Posts Tagged ‘stevia’

CHOOSING A PROTEIN (made easy)

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

When most of us think of supplemental protein powders immediately we think of the mainstream powdered protein on the market today that have become so popular. These protein powders come in jumbo sized containers with beautiful labels to catch our eyes. Many use metallic finishes, with bold bright lettering designed to stand out among a sea of their competitors across store shelves. Open any bodybuilding magazine and you’ll find pages upon pages of eye catching ads touting that one is better than the next. Let’s face it, for the person looking to find a solid high-quality protein powder it can get confusing really fast. My goal is to break it down for you quickly and easily.

I’ve been supplementing with protein products since the 1980’s when Weider Nutrition first hit store shelves and Tiger’s Milk offered the only bars on the market. They actually tasted pretty good too! Since then we’ve seen major strides in protein supplementation from their quality to improved consistency, mix-ability and of course taste. I’ve taken them all! With that said here is my journey across the powdered protein landscape. I’m not going to bore you with all the details of why you should supplement with protein as there are a billion articles on the worldwide web that will give you all those details. Rather, the purpose of this article is to offer information based on my personal experience to help shed some light on your decision the next time you’re standing in the health food store among a sea of powdered protein products. (more…)

SPRING INTO GARDENING

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

With Spring here I decided it was time to plant a garden. It’s not an elaborate garden with rows upon rows of corn, green bean stalks or a watermelon patch. No, this is a simple two-by-fifteen foot piece of earth in my back yard overlooking the lake. What made it even more special for me was my daughter helping create it. There’s something special about digging your hands in garden soil. For me it brings back memories of my childhood when we would visit my grandmother’s farm in West Virginia. As a kid, the experience of cultivating fresh organic fruits and vegetables that ended up on the lunch and dinner table was truly amazing. This season we plated herbs like basil, dill, lemon grass and mint. We also planted stevia for the first time. Stevia leaves are 200 times sweeter than sugar which will be great to add to blended smoothies or drop into a cup of hot herbal tea. We also planted veggies to throw into salads like cucumber and sweet bell peppers. If you purchase these in the grocery store chances are that they will be covered in wax…but  not ours! Of course we had to plant strawberries too since they are my daughters favorite fruit. And since strawberries are on the “dirty dozen” list it was a smart choice to add to our garden.

GETTING STARTED

First of all, this isn’t rocket science, but you do want to consider some of the following tips to ensure you get the best results out of your garden. Here are my top 5: (more…)