How To Drink More Water

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Wow! This summer has been a hot one for many of us. I’ve spent days at softball tournaments, doing work on my farm, and enjoying outdoor barbecues with friends. While a lot of the people around me celebrate the season with 12 oz. curls, I get some extra strength training by lugging around my giant water bottle and family-size sunscreen!

Even I’m surprised by how much fluid my body needs and how many times I have to refill my water bottle. The recommended daily water intake is half your body weight in ounces. That number can be intimidating, but your body will thank you!

If you’re still having trouble meeting your daily water intake, try adding yummy flavors to your water. For example, I always try to have Innergize!® on deck. Innergize! contains an advanced blend of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates designed specifically to help prevent dehydration and restore your energy. The lemon and orange flavors are also perfect for the summer. Registered Dietitian Jennifer McDaniel suggests you even add fresh fruit or a small amount of juice to your water for more flavor. Infuse your water with lemons, cucumbers, strawberries, mint leaves, watermelon, etc. The possibilities are endless!

There are lots of ways to meet your daily water intake by making your brain think you’re not actually drinking water. Of course, the more WATER, the better, but if you are struggling to get half of your body weight in ounces every day, go ahead and flavor it up! Studies show that we definitely drink more when we add a little something to our H2O.

Go grab yourself a tall glass of something refreshing and take a listen to the July episode of The Reliv Podcast for some intriguing insights about the effects of dehydration.

What’s On Your Summer Grocery List?  

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

Summer is in full swing so it’s time to add plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to your grocery list! Shopping seasonally will make your wallet and family happy with new flavors at reasonable prices. Not only are seasonal produce much cheaper due to their availability, but they embody several health benefits.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Innergize!®: You’ll be sipping on Innergize! all summer. Hydrate with this isotonic drink full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to give you added energy, promote oxygen absorption and boost your immune system. Not to mention the orange and lemon flavor options are perfect for this season!

 

  • Beets: This bright red vegetable is full of Vitamin C, fiber and manganese to help you boost your immune system and gut health.

 

  • Blueberries: Like beets, blueberries are high in fiber and Vitamin C. Their abundance in antioxidants will make you feel great snacking on them all summer long. They also make a delicious addition to your Reliv shake.

 

  • Cucumbers: Cucumbers are refreshing and contain potassium and magnesium. Try adding them to your water to keep you fresh and alert throughout the day!

 

  • Green Beans: Fresh green beans are the perfect side to your summer barbeques. They are high in iron and other minerals.

 

  • Peaches: Try grilling this juicy fruit for a healthy dessert! Peaches are providers of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and a great source of fiber.

 

  • Watermelon: It’s hard to not eat watermelon during the summer. This delightful summer snack is full of Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and electrolytes.

 

Find your local farmer’s market or make a trip to the grocery store to add these nutritious summer staples to your fridge. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable to eat during the summer?

 

Dr. Carl Hastings Shares The “Whey” To Core Nutrition

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As the industry leader in core nutrition, Reliv offers you easy solutions for getting those essential nutrients that you probably don’t get from food alone. Introducing the newest member of Reliv’s core nutrition line-up—Reliv Now® with Whey! This whey-based protein formula has the same optimal blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and herbs as Reliv Now® with Soy. The only difference is it has 7 grams of whey protein and is soy-free.

“I have always believed that soy has tremendous health benefits, but we also know that consumers want choices,” says Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings. “With this whey-based protein blend, even those with soy sensitivities can experience the overall health and wellness of Reliv’s core nutrition products.”

Nobody does nutrition like Reliv. That’s because we put all of your core daily nutrition into one easy, convenient and tasty shake. You can stop wasting time, energy and money mixing and matching bottles of single-ingredient supplements. Reliv Now is the ultimate multitasking nutrition formula that keeps up with your hectic lifestyle and makes nutrition simple.

Reliv Now goes beyond a standard multivitamin pill, giving you more of everything your body needs.

