Superfood Muesli Breakfast

Looking to spice up your breakfast?

Try this tasty gluten-free, dairy-free muesli. 

In a bowl, combine:

  • Gluten-free oats or quinoa
  • Coconut flakes
  • Blueberries
  • Almond slivers
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cranberries
  • Cinnamon

Shake up a serving of our B-Strong plant-based protein powder with 1 cup almond milk and pour over the top of your delicious superfood cereal. 

Enjoy!

Three Health Myths to Put to Rest

1. Fat makes you fat.

One of the oldest myths in the book: fat makes you fat. Contrary to popular belief, fat actually does a lot of amazing things, one of which is not automatically making you fat. Here is a list of some awesome things fat can do for your body:

  • Helps with nutrient absorption

  • Diets rich in omega-3 and monounsaturated fats reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes

  • Healthy fats improve cognitive function

  • Fat (all fat besides trans fat) keeps you satiated longer, resulting in less cravings

  • Fat acts as a lubricator, creating a healthy glow in the skin, nails and hair

Paired with a low carbohydrate diet, fat can become the body’s primary source of energy too, which will result in more body fat burning throughout the day, as well as outstanding energy.

2. Lifting heavy weights will make you bulky

Lifting weights does not “make” anybody bulky automatically. Lifting heavy weights is amazing for muscle development, metabolic speed and endorphins. If you want to gain mass, it does require work though. You must eat a proper amount of calories on a daily basis, get plenty of sleep and rest, and lift challenging weight. With a proper diet, you will develop muscle definition.

Developing muscle mass is an amazing thing! You can become stronger, faster and leaner with muscle. This is actually the “look” that so many people call toned. So don’t be afraid to get in the gym and lift some weight!

3. All calories are created equal.

Calories are made up of three macronutrients: fat, proteins and carbs. So it’s common sense that a calorie is not just a calorie. It’s either a fat, protein or carb, and all of those nutrients have different functions in the body. The quality of food also matters, in terms of optimal health; 500 calories of a fast food burger are not the same as 500 calories of grass-fed beef and a sweet potato. In a organic, grass-fed burger, you’re not getting hormones, antibiotics and steroids that you might be consuming in a fast food, conventionally raised burger. Food affects the way you think, feel, move and live.

All in all, remember food and activity is important! Food sets you up for mental and physical success, while activity will provide you with opportunities to experience self-accomplishment on a daily basis. Not to mention the good-feelin’ hormones you receive aren’t so bad!

How Much Protein do You Need?

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There are three macronutrients that make up the profile of the food you eat: fat, carbohydrates and protein.

Fat provides cognitive function, vitamin absorption and optimal digestion.

Carbohydrates are your body’s primary source of energy. They help things grow, such as muscle, and they provide you the energy you need to do daily activities.

So what about protein? Protein is an essential nutrient that you need enough of to repair cells, build tissue, and keep your body healthy. Protein is what keeps your nails strong, your hair thick and your skin alive.

Protein is not your body’s first choice as an energy source. That job belongs to carbohydrates. You don’t need to eat protein for your daily activity, but you do need to eat protein for your body to recover and repair after those daily activities.

So how much do we need?

This can be a tricky question to answer because every single person needs a different amount. It’s safe to say that generally, an individual needs anywhere between .75-1.5 g protein per body pound.

If you’re a pretty active individual, a safe place to start is with 1 g of protein per body pound. In this case, a 125 lb woman who is fairly active would eat at least 125 g of protein per day. A 175 lb male that’s pretty active would eat at least 175 g of protein per day.

If you are not active, you can get away with eating less protein. There will be less stress happening in the body and tissues, therefore there will be less that needs repairing and restoring. A sedentary person could eat around .75 g/body pound and sometimes even as little as .5 g per body pound.

If you lift weights, play sports, and/or have a fairy laborious job, you may need more protein, since your cells and tissues will need more repairing. This could be anywhere from 1-1.5 g/body pound depending on the activity levels.

Make sense?

Many people seem to think that eating protein will make you big. That’s pretty far from the truth. Eating protein, accompanied with eating a higher intake of carbohydrates, will help you build muscle. Simply said, carbohydrates make things grow, such as muscle, when it is paired up with protein. Eating protein on it’s own will not make you magically wake up big, so no worries there!

Hopefully this helps clear up any confusion you may have with protein. If you’re looking for a new, high-quality source of protein, check out our newest product, B-Strong. This plant-based protein powder is loaded with amino acids, antioxidants, brown rice and pea protein, and prebiotics. It’s nothing but good. Get more information here: http://healthyskoop.com

Complex vs. Simple Carbohydrates: What’s the Difference?

