Monthly Archives: June 2014

Wonders Of Wheatgrass

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Wonders Of Wheatgrass

Bonjour, everyone!

At The Power Bar, we try and push people towards trying out wheatgrass shots.

Simply put, wheatgrass is an amazing nutritional powerhouse. Maybe they don’t rank 5 out of 5 stars in the taste category – it is juiced grass, after all –  but their overall awesomeness makes them superior in every other way, and I highly encourage you to incorporate wheatgrass shots into your regular diet.

1 ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent to eating 2 pounds of leafy green vegetables.

Slugging back an ounce or two of wheatgrass is a heck of a lot easier than eating a 2-4 pound leafy green salad, don’t you think? More cost effective, too.

Some Wheatgrass History
In 1930, wheatgrass was discovered by Charles F Schnabel, where he initially used it to help out his sick chickens, but he eventually extended the usage to his friends and family. Wheatgrass wasn’t popularized until 1968, when Dr. Ann Wigmore discovered that wheatgrass helped eliminate cancerous growth and improved many health challenges.

Why Is Wheatgrass So Fantastic?
– Wheatgrass is a great source of amino acids (19 altogether) and boasts at least 90 minerals, including high concentrations of the most alkaline minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium.
– It has more Vitamin C than oranges, twice the Vitamin A as carrots and is also a great source of Vitamins B and E.
– Wheatgrass shots also provide 1g of protein, enzymes, chlorophyll and happen to be chock-full of beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body.
– These lovely green shoots happen to be high in saponin, which can remove up to thousands of pesky toxins.
– Finally, chlorophyll is prominent within wheatgrass; a molecule that is similar to that of hemoglobin.

What Benefits Come From Drinking Wheatgrass?
A lot of great things happen when you juice and drink these fresh green guys.
– Wheatgrass alkalizes and detoxifies the body, boosts the immune system thanks to its multitude of vitamins and even promotes eye health.
– The large amount of Vitamin A it has gives wheatgrass the ability to change cancerous cells and prevent new ones from forming.
– At the same time, the carotene, saponin, vitamins C, B & E all help eliminate up to thousands of free radicals and toxins from your cells, thus cleansing the body. Detoxifying your blood cells also helps prevent cancer.
– More specifically, wheatgrass cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract. It is great for constipation.
– Wheatgrass is particularly beneficial for blood because the chlorophyll helps deliver continuous energy into our bloodstream via replenishing and increasing our red blood cell counts, while hemoglobin (a protein) carries oxygen to our red blood cells, which actually builds blood. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly oxygenated environment.
– Due to the active enzymes within that play a major role in breaking down fats, wheatgrass aids in weight loss, while at the same time boosting energy and helping with digestion via bowel cleansing.
– The bodily benefits are mind-blowing; wheatgrass helps conquer chronic inner ear inflammations and infections, reduces varicose veins, heals some ulcers, sores and wounds, can prevent tooth decay and helps with skin problems like psoriasis and eczema.

Fun Facts
– Wheatgrass juice is 70% chlorophyll and can be taken orally or as a colon implant without toxic side effects – enemas are great for detoxifying the colon wall.
– Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healing agent. In liquid form, it washes drug deposits from the body.
– Acne has been known to significantly diminish when taking wheatgrass; it even removes scars after it has been ingested for 7-8 months – if you keep a healthy diet, that is.
– Juiced wheatgrass is used as a body deodorant due to acting as a detergent in the body; it can clear up foul smelling odors and neutralize strep infections.
– It also keeps your hair from graying.
– If you keep wheatgrass in your mouth for 5 minutes, it can eliminate toothaches by pulling the destructive poisons from your gums. Gargling with wheatgrass can help out a sore throat.

Wheagrass is a powerful detoxifying force, making it ideal for those of you out there with habits that you are trying to kick. Take a green step and try some wheatgrass today!

What Would YOU Do For A V-Card?

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Hey babes,

Read these articles I am linking below. Albeit this is a little strange, but you know what? Good for them; power to the females! Plus, it’s a damn good way to get those student loans paid off in one easy night…

….sort of reminds me of this Les Miserables song, except this scenario is much, much better than when France was mega-grimy back in the day and females had well, no rights whatsoever. It makes me happy to see how far we’ve come, but we still have a long way to go around the world.

Make money in your sleep (kind of).

Or Not.

