Introducing Q Drink Healthy, a quercetin-based powder drink mix designed to bolster everyday health, energy, and performance that delivers electrolytes to help the body recover! This new drink mix comes in convenient travel-ready packets, so you can tuck them along in your gym bag or backpack for quick energy & hydration on-the-go!

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Q’s synergistic blend is a superior alternative to high caffeine or sugar performance drinks and carries with it a laundry list of benefits such as increased endurance, a stronger immune system and decreased fat cell production. The best part – all the energy and health benefits come without the painful crash! Plus, it comes in 3 delicious flavors, including Wild Berry, Orange and Lemon Lime.

The quercetin, a naturally occurring compound found in fruits and vegetables, is accompanied by eight different vitamins and herbal extracts including potassium, B vitamins, green tea extract (catechins), ginseng, gingko biloba and rhodiola. You can view a full list on ingredients on their website.

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I found the Wild Berry to be my favorite flavor, and it was easy to take along the packets in my gym bag to enjoy post-workout, along with the handy shaker cup that Q Energy provided! I weight lift daily, so Q Energy has provided a much-needed boost at the end of my training session!

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ID-10069058Tips for Preventing Childhood Obesity

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and obesity is an epidemic that everyone in the family can help combat!

Did you know that in a study researching the trend of childhood obesity, an estimated 43 million children around under the age of 5 were overweight or obese, globally, in 2010. This number is staggering, but in honor of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, here are a few tips to help prevent any more children from becoming part of this statistic.

Designate Family Time for Getting Active

Whether it’s a walk together after dinner or getting together in a park on a Sunday afternoon, there are always times to get in some time for physical activity. Doing this together holds you all accountable, sets good examples for kids, and gives you more time to be with your loved ones!

Limit TV and Video Game Time

Sitting in front of electronic screens for prolonged periods of time isn’t good for kids—it makes it easy for them to fall into couch-potato status instead of getting outside and playing sports or meeting friends outdoors.

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Cook Meals Together

Here’s another easy opportunity to stay fit as a family. Cooking homemade meals together increases bonding time with the family and prevents you from picking up take-out or pizza on your way home from work

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Make Sure They Get Proper Nutrients

Following the idea of cooking meals together, you have to make sure what you are feeding your kids will help them continue to grow strong and healthy. Try to limit sweets, increase veggies, and make sure they get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need. Incorporating a children’s multivitamin like USANA USAnimals into your kid’s daily routine can help ensure that this happens.

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UsananimalsAs the kids start back-to-school, a nutritious breakfast is a wonderful start to the school day, and to make sure they are receiving all of the proper nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, choosing a high-quality vitamin is essential. “Mom” was recently introduced to Usanimals by USANA, which has a wild berry flavor that her little one enjoys! No struggles to ger her to take her vitamin every morning – it is delicious and easy to chew! Science-based and free of artificial flavors and sweeteners, Usanimals daily multivitamin helps support development for children ages 2 to 12.

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Why Choose USANA Usanimals?

Provides excellent nutritional support for growing children*
Supports healthy immune function with vitamins A, C, E, and zinc*
Includes vitamins B6, B12, folate, and choline for healthy brain function*
Includes calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D for strong bones and teeth*
Includes iron, thiamin, and B12 for energy*
Easy-to-eat chewables stamped with fun animal shapes

To learn more about USANA Usanimals, or the other various supplements and products offered by USANA, visit USANA.com.*

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2022582_CSVeggie_Sport_Protein_VNL_85Tub_stg2Mom” starts every morning with a protein smoothie complete with chia seeds, rice or soy protein, strawberries, 1 banana and all-natural peanut butter. So when she learned of the new CleanSeries™ line from Twinlab, she was excited to test it out! This new high performance line is Non-GMO and banned substance tested, certified gluten-free, and formulated without artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

The CleanSeries line features five products, two of which have “Mom” raving – the Veggie Protein and Soy Protein Isolate. Although “Mom” is not a vegetarian, but traditional whey protein powders cause her belly to bloat and feel uncomfortable, so she sticks to vegetarian-based powders for her smoothies. She also loves the fact that the Soy Protein Isolate contains no sugar!

