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Whey Protein vs. Plant Protein Powder?

Whey Protein vs. Plant Protein Powder?

When looking for a protein powder you will probably be faced with this choice. Here is our guide to choosing the product that is right for you.

Whey Protein is derived from milk and is one of the best sources of the 18 essential amino acids needed to rebuild muscle tissue. Our Whey Protein powder is sourced from New Zealand farms that never treat their cows with hormones or GMO feed. The process of isolating the protein compounds leaves behind the fat and cholesterol that is present in milk. It also mixes to a smooth texture. 

For folks who are sensitive to dairy or avoid it for ethical reasons, we have harnessed the power of nature with our Plant Protein powder. The essential amino acids are provided by a blend of Pea Protein Isolate, Cranberry Seed and Sacha Inchi Seed. This formula also boasts Omega-3s, prebiotic Inulin and an enzyme blend to ensure that the protein is easily digested. This formula is the kindest to your stomach and to the planet.

In conclusion, both of these protein sources can be great as long as they are sourced cleanly. We hope this guide will help you make the best choice for your body.

Sinisa Rasberger
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Collagen Booster Smoothie

Collagen Booster Smoothie

  By now you’ve probably heard of collagen -- but what is it actually good for and how do you use it? We hope to answer these questions for you today and give you an easy smoothie recipe that can be made fresh at our cafe or enjoyed at home!


Let’s start with a little bit of science…

Collagen is a protein that is very abundant in our bodies. It is a major building block in skin, hair, nails, joint tissue and even intestinal lining. Over time our bodies begin to produce less and less collagen; this is the big culprit for the loss of skin elasticity and joint pain that we associate with aging. It has been shown that supplementing collagen could help preserve and strengthen these tissues over time.


As with any supplement, we know that not all collagen powder products are created equal.

Many companies on the market cut corners with the sourcing of their collagen peptides and this can result in unwanted chemicals and hormones making their way into your product. Our collagen is only sourced from cows that are grass-fed and raised in the US. No rGBH here!

The smoothie for smooth skin

Combine the following ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth:

6 ounces of Almond Milk (30 calories)

1 scoop of Chicago Health Foods Collagen Peptides Powder (70 calories)

1 cup of Raspberries, frozen or fresh (roughly 60 calories)

1 ripe Banana (roughly 100 calories)

1 tablespoon Peanut Butter (90 calories)

Half an Avocado (roughly 140 calories)

Ice as needed

This smoothie is under 500 calories and boasts a full 20g serving of protein! In addition to the collagen, avocados contain a high amount of the essential fatty acid Omega-3 which can also boost healthy skin cells and lower inflammation. Perfect to get your day started or to help recover and rebuild after a workout. Your body will thank you.

Sinisa Rasberger
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Plant-based diet

How do you get enough protein on a plant-based diet? Easy.

If you are vegan, you've been asked and have answered this question many times: "How do you get protein?!" The answer is..."Pretty much everywhere."
Sinisa Rasberger
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Treating Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Naturally

Treating Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Naturally

Beautiful weather is meant to be enjoyed, but it can be difficult to spend time outside when seasonal allergies strike.
Sinisa Rasberger
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Pomegranite Smoothie Bowl

Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl

Pomegranates aren't exactly in season, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a smoothie bowl made with pomegranate juice.
Sinisa Rasberger
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Simple Tips for Managing Stress

Simple Tips for Managing Stress

Stress is a fundamental part of life for everyone and, more than likely, you have a few stress-reduction methods that work for you. But could you possibly open new doors of opportunity by managing daily stress differently?
Sinisa Rasberger
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3 ways to help shred the winter weight and get in shape for summer

3 Ways to Help Shed the Winter Weight

3 Ways to Help Shed the Winter Weight and Get in Shape for Summer
Sinisa Rasberger
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Luck of the Irish Chia Pudding

Luck of the Irish Chia Pudding

Get in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day with our minty vegan Luck of the Irish Chia Pudding. 
Sinisa Rasberger
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Kiwi Mango Lassi Smoothie Recipe

Kiwi Mango Lassi

Blend up this refreshing Kiwi Mango Lassi smoothie as a healthy breakfast or as a tasty snack. 
Sinisa Rasberger
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Cardio for Heart Health

Simple Tips to Help Improve Your Heart Health Naturally

Tips to Improve Heart Health Naturally
Sinisa Rasberger
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Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes Ways to Improve Gut Health

Probiotics vs. Digestive Enzymes

Many of us want to look and feel our best, but that is tough when dealing with symptoms from bad gut-health.  
Sinisa Rasberger
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Blueberry Kale Smoothie Recipe

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

This Blueberry Kale smoothie is antioxidant rich and protein-packed! Make this plant-based smoothie for a simple breakfast or afternoon snack.
Sinisa Rasberger
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