Anyway, Happy Saturday! I’m off to go rock climb 🙂

Pour Some Sugar On Mee

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First of all, the title of this post is a fantastic song. Secondly, hi 🙂

In case you haven’t heard it:

As amazing as Def Leppard is, this isn’t the focus of my post aujourd’hui. I wanted to talk about real sugar and clear the air about all the different kinds of them floating around out there today.

There are three main simple sugars (aka important carbohydrates) that we are most familiar with: sucrose, glucose and fructose. These days, sugar has gotten a bad reputation, mostly due to the big wig food companies adding a ton of bad sugars in the processed food so many people eat to sweeten them and increase flavor, as well as and trick our brain receptors into wanting more of their crap.

However, sugar is found naturally in whole foods – so we do have a silver lining! The issue is that your tongue can’t distinguish between these sugars, so a lot of misinformed people don’t know which is good or bad off the bat, but your body can tell the difference. All sugars provide the same amount of energy per gram, but they processed and used differently throughout our bodies.

So far so good, yes? Just to clarify: sugars are a simple carbohydrate – and carbohydrates are a macro-nutrient that we must intake for our body to function at its best… in the proper amount, that is.

Anyway, let’s move on to the structures of sugars.
Simple carbohydrates are classified as either a) monosaccharides or b) disaccharides.
Monosaccharides, as you can guess from the “mono” prefix, are the simplest and most basic units of carbohydrates, and they are only made up of one sugar unit. Monosaccharides are building blocks for disaccharides, which are basically two linked sugar molecules (or monosaccharides) with a water molecule removed.

What To Know: Fructose and Glucose are monosaccharides, and they are building blocks of sucrose, which is a disaccharide.

I hope I haven’t lost you yet! Now I want to break it down and focus on the three simple sugars; glucose, fructose and sucrose.

Glucose
Also known as blood sugar, this is your body’s preferred energy source, and the most important monosaccharide. Your body processes most carbohydrates that you eat into glucose in one of two ways: either immediately for energy or to be stored in your muscle cells or liver (as glyocen) to be used later.

For those of you who have diabetes or blood sugar problems, listen up: insulin is secreted primarily in response to elevated blood concentrations of glucose, and insulin is what facilitates the entry of glucose into cells.

Fructose
Fructose is a sugar that is found naturally in a multitude of fruits and vegetables, but it is also what is added to sugary drinks like soda. Fructose has a different metabolic pathway than other sugars and is not the preferred energy source for your lovely muscles and brain – so stay away from sugar drinks and snacks!
Fructose is only metabolized in the liver and it is more fat-producing that glucose. It also doesn’t cause insulin to be released (where glucose does), so leptin – a key hormone for regulating energy intake and expenditure isn’t stimulated. No bueno.

So basically, when you have high intakes of dietary fructose, concerns will arise because it behaves more like fat in the body rather than other carbohydrates.

Sucrose
You all most likely know sucrose as table sugar; it comes from either sugar cane or sugar beets. Sucrose is also naturally found in fruits and vegetables. When you consume sucrose, an enzyme beta-fructosidase separates sucrose (remember, it’s a disaccharide) into its individual sugar units, also known as the monosaccharides glucose and fructose, where both sugars are taken up by their individual transport mechanisms.

When you have sucrose and it has been broken down, your body will respond to the glucose in its normal manner, but at the same time, fructose is finding its way into your body. Your body will use glucose as its main energy source with all the excess coming from fructose, but if it is not needed, then the fructose starts becoming fat, which is further stimulated by your body releasing insulin due to the glucose.

 

… PHEW! So that was a lot. I hope I didn’t melt your brains. I’m no scientist myself, so I tried to break it down as best I could in the simplest manner. I hope this helps all of you get a slightly better grasp on the sugars, and which you should best try to avoid *cough fructose*

Enjoy your weekend, my dears!

Quest Bar Mislabeling Lawsuit

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Bonjour again beauties!

I don’t know how many of you out there know about Quest Bars, but we sell a lot of them at The Power Bar – the juice bar that I am managing in Rhode Island. They’re definitely our most popular and delicious protein bar, in comparison to PowerCrunch and NoGii.
Yesterday, one of our customers asked us if we knew anything about the lawsuit that they are currently facing. I didn’t, so of course I hit the web to try and gather some facts as soon as I had a free moment.

Why is Quest being sued?
Apparently, the lawsuit is over mislabeling… definitely not a good thing, especially when you are a product that is so popular in the health and fitness world. A large portion of these consumers count calories, protein, carbohydrates and fats like its their job, and reading all the other nutritional facts is basically an addiction. It’s really bad publicity to have mislabeling, but I’m sure all of you can grasp that.