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The five new products in the CleanSeries™ line include:

CleanSeries™ Sport Protein
· 23g of high quality protein per serving to support lean muscle growth*
· Promotes muscle repair and helps aid recovery*
· Enzyme-assisted formula to aid digestion

CleanSeries™ Whey Protein Isolate
· 23g protein per serving from premium cross flow ultra filtered Whey Protein Isolate
· Promotes muscle repair and helps reduce recovery time*
· No fat and only 2g sugar

CleanSeries™ Soy Protein Isolate
· 30 grams of superior quality protein per serving
· 100% soy protein isolate, a complete vegetable protein source
· Zero cholesterol and sugar free

CleanSeries™ Pre-workout Activator
· Total energy activator features clinically-studied herbal complex plus caffeine to deliver energy you can feel*
· Concentrated formula helps fight fatigue and boost endurance*
· Timed-release carb blend fuels intense, extended exercise*

CleanSeries™ Veggie Protein
· 21g vegetarian protein per serving to promote muscle repair and recovery*
· Enzyme-assisted formula to help aid digestion
· No cholesterol and no lactose

You can learn more about the new CleanSeries™ line on http://cleanseries.twinlab.com/.

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Vitazorb Purple BottleThe company’s motto is “You Are What You Absorb” and it is so, so true – when nutrients, vitamins and minerals can be properly absorbed from your food, and waste products broken down properly, it means a healthier (and happier!) you! “Mom” recently had the opportunity to try a new chewable probiotic supplement called Vidazorb®, which offers several chewable varieties of probiotics to aid in gastrointestinal health. For those unfamiliar with the overall health benefits of probiotics, you may wish to visit the Vidazorb website to learn more!

Vidazorb® is available in 5 distinct formulations for both children and adults, including:
 
Plus – Vanilla Flavor
 
+OPC – Pomegranate Flavor
 
Super C – Orange Pineapple Flavor

The Super C, +OPC and Plus varieties all tasted great – easy to chew and swallow, and “Mom” loves that this particular brand of probiotics does not require refrigeration, which is wonderful for traveling. For those who travel to other countries frequently, taking a probiotic supplement daily is a must to help with traveler’s diarrhea!

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If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of probiotics, or to locate a store near you, visit Vidazorb.com.

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Flu season is in full swing, with influenza activity remaining elevated in the US! Though the risk of influenza is decreasing in some areas, it is still a good idea to keep your immune system in tip top shape! One good way to do so is with what Dr. Oz calls the “miracle berry” — sea buckthorn! This small berry boasts a multitude of health benefits, and is quickly becoming “Mom’s” go-to supplement for well-being!

A cherished Asian health and beauty secret, the sea buckthorn berry is well-known for its impressive nutritional profile which includes the rare Omega 7, as well as Omega 3, 6, and 9. In additionto the essential fatty acids, sea buckthorn contains a host of vitamins and minerals, super-charged anti-oxidants, and more than 190 phytonutrients to support the immune system during this brutal cold and flu season.

SeabuckWonders offers USDA certified-organic products that are available in gel tabs or oils, so they can easily be added to juices, smoothies, yogurt, salads and more. “Mom” prefers the Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil® in her morning smoothie – such an easy addition that her little one doesn’t notice!

To learn more about this small and mighty berry, visit seabuckwonders.com. The product line can be found online as well as natural retail stores nationwide.

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Like every mom, “Mom” is on-the-move with a toddler in tow – running errands, working full-time, tending house, cooking meals, doing laundry, going to pediatrician’s appointments – the list goes on, and that is all before bathtime and bedtime! It can be hard to remember to take care of yourself when taking care of the rest of your family, and to help women stay healthy, Skinnygirl™ has created a convenient and simple nutritional option – Daily On-the-Go Vitamin Power Packets!

Mom” loves this idea – just add to cold water and mix! For your dose of daily vitamins and electrolytes, Skinnygirl™ Daily Vitamin Power Packets are available in four tasty flavors, each with their own beneficial function: Energy & Alertness, Immunity, Stress Relief & Calm and Hair Skin Nails. (Ummm… “Mom” needs all four!) On any given (busy!) day, the single-serving packet will provide essential nutrition without slowing you down. Simply choose your desired health effect, mix in cold water, and drink. The packets are small enough to tuck in a purse, backpack, diaper bag or even pocket for when you are out and about during the day. For those who want to try all four flavors, the Variety Pack is an excellent option!

To learn more about Skinnygirl™’s new Daily On-the-Go Vitamin Power Packets, visit SkinnyGirlDaily.com.

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Mom” has discovered an amazing tasting nutritious meal replacement from Amazing Grass that combines Organic Green Superfoods with plant-based protein, fruits and veggies. Amazing Meal offers 100% whole food nutrition with 10 grams of complete protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving, but the best part is that it actually tastes delicious and can be enjoyed, not choked down!

