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Healthy Snacks – Chocolate Salty Balls

natural protein balls

By 180 Nutrition

Angela: These protein balls are my new favourite. They are paleo, gluten free, raw and vegan friendly. How good is that! This awesome recipe is from our friends the Mental Foodies… over to KT and Ash:

Ingredients

  • 3 scoops of 180 protein Superfood chocolate
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao
  • 3 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 3 cups dates
  • 1 tsp. pink himalayan salt
  • desiccated coconut for rolling

Directions

  • SOAK your dates in a bowl with hot water. Put enough hot water in to cover up the dates.
  • DRAIN your dates and pop into a blender with the rest of the other ingredients.
  • BLEND until all ingredients combined.
  • WET your hands and roll the mixture into balls.
  • COAT balls in coconut and pop into the freezer to firm up.
  • KEEP in the freezer and eat.

Notes

Makes about 20 balls but this will depend on how big you like your balls.

These taste SO GOOD. They are an EPIC post workout little replenish-er or even a pre workout fuel. They boost your mood due to the cacao content and the pink salt acts as an electrolyte replacement and muscle relaxant. What are you waiting for? Make these.

mental foodiesAbout the Mental Foodies

Our aim is to offer inspiration to people out there in a bit of a pickle. Hell, we’ve been in quite a few pickles. We hope to give you some tips on how you can fight your demons with some simple steps for clean eating and releasing endorphins. MF’s offers paleo, raw and organic recipes and products, fun stuff that is relevant to our rad lifestyle, we also offer humour (good and bad), recipe books and wellness packages to help you reach your personal mental and physical goals. What we offer will constantly be evolving, as just like you… we are still learning and growing on our path to fabulousness.

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Angela: You can find more awesome recipes here.

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5 Paleo Friendly Protein Snacks

paleo protein balls

By 180 Nutrition

Many people want to eat healthier, but looking for better food choices in the local supermarket is overwhelming. It is difficult to find off the shelve snacks high in protein and made from natural foods that are good for you. We have some ideas for you. The right ones, like 180 Nutrition Snacks are all natural and taste great. It is no secret that protein is a vital building block for the human body. While not all supplements are pure, the 180 Nutrition products consist of 100 % natural and raw ingredients. More

4 Ingredients Only: Super Simple Healthy Protein Ball Snacks

Super Simple Healthy Protein Ball Snacks

By Guy Lawrence

You will learn how simple it is to make these healthy protein ball snacks in this 20 second video from the lovely fitness model Angeline Norton.

You can also watch me make these healthy protein snacks here in this more in-depth 4 minute video.

This seriously doesn’t get any easier! You can easily tweak the ingredients to make them a paleo snack if you follow a strict paleo diet too.

  • 4 healthy ingredients
  • 5 minutes to prepare
  • Super healthy & delicious

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Best Protein Supplements

Protein supplements

Protein supplements are supposed to be a healthy way to get fit and build lean muscle.

Unfortunately, a quick read of most supplement labels will reveal all kinds of additives and preservatives, things no health-conscious person wants to put into his body. But 180 Natural Protein Supplement rejects this approach and gives its customers the natural supplements they crave, producing the super-food of choice for people serious about their bodies.

Full of natural ingredients, such as grass fed whey protein isolate, flaxseed, and almond meal, 180 protein supplement is known to help with lean muscle growth, to regulate body weight, and to aid in digestion. It is gluten-free and can be used as a meal replacement, saving consumers time and money. It also comes in a vegan option to build muscle without animal protein. 180 respects all ways to a healthy lifestyle.

One of the biggest contradictions in the fitness business is the use of unnatural ingredients in supposedly healthy products. Consumers need to be vigilant and check the labels of even popular, well-known brands. 180 Protein Supplement easily passes the label test by using only the best natural ingredients, making it the source for anyone’s fitness food.

The supplement powder is easily blended with water or milk to make a smoothie. Adding a variety of fruits makes tasty smoothies that anyone can enjoy. The powder can also be put into other recipes to add fibre and natural nutrients to meals. With 180, eating nutritious, easily digested food is simple and affordable. Utilising pepita, chia seeds, and cocoa, 180 makes its products flavorful and of the highest quality.

