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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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How to Maximixe Benefits of Gelatin & Collagen

by Kathleen Sullivan  June 2, 2016

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the extraordinary benefits of gelatin and collagen. There is no denying that past the age of 30, when collagen production begins to  decline, a natural collagen supplement can be essential. Collagen improves a number of age related inflammation and degenerative issues.

Collagen and gelatin are derived from the connective tissue of cattle, both collagen and gelatin are pure protein. Collagen is over 90% bioavailable, meaning it is wholly ingested and utilized by the body. As a pure, natural protein, it is gluten free and dairy free. Additionally, unlike other proteins, collagen and gelatin are hypoallergenic, meaning they will not cause stomach upset.

Gelatin is well known for its ability to improve leaky gut. Leaky gut occurs when the intenstinal wall is compromised, causing a myriad of painful, unpleasant and sometimes chronic symptoms. One scoop of gelatin stirred into tea in the morning and again in the evening may improve symtoms.

A scoop of collagen or gelatin in the evening may also improve sleep. Collagen and gelatin as a pure protein are amino acids, the primary amino acid in collagen is glycine. Studies show that this amino acid improves sleep. Better sleep translates into a better, healthier day. Sleep is also important for maintaining weight, collagen and gelatin are also ideal protein powders for weight control.

Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. It is difficult to work out with aching, painful joints and bones. Numerous studies have shown that collagen and gelatin improve joint and bone health. One scoop of collagen in coffee, tea or juice in the morning and again in the evening will help support healthy joints and bones.

Healthy skin is also increasingly difficult to maintain past the age of 30 due to collagen loss. Numerous studies have shown that the use of collagen improves skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles. Vitamin C is also beneficial in the fight against wrinkles. Combine collagen with emergen-c each morning for a powerful skin plumping orange juice replacement.

Safe, natural collagen and gelatin added to a daily routine is simple and offers huge benefits. As little as two scoops a day, morning and evening, will support bone and joint health, skin health, improve sleep quality while maintaining weight control, and improve leaky gut. A simple addition to the daily routine with healthy rewards, for an active lifestyle at any age.

 

Following a Gluten-Free or Paleo diet? Beware of Whey

For those suffering from gluten intolerance or following a paleo diet, finding the right food can be challenging. Many foods which appear to be gluten free, like gum, salad dressing, toothpaste and soy sauce, have sneaky additives derived from gluten. Protein supplements are no exception.

Whey Protein is one of the most popular supplements for athletes and the health conscious alike. It’s been proven to help people achieve quick muscle gains and speed up recovery. However, by using whey you might be unknowingly sacrificing your gluten free diet.

In its natural form whey, which comes from dairy, is completely gluten free. Unfortunately, as the whey is processed, many brands add gluten. “Glutamine” is the sneaky name for the most commonly used gluten additive. Other words to look out for on whey labels are starch, malt sugar, wheat, barley, rye, caramel color, dextrin, and maltodextrin (1). Cross-contamination is also something to be cautious of, as whey manufacturers may process wheat products at their facilities. Carefully reviewing the product’s label can help you determine if the product is safe for your consumption.

Fortunately, there is a great alternative to whey protein. At Protein Essentials, our products are gluten and dairy free, meaning you can still get the muscle gains and health benefits you want, without sacrificing your gluten free or paleo diet. Unlike whey protein which is derived from milk, collagen is the main protein found in the connective tissue of animals, making it an excellent hypoallergenic protein supplement. Make the switch to Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen today, after all it’s A Paleo Superfood™.

Purchase Protein Essentials Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen here:

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Purchase Protein Essentials Perform 100- Energy & Recovery Supplement (Complete with 9 Essential Amino Acids) here:

http://www.proteinessentials.com/#!product-page/cjfw/c22e67d2-cab6-65e8-2d6d-8db78001eee4

Purchase Protein Essentials Pasture Raised Beef Gelatin here:

http://www.proteinessentials.com/#!product-page/cjfw/a3814586-5736-a1fa-dd2c-a05894461ce1

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Sources:

1) http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/whey-powder-contain-gluten-11739.html

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)

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.