Amazing Meal is available in four varieties: Vanilla Chai Infusion; Original Blend; Chocolate Infusion; and Pomegranate Mango Infusion. “Mom’s” favorite is the Pomegranate Mango Infusion, which tastes fresh and fruity when mixed with mango or orange juice! New to the line – Vanilla Chai Infusion! Mix it with soy milk or almond milk in the convenient shaker cup for an instant boost during the day All four varieties provide apowerful and satisfying blend of organic green superfoods, plant-based protein, phytonutrients and vegetables, digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Ingredients in all varieties of Amazing Meal are certified organic and include wheat grass, kale, barley grass, alfalfa, rice protein, hemp protein, acai, carrot, blueberry, goji, rose hips, maca, banana, flax seed powder, cane juice, guar gum and Madagascar vanilla.

To learn more about Amazing Meal by Amazing Grass, visit amazinggrass.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Mom” was recently introduced to Linwoods Superfoods, which offer a variety of nutritionally dense combinations of ground flaxseed with ground berries, nuts, or seeds to help you supplement your diet for a range of health benefits!

Linwoods Superfoods are delicately ground and blended to protect the essential fatty acids and allow for easy absorption of the nutrients. It’s easy to add any of the blends to your diet throughout the day – add to oatmeal, granola, cereal, muffin or bread mixes, smoothies, salads, and even pasta or rice dishes! Due to the very fine grind, you cannot taste the superfoods in your food at all! “Mom” prefers to add the Flaxseed & Goji Berries superfoods blend to her morning Peanut Butter & Jelly smoothie!

Another delicious idea for breakfast that incorporates the Flaxseed & Goji Berries blend is Linwoods’ recipe for Buckwheat and Flaxseed Berry Crepes!

Buckwheat and Flaxseed Berry Crepes

Ingredients

1oz Linwoods Ground Flaxseed Cocoa & Berries

1/2 cup Buckwheat Four

1/4 cup Cane Sugar

1/4 tsp Salt

1 1/4 cup Milk (“Mom” prefers organic or almond milk)

2 Eggs

2 tbsp Melted Butter Vegetable Oil for frying

2 Cups Fresh Strawberries

1 Cup fresh Blueberries

1 Cup Sour Cream (“Mom” prefers organic)

Preparation

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the buckwheat flour, Linwoods Flaxseed, Cocoa and Berries mix, sugar and salt. Whisk in the milk and add the eggs. Add the melted butter and whisk until fully incorporated.

2. Heat a lightly greased frying pan over a medium heat. Ladle or pour a little batter (depending on your frying pan size, just enough so it will thinly coat your pan) into the pan and tilt and rotate the pan until the batter coats the bottom evenly. Cook over medium-high heat until the edges start to brown. Flip the crepe and cook the second side for a few more seconds.

3. Remove the cooked crepe from the pan and place it on a plate. Fold each crepe into quarters and fill with sour cream and fresh berries.

Serves 4.

Linwoods Superfoods offers nine unique blends, including Ground Flaxseed, Cocoa, Strawberries & Blueberries, Ground Flaxseed Sunflower Pumpkin and Sesame Seeds and Goji Berries, and Ground Flaxseed, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Almonds & Q10. To learn more about the health benefits of superfoods or to locate a retailer near you, visit www.linwoodshealthfoods.com.

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In a nutshell, New Chapter WHOLEmega 1000mg offers a whole lot more when it comes to a fish oil supplement! Boasting 100% wildcaught salmon oil, directly from Alaska! Comprised of sixteen Omega’s, including 3, 5, 6, 7 & 9 – this fish oil supplement is far superior to your generic store bought brand in so many ways. Plus, what “Mom” loves about this is that it does not leave a fishy taste in your mouth after ingesting!

Why choose New Chapter WHOLEmega 1000mg?

Wholemega is a true expression of nature’s wisdom. By using only sustainably caught Alaskan salmon – among the world’s cleanest and most pure fish stocks in the world – chemical processing to deliver purity is not required. Our extra virgin, low-heat process is all that’s needed to deliver Nature’s whole basket of vital Omega fatty acids and naturally beneficial nutrients, like Vitamin D3 and Astaxanthin. As a FOOD GRADE oil, Wholemega is extensively tested for detectable contaminants that other fish oil products must “purify” or distill out.

Wholemega, however, delivers an oil that is striking in color and transparency. The brilliant hue in Wholemega comes from Astaxanthin – an extremely powerful antioxidant that is naturally found in wild salmon and abundant in this extra virgin fish oil. The gentle process used to extract Wholemega preserves this antioxidant as well as numerous other beneficial compounds – including Vitamin D. In fact, this whole oil is delivered from a government inspected FOOD GRADE facility.

For those wishing to add a fish oil supplement to their diet, whether they do not enjoy eating fish or just want to make sure they are getting the proper supplementation, New Chapter WHOLEmega 1000mg is an excellent choice. To learn more, visit BestPriceNutrition.com.

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