There are two basic types of carbohydrates: complex and simple. 

Simple carbohydrates are those that are composed of one or two sugars. They are broken down in the body quickly because of their structure, and can range in nutritional value, depending on the source. Not to get too scientific here, but there are two kinds of simple carbs- monosaccharides and disaccharides. Fruit is a great example of a simple carbohydrate that you can enjoy regularly, whereas a piece of candy should be enjoyed in moderation.

Complex carbs consist of oligosaccharides and polysaccharides. These include larger number of monosaccharides and disaccharides as well as cellulose, dextrin, glycogen and starch. You can find complex carbohydrates in foods such as gluten-free oats, brown rice, quinoa, whole grains, legumes, and fibrous veggies.

So when are the best times to eat these types of carbs, you ask? Anytime!

If your body digests and absorbs various carbohydrates well and you have more energy in your system with them, feel free to pair carbohydrates with your daily meals. 

With that said, it’s good to note that simple carbohydrates are best eaten right after an intense workout. This could be a banana and a post-workout protein shake. Complex carbohydrates can be enjoyed any time of the day. A great staple meal here at the Skoop office is a power bowl loaded with quinoa, avocado, salmon and spices!

Experiment with carbohydrates sources this week and let us know which are your favorite!

Enjoy.

Looking for a healthy boost to your post workout?

Chocolate milk + 1 Skoop of Chocofresh

This combo tastes amazing and helps you recover faster. Adding Skoop to your post workout protein is delicious too, and not to mention it turns your protein into the ORAC equivalent of 10 servings of fruits and veggies, fights inflammation, combats stress and improves digestion. 

Try it today with a money back guarantee

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ASTRAGALUS

Skoop ingredient of the day: ASTRAGALUS

"Astragalus, beyond being a great Scrabble word, is also great for your mind and body-supporting our ability to be more resilient to stress and enhancing virtually every component of our immune system. SKOOP is fortified with Astragalus so you can be the super hero you came here to 
be-live your A Game!” Dr. James Rouse 

Skoop only uses the finest of ingredients and nutrients in each and every bag. We chose to put Astragalus in our formula for so many reasons. Here are just a few:

  • Astragalus has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as an immunity booster
  • Astragalus has been proven to help with chronic hepatitis 
  • Astragalus has helped with the common cold
  • Astragalus has some pretty cool nicknames, some including: bei qi, huang qi, ogi, hwanggi, milk vetch

Feed yourself some Skoop for the immense benefits of Astragalus and enjoy your immunity’s powerful strength!

Healthy Blueberry Skoop Muffins

Looking for a delicious breakfast recipe that won’t leave you tired and foggy?

Would you rather eat a nutritious meal, loaded with phytonutrients, antioxidants, energy and probiotics?

US TOO!

That’s why we created these blueberry muffins. If you’re all about the taste, but not about the “guilt” this treat might be right up your alley.

Plus, they’re great for kids and feeding the whole family. Enjoy these muffins first thing in the morning or save them for an afternoon treat.

Healthy Blueberry Skoop Muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (GF option- gluten free oat flour)

3/4-1 cup almond milk

3/4 cup stevia (or 1/2 cup maple syrup)

3/4 cup organic applesauce

2 “skoops” of Skoop A Game (we used ChocoFresh but either would work)

5 oz Greek yogurt (we used blueberry!)

1 egg

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 small carton blueberries (about 1-2 cups)

Optional- Cacao nibs, coconut flakes, honey, dried fruit and/or nuts

Directions:

Set oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all wet ingredients together in a bowl (only use 3/4 cup of almond milk to start) and stir well. Then mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Stir each bowl and then combine together. If consistency is too dry, add more of the almond milk until it’s moist. Add in the blueberries if you haven’t yet and stir again.

Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray and evenly disperse muffin batter into the pan. Your mix will make anywhere from 12-15 muffins depending on the size you like.

Place the muffins in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes. 

When muffins are done, let them cool and then enjoy them with a nice glass of almond milk while you sit back and let the superfood effects kick in!

Peanut Butter Banana Super Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Super Smoothie

This smoothie is great for an afternoon pick-me-up, as well as a nutritional post workout shake. Enjoy this delicious treat guilt free, while still loading up on antioxidants, adaptogens, probiotics, and a broad spectrum of superfoods!

