There are a wide variety of ways to shed pounds and feel healthier. However, some methods are no-brainers when it comes to improving your health and vitality. While working out regularly is important, maintaining a balanced diet is just as vital. Some think that skipping daily meals will help them lose their unwanted weight, but this actually slows down the metabolism. What does do the trick, however, are meal replacements. More specifically, smoothies! That’s right, this delicious and refreshing drink actually has a number of health benefits.
Meal replacements can not only help you slim down in no time, they can also help reduce your cholesterol levels! And don’t worry, just because they’re healthy doesn’t mean they don’t taste good. They’re filling and delicious! Starting off your day with one of these can work to boost your metabolism without packing on unwanted calories of typical meals like fast food and frozen options filled with preservatives. Here are a few smoothie ideas you can use to replace one meal a day and get on your to that goal weight:
Ready for the best news you’ll hear today? You can actually have chocolate in your diet and still lose weight. By replacing one of your daily meals with a chocolate-soy smoothie, you get that chocolate taste without all of the added sugar. The soy protein works to lower your cholesterol as well. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, soy protein works to lower total cholesterol and non-HDL cholesterol significantly more than milk. So go ahead and skip that sugary donut and reach for a chocolate smoothie instead. Your body will thank you!
If you’re more of a fruit fan, opt for a delicious strawberry taste that will please your taste buds and the scale. By replacing meals with this low-calorie smoothie, you may lose weight, decrease your cholesterol and improve overall heart health. To enhance the flavor even further, try adding some fresh fruit to the top.
A smoothie that incorporates natural vanilla will help you get on your way to slimming your waist. Instead of a calorie-packed meal, a replacement smoothie provides balanced nutrition and will help you maintain a healthy diet. Many wonder if meal replacements like these actually keep you full - the answer is yes. With a healthy level of dietary fiber, smoothies help curb your hunger so you don’t have to overindulge later on. When mealtime comes around, you’ll be craving this sweet and refreshing alternative.
A few smoothie tips
Any flavor you choose is sure to be delicious, but there are a few things you can do to enhance this delicious meal replacement. If you especially love fruit in your morning smoothie, Lunchbox.com suggested adding some on top. It really enhances the flavor.
If you’re always on the go, consider making a number servings at night so that you can have a few smoothies ready to go whenever you may need them. This makes it even easier to shed the pounds, even with a busy schedule.
Hello Everyone, I’m Team Naturade athlete Dustin Hinton and I just wanted to introduce myself and share a quick smoothie recipe with you.
Less than 2 years ago I was a 5’7′, 220lbs. single dad, with a serious gut, I couldn’t swim one lap, I didn’t own a bike, and a 1-2 mile run would be a sheer terror for me to complete. After losing a family member to cancer, very quickly, I decided to make a big change. I’m pretty much an all or nothing kind of guy so I immediately picked a huge goal.
My goal was to complete the Ironman Louisville 140.6 mile triathlon in front of my hometown, my family, and my friends, and more importantly, my 4 year old son Boston would be at the finish line. In my mind I had this one idea, If I can complete the Ironman I would have to get into shape.
What is Ironman?
It’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a full 26.2 marathon with a 17 hour cut off. So just get to the Ironman, the right way, by eating clean, training hard and smart, and being honest with myself. But my goal had another twist, I wanted to do this plus complete every other race distance in within ONE year… I wanted to go Couch to Ironman in one year… Everyone thought I was a nut…
During the process I became Vegan, started eating super clean, joined a local running group, cycling group, taught myself how to swim from YouTube videos, I completed 5k’s, 10k’s, Olympic Triathlons, Half Marathons, Full Marathons, 70.3 Half Ironman Triathlons, Century Rides, and by the time I was in the car driving to home for Ironman Louisville I had lost 58lbs. On August 26th, 2012, I jumped in the water at Ironman Louisville at 7am and 140.6 miles later I was holding my son at the finish line as an Ironman. A dream come true.
It doesn’t end there. I have been training hard, learning, getting faster, physically stronger, and mentally stronger. I am about to take on Ironman Mont-Tremblant 140.6 mile triathlon (The Ironman North American Championships) in Quebec Canada on August 18th. I also Qualified for the Hy-Vee U.S. Olympic Distance Championships on Sept 1, 2013. As a Naturade Athlete I want to show you how to train smart, hard, stay healthy, eat clean, and consistently live an active healthy lifestyle. I look forward to writing some fun articles, giving you my favorite recipes, and connecting and reaching out to anyone who needs a little advice or maybe just a little pep talk.
I’m Dustin, and this is my son Boston… First, I’m a dad before anything else, after that I’m a 31 year old vegan expatriate Hoosier living right outside of New Orleans, LA.
