Which Plant Protein Are You?

Your Plant Protein Guide

Not sure where to start when it comes to our proteins? Shop our plant protein-lover’s guide & stir up your new daily routine. Choose from our 4 protein favorites below based on your personal needs.

 

If You Want a “One-Stop-Shop” to All Things Nutrition

👉🏼 Use Organic Plant Protein Blend

💚 20g of Plant-Based Protein⁠
💚 7 Nutritional Greens⁠
💚 2 full servings of fruits & veggies
⁠💚 All-In-One Nutrition Shake⁠

 

 

If Your New Year’s Resolution is to “Eat More Greens”⁠

👉🏼 Use Protein & Kale

⁠🥬 20g of Plant-Based Protein⁠
⁠🥬 1 Full Cup of Dark Leafy Greens⁠
⁠🥬 Contains Kale, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass and Alfalfa⁠
🥬 No Stevia⁠

 

 

If Good Hair and Skin Days Make You Happy⁠

👉🏼 Use Amazing Protein Glow

💅🏼 15g protein
💅🏼 Organic greens
💅🏼 B & C Vitamins
💅🏼 100% DV Biotin
💅🏼 Supports Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails

 

 

If Gut Health Is At The Top of Your Mind⁠

👉🏼 Use Amazing Protein Digest

💩 15g protein⁠
💩 Prebiotic kiwi⁠⁠
💩 5 billion CFU probiotics
⁠💩 3g fiber⁠
💩 Manages Bloat and Supports Digestion⁠

 

 

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5 Tips for Eating Well During the Holidays

‘Tis the season for family, festivity, and food – lots of food. Temptations are everywhere, and parties and travel disrupt daily routines.

How do you stick to your healthy habits when everyone around you seems to be splurging? The short answer: holiday-proof your plan!

How to Holiday-Proof Your Plan

 

1. Make sure you’re getting nutrition

You don’t have to skip out on the meals you love, but adding a scoop ofGreens Blend each morning can ensure that you’re getting proper nutrients in your diet each day. Just add this nutrient-dense blend of greens, fruits and veggies to water, a smoothie, or your favorite recipes.

 

2. Outsmart the buffet

Make healthier choices easier. Snack on vegetables to take the edge off your appetite, start off with just a small serving of your favorites, and eat slowly (it takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full).

 

3. Bake with us

Switch out flour with Organic Plant Protein Blend. It’s a tasty and delicious way to add extra protein and nutrition to your recipes. Each scoop has 20g of protein, 7 nutritious greens + 2 cups of fruits and veggies.

 

4. Bring a healthy dish

Invited to a party? Offer to bring a healthy dish along. That way you are more inclined to eat more of the good stuff.

 

5. Pay attention to what really matters

Although food is an integral part of the holidays, put the focus on family and friends, laughter and cheer. If balance and moderation are your usual guides, it’s okay to indulge once in a while.

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Why You Need A Greens Blend Superfood in Your Diet

By Ashley Martens

Food should give your body more of the good stuff. You know, food and ingredients you and your body can actually recognize.

 

That means focusing on real, whole foods like fresh fruits, high quality meats, nuts, seeds and vegetables.

Vegetables, especially greens, are one of the most nutrient-dense food categories. Think of all of those lovely, luscious leafy greens like arugula, kale and spinach. Plants like these deliver an array of antioxidants, minerals, phytonutrients and vitamins.

Although many of us may already make a conscious effort to include more greens into our daily meals and snacks, it’s probably safe to say we could all afford a little extra. I know I could!

Including leafy greens in homemade sandwiches, salads, smoothies and soups is an easy and delicious way to enjoy more greens throughout the day. A more convenient way is with a scoop of a high quality greens blend. This is especially convenient when calendars are crazy and schedules are busy. That’s why everyone needs a greens blend in their life.

 



Why Choose a Greens Blend? …Plus Greens Blend Benefits.

Greens are a great source of nutrition, containing antioxidants, minerals and nutritious fiber. Foods like alfalfa grass, barley grass, broccoli, spinach and wheatgrass all contain adequate amounts of fiber, which is good for gut health.

Dietary fiber is the part of plant-based food that mostly passes through the digestive system without breaking down or being digested. If you often find yourself wondering “What are ways to improve gut health” or “How can I improve gut health,” a simple solution is by adding more sources of quality fiber to your diet. A super easy way to do this is by including more of the good stuff in your day – enter greens blend, a powdered green superfood.

Packed with organic greens, nutrient-dense superfoods and wholesome fruits and vegetables, Amazing Grass Greens Blend is an incredibly convenient way to enjoy whole food nutrition the body needs in an easy and delicious powder that is super simple to incorporate into any lifestyle, especially a busy one! I’m pretty sure that applies to everyone reading this – yes, that means you!

