Healthy vegetarian eating with Platinum Naturals

Platinum Naturals Vitamins for vegetarian diets available at the Organic Grocer

Platinum Naturals Vitamins offer a specialized Omega Suspension Technology that makes nutrients highly absorbable and available for a full 24 hours.

If you’re vegetarian, you are part of a growing trend in Canada. According to a poll commissioned by the Vancouver Humane Society in 2015, vegetarianism is common in Canada. A third of Canadians are either already vegetarian or are eating less meat!

Compared to meat eaters, vegetarians tend to consume less saturated fat and cholesterol. They consume more vitamins C and E, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals), such as carotenoids and flavonoids. As a result, they’re likely to have lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and lower body mass index (BMI), all of which are associated with longevity and a reduced risk for many chronic diseases.

But it can also be challenging to get enough of certain nutrients. Supplementing your diet with Platinum Naturals’ Easymulti Vegan and EasyIron can help give your body what it needs to stay healthy and strong.

Is your vegetarian diet missing something essential?

Iron

The iron in plant sources (non-heme iron) can be hard to absorb, especially since it’s often bound to phytates, anti-nutrients that prevent absorption. If you think you might be deficient, it’s worth a trip to the doctor to get your levels checked, especially if you have symptoms of iron deficiency such as:
• tiredness
• hair loss
• bruising
• pale skin
• lightheadedness
• cold hands and feet

The iron found in EasyIron and Easymulti Vegan is iron bisglycinate, the best-absorbed vegan iron available. In fact, iron bisglycinate is absorbed 4.5 times better than other vegan forms of iron.

To further improve absorption, the iron in Platinum Naturals supplements is suspended in oil through their award-winning Omega Suspension Technology. This takes advantage of your body’s natural ability to absorb oils. In fact, a clinical study found that iron (bisglycinate) suspended in oil had 3 times higher overall absorption than the same form of iron not suspended in oil. Normally iron can only be absorbed in the upper intestine. But when suspended in oil, iron can be absorbed anywhere within the digestive tract, resulting in maximum absorption and is therefore much less likely to cause constipation.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is often lacking in a vegetarian diet, since most sources of vitamin B12 are from animal products. B12 deficiency leads to pernicious anemia, which is a type of anemia you can get even if you eat enough iron. Also, elevated levels of homocysteine (a marker for heart disease) have been observed in vegans. Supplementation with B12 has been shown to effectively reduce homocysteine blood levels. To support proper absorption, EasyIron and Easymulti Vegan contain methylcobalamin, the active form of vitamin B12.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for bone health, immune function and a healthy cardiovascular system. But most vitamin D3 is animal-sourced. Easymulti Vegan provides a full recommended daily dose of vitamin D2 to help ensure adequate intake of vitamin D, even in the winter months.

Omega-3

Because vegetarian diets don’t include fish, they lack DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), the two omega-3 fatty acids needed to develop and maintain the brain, retina and cell membranes. Flax oil is an excellent source of the omega 3 ALA, which the body converts to EPA and DHA. Omega 3’s help calm inflammation and are an important building block for glowing skin, a healthy heart and an active brain.

Platinum Naturals’ Easymulti Vegan is designed to complement a vegetarian or vegan diet and provide full-spectrum nutritional support. Easymulti Vegan contains healthy omega-3 from flax oil as well as highly bio-available forms of vitamin B12 and iron. Easymulti Vegan is formulated without any animal products and none of our products are tested on animals.

Platinum Naturals’ EasyIron is a fast-acting, gentle and non-constipating iron supplement. It’s formulated with the essential cofactor vitamins to support blood-building and is suitable for vegetarians.

Whatever your motivation, eating vegetarian can be a great way to take care of your health, your furry friends and your environment, as long as you’re sure to get the nutritional support you need!

Sinfully Delicious Coconut Whipped Cream … Times Two

Coconut whipped cream offers all the health benefits of coconut oil (MCT’s, Lauric Acid, etc.) while providing you a novel and tasty way to enjoy these benefits.  Why not try a recipe for your Valentine’s Day desert?  Coconut whipped cream is great with heart shaped (gluten-free) brownies, organic fruit, or even chocolate almond pudding.  Honestly, I eat it a bit too often!!!
You can make two types of whipped cream – a soft whip, or a firm whip.  Here’s how to make each version:
Makes 2-3 cups whipped cream
Ingredients
  • Firmer Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cans (15.33 ounces each) organic coconut milk, refrigerated over night
  • 2 Tablespoons Grade A organic maple syrup or local honey
  • 1 Teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • Softer Whipped Cream:
  • 1 tetra pak of coconut cream, refrigerated over night
  • 2 Tablespoons Grade A organic maple syrup or local honey
  • 1 Teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. For the firmer whipped cream: scoop off the solid coconut cream from off the top, leaving the liquid behind for another use (add it to your smoothie).
    Place the coconut cream, maple syrup or honey, and the vanilla in a mixer and beat on high for 10 minutes until the whipped cream is fluffy.
  2. For the softer whipped cream: pour the entire tetra pak of coconut cream into a mixer bowl and add the maple syrup or honey and the vanilla. Beat the mixture on high for 15 minutes until the cream is light, fluffy, and holds a very soft peak.
  3. Serve both types of whipped cream as soon as possible for best results.
    The softer whipped cream will usually hold in the refrigerator up to 2 days without separating.
    The firmer version usually starts to separate in a day.
  4. TIP:  Keep all your tools ice cold (put your mixing blades and bowl in the freezer for a while before starting this recipe)

