Protein Powder Recommendations

Let's talk protein powder - you may need it, you may not. If you are always hungry, especially an hour or two after meals, you probably need to increase your protein intake, and protein powder is one way to supplement.

Since leaving my corporate job, I am much more active during the day and find that I do need more protein than I have in the past. While I've increased my protein intake from whole foods sources (whole grains, beans, tempeh, tofu, eggs, and fish), I've found that I feel best when I also supplement with a quality protein powder.  I've experimented with a number of different brands and types of protein power, and today I'm sharing some of my favorites.

Here are the top protein powders I recommend:

- Vega Team - 20-30g of vegan protein, formulated for active people, packed with superfoods and sweetened with stevia. Here are the flavors I like: Natural, Vanilla, Chocolate, Vanilla Sport, Chocolate Sport.

- Parsley Health Protein - From my friends at Parsley Health {a functional medicine practice here in NYC}, this protein is plant-based, allergy-friendly, and filled with gut healing vitamins and minerals. I recommend this for anyone struggling with digestive disorders.

- Sun Warrior - This one is pea, brown rice, quinoa, chia, and amaranth.

- Source Organic Whey - If you can tolerate dairy, this grass fed, organic whey protein may be a good option for you.

- Organic Collagen & Gelatin - Pure protein, great for healing the lining of the gut and promotes healthy hair, nails, and skin. Collagen is best for smoothies, gelatin is good for anything you need to gel, like gummies or gravies.


Do you use protein powder? Which is your favorite? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

What I put in my grocery cart every week

Last week we talked about what to clean out of your pantry, this week we're going to cover what to fill it back up with! While I try to switch up the foods I eat, there are some staples that I always, always buy and have on hand (which make pulling together healthy meals super quick and easy!). 

Here's what I put in my grocery cart every single week:

- Leafy green veggies - spinach, kale, collards, spring mix, romaine, arugula... the list goes on! I like to make sure I have at least one green that is good raw (for salads and smoothies) and one that is good cooked (to add to soups, sautés, etc)

- Snacking veggies - baby carrots, radishes, sugar snap peas, jicama, cherry tomatoes. Either buy pre-washed and chopped, or wash and chop everything on Sunday that way they are easy to grab during the week.  

- Sweet veggies - sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, onions, beets, carrots, and other root veggies. Sweet vegetables are comforting, satisfying, and help fight off sugar cravings

- Fruit - I always grab bananas and apples, plus something seasonal (citrus, berries, melon). If nothing in season, buy frozen! 

- Protein - For me this is usually eggs, tempeh, whole grains and beans, but for you it may also be tofu, fish, poultry, beef or pork. I recommend having at least 2-3 different types of protein to incorporate into your weekly meal plan.  

- Healthy fats - I've said it before and I'll say it again: Fat won't make you fat and it's actually a vital part of a healthy diet. Aim for whole food sources of fat: avocado, coconut, olives and olive oil, nuts and seeds, plus many animal products (eggs, fish and meat) also contain healthy fats.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of what I buy, but it does give you a good idea of the types of fruits, veggies, and other food items that I stock up on to make healthy eating easy. 

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