Onnit Introduces EGN Powerfood

fOnnit Introduces EGN PowerfoodI first wrote about this product back in May of this year. Aubrey Marcus was on Joey Diaz’s podcast talking about Onnit’s upcoming products and he mentioned something about a new product that would rival Green Vibrance. Seven months later, this product has finally come to fruition, and it’s called Onnit EGN Powerfood.

Back then I had no idea what Green Vibrance was, so I did a little research and found out that it’s a powder that you mix in water or juice. It’s a superdrink that provides you with a wide range of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that a lot of us don’t get through our daily eating habits. Having the ability to drink some Green Vibrance and get everything you need from one glass is appealing. The problem according to Aubrey is that Green Vibrance doesn’t taste good. At all. If you’re like me, drinking something that tastes disgusting doesn’t make me want to drink it, regardless of how good it is for me.

So what Aubrey set out to do was to create something in the same vein as Green Vibrance, but have it taste good. The result is EGN Powerfood, with the EGN standing for Earth Grown Nutrients, a favorite phrase of Mike Dolce. It works in much the same way as Green Vibrance: you scoop some of the powder into a glass of water or juice and chug it back.

So what’s in this EGN Powerfood? Literally too much stuff for me to type out here, but I’ll break it down into categories: there are an assortment of antioxidants, a variety of greens, a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, a blend of ingredients designed for detoxing, and a blend for digestion to cap it off. It’s honestly a little unbelievable when you look at the list of ingredients and think that somehow they condensed all of this stuff into the plastic jar of EGN Superfood, and that somehow you can obtain the benefits of these ingredients by drinking one glass of the stuff per day.

I’m the type of person who doesn’t like eating many vegetables. I’d rather blend and drink them in a smoothie than eat them with my meals, but I try as best as I can. Knowing that you can mix up a drink and obtain the same benefits is definitely appealing. Now some of that stuff I force myself to eat I can take off the menu and substitute it with EGN Powerfood instead.

For those who care about gluten and GMOs and all those other food-related buzzwords, EGN Powerfood is vegan-friendly, non GMO, and it doesn’t contain any dairy, gluten, or soy.

Learn more about EGN Powerfood and its ingredients and benefits on Onnit’s website.

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Don’t Count Calories, Make Calories Count!

Don't Count Calories, Make Calories Count!My man Mike Dolce has a lot of good advice for anyone who’s not only looking to lose weight, but to become healthy as well. One of Mike’s key points that he’s always driving home is that you don’t need to spend the rest of your life counting calories and obsessing over numbers each time you put something in your mouth. Instead, he says that you need to make your calories count.

So what exactly does Mike mean when he says “don’t count calories, make calories count!”? He means that if you’re eating healthy, earth grown nutrients, there’s no need to count calories. You’re putting good stuff into your body that your body can actually use and process, so you don’t need to worry about how many calories or how many points something has. The people who tend to do that tend to make food choices that aren’t good for them.

For example, I can remember years ago when I was overweight and wanted to shed some pounds, I decided to count calories. There was a bag of licorice in the house and I flipped it over to see how many calories were in a serving, and then I ate that many. Sure, I was counting my calories to lose weight, but the food that I was eating was doing nothing for me. It wasn’t going to make me feel full and it definitely wasn’t providing me with any vitamins or nutrients, either.

Calorie counters tend to go hungry too. They may eat the bad foods that they know they should avoid, but eat less of them and end up feeling starved for the rest of the day. This isn’t how you should go about things. Following Mike Dolce’s mantra of making calories count by eating earth grown nutrients, you can continue to eat and feel satiated throughout the day and not have to worry about how many calories or points you’re consuming.

For more information on Mike Dolce, I highly encourage you to check out his books Living Lean, The Living Lean Cookbook, Three Weeks to Shredded, and he also has a new book coming out soon designed specifically for students in college who want to stay healthy while in school. Also, check out his podcast available for free on iTunes called The Mike Dolce Show. BOOM!

