Hydration Important During Cooler Spring Days

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.


Perform 100 Fruit Filled Popsicles

Yep, popsicles! We know it’s a little early, but with the warm weather spreading across the country, we could not resist. Who doesn’t love a naturally good for you and delicious popsicle?! Whatever combination of Perform 100 and fruit you choose, you are getting a protein packed, vitamin rich popsicle! At about 35 calories each, Perform 100 Fruit Filled Popsicles are a healthy low calorie treat. We used a Crate and Barrel popsicle making kit. But these could easily be made in paper cups with wooden sticks or even an ice cube tray.

Make a shaker cup of your preferred Perform 100 flavor, we used the cherry flavor. Pour the drink into the popsicle molds you are using and place them in the freezer. After about an hour, add your fruit and the popsicle sticks. You might have to gently smash through the top layer of ice. For our popsicles we added blueberries. Wait for the popsicles to come to a hard freeze, unmold and enjoy!

Let your imagination be your guide with your own Perform 100 Fruit Filled Popsicles – Cherry-Lime Perform 100 with blackberries would be a great combination, Perform 100 Lemonade with stawberry pieces, Perform 100 Peach-Mango with raspberries….

Bring on summer!



Homemade Marshmallows

Today the Protein Essentials test kitchen tried out a recipe for homemade marshmallows. We used a recipe from The Clever Carrot website. We picked this recipe because it does not use corn syrup. These marshmallows taste great and they are fun to make! We had several taste testers of all ages and everyone loved them.
The Clever Carrot website is great – lots of recipes – we appreicate them letting us test out their recipe and share it with our customers!

1/2 C water plus 1/4 C water
3 T Protein Essentials Gelatin
2 C sugar
1/2 C evaporated milk
1 T pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
1/2 C corn starch

Generously grease the bottom and sides of 8×8 or 9×11 pan. Cut parchment paper to fit inside your pan, lengthways and sideways, overlapping.
Pour 1/2 C water into bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Sprinkle gelatin over water and allow to soften, about 10 minutes.
In a large saucepan combine the sugar, evaporated milk and 1/4 C water. Whisk over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Immediately reduce to a simmer, without stirring until a candy thermometer registers 247-250, about 10-15 minutes.
Add the hot syrup to the gelatin mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add the vanilla. Increase speed to high and beat until thick, fluffy and tripled in volume – about 10-15 minutes. You are looking for a glossy white, almost meringue looking mixture.
Using a greased rubber spatula, working quickly, scrap the marshmallow mixture into prepared pan and smooth surface.
Allow to set, uncovered, at room temperature for at least 8 hours or overnight. After the marshmallows have set, combine powdered sugar and corn starch in large bowl. Whisk to thoroughly combine. Dust some of the powder onto the marshmallows and a cutting board. Lift marshmallows out of pan using parchment paper as handles. Using a knife and or pizza cutter, cut marshmallows into 1 inch squares. Toss marshmallows into powder mixture to prevent sticking. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Perform 100 – the Details!

Perform 100 is our energy and recovery supplement. It is a unique sports supplement because it is made from healthy ingredients. As athletes, we were searching for a healthy sports supplement for ourselves and our families. We knew the amazing benefits of pasture raised hydrolyzed collagen. There had to be a way to turn the health benefits of collagen protein into a sports supplement, and that is how Perform 100 began.
The final product has 25 grams of pure, clean, Peptan collagen protein, 7 grams of BCAA in a 2:1:1 ratio and 5 grams of L-glutamine. One scoop has 20 amino acids, including 100% of the daily allowance of the 9 essential amino acids. Perform 100 is formulated to provide all the health benefits of rapidly absorbed Peptan Hydrolyzed Collagen with the instant energy, muscle building and recovery properties of the essential amino acids. Perform 100 is three great supplements in one; our formula replaces the need for pre, during and post work out supplements.
We also made sure to avoid ingredients that don’t provide a benefit. Perform 100 does not contain caffeine, creatine, whey or gluten. We have less than 1 gram of sugar per serving. Perform 100 provides ingredients your body needs to Perform 100% at your chosen activity; golf, cycling, crossfit, weightlifting, running, walking and training.
We are really proud of our great new flavors! We came up with flavor combinations that provide great variety; our Peach-Mango is perfect for exotic taste buds. We also have Cherry-Lime, Cherry, Grape and Lemonade. Looking for a sport recovery drink that is 100% natural? Then Natural with a Hint of Citrus is for you. All of our delicious flavors have around 125 calories per serving.
Perform 100: Protein Essentials to Recover, Focus, Optimize & Rebuild Muscle with 100% of daily essential amino acids. It’s a Paleo Superfood!


Energy Balls

These little beauties are packed with protein and healthy, energizing superfoods! They are really tasty and no bake. Yep. No baking – you might want to chill them for a bit though. Need super human energy during the holidays?! These healthy treats are your answer – – not really – but they taste good and they’re good for you!

1/2 c almond butter
1T sweet groud cocoa 
1T ground flaxseed, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed 
1 T chia seeds
1/2 small ripe banana
1 c oats
1t cacao nibs
1T almond milk
1 scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
tiny pinch salt

Put everything in a mini food processor and blend well. You may have to add a tiny bit more almond milk depending on your ingredients. It should be a pretty solid consistency though.
Scoop out the batter by the tablespoon and roll into balls. Chill the balls in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Enjoy.

Each Energy Ball has approximately 92 calories & 2.65 g protein.


Overnight Oats with Applesauce and Pears

Overnight oats are fast, healthy and delicious. You can use any applesauce that you like, we used the Protein Essentials Applesauce with Cranberries for this recipe.

1 1/2 c oats
1/2 c applesauce
1 c almond milk
1 t chia seeds
1 t cacao nibs
1 small pear
1 scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
tiny pinch of salt

Add all the ingredients to a bowl/jar with a lid, we like to use a mason jar.
Give it a stir, cover it and put it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning add toppings or just eat it straight out of the jar! You can even throw the jar in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm slightly. Topping ideas include granola, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, cocoa dusting and/or maple syrup.




Daily Collagen can Improve Your Skin

Photo: Molly Wagener ©

Photo: Molly Wagener ©

I’m sure you’ve all gone to the store and seen skin product after skin product toting their anti-aging, wrinkle eliminating, skin brightening abilities. The key ingredient in many of these products is collagen, the body’s very own protein dedicated to connective tissue. However, these topical ointments only go skin deep.

Orally administered collagen has been scientifically proven to improve the appearance of skin. Peptan® calls this trend “Beauty from Within”. As we age, our body produces less collagen fibers. This causes skin to become firmer, as well as more prone to wrinkles and dryness. But there is a solution. Peptan® explains, “3 clinical studies  demonstrate efficacy of Peptan. Placebo controlled Clinical studies by leading skin institutes show that daily intake of Peptan significantly improves skin structure and appearance in just one month.”

You can become a part of the Beauty from Within movement by using Protein Essentials Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen. Our collagen supplement is easily digested, and with a 90% absorption rate, your body gets the maximum benefits. This means you’ll notice brighter, less wrinkled, healthier and more youthful skin, all while also improving joint and tissue health.

Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen has been scientifically proven to improve skin health. Join the movement towards a healthier you by adding Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen to your morning routine and give yourself better looking skin, fight osteoarthritis and combat debilitating joint pain.

Protein Essentials Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen. It’s a Paleo Superfood™.