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6 High Protein Smoothies to Boost Your Immune System this Fall

6 High Protein Smoothies To Boost Your Immune System This Fall

Fall is officially here! This means pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin patches, cozy nights by the fireplace, and other fun fall activities you’ve been waiting for.

But it’s also the start of the flu season.

As flu season creeps in, it’s so crucial to boost your immune system with ingredients like plant protein and superfoods.  So tik tok! It’s time to ramp up your defense systems with high protein smoothies to keep your body healthy and energized while you transition into the colder months.

What Does Your Immune System Do?

Your immune system protects your body by fighting the bad stuff like bacteria and viruses. By filling yourself with ingredients that support your body, you’re way less likely to get sick.

What makes Plant Protein different?

First off, what is a protein?

It’s the 20 amino acids that you need for building and repairing your body. It influences so much of your body such as your cells, digestion, tissues, organs and hormones. Luckily your body can make 11 of those amino acids!

But what about the other 9?

Revive Superfood’s high protein smoothies contain ingredients like pea protein. Pea protein contains 9 out of the 20 amino acids that your body can’t make. AKA “essential” amino acids. A high-quality source that makes your body and heart happy! Though chickpeas come a close second.

We know you’re super busy making magic in your life. With the flu (and the coronavirus) floating around, the last thing you need is to get knocked down by bacteria and viruses. Say goodbye to unnecessary sugars and ingredients. And hello to smoothies filled with only the best superfoods.

To make this as easy as possible, here are 6 smoothies with the highest protein content to keep your body in tip-top shape for the fall.

1. Blue Cacao – 12 MG

This alternative gives you the sweet taste you’re looking for. This chocolate avocado smoothie is filled with ingredients like banana, cacao, maca and blueberries to boost your body with powerful antioxidants. Swap unhealthy fats with good fats like avocados to treat your body to a powerful pack of nutrients. Plus, it makes the smoothie extra creamy!

This high protein smoothie features pea protein, sunflower seeds and dates. That gives it the highest protein amount out of all our smoothies!

2. Acai Twist – 11 MG

Your immune system will be smiling after this fruity treat!

The high protein smoothie is filled with all the antioxidant-rich superfoods like acai, blueberries, cherries and raspberries. It’s also filled with flaxseeds – a great source of omega-3 fats. Especially if you’re vegan!

This blend of ingredients is especially helpful for inflammation and keeps your heart healthy! We’ve added pea protein, hemp protein and flaxseeds to give your amino acids that extra boost.

3. Rise & Chai – 11 MG

A smoothie with a caffeine boost? Yes please.

This special smoothie is blended with the perfect amount of black tea, cinnamon and ginger. Cinnamon helps your immune system by fighting infections and repairing tissue damage, while ginger decreases inflammation and has antioxidant properties! Squashes also help your muscles and bones become strong and healthy!

This smoothie has dates and pea protein so you can get your amino acids and caffeine all at once.

4. Hint of Mint – 11 MG

It’s like a mint chip ice cream. But way better (for you).

This smoothie is packed with good proteins like pea protein, zucchini and sunflower seeds. Ingredients like cacao nibs, spinach and baobab are also great to battle free-radicals and detoxify your body.  Plus, it’s great for muscle recovery.

We’ve also added the magnificent chlorella. An algae that’s incredibly rich in nutrients like omega-3, magnesium, and vitamin A!

5. Hazy Coco – 11 MG

The sweetest chocolate smoothie you’ve been looking for! No added sugars, it wakes you up and it tastes like heaven.

Superfoods AND cold brew. What could be better for you caffeine lovers? With premium ingredients like dates and zucchinis, this smoothie will boost your brain and give your tummy some extra love. Plus pea protein, chickpeas and sunflower seeds to keep your immune system in top shape.

6. Morning Mocha – 10 MG

Step aside frappuccinos. We’ve got a better alternative.