1 serving Skoop

1 frozen banana

2 T peanut (or almond butter)

1 cup almond milk (can use more based on consistency preference)

1/2 cup ice

optional- Chia seeds, honey and/or vanilla protein powder

Directions:

Mix in a blender and enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Skoop Smoothie. This smoothie is perfect for summer time, post workout or just a simple snack. The bananas provide potassium, the strawberries provide an extra dose of antioxidants and then Skoop by itself has the ORAC equivalency to 10 servings of fruits and veggies. Try this smoothie this week and let us know what you think!

After James Rouse, a local naturopathic doctor and TV personality, developed a powdered blend of 41 nutrients and superfoods, friends Greg Stroh and Alex Bogusky became quick fans of the supplement."We said, ‘We’ve got to make a bunch of this so we never run out personally,’" said Bogusky, a former partner with advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky who became active in the local business community since moving to Boulder in 2006.The friends lauded how they felt after a morning ritual of mixing the powder with beverages and foods and decided to start sharing the product with others. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and people asked where they could buy the powder."We never went into this intentionally to create a business," Rouse said. " … The business sort of came as an afterthought."Seeing the demand, Stroh and Rouse — who partnered together on protein shake company mix1 — teamed with Rob Schuham, Bogusky and his wife, Ana, to develop Skoop LLC, a maker of powdered superfoods.Skoop’s first product, A Game, is the powder developed by Rouse. The company, which officially launched two months ago, plans to develop complementary “B” blends of boosts targeting specific areas such as sleep, energy and immunity.Skoop, however, is intentionally unconventional.Desiring a company and product with the highest possible amount of transparency, the Skoop bag is laden with infographics about the ingredients and their effects."What people put on the back we put on the front, and then we put it on the back in more detail," Bogusky said.Additionally, Skoop’s route to market is a hybrid of selling to some select retailers and multi-level marketing — wherePackages of Skoop’s A Game product as seen at the company’s office in Boulder. (JEREMY PAPASSO)a network of individuals serve as independent distributors and sell the product. Skoop’s distributors will receive a replicated Skoop website and will not have to maintain inventory, Stroh said, adding all product would be shipped from the company’s Boulder warehouse.By buying through those distributors, consumers would receive a discount on the product that costs $65 for a 30-serving bag. Those distributors, in turn, would receive a commission for the sale.To-date, Skoop has signed on about 50 distributors that include “influencers” such as personal trainers, nutritionists and “alpha moms,” Stroh said.'Slow build'Overall supplement sales and supplement sales within the multi-level marketing segment experienced growth in 2012, said Carlotta Mast, senior director of content and insights for New Hope Natural Media.Citing Nutrition Business Journal data, Mast said U.S. consumer sales of supplements grew 7.5 percent to $32.5 billion in 2012. Supplements sold through the MLM segment grew at a faster rate of 9.5 percent to $5.3 billion, she said.Superfoods also are faring well, she said."These are widespread trends in terms of people moving toward wanting cleaner, safer, more transparent nutrition as well as convenient nutrition is more important than ever," Mast said.The multi-level marketing route to market is a “slower build … but more controllable,” Stroh said."One of the biggest issues (with retail) is you get your product into a larger chain and you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get there and you’re at the mercy of when the retailer wants you in the store," Stroh said. "It’s a lot of hurry up and wait, and when you get in, you need to get the product off the shelves." … It’s getting more and more competitive and very expensive to do that whole process."Learning lessonsStroh, who co-founded sparkling drink maker Izze Beverage Co. prior to starting mix1, said he is applying lessons learned from his past experiences. Both Izze and mix1 took in venture capital and eventually were acquired by Pepsi and Hershey, respectively.Pepsi still maintains the Izze brand, but mix1 no longer is on the shelves. The company dissolved earlier this year.Stroh, who had stepped away from the firm at that time, said it was his understanding that ongoing production and packaging woes eventually took their toll."Mix1 was an outstanding product, but not consistent with the yield of production," he said. "It wasn’t a good business model. When it went well, the product did well at retail. But when production didn’t go well, people didn’t see that side of it."Skoop recently landed its first round of investment capital, but providing the $1.1 million were a group of angel investors."We really, truly are hoping to build a company that can get cash-flow positive and be a stand-alone company … just create a relevant company that can stand on its own," Stroh said. "It’s not financed for a sale, because that just puts so much pressure on the company. It really changes the environment."Maintaining the passion behind the brand is critical as the company founders’ over-arching goals involve creating jobs and bettering the health of people across the country, Bogusky said.The intention of Skoop is to not preach or lecture about health, but provide an easy and quick way for people to get essential nutrients, he said."In America today, we don’t have a ton of time," he said. "We want to eat healthy. We need really easy on-ramps to do that."
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After James Rouse, a local naturopathic doctor and TV personality, developed a powdered blend of 41 nutrients and superfoods, friends Greg Stroh and Alex Bogusky became quick fans of the supplement.

