Joe Rogan’s Updated Hulk Loads Kale Shake Recipe

Joe Rogan's Updated Hulk Loads Kale Shake RecipeI listen to pretty much every episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and he used to talk about his “hulk loads” kale shakes all. the. time. But he hasn’t mentioned them in a while. That is, not until yesterday.

On his Instagram account yesterday, Joe posted a new, updated, improved, and revised version of his famous hulk loads kale shake recipe. This one is a little bit different from the last one, so if you’re wondering what’s in this new concoction, keep reading, or check out the original post from his Instagram.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a large salad-sized clump of kale
  • three stalks of celery
  • one cucumber
  • one chunk of ginger the size of a car key fob
  • four cloves of garlic
  • one apple

What’s different between this hulk loads smoothie recipe and his older one is that this one seems to use much more kale (a “salad-sized” amount compared to four leaves from the old recipe), less ginger (down from the size of a pager to the size of a car key fob), three stalks of celery down from four, and the pineapple has been swapped out in favor of an apple.

If you’re looking for the same blender that Joe uses to blend all this up, it’s the Blendtec Designer 625 (which, as of the time of this blog posting, is on sale at $50 off its regular price on the Onnit website). You need a serious blender like the Blendtec to ensure all the ingredients are liquified into a smooth shake, including the hard chunk of ginger that you’ll be tossing in there, not to mention the entire apple including its core.

Enjoy!

Is Too Much Protein Bad?

Is Too Much Protein Bad?With 2014 lurking just around the corner, I’m sure many of us will be looking into diets and exploring what foods we should eat to lose weight. I’ve written about this topic many times in the past, including a few blog posts about foods that will help you feel more full for a longer period of time. One way to achieve this is by eating protein.

A mistake that I once made that I’m sure many other people will make is to load up on protein. It makes sense, right? If protein fills you up, just drink a couple protein shakes mixed with fruits and veggies and you’ll be good for the day while keeping your calorie intake to a minimum. The one caveat is that you need to burn that protein.

Your body requires a certain amount of protein. Once you reach that limit, the excess is converted into energy. When you have a surplus of energy–meaning you’re not physically burning it off–the body converts it into fat. So if you plan on making a couple of smoothies each day loaded with protein powder, you need to exercise hard to make use of the protein. Any extra could potentially be turned into fat, making you gain weight rather than lose it.

So how much protein should you eat each day? About 50g to 100g of protein is the recommended daily amount of protein that you should be consuming. When choosing a protein powder, try looking for one that’s balanced with other ingredients, such as fiber. Manitoba Harvest makes a variety of hemp protein powders with different percentages of protein. Onnit also has Hemp Force protein powder which is balanced out with other nutritional ingredients that your body will use, so you’re not just loading up on protein and gaining weight as a result.

What is the Nutri Bullet Blender?

What is the Nutri Bullet Blender?I first heard about the Nutri Bullet on a podcast. I knew nothing about it, but immediately I thought of an informercial product based on the name alone. Turns out I was right, as the Nutri Bullet blender is like the big brother of the Magic Bullet, an (in)famous staple of late-night television.

The Nutri Bullet NBR-12 can be thought of as an upgraded version of the Magic Bullet. Like its name implies, it’s for more nutrition-minded folks rather than those who are looking to blend up margaritas and milkshakes. The Nutri Bullet certainly can blend those drinks, but it’s been reconfigured and optimized for making fruit and vegetable-heavy blended drinks for the health conscious.

The Nutri Bullet features a patented blade design with “cyclonic action” which I take it means that it pulls ingredients into the blades so you don’t have to start and stop the blender to adjust the position of your ingredients. It’s apparently good enough to liquefy just about anything you’d want to add to your smoothie, from fruits and veggies, ice, nuts, seeds, and stems.

Compared to the blender I’m using now, what I like about the Nutri Bullet is that, like the Magic Bullet, the container you put your ingredients in to blend them is the container you drink your smoothie out of. This limits the amount of clean up, which is always a bonus as far as I’m concerned, even though I have a dishwasher.