 

 


Process

Greens Blend Growing Process

When selecting foods and supplements, I strongly believe in keeping things simple, just like Mother Nature intended it to be. That means choosing foods that my body and I can recognize. Let’s be real here folks, if I cannot recognize an ingredient, my body probably won’t know what it is either.

Besides keeping ingredient lists short, I prefer to select brands and companies that also respect the process of Mother Nature. After all, nothing good ever happens fast. Mother Nature knows that! Slow growth, deep roots and harvesting plants at peak nutrition are some of the finer details that make all the difference. This helps foods yield some of the highest quality foods and ingredients.

When it comes to quality, I want to provide my body and my health with the highest quality possible. That way, the maximum amount of nutrients can be passed on to me. This is one of the reasons why I opt for plant-based foods and supplements.

 


Greens Blend Suggested Uses

One of the best parts about a greens blend is that it can be incorporated in practically any recipe no matter what your diet, goals or lifestyle. Conveniently add greens to your daily routine by simply adding a scoop to beverages, bake into favorite recipes or include in smoothies. If you have specific health and wellness goals, you can even combine your favorite recipes with a greens blend to match your mission. My favorite greens blend is made from Amazing Grass because they come in a variety of different functions.

Antioxidant
Interested in immune support? How about Antioxidant Sweet Berry, which really delivers a one-two punch.
Detox Digest
Down for a detox? Try Detox and Digest Clean Greens.
Watermelon
In need of energy? (Aren’t we all?). How about a refreshing blend?
Lemon-Lime
Okay, maybe something zestful instead? Try our Energy Lemon-Lime

Getting a daily dose of greens, fruits and veggies doesn’t have to be complicated. Choosing a Greens Blend that fits your diet, health and wellness goals and overall lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated either. Amazing Grass helps you to feel good knowing you are providing your body with the whole food nutrition you need to thrive each and every day.

*Always consult a doctor or primary care physician before undergoing any major diet or lifestyle changes.

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6 Ways to Practice Self Care

Self care sounds easy, but sometimes we just fail at making it a priority.

It’s time to take charge of your mental health. That doesn’t mean you have to restructure your entire, busy life. Small, simple changes can make a big impact. Here are some self care tips that are totally doable.


Stay Active

Exercise increases endorphins in your brain. Tip: Make your goals realistic. Commit to yoga a few times a week, running, walking, biking, or something that makes you happy. If you don’t enjoy it, you aren’t going to do it regularly.


Nourish Your Body

It is very easy to get lost in your routine and not have a well-balanced diet. A wholesome diet not only nourishes your body but your mind as well. Start your day with Greens Blend for an easy and delicious way to get your 2 servings of greens, fruits & veggies.


Take a Break

In a world that runs so fast, it is very easy to get wrapped up in your busy schedule and not take time out for yourself. Your body and mind both need some time to recover, so give yourself that much-needed break every so often.


Socialize

Although the pandemic has made this especially hard this past year, we can lean on the power of technology. Schedule a Face Time or even host a virtual dinner party. Remember, no matter how busy you are, friends & family will always prove to be your stress busters. 


Prioritize sleep

Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling irritable and exhausted in the short term. In the longer term, it can lead to weight gain and serious health consequences. Your brain and body need time to rest. Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night by setting an alarm an hour before you want to be asleep by.


Remember to Hydrate

Dehydration may lead to constipation, dizziness, confusion and low blood pressure. (Bonus points if you include a Fizzy Green Tablet!) Why? It’s filled with 1 full serving of greens & veggies in each tablet for an added nutrition boost.

 

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Can a Plant-Based Diet Support a Healthy Immune System?

By Dorothy Nakaggwa

The immune system can be influenced by the food you eat. Some foods contain essential components to help support your immune system, such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can be found in plant-based sources.

Over the past few years, there has been increased interest in plant-based diets. This is partly because of health reasons, since plant foods contain various nutrients. But can eating plant-based foods also be a factor in supporting a healthy immune system?

How does the immune system protect you?

The immune system is a complex network of cells, organs, proteins, and tissues essential for your survival. It detects and responds to a variety of pathogens like viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

Supporting a healthy immune system can be complex, as there is not one single way to manage it. This is a system that requires a balance of making healthy food and lifestyle choices. Making positive choices such as practicing healthy personal hygiene, staying hydrated, getting adequate sleep and exercise, managing stress, in addition to a healthy diet all play a role.

Smoking, chronic stress, excessive alcohol intake, inadequate sleep, consumption of foods high in sugars and unhealthy fats can all bog down your immune system.

So, how may a plant-based diet support your immune system?

About 70 percent of your immune system is in the gut. And both the gut microbiome and their metabolites influence its functioning. Therefore, maintaining a healthy and balanced gut microbiome is essential for supporting your immune system.

Foods that potentially support gut health can also support the immune system. Whole plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are sources of various nutrients and components that can help support your overall wellness.

