MEN’S HEALTH: THE RECIPES THEY LOVE By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT Welcome to MEN’S HEALTH MONTH, or as it’s come to be known as, MOVEMBER. I wanted to take some time this month to discuss issues that affect men, such as hormones, hair …
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS~ HEALTHY RECIPE GUIDE By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT Sometimes there’s a lot of information online that can cause one to get really inspired. That has been what’s happened to me over the past couple of weeks, especially with the topic of …
A Healthy Take on Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow
Created By Melissa Bistricer, MS, RDN
As summer starts to come to an end and your getting ready to bring in the new school year. You decide you want to surprise your children, teens, or family members by making a special treat for when they get home from camp or even work. What better way then to spoil them making this amazing sweet treat that has nutritional value too! So how does muddy buddies or some may call it puppy chow have nutritional value? †
Well let us just start by saying Cocoa Hx® is an superfood filled with powerful antioxidants that many of us can benefit from using. It can help to promote brain and heart health, great for all ages! Cocoa in its natural form, it is bitter and has a variety of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants to support overall great health. The dark chocolate in this supplement is what is beneficial with eliminating the saturated fat, sugar, and calories often times found in a regular chocolate bar. Again, the powerful antioxidants in this product will help to support better circulation in the body, brain health, and heart health. †
Then we add in Whey Protein Isolate Powder (vanilla), this will provide the body with easily absorbable essential proteins for individuals who are sensitive to dairy products. Whey protein also has the benefit in helping to support lean body mass and muscle protection. †
Yields: 12 servings, 1/2 cup per serving
6 cups Rice Chex
4 scoops Cocoa HxⓇ
1 1/4 cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp Ghee, clarified butter (can use coconut oil instead)
3 scoops of whey protein powder isolates – Vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Steps To Making The Perfect Muddy Buddies
- Measure Chex cereal and place in a large bowl, set aside.
- Pour powdered sugar and whey protein powder into a 2-gallon resealable zip-lock bag.
- In a saucepan over low-medium heat add peanut butter, Cocoa Hx®, and Ghee. Stir continuously until the mixture is smooth. If using a microwave heat in 20 minute increments until softened. Make sure to stir in between microwaving.
- Pour chocolate mixture over cereal and toss until evenly coated.
- Carefully pour coated cereal mixture into the bag with the powdered sugar and protein powder. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on parchment paper to cool completely. Make sure you let it cool in the fridge for about an hour or so before putting it in a container, otherwise your mix will get soggy.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Keeping it in the fridge will keep it fresh and crunchy!
To add more of the bittersweet chocolaty flavor feel free to add in 2-3 scoops of InVite® Health’s Whey Protein Isolate Powder – Chocolate. I guarantee you won’t regret it! †
Nutrition Facts Serving 1/2 recipes
Calories 240kcal Carbohydrates 30g Protein 7g Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 2.8g Cholesterol 5mg Sodium 230mg Fiber 2.1g
Sugar 5.3g Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 10% Calcium 9%
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Photo by Jose Soriano on Unsplash Making the same protein shake every morning or before your workout can get boring pretty fast. Shake up your routine by adding superfood powers like Cocoa Hx®, Greens Hx® and Collagen Hx® and InVite®’s Whey Protein Powders into these …
Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are a wonderful superfood. They are a terrific source of fiber, protein, and ALA (an essential omega-3) and contain mucilage, phytoestrogens and anti-cancer lignans. They also contain micronutrients like manganese and vitamin B1. This food is so nutritious, it is no wonder it benefits a long list of organs and organs systems, providing symptom relief and disease prevention. In fact, studies have shown flaxseed to benefit in numerous conditions – PMS, breast cancer, prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes, memory, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and skin healing.
Flax Health Benefits
Unlike the non-edible linseed oil, raw flax and flax oil have numerous health properties. Because they have a tough outer shell, it’s best to grind the flax seeds to get the most beneficial properties from them. Take 1 tbsp with yogurt & berries before going to bed. I have stopped recommending flax oil because it is very unstable. If you choose to consume flax oil, I suggest making sure that it is high in lignin and raw but it does not come close to matching the lignin content of the powdered seed and lignan’s are important to many of the protective benefits of flaxseed. Never cook flax oil.
Flax contains phytoestrogens called Lignans. Lignan are compounds that build plant cell walls. They contain specialized phytoestrogens that help normalize the body’s estrogen production. Eating lignin compounds help to convert intestinal probiotics into enterolactone, a metabolite that produces weak estrogenic activity in our blood circulation. Many reports have revealed that high enterolactone in our blood helps to reduce the risk of breast, prostate, colon cancers and heart disease. Lignans are great for hormone balance, weight loss, sugar metabolism and skin healing. In addition to lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and regulating bowel movements flax seeds have a host of protective hormonal activity, which is very powerful and very special. Medical doctors have become concerned with the term “phytoestrogen’, as they believe it proliferates cell activity similar to synthetic and natural estrogen compounds, advising their patients against taking the superfood. Research, however, does not support this opinion.
While research pertaining to the range of capabilities of flaxseeds in humans is present for many metabolic conditions, animal studies are more advanced in terms of hormone studies and should not be overlooked. The super-food aspects of flax include: protection of bones, regulation of period, increase in sexual libido, vaginal lubrication, and hair health (similar to estrogen). However, flaxseeds do not provide the negative growth promoting effects of medical estrogens, birth control pills, HRT and testosterone. In fact, flax seeds have been shown helpful in reducing the symptoms of menopause while not growing the hormone sensitive tissue. One study determined that while flax seed contains compounds that may slow bone loss during aging, especially when combined with low-dose estrogen therapy, it does so without promoting growth of uterine tissue of postmenopausal female rats2.
Flaxseeds for Women’s Health
Another study from Brazil showed that neither the flaxseed extract nor flaxseed meal exerted estrogenic effects on the vaginal epithelium or endometrium as revealed by the absence of changes in the blood levels of follicle stimulating hormone and estradiol, as well as in the endometrial thickness, and vaginal epithelial maturation value of postmenopausal women. This is a benefit for those wanting to treat menopausal and hormonal symptoms but may be concerned with breast and ovarian cancer, endometriosis and fibroids.
To regulate periods, increase fertility and detox from the birth control pill, follow this flax seed protocol for a minimum of 3 months. Studies show, in a population of hens, flaxseed supplementation reduced severity and prevalence of ovarian cancer through reduction of a growth promoting and pro-inflammatory hormone called prostaglandin 24.
This flax seed protocol may also help to increase fertility, regulate menstrual and ovulatory cycles and improve postpartum symptoms. I recommend adding seeds to breakfast, especially after traveling, when one’s cycle can get a little wonky. Make sure to use raw organic seeds. If you don’t know where you are in your cycle, use the phases of the moon to guide you.
The Seed Protocol:
From the day you start to flow to ovulation (day 1–14). If you don’t know where you are in your cycle, use the moon cycles as a guide. Starting from the next new moon to the following full moon take:
- 1 tablespoon flaxseeds or 4 capsules (the oil doesn’t count)
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seed
Starting from ovulation to menses (day 14 – 28) or from full moon to new moon take:
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seed
- 1 tablespoon flaxseeds or 4 flaxseed capsules (the oil doesn’t count)
If you have a hankering for bread, this flax meal bread recipe will help lower cholesterol, blood pressure and improve regularity.
You can find Dr. Millie’s Flourless Flax Seed Bread Recipe Here!
The best thing about flax seeds; if you plant it, it will grow.