Herbalife Blog + Video #1: Mint Chocolate/Vanilla Recipe

Welcome back to another Herbalife blog and I’m bringing to you TODAY — a recipe.

That’s right.  With a YouTube video down below, I break down the ingredients, metrics, what to put in a shake and other things to try out.

Today we’re featuring Chocolate Mint, Vanilla, and Herbalife 24’s Vanilla (endurance athletes). Also, I love to add in organic almonds, cinnamon, and a few other things (depending on what my workout was in the morning).

Without further ado, tune into the video down below and look at how much protein, carbs, etc is in each scoop of healthy meal.

Mint CHocolate

Key Benefits
  • Fiber and 17 g of protein (of which 9 g are provided by soy protein, and 8 g are provided when mixed with 8 oz. of nonfat milk) help support weight management
  • 21 vitamins and minerals
  • 170 calories when prepared as directed
  • 0 cholesterol, 0 trans fats
  • Excellent source of antioxidant Vitamins A (as beta-carotene), C and E

Creamy Vanilla

Key Benefits
  • 9 g of milk protein help support lean muscle mass
  • 90 calories
  • 1,500 mg* of L-glutamine support muscle growth and immune function
  • Healthy meal for athletes
  • Carbohydrate blend provides immediate and sustained energy
  • Antioxidant support
  • NSF Certified for Sport®†
    • Tested – Clean of athletic-banned substances
    • Verified – Meets label claims and contaminant test criteria
    • Audited – Manufacturing facility is GMP compliant

I normally add one scoop of the vanilla, mint chocolate, and a Herbalife24 Vanilla scoop (depending on how rigorous the workout was) with some organic almonds, three teaspoons of cinnamon, and an 8 oz glass of low-fat milk.  You have to add some ice cubes, too! The thicker you want it, the more you add.  It’s all an eye test!

YouTube Video

Herbalife’s Aloe Vera: The Second Digestive System Option + Anti-Bloating

So, I made a video on probiotics, which amassed an incredible amount of views.  Since the time I made that video until now – I haven’t made any others in regards to Herbalife, unfortunately.

However, I’m back!

I contacted my friend a while back in Australia telling her that I needed an immediate supply of probiotics.  The probiotics, being in a very small bottle, ran out in about 4-6 weeks.  After that, my stomach began to go haywire YET AGAIN!

I tried eating chia seeds, almonds, avocados (I’m totally lying about the avocados because one of them here in Thailand costs 4$), and other things to help with smooth digestion in the morning.

All failed.

So after not following through with the buying and shipping of the wondrous probiotics, I immediately needed something else that was going to help me.

It was a Tuesday morning and I went walking down the streets of Bangkok in sweltering heat, doused in sweat and discontent.  I knew if I went to Herbalife, I would find a surprise.

After getting there, I saw that they launched a series of new products, including RoseGuard (immune support) and a few others.  When I went to the counter to place my order, I looked over my shoulder and there it was….the 24 line.  I jumped up and joy, purchased it and it’s an absolute BEAST (will talk about it in a later blog). But the focus here is of course Aloe Vera, which changed my digestive tract within a six-hour period.

Are there other alternatives for it? Absolutely.  I would suggest pineapple and yogurt.  On the other hand, if you can get your hands on some of THIS?! Your digestive tract will never be the same again.

YouTube Video

Herbalife Thailand = On Fire! Products Galore!

I was absolute ecstatic when I walked into the Herbalife Headquarters here in Bangkok Thailand this afternoon.

What I saw was a range of products I didn’t even know made way to Thailand.

For the first maybe 20 years, or whenever Herbalife first arrived in Thailand, the products were limited.  You had your typical Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry Herbalife Formula 1 Shake mixes….and that was it.  You had some tea and a few other products.  It was dry.

Until two years.  Herbalife Thailand got an introduction to the snack department with protein bars (3 flavors) bursting into the market.  There was still jut three shake flavors, but I was content to that point because the perfect timing.  Later, Chocolate Mint flavor Herbalife made it’s way, saving me a few bucks from having it get mailed from America.