Here are some components of the plant-based diet that may help support a healthy immune system:

  • Fiber: Most plant-based foods contain in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber acts as food for the gut microbiome, increasing their number and variety. On the other hand, insoluble fiber helps in the elimination of waste.
  • Antioxidants: Many Fruits and vegetables are sources of antioxidants. Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, vitamin C and E, selenium, and lycopene. Dietary antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals.

Is diet enough to support a healthy immune system?

The answer is no. Although diet is very important, many factors play a critical role in ensuring that your immune system functions at its best. Other lifestyle modifications you should consider include:

  • Getting adequate and quality sleep
  • Incorporating stress management activities like yoga and meditation
  • Exercising
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce alcohol intake

If your dietary intake isn’t enough through food alone, you may consider supplementation as a way to fill nutrient gaps. Amazing Grass Greens Blend is an easy and delicious-tasting way to add more immune-supporting, fruits, and veggies to your diet.

In conclusion, yes a plant-based diet can support a healthy immune system. Focus on consuming a variety of whole plant-based foods that can support immune function while promoting a balanced and healthy gut microbiome.

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How to Totally Rock Your Health Goals

By Caitlin Shoemaker of From My Bowl

There’s nothing wrong with having a New Year’s resolution, but it is a little strange how most of us fall off the bandwagon in a month or two. Here are 4 easy tips to help you accomplish (and totally rock) your health goals:

  1. Pick a sustainable goal
    If you order takeout every night or haven’t been to the gym in 5 months, odds are you aren’t going to start daily Meal Prepping and become an extreme fitness god(dess) overnight. Pick a realistic goal for yourself, otherwise, you’re much more likely to feel overwhelmed and give up. It’s okay to have larger long-term goals, but you’re much more likely to keep at it if you celebrate the baby steps along the way!

  2. There’s nothing wrong with a “Life Hack”
    Whether it’s a quick-and-dirty workout when you’re pressed for time or tossing a scoop of the new Amazing Grass Glow Protein (which has greens and supports collagen production) in your superfood smoothie – get it, girl! (or guy). We’re all busy people – if something helps you get to those goals faster, go for it! As long as it’s health-promoting, and not illegal, of course 😉

  3. Find an accountability buddy
    Things are always easier with a friend – health and fitness goals included! Whether it’s your bestie, your mom, or a public Facebook group, you’ll feel way more motivated to get things done when you have to report your progress to someone else. Plus, you and your buddy can help build each other up when the going gets tough!

  4. Determine your motivation
    A wise friend recently reminded me that most of our actions are driven by either fear or love. Do you want to hit the gym because you feel insecure, or because you find joy in your movement and want to celebrate your strength? Are you determined to eat healthier because you’re scared you won’t “look as great”, or because it helps you to feel your best and take on the day? While both roads may drive you to the same end result, your journey to get there will be far more enjoyable if you treat yourself with kindness. After all, you’re pretty great already!
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6 Foods That Support Your Immune System

By McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN Founder of Nutrition Stripped and creator of The Method

Registered Dietician, founder of Nutrition Stripped and leading wellness coach in mindful nutrition, McKel Kooienga believes that creating healthy eating habits is one of the most important skills you can give yourself for your overall well-being.    

Eating a diet rich in whole foods is the most important thing to support a healthy immune system. Health is a daily practice and taking those small actions every single day to nourish your body, mind, and spirit are so key to your health and longevity. 

That’s why we start with nutrition and making sure our bodies are given the best opportunity to function optimally because we’re feeding it the nutrients it needs to not just survive but to thrive. Incorporate these foods into your diet year-round to give your immune system the support it needs to function its best. 

 

SpirulinaSpirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green algae and it’s rich in plant-based protein! 

Protein is important for rebuilding lean body mass, keeping yourself full and satiated, and amino acids play a role in thousands of cellular functions in the body. In addition, eating enough protein specifically supports our immune health because our body needs protein to create antibodies, immune system cells which help our bodies repair and build tissue and fight viral and bacterial infections.

Some studies show eating a plant-based diet has lower markers of inflammation.

 

 

PineapplePineapple

Pineapple falls into the category of Starchy/Sugary Carbohydrates. Studies have shown a diet rich in refined sugars (i.e. highly processed carbohydrates and sugars) can suppress our immune system so now is the time to check in with what types of carbohydrates you’re consuming. Opt for whole food starchy carbohydrates that also contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals along with potential additional macronutrients versus refined carbohydrates which are not as nutrient-dense.

Added bonus, pineapple is a great source of vitamin C, another important nutrient for supporting the immune system. 

 

Dark leafy GreensGreens

Greens like dark leafy greens, spinach, and wheatgrass all are considered non-starchy carbohydrates. 

These are your fiber-rich veggies such as dark leafy greens, cucumbers, bell peppers, lettuce, artichokes, etc. These foods represent foods that contain a good amount of fiber which is essential in supporting our gut microbiota, which in turn supports our immune system.

