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product we love and use daily: e3live

Have you ever heard of e3live? Well, if not, let us give you a little rundown on what it is, why we use it, and how we use it daily. 

I want to start off by saying that this is NOT a sponsored post. Just something I love and that works for me and so I thought I’d share a little about it with you!

WHAT IS E3 LIVE?

First off, E3LIVE serious superfood that is so super healthy for you!

Let’s get scientific for just a minute,

“E3Live is 100% Aphanizomenon flos-aquae blue-green algae (AFA for short)—a certified organic wild-harvested Nutrient Dense AquaBotanical™ considered by renowned health authorities to be nature’s most beneficial superfood. Our E3Live AFA is a non-GMO Heirloom variety. E3Live is the frozen/liquid form of AFA, which is superior to all other forms of AFA. E3Live is the only company to offer AFA in this fresh-frozen form…Nutritionally, E3Live provides over 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids.** It is the most nutrient dense food known to mankind.* E3Live is a gift of nature, a miracle food.”

WHY I TAKE E3LIVE:

I am no scientist, but from reading and learning more about nutrition over the years, it is my understanding that even if we eat our greens the way that we should, we still need to get more greens in our body. Even if we eat delicious, organic greens, they are just not as nutritiously potent as they were decades ago due to the way that way farm and soil depletion. For that reason, I like to ensure that I get tons of the disease fighting, health stimulating nutrients–which is where e3live comes into play.

“A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent.” — Scientific American

Long story short, I struggle with anxiety and I have a holistic doctor that recommended I start taking E3Live Brain On daily, (“E3Live + BrainON is for anyone who wishes to balance mood and increase concentration while functioning at a higher level”). Honestly, I have noticed a decrease in my anxiety and my overall health. 5 thumbs up!!!

Some benefits of e3live may include:

  • Increased energy, vitality and endurance
  • Support of a healthy mood balance and ability to manage everyday stress
  • Support of healthy intestinal and digestive systems
  • Faster recovery time after exercise
  • Restored overall biochemical balance
  • Long-lasting energy boost
  • Support for a healthy immune system
  • Support of healthy skin, nails, and hair

HOW I TAKE IT DAILY: 

I purchase my E3live on their website in a pack of 6 (the brainon costs $174 and the regular $142). It is delivered to your doorstep frozen. I immediately put 5 of the bottles in the freezer for later but leave one out on the counter to thaw. Once thawed, I immediately pour it into my little ice cube tray and pop that in the freezer so that I have individual serving sizes to use daily! 

Typically, I just pop one of the ice cubes in a cup of filtered ice water with a ton of fresh squeezed lemon, some fresh mint (if I have it) and a dash of cayenne! Talk about a real detox drink right there!! If I am making a smoothie, I will pop one or two cubes into my smoothie (I sneak them into my kids smoothies, too). You can also just thaw out an individual ice cube and take a little daily health shot! I don’t really like to take a shot of it because the taste isn’t so great but, I will when I don’t feel like making my detox drink!

I am sharing this because this is something that has worked for me. Do your research on e3live, they have tons of information on their website. Read all about it and you decide for yourself if you think that this is something that can benefit you! 

What you need to spruce up your smoothie!

Let’s talk about how to up your smoothie game, shall we? Over the years, I have been putting supplements in my smoothies and, over the years, I have not only found the products that I like, but I have also narrowed it down to products that are clean and only nourishing for my body. Below you’ll find all my favorites and why. Enjoy!

Protein?  It’s important to me to have a protein powder free of GMO’s, pesticides, chemicals and all the other nasty ingredients that are usually lurking in protein powders! Just remember to always try to buy organic and make sure they don’t have any “natural flavors.”

Tera’s Organic Whey: this is my favorite whey protein.  Some people don’t like drinking whey but I’ve done my research and found that it is very important for those that are active.  I always use this protein in my pre or post workout smoothies. It is crucial for muscle building, muscle recovery and weight management. According to Food Babe, “You either you can pick low quality heat processed alkalinity stripping whey protein isolate – or you can pick cold processed whole food whey concentrate made from organic fed cows not treated with growth hormones or antibiotics. Tera’s whey is actually made in small batches and takes considerable care in how the whey is processed.”IMG_7798

Thorne Medi Clear: Another brand that I love.  Thorne is a great company that won’t include sketchy ingredients in their products.  This is a pea and rice protein-based powder which is a vegas source of protein. 

Vital Proteins Collagen: this stuff is packed with benefits and this brand is legit, it only has one ingredient.. COLLAGEN! I add a scoop to my smoothies or you can just drink it with some water, it has no taste! It has no GMO’s and is wild-caught. 

As women, collagen is a MUST! I don’t know about y’all but I really would like to slow the aging process as long as possible.  Collagen promotes healthy skin, strong nails, and strong hair… yes please! I’ve also already noticed that it has really been helping with my digestion. 

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Green Superfood: Get your daily dose of greens with all the vitamins and minerals necessary for you. Chocolate is my favorite flavor. This superfood boost body alkalinity and increases energy. Vegan, Gluten Free and raw! 

Vitamineral greens:  I usually either use Green Superfood or Vitamineral greens because they both have similar vitamins and minerals. 100% Non-GMO, Vegan and Gluten Free.

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Gelatin: a type of protein derived from collagen that women should try to have as much as possible! Gelatin improves your gut/digestion, skin and heart.  Gelatin is great for your skin and even helps clear cellulite (heck yes)! This is a new found favorite of mine that my body has been loving.  You can find gelatin in bone broth but the powder is a much more direct way to get all the amazing benefits. 

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 Ashwagandha: an organic indian ginseng herb with so many benefits: it fights cancer, reduces inflammation (my favorite benefit), reduces stress, helps women in the aging process, and even helps with ashthma.   I’ve also read that it helps regulate hormones and increases our sexual drive, ooh lala! The list of benefits goes on and on so it’s something I like to add in my smoothies often. 

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“Magic Seed”:  I have to give credit to The Skinny Confidential for this superfood blend.  She combines flax + hemp + chia + bee pollen which creates “energy in a spoon”.  Bee pollen increases energy and helps with allergies.  Raw hemp hearts have protein, fiber and regulate metabolism. Chia seeds swell in stomach to make you feel more full and are packed with Omega-3. Flax Seed keeps the digestion on track! 😉  I just add a big scoop or two into my smoothies, yogurt or oatmeal. You can even toss it on top of salads!

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Here are a few toppings that I usually add on my smoothies, yogurt and oatmeal. You can find my favorite, Holy Crap cereal, on Amazon.  100% organic and simple, I’m obsessed!  They also have great on-the-go cereals for when you’re running late. 

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So, that’s all folks! These are the products I am currently obsessing over. If you have any favorites, please do share in the comments below! There are so many great products out there and I love trying out new stuff!

Peach Almond Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • A large handful of ice cubes (About 8 cubes)

Method:

1.  Place all ingredients in a blender.

2.  Blend on high until smooth.  Serve and enjoy!

 

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter (we love MaraNatha Coconut Almond Butter)
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder (we love Tera’s Whey Vanilla organic protein)
  • Optional topping: granola

Method:

Blend in blender until smooth! Delish!

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The Minty Melon Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 small handful of Raspberries
  • 3 thick slices of Cantaloupe
  • 3 large leaves of Mint
  • 1 handful of Ice

Method:  Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, or until very smooth.  Enjoy!