6 Ways to Support Your Mental Health

Our mental and physical health are inextricably linked – when we work to improve one, we reap the benefits of both.

What we consume is integral to our overall wellbeing, and Amazing Grass is your partner in plant-based nutrition, providing products that are easy to integrate into your everyday diet. Nutrition is key to managing your mental health, so getting in the right nutrients can make the difference between an ok day and an amazing one. Nutrition, hydration, exercise, sleep, self-care, and a fulfilling social life are the basis for a healthy mind & body – check out our 6 tips for mental self-care and enjoy the positive effects it will have on your physical health too!

Stay Active and Hydrated
Stay Active and Hydrated

Exercise releases endorphins in our brains, and these neurotransmitters alleviate pain and promote a general sense of wellbeing. Proper hydration keeps constipation, dizziness, confusion, and low blood pressure at bay. Try adding a Fizzy Green Tablet to your water to support on-the-go hydration while you’re active – you’ll get the added benefit of a full serving of greens & veggies!

Start Your Morning off Right
Start Your Morning off Right

Fitting in a nutritious breakfast can help set you up for success! Check out our smoothie and breakfast recipes for ideas on how to quickly inject your first meal of the day with greens and protein to keep you fueled all day long like this Lemon Greens Smoothie.

Get a Social Boost
Get a Social Boost

No matter how busy you are, friends & family will always prove to be your best stress busters. Spend time with people you love, and your mental health will thank you. If you can’t see your loved ones in person, try hosting a virtual happy hour or dinner party.

Prioritize Your Sleep Schedule
Prioritize Your Sleep Schedule

Lack of quality sleep can lead to irritability & exhaustion in the short-term, and negative health benefits long-term. Make sure your environment is conducive to sleep – a low light, quiet, and device-free room can help you snooze contentedly, making you ready to tackle your day.

Check-in with Yourself
Check-in with Yourself

Prioritizing self-care is important, but often forgotten in the day-to-day chaos. Set aside time to do the things that make you feel good – try taking a bath, reading a book, or getting a massage. Amid a hectic work and home schedule, taking care of yourself can help you feel less overwhelmed and more capable of tackling the challenges you face.

Make Nutrition a Priority
Make Nutrition a Priority

Plan ahead and track your intake to ensure you get the nutrition you need to support your mental and physical wellbeing. Our Organic Plant Protein Blend is an easy way to get delicious, plant-based protein – you can add it to smoothies or meals to make them even more nutrient-dense!

 

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5 Ways to Incorporate Greens Blend into Your Day

Getting in your greens doesn’t get easier or tastier than this.

Proper nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated – Amazing Grass Greens Blend mixes easily into smoothies, water, and meals for a quick & versatile way to help maintain overall health and wellness.

Here are 5 ways to add Greens Blend to your day:

Try a Nutrition-Packed Waffle
Try in a Nutrition-Packed Waffle

These easy, Berry Grain-Free Waffles are full of greens and phytonutrient-packed fruits, with tons of indulgent flavor. Top with berries and maple syrup for a delicious & nutritious breakfast treat!

Spice Up Your Oatmeal
Spice up Your Oatmeal

Like blueberry pie in a bar! Prep these ahead for breakfast or enjoy the crunchy oats and juicy blueberries as a sweet and fruity anytime snack. These Blueberry Oatmeal Bars are like regular oatmeal, but better.

Kickstart Your Smoothie Routine
Kickstart Your Smoothie Routine

Fresh and powdered greens power this bright & light smoothie – hemp adds an extra boost of nutrition! Add this delicious Lemony-Green Smoothie to your routine. so often.

Try in Your Favorite Cookies
Try in Your Favorite Cookies

Mean, green, and ready to fit into any routine! With two hidden servings of greens, fruits, and veggies, these Peanut Butter Cookies are a great way to sneak extra nutrition into your day.

Hide Nutrition in Your Summer Soup
Hide Nutrition in Your Summer Soup

This fresh, Mediterranean Detox Soup is loaded with antioxidants and whole-food ingredients, aiding with digestion and providing a cozy, delicious, and nutritious meal.

 

 

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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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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.

Follow us @amazinggrass and show us how you enjoy your daily dose of greens

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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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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 Greens Blend, Fizzy Green Tablets and Boosters. Check out our greens guide below.

If Being Consistent with Your Health is Important to You

👉🏼 Use Greens Blend

• 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 Fizzy Green Tablets

⁠• 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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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 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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