Protein, Protein, Protein! 5 Reasons…


  1. Healthy Weight: Satiation is satisfied eating protein. A protein rich meal will keep you feeling light, vital and happy, and ready to take on your day. Gastric emptying is slowed when protein is in the system, leaving you fuller for longer. Also, protein, especially plant protein, helps to build lean muscle mass, particularly is you engage in exercise, which boosts your metabolism, keeping you in a fat burning state all day long.
  2. Supports Neurotransmitters: Mental function is everything, and to have proper communication between the brain and the nerve cells is imperative for a thriving life experience. However, most people simply tolerate their existence and live lower standards of happiness. Though, with sight dietary shifts, your cognitive function and happiness can be optimized. Neurotransmitters are responsible for regulating your sleep, mood, weight and stress response, which is largely dependent upon the amount of amino acids (protein) you consume. Neurological side effects of not eating enough protein can result in depression, anxiety, depression and other disorders.
  3. Stabilizes Blood Sugar: Since protein slows gastric emptying, it keeps insulin and blood sugar from spiking. Of course this is important for prediabetics and diabetics, but why is that good for everyone? Everyone can benefit for the mood balancing that comes from balanced blood sugar and proper meal combining. Having small amounts of carbohydrates, with adequate protein and a good serving of healthy fats, such as seeds, avocados, coconut and nuts can make all the difference in your ability to focus and produce those “feel good” hormones we’re all looking for!
  4. Builds Muscle Mass and Metabolism: Protein is the king of creating lean muscle mass, especially when in partnership with a moderate amount of exercise. Having increased muscle mass also boosts your metabolism Big Time! Allowing you to burn more calories while at rest.
  5. Build Bone Health: Since protein builds muscle, it is of great advantage to have a proper amount of muscle mass to protect your skeleton from fractures or bone breaks. But what’s the best way to actually BUILD bone? PLANTS! Green, leafy vegetables and nuts and legumes such as chia seeds and garbanzo beans are excellent sources of calcium and plant based amino acids and proteins!


What Are My BEST Sources of Protein?

As we know, people are embracing all sorts of diets now a days. From full fledged vegan, to paleo, to high fat, to blood type diets, to pescetarian. Every one is exploring and seeing what works best for their bodies. We are open to all of it, however, we do believe that having the basis of your diet be high in plant based super foods, green leafy veggies, sea vegetables, plant proteins and an excellent source of high quality water is essential for keeping the acid alkaline balance in your body. What’s your favorite way of getting your protein? Share with us below:)…


8 Powerful Dandelion Benefits

Not only does roasted dandelion have an uncannily similar taste to our beloved coffee, but it also has tremendous detoxing and healing properties. With many fun, delicious ways to implement roasted dandelion or even raw dandelion greens into your daily diet or even just a few times a week, the health benefits that back this sweet little weed are very desirous and certainly undeniable.

