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Holy Sh*t … I Mean, Shot.

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Happy Friday!
If you’re currently residing in Rhode Island like myself, the weather isn’t exactly happy, but it’s not like we can change that. Carpe diem, baby. At least our farms will be drinking it all up (pun intended).

As of yesterday, I’ve come down with some sickness that has yet to be named. I have flu-like symptoms, but it could potentially be Lyme, which would so NOT be cool. However, since I have been rock climbing outside lately it isn’t an entirely far-fetched idea. Either way I am getting blood work done this morning so hopefully the mystery will be solved, and thank the lord for that because I am bored!! I’m so used to working crazy long weeks lately that when I have almost a full day off to lay in bed and actually recuperate, I start climbing the walls within two hours.

On the bright side, you all get to benefit from my home confinement because I actually have time to post things! I know, you’re over the moon with excitement – me too.

Since I put myself to bed at 9:30 last night, I was up and rearing to go (minus the intense stomach pain) at 7:15 this morning. I had nothing better to do with my life, so I decided to have a little photo shoot with this lovely thing called The Holy Shot that we serve at The Power Bar.

Basically, it is a 4 oz shot with a base of filtered water, then you add in about 3 shakes of cayenne pepper, 1/2 of a lemon, and about 1/2 teaspoon of freshly minced ginger. This puppy wakes you up with a *bang!* and can also help with various ailments that you may be suffering from.

The Ingredients

What goes inside (minus h2o)

Now, just so you don’t think I am pulling your leg, here are the benefits of this mighty shot. I didn’t include water because… well, you should know that water is good for you. You can’t exactly survive without it.

Lemon: natural energizer (fights fatigue), flushes out unwanted materials, balances pH, helps hypertension, aids in weight loss (digestive aid), boosts immune system, helps with fever and chills, is antibacterial and abolishes acne.

Ginger: helps with migraines, muscle pain caused by exercise, inflammation of the colon, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, nausea caused by chemotherapy (if taken before), liver damage caused by acetaminophen (aka Tylenol), high blood pressure, asthma, diarrhea, bronchitis, arthritis, digestion, and the most amazing discover is helping cure ovarian cancer. A study found that exposing ovarian cancer cells to a solution of ginger powder resulted in their death in every single test – the cells either committed suicide (apoptosis) or digested/attacked themselves (autophagy).

Cayenne Pepper: Digestive aid, anti-irritant like upset stomach, ulcers, coughs, diarrhea and sore throats, anti-cold and flu agent, anti-fungal properties, migraine/headache prevention, helps with allergies, useful for blood clots, circulatory stimulant, joint-pain reliever, aids in weight loss, helps prevent lung cancer in smokers, promotes heart health, great for tooth and gum diseases.

Hail The Holy Shot

Hail The Holy Shot

Well, there you have it! Isn’t it cool looking? I sprinkled more cayenne on top for aesthetics; I probably wouldn’t drink it like that – I re-blended it for myself afterwards.

I’m off to get some blood work done, wish me luck!!!

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Hullo again my darling dears 😉

If any of you out there are social media friendly, you should check out the social media platform I am starting for the business I am managing, The Power Bar – a juice and smoothie bar in Cranston, RI.

Our twitter handle is @ThePowerBarRI, our instagram is ThePowerBarRI and our facebook is yep, you guessed it: http://www.facebook.com/thepowerbarri.

As a teaser, here is a recent tweet I put up giving a super simple protein smoothie recipe! Yummy.

Twitter

Social Media Shwaggin’

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!

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

The Power Bar Gig

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Bonjour, Beautiful Souls!

Phew, have I been off my blogging grind, or what! I suppose I had been doing daily posts for a while, so my average is still pretty good. Anyway… do I have news for you! I have a new job 😀 Well, I’ve known about said job for a little while now, but it’s officially official, so I feel as if I can actually talk about it to the general public.

Care to know what it is?
Basically, starting on May 15th, I will be the sole manager of a juice bar called “The Power Bar”. It will be located in Cranston, Rhode Island within a current large fitness center, called “LA Fitness”. The Power Bar is an entirely different entity than LA Fitness, and we (the two owners and myself) plan on opening up a few more in the coming months and years. In October, we will be opening a second Power Bar in another LA Fitness in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Not too shabby, huh? I’m pretty excited. To start, we will be focusing on protein shakes, fruit smoothies, green smoothies and juices, along with light fare (oatmeal, salads, parfaits) and frozen yogurt. Ideally, we want the focus over time to be taken off of protein shakes and onto juices, which is why I was brought onto the team.

Before I actually become manager, I am pretty much playing the role of one of the co-founders. I am involved in almost every aspect of starting this juice bar, and I am in charge of creating the juice and smoothie menu (it was hard!) and hiring and training my employees. It’s cool – it’s fun! I’m enjoying it so far, and I feel that I’m going to be really good at this. The way I look at it, this is the perfect stepping stone for me before opening up a juice bar business of my own.

So… that’s what I have been up to in my life lately. How are all of you?? Of course, this is going to be full-time (and then some) job, so I won’t be blogging every day, especially since it will be summertime! I’m so so happy it’s spring. I feel like I speak for the majority in saying that winter extended its welcome this year.
I want and need to do so many things, though! I want to attempt another garden this year (fruit and veggie recommendations?), as well as focus on herbs, plus Max and I are so into rock climbing we want to climb outside, and I want to try and go to a horse show – or at least ride regularly this summer. Eep! I’m going to need to work on my time management…

Well my loves, that’s all I’ve got for now. I need to finish a few things before bed, but I will try my best to touch base soon! I still haven’t shared any Seattle adventures with you awesome peeps, now that I think on it. ALSO: Come into LA Fitness in Cranston, Rhode Island if you can on May 15th! It will be The Power Bar’s grand opening. I’ll give more details as the date approaches.

Kisses and hugs xxoo