Building muscle and eating well means choosing pure and natural supplements to augment a sound fitness plan. Working out is only part of the equation. Weights and cardio can only do so much without the proper diet to aid muscle growth and nutrition. Informed people know that additives and preservatives don’t fit a healthy lifestyle. These same people can go natural with 180 Protein Supplement. In a short amount of time, they will be thrilled with the results.

Learn more about 180 Natural Protein Supplement here

Low Carb Protein Snacks

low carb snack barEating well is one of the biggest challenges a person can undertake.

In fact, and this says a lot about how hard it is to eat well, most people can get themselves to exercise regularly with greater ease than making themselves eat well. Why is it easier to exercise than to eat well? Going to the gym, taking a walk or run outdoors or playing a cardiovascular sport are all finite activities that have a clear beginning and a clear end. If a person is not exercising, he or she can be sitting.

Eating well, enjoying a nutrient dense diet, high in vitamins, minerals, good fats and protein is an infinite goal. A person cannot eat well for breakfast and reward him or herself with a chocolate shake for snack. However, with a little help and some insider information anyone can move toward healthy food choices while stimulating the sweet tooth and satiating a growling stomach.

With 180 Nutrition, people who want to eat well have endless options. They can order the 180 original formula and use it as a meal supplement, mixing a delicious, sweet tooth slaying, nutritious, belly grumble-stopping shake, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Add 180 Nutrition to a bowl of porridge in the morning for a more filling, and nutritionally whole meal. Sprinkle it on lunch, or mix it in with a salad and enjoy the flavor expected, not a healthy grainy flavor that is so common with other health products.

The secret of 180 nutrition is the use of all standard, found in nature, not chemically engineered products. When cooking, a person can add a tablespoon of the original formula to a recipe and not alter the flavour of his or her favorite food while packing it with otherwise hard to get nutrients. For anyone who has ever wondered why the mid-day craving comes on, the answer is simple: lack of nutrition triggers the brain to beg for sugar.

Feed the brain healthy carbohydrates instead of processed sugar, and the time release of the natural carb will last long enough to fend off the snack cravings that sink most people’s diets everyday. And for those people out there who want a healthy afternoon snack, a great, low carb protein snack is available. The 180 Nutrition Protein Bars make a great snack for the middle of a workday and they are prefect for a bite after working out. The trick being, people who want to eat well need to fill their diet with nutrients that provide stable energy, long lasting appetite satisfaction and real flavors that stimulate the tongue. With 180 Nutrition, such a diet is a reality.

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High Protein Snacks

high protein snacks180 Nutrition, Your first step to a healthier lifestyle

One of the dangers of getting healthy through nutritional supplements is falling for cheap products that harm the body instead of supporting it.

Protein supplements from 180 Nutrition incorporates “old” wisdom into their new products by using a holistic approach, eliminating the need for chemicals. In order to live a healthy lifestyle, it is a necessity to incorporate protein into your daily diet. A lot of dietary snacks and shakes claim to have the necessary amount of protein to fit your diet, but looking at the nutrition label reveals that these products have more sugar than protein, thus hindering your chance at living a healthy life. This new approach to protein supplements by 180 Nutrition combats mainstream protein supplements that overload your body with needless fat and carbohydrates, granting you the fresh start that you need.

By using 180 Nutrition’s high protein snacks, each customer can live a more holistic lifestyle by reducing the introduction of harmful toxins into the body. In order to give each customer the natural edge they need, 180 Nutrition designs and creates every product with the use of only home grown raw ingredients. The primary ingredients found are whey protein isolate and pea protein isolate, which gives the body a fresh supply of protein that the body cannot produce naturally. Other ingredients found in these high protein snacks are flaxseed, almond meal, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, inactive brewers yeast and more. Every ingredient is chosen to for their natural sources of protein, antioxidants as well as fiber that boost a healthy digestive system. With a variety of food choices and supplements to choose from, you’ll find the perfect item to complement or replace any of your meals.