  1. Liver & Gallbladder: Dandelion has been shown to help the liver and gallbladder in many ways, including stimulating the production of bile and enhancing the detoxification process. The luteolin and high vitamin c content, help protect the organs from premature aging and assist in keeping them in a harmonious balance. It can also be effective in individuals who have jaundice or other disorders that are symptomatic of the liver.
  2. Weight Loss: This herb is a major diuretic, meaning it increases the amount of urine produced. Eliminating excess water, salt and waste in the process. This can help with weight loss because not only are you loosing water weight, but the urine also carries about 4% lipids (fat). So the more we do, the better.
  3. Bone Health: Dandelion is super high in calcium. Great for creating natural, plant based bone density.
  4. Diabetes: The juice of dandelion greens can help to stimulate production of insulin from the pancreas, helping to keep blood sugar levels low. Dandelion extracts are also great because they are naturally bitter and bitter tastes help to lower blood sugar levels, according to Chinese medicine. Lastly, on the diabetes train and leading onto our next topic, this herb can remove sugar deposits from the kidneys. An issue that commonly accrues in diabetics.
  5. Urinary Tract: This herb assists the kidneys in eliminating excess water, salt, sugar and waste through urine. All the while, replacing some lost potassium stores in the process. Such a powerful diuretic, that in France, the nickname for dandelion is pissenlit literally meaning, “to wet the bed.” Also, due to its antimicrobial properties, it helps to prevent any bacterial, viral or yeast growth within the kidneys.
  6. Anemia: Naturally high in iron and other components to build the blood, such as vitamin b and protein. Dandelions can be recommended in treated anemia.
  7. High Blood Pressure: Frequent urination can be very effective in lowering blood pressure. Since dandelion, particularly dandelion juice, is high in potassium it helps to balance out excess sodium levels as well.
  8. Acne & Other Skin Conditions: The sap or milk of the dandelion weed has been shown to be excellent for helping to treat common skin conditions such as acne, eczema, ringworm or any other skin condition caused by bacterium or a virus due to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. And as for acne, fresh dandelion juice is an excellent detoxifier, diuretic, stimulant and antioxidant, all very powerful in healing the skin.


Where can you find dandelion?

Dandelion is one of the first ingredients in Simply Young’s Brain Chai Latte. This drink was specially formulated to promote circulation to the brain, though is also has ingredients that benefit the liver, digestion and the lowering of inflammation, as well as everything listed above. Roasted dandelion can be difficult to find in powdered form, though is usually available in most tea sections of any health food store where you will also be able to find Dandelion Extract in the herb/vitamin/supplement section. As for fresh dandelions, they are great roasted or used in veggie stir fries. Or you can get them freshly juiced at an organic juice bar. Even if you need to buy the fresh organic dandelion from the produce section, they are usually happy to juice it for you in any juice , even for a minor fee. We promise, the inconvenience is much worth the reward.

A gentle word of caution…

Though dandelion can be helpful for all these conditions, as far as diabetics are concerned, please consult with your doctor before consuming on a regular basis, as if you are already taking blood sugar modulators, the combination could lead to hypoglycemia.

Recipe: Vegan Winter Stuffed Sweet Potato

This recipe is delicious and warming. Perfect for the holiday season and cold winter nights!


2 sweet potatoes
1 cups red quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
1 onion
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 packed cups chopped kale
1/2 cups cashews
1/4 cups dried cranberries
2 tbsp basil

1/4 cup SY Creamy Coconut Powder BUY HERE
2 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Black pepper and sea salt to taste

Instructions for Winter Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and cook your potatoes for about an hour, or until they’re super tender.
  2. While the potatoes are baking, boil veggie broth, add quinoa and turn to a simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Saute up the onions in the oil until they start to become translucent. Then add the cashews, cranberries, and kale. When the kale is tender, add the cooked quinoa.
  4. When the potatoes have cooled for a few minutes, cut each one in half and scoop out the middle to make potato bowls. Mix the innards of the sweet potato with the quinoa mixture.
  5. Scoop the mixture back in your sweet potato bowls.
  6. Take all the ingredients for the drizzle and mix together. Add a splash of water if needed.
  7. Add drizzle and basil to garnish.

This recipe is budget friendly, healthy, hearty and filling. Enjoy!


Feel the Lean: Clean Protein


What makes Simply Young’s Pure Body Lean Protein so effective? It is no secret that protein is an intrinsic pillar in weight loss and maintaining a slim figure. However, sometimes that is not enough. Rigorous exercise can be recommended and some may even turn to unsafe diet pills, laxatives and invasive surgical procedures in an attempt to feel better about their bodies. But who can blame that? We take our bodies with us everywhere we go and carrying around an extra 30, 40, 50, 100 lbs can be exhausting and uncomfortable. It is no wonder why so many fall for diet scheme after diet scheme or fads that just simply do not work long term. Many have just given up.