We found these tips on: Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream – Food | GI 365 http://gi365.co/food/homemade-coconut-whipped-cream/#ixzz3xkpUAiOp

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RECIPE – Vege-Pro Energy Bites

OHP_Vege-Pro_Recipe_EnergyBitesIngredients:

½ cup              organic almond butter

½ cup              organic dark chia seeds

½ cup              organic goji berries

¼ cup              organic & fair trade cacao powder

½ tsp               organic vanilla extract

1  tbsp              honey or organic agave nectar

1  scoop           Organika® Vege-Pro®

Steps:

  • Mix ingredients in a food processor
  • Roll into golf ball size
  • Add topping such as a coconut shavings / crushed almonds / cacao powder

Recipe Supplied by Organika – Copyright © 2015 Organika Health Products Inc.

RECIPE: Chunky Monkey Smoothie

OHP_Vege-Pro_Recipe_Smoothiev1Ingredients:

1 cup               organic chocolate (almond/soy/coconut) milk

1 scoop           Organika® Vege-Pro®

1 tbsp              organic almond butter

½                     organic banana

½                     organic avocado

2-3                   ice cubes made from alkaline water

1 tsp                Organika® Maca Powder

Steps:

  • Add ingredients into the blender
  • Blend until smooth

 

Provided by Organika Health Products – Copyright © 2015 Organika Health Products Inc.

NEW PRODUCT – Vege-Pro

0THE VEGAN SOLUTION: VEGE-PRO

Finally, an answer to the question that vegans and the health conscious have been asking for years!

If you’re like us, you’re tired of searching endlessly for a plant-based protein supplement that consists of complete protein, and is above the average 10-15 grams in most powders.  Especially for athletes! Or even you weekend warriors.

You’re unique, and as such have unique nutritional requirements.  For celiacs, the lactose intolerant, allergy prone or even the health conscious — it can be a struggle to find protein sources that fuel your everyday triumphs.  Time and time again, the same question arises for many of us:

“How do I get enough clean protein in my diet?”

You could eat your body weight in quinoa, savi seeds or soy in the hopes of meeting your daily protein requirements (which could get quite messy), or, you could think about an instant, delicious alternative.  Enter Vege-Pro® fill the gaps in your diet!

With 19 grams of delicious, 100% organic plant protein sourced from sprouted brown rice, hemp and mushrooms – we just found the answer for you.  Providing approximately one third of your adequate intake of protein, Vege-Pro® is a finely processed protein that offer all 20 amino acids in a convenient format, essential for:

  • Athletes
  • Developing children and teens
  • Those with unique dietary conditions
  • Anyone looking for a clean protein alternative with minimal calories, saturated fat and no sugar!

Normally when you think of plant-based proteins, you recall most powders that involve chalky, gritty proteins that don’t mix well or taste like the soil they came from. Blech!

Vege-Pro® mixes with no grit, is sugar-free and sweetened with Stevia, making for a protein powder that has a deliciously smooth finish and taste.

With your health in mind, Vege-Pro® contains fibre from inulin, pre-and probiotics and calcium to help support your active metabolism, digestion and immune health.

 

The Mushroom Advantage

In contrast to the chalky grit of plant-based proteins you may be accustomed to, Vege-Pro® is unique because of its taste and texture, but most importantly because it combines the benefits of 8 unique mushrooms:

Mushrooms are rich in B-glucans, protein, iron and B vitamins that have been studied to boost metabolism, lower cholesterol levels and improve immune health as a potent source of ergothioneine, that acts to reduce the damage of free radicals to skin, organs and tissues.

The Cleanest Protein on the Market

Grown on an organic, wheat-free oat base, these mushrooms couldn’t get any cleaner. It’s a well-known fact that mushrooms absorb and concentrate from the material they are grown inso we made sure they are only absorbing the best nutrients, and none of the gluten.

Vege-Pro® is gluten, soy and dairy free, as well as being organic certified!

Be sure to get creative with it in the kitchen with this versatile powder:
Vegan lentil burgers? Sure, why not.
Protein pancakes in the morning to start your day off right? Definitely.

Let us know what you come up with in the kitchen using Vege-Pro®!

 

Copyright © 2015 Organika Health Products Inc. – Re-posted with permission

Candied Yams

Serve these yams with your turkey, or even better, have them for dessert too! This will be a favourite dish on the table this year. Expect to hear many ‘oh my’s’.
Ingredients
  • 4 medium yams, chopped large
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sea saltTopping
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 almond flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Green onions, chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Place yams in a large pot of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes until soft.
  3. Drain water from pot.
  4. Add all ingredients to the pot (except toppings). Mix together until yams have a smooth consistency.
  5. Spread evenly in a baking dish.
  6. In a small bowl, combine all your topping ingredients together to create a crumble.
  7. Evenly coat your yams with pecan crumble.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Top with green onions and serve.

Thanks to Alpha Health for providing the recipe for this tasty treat!

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