25 Vitamins & Minerals: Contains more vitamins and minerals than leading multivitamins. Reliv Now contains 200% of the daily value of vitamin B6, one of the most common vitamins for which Americans are deficient. Vitamin B6 helps the body metabolize fats and proteins and is important for healthy hair, skin, eyes and liver. You also get double the amount of Vitamin E and as much as eight times of Vitamin C. In addition, Reliv Now delivers optimum levels of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Antioxidants: Fights off excess free radicals, which can overwhelm your body’s defenses and cause damage to your cells and DNA. Reliv Now provides antioxidants not found in other popular vitamin brands, including patented Pycnogenol®—one of the most thoroughly researched ingredients available today. More than 170 studies have demonstrated Pycnogenol’s ability to fight free radical damage, improve blood circulation and lower blood glucose, among other benefits.

Protein: Packs a powerful protein punch. Doctors recommend 50 grams of protein daily, but most multivitamins contain none. Reliv Now gives you 7 grams per serving of high-quality, muscle-building protein. It’s a perfect addition to your breakfast smoothie or post-workout shake.

Bioavailability and Synergism: Works in synergy to bring out the full potential of all the nutrients. No more choking down huge pills and wondering if they are getting absorbed properly. The powder formula of Reliv products gives your body easy access to their nutrients so you get the most out of your supplement.

“You can choose the new whey-based version or the flagship soy-based formula, but either way, you get optimal nutrition from guaranteed quality ingredients,” says Dr. Carl. “Our core nutrition formulas are the cornerstone of your Reliv nutrition.”

You work hard and your nutrition should do the same. Try the new Reliv Now with Whey and order yours today!

 

Shake Up Your Summer with These Refreshing Recipes from Reliv!

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to shake things up! Prepare to have fun in the sun with your favorite Reliv core nutrition that your body deserves. Here are some light, refreshing recipes for you to try as you lay by the pool or have a picnic in the park with your family:

Toning Green Smoothie

1 scoop Reliv Now®

½ cup coconut water

1 banana

1 cucumber

2 Tbs. of fresh ginger

1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup ice

Blend and serve.

 

Reliv Berry Smoothie

1 scoop Reliv Now

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

½ cup frozen berries

½ frozen banana

1 cup spinach

Blend and serve.

 

Piña Colada Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now

½ cup pineapple

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 ice cubes

Blend and serve.

 

Mango Margarita Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 cup mango

2 Tbs. lime juice

1 Tsp. lime zest

1 Tbs. chia seeds

1 cup ice

Blend and serve. Watch our demonstration here.

 

Fit3 Fudgesicles

1 ½ cups Coconut Milk

1 ½ scoops Fit3 Active™ or Reliv Now® for Kids (chocolate flavor)

1 Tsp. Vanilla

1 Tsp. Cocoa Powder

Blend ingredients and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight and enjoy!

 

Do you have a favorite Reliv recipe? Post it in the comments below and we will share it on our Facebook Page!

 

 

 

 

Eating Healthy at the Disneyland Resort

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By Reliv Key Director & Founder of DAPS MAGIC Robert Laird

Reliv Live in Anaheim is later this week, which makes the perfect opportunity for you to treat yourself to a trip to the Disneyland Resort!

It’s been said that calories don’t count at Disney. However, while this is a wonderful sentiment, that doesn’t always make it easier to eat healthy when visiting The Happiest Place on Earth! The Disneyland Resort has made great strides in recent years in adding healthy options to its many different menus and offerings. For those looking to keep their healthy eating habits, here are some tips for eating healthy at the Disneyland Resort.

First off, most dining locations and outdoor vending carts will have some sort of a healthy option (typically located on each respective menu). When visiting outdoor vending locations, there is usually some sort of a fruit option and occasionally a vegetable for those looking to eat something besides sweet treats. Sadly, a healthy version of the churro just doesn’t exist (much to our dismay) so that might be a good place to indulge.

Plan Ahead

It’s always a good idea to plan ahead when visiting the Disneyland Resort, especially if you want to have healthy eating habits during your visit. It’s a great idea to bring a backpack with some of your favorite healthy snacks and a water bottle. This will not only ensure you can have your favorite healthy snacks, it will also most likely save you some money! While you are at it, throw in a sweatshirt as nights often tend to cool off.

