Vibrant Mary (A Vibrant Bloody Mary Mocktail)

Vibrant Mary (A Vibrant Bloody Mary Mocktail) 4 oz fresh tomato juice - 2 oz fresh carrot juice - 2 tbsp lemon juice - 2 tbsp lime juice - 1/2 tbsp cracked black pepper - 4 opened capsules Maximized Turmeric - 1 tbsp basil - 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce - cayenne pepper to taste - Ice

Vibrant Mary (A Vibrant Bloody Mary Mocktail) 4 oz fresh tomato juice - 2 oz fresh carrot juice - 2 tbsp lemon juice - 2 tbsp lime juice - 1/2 tbsp cracked black pepper - 4 opened capsules Maximized Turmeric - 1 tbsp basil - 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce - cayenne pepper to taste - IceIngredients:

  • 4 oz fresh tomato juice
  • 2 oz fresh carrot juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice –
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 4 opened capsules Maximized Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Ice

Movement is Medicine

Movement is Medicine: Break out of your winter hibernation! #vibrantblog #vibrantlife #getfit

Someone said this to me recently and it was such a simple and profound idea and I truly believe that they were right. Movement is Medicine.IMG_8645

Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling a bit down and out, often the last thing that you want to do is get up and move your body. Typically when we are sad, we sit down, wrap ourselves in blankets and pillows and try to make ourselves feel better in this human cocoon. We can feel overwhelmed with the world and have problems just creeping into our mind where they don’t need to be and we feel we cannot move. Bleak isn’t it?

So now let us look at this from the other direction. If you can think of times when you have been super active, what do you feel? Happiness generally, calmness, almost an overall feeling that everything is going to be okay and life will work out. Now that is a pretty broad statement, but it is sometimes true. After really moving and exercising the body, I personally receive a great feeling of peace and joy.

Now we have a challenge. This is just something to think about and take a child’s approach of wonder and curiosity and create an experiment for yourself. How do you enjoy moving your own body? Do you cycle, run, stretch, hike, rock climb, walk, swim, surf, etc.? There are so many different activities in this world, but pick one that really resonates with you and makes you feel good on the inside and outside. So next time that you feel like you have a bit of the blues, just stop what you're doing if possible, or within that same day, get out and do that activity. Whatever it is, make time for it! Notice your mood, notice the tension and stress that has been relieved from your body. Notice the healing that has been given to you through movement.

Movement is Medicine. I am a very firm believer of this and I think that you will be too! And if you feel like your body is a bit tired, maybe recovering from an injury so you don’t feel as spritely as normal, look at what you are putting in your body. Put good things filled with nutrients and love to nourish you and help you grow stronger! For joint health if you feel like you need an extra boost, check out Joint Vibrance to keep everything moving smoothly and fluidly!

So remember, pick your activity; make it easy and achievable, then the next time you feel a bit down… DO YOUR MOVEMENT! Then just sit and watch! Notice the difference. Movement is Medicine, take your healing into your own hands!

By: Rachel Priest

About Rachel Priest: After growing up in Knoxville, TN, Rachel moved many times with her family and then continued to travel the world globally through the years. After struggling with an 8 year long battle with eating disorders, Rachel Finally found her freedom and self acceptance and love through the practice of yoga and rock climbing. Rachel promotes self-love and acceptance to all students, especially those who struggle with creating a positive self-image for themselves and their life. Rachel believes that through loving your body and the world, we can all create a positive and fulfilling life with the understanding that we are all already a perfect being.

Rachel currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches at various gyms and studios in the area, promoting the idea of self love and acceptance. Beyond Teaching, Rachel is a beach bum at heart and loves the waves and ocean and soaking up the sun. www.rachelpriest.com

Lemon-Turmeric Cleanse Tonic

Lemon-Turmeric Tonic #vibrantcleanse #vibrantrecipes #turmeric

Lemon-Turmeric Tonic #vibrantcleanse #vibrantrecipes #turmericThis is a tasty and refreshing recipe that could be a different take on how to drink your Vibrant Cleanse, a lemonade tonic to drink any time of day, or an immune booster to fight the cold. It's simple to make and provides an alkaline reaction in the body, that may reduce inflammation.

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1/2 cup coconut water

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 crushed Maximized Curcuminoid tablet

1 scoop Vibrant Cleanse

Ice

Directions: Stir or blend ingredients together. Pour over ice. Adding a splash of sparkling water would add to this refreshing tonic, we think! (something to try next time). 

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

Joint Coolatta

A fruity mocktail way to get your daily Joint Vibrance in! #vibrantrecipes #coconutoil #anti-aging

A fruity mocktail way to get your daily Joint Vibrance in! #vibrantrecipes #coconutoil #anti-aging

What happens when you mix Joint Vibrance, which has a natural orange-pineapple flavor, with a dynamite fruit combo, coconut milk, and ice? You get a tasty Joint Coolatta; refreshing and easy to drink. 

When you mix Joint Vibrance into a smoothie, try to keep it relatively low in protein to aid its bio-availability. That being said, with Joint the most important thing is to take it every day because your joints do not have capillaries so getting the cartilage-forming ingredients to where they need to go requires time and consistency. 

