One look at my Instagram feed, and it’s pretty obvious that green smoothies are my top pick for breakfast. I probably rock one of these puppies 5 out of 7 days a week in the warmer months, and only slightly less often when the weather cools. My green smoothies have a whole huge salad’s worth of greens, loading my body up with iron and folate, lots of healthy fats in the form of coconut oil and almond butter, omegas in the form of chia seeds, antioxidants and tons of vitamins in the form of berries, and a heaping dose of protein in powder form. Naturally, I’m always on the hunt for the best protein powders and get super pumped when I discover a new one.
By: Natasha Uspensky
The first thing everyone asks me about when transitioning into a plant-based diet is, “Where will I get my protein?” Great news, people! There a tons of delicious vegetarian protein sources that are naturally lower in saturated, unhealthy fats and cholesterol (not to mention toxins, antibiotics, hormones, and other additives) than their plant-based counterparts. A well-rounded plant-based diet with plenty of delicious vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds is naturally high in protein. Getting your protein from plant-based sources decreases your risk of cancer and heart disease, increases life expectancy, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and a million other benefits! Check out these amazing sources of vegan protein in the chart below!
Other great vegetarian sources of protein are:
- Organic eggs
- Organic greek yogurt
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
- Whole grain bread
What are you favorite vegetarian protein sources? Share in the comments below!
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By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC
In the winter time, I am always struggling with dry, lackluster hair and split ends, which is always getting in the way of my tireless goal of growing out my hair.
I try a gazillion products every year to try to nail down the perfect combination that gives me consistent results. Most products start out working great, but then my hair gets accustomed to the routine, and I’m back at square one. So I’m thrilled to finally find a great line of products that hydrate my hair, and make it shiny and lustrous, with results that don’t diminish over time.
Surface Hair is a line of products by stylist, Wayne Grund, which are formulated with sustainably harvested ingredients and certified organic botanicals like babassu oil and amaranth protein. The products are free from toxic chemicals like sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, mineral oils, and animal products. Most of the products are also designed to work at maximum potency with heat styling, so they protect your hair and prevent breakage, over drying, and damage.
I’ve been using the Trinity Protein Cream ($24.95) on wet hair after washing, which is super strengthening and really prevents breakage. The Trinity line is specially formulated for colored hair, but works great for anyone with dry or damaged hair. The Protein Cream has babassu oil and amaranth protein to smooth the hair, and offers wonderful heat protection. I only wash my hair a few times a week, so if I do a little styling touch up after a few days, I’ll spray it on dry hair as well for a little extra smoothing and protection. It smells delicious and doesn’t leave a filmy or greasy buildup like many other heat protection products I’ve used. Plus, I’ve noticed that my hair gets less damaged between trims and color!
I follow the Protein Cream with Bassu Hydrating Oil ($23.95) on the length of my hair. This lovely, light oil is super healing and hydrating, and really intensifies hair’s shine and luster.
It protects hair from color and heat damage, and keep color from fading. WhatI love about the hydrating oil is that I can use it on wet or dry hair. Again, since I only wash my hair a couple times a week, sometimes my hair needs a little freshening up or boost between washes. The Hydrating Oil is amazing for that. It’s lovely light texture removes frizz and seals the cuticle. It’s amazing to use with a flat iron, or just to smooth flyaways and hydrate dry, stressed hair throughout the week. This potent product can also be used to moisturize skin!
The Surface line has a slew of amazing, safe, potent and effective products for every hair type and concern. As part of a healthy, natural hair care routine, these products will boost shine, protect hair, and make dry, winter tresses and thing of the past!