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CLAs and a Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie Recipe

January 28 2014

Your first meal can either make or break your focus and productivity for the day. In our opinion, one way to kick start this process is to get nutrients and fats directly to the mind through CLA's.

CLA = conjugated linoleic acid

- CLA is a newly discovered fat that scientists have discovered may be a potent anti-cancer agent.
- In animal studies, small amounts of CLA have blocked all three stages of cancer:

1) initiation, 2) promotion, and 3) metastasis

- Also in animal studies, CLA has slowed tumor growth in many cancerous areas of the body, including skin, breast, prostate, and colon. Source
- Women with the highest levels of CLA in their diets had a 60 percent reduction in the risk of breast cancer. Source
- CLAs help with inflammation, immune system, and insulin resistance.
- CLA LOWERS BODY FAT, especially when combined with exercise. Source Organic whey protein powder is the only grass-fed, Non-GMO Project Verified protein on the market, and it contains CLAs that can help you start your day.

Organic whey protein smoothies
Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie Recipe
• 2 large handfuls of frozen berries (We used blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries)
• 1/2 of a frozen banana
• 12 oz raw grass-fed cow's milk or unsweetened almond milk
• 1-2 scoops of organic whey protein
• 1 tbsp of organic coconut palm sugar or 5-10 drops stevia
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Thanks to our friend Organic Olivia for the recipe!

Take a look at some of our other recipes here:
Spiced Raspberry-Pear Organic Protein Smoothie
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Great AM Smoothie Recipe from Al's Dad!

January 16 2014

We always love it when our supporters send in their favorite recipes, and today we have a great recipe from our founder's dad. Al Sr. has been a guiding force and has greatly helped Source Organic Whey Protein over the past few years. Hopefully you'll enjoy his recipe for a morning smoothie that use Source's pure, grass-fed, organic whey protein. We think it's one of the best recipes we've seen yet!

AM Smoothie

AM Smoothie

Makes one 18-ounce smoothie for a filling stand-alone breakfast. Use raw, organic ingredients, where possible.

In blender, add the following:

1 cup Whole raw milk
2 scoops Source Organic Whey
1/2 tablespoon Black chia seeds
1 tablespoon Vibrant Health Green Vibrance
1/4 cup Wyman's Fresh Frozen Wild Blueberries
1 teaspoon Organic Vietnamese cinnamon
1 tablespoon Raw nut pieces: walnuts; almonds; pecans; and cashews (pick your favorites)
1.5 teaspoon Dried pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon Brown flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon Black sesame seeds
1/2 Medium banana

Blend thoroughly

Take a look at some of our other recipes here:
Spiced Raspberry-Pear Organic Protein Smoothie
Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip FroYo Pops
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

 

Source Organic Whey is one of the most pure, grass-fed, organic whey protein powders on the market. From Jersey cows on family farms in Northern California, we think it's the best whey protein out there.

How to Pick the Organic Whey Protein that is Right For You

January 10 2014

With a number of organic whey protein brands on the market, it sometimes can be hard to tell which brands are best. The goal of this post is to point out these differences so you can find the organic whey protein that best fits your needs.

Here are some things to consider when choosing an organic whey protein: the type of feed the cows consume, the use of soy, the treatment of the cows, the protein's source, and whether the cows are truly "grass-fed."

One of the first things you should check is whether the organic whey protein is Non-GMO Project Verified. Almost all the organic whey proteins on the market claim that their cows are fed Non-GMO feed but only one protein, Source Organic Whey, has met the strict standards of the Non-GMO Project.

Next, check the ingredient listing on the label to see if there are any soy ingredients. Many organic whey proteins use soy lecithin while only a few do not. Source Organic Whey does not use soy in any of its products.

Third, consider the treatment of the cows. There are very few brands that even mention where their cows are located, let alone if they treat the cows well. Also, many of these products will claim the milk used to produce their whey comes from small family farms, but never mention where these farms are. Other companies do this because their milk is received from farms all across the nation. Source Organic Whey comes exclusively from Northern California farms that are certified by the American Humane Association for their animal welfare practices.

Finally, no brand will tell how long their cows are grazing in pasture each year. Grass-fed organic whey protein still qualifies as “grass-fed” even if the cows are in a heated barn being fed grass that was harvested months ago. Source Organic Whey’s cows are located in a small region of Northern California allowing for an average of 350 days of pastured grazing per year. Compare this to cows in other parts of the country that are left standing in barns, with little exercise or movement for over 3 months a year.

So when deciding which organic whey protein to choose please consider:

  • Is it Non-GMO Project Verified?
  • Does it contain soy?
  • How are the cows are treated?
  • Where does the whey come from?
  • Are the cows truly “grass-fed?”

Thanks for reading,
Al, MS, RD and Steve

 

Source Organic Whey is one of the most pure, grass-fed, organic whey protein powders on the market. From Jersey cows on family farms in Northern California, we think it's the best whey protein out there.

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