Just in case you can’t tell, we love chocolate. Plus, no added sugars! As usual. This smoothie has the best healthy fats like avocado, cacao and coconut oil to give you sustainable energy. Though cauliflower makes it creamy, it can also reduce the risk of numerous diseases like heart disease and cancer.

This Morning Mocha is filled with pea protein and avocados to pack your morning with everything you need to get the day started.

Though fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year, it’s no fun when you’re sick. Your body will thank you for adding these ingredients into your system so you can do what you want this fall. Dance in the rain, find the most perfect pumpkin – do whatever your little heart desires!

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3 Steps to a Better Approach than Doomed New Year’s Resolutions

The concept of the new year’s resolution is sound: It’s a brand new year, a clean slate, a new beginning, and a chance to make the next year better than the last. It only makes sense that it feels like the perfect recipe for change within ourselves.

As a result, our solution is often to embark on an overnight overhaul of our lives. We commit to grandiose diet changes, or to a five-days-a-week workout plan. We believe, or at least we hope, the new year air circling around will provide the motivation and willpower we need to adopt an entirely new way of living.

To add fuel to the fire, advertisements for a 30-day body composition transformation or a 6-week fitness challenge are everywhere, leading us to believe that fitness, nutrition, and health changes will come fast and furious.

The reality is, they probably won’t come fast. Or furious. Lasting changes are generally slow and a little mundane. However, by embracing the long road, you’ll find yourself a lot further ahead at the end of this year than you ever will be by embracing No Booze January again this year and then promptly returning to old ways in February.

Here’s our 3-step approach to putting yourself on a path to a healthier you this year — not just for 30 or 60 days, but for life.

  1. Discover your REAL purpose

Oftentimes, new year’s resolutions stem from a build-up of guilt: guilt that we ate and drank too much the previous year, and especially over the holidays, and guilt that we didn’t stick to our commitment to go to the gym five days a week.

In short, our resolutions don’t stem from an authentic place of going after something we are truly ready to tackle. They stem from a pool of shame and guilt, and that’s no place to start the new year.

Pro tip: Lose the guilt!

Remember that time you didn’t feel like showering before bed, even though you needed to? You didn’t launch yourself on a guilt trip the next day, or the next week. You simply returned to your routine of showering. The same is true here: Put last year in the past. Flush it down the toilet and approach the new year without a load of guilt on your back.

Next, take the time to consider what you actually want. Not what you think you should want, but what you actually want. Or at least what you’re actually willing to do.

When it comes to resolutions, people often commit to something like a strict Ketogenic diet or going to the gym five days a week. However, you probably have other priorities in your life—maybe you’re raising three kids and working 40 hours a week — so five days a week at the gym might not be a realistic expectation, nor is it something you’re willing to prioritize. The same is true of a complete diet overhaul: Are you really willing to give up all carbohydrates the moment the clock strikes midnight? Are you ready to spend four hours of food prepping each Sunday to ensure you stick to the strict diet?

As a fitness coach, I constantly see people set lofty goals for themselves, but then their actions aren’t in line with their stated goals. It’s frustrating for me and it’s frustrating for them, as it puts them on a path where they’re doomed to fail.

This is why it’s incredibly important to take a look at your life and consider what’s important to you. Once you do that, you’ll be able to figure out what you’re willing to give—and what you’re willing to give up — in order to reach perhaps more realistic, yet still notable, goals.

The great thing is, once your actions become in line with your true purpose or intention, the positive changes, and sacrifices you make this year won’t feel like they require willpower. Now you’ll be in a place where your decisions will feel right and natural because you’re living in alignment with what’s really most important to you.

  1. Review of the past year

Though looking ahead can provide a sense of hope, it’s also incredibly valuable to do a review of the past year.

Specifically, go through your last year and make a list of 10-20 actions you took, events you attended, habits you adopted, moments you experienced, the decisions you made in that led to positive emotions. Similarly, make a list of 10-20 actions, events, habits, moments, or decisions in the past year that led to negative emotions.

It sounds a bit hokey, but it’s incredibly eye-opening and provides a true sense of comfort, as it allows you to see how your actions affected your life.

