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September 25, 2015

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Improved packaging along with a brand new Protein blend

Bennie Blends has something very exciting coming up for you this November. Our goal has always been to make sure that we bring nutrient rich organic superfood blends at your door step. Premium quality of our superfood blends is something that we are known for. These natural superfood blends, rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients ensure that our customers’ athletic and vibrant lifestyles are enhanced.

In keeping with this goal of ours, Bennie Blends is now introducing new and improved packaging for its super quality Berry Blend. Previously, this product had been delivered in pouches. However, now those pouches have been switched in favor of white HDPE bottles, each with a capacity of 11oz. This new and modified packaging comes with a heat induction seal present right underneath the lid as well as a scooper.

This new and improvised bottled packaging, would primarily ensure that the contents of the bottle as well as the ingredients deployed in the Berry Blend remain fresher. Fresher ingredients automatically imply much more effective results. Consequently, our Berry Blend would endow you with a refreshed and rejuvenated look, leaving you more vibrant and healthier than before.

Along with this innovative packaging of our Berry Blend, the coming month will also add a unique and exciting Protein Blend to the list of Bennie Blends present at your disposal. Like all other blends, this Protein Blend will claim numerous health advantages to its name, being rich in a multitude of organic nutrients, all extracted from plant-based sources. Furthermore, it would be free from any sugar, fillers or preservatives.

We are committed to provide organic and nutritious superfood blends to our customers which would serve as a healthy supplement to their food intake. Our improvised packaging and next-in-line Protein Blend will make sure that we stay true to this commitment of ours.

March 05, 2015

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10 Benefits of Maqui

The antioxidant gem maqui berry (pronounced mah-kee) grows in the rainforests of Chile and Argentina. With the highest antioxidant quantity of any fruit, this purple berry can help stimulate weight loss, delay the ageing process, while detoxifying and cleansing the body. Research also shows that Maqui has powerful anti-inflammatory properties!
Let’s break it down – basically, antioxidants are molecules that neutralise harmful free radicals in our body. Those harmful free radicals can cause serious damage resulting in inflammation and cell damage, ranging from cardiovascular disease to cancer. Everyday lifestyle and environmental stressors create enormous amounts of free radicals – more than our bodies can naturally fight off. The presence of sufficient antioxidants, however, neutralise and rid our bodies of these dangerous free radicals and toxins, which are responsible for body deterioration and massive weight gain.
This is why maqui berries are important. The most powerful antioxidants are measured by ORAC values, which stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity” and is a measurement of the antioxidant capacity of a food. The higher the ORAC value, the greater the antioxidant protection, and the more efficient that particular food is at getting rid of those damaging free radicals. The maqui berry has an amazing ORAC value of 27,600! That makes it one of the most powerful super supplements found yet.
Due to such a high ORAC value and the ability to keep our bodies healthy and young, some of the benefits of Maqui Berry include:
  • Improves skin clarity - enjoy a more form, radiant and even-toned complexion. Maqui can reduce age-related wrinkles, acne, and dark hyper-pigmentation due to sun damage.
  • Rich in all minerals and all B vitamins
  • High fibre content, which is always a huge weight loss helper
  • High in protein
  • Detoxify and cleanse the body
  • Prevent and control diabetes by regulating insulin through control of blood glucose
  • Reduce inflammation in the body
  • Prevent cardiovascular disease and deterioration of joints
  • Antibacterial properties offer protection from food illness and digestive problems
  • Contains Omega-3, Omega 6 and Omega-9 in potent concentration for our cardiovascular, brain, nervous system health.
Among other amazing superfoods in our Berry powder, Bennie Blends uses 100% Organic Maqui powder, which has been freeze-dried instantly to preserve the goodness of maqui berries. Including1 teaspoon of our antioxidant-rich blend daily can help improve your overall health, leaving you feeling healthier and happier!
March 03, 2015

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Balsamic Chicken with Lemon Quinoa

INGREDIENTS
Lemon Quinoa:
½ cup dry quinoa
1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
Pinch of salt to season
Juice of ½ a lemon

Chicken:
6 boneless chicken thigh or breast fillets, trimmed of fat
1 tablespoon garlic olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Juice of ½ a lemon
1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder/granules or 1 clove garlic, crushed

Salad:
6 cups cos lettuce, washed and shredded
200g grape tomatoes, halved
½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
100g pitted kalamata olives
50g reduced fat Feta cheese
½ cup continental parsley

Dressing:
2 tablespoons garlic olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS

For Lemon Quinoa:
In a small saucepan, combine quinoa, stock and salt together. Bring to the boil; reduce heat to gentle simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes or until broth has absorbed and quinoa is soft. Remove from heat and set aside while still covered and allow to steam. After about 2 minutes, fluff with a fork. Allow to cool slightly and add the lemon juice.

