chips
1/2 c Protein Essentials Mocha Protein Powder
1/2 c pepitas
1 1/2 T ground flaxseed
3 T warm water
Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl mix ground flaxseed and warm water. Set aside.
In large bowl mix remaining ingredients well. Stir flaxseed and warm water mixture again. Add flaxseed mixture to oat mixture. Mix until well combined. Spread mixture onto prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
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 adequate 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.
Delicious Sandwich Cookie for one – heavy on the protein? Yes, please! (Approx 12g protein)
1 T mascarpone cheese
1/2 scoop PE Chocolate or Mocha
2 gluten free graham crackers
Mix the PE Chocolate or Mocha with room temperature mascarpone cheese until well combined. (You can do it with mascarpone straight out of the fridge – it will just take more elbow grease!) Spread the chocolate mascarpone combo between two gluten free graham crackers. Enjoy!
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
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!
May 3, 2016 by Kathleen Sullivan
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.
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.
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
2 T raspberries preserves
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!
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!