Want to know a super kinda gross fact? Our bodies are more bacteria than human! Kinda gross right?!

There is up to 2,000 species of micro-organisms in our gut. Things like bacteria, viruses, parasites and yeast have built tiny little cozy homes in there and let me tell you, they like it. So how do we keep those little buggers under control? Well, probiotics are a great tool.

And what are probiotics you might ask? Probiotics are live micro-organisms and are often referred to as the good bacteria. Probiotics promote a healthy digestive tract and really support the immune system. And since 60-80% of your immune system is in your gut, well it’s a no-brainer to add probiotics to your daily routine.

Ok so what’s the best way to add probiotics to your diet? Well, you can add fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, miso and tempeh and even kombucha. (side note: prebiotic foods such as ocean-based plants like chlorella, blue-green algae and spirulina provide nourishment to the existing bacteria in your gut and therefore improve your digestive health)

Genuine Health Advance Gut Probiotics-Goodness MeAnother fantastic way to ensure you are feeding your gut in the best way is by taking a probiotic supplement. Genuine Health, one of my favorite companies, recently released their new Advanced Gut Health Probiotic Supplements. So when I was offered a chance to give them a try I jumped at it. After all, Genuine Health is the leader in Gut Health so I knew these babies would be incredible. (I also LOVE adding the Genuine Health fermented vegan protein+ to my morning smoothies…the CHOCOLATE is incredible!!!!!!)

One thing that I really love about these probiotics, besides the 15-strain formula for maximum impact, is that the capsule is vegan and plastic free! You’d be so surprised at how much plastic is in those little pills you take on the regular. You know what else is awesome about these probiotics?

  • Vegan
  • GMO-free
  • Gluten & Soy free

I also really like that these caps don’t need to be refrigerated so that I can take them with me when I travel, which is typically when the body is at it’s highest level for stress and unbalanced nutritional state.

It’s been almost 3 weeks now and I can honestly say the 50 billion CFU’s are doing my body good! I’ve really noticed a smoother morning routine and a lot less in the surprise department. But the biggest change I’ve noticed is bloating, or lack of. I almost always have bloating by the end of the day no matter what I am eating and it has been significantly less lately. I typically just pop one in the morning with my breakfast and i’m set for the day. Once I’ve completed this advance round and whipped my gut into shape, i’ll be switching over to the 15 billion CFU daily tabs.

So overall, I am super excited about these little caps of bacteria and my gut is most definitely in love as well!

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People are running at full speed to get on the collagen train lately; with promises of improved digestion, ease of joint movement and reduced fine line and wrinkles who wouldn’t want in on the trend?! But does it really work? Here’s my experience…

Let’s start with some basics.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein that the body naturally produces, but this production lessens as we age which can greatly change the elasticity and appearance of the skin and your bones, muscles and tissues. Other factors such as sun exposure, environment, nutrition and exposures to toxins, such as cigarette smoke, drastically decrease collagen in the body.

So how do we maintain the collagen in our body?

The best wat to maintain collagen is eating the right foods and getting good sources of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables. Aim for brightly coloured produce which is full of powerful antioxidant lycopene, which helps prevent collagen deterioration. Leafy greens and fruits high in vitamin C should also be a large part of your daily regimen. Avoid starchy and sugary foods which promote inflammation which can interfere with your natural collagen production processes.

OK so let’s get down to it, shall we?!

I will admit, I wasn’t really sure what to expect; I was a little skeptical but I promised myself I would go in with an open mind. After 3 weeks of taking the Progressive Collagen Support supplement I did in fact have some positive benefits.

The most prominent was that the joint pain in my knees stopped when I walked up the stairs. It was actually amazing. It usually sounds like a whole lot of cricking and cracking when I move but after only a few weeks, the noise was gone and that irritating rubbing was no more. Side effect or happy coincidence? No idea, but I like it!

I didn’t notice much difference in my skin or fine lines. There wasn’t any noticeable change in the elasticity or the general appearance although I will say I felt like maybe I had a little more glow than usual. Another of the top ‘promises’ hailed by collagen enthusiasts includes improvement to bathroom routines, and while this is always a fairly sensitive subject for me, I didn’t notice any changes. This would take quite the miracle though, so I wasn’t holding my breath on this one.