Better yet, now you can use that information to this year to do more of what brought you positive emotions and less of what brought you negative ones.

  1. Step-by-step, habit-based change

Instead of employing massive overnight change, start small.

Pro tip: Select a small, action-based habit. It can be something as simple as committing to drinking a glass of water when you wake up so you’re not famished for breakfast. Or something a little bigger, such as focusing on starting your day with a healthy breakfast.

This happens to be our specialty. From our Coconut Cream or Clean and Green keto ready-to-blend smoothies (https://revivesuperfoods.com/smoothies/), to our Berry Batch or Carrot Spice oat bowls (https://revivesuperfoods.com/oats/), we make breakfast easy, healthy and still super tasty.

Once you pick a habit, focus entirely on this one small habit. Don’t worry if you’re still not 100 percent where you want to be. Just commit to the one, manageable action you can control for one month.

Once this action starts to feel like a habit, where it no longer requires much thought or willpower — it typically takes a month to turn a new action into a habit — it’s time to choose a second habit to add to the first.

Maybe this new habit is going for a 20-minute walk during your lunch break at work. So now you’re starting out the day with a healthy smoothie or oat bowl, and then walking at lunch — better than you did last year.

By March, you’re eating a healthy smoothie for breakfast each day, walking at lunch and you have cut sugar from your coffee. By April, you have added in a Saturday morning workout to your week, and by May, you’re food prepping your lunches for the week on Sunday afternoons. You get the point.

Imagine where you could be by December? You could be in a place where sugar and processed foods are generally no longer part of your life, where you’re working out three days a week and going for weekday walks, and have lost 30 lb.

But the best part is, the process of slow, steady habit-based change won’t feel as impossible and disruptive as a quick new year’s resolution, because you’ll never have to bite off more than you can chew.

Regardless of where you end up by the end of the year, one thing is for sure: You will be a lot further along than all of the other years you committed hard to some massive change in January, and where everything unraveled before March.

Pro tip: Embrace the slow and steady road to success over the short-term resolution: Long-term you will thank you for it.

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4 Fall Friendly Health Trends To Get on ASAP

There is something about the fall season everyone loves – whether it is the sweater weather, beautiful fall colours, or warm drinks, there is something for everyone. With summer behind us, Fall can also become a time where you may be getting back into your regular routines, too busy to think about your health. I’m here to share 4 fall-friendly health trends you can get on ASAP:

  • Pumpkin Spice

You know I had to include pumpkin spice in this list, but no I do not mean get sugary treats and drinks to get your pumpkin spice fix. Pumpkin isn’t just cute for jack-o-lanterns but also has a lot of health benefits like being anti-inflammatory and can help boost your immunity. Try pumpkin in soups or roasted in a stew.

Pumpkin spice itself is a spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Instead of enjoying it in sugary goods, you can add it to oatmeal, smoothies, and even healthier homemade baked goods. You can get your pumpkin fix in our Carrot Spice Overnight Oats!

  • Fall Hikes

Fall is the best time to get active outdoors! You don’t have to worry about getting too hot, can enjoy the fall foliage, and even get some insta-worthy pics. Check out local hiking trails near you, put on a pair of cute sneakers, and get hiking!

  • All things Apple

Think apple cider, apple picking, apple crumble, apple everything! We all know the classic saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, and while this may be a huge generalization, apples are packed with nutrients! Fall is the perfect time to enjoy these nutrient-packed fruits. Try apples on their own, in homemade healthy baked goods, or even in a smoothie like our Rise & Chai.

  • Self-Care

The fall season brings a lot of busy-ness and stress. Make sure to take time out for self-care to manage your stress levels. This will not only help you with productivity but also keep you more relaxed going into the holiday season. Find what works for you when it comes to self-care.  You can try fall-friendly activities, unplug from screens every night, or cozy up with a book and warm apple cider.