Recently, just a month ago, I asked about what other flavors they had and she said, “Cookies N Creme,” another flavor I would order from America.  I screamed and jumped! This is one of my favorites…ABSOLUTE FAVORITES in terms of Herbalife Shake Mixes (still love the Pralines N Creme + Cookie Dough combo).

Something told me to head down there today to see if there were anymore products.  So, I did.  When I arrived, there’s a display of products across the window in the front before walking in.

Roseguard.

Yes, immune support tablets which I would have mailed from America. I had the BIGGEST SMILE ON MY FACE.

I walked in, looked at the product list, and chose a several things before I went to the counter.

I looked over my should about one-minute later — and there it was — Herbalife24!

It was a moment of sheer jubilance.  For those of you who are unaware of the 24 line, it’s basically for the 24-hour endurance athlete.  For example, I would take one scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter after a workout, and with the amount of carbs in it, I would light up and get all my energy back.  So, let’s just say I have that in vanilla form now.

With Herbalife releasing an array of excellent products and boosting up their range, I can honestly see them surpassing Australia’s product range and getting to Chile’s level.

Hmmmmm……

New recipe coming soon! Stay tuned!

Podcast

My Herbalife Story

I did this story in a podcast a long time ago, but I’ll have to write this bad boy out and post the podcast at the bottom because this, at its height, was one of the biggest business ventures that made it’s way into my life.

However, I didn’t realize it and just went at it from a healthy standpoint rather than looking to expand and grow.  So it goes something like this….

In October of 2012, I was sitting at a table in a hot gym staring at a man who looked like Bruce Leroy out of the 1985 film ‘The Last Dragon.”  Over to my right was a booth with banners with writing super imposed in big lettering “Nutrition LV.”  Of course at the time I was looking for a better source of protein and post-workout snacks, but luckily I festered up the courage towards the end(which I lacked five years ago), went over and spoke to one of the nicest women in the world.  She saw that I was dragging and asked me, “um, would you like some water? I have some orange flavored water with B vitamins.”  I took it, and the rest was history.  After coming to my senses almost instantaneously, I asked the woman, “do you have protein bars?”  She invited me over to her office.

It took me about 6 months to visit, but when I finally got there and had a tea beverage and a ridiculously delicious protein shake in the other hand – BOOM! I signed up, which was a fee of 70$ shortly later – just so I can buy my Herbalife at anytime at a discounted price.  Within the first couple of months, I increased my overall discounted rate to 35% – just before heading to Thailand. Since being here, I’ve been focusing so much more on different things, so I haven’t been doing Herbalife full-time per se.  However, it’s still something I buy on a monthly basis and have it shipped from multiple countries – because I LOVE IT.

No Shoving

What a lot of you must remember is don’t always be rescue 911.  People, especially in American society, don’t want any help.  The moment you mention anything to them comes a defence mechanism and they say, “SCAM” in the matter of seconds without knowing anything.  On the other hand, I saw that my brother had had back surgery the year before, my sisters and mother were at the very minimal overweight….so I tried helping them, only to be completely shunned by them.  Take everyone you’re trying to help off your shoulder first; then go through the door, become what it is you want to become successful at before going back to say, “uhhhhh, yeah.  Here I am? Do you think I’m still lying?”  At that point, you don’t even have to do it.

Range of Products That Help

I’m very picky with what I consume after workouts.  These days, I workout at a gym in the heart of Bangkok called “The Lab” and the workouts are fierce and relentless.  Having a typical Thai dish won’t suffice.  Having a grounded up salad for carbs and protein (based on if its focused more on fat burning than weightlifting), would, but there’s not much in the neighborhood….so an already made Herbalife shake paves the way for me.  It’s not only the shakes, but the probiotics (those who suffer from constipation – this is your god); to the best defense that has echinacea formulated in it; to the ridiculous Herbalife 24 line……pure love!

I say with utter gratitude that I’m so unbelievably thankful that one afternoon shifted the way I see healthy eating for the rest of my life.

I will still eat my hamburgers, though.

Podcast

5 Days In – Herbalife Probiotics Working Like A Charm!

With a video down below, I can’t be anymore happier to introduce you to the absolute wonder of probiotics and how it promotes a healthy gut.