180 Nutrition also strives to live a green lifestyle to promote a better environment. By eliminating the use of animal byproducts in their products, 180 Nutrition supports green energy through not contributing to green house gases that slaughterhouses produce, and providing natural dietary substitutions to everyday junk food.
These supplements are designed with everyone in mind, no matter how active their lifestyle may be. The shakes themselves take less than two minutes to put together, which is perfect for anyone who is constantly on the go.

By supplementing your diet with natural items, you equip your body with necessary tools to reinforce the immune system, build muscle, eliminate cellular waste, increase brain activity, and give yourself a healthy beginning to your day. It’s time that you gave your body a fresh start today.

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Best Protein Bar

best protein barsBy 180 Nutrition

When it comes to healthy eating, one of the major trends is high protein foods. Protein is an essential macronutrient that is necessary for the repairing of muscles, structural support of hair and nails, creation of specialized cell structures, and much more.

In the fitness world, the great stress on eating protein is justified by the toned, sexy bodies built with it. A strenuous workout means nothing if your worked muscles cannot be rebuilt bigger and stronger than before. You will see no results without muscle repair. If you want to get adequate protein to completely transform your body and live your life with confidence, start stocking up on protein bars.

Why protein bars?

Many people believe that buying protein bars is a waste of money because you can obtain all of what you need by eating ordinary foods. The problem here is that not all working people have the time or cooking skills to prepare every meal. That’s why protein bars exist, for convenience. All you have to do is grab one or two before you head out the door, and you’ve got a healthy snack or meal alternative to keep you going while maintaining your hard-earned muscle mass.

What makes a good protein bar?

The answer to this question depends on what you are looking for in a protein bar. For some people, that means the highest amount of protein you can possibly pack into a portable snack. For others, it might mean the most delicious tasting bar ever. Some individuals might want a protein bar that contains as many natural ingredients as possible without all the excess chemicals, while others would prefer just enough protein at an affordable price.

What is the best protein bar out there?

There is no real best protein bar. However, if you take all of the desirable aspects above and combine them into a single bar, what you get is a 180 Nutrition protein bar. 180 Nutrition bars are the ultimate all-in-one protein snack that meets the needs of a variety of different users. They contain nearly 100% all natural ingredients such as whey protein isolate, almond paste, organic rice malt, flaxseed meal, and sunflower kernels instead of all those unhealthy preservatives, chemicals, and additives. These raw protein bars taste great, they’re an excellent source of protein, they provide you with energy to get through the day, and they can be had at a fraction of the cost of other protein bars.

Try our bar starter pack today and taste the difference!

Low carb protein snacks

Low carb protein snacksBy 180 Nutrition

Finding natural and healthy low carb protein snacks can be difficult! Eating well is one of the biggest challenges a person can undertake. In fact, and this says a lot about how hard it is to eat well, most people can get themselves to exercise regularly with greater ease than making themselves eat well. Why is it easier to exercise than to eat well? Going to the gym, taking a walk or run outdoors or playing a cardiovascular sport are all finite activities that have a clear beginning and a clear end. If a person is not exercising, he or she can be sitting.

Eating well, enjoying a low carbohydrate diet, high in vitamins, minerals, good fats and protein is an infinite goal. A person cannot eat well for breakfast and reward him or herself with a chocolate shake for snack. However, with a little help and some insider information anyone can move toward healthy food choices while stimulating the sweet tooth and satiating a growling stomach.

With 180 Nutrition, people who want to eat well have endless options. They can order the 180 original formula and use it as a meal supplement, mixing a delicious, sweet tooth slaying, nutritious, belly grumble-stopping shake, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Add 180 Nutrition to a bowl of granola in the morning for a more filling, and nutritionally whole meal. Sprinkle it on lunch, or mix it in with a potato salad and enjoy the flavor expected, not a healthy grainy flavor that is so common with other health products.

The secret of 180 nutrition is the use of all standard, found in nature, not chemically engineered products. When cooking, a person can add a tablespoon of the original formula to a recipe and not alter the flavor of his or her favorite food while packing it with otherwise hard to get nutrients. For anyone who has ever wondered why the mid-day craving comes on, the answer is simple: lack of nutrition triggers the brain to beg for sugar, because the brain lives on sugar and without it, the mind becomes dull.

