September 30, 2014

How Much Protein Does Your Body Need?

If you're into sports or are at least trying to be healthy by going to the gym, and need an extra boost of protein, then you've probably heard of protein shake. I used to not care and know about my protein intake but I guess the Protein Calculator helps.You can find out how much protein your body needs based on your weight and activity level.
If you need more than what you're getting then you probably need more protein intake and that's where the protein nutrition shake comes in. In my opinion, Muscle Milk, can give you just that. And take note, it doesn't just come in one flavor, but five! That at least is for their ready-to-drink products. It comes in Cake Batter, Chocolate, Cookies 'N Crème, Strawberries 'N Crème and Vanilla Crème. It says follow the direction on proper protein intake and also take note of allergic reactions. Here are the FAQ's about Muscle Milk as shown in their website. If your question is not listed here, I believe you can always send them an email.
"Q:  WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DRINK MUSCLE MILK?
A:  Muscle Milk should be consumed as directed on the label.  Muscle Milk can be consumed before workouts, after workouts, first thing in the morning or prior to bedtime.  In addition, Muscle Milk can be used as a meal replacement when you are on the go or as a high protein snack during the day.  But, keep in mind that individual nutritional requirements vary depending on gender, body weight, level of activity and exercise/training intensity and duration.  So, it is best to use Muscle Milk as part of a well-balanced diet that includes whole foods and other protein sources.  We do not recommend Muscle Milk be used as your sole source of nutrition. 
Q:  WHO CAN DRINK MUSCLE MILK?
A:  The short answer is Muscle Milk can be used by almost anyone that is not allergic to dairy proteins.  Plenty of athletes drink Muscle Milk because they may have increased protein requirements, but it is fine for anyone that wants to supplement their protein intake.  The proteins in Muscle Milk may be especially helpful when you are:
starting a new exercise program and trying to build muscle increasing the intensity of your work-outs a vegetarian (that consumes dairy) and does not get enough protein from dietary sources. 
Q:  ARE YOUR PROUCTS CERTIFIED KOSHER?
A:  All flavors of Muscle Milk, Muscle Milk Light and Muscle Milk Collegiate ready-to-drink products are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union and this is indicated by the  symbol on the label.  Currently, CytoSport powder drink mixes and bars are not Kosher certified. 
Q:  WHICH CYTOSPORT PRODUCTS ARE LACTOSE FREE?
A:  All flavors of Muscle Milk, Muscle Milk Light and Muscle Milk Collegiate ready-to-drink products are lactose free.  Muscle Milk, Muscle Milk Gainer, Muscle Milk Light and Muscle Milk Naturals powders are also lactose free."
My husband was the one who drank it because he regularly goes to the gym, he's more active than I do so I let him finish the whole thing. He used the protein calculator and even read the Nutrition Facts. He said he'll probably need more supply of it. LOL! He liked the taste and the texture of the Strawberries 'N Creme but he said he'd like to taste the other flavors too. What he liked about it the most is that he can bring it anywhere and drink it anytime. No mixing needed. :)

Besides this ready-to-drink product, Muscle Milk also comes in powders, bars, pro series and they even have limited editions inspired by athletes like Shaq, Clay Matthews and more! You also better check their products out because your school might be featured there! Unfortunately, mine's not. But it doesn't matter as long as I get the protein I need, right? ;)

DISCLAIMER
I was not paid in any way to do a review of the product mentioned above. I was given a sample to facilitate my review but everything was based on me and my husband's honest opinion of the product.

Cheesy Chili Dip

Simple but perfect snack!
Ever thought of grabbing a quick snack? I'll tell you a secret, well okay, not a secret but a tip. LOL. With only three ingredients you can have an easy access to a cheesy chili treat! First you got to have some tacos. Be sure you have pepperjack cheese or jalapeno, the hotter the better. Last but not the least, the heart and soul of this recipe, chili (with or without beans). For chili, I prefer Hormel Chili Hot with Beans. I think they have a dozen more chili flavors though and you can use whatever you prefer. 

Put the chili in the pan, do not add anything so as not to ruin the taste. Add some cheese (I shred it for it to easily melt). Mix for 3 minutes and you're done with your cheesy chili dip! Next thing, serve with taco! That's it! Quite easy, right? 
Don't you agree it's the perfect snack to serve at parties, or maybe when your tailgating? :) I think so too. It's very easy to prepare and it's really tasty. With regards to presentation, it simple but I think it looks great, just remember to place them in a bigger platter if you'd like to serve it in a party, just to accommodate everybody's palate. ;)
Don't be shy, take a bite! :)
Here you go, take a bite! :)

If you want to know more about Hormel Chili, you can visit their website (where you can probably score a coupon), Facebook page or Twitter account. I also found some other great recipes to make with chili beans in their site. I think I'll probably try them next time, they all perfect for gatherings!