Eat the rainbow when you’re considering this food group! The more color the better and try to consume a few cups or servings per meal, ideally as many vegetables as you can get into your diet is going to ensure you’re eating enough fiber, obtaining antioxidants, phytonutrients, and key vitamins and minerals that support overall immune health.

 

 

Rose HipsRose Hips, Cherries, and Acai Berry

These red-colored foods are rich in Vitamin C. 

Vitamin C is one of the most popular, marketed, and well-known vitamins with the cold and flu season approaching us. Vitamin C is one of many powerful antioxidants found within food sources and in supplements. It’s been used in clinical practice ranging from preventing (reducing the duration and severity) the common cold, flu, repairing oxidative stress and cell damage in smokers/ex-smokers, decreasing the risk and progression of cataracts, reducing certain types of cancer, reducing high blood pressure, enhancing non-heme iron, and nail health.

 

 

Flax SeedsFlax Seeds

Flax seeds are a great source of fiber, especially soluble fiber. Fiber is so important to any diet as it balanced cholesterol levels in the blood, regulates bowel movements, regulates blood sugar levels, regulates your satiety levels, lowers the risk of certain types of cancer, reduces the risk of diabetes, supports a diverse gut microbiota which supports immune health, and aids in digestion overall.

 

 

 

 

Probiotic Rich FoodsProbiotic Rich Foods 

Probiotics have the potential to improve your digestive, cardiovascular, immune, and mental health as well as your metabolism and skin. Having a good balance of gut microbiota (i.e. good bacteria in your digestive tract) is key for immune health and general wellbeing.

It’s important to note, that along with probiotics we should also talk about prebiotics which feed probiotics. Examples of prebiotics are a common food in food sources you may already be enjoying such as garlic, bananas, artichokes, onions, and oatmeal.

 

    If you’re able to add these foods to your diet daily or weekly along with other lifestyle factors such as getting enough sleep, rest, movement, and stress management, these practices can support immune health. If you’re on the go and need a boost, try our protein and greens powder, Green Superfood® Original by Amazing Grass®  which contains all of these incredible immune-supportive foods listed above in an easy to scoop and sip style. 

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Naturally Support Your Immune System

Ready to power up? ⚡️⁠

Never underestimate the power of your diet 💪 Incorporating specific foods into the diet can strengthen a person’s immune response + can help give you that extra illness-fighting punch. 👊🏼⁠

Load up on these nutrient-packed items:⁠

  • 🌱Spinach⁠: Spinach is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. It packs high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium.1
  • 🌱Broccoli⁠: Broccoli is high in many vitamins and minerals, including folate, potassium, manganese, iron, and vitamins C and K1. 2
  • 🌱Citrus fruits⁠: A number of vitamins and minerals are found in oranges, including vitamin C, thiamine, folate, and potassium. Lemons are very rich in vitamin C. In addition, they’re a decent source of potassium and vitamin B6. 3
  • 🌱Turmeric⁠: Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. It contains compounds that have health benefits. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. 4
  • 🌱Berries⁠: Berries are low in calories and extremely nutritious. In addition to being high in antioxidants, they also contain several vitamins and minerals. Berries, especially strawberries, are also high in vitamin C. 5
  • 🌱Ginger⁠: Ginger is commonly used for various types of stomach problems. A healthy gut can lead to better overall health. 6
  • 🌱Garlic⁠: Garlic is a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste. However, throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its health and medicinal properties. Garlic is low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. 7
  • 🌱Green tea⁠: It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. These include improved brain function and many other impressive benefits. 8
  • 🌱Almonds⁠: They are highly nutritious and rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. 9


Are you getting your recommended 5+ daily servings of fruits & veggies?

Sometimes adding a greens supplement, like organic wheatgrass powder can be an easy place to start. Packed with organic greens, wholesome fruits and vegetables, plus nutrient-dense superfoods, our Green Superfood is a great way to get the whole food nutrition your body needs.⁠ Click “here” to learn more about Green Superfood.

References

1 (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/spinach)
2 (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/broccoli)
3 (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/oranges)
4 (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric#section1)
5 (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-reasons-to-eat-berries#section4)
6 (https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/qa/are-there-health-benefits-of-taking-ginger)
7 (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-garlic#section10)
8 (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea)
9 (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-proven-benefits-of-almonds#section2)

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5 Ways to Support A Healthy Body & Planet With Your Food

By Megan Faletra, MS, MPH, RDN

By implementing even one of the practices below, you will be well on your way to advocating for and supporting a food system that works for the health of both people and planet. Even small changes can really add up over time so never take for granted what even one person can do to change the world for the better.

Eat Locally

Eating locally is one of the best ways that you can support a more sustainable food system as it helps to reduce the carbon impact your food has from transportation and allows you to get to know your local farmers. One of the best ways that you can work to eat more locally is by seeking out local farmers markets or CSAs (community supported agriculture programs) in your area. Showing your support to your local farmers in this way helps to protect your local food system, environment, and makes for a more regionally independent and sustainable local food system.