Feed the brain healthy carbohydrates instead of processed sugar, and the time release of the natural carb will last long enough to fend off the snack cravings that sink most people’s diets everyday. And for those people out there who want a healthy afternoon snack, a great, low carb protein snack is available. The 180 Nutrition Protein Bars make a great snack for the middle of a workday and they are prefect for a bite after working out. The trick being, people who want to eat well need to fill their diet with nutrients that provide stable energy, long lasting appetite satisfaction and real flavors that stimulate the tongue. With 180 Nutrition, such a diet is a reality.

Protein snack

protein snackMillions of people struggle to lose weight every day but find the process impossible. This is partially because humans have been consuming food that has been chemically altered to look, taste, and even feel different.

With humans consuming so many chemicals and so little actual food, it’s no wonder that dieters experience cravings, irritability, and intense hunger when attempting to lose weight. Just as someone who drinks caffeine will go through withdrawal when they stop, the same is true with food. This doesn’t mean that weight loss is impossible. In fact, thousands of people have discovered that not only is losing weight doable, but it’s actually easy when using the right products and including protein snacks.

Easy weight loss is made possible thanks to 180 Nutrition. Unlike other dieting gimmicks that use questionable pills or unhealthy eating habits, 180 Nutrition is different. Instead of asking that customers starve themselves, all the company asks is that dieters use their protein supplement. Protein helps to build muscle and keep dieters feeling full. While any protein will work, 180 Nutrition is designed to not just help with muscle growth and hunger pains, but also weight loss as well. Dieters won’t have to worry about eating nothing but the protein supplement either. Instead, all they have to do is consume the product once a day.

180 Nutrition comes in three formulas, the original, bar form, and one for vegans. Each of these formulas are made up of 12 different ingredients, all of which are completely natural and known to be beneficial to the human body. These ingredients include grass fed whey (or pea protein for vegans), flaxseed, almond meal, sunflower kernels, coconut flour, cocoa, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, psyllium husk, inactive brewers yeast, and stevia.

Using the protein supplement is easy. The original formula comes in a powder and can be consumed as a high protein snack, added to regular food, or even baked with. There are even multiple recipes online that substitute the protein supplement in place of other unhealthier ingredients. This means that dieters can eat a healthy meal while still getting the protein needed to lose weight.

180 Nutrition works because it replaces regular snacks, which are often loaded with sugar and fat, with a healthier protein snack alternative. It also gives dieters more energy so they’re more likely to be active on their own later. In addition to that, the high protein levels in the supplement means that dieters won’t constantly be hungry. This is important because no one can lose weight if they’re constantly starving.

180 Nutrition also comes in a bar form so dieters can have a fast protein snack on the go. Unlike other snack bars which contain low grade ingredients, the 180 bar is loaded with the same natural products found in the protein supplement. Unlike with the powder form though, no mixing is required. All dieters have to do is unwrap, consume, and enjoy weight loss.

Try a starter pack today and you’ll feel the difference!

Good Fat – Bad Fat; 5 Fats I Consistently Have In My Diet & Fats I Avoid

Good Fat - Bad Fat

By Guy Lawrence

Eat your good fats. How often do you hear that? The fear of fat is certainly changing, but how often does someone say I can’t eat that as it contains too much fat! I think the fat free consumer is still very much here but things are slowly changing.

The purpose of this post is to help with the confusion around fat. What is good fat and which fats are just plain ugly. I’ve found over time I generally have certain fats in my daily diet and there are a whole host that I do my best to avoid. I don’t worry about the calories, I only worry about the type of fats. I wrote a post here if you want to delve into fats more. And why is there a fat 1970′s cowboy dancing? Not sure but we liked the picture!

The Good Fats I Eat

The fats I eat daily are all listed below with no particular preference. There are plenty of other fats out there too which are beneficial. If they are not listed it just means I’m not using them as much. In saying that, I am a lover of cold pressed olive oil, butter, ghee, nuts and animal fats from locally farmed sources.

Coconut oil

Spiral organic coconut oilNot quite sure what I’d do without it! Coconut oil  is a saturated fat that I have in my daily diet. It is the only fat I cook with, as it’s very stable under high temperatures.

