Recently I have gotten a number of emails and questions about if there are any supplements or vitamins that I take on a regular basis or that I recommend. To be completely honest, I do not take any supplements or vitamins on a regular basis but there are supplements that I use a couple of times a week in smoothies and recipes, and I try to take Fish Oil 3-4 times a week. Other than that, I try to eat most of my vitamins and minerals through foods. With that said, I would love to learn what all of you are doing. Do you normally take vitamins or supplements? If so, which ones? If not why?
I am also really curious to hear about Alli, the FDA approved weight loss drug. Has anyone tried it? A friend is considering it and I would love to hear from folks with experience taking it.
1. Amazing Grass Greens Powder
I am pretty addicted to this Amazing Grass Greens Powder ever after reading about it on Joy the Baker. Look at the ingredient list: organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, organic spirulina, organic spinach, organic chlorella (cracked cell-wall), organic broccoli, organic pure acai from Sambazon, organic maca, organic carrot, organic beet, raspberry, rose hips, pineapple, green tea, acerola cherry, organic flax seed powder, apple pectin fiber, F.O.S. (from chicory root), L. acidophilus, alpha and beta amylase, protease, lipase, lactase, cellulase, siberian eleuthero root and peppermint. Crazy that all of that is packed into one powder. I add it to green smoothies often and sometimes just drink it mixed with water, and it always gives me a lot fo energy and leaves me feeling healthy. You know the feeling. It has 30 calories per serving.
2. Biggest Loser Low Calorie Protein Powder
Usually when I have smoothies as a meal, rather than a snack, I like to add protein powder so that I will stay full longer. I have tried many different protein powders on the market, especially after years of being a vegetarian, and this one is my favorite. It is low in calories which most protein powders aren't and doesn't have that weird, mealy, chalky taste. I usually buy the vanilla because I can mix it with everything, but the chocolate is good as well. It has 50 calories, or 1 pointsplus, per serving.
3. Fish Oil
I started taking fish oil about 3 years ago after hearing so much about it's benefits all over the news and in my favorite health magazines. Specifically I take fish oil for the Omega 3 Fatty acids that are proven to help lower the risks of heart disease, strokes, and high blood pressure. These things all run in my family, on both sides, so I want to be on the safe side. And the only reason I don't take it everyday is that usually I forgot at least 3 times weekly.
Flaxseeds are another ingredient that I often throw into smoothies or on top of my yogurt. They are full of dietary fiber and healthy Omega 3 fatty acids and 1 tbsp has just 55 calories and 1 weight watchers pointsplus. According to research, flax seeds help you body to regulate blood sugar and can help you stay full longer. For me that's enough to add them to smoothies and yogurt to kick up the health benefits.
5. What are your favorite supplements and vitamins? Let me know in the comments and I will add them to the post!
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