But hold on just a sec, here’s some new info…

Did you know that there are potent, safe herbs out there that can assist greatly in the melting of fat and balancing leptin and hormone levels, which are large contributors to unreasonable weight gain? Some people eat hardly anything, but still cannot manage to loose even a pound… Why do you think that is? Wasn’t it a “calories in, calories out game”? Maybe that is not the way our bodies work…

Truth is that our bodies are complex chemical factories and they are directed by much more than the amount of grams of fat or carbohydrates you eat per day. Not that these macro nutrients do not matter. They do. There is just a little more to the puzzle. Hear me out…

According to Dr. Mercola in his article, Leptin: This Hormone Makes Counting Irrelevant, he says,  “the two most important hormones that deliver messages about energy and metabolism are insulin and leptin.

He and science argue that weight is controlled by chemical messages that are sent to the brain and the brain then dictating to the body what to do. For example: store fat, burn fat, prepare to reproduce, stimulate hunger, etc.

Who sends these messages? Answer: Insulin and leptin.

Insulin mostly works on a  cell to cell basis. Instructing the cells whether or not to burn or store fat, whether or not to turn sugar into fat or use it for fuel, as well as when to utilize energy for maintenance and reproduction. This hormone has been the hot topic among health conscious individuals and scientists for years. However, a recent discovery of the hormone, leptin, has created an entirely new conversation.

Leptin is now known as the “satiety hormone” or the “starvation hormone” and it is basically the master at signalling to the brain when to eat and when the appropriate time is to burn or store fat.

When this hormone was discovered a study was done on overweight rats. The rats were injected with leptin hormone and just over a few months the rats were thin and much more active. However, when administered to humans just having excess leptin in the body did not alter the body composition and this caused scientists to have to look a little deeper. They then discovered leptin resistance, much like insulin resistance. Which is when the brain does not receive the signals being sent by the leptin saying, “we are full!” Or, “please burn off some of this extra fat, it’s weighing us down!”

This could be why protein is so powerful in assisting in weight loss because it helps to balance insulin and leptin!


Which brings us back to Simply Young’s Pure Body Lean Protein. Yes, protein is a MUST, but what else can help?

1. Forskohlii – this herb contains a compound that activates the enzyme adenylate cyclase, which initiates a cascade of critical events within every cell of the body, including the burning of fat cells.

2. Garcinia Combogia – has been said to help burn fat as well as curb hunger.

3. African Mango Seed – the journal, Lipids in Health and Disease reported that in a recent study, African Mango Seed helped to reduce body fat, weight, and even cholesterol, as well as leptin levels in overweight subjects.

4. Ashwaganda – can be excellent for assisting in loosing weight as it helps to lower cortisol levels which stimulate body fat storage, particularly the unhealthy fat found around the abdominal area.

5. Plant Enzymes – many individuals have issues with digestion, particularly with protein powders. These high quality enzymes are very important in helping to break down the protein and others foods to be utilized into energy.

6. Non-Dairy Probiotics – help to kill harmful, unwanted bacteria in the gut. They are also a key component in digesting and assimilating food and actually are able to express our genes. Many aspects of our genetic make-up is actually dictated by our gut bacteria. That is why probiotics are so very important.

All these powerful herbs are blended in conscious quantities in Simply Young’s sprouted, vegan Pure Body Lean Protein. Helping to support you on a safe, healthy path to sustainable weight loss and health. I do hope that you enjoyed this article and that it helps you on your journey or that of a loved one. Be well!

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New Pantry Essential: Coconut Cream Powder

This irreplaceable ingredient is friendly for vegan, paleo, raw and low-carbohydrate diets alike and can used in a wide variety of recipes! Not only is Coconut Milk Powder delicious, but it is also amazing for healthy brain function and may even be helpful in loosing weight!