Support Regenerative and Organic Farming

In addition to eating locally, choosing to support regenerative and organic farming as much as possible is equally important as it helps farmers make the often more expensive transition to sustainable farming, and shows larger farms and corporations that there is an economic incentive to farming in this way. While choosing organic and regeneratively grown food can be more expensive, try to think of it as a priority for the future of your health, the health of your family, and the health of the planet. 

Purchase From Sustainable Brands

Brands absolutely have a role to play in supporting a sustainable food system, which is why showing your support for brands that are farming the right way is so important. Amazing Grass is a great example of a sustainable company that began as a small family farm in Kansas committed to growing organic harvests that put the health of people and the environment first. Their reason for farming since the beginning has been to support the earth using slow growing and organic practices, while growing the most nutrient dense food possible for the health of people everywhere.

Eat More In Season

Similarly to eating locally, eating in season is a great way to support your local food system, get more acquainted with what is in season in your area, and reduce the carbon impact of your food. Often before people start eating seasonally they aren’t even aware of when their favorite foods are actually grown and harvested. This can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, which is why the Seasonal Food Guide Calendar is such an amazing resource to utilize when first getting started with seasonal eating. Simply choose your state and the month you are in and it will show you a complete list of everything that is in season in your area.

For those that do live in regions where locally grown food can be limited during certain times of the year (like during the winter or extreme summer heat) it is best to focus on eating in-season as often as possible during the other months, and then prioritize choosing organic and sustainably grown food that may need to come from further away during those low-growing months.

Educate Your Friends And Family

Once you have started to make some changes to supporting a more sustainable food system in your own life it is time to start sharing everything you have learned with your friends and family. Education has so much power and the more people are aware of the ways they can make changes to support a better food system the more impact we will begin to make. So don’t be afraid to share what you have learned with those that you love and use your newfound education for good!

 

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Support a Healthy Body and Planet with your Food

By Megan Faletra, MS, MPH, RDN

Our food has the power to connect us in so many ways.

It can help us nourish our bodies, bring communities together across cultures and generations, spark memories of special moments, and provide us with an incredibly powerful solution for supporting the health and well-being of our planet.

Our food and the global system it is a part of has the potential to not only support the health of every person on this planet, but also reduce and reverse many of the climate related issues we experience today. For these reasons our food is one of our most valuable tools for influencing both personal and planetary health, but it is up to us to ensure that it reaches its full potential.

Our Current Food System
Unfortunately, our current global food system today has prioritized convenience and profit over the health of our food and environment. Today if you walk into any grocery store you will most likely be able to find almost any item of produce or packaged food that your heart desires. It doesn’t matter what season you are in, strawberries and avocados are available all year round, but the question is at what cost?

While there are many benefits to living in a world where almost anything we could want or need is at our disposal and where the access we have to foreign foods allows for us to experience different cuisines that we may not have been able to otherwise, the larger impact on our planet is taking its toll.

Today most of the food grown around the world is done so using mono-culture and conventional farming practices that go against the very principles of farming that protect and value land health and biodiversity. We are seeing the consequences of these practices in the increased need for pesticides and fertilizers, the decline in our pollinator populations, deforestation for even more land cultivation, and the quickly eroding topsoil that in many areas has been so overfarmed it no longer is usable. In fact, it is estimated that if our farming practices globally continued at the rate they currently are, we could be looking at a complete lack of farmable topsoil in as little as 50 years.

But rather than feel overwhelmed by the state of our current food system lets take a look at what it could look like, and the incredibly positive impacts that a sustainable food system could have on our health and the health of our planet.

What A Sustainable Food System Looks Like
People have been farming for thousands of years, and it is only in the last 50 years or so that our farming practices moved so rapidly away from the traditional farming practices that generations of farmers grew up on. Before the mono-culture crop and factory farm model was a system of farming that worked in unison with nature. This system was a truly sustainable and regenerative system that viewed the farmer and the farm as a part of a larger ecosystem, one that could work to support the health of the soil, the biodiversity of the landscape, and the conservation of water.

While globally we may have moved away from this system, there are many farmers and advocates that are standing up for a truly regenerative way of farming, who are returning their farms back to ones that support soil health and biodiversity, and who are our best chance for protecting our own food security in the future and reversing the impacts of climate change today.

Learn more about 5 Ways to Support A Healthy Body & Planet With Your Food.

 

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4 Morning Rituals to Start Smart & Kick Off Your Day

How we spend our morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. With the summer sun rising earlier, it’s the perfect time to invest in your morning routine. Start smart each day with these healthy morning rituals and notice how good you feel as the day goes on!

Eat Fresh
We tend to think of breakfast as a meal centered around breads and grains, but our first meal of the day is a great opportunity to include fresh produce. Whether you throw some berries in your oatmeal or cook up a veggie omelet, including fruits and vegetables will have you feeling vibrant from the morning hours through the afternoon.