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5 veggies you should be eating

I’m sure your mom has told you more times than you can remember to “EAT YOUR VEGGIES!” I hate to break it to you, but there was some wisdom behind it. If you want to feel better, eat healthier, and feel more energized, you gotta eat your veggies! The good news is, you don’t have to chow down kale or broccoli all day to be healthy, you can actually change it up and include a variety of veggies to get the most nutrients.

Here are 5 veggies you should be eating (if you aren’t already!):

  • Cauliflower

Don’t underestimate the power of this colourless veggie! Cauliflower has become quite popular as a carb substitute in recent years mainly due to its ability to make delicious cauliflower rice, pizza crust, and even pseudo mashed potatoes. Beyond being low in carbs, cauliflower is loaded with nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, and fibre.

Once you’ve tried cauliflower as a carb substitute, you might also want to try it in the Berry Blu Smoothie! (https://revivesuperfoods.com/product/berry-blu/)

  • Zucchini

If you’re trying to hide a veggie in food for your children (or yourself), zucchini is the way to go! Zucchini has a mild flavour and does a great job hiding in healthy brownies, oatmeal, and even smoothies (try the Rise & Chai https://revivesuperfoods.com/product/rise-chai/ if you don’t believe me!). Zucchini is an excellent source of vitamin A, which helps keep your immune system strong as you get into the cold and flu season.

  • Spinach

You don’t have to be Popeye the Sailor to down some spinach! Spinach is particularly known for its iron content. However, to get maximum absorption from this plant-based source of iron, you want to pair it with a fruit or veggie that is high in vitamin C, such as peppers, oranges, or pineapples. The Matcha Maker Smoothie (https://revivesuperfoods.com/product/grass-is-greener/) pairs spinach and pineapple along with other superfoods to ensure you get your energy boost for the day!

  • Carrots

You may have heard that carrots are good for your eyesight and the good news is that this is actually true! Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A in your body. Having optimal vitamin A levels in your body helps maintain good eye health.

Did you know that you could actually get an orange tint in your skin from eating too many carrots? Don’t worry though, you can enjoy Liquid Gold (https://revivesuperfoods.com/product/liquid-gold/) without worrying about turning orange!

  • Beets

The bright color of beets is a tell-tale sign of being an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent inflammation as well as reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. If you want to benefit from the nutrition power of beets but don’t want your kitchen to look like a crime scene, try the Acai Twist Smoothie (https://revivesuperfoods.com/product/acai-twist/)!

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4 Swaps for Sugary Drinks

So you’re eating healthy but you love your juices, sipping on a latte, or even sneaking in a pop every now and then. The problem with this is that more than drinks, these become desserts when it comes to the amount of sugar in them! Don’t believe me? Here is how much added sugar is in your faves:

1 can of pop = 9-10 teaspoons of sugar

Medium double double = 4 teaspoons of sugar

Medium blended iced coffee drink = 15-16 teaspoons of sugar

The recommended amount of added sugar to consume is 10 teaspoon TOTAL in a day. So you can see that it can add up quickly with a coffee here and a fancy drink there.

Instead, here are 4 swaps for your sugar drinks:

  • Water

There’s no replacing water as your primary drink. Depending on your age, gender, and body size, you want to drink 8-12 cups of water a day. When you focus on getting in this much water, you won’t have time to even think about those sugary drinks!

  • Infused Water

Finding your 8-10 cups of water boring? Flavour it up naturally with mint, lemon, or berries!

  • Sparkling Water

If you are a pop lover, chances are you love the fizz and plain water just doesn’t do it for you. Sparkling water is carbonated water that gives you the fizz without the sugar.

  • Smoothies

Smoothies are a great option, especially if they are only sweetened with fruit! This way, not only are you satisfying your taste buds when you are craving a sweet drink, but you are also nourishing your body. It’s a win-win situation! You can even get your caffeine fix through smoothies like Rise & Chai or Morning Mocha.

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3 Best Times to Have a Smoothie

Smoothies are one of the most convenient ways to get in the perfect balance of nutrients, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I tell you that there are actually three ideal times you can enjoy a smoothie throughout the day. In order to really see a boost in your energy levels, you need to not only focus on what you eat but also when you eat it! 