If you are planning to go to a sit-down restaurant while at the Resort, check out disneyland.com and then check out the dining options under THINGS TO DO. This will give you all the options for dining locations around the Disneyland Resort if you want to dig in and search through the various restaurants and offerings. Most sit-down restaurants have some delicious healthy offerings on the menu.

If you don’t want to spend extra time researching, we will share a few of our favorite healthy options here so you can get the most out of your day and enjoy your Disney experience!

Healthy Highlights

There are a few places that go above and beyond with healthier foods. Here are a few of our favorite quick service options from the team at DAPS MAGIC:

  • Bengal BBQ (Disneyland) – Found in Adventureland, the Bengal BBQ has grilled chicken, beef, veggies, and bacon wrapped asparagus. There are also some recent updates to the menu as well. It’s a great place to get some protein and that is also delicious. This is a great place for a snack but if you are looking to make it a meal, expect to order a few things off of the menu (depending on how much you generally eat in a sitting).
  • Rancho Del Zocalo (Disneyland) – In Frontierland, the Rancho Del Zocalo restaurant offers Mexican food in a quick-service setting. There are some tacos that can be found there that are reasonably healthy, but there is also a fantastic (and large) tostada salad. The fire-grilled chicken is another healthy option that is sure to satisfy.
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe (Disney California Adventure) – Located in Cars Land, this is not only one of the tastiest restaurants at the Disneyland Resort, it also has one of the most beautiful views! It also has a few healthy options that include the spit-fired rotisserie quarter chicken or the veggie tater bake that is both hearty and delicious. There are quite a few different options that can be found at Flo’s V8 Cafe and in general, there will be something there for everyone.
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (Disney California Adventure) – Found on the Pacific Wharf, Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill has several options that are similar to those found at Rancho Del Zocalo. There is a half chicken offering here and also a Cocina Bowl al Pastor that are both delicious. It is close to other dining options too if other members of your party would rather have Asian cuisine or soup and sandwiches.
  • Tortilla Joe’s (Downtown Disney District) – Tortilla Joe’s has several healthy options that are delicious for those visiting the Downtown Disney District.
  • Earl of Sandwich (Downtown Disney District) – Although it will be closing later this spring, there are some salads that are pretty good here! Eat here while you can!

These are just a few of our favorite places to get a healthy meal at the Disneyland Resort. Recognize that most sit-down restaurants will offer healthy options on the menu. If there are specific dietary needs, ask to speak with a chef and they will generally come out and work with you to create a dish that fits your needs while pleasing the palate. Also, if you are a vegan check out our series on eating vegan at the Disneyland Resort here.

Snack Time & Desserts

The Disneyland Resort is known for its snacks and desserts. There are a few options that can be found throughout the Resort that won’t completely kill the quest for health.

  • Tropical Imports (Disneyland) – Found in Adventureland, Tropical Imports has both fruits and vegetables for sale. There is also trail mix available here which isn’t quite as easy to find elsewhere.
  • Tiki Juice Bar (Disneyland) – Also found in Adventureland, this is the home of the world-famous Dole Whip. This is a dairy-free dessert that is a fan favorite at the Disneyland Resort! Grab this refreshing treat and enjoy it while watching Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room! They also have Dole Whip Floats here and Pineapple spears.
  • Fairfax Market (Disney California Adventure) – In the Hollywood Backlot, the Fairfax Market offers some healthy snacks that include fruit, vegetables, and even hummus. This is a great place to get a snack and set yourself up for watching a parade (Paint the Night Parade has returned to the Resort).

 

These are just a few tips to help you eat healthier when visiting the Disneyland Resort. Know that eating healthy is all about moderation and making the best choice that you can at any given moment. Make sure to drink LOTS of water while at Disneyland as it is easy to get dehydrated. Then, just make sure to plan ahead so that you can get the healthiest food possibly instead of suddenly realizing you are starving and then grab something that isn’t so healthy. With a plan and some good choices, Disneyland can be not only The Happiest Place on Earth, but also one of the healthier!

5 Things We Learned From The Winter Olympics

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

The Winter Olympics have come to a close and Champions have been rewarded, but we are still in an Olympics state of mind. There is so much that we can learn from these inspiring athletes beyond their health and fitness routines. It’s easy to overlook the nontangible characteristics and strengths held by Olympians, but it takes so much resilience, patience and motivation to do what they did. Anyone can watch the reruns of figure skating or ski jumping and see the looks of determination on each competitor’s face. These incredible people had a mission and put themselves out there to succeed.