12-19% Americans are constipated on a routine basis.  That’s literally between 50-60 million people, as Dr. Mark Hyman has said.  Some of my students say they go to the restroom twice a week, which is unbelievably alarming because if you have lifelong constipation, that could possibly increase the risks of intestinal cancer.

After eating almonds, avocados, raisins and so many other good fats and fiber, I still didn’t have the ultimate solution to relieving myself.

Well, five days in and this bad boy works like a CHARM!

YouTube Video

 

 

Herbalife Probiotics!

Finally!

It took YEARS for probiotics to make way to Herbalife, and I’m literally welcoming it with  open arms (Mariah Carey style).  Let me give anyone and everyone a rundown of what probiotics are.

First and foremost, both Dr. Axe and Dr. Mark Hyman have gone over the fact that between 50-80% of our entire immune system is located in the gut.  So, if you’ve ever seen yourself getting sick often, look at what you’re eating.  Just recently, my sister’s stomach became inflamed, but instead of looking at what caused it, the doctors looked at it from a financial standpoint.  Sure, let’s give her pills and she’ll be fine.

However, it’s what she’s putting into her stomach which is ultimately agitating her gut.

Just to emphasize what they have said, “many people with health issues, such as thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, joint pain, psoriasis, autism and many other conditions don’t realize that these illnesses originate in the gut.”

On top of that, 60-70 million people in America alone are affected by digestive diseases.

That’s terrifying!

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. There are actually 10 times more probiotics in your gut than cells in your body.

Your skin and digestive system by themselves host about 2,000 different types of bacteria. Probiotics benefits have been proven effective in supporting immune function and healthy digestion, as well as beautiful skin.

Your good gut bacteria is also responsible for:

  • Producing vitamin B12, butyrate and vitamin K2
  • Crowding out bad bacteria, yeast and fungi

And I can go on to name so many other things, but I think you get the drift.

If you don’t have enough probiotics, the side effects can include digestive disorders, skin issues, frequent colds and flus.  Are you one of these sufferers?

Historically, we had plenty of probiotics in our diets from eating fresh foods from good soil and by fermenting our foods to keep them from spoiling.

Because of refrigeration and dangerous agricultural practices like soaking our foods with chlorine, our food contains little to no probiotics today, and most foods actually contain dangerous antibiotics that kill off the good bacteria in our bodies. – Dr. Axe

By adding more probiotic foods into your diet, you could see all of the following probiotics benefits:

  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved digestion
  • Increased energy from production of vitamin B12
  • Better breath because probiotics destroy candida
  • Healthier skin
  • Reduced cold and flu
  • Healing leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Weight loss

Inflammatory bowel disease.  That rings a bell in terms of what my sister is going through right now.

AND ALAS! Herbalife has their very own probiotics recipe! Here are the contents listed on the label.

Overview
Simply Probiotic is a daily, science-backed probiotic that provides 1 billion active probiotic organisms, which promote digestive health. It is formulated with a powerful CFU GanedenBC30®* probiotic, which is a bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086, that aids in carbohydrate and protein digestion. This probiotic is tough enough to survive the gastric journey to get to where it counts, helping you feel your best every day.
Key Benefits
  • Delivers 1 billion active probiotic organisms per serving
  • Up to 70% of BC30 cells survive to colonize the gut
  • Helps provide balance to good and bad bacteria (improving the gut bacteria profile)
  • Aids in carbohydrate and protein digestion
  • Made with non-GM ingredients
  • Zero calories
  • No added flavours, colors, sugars or sweeteners
  • Portable, perfect for on-the-go use

So, for those who are constantly having stomach issues, such as myself (because apparently I don’t eat enough vegetables), probiotics are absolutely vital in maintaining a healthy gut.

 

 

Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake #4 – Neapolitan

We’re back! Another wonderful recipe, which I had the idea come about this morning, is in the books.

When I was a child, every time my mother would by neapolitan ice cream, I would literally just eat the strawberry and vanilla portions of it.  I was never a big fan of chocolate ice cream or chocolate milk until I grew older.

