Trying to get some sleep? Being mindful of what you eat before bedtime can help you sleep better. Sugar and caffeine aren’t the only types of food that can keep you restless and awake. Yes, you heard right, there are foods that can actively keep you up at night! Here are some of Naturade’s top picks of the best and worst foods to eat before bedtime.
Parents may give their children a glass of milk before bed, but don’t realize it’s just as good for adults. Warm milk may help you fall asleep easier because milk contains an amino acid, tryptophan, which is a precursor to the brain chemical serotonin.
Alcoholic beverages are a bad idea if you want to get proper rest. Alcohol metabolizes quickly in your system and may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night.
Cherries are one of the few natural foods to contain melatonin, the chemical that helps control our body’s internal clock.
Protein is counterproductive if you’re eating it late at night. Digestion slows down by 50% while you’re asleep. Protein can cause digestion to slow down even more.
Sweet Potato: Best
The complex carbohydrates in sweet potatoes can promote sleep. If sweet potatoes aren’t to your liking, lima beans, regular potatoes (baked with the skin on), and papaya also have similar sleep inducing effects.
Dark Chocolate: Worst
Many people don’t know this, but with 20 milligrams of caffeine, one bar of dark chocolate almost contains the same amount of caffeine as half an ounce of espresso.
Craving chocolate, but don’t want to ruin your diet? Your worries are over! Enjoy a mint chocolate chip brownie bar that tastes great and includes healthy pea protein.
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Here’s what you’ll need for this healthy chocolate treat:
1 cup Naturade Pea Protein Chocolate
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg substitute
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup coconut nectar
1/2 cup hot water
Place Naturade Pea Protein Chocolate, cocoa powder, arrowroot, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, egg substitute, peppermint extract, applesauce, and coconut nectar into a bowl and mix together. Next, add hot water and stir until batter is thick and runny. Spread brownie batter into a lightly coconut oil greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Once cooled, slice and serve. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge.
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There’s nothing more inviting than the smell of fresh French toast in the morning. Thick slices of bread, soaked in a heavenly mix, grilled on a frying pan to golden-brown perfection and served with an assortment of berries and syrup. Who could say no to this scrumptious breakfast? Did you ever think this breakfast indulgence could be made without egg? Even better, you do not have to compromise on the taste or protein!
Naturade is here to help with step by step instructions on delectable French toast with egg substitute.
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Naturade Total Soy Vanilla French Toast
2 scoops Total Soy Vanilla
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 slices whole wheat bread
1/4 cup light maple syrup
Garnish with fruits and powdered sugar if desired
Spray a large pan with cooking spray and place on medium heat. In a mixing bowl, combine Naturade Total Soy Vanilla Meal Replacement Powder with egg substitute until the mixture is a smooth, consistent texture. Add in ground cinnamon. Soak slices of bread in mixture briefly and remove. Place the bread slices on your pan, and pour any leftover batter over them.
Cook for approximately 6 minutes, continuously flipping and checking both sides of bread until golden brown.
When you’re ready to eat, pour syrup over your french toast and enjoy! Add fruits, powdered sugar or chocolate syrup if you’re in an indulgent mood. With Naturade’s Total Soy Vanilla and the egg replacement, it couldn’t really hurt to treat yourself a bit!
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Home-grown vegetables always taste fresher and crisper than vegetables bought from the store. Do you want to grow some of your own vegetables? Is the new farm-to-table movement inspiring you? Start today with simple gardening tips from Naturade! The most difficult part is choosing what to grow!
There are three basic concepts you have to master to be a successful gardener: planning, preparation, and process.
Keep ideal temperature, sunlight exposure, and potential yield in mind when choosing which crops to grow. Map out your garden before planting.
Now that you have a great foundation, start putting it to action! Buy the tools you need, such as gloves, a hose, snips, pruners, a spade, trowel, or hand fork. Before planting, loosen the soil where you plan on putting your first veggies. If you desire, you can also add composted manure or other organic materials to the ground.
It’s finally time to have some fun and start growing! Once you’ve planned and prepared your gardening area, all you have left to do is plant those seeds. Remember to nurture and take care of your plants, checking and watering them regularly.
Below are some tips for choosing, growing, and harvesting your new garden!
If you can’t get through the day without that caffeine fix and are looking for healthier alternatives to straight coffee, this Naturade coffee protein shake is the perfect fit for you!
This delicious protein-packed shake is all you need before heading out the door in the morning to start your day off right. It’s a healthy breakfast and lightly sweet drink all in one.
Here is what you will need to make the Shake:
1 cup Almond Milk
1-2 scoops of Naturade Total Soy Meal Replacement - Vanilla
1 tablespoon of Instant Coffee
15 Ice cubes (optional)
Sweetener of your choice
Nutmeg & Cinnamon – add as much as you desire to taste
Enjoy this creamy shake on your way to work or while relaxing on a weekend morning. It will give you just the right amount of kick you need to get going with your active day!
For more protein-packed recipes, try our Double Chocolate Protein Cookie Recipe.
Getting out of bed can seem nearly impossible without hitting the snooze button. Does this sound familiar? Hate doesn’t even begin to describe what you feel for your alarm when you hear that loud buzz waking you from a deep slumber. Don’t waste your energy fretting, Naturade is here to help you shake it off and finally become a morning person.
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Becoming a morning person isn’t about following a social norm. Recent studies show waking up early leads to an overall healthier life compared to staying awake later. It is also proven that early risers are often more productive and content as they get their most pressing to do’s out of the way before the rest of us.