Upon reflection, there is a lot we can learn from Olympians that translates to our business:

  • Follow Your Dream. Dreams can be intimidating, but don’t let your fears get in the way of pursuing them. Also, don’t let others belittle your dreams. I bet every single Olympic Champion faced someone in their life that didn’t believe in them—and look where they are now!
  • Live Your Passion. Once you follow your dream you can truly live your passion and enjoy the life you want! Do you want to stay home with your kids and provide for them? Find a job that fulfills both passions. With Reliv, you can work anywhere and at any time while also providing essential nutrition to your whole family.
  • Always Persevere. At points, you might feel like giving up, especially in the beginning. Don’t! Always persevere and you will be your own version of an Olympic Champion. You will see your success by working hard and sticking with it.
  • Encourage Others. Find your support system and build them up! Always be encouraging others to live their dream and passion. If you encourage your customers and your downlines to be successful, they will be motivated to succeed. Others’ success is your success.
  • Have Fun and Keep Going! Like Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Tom Pinnock always says, “If you’re not having fun, you’re done!” Have fun with what you do and always keep going.

How to Have a Healthy Valentine’s Day

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to prepare for the day of love! This year we want you to celebrate yourself by filling your body with the nutrients it loves and Reliv nutrition. You might be tempted to the pink and red candy aisle at the grocery store, but I’m going to challenge you to avoid those aisles and have a healthy Valentine’s Day this year.

Here are three steps to have your best and healthiest Valentine’s Day ever:

  1. Pick a treat. Turn down that box of chocolates and trade it in for a box of delicious Fit3 Active protein balls! These indulgent treats are actually healthy for you and you can customize them to be your favorite flavors. See some of our favorite recipes on our Facebook page.

 

  1. Pick a meal. Try out a new restaurant in your city you’ve been dying to try or choose a recipe to cook together to make your day extra special! You can easily make a healthy dinner by combining a lean protein and lots of vegetables. If you’re going to a restaurant, check out the menu online before you go so that you won’t get overwhelmed before ordering.

 

  1. Pick an activity. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to try out a new workout class or activity with your partner or best friend. Buy a Groupon for salsa dancing, do a free trial class at your local gym, go on a scenic hike—the possibilities are endless!

With these three steps, your body will love you for giving it what it needs! And don’t forget to have your Reliv Shake. We have an exclusive Valentine’s Day recipe on our Instagram. Share this with your friends to share the love!

 

Health Benefits of Winter Produce

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

I don’t know about you, but we are feeling the peak of winter here in St. Louis at Reliv Corporate! It is so cold and my desire for warm veggie soups is more prominent now than ever. As I’ve mentioned before, I love to shop seasonally for my produce. Buying what’s in season ensures that you are getting fresh and delicious produce. The USDA even has lists of seasonal produce to help guide your next trip to the grocery store!

Here’s my favorite winter produce and their health benefits:

  • Bananas: Bananas are by far my favorite fruit. They are rich in potassium and fiber and add healthy carbohydrates to your healthy diet. Bananas are the perfect addition to any Reliv shake!
  • Cabbage: As odd as it may sound, cabbage is one of the best foods for you. It has an abundance of Vitamin C, which is perfect for cold season. It is also rich in fiber and Vitamin K. Cabbage makes a great addition to any soup, especially vegetable soups.
  • Citrus: Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, etc. are famously in-season during winter months. They are high in fiber, Vitamin C and flavonoids. These can be used in your Reliv shake or as a healthy snack.
  • Kale: Kale is a trendy food for a reason. With zero fat and high fiber content, this superfood should be a staple in your kitchen. Kale’s benefits are endless and we love to sneak in a cup or two with our Reliv shakes!
  • Winter Squash: Squash is tasty in almost any recipe and adds warmth to your vegetable-based meals. Spaghetti squash is a great carb-alternative when making spaghetti. Acorn and butternut squash also make great side dishes roasted or mashed. Winter squash contain many vitamins and nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C and magnesium.