While I didn’t experience all of the benefits that many have claimed to experience, the joint relief is definitely enough to make me want to keep taking the Progressive Collagen Support supplement. One last note about the Progressive Collagen Support; I tried the Tropical flavour and to be honest there wasn’t too much taste. This is a good thing actually! It was super easy to add to my morning smoothie without worrying about changing the taste. It had a nice flavour when I simply added to water but it wasn’t harsh, it was nice and refreshing. There is also a Citrus flavour and unflavoured.

Have you tried collagen supplements? What was your experience like?

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Disclaimer: While Goodness Me and Progressive Nutritional Therapies were kind enough to supply me with the product all opinions and endorsements are completely my own. 

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If you could eat Cake Batter for breakfast everyday would you do it?

What If I told you that said ‘cake batter’ was FULL of incredible nutrients and was actually good for you?!

And what if that ‘cake batter’ had 2 full servings of organic greens…

And what if that ‘cake batter’ was CHOCOLATE?!…

You’d definitely want to eat it every morning, wouldn’t you?

Cake Batter.

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OK, ok…stop yelling at me….I’ll give you the recipe!

But first, some amazing facts about the benefits of MoringaPlus. This is taken directly from the SuperLeaf website;

It’s like a super-multivitamin in a drink with:

  • More than 92 nutrients
  • 46 known antioxidants (50% more than acai berries)
  • 18 amino acids (complete protein)
  • 14x the iron of spinach
  • 4x the vitamin A of carrots
  • 14x the calcium of milk
  • 3x the chlorophyll of wheatgrass
  • 4x the vitamin E of almonds
  • Over 50% of your daily vitamin B2 in each serving
  • 63% of the daily RDA for vitamin D* from organic mushroom powder
  • 115% of the daily RDA for vitamin C* from acerola cherry

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How amazing is that? Too good to be true you might be thinking? Well my friends the thing is I was like you. I was definitely a little hesitant that the taste would be pretty unappealing but I was pleasantly surprised. It actually tasted like chocolate! And not like gross fake chocolate or chalky chocolate…it tasted like true chocolate… Who knew this kind of taste would actually be nourishing my body?!

So when Goodness Me sent me a sample to try out, I knew I had to make something decedent and what better than chocolate cake batter smoothie bowl. Add in some fruit and oats and you have breakfast made for a champion. This smoothie bowl left me feeling completely satisfied and full of energy for the day.

Ingredients:

  1. Add all ingredients to your high-speed blender with go until smooth.
  2. Top with toasted coconut, your choice of berry (I used blackberries), bee pollen or maple syrup for a vegan option OR any other topping you thin you’d enjoy

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Disclaimer: While Goodness Me and SuperLeaf were kind enough to supply me with the product all opinions and endorsements are completely my own. 

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Tempeh Bolognese Sauce Vegan Vegetarian Recipe Pasta Dinner Healthy

If you know me even a little you know that I LOVE carbs. All the carbs. But pasta, there is a special place in my heart for pasta!

I am always for new ways to up my pasta game, and this my friends is it!

I tried making “neat”balls and it was a total fail. I just could not get them to hold their space, so my balls turned into bolognese and just like that my life was complete. This sauce has all of my favourites, including my beloved mushrooms.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of plain tempeh {about 250g}, crumbled
  • 2T tamari
  • 1.5T maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package of mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Splash olive oil
  • 2T ketchup
  • 1T grainy mustard
  • 1t dried basil
  • 1t thyme
  • Handful of fresh parsley
  • S+P
  • Your favourite sauce {store bought or try my easy peasy pasta sauce}
  • 1 box of your favorite pasta
  1. In a large pot add tempeh, water, tamari and maple syrup. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, heat oil on medium then add onion and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, then add the garlic.
  3. In a bowl combine ketchup, mustard, herbs and S+P.
  4. Once the tempeh has cooked down and there is little to no water left, add to the bowl and combine.
  5. Add that mixture to the frying pan and combine, cooking on low-medium heat for 5 more minutes.
  6. While the mixture finishes cooking, cook your pasta according to the package details and heat your sauce {if making your sauce do that before you start this recipe so that it is ready to go}
  7. Plate your pasta, then sauce and then tempeh mixture, top with fresh parsley and maybe even chilli pepper flakes. Add parm if that’s your jive and you have a fantastic meal.

 

 

 

 

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