If living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t change your mind, maybe the sheer simplicity of these quick tips will help make waking up early more appealing!
1. Don’t Give Up
It takes 21 days to effectively form a habit. Keep at it! The first few days may make the whole idea seem crazy or impossible, but the important thing is to create consistency. Hold your self accountable to keep up the healthy routine.
2. Don’t Compromise on Sleep
An important thing to remember when making any of these life changes is that they shouldn’t compromise any other healthy habits. Allow yourself to wake up a couple hours earlier, but don’t lose hours of sleep by doing so. If one night you are going to bed at 3am, don’t wake up at 6am the following morning. This can lead to exhaustion and lower productivity.
Listen to your body. Make sure you’re getting approximately 7-8 hours of sleep. Set a strict bedtime and enforce it until you’ve seen how great it feels to get a good night’s rest!
3. Play Hide and Seek
It may seem silly, but moving your alarm clock across the room forces you to get up and realistically, isn’t that half of the struggle? When immediately jumping out of bed starts becoming easier and easier for you, try putting the alarm clock in new places every night and playing a little game every morning. This will wake you up quickly!
4. Get Hydrated
After a full night’s sleep without drinking any water, waking up dehydrated can cause that grogginess we know too well! A glass of water can work miracles and keep get you pumped for the rest of your day!
5. Exercise Early
It is not only true that early morning exercises are more productive and effective, but they also give you that extra boost of energy to get you through the rest of the day. Are you really going to say no to endorphins?
6. Plan Ahead
Lay out your clothes the night before and make sure to pack your lunch and gym bags in advance! Make your mornings as quick and efficient as possible by making small changes. Taking the rush out of your morning is a sure-fire way to make it seem less dreadful!
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Healthy individuals should start by cutting 500-1,000 calories from their daily caloric intake to jump start their weight loss regime. You can do so by following a sensible meal plan that includes Naturade Total Soy:
Sample Meal Plan:
Breakfast: Mix 36 g (2 scoops) Naturade Total Soy with 8 oz. cold water or your favorite beverage of choice
Snack: 1 cup low fat yogurt with fruit
Lunch: Mix 36 g (2 scoops) Naturade Total Soy with 8 oz. cold water or your favorite beverage of choice, plus 1/2 banana or 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit
Snack: 1 cup raw vegetables, like carrots or celery 2 tbsp protein, such as hummus or peanut butter
Dinner: 2-4 oz lean meat or fish, 1/2 cup steamed vegetables, 1 starch (such as 1 oz slice whole wheat bread or 1/2 cup cooked potatoes or 1/3 cup cooked rice)
Be sure to drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day and get 30-60 minutes of exercise at least 4 days per week.
The key to success starts by making modifications to your diet to ensure you are eating right. Start by cutting out foods that add unnecessary and hollow calories to your diet, and increasing consumption of Soy Protein and Fiber. This is easier to do than you may think when you follow the Naturade Total Soy 4 Easy Steps® plan.
(Orange, CA) October 9, 2009 – Naturade has announced it has introduced Alcohol-Free EXPEC,® an all natural, cherry flavored, non-drowsy, herbal alcohol-free expectorant, to its line of cough and cold remedies.
Alcohol Free EXPEC® is formulated with herbs and Guaifenesin, an all natural active ingredient derived from the Guaiac tree. Guaifenesin is a highly effective and safe expectorant that helps loosen mucus and clear bronchial passages.
Alcohol Free EXPEC®, available in 4.2 and 8.8 fluid ounces, will initially be distributed through health and natural food stores nationwide. Suggested retail price is $7.79 and $12.49 respectively.
Other Naturade expectorants include cherry flavored Herbal EXPEC®, Sugar Free EXPEC® and Children’s EXPEC®. The herbal cough and cold line also includes Naturade® Saline & Aloe Nasal Spray.
Headquartered in Orange, CA, Naturade is well-known for its commitment to improving the health and well-being of consumers with innovative, natural products since 1926. The company focuses on building consumer-recognizable brands backed by strong science and making them widely available through health food stores, natural supermarkets and other retail channels throughout the U.S.
Naturade showcases Ageless Foundation anti-aging and rejuvenation supplements at Select Nutrition West show
On February 3rd 2009 Naturade attended Select Nutrition’s West Table Top Show in Universal City, CA. The event featured many national distributors of natural, organic and specialty foods. Select Nutrition a division of United Natural Foods, distributes more than 14,000 health and beauty aids, vitamins, minerals and supplements from distribution centers in California and Pennsylvania.
Kelli Clinton, Naturade’s Vice President of Sales comments:
“Since 1926 Naturade has taken the reigns as an innovator and provider of all natural health and beauty products all over the world and we are proud to support Select Nutrition. Our combined efforts demonstrate our commitment to the industry and to our customers by providing a wide range of products that improve consumer health.”
Demand for Anti-aging products in the health industry has grown exponentially. Industry experts have predicted that the growth for anti-aging products would be greater and increase from $20.4 billion in 2004 to $30.9 billion this year. In addition to its other lines Naturade has answered that call by featuring the new advanced Ageless Foundation line. Kelli Clinton:
“The Ageless Foundation line are the most advanced anti-aging formulas ever produced. These highly specialized formulas targets many areas of the body with cutting edge anti-aging nutrients and growth hormone releasers and is based upon numerous studies regarding safety and effectiveness. Ageless received a very warm welcome at the show. We are extremely proud of and look forward to our customers experiencing the benefits from this line.”
For more information about United Natural Foods’ shows & events, visit www.unfi.com