Spark the Brain Power
To keep yourself alert and focused all day, reach for the Organic Brain Booster to elevate your morning smoothie. This thoughtful blend combines farm fresh wheat grass with an amazing array of plant botanicals like matcha, bacopa, and lion’s mane providing nutrients to help support cognition and mental clarity.

Move Your Body
Whether you want to kick off your day with a high-intensity workout with our daily green energy booster powder or just some simple stretching, the morning is a great time to get your blood flowing. Studies show that exercising in the morning helps keep your metabolism working all day and helps you sleep better at night. [1]

Set an Intention
Perhaps the most important of all morning rituals, set the tone for each day with your intentions. What do you want to accomplish today? Set some manageable goals for yourself each day and enjoy the satisfaction of completing them. Goals don’t have to be tasks—things like spending time with loved ones, going for a walk in nature, or setting aside personal time are equally important.

[1] “7 Benefits of Morning Exercise, Plus 5 Tricks To Actually Love It”. Make Your Body Work. Web. 4 July 2017.

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Feel Amazing Every Day

We are all creatures of habit and routine, but so often it can feel like a challenge to adopt healthy rituals and stick to them. Knowing full well that adding healthy habits into our day could benefit us immensely, we find it difficult to make a change. What if there was a simpler way to add amazing benefits into each and every day? What if there was something natural that felt like second nature and could easily fit into our daily lives? At Amazing Grass, we believe this is possible.

Adopting healthier habits when it comes to food can often be some of the most difficult changes to make. Without feeling as if we have enough time in our day to prepare healthier food or the skills in the kitchen to create healthier recipes, we end up feeling overwhelmed and incapable.

When it comes to adjusting our routine to include activities that can boost our energy and help us to achieve overall health and wellness, once again we may start to feel defeated. Will the extra time in the gym actually make a difference? Will we feel more relaxed by taking that walk than we would by watching our favorite TV show at home on the couch? Although “rewards” should be things that make us feel better afterward, we often choose rewards that may feel better in the moment, but don’t often lead to increased happiness in the long run.

So how do we break the cycle? Is there an easy way to reward ourselves with something that’s not only simple, but actually leaves us feeling better at the end of the day? Is there a simple way to stay energized, boost immunity, aid digestion and achieve overall health and wellness? At Amazing Grass, achieving this is our number one priority. How? By making one small change that can lead to a big difference. A scoop. A bite. A smile. Amazing Grass is the refreshing new ritual that leaves a lasting impression. Shop our kale proteins, superfood powders & more!

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5 Easy Ways to Get More Greens Into Your Daily Diet

By Ashley Martens

Today, more than ever before, more people are adopting a plant-based diet. I may be stating the obvious here, but a plant-based diet consists of eating, you guessed it, mainly plants including fresh fruits and vegetables. Even if you aren’t fully focused on shifting your daily diet to mostly plants, it’s still important to enjoy a dose (or two) of daily greens and how a Super Greens Powder Blend can help.

 


 

The Importance of Fruits and Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are teeming with phytonutrients as well as fiber, minerals and vitamins, which help the body achieve optimal health. Here are a few of the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables.

  • Antioxidants, Minerals and Vitamins. Plants are chock-full of minerals and vitamins. Dark leafy greens like broccoli, kale and spinach all contain Vitamins E and K and also have minerals like calcium and magnesium. Skip the multivitamin and grab some greens instead.
  • Fiber. Plant-based foods, like fruits and vegetables, are full of fiber. Fiber helps keep you satiated and feeling satiated after meals could potentially decrease daily snack attacks. Enjoying quality sources of fiber from whole food sources, like fruits and vegetables, can also reduce the risk of chronic disease and can help control weight.
  • Phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are responsible for a plant’s bright color, smell and taste and plant-based foods, like fruits and vegetables, are packed with them. Phytonutrients also help to fight free-radicals, to help prevent cell damage.

 


 

Easy Ways to Get More Fruits and Vegetables

Eating more fruits and vegetables may sound like a daunting task, but it can be easy. Here are five ways you can easily enjoy more fruits and vegetables every day.

5 easy ways to get more greens, fruits and veggies into your diet

#1 Add Fruits and Vegetables to Smoothies

  • Don’t enjoy the taste of vegetables? Sneak them into smoothies instead.  Add a cup of kale or a handful of spinach to a smoothie or smoothie bowl for an added dose of daily greens. Top with your favorite fresh fruits and enjoy all of the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables all in one delicious dish.
  • In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, add a scoop of Amazing Grass Greens Blend Superfood The Original and enjoy an additional two full servings of fruit, greens and vegetables. Prefer something fruity? Add a burst of fresh flavor with a scoop of Greens Blend Superfood Berry and enjoy a punch of antioxidant-rich Acai berries, which are loaded with phytonutrients.