Add some seasonal flavors to your menu with these winter produce! Share with us on Facebook your favorite recipes.

Spice Up The Kitchen

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

The cool autumn air has me in the mood to spend a little more time in the kitchen, which makes my family really happy! They are getting bored with our summer dinner rotation of chicken breast, grilled burgers, sandwiches and eggs. Now that soccer season is done, we even got to sit together at the dinner table just last night. The aroma of roasted Italian garlic potatoes is still lingering in my kitchen this morning. Good thing we have leftovers!

I’m not terribly adventurous in the kitchen, but you wouldn’t know it by the inventory of spices in the cupboard. Even though I have a pretty good variety of seasonings, there are a few staples that I buy in bulk and that I rely on for about 80% of my recipes. Spices add great flavor to your food, mix up your taste buds, but also have health benefits.

My Top 3 Spices:

  1. Cinnamon: I add a dash to anything sweet: oatmeal, yogurt, Reliv shakes, pancakes, sweet potatoes and fruit. But don’t be afraid to add a little cinnamon to your meat such as pork loin, chicken breast or even meatballs. One of the many health benefits of this multipurpose spice is that it helps regulate blood sugar. Throw a teaspoon of cinnamon in your Reliv shake with ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar – Hello Snickerdoodle shake!
  2. Cumin: Something about the aroma of cumin makes my mouth water. Cultures all over the world incorporate cumin into their cuisine, and it’s often mixed with other spices for curry and taco seasoning. Try adding it to any of your favorite savory recipes like chili, stews, meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. This multitasker has been used by ancient cultures for centuries to improve digestive health.
  3. Italian Seasoning: This staple is a combination of spices (basil, oregano, marjoram, parsley and thyme). When a recipe calls for one of the individual spices, it’s easier to grab the big container of Italian Seasoning than digging around the cabinet for each individual spice. Stir some into plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for a protein-packed veggie dip. Sprinkle it on a baked potato or eggs for an instant flavor boost. This blend also perfectly complements any tomato-based soup or recipe and it really enhances the flavor of beef. The antioxidant benefits of this blend may help explain why our Italian friends are so healthy!

There are many health benefits hiding in the spice rack, so go ahead and try some new flavors!

 

Health Benefits of Fall Flavors

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

Happy Fall! Reliv in St. Louis is experiencing the first few days of actual fall weather and to say that I’m excited is an understatement. The best parts of fall are the fruits and vegetables! I prefer to eat produce that is in season to keep grocery prices down and to really embrace the season. Some of my favorites include sweet potatoes, cauliflower, apples and so many more. There are also many health benefits that come from fall produce, making them an attractive option.

Here are some of my top fall fruits and vegetables:

  • Apples: A fall staple, apples are a true delight! Apples are good as a snack, used in salads, baked for a yummy dessert or even fresh pressed for a healthier apple cider for making a Reliv smoothie (see the recipe on Instagram). Each serving contains antioxidants and 4g of fiber. We recommend pairing an apple with a healthy fat or protein for a snack that fuels your body and keeps you satisfied longer.
  • Pears: Pears have always seemed like a fancier apple to me, and are great for dressing up a salad. Your dinner parties will be instantly upgraded if you add poached or baked pears to the menu. Pears are a great source of Vitamin C and contain 4g of fiber.
  • Cauliflower: This trendy vegetable is used in everything these days—from pizza crust to mashed potato alternatives. It is one of the most versatile veggies that is a great carb alternative. You can use it in a soup instead of rice or serve it up in a veggie tray. Cauliflower is known for its Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • Sweet Potatoes: More nutrient-rich than regular ole potatoes, sweet potatoes are great mashed, roasted, baked as fries and make delicious Thanksgiving staples. They have anti-inflammatory benefits, which I need along with my Reliv Arthaffect® during colder months because my joints get swollen and inflamed! Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • Pumpkin: I saved the best for last. You cannot celebrate fall without having pumpkin in your diet! It’s the perfect texture for pies, puddings and Reliv shakes! You can add spices to get the perfect Reliv version of a pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice latte shake. Pumpkin has 3g of fiber per serving as well as Vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Take advantage of this flavorful time of the year to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Enjoy!