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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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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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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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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4 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

By Isabella Lovett

Americans are among the most stressed populations in the world, with a 2019 Gallup poll indicating that around 55% experience stress on a daily basis. In the short term, stress can cause everything from digestive upset to a panic attack, but in the long term, it can lead to a host of physical and mental issues – including anxiety and depression. It is important for individuals to tackle stress proactively everyday, with a view to avoiding its slow but steady consequences. The good news is that if you are ready to take the stress busting challenge, there are many ways to do so – including taking part in holistic activities, spending time in nature, being physically active, and embracing a plant-based diet. For the latter, green superfood powder, blended with fruits and vegetables can help ensure that the gut-mind connection is optimal.

Yoga, Mindfulness And Tai Chi

Over the past decade, countless studies have been undertaken on the power of holistic activities such as yoga, mindfulness meditation, and Tai Chi to lower stress levels. One study, published by researchers at Coventry University, showed how these activities can have stress-relieving effects that can last long-term. The study showed that yoga and Tai Chi don’t just relax the mind and body; they actually ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions that cause illness and depression over time. The researchers stated, “These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed.”

Nature As A Healer

University of East Anglia researchers have found that spending just a few minutes in a natural area every day can significantly reduce stress and long-term conditions such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and even preterm birth. This was the case for various reasons – including the fact that spending time outside provided more opportunities for socializing. Researchers added that exposure to a wide range of bacteria present in natural areas could benefit human immunity and reduce inflammation. Finally, organic compounds released by trees could boost health and well-being. Green time also reduces levels of stress hormone, cortisol. When present chronically, cortisol can harm human health in many ways, promoting conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes.

Embracing An Active Lifestyle

If mindfulness-based activities like yoga and meditation are not your cup of tea, then you may prefer to battle stress via traditional aerobics and strength workouts. A University of Maryland study showed that even moderate exercise can help people cope with anxiety stress for a period that extends beyond the immediate post-workout time frame. The researchers reported, “If you exercise, you’ll not only reduce your anxiety, but you’ll be better able to maintain that reduced anxiety when confronted with emotional events.” In the study, researchers compared the effects of exercise and quiet rest on stress. The findings showed that the group that simply rested returned to initial stress levels when they were emotionally stimulated, while those who had exercised maintained lower stress levels.

Adopting A Plant-Based Diet

If you really want to boost your mental health, try embracing a plant-based diet that includes green superfoods and antioxidants. Studies have shown that poor gut health often accompanies depression. They have also found that people with depression tend to have low levels of two types of gut bacteria – dialister and coprococcus. To boost the number of healthy bacteria in your gut, consuming a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables can help. This is because these healthy bacteria thrive on fiber-rich foods once they are digested. If you are too busy to chop and prepare fruit every day for work, Amazing Grass Green Superfood powder is an easy and convenient way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet. Just add a scoop to your favorite beverage or smoothie. There are many flavors to choose from, including chocolate, berry, lemon lime, watermelon and more. The selection of powders target different goals – including energy, immunity, and cleansing and detox.

Stress should be tackled on a daily basis to stave off its long-term effects. Chronic stress is linked not only to anxiety and depression but also to a host of physical ailments – including heart disease. Try to include a number of anti-stress activities in your life, including mindfulness, spending time in nature, exercising, and consuming a healthy diet that will improve your gut health. You may find that not all of these activities are possible or of interest; it may take time until you find the perfect combination for the type (and intensity) of stress you are battling. Whatever small changes you make, however, will be worth it for your long term stress levels.

Web Story – 4 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress

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Why Greens Are Important to Your Health (And How to Get More In Your Day)

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.

 

 

We always hear that eating our vegetables, in particular greens, are beneficial for our health, but why are greens good for us?

Greens and fiber-rich vegetables also known as non-starchy carbohydrates are great sources of nutrition!

Non-starchy carbohydrates don’t necessarily provide a substantial amount of energy like their starchier counterparts (think breads, fruits, pasta, etc.), but these carbohydrates are better known for their fiber, prebiotics, vitamins, and minerals.

When you hear non-starchy carbohydrates, think of super greens and vegetables! These are your leafy greens like arugula, kale, wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and so many more.

Fiber is so important to any diet as it balances 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, and aids in digestion overall.