Mike Dolce’s Breakfast Bowl Recipe

Mike Dolce's Breakfast Bowl RecipeMike Dolce has a great book called Living Lean that is packed with great recipes, but also a lot of information about eating healthy coupled with stories that will motivate you to lead a cleaner lifestyle. Lately I’ve been trying to eat as much Dolce-approved foods whenever possible, and using his recipes as well. One of my personal favorites is the breakfast bowl.

If you follow Mike Dolce on Twitter, you’ll see he retweets a lot of people who are “Dolce Disciples” (my term) who also love the breakfast bowl! It does take a bit of time to prepare, but the end result is definitely worth the prep time it takes. The breakfast bowl is filled with healthy ingredients that will satisfy your hunger until your next meal or snack, and it tastes really good too.

The ingredients you’ll need for the breakfast bowl are as follows: oat bran or buckwheat; blueberries; strawberries; raisins; banana; peanut or almond butter; flax seeds; cinnamon; water. I won’t get into toe specifics of making the breakfast bowl, but with that list of ingredients you can probably figure out what to do. I’d suggest picking up Living Lean or The Living Lean Cookbook if you want to learn exactly how to make the breakfast bowl along with many other healthy recipes.

The one part of the breakfast bowl that always trips me up is making the oats on the stove with a sauce pan. I’m so used to nuking a packet of oats in the microwave that standing over the stove each morning is definitely taking some getting used to. That being said, when the breakfast bowl is made and I sit down to eat it, the extra little bit of effort definitely feels and tastes like it paid off.

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What are Earth Grown Nutrients?

What are Earth Grown Nutrients?Joe Rogan has been a big help towards helping me live a healthier life, but so has my man Mike Dolce. Anyone who’s listened to his podcast, follows his Twitter, or read any of his books knows that he is always preaching earth grown nutrients. Keeping this in mind whenever you eat is an easy way to ensure you’re making healthy choices.

So what exactly are earth grown nutrients? Simply put, they’re things that are grown naturally. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It may seem somewhat limiting, but take a look through Mike’s books Living Lean and The Living Lean Cookbook and you’ll see a wide variety of foods, recipes, and meals that are both healthy for you and delicious as well.

Eating earth grown nutrients also means that you don’t have to eliminate anything like some other fad diets require. You don’t have to eliminate carbs, gluten, meat, or sugar. You just have to eat the right things. If you’re unsure, flip over the packaging in the grocery store. If you see anything on the list of ingredients that isn’t earth grown or something that sounds like a chemical, it’s best to set it back down and look for something else.

Dolce recommends eating earth grown nutrients every two to four hours. He also suggests eating only until you’re satisfied, rather than eating until you are full. I know that for myself, this is especially difficult to do. However, following Dolce’s guidelines, you do eat less but you eat more frequently than most people likely do, which could be the key to avoiding overeating and reaching for something healthy over something that’s bad for you.

What are Chia Seeds?

What are Chia Seeds?I’ve talked a lot about Joe Rogan and how he’s given me a lot of great ideas in terms of getting fit and eating a bit healthier. Someone else who I follow and admire a lot is Mike Dolce. Anyone who’s a fan of the UFC will likely have heard of the Dolce Diet, which is the creation of Mike. He was once a professional MMA fighter but has now made the switch to helping fighters lose weight efficiently and healthily.

So what does Mike Dolce have to do with chia seeds? I was listening to his podcast The Mike Dolce Show and heard him talking about how chia seeds are a great source of energy. All along I thought they were only good for growing small green sprouts on tiny ceramic animals, so imagine my surprise when I heard you could actually eat them too!

The history of chia seeds in North America goes back to the Native American indians who ate chia seeds prior to and while running. They would carry little more than water and chia seeds for sustenance and were able to run great distances. But the history of chia seeds actually goes back much further than that, back to Mexico and South America where Aztec and Mayan warriors would eat chia seeds for nourishment during battles and hunting expeditions. The word “chia” is actually the Mayan word for strength!

Chia seeds have experienced a bit of a resurgance lately, and not in the form of novelty counter top sculptures. Due to their high content of protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and tons of other good stuff, chia seeds are a popular superfood among athletes and those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With so many ways to prepare them and integrate them into your diet, there’s no reason to not eat chia seeds!