"We said, ‘We’ve got to make a bunch of this so we never run out personally,’" said Bogusky, a former partner with advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky who became active in the local business community since moving to Boulder in 2006.

The friends lauded how they felt after a morning ritual of mixing the powder with beverages and foods and decided to start sharing the product with others. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and people asked where they could buy the powder.

"We never went into this intentionally to create a business," Rouse said. " … The business sort of came as an afterthought."

Seeing the demand, Stroh and Rouse — who partnered together on protein shake company mix1 — teamed with Rob Schuham, Bogusky and his wife, Ana, to develop Skoop LLC, a maker of powdered superfoods.

Skoop’s first product, A Game, is the powder developed by Rouse. The company, which officially launched two months ago, plans to develop complementary “B” blends of boosts targeting specific areas such as sleep, energy and immunity.

Skoop, however, is intentionally unconventional.

Desiring a company and product with the highest possible amount of transparency, the Skoop bag is laden with infographics about the ingredients and their effects.

"What people put on the back we put on the front, and then we put it on the back in more detail," Bogusky said.

Additionally, Skoop’s route to market is a hybrid of selling to some select retailers and multi-level marketing — where
Packages of Skoop’s A Game product as seen at the company’s office in Boulder. (JEREMY PAPASSO)
a network of individuals serve as independent distributors and sell the product. Skoop’s distributors will receive a replicated Skoop website and will not have to maintain inventory, Stroh said, adding all product would be shipped from the company’s Boulder warehouse.

By buying through those distributors, consumers would receive a discount on the product that costs $65 for a 30-serving bag. Those distributors, in turn, would receive a commission for the sale.

To-date, Skoop has signed on about 50 distributors that include “influencers” such as personal trainers, nutritionists and “alpha moms,” Stroh said.

'Slow build'

Overall supplement sales and supplement sales within the multi-level marketing segment experienced growth in 2012, said Carlotta Mast, senior director of content and insights for New Hope Natural Media.

Citing Nutrition Business Journal data, Mast said U.S. consumer sales of supplements grew 7.5 percent to $32.5 billion in 2012. Supplements sold through the MLM segment grew at a faster rate of 9.5 percent to $5.3 billion, she said.

Superfoods also are faring well, she said.

"These are widespread trends in terms of people moving toward wanting cleaner, safer, more transparent nutrition as well as convenient nutrition is more important than ever," Mast said.

The multi-level marketing route to market is a “slower build … but more controllable,” Stroh said.

"One of the biggest issues (with retail) is you get your product into a larger chain and you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get there and you’re at the mercy of when the retailer wants you in the store," Stroh said. "It’s a lot of hurry up and wait, and when you get in, you need to get the product off the shelves.

" … It’s getting more and more competitive and very expensive to do that whole process."

Learning lessons

Stroh, who co-founded sparkling drink maker Izze Beverage Co. prior to starting mix1, said he is applying lessons learned from his past experiences. Both Izze and mix1 took in venture capital and eventually were acquired by Pepsi and Hershey, respectively.

Pepsi still maintains the Izze brand, but mix1 no longer is on the shelves. The company dissolved earlier this year.

Stroh, who had stepped away from the firm at that time, said it was his understanding that ongoing production and packaging woes eventually took their toll.

"Mix1 was an outstanding product, but not consistent with the yield of production," he said. "It wasn’t a good business model. When it went well, the product did well at retail. But when production didn’t go well, people didn’t see that side of it."

Skoop recently landed its first round of investment capital, but providing the $1.1 million were a group of angel investors.

"We really, truly are hoping to build a company that can get cash-flow positive and be a stand-alone company … just create a relevant company that can stand on its own," Stroh said. "It’s not financed for a sale, because that just puts so much pressure on the company. It really changes the environment."

Maintaining the passion behind the brand is critical as the company founders’ over-arching goals involve creating jobs and bettering the health of people across the country, Bogusky said.

The intention of Skoop is to not preach or lecture about health, but provide an easy and quick way for people to get essential nutrients, he said.

"In America today, we don’t have a ton of time," he said. "We want to eat healthy. We need really easy on-ramps to do that."

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