Benefits of Raw Coconut Milk:

~Healthy fats for the brain

~Virtually no sugar

~High in MCT’s, beneficial for weight loss

~Aids in balancing cholesterol

~High in vitamin E & vitamin A

~Good source of iron, phosphorus, zinc and other minerals

~Contains plant protein

Now, why do you REALLY want to add this to your kitchen? Because it TASTES SO GOOOOOD. Really, not kidding around with you. At all. All the Creamy Coconut Powder is is Raw Coconut Milk and 2% NON-GMO tapioca derived from yuca root. Whether you are a raw food enthusiast or you merely are just into living a healthy lifestyle, this is a staple for sure.


How do you use it?

Easy Uses:

~Raw mousse


~Vegan ice cream


~Chai lattes

~Creamy herbal tonics

~Hot cacao base

~Salad dressings, sauces

~Raw soups (especially curry!)

~Face mask


Check out our Spicy Raw Coconut Curry recipe if you have not already and stay tuned for more Coconut Cream Powder recipes! If you’d like to purchase, you may do so by clicking HERE!



Spicy Raw Coconut Curry Recipe



3/4 cup Simply Young’s Creamy Coconut Powder (Click to buy)
1 1/2 cups of coconut water (optional, or just 2 cups of water, or to desired consistency)1/2 cup of water1 thin carrot (cut in chunks)

1 small clove garlic (peeled)

1.5 teaspoon galangal ginger (if you don’t have galangal ginger, you can use 1 tsp fresh ginger)

2 teaspoons curry powder

1/2 Thai chili pepper* (minced)

2 tablespoons green onion (chopped)

1 tbsp gluten free tamari (to taste)

optional: 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

optional: 1 medjool date (pitted)


1 red bell pepper (cut into matchsticks)

2 Persian cucumbers (julienned to form noodles)

1 handful cilantro, divided

2 tbsp julienned thai basil (or regular basil)

quarter of an avocado (optional)

1/2 cup shiitake mushroom (sliced)

1 tbsp gluten free tamari

1/2 tbsp lemon juice



Take the last two ingredients (tamari and lemon juice and slightly whisk together). Add to the shiitake mushrooms and marinate them in a bowl, set aside. Take the bell pepper, cucumbers and cilantro and place them in a medium size bowl or in two small bowls. Take rest of ingredients and blend in a high speed blender till smooth. If you would like your soup warm-hot, blend for longer over 2 minutes.

Pour curry into your bowl(s) and add your mushrooms and avocado if you would like! Enjoy!



Written by:

Ashley Norris

If you live in L.A. you’d know that no person who’s relatively health conscious goes a day without greens. It’s simply a must. Juice bars are proliferating, securing themselves on every street corner, and non-nonchalantly carrying a super food smoothie as you walk is steadily becoming as trendy as a Starbucks.


However, this is not just a fad diet. Green foods are essential to the cellular functioning of the human body. One of the mega reasons for this is the compound chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a fabulous element, found in all green foods (besides your grandmother’s homemade green jello). On short hand, it is excellent for:

  • Blood purification
  • Assisting in healthy blood clotting
  • Healthy wound healing
  • Assisting in weight loss
  • Deodorizing the breath and body
  • Helping to balance hormones
  • Cultivating digestive health
  • Fighting free-radicals
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Assisting in addressing the root causes of arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Promoting hair, skin and nail health
  • Possibly fighting against carcinogens
  • Being a great source of plant iron


Doctors say that you want to have at least 7-10 servings of vegetables PER DAY. The best come from fresh, ripe, raw, organic veggies. Consuming juices is one of the best ways to get these vital nutrients and enzymes, though sometimes this eliminates the vital necessity of fiber needed for your colon. Making sure you are also consuming whole plant foods, high in fiber is also incredibly important… Maybe try blended green smoothies or adding a tablespoon or so of chia seed to your foods or beverages!