Here are the three best times to have a smoothie:

  1. Breakfast Boost

If you have a busy morning like most people, breakfast is likely the last thing on your mind. You may think you are making a healthier choice by grabbing a muffin instead of a donut with your coffee, but instead, all you signed up for is a sugar rush. Instead, you want to have a good balance of protein, healthy fats, and fibre to give you sustained energy throughout the morning. If you are short on time, a smoothie is a perfect way to get in all the nutrients without having to worry about eating a big meal during a busy morning.

  1. Snack Attack

So it’s 3PM and you’re starting to feel that mid-day slump. You are likely to look for something sweet or for some caffeine. Essentially, your body is looking for something to get an energy boost. Caffeine and sugar are not the best options at this time because you will get a crash in energy levels, which you want to avoid. Instead, you want to snack on something that has a balance of protein, fibre, and healthy fats. If you want to snack on the Revive smoothies (insert appropriate link), have half a portion and save the other half for another snack time or split with another family member! 

  1. Post-Workout Fuel Up

After an intense workout sesh, you don’t want all your gains to go to waste without properly refuelling. A high protein smoothie like Berry Blu will help replenish your muscles while leaving you feeling energized for the rest of the day. 

Want to power up your day with a smoothie but don’t know where to start? Forget the guess work and try a nutritionally balanced smoothie here

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5 Superfoods to Try This Fall

Let’s talk SUPERFOODS!

Autumn is the perfect time to “re”-kickstart your healthy eating – we know what you’ve been snacking on all summer long. Even if fall is all about PSL, pie, and that insane Turkey Dinner that’s coming up on Thanksgiving – you can still get your healthy fix with these superfoods. I love looking for easy ways to eat healthy and stocking my kitchen with the right foods is my secret to making it easier. If you’re confused as to where to start, try starting with these 5 superfoods this fall to give your nutrition a kickstart. 

  1. Goji Berries

Goji berries come from a plant and can often be purchased in its dried form. They are one of my fave dried berries especially because of its vibrant red color. Goji berries are high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin A. Goji berries also offer a source of protein. This nutrition profile maintains blood sugar, boosts your immune system, and helps increase energy levels. 

The next time you try goji berries, add them to a parfait, homemade trail mix or in the Strawberry Zen smoothie.

  1. Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are an excellent source of plant-based protein and healthy fats. Hemp seeds are also a source of iron, magnesium, fiber, and zinc. And if you’re wondering, hemp seeds are not the same as marijuana and are safe to consume for both children and pregnant women!

Try hemp seeds sprinkled oatmeal or get your fix with the Acai Twist smoothie.

  1. Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit has a wide variety of nutrients including magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants. The antioxidant profile of dragon fruits protects from damage of fatty acids in the body. Although dragon fruit is a tropical fruit, due it is popularity, it is found in most supermarkets. If you haven’t tried dragon fruit yet, it has a really cool flame-like shape with a vibrant pink.

If you haven’t had dragon fruit yet, slice it in half and eat it straight out of the skin with a spoon and you’re sure to get everyone’s attention!

You can also try the vibrant Pink Dragon smoothie.

  1. Flaxseed

Flaxseed is another nutritious seed offering a source of plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy fats. If you don’t eat fish regularly, flaxseed is an excellent source of omega-3, a nutrient that people are often lacking. This high amount of omega-3 provides protective effects for heart health. 

Try flaxseed in baked goods, sprinkle it over oatmeal (my fave), or in the Hint of Mint Smoothie

  1. Chlorella 

Chlorella is a form of algae often found in powder or liquid form. Chlorella is a source of protein, omega-3 fat, and antioxidants. This nutrient profile has immune-boosting properties, can help lower cholesterol, and maintain good blood pressure levels.

Try chlorella in the form of a supplement or in the Hint of Mint smoothie. I love getting my fix of greens with a hint of mint!