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.

The Healthiest Alcoholic Drinks

The Healthiest Alcoholic DrinksI’ll admit it, I like to drink. I go out occasionally, drink way too many pints, get bad food on the way home, and wake up the next day hungover. Of course that day becomes a write off as well, mainly because I’m too hungover to get out of bed and do anything, so I mainly lie around and eat even more bad food. As you can see, one night of drinking can lead to days of overindulging and thousands of extra calories consumed that you otherwise wouldn’t have ingested.

With this in mind, there are a few things you can do to bring down the total amount of calories you’ll take in during a night of drinking, or at the very least make some healthier choices. One of my favorite blogs, Gizmodo, put together a list of the nine “healthiest” alcoholic drinks that you can have when you’re going to tie one on. I put healthiest in quotes because there aren’t really (m)any alcoholic drinks that will have a positive effect on your health–especially when you’re drinking a lot of them at one time–but there are definitely ones that aren’t as bad as others.

The standard for anyone who’s watching their weight is the vodka soda. Vodka is a spirit with a low amount of calories (relatively speaking) and the soda has no calories. In my opinion, this is boring and only recommended if you are looking to get drunk quickly. You don’t really sit around sipping and enjoying a vodka soda.

As I said, Gizmodo has compiled a list of other drinks in addition to the vodka soda that will appeal to anyone who’s looking to take a healthier approach to drinking, opting for drinks made with fruits and vegetables–or just straight alcohol–rather than ones made with sugary fruit juice cocktails and soda. Check out the list complete with recipes at the link below.

Via: Gizmodo

Is Naked Juice Healthy?

Is Naked Juice Healthy?In the past I’ve written about Bolthouse Farms, and a large portion of the traffic that visits this website does so via Google searches for information about Bolthouse Farms juices and smoothies. Many of the people looking for that information are also looking for information about Naked Juices. Being a Canadian, I wasn’t sure what Naked Juice was, so I decided to take a closer look and see if Naked Juice is healthy for you, and if it’s healthier than Bolthouse Farms’ products.

First off, a little history about Naked Juice: the first Naked Juices were produced way back in 1983, with the name referring to the company’s claim that the juices had no artificial flavorings, sugar, or preservatives. Over time, the company grew along with consumer demand for more health-conscious drinks. In 2007, the company was purchased by PepsiCo in an effort to compete with Odwalla, a similar product from a company owned by Coca-Cola.

As you can see, the first red flag that should be raised is that Naked Juice is owned by Pepsi. Do you really expect a fruit juice that’s owned by a soda company to be good for you? There’s got to be something wrong with it, right? Well, it turns out there is, and a lawsuit was filed against the Naked Juice Company in 2011 which claimed the company was using false and misleading tactics to sell its juice.

Naked Juice decided to settle nearly a year later in December of 2012. It turns out that many of the ingredients listed as vitamins were actually synthetic and not natural. These were artificial sweeteners, fibers, and flavors. If that wasn’t enough, Naked Juice also contained GMO (genetically modified organisms) despite claiming that Naked Juice didn’t use GMO fruits and vegetables in its juice.

Today, Naked Juice is still made with fruits and vegetables that are mainly GMO-based, even after the lawsuit. Essentially, Naked Juice is targeting the people who are looking to eat or drink healthier but don’t know any better. Those who do know better choose superior products, such as the many varieties of juices and smoothies available from Bolthouse Farms.

Foods That Make You Feel Full

Foods That Make You Feel FullAt its core, the key to losing weight is to burn off more calories than you consume. This is virtually impossible to do while still staying healthy, so it’s important to choose what you eat more wisely. What you should do is make better choices, opting for foods that make you feel full longer rather than foods that give you a quick fix, leaving you hungry again shortly after.

What you should look for are foods that contain water, foods that are high in fiber, and foods that contain the good kinds of fat. In terms of foods that contain a lot of water, reach for citrus fruits and green vegetables. Fruits that are high in vitamin C, like a grapefruit for instance, will help your body process fat more quickly and help you feel satisfied longer. A grapefruit is a great way to start the day and will help carry you through to your mid-morning snack.

The great thing about green vegetables is that they’re high in fiber, contain a lot of water, and very few calories. Your body will actually burn off most of the calories in kale, spinach, or broccoli simply by digesting the vegetables. They also contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and will help you stay full without adding too many additional calories to your daily intake. Add some to your lunch and dinner while cutting down your portion sizes of other foods.

For snacks, skip over candy and chips no matter how hard it may be. Instead, look for popcorn and nuts. When prepared naturally, popcorn is a great snack because it’s tasty, low in calories and high in fiber. But try to avoid making it unhealthy by adding butter, cheese, or salt as a topping. Nuts like almonds and walnuts are a great snack food as well in their natural form, providing healthy fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Here are a few ideas to help you better plan your meals to help cut calories, reduce fat, and stay full longer:

Breakfast:

  • cottage cheese (mix with fruit or oatmeal)
  • eggs
  • grapefruit
  • oatmeal (natural, unsweetened preferrably)
  • whole grain toast

Lunch and Dinner:

  • grilled chicken
  • grilled or steamed fish (salmon, tuna)
  • soups (avoid creams, look for chicken or vegetable broth-based with lots of vegetables, low in sodium)
  • whole grain brown rice
  • whole grain pasta

Sides:

  • asparagus
  • beans
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • spinach

Snacks:

  • apple (packed with fiber)
  • low-fat cheese
  • nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts)
  • popcorn (natural, unsalted, unbuttered preferably)
  • yogurt (low-fat)