I was hesitant to buy the Herbalife Formula Healthy Meal 4 years ago here in Bangkok because again…I’ve never been a fan of chocolate outside of candy and cake.

However, this trio of flavors tastes exactly like the ice cream, but BETTER!

One scoop of each into a blender with some cubes of ice + milk is probably making you want to try it yourself.

Of course, for those of you who has never tried herbalife before, I would recommend only vanilla (since it’s the basis).  On the other hand, you can start adding in other flavors and bananas or whatnot (I would recommend almonds) to give it that added punch.

  • One scoop of each Formula 1
  • Milk (2%)
  • Ice cubes

This is excellent for a morning shake.

Herbalife Shake Recipe #3 – Chocolate + Peanut Cookie PDM (Protein Drink Mix)

OH. MY. GOODNESS!  I completely understand why they invented chocolate chip cookies….and here’s why I just HAD to write another blog about a recipe I desperately needed to share with my followers.

Chocolate flavor and the added protein drink mix is a blessing to humanity.  Here’s the breakdown and I highly recommend a blender.  Those who put scoops of powder into water and shake it should be ashamed of themselves.

  • 3 Ice cubes (depending on if you want it runny or thick)
  • Milk (this is an eye test because too much could take away the taste).
  • One scoop of PDM Peanut Cookie
  • Two scoops of Chocolate Formula 1

Additives: cinnamon, banana, peanut butter.

You can experiment with what you have.  If it’s not too sweet, you can put vanilla extract or a whole banana in it to boost the sweetness.

 

 

Herbalife24 – Rebuild Strength – My Absolute Favorite!

Out of all the Herbalife products on the market, when I tasted this two years ago after my Tough Mudder event, I was in absolute heaven.  The distinct taste of the chocolate behind the Rebuild Strength Chocolate flavor is by far, one of the most impactful post-workout proteins on the market.

This protein-rich supplement is formulated to support lean muscle mass.  With one scoop, you get 24g of dairy protein that’s not only good for weightlifters, but people who are looking to tone their body, too.

Tri Core proprietary blend that features your glutamine and amino acids; quickly blending some metabolised whey protein to create a rapid muscle rebuilding state 30 minutes after your workout.

In my opinion, this could be used for the endurance junkies, too.  When I finish a long-run in the morning, I throw a scoop of this and vanilla in with a whole banana and cinnamon; along with some ice and low-fat milk into a blender and blend away to heaven.

Although the price tag might seem like a bit much compared to the other supplements on the market, but knowing this is FDA approved (compared to 90% of the other products not being approved), this bad boy was made my favorite a long time ago.  Here are the tables and ingredients to it for more information.

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As you can see in the above table, the unbelievable amount of B vitamins is what gives you the energy back that you would have exerted through a strenuous workout.

Herbalife Banana Muffins Recipe

My absolute favorite! The thing that makes this so delicious is not only that I have an unspoken infatuation for banana bread, but the fact that the Herbalife 24 Strength “Chocolate” flavor is added in this, making it unbelievably delicious!  Here’s a simple and quick recipe for you guys so you can have these read in case you’re doing heavy cycling or cardio in general.  By the way, I’ll have to make a separate blog about the Herbalife 24 Strength.  By far the best protein on Herbalife’s market.

Banana Chocolate Muffins 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor, add the following….

2 cups oats

2 cups Herbalife24 RebuildStrength

1/2 tsp salt (optional and totally not essential)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

Pulse until finely grounded and pour into a large bowl

Add the following to the food processor

1 cup peanut butter

3 bananas

1 1/2 cups milk

Process it until it’s smooth

In a large bowl, whip 12 egg whites until stiff peaks form.

In turns, slowly mix one cup of the dry mixture and one cup of the wet mixture into the beaten egg whites until fully mixed.

Pour into greased muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes..

This might take some practice in the beginning, and you might think it’s a lot of ingredients.  Again, some of them are optional, and 12 egg whites might even be excessive.  Again, these are for my cardio junkies or even just a healthy snack during the day.  I still love my banana pancakes, so stay tuned for more of that!