Because I run marathons, work out six days a week and don’t eat red meat, my doctor suggested I take zinc and magnesium (since I sweat pretty much every day) and iron (I’m borderline anemic but my levels have improved quite a bit with supplementation). And because I’m female with a problematic gut, my doctor also suggested I take calcium (when I don’t eat yogurt), a probiotic for my gut health and vitamin D in the winter.
These are the essential vitamins and minerals I need to add in daily (depending on my diet and the time of year) to support my health so I can keep running marathons and doing other active things I love as recommended by my doctor. And I suggest you also visit your doctor FIRST if you’re not feeling your best to see if you might be lacking in an essential vitamin, mineral or nutrient before buying up the supplement store. (more…)
NuZest sent me a few sample flavours of their Clean Lean Protein powder to try last week, but since I decided I was going to run a marathon at the last minute, my focus was on eating as much carby goodness as I could in the few days leading up to the race — I didn’t get around to trying them until now since they’re actually quite low in carbs.
Like Everlast and Vega, NuZest also uses pea protein powder as it’s main ingredient. I prefer pea protein because I find it’s easy to digest, plus it generally tastes better and has a better texture than soy or rice protein. Though I don’t necessarily recommend protein powder supplements, I find it’s the easiest way for me to get in an ample amount of non-animal protein to help meet my muscle-building goals. Plus, they’re yummy and convenient. (more…)
Two weeks ago a rep for Vega reached out to me after I expressed interest in trying their new mocha nutritional shake flavour — I honestly hadn’t seen it available anywhere locally at that point (apparently it is available almost everywhere in Canada now but only at Whole Foods in the states), so I thought, awesome, I’d love to try a sample. I provided my shipping address and this amazing box of goodies showed up at my doorstep…
Can you say spoiled??? Thanks Trevor!
Even though I’m a whole-foods, plant-based advocate, I love smoothies and find adding protein powder is one of the easiest (and tastiest) ways to get in an adequate amount of protein for my muscle-building goals. I’ve loved and have used Vega to fuel my endurance sport endeavors since forever — before it was even called Vega, I think. I met Brendan Brazier six years ago through my employer at the time (an Ironman triathlete who happened to be friends with him) when he gave a talk to a few of us in the marketing department on sports nutrition. I had just got into triathlon training at the time, so I was stoked to try his new endurance bars and natural sport drink mixes. A year later, I was sent their brand new sport endurance line of products to test out and review (right around the time I started this blog, I think), but had to decline due to a job I had in the triathlon events industry at the time. It’s been awesome to see how much this Vancouver-based company has grown since then, adding momentum to the plant-based movement.
I tried the Tamari & Cracked Pepper Coconut Chips, which are made from roasted coconut chips and flavoured with tamari soy sauce, nutritional yeast, Himalayan cystal salt and black pepper. Aside from being super tasty and made with real food ingredients, it’s all organic and locally made right here in BC, which is awesome.
You could easily eat an entire bag in one sitting as a snack, which I almost did, or you could use them as a topper on a salad or baked with some fish. A Hippie Snacks Coconut Chip encrusted mahi mahi on the BBQ would taste AMAZING.
Although a bag sells for a reasonable $5.99, I’m not sure I’d be picking it up as a snack — just 1/3 cup packs about 11 grams of fat and only 120 calories, which would not leave me feeling satisfied. If you plan to use it in cooking or as a salad topper, though, it’d be worth adding to your pantry. They also come in a bacon flavour that looks intriguing.