For Chicken:
Add the chicken fillets in a large skillet or nonstick pan with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, stock powder and garlic powder/granules. Saute the chicken until nice, crispy and golden on both sides, and cooked through. Remove from heat; allow to cool slightly, and slice into 1-inch strips.

For Dressing:
Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl/jug, and whisk until mixed through.

For Salad:
Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, onion, olives, Feta and parsley together in a large salad bowl. Top with chicken slices and quinoa, and drizzle with the dressing. Toss to combine. Serve with lemon wedges.
Recipe via @cafedelites (Instagram)
March 01, 2015

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10 Benefits of Yoga

1. Encourages flexibility
Does your body constantly feel stiff and inflexible? Yoga improves your flexibility, which not only enhances the quality of your day-to-day life but also reduces your risk of injury when you exercise.
2. Improved mental fitness
Yoga benefits both your body and mind equally. Practicing yoga can reduce your stress levels, leaving you feeling much calmer and more relaxed. With regular practice, this sense of calmness and relaxation can become natural in everyday life.
3. Healthier blood
Research has shown that practicing yoga regularly relaxes your blood vessels and enhances circulation. This can lower your blood pressure, while ensuring all your muscles and vital organs have a constant supply of oxygen.
4. Improved posture
Yoga boosts your posture. The slow, controlled movements of yoga promote proper spinal alignment and help to permanently strengthen and straighten your back. This improved posture reduces back pain, improves your breathing and circulation, protests against injury and much more.
5. Reduced risk of chronic disease
Yoga helps fight chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease in numerous ways. Firstly, many chronic diseases are directly linked to stress and by practicing yoga regularly; you naturally lower your stress levels. Secondly, yoga improves your physical health and evidence has shown that high levels of physical health can be directly correlated with lower levels of chronic disease. Finally, the enhanced blood flow that comes as a result of practicing yoga improves your overall internal health.
6. Lower weight
If you choose the right type of yoga, you can burn up to 600 calories per hour. Two of the most effective types of yoga for burning fat are Bikram/Hot Yoga (477 calories per hour) and Vinyasa Yoga/Flow Toga (594 calories per hour).


7. Increases sense of balance
Many yoga moves involve holding your body in positions that test your balance. As a result, your balance naturally improves with regular yoga. This improved balance enhances the coordination between your brain and muscles, increases your core stability and helps you isolate individual muscles more effectively.
8. Better respiration
Yoga promotes slower, more controlled breathing. This opens up your chest, soothes respiratory disorders (such as asthma and bronchitis), and boosts digestion.
9. Reduced soreness
Yoga releases your entire body and helps to loosen up your joints, muscles and more. In addition to this, it promotes good posture and enhances circulation. This has a soothing effect on your entire body and helps to alleviate chronic pain and soreness. 
10. Strength and tone
Yoga requires you to get into and hold positions that will naturally strengthen your muscles, using only your body weight for resistance.

Why Are Acai Berries So Good For You?

Acai berries are one of the healthiest berries you will ever find! They are among the top superfoods due to their amazing antioxidant properties and other health benefits. In fact, acai berries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants with one berry holding ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes and two times the amount of blueberries!

So what exactly do antioxidants do that make them so good for your health?
Basically, antioxidants are molecules that stop the oxidation of other molecules. During oxidation, free radicals are produced, which can damage the cells and glands within our bodies. With damaged cells and glands, we become more susceptible to diseases and ageing. Our bodies are exposed to so many different toxins and produce trillions of free radicals. This means that it is vital to try and reduce the effect of free radicals in your body. Having a diet rich in antioxidants, particularly acai, can prevent free radical damage and improve your overall health.

Health benefits of Acai

Heart health: Evidence suggests that acai berries are extremely high in the antioxidant anthocyanins, which is associated with the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream. Acai berries are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits to our cells by preventing blood clots, improving overall blood circulation and relaxing the blood vessels. This famous red berry is also naturally high in essential fatty acids. There is strong evidence supporting the link between essential fatty acids and heart health and a healthy nervous system.

Aids in weight loss: Acai may help us not only lose weight, but also maintain a healthy weight.

Promotes skin health: Often used in skin care, these berries have the ability to give your skin a healthier glow. The Brazilians have been eating acai berries to treat skin conditions for centuries!

Helps with digestion: Acai berries can also aid in keeping our digestive system clean and in optimal functioning. With powerful detoxification capacities, acai berries are a well-known traditional source of dietary fibre. Fibre is important is it can help prevent or relieve constipation.

Improved cellular health: The anthocyanins found in acai also play a role in our cellular protection system, helping to keep cells strong against the invasion of free radicals.