In addition to fiber, greens typically contain vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin K, vitamin E, calcium, folate, manganese, potassium, and a host of antioxidants.

 


“These plants should make up the bulk of your plate – the more, the better!”

 

Their fiber and water content help to keep you full and provide your body with the nutrients you need to support healthy digestion.

So the next time you look at your plate, bowl, or smoothie container, try to squeeze in as many greens and vegetables as you can and have access to.

Here are a few ideas to help you get creative and add more greens into your diet:

1) Add to wraps and sandwiches (like spinach, alfalfa, or parsley)

2) Load them up in pasta dishes (like tomatoes, artichoke hearts, carrots)

3) Add them to pizza as a topping (like broccoli or sprouts!)

4) Add as a garnish (use alfalfa and broccoli sprouts for garnish and a nutrient punch)

5) Add frozen or fresh to any stir-fry meal (like carrots, tomatoes, broccoli)

6) Use heartier greens like kale, romaine, chard, and collard as wraps

 


“An easy and delicious way to get the nutrients from greens”

 

                                                         

Another question to simply ask yourself during meal times is “how can I boost the greens or vegetables in this meal?”. If you have extra vegetables on hand, then add those to your plate, otherwise, an easy and delicious way to get the nutrients from greens is to supplement your diet and add in a scoop of Greens Blend.

One scoop of Greens Blend Original is 2 full servings of greens, fruits, and veggies and is a convenient way to get the whole food nutrition your body needs. Learn more about the benefits here.

Add Greens Blend® Antioxidant by Amazing Grass® to squeeze in the greens, superfoods, fruits, herbs, and spices to support fighting free radicals. In just one scoop, there’s one full serving of fruits and veggies + 15,000 ORAC units in a delicious Sweet Berry flavor!

 

 

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Wellness Week

Did you miss out on our Wellness Week?

Rewatch and enjoy all the amazing classes online.

 

 

Talia Pollock

Learn a new recipe from comedian & plant-based chef.⁠

Watch our super fan turned super ambassador make her super healthy strawberry rhubarb crisp and teach you to party in YOUR plants with a recipe from her new book 📚 “Party in Your Plants!”

 

Claire Grieve

Join celebrity yoga & health coach, for a 30-minute yoga class to focus your energy and relax your soul.⁠

Did you miss out on our yoga class last week? Join celebrity yoga and health coach @claire_grieve for a 30-minute yoga class to focus your energy, relax your soul and get in a good workout!

 

Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

There’s no doubt that the key to good health lies in the gut — and in this Live, Dr. Will Bulsiewicz delivers a refreshingly clear picture on how to optimize gut health, informed by cutting edge science. ⁠⠀

Optimize your gut health with Dr. B, @theguthealthmd. He is the author of the NYT bestselling book – Fiber Fueled. Press play to hear why he is a big believer in getting as many different types of plants in the diet as possible.

 

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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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Help Boost Your Immunity with Green Superfood!

Your immune system is your main line of defense against illness, so it only makes sense that you’d want to keep it in tip top shape. 

Help boost your immunity with our Green Superfood! See our top 3 immune supporting Green Superfood powders below:

 

Antioxidant Sweet Berry

This powerful blend thoughtfully combines our alkalizing farm fresh greens & over 1 full serving of wholesome fruits and veggies plus an antioxidant blend packed with 15,000 ORAC units per serving.
One Scoop. Stir. Defend.

  • 15,000 ORAC units
  • Defend against free radicals
  • Naturally balances and increases alkalinity
  • Support overall health & immunity

 

Immunity Tangerine

This uniquely powerful blend thoughtfully combines our alkalizing farm fresh greens and wholesome fruits and veggies with immune boosting mushrooms and herbs. With 1,000mg of Vitamin C and a tangy tangerine flavor, it’s a refreshing way to feel amazing everyday.
One Scoop. Stir. Protect.

  • 1,000mg Vitamin C
  • Helps strengthen immunity
  • Support overall health & immunity

 

Multivitamin Pineapple Lemongrass

This one-a-day blend thoughtfully combines our alkalizing farm fresh greens and wholesome fruits and veggies. With coconut water and 15+ vitamins and minerals per serving, it’s an exotically refreshing way to feel amazing everyday.
One Scoop. Stir. Support.

  • 15 vitamins & minerals
  • Daily immunity support
  • Helps alkalize

 

 

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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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