What are they mislabeling?
Primarily, they lied about the fiber content and calorie count in their bars, but there are still some debates happening about all of this and whether or not it can all be proven. Here’s a snippet of the lawsuit transcript that may be of some interest to you:

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A lot of regular Quest Bar consumers don’t seem to be too upset by the issue with fiber and calories. To be honest, the fact that Quest claimed that much fiber to begin with is mildly outrageous – who needs 70% of their daily fiber to be in one bar? Personally, I can shrug that off. The calorie issue is also not too terrible; instead of 170 calories they are 204… 34 calorie difference. Alarm the authorities! Of course, it’s still bad that they lied (because what else could they be lying about?), but it could be a lot worse than 34 measly calories – that’s like a handful of strawberries.

The real issue that seems to be making blood boil is the issue with “active” carbs. If fiber content goes down, the active carbs go way up, which can essentially destroy any low carb diet.

However, there may be a sliver of hope. There is an independent testing agency called ConsumerLab that tested the nutritional content of Quest’s Banana Nut Muffin without any prompting, and they found that everything (including fiber and calories) was spot on and matched the labels. Good news!

Some say that Quest Bars use innovative and cutting-edge ingredients that actually outpace testing methods – basically, some testing procedures used in many labs can’t accurately detect and measure newer fiber variants that Quest incorporates in their products. The biggest example of this is isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMOs), which are a major player in the bars. Quite a few labs don’t know how to test for IMOs, which would explain why there are discrepancies. If you can’t test for a lot of the fiber, then naturally the fiber count will seem lower. I hope that this is the case, but only time will tell us the truth.

 

Well –  that’s it for my informational sh-peal of the day. Stay awesome! xx’s and oo’s

If You Must’ache…

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Hi there!

While I have a few minutes to spare before I have to go back into work, I thought I would give y’all some TLB (Tender Loving Blogging).

My mom did an awesome thing the other day… she bought a Vitamix. That’s right. The king of the blender realm; the appliance that makes all others quiver in its shadow.

Okay, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic.
However, it is a darn sweet blender and I am over the moon with excitement about all the awesome things that I will use it for. It can make liquids hot in 4 minutes with sheer blade powers – yowza! (They should probably just hire me to be an advocate).

This Red Viper and I (reference, anyone? Kudos if you know) had our first dance a few minutes ago, and we’re definitely going to be friends. I mean, look at the sweet ‘stache…

MoustacheThat’s right, I’m back on my smoothie grind! Today’s blend was:
– 1 cup vanilla almond milk
– 2.5 tbsp cacao
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 2 tbsp peanut butter (made with flaxseed)
– 1/2 cup frozen blueberries – in lieu of ice
– 1/2 banana
– 3 strawberries

Voila! Behold a smoothie that is great for things such as skin, PMS, metabolism, weight loss and it is a good way to incorporate some more potassium, calcium and protein into your diet… amongst other things, of course.

I even took the time to do a basic Nutrition Facts panel for you guys.

Calories – 547
Fat – 34 g
Potassium – 427 mg (26%)
Carbohydrates – 50 g (27 g from sugar, 13 g from fiber)
Protein – 12.3 g
Calcium – 51%
Vitamin E – 60%
Vitamin B12 – 50%
Vitamin C – 54%
Iron – 16%

Now, don’t freak out about how high the calories, fat and carbs are. You need these things in order for your body to function at its best, and they are all coming from natural sources that come from our own Mother Earth. If you compare this to eating a burger and fries from McDonald’s, this is light-years better for you. Trust me. Plus, it is super filling and you can even substitute this for a meal.

Coconut oil is extremely high in fat (the good kind), so if you’re really turned off by that, just don’t add it in – though I recommend it for those who work out and live an active lifestyle! Once a day is more than fine.

All this drink needs is a name, so if anyone has any thoughts, I’m all ears. Have a great day loves, and stay tuned for another post quite soon! Maybe even in a few hours 😉

Beep Bop Booop

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My loves –

I am so sorry for my lack of posting these past few weeks. I promise I haven’t forgotten about you!

As you may know, I have been helping found and manage a new juice bar business in Garden City, Cranston (located in my lovely state of Rhode Island). It has been a whirlwind! I’m working incredibly long days, and by the time I get home at night, all I have the energy to do is eat and sleep. Boo. Things should hopefully be settling down soon, and I will once again be able to (hopefully) enlighten your lives.

Stay as awesome as you already are!

Yours Truly
In the meantime, I’ll be sending all my lovin’ to you.