Adding a powdered green super food, such as our Vital Flow Essentials is also an excellent idea. One scoop is equivalent to an average of 7 servings of vegetables, which is quite extraordinary. It has a super-boost of chlorophyll as well as other incredible herbs and nutrients, such as: organic spirulina, barley grass, chlorella, chia, celery seed, beet root, gingko biloba, pomegranate and much much more. To read more or to buy, visit us at

Cheers to your health, wellness + vibrancy. May you lead the way to inspire others far and wide to their greatest wellness potential. You’re amazing.


With Love + Light,





The Promise of Passion with Yoshi Wada

By Lauren Allen

Yoshi Wada, 68, describes life as a constant and flowing work in progress. Between his sustainable lifestyle and his active pursuit of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Yoshi believes heavily in the idea that action cures everything; no action, no cure, no healing.

As I drive up Yoshi’s driveway, I am mesmerized by the whimsical branch fences that line my path to his home. I get out of the car and immediately feel a child like sense of excitement, and I begin to explore the vision of a home that he had created. Behind me is his dojo, where he pursues his passion of martial arts and is able to share it with his community. To the left of that is a rust red kiln and a pottery studio owned by a woman whom he shares the property with.

I then walk down the path surrounded by fruit trees to find Yoshi feeding cabbage to his pigs, chickens, and tortoise. A neighbor accompanied by her dog approaches and introduces herself to me; she has a box of lettuce and corn to feed the pigs in one hand and is shaking mine with the other. She is an herbalist and lives just at the end of the street.


Yoshi’s home is open and unique, with sourdough rising in the corner of the kitchen and his homemade ginger sauce sitting on the table. I proceed to walk onto the deck and am pleasantly surprised by a pizza oven, sauna, and outdoor shower (which I found out later were all built by Yoshi). After watering his fruit trees, Yoshi and his nervous smiling face join me so I can learn more about the haven he has created for himself.

Yoshi moved to California in 1978 and began to pursue a career in alternative and holistic medicine. For 20 years he learned and performed acupuncture and chiropractics until he came to the realization that those means of healing are solely “a good band-aid”. Yoshi is interested in healing, not pain relief.

Yoshi lead an unhealthy life until he was 21. He illustrates his pre-adolescent life as a constant battle with headaches, stiffness, fatigue, allergies, indigestion, and paleness. He would carry a bottle of pain pills in his pocket and self medicate whenever necessary. Things took a turn when Yoshi, giggling as he spoke, expressed his gratitude toward Bruce Lee for giving Yoshi the inspiration he needed.

“I can do that too”, Yoshi expressed with a light in his eyes as he proceeded to share with me about the martial arts temple he joined in curiosity of his exciting new passion. “I began stretching for hour and hours, and after four or five months, the headaches were gone, my stiffness was gone”, Yoshi expressed as he touched his hand to his toes with ease.

Yoshi removed himself from his acupuncture and chiropractic profession. He stopped taking pills. He came to a deep understanding of the people he was treating. “They are missing the most important process”, the important process that Yoshi describes is action. His clients would depend on medicine too much, but in order to truly heal, Yoshi expressed, one has to force oneself to improve.

Yoshi’s center of focus had completely changed. He now pursues what he loves and what excites him. Martial arts are a daily practice for Yoshi, pizza parties are a weekly occurrence with Yoshi and his friends, Yoshi works on different projects around his property everyday, he nourishes his body and soul with healthy foods.


When I asked Yoshi if he is happy leading the life he lives, he explained that, “I don’t like routine, I wanted excitement and different”. All it took for Yoshi to lead a happy life was to visualize his ideal lifestyle, and to find others that had the same vision. Together, Yoshi and his community made his vision a reality. He finally found the excitement he was looking for, but nevertheless, Yoshi reminded me that “my lifestyle is a constant work in progress”.

Eat Your Way to Better Sex

By Lauren Allen

Chocolate covered strawberries and Marvin Gaye aren’t the only way to get you and your partner in the mood. Well at least one of them isn’t… Aside from the fact that what you put into your body truly reflects what is shown on the outside, food can also be the determining factor in how enhanced your sex drive and sexual satisfaction is!