Anti-aging effects: Acai berries are very high in many forms of plant phytochemicals, which may contribute to an ability to slow or reverse the typical process of aging related to oxidative damage.

Energy boost: Acai berries contain amino acids, which can lead to an increased level of energy, muscle performance, endurance, strength and stamina, and can aid in the fight against fatigue and exhaustion

Better sex: Acai has been linked to overall increased blood circulation in the human body, a phenomenon that may contribute to a boost in sex drives, especially for men.

Vitamin-rich: Acai berries contain as much Vitamin C as blueberries and is also a source of Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and E. It is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.

With such amazing nutritional benefits, it is easy to understand why acai berries are so popular!

Among other amazing superfoods in our Berry powder, Bennie Blends uses 100% Organic Acai Berry powder, which has been freeze-dried instantly to preserve the goodness of Acai berries found in the skin and pulp. Including two teaspoons of our antioxidant-rich blend daily can help improve your overall health leaving you feeling healthier and happier!

How to wake up early to workout!

"Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them"

Finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning to exercise? Try these five easy tips and you'll be hitting that snooze button less in no time!

Choose the right alarm: An alarm clock can either make or break your morning workout. It's important to choose one that can wake you up properly, but won't give you a fright. Don't press the snooze button, get out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off. If hitting the snooze button on your night stand is way too tempting, put your alarm somewhere that you actually have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you are physically out of bed, it is much easier to get ready and go!

Prepare the night before: You are more likely to get out to bed when your alarm goes off if you mentally prepare yourself the night before. Lay out your workout clothes, runners & iPod and put a water bottle in the fridge. 

Wake at the same time each day: Your body has an internal clock, and when you wake up at the same time everyday,  it will be much easier to get out of bed.

Eat brekky: Eat just enough to give you fuel for your workout. A delicious quick and easy pre-workout meals is oats with 2 teaspoons of Bennie Blends Berry Powder + a banana.

Set goals and keep track: A great way to stay motivated is to set one easy goal, and make a plan of action to reach that goal. Keep track of your progress along the way until you reach that goal. Make it interesting. If you really, really, really hate running, do yoga, a dance video or weight session. If you at least somewhat enjoy it, you're less likely to sleep in and more likely to work towards your goal.

How to get beach body ready with Bennie Blends

Summer is hitting the shores of Australia in less than a week, which means, eeeep, bikini season! Fear not, we have some tips for you to achieve your summer body!

Bennie Blends' unique berry blend is bursting with antioxidants, fibre, essential vitamins nutrients and amino acids and is designed to improve your digestive system and overall health. Use the berry blend daily, for 14 days to detox and cleanse your body, boost energy levels, improve skin clarity, boost mood, aid digestion, boost immune system functioning, increase metabolism, ease bloating and reduce water retention.

In addition to your Bennie detox, follow these 5 steps to help you achieve your beach body!

1. Drink lots of water

We can't stress this enough. It is so important to stay hydrated. It will clear up your skin, boost energy and help keep you full between meals - you'll be grateful for water on those long days at the beach!

2. Exercise regularly

Cardio exercises such as running, jogging, walking, biking and/or swimming are great for burning calories and speeding up your metabolism. Try doing 30 minutes of cardio at least 3-5 times a week. Try toning exercises and weight lifting to tighten your body. Yoga and Pilates are fantastic ways to tone and strengthen your overall body. 

3. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet

Try to eat protein-rich foods that will fill you up such as chicken, fish and turkey. If you are vegetarian, try tofu, tempeh and eggs. Reduce the amount of empty carbs you are consuming, such as bread, pasta and rice - when you do eat them, replace with a whole grain version. Eat fruits and vegetables as they are vitamin-rich, help fill you up and improve skin clarity. Eliminate junk food and sweets out of your diet - replace with healthier options such as fruit, peanut butter, honey and dark chocolate to reduce those sweet cravings.

4. Avoid alcohol

Most alcoholic drinks are full of calories (some cocktails contain 700 calories!). However let's face it, as festive season is about to start in Australia, you are likely to experience a lot more temptations! If you do drink, stick with red wine or for mixed drinks, choose soda water over soda/soft drink, which contain lots of sugar.

5. Stay motivated!

Find a workout or diet buddy so you can motivate each other, especially when motivations gets low! Remember why you started. Getting your body ready for summer can be tough, especially with the long list of Christmas parties, work breakups, Christmas and New Years ahead. If you feel like giving up, imagine yourself after you have achieved your goals and how you will feel. Finally, give yourself a break from time to time. Don't torture yourself, if you are craving a piece of Christmas pudding, opt for a small piece without cream!

 

Happy Summer! xxx