Ingredients: 

1 scoop Joint Vibrance

1 ripe mango (or frozen mango pieces)

1 cup coconut milk

1 orange and/or 1/2 grapefruit

1/2 cup raspberries

Dash Cinnamon

Vanilla & Maple Syrup to taste

Top with Goji Berries & Cacao (optional)

Directions: Blend ingredients until smooth

A fruity mocktail way to get your daily Joint Vibrance in! #vibrantrecipes #coconutoil #anti-aging

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

Spring Rejuvenation Smoothie

The Spring Rejuvenation Smoothie will energize you, while clearing your mind and infusing your body with all kinds of antioxidant benefits. This smoothie is an excellent hair and skin tonic. #vibrantrecipes

Spring has officially sprung and we couldn't be happier. It seems that despite the lingering tendencies of winter everyone in the Vibrant Health office has put the down jackets to rest and embraced the spring vibe. I found this recipe on preventdisease.com, who originally got it from rawforbeauty.com. Of course, I made a few small changes (some might say improvements). 

The Spring Rejuvenation Smoothie will energize you, while clearing your mind and infusing your body with all kinds of antioxidant benefits. This smoothie is an excellent hair and skin tonic. #vibrantrecipes

The idea behind the Spring Rejuvenation Smoothie is to energize you, while clearing your mind and infusing your body with all kinds of antioxidant benefits. This smoothie is an excellent hair and skin tonic. Here's why:

Chia seeds provide omega 3's, which benefit your skin by strengthening cell membranes' barriers that allow water and nutrients in while keeping toxins out. 

Maca is said to strengthen hair and reduce hair loss. Also due to its hormone regulating properties, maca has been used to clear acne. 

We have discussed previously the wealth of benefits one may expect from curcuminoids (orange pigments in turmeric) including: anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It's also been said to help with digestion, blood purification, and as a skin tonic. 

Coconut Oil's hair and skin benefits mostly come from its topicial use, but ingesting coconut oil can aid digestion and boost energy as well as speed the healing of fungal infections. Also taking it internally has been said to help remineralize teeth. 

Mangoes & Blackberries are both rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which help keep your skin healthy and glowing. Mangoes are rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish and promote hair growth. 

Cinnamon is also known to promote hair growth, but used more topically for that purpose. Try mixing a little cinnamon and coconut oil together for a great scalp treatment. In this smoothie it adds to the anti-inflammatory nature of it as well as of course, great flavor.

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1/4 cup blackberries

1 banana

1 tbsp coconut oil

1-2 Maximized Curcuminoid tablets

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp Maca powder

Directions: Blend until smooth. The Spring Rejuvenation Smoothie will energize you, while clearing your mind and infusing your body with all kinds of antioxidant benefits. This smoothie is an excellent hair and skin tonic. #vibrantrecipes

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

Golden Milk

Golden Milk - a potent and delicious #turmeric hot drink. Made with #maximizedcurcumoids #vibrantrecipes

If you haven't heard yet, turmeric has become a buzz word within the health industry and beyond. At the Natural Products Expo West this past weekend there was a wide array of new turmeric products from fizzy drinks to capsules and powders. Some benefits of the root may include anti-inflammatory effects, an immune boost against colds and flus, an effective pain killer, a digestive aid, and so on. It's even boasted as being anti-cancer. *Shrug* I don't know about that, but I am sure it couldn't hurt either :). I am a huge fan of this "super-root." I have been taking Maximized Curcuminoids for about a year now almost daily and my once unbearable seasonal allergies are virtually non-existant. It helps with soreness between workouts for me as well as migraines. This product is a pretty sizeable tablet. so the recipe today will be great for those who can't (or would prefer not to) swallow pills.

We at Vibrant Health recognize March as Bone & Joint health month and Curcuminoids are one of the featured products during this month. What are curcuminoids? Glad you asked. They are the brilliant orange pigments from turmeric with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant atrributes. Curcuminoids were traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to support digestive health, live health, and skin health. We make two curcuminoid products: Cucuminoids 95+ (250 mg) and Maximized Curcuminoids (1000 mg). Both contain black pepper extract for added absorption.

If you want to learn more about curcuminoids, you're in luck. This month you can earn rewards towards discounts & even free product just by watching our Curcuminoids video.

Ok, ok, now for the delicious (and perhaps a little outside the norm) recipe you are looking for:

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened coconut, rice, or almond milk

1-2 Maximized Curcuminoid tablets

1 tsp coconut oil

Few shakes black pepper

Generous dash vanilla

Raw honey or maple syrup to taste

Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Directions: Our blender is actually powerful enough to grind the tablets right up. If you don't have a blender that can do this, you could use a coffee grinder or pill crusher. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour mixture into saucepan and heat on low until desired heat.

NOTE: Try not to drip the mixture. If you do, be sure to wipe it up immediately as it can stain orange. (I may have dyed a few things in the office kitchen orange – but hey, orange is the new black, right?)

 

Golden Milk - a potent and delicious #turmeric hot drink. Made with #maximizedcurcumoids #vibrantrecipes

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

JV Creamsicle

Orange-Pineapple Vanilla Creamsicle using Joint Vibrance Powder. Who could ask for anything more? #vibrantrecipes

If you don't already know, Joint Vibrance version 4.0 has a natural orange-pineapple flavor. My dad is a huge fan, and the inspiration for this recipe. He is always telling me about how he mixes it with vanilla coconut milk and it tastes like a creamsicle. That mix alone is good, but I wanted to go even further. The result was more delicious than I even expected. If you're looking for a good way to drink your Joint Vibrance, you found it!

Orange-Pineapple Vanilla Creamsicle using Joint Vibrance Powder. Who could ask for anything more? #vibrantrecipes

Ingredients:

1 cup vanilla coconut milk

1 scoop Joint Vibrance

1 tbsp vanilla extract (or to taste)

1 orange

1 tbsp honey

Directions: Blend until smooth & enjoy!

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer.