My Favorite Things: March 2019

Orgain Organics Protein Powder, Forager chips, Just Thrive Probiotic, “The Salt Fix”, Simply on Purpose, chocolate, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, spore-based, gut health, sodium, heart disease, blood pressure, positive parenting, not yelling, parenthood, moms

1) Orgain Organics Chocolate Fudge Protein Powder

 
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Every single morning for breakfast I make a smoothie. One necessary element is the protein powder. If you’ve been following me, you know I’ve recommended various powders in the past ranging from Paleo protein powder to collagen powders. I don’t discriminate! I’m always excited to try new ones. The Julian Bakery Paleo protein powder I typically use was out of stock everywhere, so I searched for a “clean” yet delicious chocolate protein powder replacement. I heard great things about Orgain Organics, so I thought I’d give it a try.

It does not disappoint! It is both delicious and clean. This is a plant-based protein powder. It has 21 grams of organic plant based protein (pea, brown rice, chia seeds), 7 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of net carbs, and 0 grams of sugar. It is sweetened with organic erythritol and organic stevia. It’s also gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and soy free.

I still add some collagen along with this protein for the healing benefits of collagen, but the Orgain powder is satisfying enough on its own. Great news … this is also sold at Target and Costco!

2) Forager Chips

 
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I’m really trying to shy away from any junk food, but I love a good crunch. Forager provides the best of both worlds. It is a convenience food, but it’s probably as healthy as they come. The chips combine dehydrated, ground organic whole leafy greens with gluten-free, corn-free ancient grains and a touch of sea salt. Every crunchy bite is packed with phenomenal flavor. The chips are always 100% organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, corn-free, kosher, vegan and contain no trans fats.

They come in four flavors: Organic Cheezy Greens, Organic Chipotle BBQ, Organic Wasabi Greens, and Organic Just Greens. I’ve tried all but the wasabi, and I love each one! I buy mine at our local grocer Giant Eagle, but if you’re not able to find them at your local store, Amazon carries them, too (for now).

3) Just Thrive Probiotic

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Probiotics are helpful for maintaining good gut health and for acquiring beneficial bacteria that go a long way in boosting our immunity. After all, 70% of our immune systems are housed in our digestive tract. I heard about Just Thrive on a podcast, and I had to give it a try!

Just Thrive is a revolutionary new probiotic that is spore-based. This means that it has 1000x better survivability than most probiotics. It survives the harsh stomach environment and delivers powerful antioxidants and probiotics where you need them. The spore encasing is strong enough to last through the stomach acids and dissolves in the intestines, helping to even heal “leaky gut.”

The formulations are all-natural, non GMO, and made WITHOUT soy, dairy, sugar, salt, corn, tree nuts or gluten. They are also vegan, Paleo, and Keto-friendly. The company provides a 30-day, Bottom-of-the-Bottle guarantee. If you aren’t 100% satisfied, simply return the product for a full refund, even if the bottle’s empty.

This product has personally assisted with regularity, but I truly believe it has also helped my skin and complexion.

4) The Salt Fix

 
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This book was absolutely fascinating to me. It defies everything I learned in nursing school about salt and heart health … and I LOVED it!

Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy, presents the case that we have been vilifying the wrong white powdery substance for decades. It is sugar, not salt, that is the true cause of disease, obesity, and morbidity in our society.

In this extensively researched and thorough book, Dr. DiNicolantonio argues that advice to restrict salt, first recommended in the 1970s, was wrong. In fact, the vast majority of us don’t need to watch our salt intake. In fact, for most of us, more salt would be advantageous to health.

The book talks about various conditions that can actually be exacerbated by too little salt … conditions like insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, thyroid dysfunction, chronic kidney disease, increased heart rate, and even elevated blood pressure. On the other hand, getting enough salt can help with sleep, energy, mental focus, fitness performance, fertility, and sexual desire.

Getting the right kinds of salt is important as well. Regular table salt does not provide enough of the nutrients. So the book recommends salts like Himalayan sea salt, Redmond Real Salt, or Celtic sea salt.

I admit I’m a bit of a science nerd, but this book as absolutely changed the way I look at salt and sodium intake.

5) Simply on Purpose

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Ralphie Jacobs of Simply on Purpose on Instagram (@simplyonpurpose) is the answer to many a harried mothers’ prayers. Ralphie received training in early childhood education, and she now uses her knowledge to help teach parents. Her insightful page gives helpful advice and tips on positive parenting. Each day she provides guidance through her posts and lengthy Insta stories. She teaches how to use your power as a parent to create a life full of purpose.

Her Insta stories have helped me be a better parent on so many levels. Among the stories are teachings on parenting boys, how not to yell, why not to spank, bedtime tips, kids and screen time, and staying calm.

If you are not on Instagram, it would be worth it to join just to visit Ralphie’s page. She has 122K followers for good reason.

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