HEART HEALTH LEADS TO SEX HEALTH. These 7 foods can lead to a happier and healthier sex life!

  1. Strawberries

They contain great antioxidants and enhance circulation to the arteries in the heart that are essential for sexual pleasure in men and women. When buying the strawberries make sure to buy them organic! Conventional strawberries have among the highest levels of estrogen-mimicking pesticides, so choose wisely.

Almonds and avocado slices

Blood flow is important for your sex organs, so choosing good fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in almonds, is a good idea

  1. Avocado

An example of good fats! Avocados are rich in vitamin E which is loaded with antioxidants, as well as vitamin B6 and potassium, which can promote better blood flow and prevent heart disease.

  1. Almonds

They are packed with selenium which can help with infertility issues in women, and the vitamin E aids the heart. Also almonds are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, making them a good fat that can enhance blood flow to all your good parts.

  1. Sweet potatoes

The potassium in sweet potatoes promotes blood circulation which can help combat erectile dysfunction.

  1. Watermelon

In 2008, Texas A&M research suggested that the lycopene, citrulline, and beta-carotene found in watermelon may help relax blood vessels, and provide a natural enhancement for
revving up your sex drive.


  1. Citrus

Any citrus fruit is rich antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid, all of which are essential for men’s reproductive health.

  1. Arugula

Arugula contains trace minerals and antioxidants that block absorption of environmental contaminants thought to negatively impact your libido.


Meat is bad for sex because it can develop a bad body odor (driving all your partners away you smelly person) and leads to heart disease as well as high blood pressure. And when your foods are processed, it removes the nutrients needed for enhancing your hanky panky pleasures. The synthetic hormones that are pumped into your dairy products can potentially mess with your own hormones, which alters the way your body responds to arousal and pleasure.

The foods that you put into your body have a huge impact on your happiness and your health. Put a little more sizzle in your sex life and try eating cleaner!


Acne From the Inside Out

By Lauren Allen

This may come as a surprise to many. All our lives we are taught that we need milk to grow strong bones and get the necessary intake of vitamins and minerals. Even our government recommends a daily intake of low-fat dairy products.

According to Devin Mooers, author of Clear Skin Forever, “without getting into the politics of the powerful dairy lobby and the origin of government nutritional recommendations, the truth is that processed milk and dairy products do more harm than good to your body in general”.

In other words, dairy may be causing more damage to parts of your body that you thought it was nourishing. If you struggle with acne, it may not be an issue of what is getting onto your skin. It may be the question of what you are putting in your body.

After years of study it is now confirmed that DAIRY CAUSES ACNE. According to researchers from Acne and Milk: the Story Behind the Connection, the reason that milk products cause acne is because milk contains hormones that “turn on” oil glands.  The cows that give the milk are pregnant and milking most of their lives.  These hormones are not injected into the cows – they are natural hormones that cows make during every “menstrual” cycle, but during pregnancy these hormones are produced continuously at high levels and so are found in all cows’ milk.


But how does the acne develop? Oil gland pores are plugged by the overproduction of the cells that line the pore – basically a “traffic jam” happens in the pore. There are several sources of hormones that cause this overproduction.  The first is ovaries or testicles, the second is the adrenal (stress) glands and the third is dairy products.

Long story short, avoid anything that comes from the south end of the cow if you struggle with acne.

So yes, there are other catalysts to acne, but dairy has been proven to enhance acne and produce more oil. With that being said, what can you do to stop all of this from happening?

30 DAYS IS ALL YOU NEED TO SEE RESULTS. Cut out all dairy in your diet- yes, that means no pizza and ice cream- and after 30 days you can reintroduce dairy into your diet at a slow and steady pace. If you wish to fully clear your acne, it is imperative that you avoid dairy products at all costs until you reach your mid 20s. Yes, having the occasional piece of cake at a friends party is alright, but if you wish to see results, keep dairy out of sight and out of mind.