#2 Fill Up a Flatbread

  • A delicious way to enjoy more fruits and vegetables is by adding them to a favorite flatbread or pizza. Vegetables make an easy addition to flatbreads and pizzas, so whether you prefer mushrooms, onions, peppers or all three, layer on the vegetables and make that slice of pizza as unique as your tastes. Even pineapple is welcome. Hey, we don’t discriminate!

#3 Include Fruits and Vegetables in Sandwiches, Salads, Soups and Stir Frys

  • Eating more fruits and vegetables is easy when whipping up a handcrafted sandwich, salad, soup or stir fry. These meals are especially good if you have some leftover vegetables that you aren’t sure how to repurpose. Fill your salad with fresh farmers market vegetables, stack that handcrafted sandwich with luscious leafy greens and use leftover vegetable scraps in a homemade soup or stir fry.

#4 Drink a Greens Powder

  • Not a fan of eating your greens, fruits & veggies? An easy and convenient way to add greens to your diet is to drink a green supplement powder. Green powders provide a wide variety of concentrated green vegetables. A great benefit to incorporating green powders into your diet is that they include hard to consume, nutritious greens like wheat grass and alfalfa and plant-algae like spirulina and chlorella. Better yet, a Daily Greens Powder Blend contains a variety of nutritious greens, PLUS a colorful assortment of fruits & vegetables, fiber, pre and probiotics & more!
  • Each scoop of Amazing Grass Greens Blend – Superfood has 7 nutritious greens, 2 servings of fruits and veggies and Vitamins C & K to help support health and immunity. Simply add one scoop to water and say “hello” to your new daily wellness routine.

#5 Sneak Fruits and Vegetables into Something Sweet

 


 

From fiber to phytonutrients, fruits and vegetables are absolutely amazing! Between their delicious taste, immune support and various vitamins and minerals, eating more fruits and vegetables are essential to optimal health. 

Remember to focus on bright colors, choose foods with ingredients you and your body can recognize and create recipes with more plant focused ingredients. When in doubt, include a scoop of Amazing Grass to ensure you are enjoying the many benefits fresh fruits and vegetables have to offer. Simple shifts like these can bring you one step closer to living an amazingly nourished life.

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Your Greens Guide

How to Choose the Right Greens For You

Greens supplements are a convenient, hassle-free way to get more nutritious superfoods into your diet. However, choosing the right type of Greens product for you depends on your health goals, lifestyle and daily habits.

Stir up your new daily routine with either our Green Superfood, Effervescents and Boosters. Check out our greens guide below.

If Being Consistent with Your Health is Important to You

👉🏼 Use Green Superfood

• 1+ full servings of greens, fruits & veggies
• Supports immunity and overall health
• Aids natural digestive function
⁠• Available in 11 delicious flavors and functions

 

 

If You Live an Active, On-The-Go Lifestyle

👉🏼 Use Effervescents

⁠• 1 full serving of greens and veggies
⁠• 30 antioxidant superfoods
⁠• Delicious & convenient fizzing tablets
Available in 9 flavors and functions

 

 

If You’re a “Smoothie-A-Day” Type of Person

👉🏼 Use Organic Smoothie Boosters

Added nutrition to your daily smoothie
Organic greens, superfoods and revitalizing botanicals
Specific functional support such as Collagen, Energy & Brain
Available in 7 varieties and functions

 

 

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How to Eat Less Meat & Still Get Enough Protein

By Dorothy Nakaggwa

Meat-LESS Does NOT Mean Protein-LESS

Going meatless, whether for environmental, cultural, or health reasons can be daunting, especially for meat lovers. The desire to consume nutritious foods without sacrificing taste is a top priority for most people. Although plant-based foods contain loads of nutrients, getting adequate protein can be a challenge for those on a plant-based diet.

Unlike animal proteins, most plant proteins are considered incomplete proteins because they lack one or more amino acids, the building blocks for proteins. However, eating a diverse whole food plant-based diet can provide your body with an adequate supply of all the essential amino acids for optimal health.

Want to stop running back to the meat aisle for lack of a good protein choice? Here are a few tips and strategies to help you eat less meat — and make your diet protein-rich.

Stock Up On Whole Grains

Whole grains are not only a great source of protein, they are also rich in fiber and other vital nutrients. The fiber component is essential because this gives you a satiety benefit- helping you feel full for longer hours. So you don’t have to worry about overeating.

Quinoa is a complete protein with all the essential amino acids. Other common whole grains include brown rice, oats, rye, buckwheat, and Kamut. You can also eat whole grain pasta, whole wheat bread, and whole wheat pita.

On average, most whole grains provide you with six grams of protein per serving. Add whole grains such as quinoa to salads, to stews and soups, or use it as a base for breakfast porridge.

 

Eat More Pulses

In addition to grains, pulses can be a significant addition to your diet because they contain a lot of proteins. Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Commonly used pulses include chickpeas, lentils, peas, and beans.