The Nutri Bullet comes with the base, a tall cup, two short cups, one flat blade, an emulsifying blade, two resealable lids, and literature about the unit along with some recipes. The unit features a 600-watt motor, which should be more than capable for producing a smoothie each day in the home, but it’s nearly 1,000 watts less powerful than the commercial-grade Blendtec Wildside. That being said, the Nutri Bullet is also $300 to $400 less than a Blendtec or Vitamix blender.

The Nutri Bullet is certainly an attractive little blender in terms of features and price, and I would be curious to try it out to see just how well it performs. Based on Amazon.com reviews, the majority of people seem to be quite happy with the product. There are occasional one-star reviews, but many of those seem to be based on the price rather than the performance of the product itself.

With 2014 just around the corner, I’d say that the Nutri Bullet is an interesting blender to consider if you’re thinking about starting off the new year with a focus on your health. It’s a fraction of the cost of a high-end blender which means the commitment level isn’t high if you tend to flake out on your resolutions after a few weeks. I’d also suggest purchasing something like this over a juicer. A product like the Nutri Bullet NBR-12 uses the whole fruit and vegetable, helping you to feel full longer and to obtain the vitamins, nutrients, and fiber found in the skin and pulp of fruits and veggies that you’d be throwing away when using a juicer.

Save 16% Off All Onnit Food Products and Blendtec Blenders

Save 16% Off All Onnit Food Products and Blendtec BlendersI must have missed this late last week when the new Onnit Hemp Force Vanill-Acai protein powder dropped, but in celebration of the new product release, Onnit also put all of its food products on sale at 16% off. You don’t have to enter an Onnit coupon code, either. Everything’s on sale within the Foods category on the Onnit website.

Things like the original Hemp Force ChocoMaca, the aforementioned Hemp Force Vanill-Acai, Hemp Force bars, Bulletproof Coffee, either bags or in bundles, and so many other things too numerous to mention here in one paragraph.

Another interesting item that’s on sale at 16% off is the Blendtec WildSide blender. This is the ultimate blender if you like making smoothies, or even your own salad dressings and things of that nature. This is the blender that Joe Rogan owns and uses on a daily basis to blend up his Hulk Loads. Yes, they are expensive with a regular retail price of $500, but now you can get one at 16% off.

I wish I wrote about this sale earlier, but as I said, I didn’t catch it in time. That being said, there’s still time left if you act quickly. The 16% off food products sale ends on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 11:59 CST, which is 12:59AM EST or 9:59PM PST. That’s today! Now’s the time to grab that blender you want, to try the new Hemp Force Vanilla, or to stock up on other Onnit food products.

Is Naked Juice Healthy?

Is Naked Juice Healthy?In the past I’ve written about Bolthouse Farms, and a large portion of the traffic that visits this website does so via Google searches for information about Bolthouse Farms juices and smoothies. Many of the people looking for that information are also looking for information about Naked Juices. Being a Canadian, I wasn’t sure what Naked Juice was, so I decided to take a closer look and see if Naked Juice is healthy for you, and if it’s healthier than Bolthouse Farms’ products.

First off, a little history about Naked Juice: the first Naked Juices were produced way back in 1983, with the name referring to the company’s claim that the juices had no artificial flavorings, sugar, or preservatives. Over time, the company grew along with consumer demand for more health-conscious drinks. In 2007, the company was purchased by PepsiCo in an effort to compete with Odwalla, a similar product from a company owned by Coca-Cola.

As you can see, the first red flag that should be raised is that Naked Juice is owned by Pepsi. Do you really expect a fruit juice that’s owned by a soda company to be good for you? There’s got to be something wrong with it, right? Well, it turns out there is, and a lawsuit was filed against the Naked Juice Company in 2011 which claimed the company was using false and misleading tactics to sell its juice.

Naked Juice decided to settle nearly a year later in December of 2012. It turns out that many of the ingredients listed as vitamins were actually synthetic and not natural. These were artificial sweeteners, fibers, and flavors. If that wasn’t enough, Naked Juice also contained GMO (genetically modified organisms) despite claiming that Naked Juice didn’t use GMO fruits and vegetables in its juice.

Today, Naked Juice is still made with fruits and vegetables that are mainly GMO-based, even after the lawsuit. Essentially, Naked Juice is targeting the people who are looking to eat or drink healthier but don’t know any better. Those who do know better choose superior products, such as the many varieties of juices and smoothies available from Bolthouse Farms.