DISCLOSURE
I was not paid in any way to do a review of the product/s mentioned above. I was provided with a sample to facilitate my review but everything was based on my honest opinion of the product. 

Painting Lulu App and Stylus Review

With today's technology, almost every thing is trying to cope with it's advancement. It can even be applied with our kids toys and learning materials. Some parents succumb to the idea while others do not. I, as mother, think it really depends on how useful and how often the product is being used. Like this new kind of coloring material, more specifically an app and stylus - Painting Lulu. I find it actually more useful than not because you can use/color it in two ways, usual (or can I say traditional) and with the use of technology, in my case - iPad (it can also be used with phones). I love the idea of how they are still able to preserve the idea of coloring with real crayons while incorporating or introducing new ways of doing it using gadgets.
Painting Lulu Available at Amazon.com
Before I start my actual review, I wanted to quote some thing from their website:
"Our missionWe help parents develop kids creativity by playing both in real-life and online using our eco-friendly and technology driven activity books. 
What we believe inWe believe that when we finish to use a product, we should do our best to ensure that its raw materials be reused and recycled for the future of our children and our earth. So, get some crayons and start coloring with Painting Lulu! Your kids can start coloring with our online coloring pages or print them for free. Theses coloring pages are fun and easy way to help kids develop motor skills,understand color concepts, improve eye-hand coordination and enhance picture comprehension."
The Painting Lulu kit comes with a coloring book, a stylus and a free downloadable app. The stylus is shaped like a crayon which retains the idea of (traditional) coloring and a tangible coloring book, which your child can actually color using the materials she already have at home. 
Now to focus on the app, here's the easy to follow instructions:

1. Download the free "Painting Lulu" app through the App Store/Google play/Amazon Appstore.
Free Downloadable AppColoring Book, Stylus and App
Painting Lulu AppThe Stylus
2. Select a page from your "Meet Lulu" coloring book that you have colored, then scan is using the scan feature on your Painting Lulu app.
Scanner FeatureScan Me!
3. A digital version of the same colored page you scanned will instantly appear, ready to be edited and modified by you. In my case, my daughter didn't want to color the physical book itself because she was too excited to try the app. So ours appeared as it is, untouched. It was like magic when the page showed up in the screen. My daughter was very enthusiastic in coloring it using the crayon stylus that came with the coloring kit.
From Paper to Ipad
That's it! Right after scanning, you can easily browse all the pages in the book, which includes 31 fun coloring pages. While on the coloring page, you'll see three buttons - Parents icon, Facebook icon and Printer icon. The parents icon lets you share the image created by your child to be shared with your friends and family via email. The Facebook icon on the other hand, lets you share it with your Facebook friends. And last, the Printer icon which allows you to automatically print the coloring page if you have one installed and connected to your device. 
Sharing ToolsColoring Page
Crayon, Brush and Paint
You can choose from tools like crayon, brush and paint.
Now, let's discuss the other buttons. On the main page, you'll see four buttons - Settings, Music, Camera, Scanner, respectively.
1) Settings
General - You can choose to allow sharing pictures and whether or not you'd want to show the print button in your screen.
Sharing - You can choose to share your child's creation to specific email addresses or via Facebook. I find this really useful because I love showing the whole world how my daughter is very good at coloring (at least for her age).
Settings, Music, Camera and Scanner
Settings - Sharing tabSettings - General tab
2. Music - You can choose to toggle music, it's a soothing background music and my daughter actually loves to hear it while she's coloring! It's so funny when I try to turn the music off she always turns it back on. I guess it puts her in the mood.
3. Camera - What I love about this feature is you can literally take a picture of anything, just like the built-in-camera in your gadgets. It allows you to color and decorate it. After taking a picture of this cup, I took a picture of my daughter then we put some tiara, necklace and bracelet on her, including some text which she ask me to write. LOL!
Camera ToolCamera Tool
Camera Tool
4) Scanner - As discussed above, this scanner allows you to 'convert' the pages in the book to the "Painting Lulu" app. Which as I said awhile ago, works like magic. 

In general, my daughter loved this product. Although there were times it takes too long for it to load the pages, which might be because our iPad's memory is full. LOL. Anyway, I know they have two more books namely "Camping Out" and "At the Beach". I bet it'll be as much fun as this first series which is "Meet Lulu".
Sample Meet Lulu Coloring PageSample Meet Lulu Coloring Page
If you want to know more about Painting Lulu, you can check out their website, Facebook page or Twitter account. I think this'll be a nice gift for birthdays and also a great present this coming holiday. 


DISCLOSURE
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.