Beans are a tasty substitute for some meat-centric recipes. For example, you can fill tacos with black beans instead of beef, add kidney or black beans on salads in place of chicken, or substitute lentils for ground beef when making pasta sauce.

You can also enjoy pluses as a snack, a side dish, a base for vegetables, or sprinkle them on salads.

 

Consider Nuts and seeds–and their butters

Whether you’re snacking on them or adding them into your recipes for a creamier flavor and texture, nuts and seeds are a great way to add more protein to your meatless diet.

Nuts and seeds that are high in protein include hemp, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, almonds, pistachio, walnuts, and cashew nuts. Not forgetting hummus, almond butter, cashew butter, and peanut butter.

Since nuts have a high-fat content — which equates to more calories, you should watch your portions. Eat about four to six servings of nuts and seeds a week. Always choose dry or roasted nuts over nuts cooked in oils.

You can bake the nuts and enjoy them as a snack, add them to a dessert dish, sprinkle them into a salad, or grind them and add to soups and sauces.

 

Embrace Soy proteins

Tempeh, tofu, and edamame are some of the richest sources of protein in a plant-based diet. They are loaded with essential omega-3 fatty acids, which offer several health benefits. It’s always better to go for organic non-GMO soy products.

Tofu and tempeh are pretty bland, and they can soak up the flavors of whatever they’re cooked with. This makes them very versatile, with lots of cooking options.

You can use both tempeh and tofu to make veggie burgers, layer them into sandwiches, or add them to your grain bowls.

 

Plant-based Protein Powders

Fundamentally, eating whole plant-based foods is the best way to get proteins. However, if you’re not getting adequate proteins, then adding a high quality plant-based protein powder to your diet can be very helpful.

Besides providing you with enough protein, plant-based protein powders offer other health benefits such as keeping you full for longer, improved gut and digestive health.

A good plant-based protein powder should contain a blend of varied organic plant protein sources and be free from preservatives and fillers. Check out our comprehensive organic plant-based protein powders for an easy, and no-prep way to increase your daily protein intake.

Add your protein powder to a smoothie, oatmeal, pancake mix, or a homemade salad.

 

Simply reducing the amount of meat in our diet will have a significant impact, both for the environment and our health. Thankfully, there are plenty of easy ways to start eating less meat and more plants, without cutting out meat entirely. By trying out some of these simple alternatives, you can easily shift the balance of your diet and start on a new you in 2021.

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Self-Care During the Holidays

With the chaos of 2020 + holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to de-stress with a little self-care 101!

Leading up to the holidays is the perfect time to start prioritizing self-care. Once the craziness of holiday-prep gets underway, it’s hard to take time out to care for ourselves. We’re always so focused on taking care of others that our own self-care falls short. Before the holidays are in full swing, we recommend setting up a game plan to stay healthy and happy all winter long. Need some tips for how to put yourself first this holiday season? We’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite ideas for prioritizing self-care.

1 Hour of Me Time: It’s easy to feel lost or overwhelmed these days and especially during all of the holiday hubbub. Even if you’re staying home for the holidays, plan ways to make space and time for yourself to decompress. Whether it’s a weekly at-home spa day, curling up on the couch with your favorite book or live-streaming a yoga class, make sure to carve out these 60 minutes each week where you are doing something special, just for you.

Meditation: Meditation can scare a lot of people away. But, it’s truly an exceptional way to reduce stress and bring clarity. Try apps like Headspace or Omva to get started. Each app uses guided meditation, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught up in your train of thought. Start with 5 minutes a day and gradually work your way up.

Nutrition: The holidays are always a time when our nutrition seems to go out the window. From parties to family get togethers, it seems like the temptations are everywhere. Instead of stressing about eating perfect all the time, keep some of our Green Superfood Original on hand. This way you can still indulge occasionally, while ensuring you’re getting the nutrients you need. Throw some of our organic wheatgrass powder or effervescent tabs into a small glass of water or smoothie for a delicious and convenient way to get your daily dose of green nutrition..

Have Tech-Free Time: Being connected to everyone all the time can be very overwhelming, so you should try having periods during your day where you put your phone down. If you’re deeply addicted to your phone, start by setting aside 10 minutes, setting a timer, and doing something that can be done completely tech-free, like cleaning or reading. Eventually, you can build up your tech-free tolerance and be able to set aside an hour or more to be away from your technology. If you’re seeing family over the holidays, make a pact to dedicate a full night or more to shutting off your devices and talking, playing a game or going for a walk!

Exercise: Speaking of walks, just like nutrition, physical activity often falls to the wayside during the holidays. Keep up with those quarantine walks and indoor workouts. Moving your body for just a few minutes each day can really help boost your mood and reduce your stress.

Have a Spa Day: Nothing says self-care like a spa day, 2020 style – from the comfort of your own home that is. Grab a face mask, book, glass of wine (or some greens!), and enjoy some relaxation in a hot bubble bath.

Web Story – How To Care For Yourself During The Holidays

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