This post has been sponsored by Sunwarrior Products. All thoughts, opinions and awesomeness are my own 🙂
Cover all your nutrition bases with Illumin8 by Sunwarrior, the new plant based organic meal. Unlike other protein powders, Illumin8 covers The 8 Building blocks of Nutrition including: Protein, Good Quality Carbs, Healthy Fats, Vitamins, Minerals, Fiber, Enzymes, and Probiotics. Illumin8 is of course vegan, gluten free and organic (and non-GMO). It takes the traditional protein shake and blows it out of the water with the added carbs, healthy fats, crazy amount of vitamins and minerals (check out the nutrition panel below) and those probiotics and enzymes!
If you have come to hear me speak at any of my live nutrition events, you know how much I stress getting in quality protein, good clean carbs and healthy fats every day, at every meal! By building your plate with the right foods from the right sources, you are more likely to get your needed vitamins and minerals, which can help cut or reduce cravings later in the day. Did you know that deficiencies in key vitamins and minerals is often what is causing us to constantly crave things like sugar and salt? Yup sometimes you are fighting more than willpower when those sugar cravings hit. Check cravings at the door with Illumin8!
Fuel with Illumin8
Another thing you will likely hear me talk about when I am speaking is the importance of probiotics. I love that Illumin8 is providing you an added dose of daily probiotics, since so many of the foods we eat are causing our guts to be full of bad bacteria. Probiotics can help you win the war in your gut and help you maintain balance, which will not only help increase your immune system but will also help reduce that unattractive bloating in your tummy! Yay for probiotics!
Many of my clients ask me about protein powder, and I know a few of my clients are literally running from the gym to go home and shower and rush to work. They often express that they don’t have time to make breakfast but just having a protein shake is not doing them any good nutritionally. They are missing key ingredients, like quality carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber. You know all the things we need to feel full and satisfied as well as help rebuild muscle and restore glycogen stores lost during exercise. Well Illumin8 changes that! With Illumin8, your new plate can now be your shaker cup (or in my case, a mason jar)! Illumin8 is the new plant based organic meal, to go!
Another great reason to start your day or fuel after a workout with Illumin8? Illumin8 is packed with Superfoods like baobab, chia, flax, whole grain brown rice, kelp, holy basil, guava, and coconut. I usually add a number of these superfoods to my green smoothies, like chia and flax, since they are packed with Omega-3’s, high in fiber and super filling! I have been hearing more and more research on why we should be including more kelp and sea veggies in our diets, they are high in natural sources of iodine which can help support thyroid health and metabolism. Holy basil has been shown to help with stress relief and relaxation, which makes it the perfect post workout addition! Remember, exercise is considered stress for your body, so this is a great way to help the body calm down naturally after a workout!
If you are like me, fueling your body is an important part of your workout regimen. I usually don’t go into a workout without having a meal at least mentally prepared so that when I get home I can refuel quickly. Having an organic meal like Illumin8 will help me on those days when I’m just too tired to make a food or I have millions of errands to run after a workout. I don’t normally eat before a workout so I know how important it is to get in quality nutrition within that 30 minute to 1 hour after a workout. A serving of Illumin8 and an apple or banana will have me fueled up and recovering the right way after a workout!
Check out these vitamins and minerals. This is really what had me sold that Illumin8 this is really enlightened nutrition!
If you are as excited as I was to try Illumin8, I encourage you to check out this new product, you can choose from Chocolate, Vanilla Bean and Mocha. I love the chocolate and can’t wait to try the mocha. If you are anything like me though, you are making your own mocha flavor by combining cold press coffee and Illumin8 chocolate in your shaker cup #heaven! This is my go to morning cup of coffee, it’s packed with so much nutrition and is seriously so yummy!
If you love to start your day with an easy shake or smoothie, check out this Mocha Cookie Protein Smoothie.
What about you?
- What is your post workout recovery plan? Do you tend to have a protein shake or whole foods?
- Do you ever run errands post gym? I don’t think I’ve ever been to Trader Joe’s in real clothes lol!
- Have you hear of Illumin8 before?