On June 12th, 2011 I had a bit of a wake up call and began my road to the ironman 140.6 mile endurance event and after that I’ve got some big plans, so it won’t end there… This is my outlet to vent, rant, promote, and let everyone know what’s up.
Naturade® Weight Gain Powder recognized as the category leader by consumers & health food stores nationwide for the 5th year in a row
We are very happy to announce that Naturade has been awarded the prestigious Vity Award 2013 for its Weight Gain nutrition drink mix for the fifth year in a row. The annual Vity Awards –The Oscars of the natural products industry– honor the industry’s top-selling products based on a nationwide survey of health food stores conducted by Vitamin Retailer Magazine.
Naturade® Weight Gain™ obtained first place for the weight gain category. Naturade® Weight Gain™ is an all-natural, nutrient dense food formulated to help magnify caloric intake and gain weight fast. It provides balanced nutrition with 10 grams of protein per serving plus no added sugar, no aspartame and no artificial ingredients of any kind. Bodybuilders and athletes enjoy Naturade® Weight Gain™ because they enhance the body’s utilization of nutrients for optimal calorie absorption. Naturade® Weight Gain™ is also recommended by doctors for therapeutic weight gain and recovery. In the gym, on the field, or on the road, Naturade® Weight Gain™ tastes great and is easy to prepare.
“Having Naturade Weight Gain recognized as the leader in this category for the fifth year in a row is an honor for us,” said Claude Tellis, Naturade’s CEO. “We extend our sincere thanks to all the retailers who voted for our products. This affirmation of Naturade’s commitment to the highest quality standards is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of our entire team. At Naturade we continue to work at developing innovative new products and improving our existing formulas. We are very proud that Naturade Weight Gain clearly delivers what our consumers are looking for in a high quality weight gain product.”
Orange, CA June 01, 2013 – Naturade, division of Prevention, LLC, a well recognized manufacturer and marketer of nutritional supplements since 1926, with retail distribution across the natural products channel, as well as the mass retail channels, has announced the promotion of Derek Dearwater to division President. In the new assignment, effective June 1, 2013, Dearwater have full P&L responsibility of Naturade.
“We are thrilled to have Derek on our team working in this leadership role in the company,” says Claude Tellis, CEO of Prevention, LLC, “Derek continues to add brand equity and shareholder value to Naturade every day he’s on the job. Since his first day of hire on 9/17/12 as EVP, Sales & Operations, he has made amazing progress by creating two new exciting brands to add to our portfolio of products with Naturade BP Health™ and Naturade VeganSmart™ All-In-One Nutritional Shake. He also developed well positioned line extensions to our Vitali-T-Aid® and FlexAid® brands. On the business development front, Derek delivered over 20 new distribution points across our national accounts and added three important new vendor alliances to Naturade with Walmart, H-E-B and Kroger.”
“I have always considered myself to be very fortunate to be a member of the Naturade team, and it’s a great honor to serve as the division President”, Dearwater said in a release. “I am extremely motivated to continue building on Naturade’s success across all of our science-based brands, while contributing towards a strong company culture that is based on core values, to include integrity, service, teamwork, innovation and certainly a hard work ethic.
Dearwater previously worked for Niche Products, Inc. as EVP/Managing Partner, a master brokerage and consulting company specializing in OTC Healthcare and Nutraceutical sales, marketing and operations. Prior to Niche Products, Dearwater has worked in the consumer packaged goods industry for 26 years in various sales management, marketing and operational roles for companies such as Wyeth Consumer Healthcare (Pfizer), Leiner Health Products (NBTY), Shell Oil Products and GlaxoSmithKline.
Dearwater holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania.
Naturade has been well known for its commitment to improving the health and well-being of consumers with innovative, natural products since 1926. For seven decades, the company has developed a range of beneficial products that improve health and beauty by restoring the natural balance between nutrients and foodstuffs. Naturade has taken the reins as an innovator in the natural products industry as a provider of natural health products worldwide.
Naturade pioneered the introduction of soy protein powders in the 1950s and over the years, Naturade has manufactured and distributed a variety of health-related products including vitamins, nutritional supplements, skin care and hair care products. In 2005, Naturade expanded its Naturade branded product portfolio with the acquisition of Ageless™ Foundation Laboratories, a line of anti-aging products, and Symbiotics®, a colostrum-based line of products to enhance immune system functions.
Naturade’s commitment to quality is well regarded as a standard of excellence in the dietary supplement industry, thus offering a healthier way to life naturally. The company’s priority and standard of excellence demands effective, nutritional quality controls. These controls are integrated through every phase of product development and production. Naturade’s commitment inspires the company to pursue greater and more advanced technology to ensure only the highest quality possible in its products. www.naturade.com
Foods containing soy have a lot to brag about: Soy has no cholesterol, protects against poor heart health and tastes delicious. It may even show promise for boosting mental health and promoting healthy bones – it's no wonder so many parents are jumping on the soy bandwagon and incorporating these healthy soyfoods into their child's diet. The American Heart Association even supports soyfoods as part of a heart-healthy diet.
The benefits of soy for children
Soy contains many essential nutrients that are vital for growth and development. It also is a great source of protein and can be substituted for meat, dairy or vegetables. Products containing soy tend to be lower in both fat and calories when compared to those meat or dairy foods. Therefore, soy is extremely helpful in maintaining a healthy weight. Soy products are also lactose-free, allowing children who can't have dairy products to enjoy a glass of soy milk. Those with nut allergies can also enjoy a soy nut butter and jelly sandwich or snack on roasted soy nuts. Soy is also a quick fix for children who have wheat allergies.
Children should be eating 2 to 3 cups per day of milk or milk equivalent, about 5 ounces or protein per day and approximately 2 ½ cups of vegetables. With soyfoods, reaching these equivalents is super simple. There are so many soy products out there, giving even the pickiest of eaters a few options. From soy dairy-free frozen desserts and soy pasta to soy chips and soy nut butter, there is plenty to choose from! Here are a few ways to help your children enjoy soyfoods and all of the benefits that come along with them:
- Whip up a protein-rich fruit smoothie for your little one using a protein powder like Naturade Total Soy. Make sure to add in all of their favorite fruits and cool crushed ice to amp up the natural sweetness and keep them coming back for more!
- Opt for meatless pizza and use soy versions of pepperoni, sausage crumbles, deli ham or bacon as healthy and tasty alternatives.
- Make some homemade trail mix using honey-roasted and chocolate-covered soy nuts, whole-grain cereal, raisins and dried fruit.
- For a morning meal that will leave kids satisfied, spread some soy nut butter on whole wheat toast for a perfect alternative to peanut butter.
- Chocolate soy milk works for a refreshing and sweet drink.
- Pack soy yogurt in their lunch for a creamy treat packed with lots of calcium.
- Cut up their favorite veggies to dip in hummus made from soybeans – this also makes a tasty sandwich spread.
- Add soybeans to your family garden to teach your children about new foods and the benefits of soy. They can be planted alongside potatoes, cucumbers, corn, strawberries and celery.
- Use soy milk in their favorite cereal for a super simple way to up their soy intake
- Have veggie burgers for dinner – they're tasty and lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than regular hamburgers
Naturade® Weight Gain Powder awarded the prestigious Vity Award for its all natural Weight Gain powder for the 4th year in a row
We are very happy to announce that Naturade has been awarded the prestigious Vity Award for its Weight Gain nutrition drink mix for the 4th year in a row. The annual Vity Awards honor the industry’s best-selling products based on a nationwide survey of health food stores conducted by Vitamin Retailer magazine.
We are honored and proud to have Naturade’s Weight Gain recognized as the leader in this category for four consecutive years,” said Rick Robinette, the company’s President. “Growing consumer demand for our all natural, gluten free, no sugar added formula has helped Naturade to become the dominant natural brand in this category. You can find Naturade’s Weight Gain in many retail chains including The Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, select Walgreen’s stores as well as in your local health food and organic grocery stores. Our product is ideal for therapeutic use, as well as athletic weight gain & recovery. We are very proud that Naturade Weight Gain clearly delivers what our consumers are looking for in a high quality weight gain product.”
Naturade® Weight Gain Powder recognized as the category leader by consumers & health food stores nationwide!
We are very happy to announce that Naturade has been awarded the prestigious Vity Award for its Weight Gain nutrition drink mix for the 3rd year in a row. The annual Vity Awards honor the industry’s best-selling products based on a nationwide survey of health food stores conducted by Vitamin Retailer magazine.
“We are extremely honored to have Naturade’s Weight Gain recognized as the leader in this category for the third year in a row,” said Rick Robinette, the company’s CEO. “Growing consumer demand for our all natural, no sugar added formula has helped Naturade to secure new distribution outside of the Natural Products channel. You can now find Naturade’s Weight Gain in many retail chains including The Vitamin Shoppe and GNC. Our product is ideal for therapeutic use, as well as athletic weight gain & recovery. We are very proud that Naturade Weight Gain clearly delivers what our consumers are looking for in a high quality weight gain product.”
Naturade® announces winners of nation-wide “Best Recipe Contest” using its flagship protein powder meal replacement, Naturade® Total Soy®
We are proud to announce the winners of our nation-wide consumer recipe contest for Naturade® Total Soy® Meal Replacement powders with over $10,000 in prizes awarded.