I also love it raw and will use it when I make raw high protein snacks, and I’ll often add it to my smoothies. Type ’10  uses for coconut oil’ into Google to see how great this fat really is.

Avocados

Avocado

I generally eat 1/2 to a whole avocado most days. It’s become a staple in my post workout protein smoothies, and I like it fresh with my omelettes at breakfast. I’m not worried about the calories and I eat more avocados than I do bananas.

There are countless studies and research showing the health benefits of avocados. This is a bonus as I eat them because they taste delicious!

Fish Oil

omega-3 supplement

I wrote a post on fish oil supplementation recently and you can read about it here. But in a nutshell, I think this supplement is liquid gold and is highly underestimated. If I stop taking it for a week or so I start to notice the difference.

I take up to 5oo0mg a day of fish/krill oil along with a dessertspoon of cod liver oil. As far as I’m concerned, these essential fatty acids are yes… truly essential!

Apricot Kernel Oil

apricot kernel oil

I encourage you to do your research on this one. It’s controversial because it’s high in vitamin B17. Interestingly, B17 was banned in the 1970′s due to its controversies with its reactions within the body and cancer.

Personally I use it daily on my skin and face after a shower as I feel it’s food for the skin. I also use it because of B17.

Eggs

egg yolkAnother fat that seems to cop bad press is egg yolk. I eat plenty of eggs daily and I have no problem with it. What I am concerned about though is the quality of the egg as I feel this is important. I always shop for organic free-range eggs.

What about cholesterol? I feel cholesterol is essential for our bodies and overall health and I eat it daily… But that’s just me.

So these are the fats I have daily. There are other fats that I eat too but not necessarily all the time. I try to eat fats from grass fed animals like beef so I get CLA.  I have cream and would love to get my hands on raw butter. There are also plant-based fats like flaxseed, olive oil and nut oils. If I have these I have them raw and do not cook with them under high temperatures.

The Ugly: Fats I don’t eat

I do my best to avoid the fats listed below as much as possible. My belief is that they are detrimental to ones health if eaten over time. DO NOT get these confused with the fats that I have mentioned above, no matter what they are claiming on the packet.

Hydrogenated fats

trans fatsThink margarine, spreads, potato chips, ice cream, pizza, low grade cooking oil, fast food, biscuits and sauces… The list goes on and on. I read somewhere that up to 40% of your supermarket products will contain hydrogenated fats.

Start to do your research, there’s a whole host of reasons why manufacturers use hydrogenated fats. It’s one that is worth exploring. (You can read an in-depth article on fats here.)

Homogenised Fats

homogenised fatsI’m not a fan of homogenised fats. If you don’t know what it is, think milk and think of the cream that used to be on top (which we don’t really see these days). That process is homogenisation. I wrote an article on it here if you want to read more on the topic.

Over the years I’ve cut back on my milk consumption for this reason alone. I may have the odd flat white, but I generally have a long black with cream. And I use fresh coconut water in my protein smoothies instead of milk.

Heating The Wrong Fats

frying panIt’s hard enough simply avoiding the fats I’ve mentioned, so why compound it? Personally I don’t have a problem with frying, but I generally fry under a low to moderate heat and only use certain fats. Use fats and oils with a high heat threshold. I only cook with coconut oil and I feel ghee is another good option along with red palm oil.

I don’t cook with olive oil, any nut oils or plant based oils as I feel they are no good under heat. I feel these fats aren’t as robust and are subject to rancidity under high heat. And I certainly won’t use processed vegetable oils!

So there you have it. The good fats I eat and the fats I avoid. Did you find this helpful? What do you generally eat? Are you fearful of fats? Would love to hear from you…

Big Fat Lies David GillespieWant to learn more? A great resource and read is David Gillespie’s book – Big Fat Lies

Ps. I’ll leave you with this video. Very humorous but with an interesting message…

On a side note: I truly enjoy writing these posts, hence our frequent blog posts. At the end of the day though, these are just my thoughts and feelings around a topic I’m passionate about. I encourage everyone to do their own research and check out the facts for themselves.

If you did enjoy the post and got something from it or have something to share on the topic, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. If you feel others would benefit from this then it would be great if you could share it using one of the icons below (Facebook etc). Cheers, Guy…