The national Total Soy “Best Recipe Contest” was advertised in Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping and select Parade Magazines throughout September and October 2010 and gave consumers a chance to win an all-expenses-paid cruise for two and a chance to win $25,000 cash. Naturade® Total Soy® new Chocolate and Vanilla formulas, launched in September 2010, boasting 47% less sugar, fewer carbs per serving and a great new taste. These products contain 13 grams of Soy Protein per serving and are used by consumers to help reduce their cholesterol or to lose or maintain a healthy weight. “The New & Improved” products contain 24 Vitamins and Minerals and are made with both natural and artificial flavors, are lactose-free, gluten-free and contain non-GMO Soy.
We received a very impressive variety of recipe submissions, ranging from smoothies to snacks to dessert ideas.
“Our customers have been using Naturade Total Soy in a lot of imaginative, delicious-tasting, good for you ways” said Rick Robinette, Naturade CEO. “We enjoyed reading through the submissions, evaluating each recipe and eventually selecting the top 10 entries, all of which we thought were amazing.”
Voting on the 10 finalist submissions took place on Naturade Total Soy’s website and each voter was entered into a Sweepstakes to win a prize worth $1,000. The final results of the contest are as follows:
Grand Prize Winner:
- J. Nelson of Crab Orchard, WV with a Pumpkin-Praline Smoothie
Second Prize Winner:
- A. Parsons of Parkersburg, WV with a Summer Sun Splashed Refreshing Smoothie
Third Prize Winners:
- J. Hilton of Rocklin, CA with a Quick and Easy Blender Chocolate Mousse
- S. Bray of Stone Mountain, GA with a Monkey Smoothie
- W. Nelson of Crab Orchard, WV with a Figlicious Banana Berry Smoothie
- C. Becker of Peoria, AZ with a Orange Cream Dream Smoothie
- R. Nelson of Rapid City, SD with a Simple Berry Dessert
Fourth Prize Winners:
- T. Harris of Charlotte, NC with Protein Packed French Toast
- J. Elfving of Ft. Lauderdale, FL with Ship O’Soy Tropical Oatmeal
- A. Zangli of Millington, TN with Naturade® Sunrise Smoothie Shooters
In addition, we want to congratulate M. Gauer of Spicer, MN who won the voting Sweepstakes prize.
See a complete description of each of the finalist recipes.
Naturade announced today that its Weight Gain powdered drink mix is now available at GNC.com
Naturade® Weight Gain™ is an all-natural, nutrient dense food formulated to help magnify caloric intake and gain weight fast. It provides balanced nutrition with 10 grams of protein per serving plus no added sugar, no aspartame and no artificial ingredients of any kind. Bodybuilders and athletes enjoy Naturade® Weight Gain because they enhance the body’s utilization of nutrients for optimal calorie absorption. Naturade® Weight Gain™ is also recommended by doctors for therapeutic weight gain and recovery. In the gym, on the field, or on the road, Naturade® Weight Gain™ tastes great and is easy to prepare.
Naturade®, a leading brand in the natural products channel for more than 84 years, is proud to announce the introduction of Vitali-T-Aid™, a drug-free natural testosterone booster when used with resistance training.
When used with resistance training, Vitali-T-Aid™ is a solution for boosting free testosterone levels and increasing libido.* The natural, plant based, key ingredient in Vitali-T-Aid™ was shown in two double-blind, placebo-controlled, human clinical studies to be a safe and effective way to significantly increase free testosterone levels when used with resistance training and, as reported by study participants, improve libido. Additional findings include improved muscle mass with resistance training.*
Vitali-T-Aid was formulated to help combat the negative symptoms of androgen (testosterone) decline in the aging male, or what some people call low testosterone. Most men start experiencing a decline in both testosterone and free testosterone levels in their late 30s and these levels continue to decline by 1% – 3% per year thereafter. By age 60, 20% of men will have significantly lowered testosterone levels which may impact libido, muscle mass and other areas.
“The active ingredient in Vitali-T-Aid T-Aid™ was shown to increase free testosterone when used with resistance training. Each daily dose of Vitali-T-Aid™ also contains a proprietary Male Enhancement Blend of L-Arginine and beneficial herbs, such as Saw Palmetto, Astragalus, Tribulus and Asian Ginseng, to help support enhanced male health and well-being.* Vitali-T-Aid™ by Naturade® is a solution for increasing free testosterone levels and muscle mass with resistance training, and, as was reported by study participants, promoting healthy libido*. We are very proud to offer a science-based efficacious product that addresses a serious condition that millions of men suffer from,” said Rick Robinette, the CEO of Naturade.
Vitali-T-Aid™ is being launched with a multi-million dollar direct response television and print advertising campaign and is also available at www.vitalitaid.com
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.