Answering your Blogilates Nutrition product questions!

Hey guys!

Since Cassey launched Blogilates Nutrition at Target, you’ve had some really good questions about the best ways to take the supplements, how often you should take them, and just general info about ingredients. Sooo I thought I’d jump in and talk a little more about each product from a registered dietitian’s POV and hopefully answer your questions!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Blogilates Nutrition yet, here’s the lineup:

Sculpt + Debloat Protein Powder with Probiotics

Beauty Collagen Peptides with Keratin

Unwind Magnesium Powder

Glow Up Superfood Powder

⭐ Jumpstart Energy Powder

Let’s get into the details about each product and how it may benefit you!

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Sculpt + Debloat Protein with Probiotics

Okay first can we talk about how tasty this is?! It comes in 2 flavors: sweet cream and chocolate shake. Honestly you really can’t go wrong no matter which you choose. Oh, and Cassey’s #1 priority when formulating this protein powder was cookability. You can use it it literally any recipe and it’s smoooooth even in a simple shake.

Now let’s talk ingredients!

Yellow Pea and Organic Brown Rice Protein – If you read my post about how to choose a protein powder, you know that most plant-based proteins aren’t “complete,” which means that they’re lacking at least one of the essential amino acids that you must get from food.

Yellow pea protein is known for lacking methionine, while brown rice protein falls short in lysine. Combining the two creates a complete✨ protein, which is what you need for all the cool things protein does, like build muscle.

Fiber Blend – This is made with something called resistant maltodextrin, which is just a soluble fiber. This is the type of fiber that forms a gel during digestion and helps with lowering cholesterol and glucose levels and improves digestion.

Probiotic Blend – There are two strains of probiotic bacteria in Sculpt + Debloat: Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum. Both strains are commonly found in supplements (and living in your intestines). One serving provides 2 billion CFUs (colony forming units) that can help restore balance of your gut bacteria.

Why do you want balance? Because when things like taking an antibiotic, stress, poor nutrition, or other lifestyle factors throw your gut bacteria into imbalance, your digestion suffers. You have bloating, constipation, gas, diarrhea, and irregularity.

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Put a finger down if you’ve purchased a new supplement only to let it sit in your pantry for months because you’re not quite sure what to do with it.

I’ve got you.

When should you take it? Any time of day that’s convenient for you! You can add it to a smoothie or your bowl of oatmeal at breakfast, which will help you stay full and energized longer. Of course you can take it post-workout or as a midday snack, either as a simple shake with milk or as a smoothie if you need some extra carbs post-workout.

Personally, I looove baking with this protein powder. I helped test most of the recipes in Sculpt, the protein cookbook Cassey put together to accompany this protein powder and a lot of the recipes have become staples.

The most important thing to remember is that it’s very possible for most people to meet their protein needs with food. Protein powder is great for convenience and easily adding a little extra oomph to your protein intake BUT it’s not meant to use as a meal replacement or a sub for food. So keep that in mind

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Beauty Collagen Peptides + Keratin

Let’s get right into the ingredients for this one.

Collagen is a type of protein found basically everywhere in the body. Your body makes it to use in the skin, joints, muscle, bones, hair follicles, and even blood vessels. Collagen is damaged by lifestyle factors like UV light, a diet high in added sugar, and smoking. Oh, and the body produces less as we age. FUN!

I know collagen can be a pretty polarizing topic, so if you want to really dig into the benefits of taking a collagen supplement, check out this post.

Keratin is another type of protein that functions as a barrier. It’s found in epithelial cells of the skin, and different types of keratin help to rebuild and repair the hair, skin, and nails.

The difference between collagen and keratin comes down to their amino acid profile! Combining the two provides a boost of specific amino acids known to support hair, skin, and joint health.

Vitamins and minerals in Beauty

Beauty also contains vitamin C, niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid (B5), zinc and selenium. Healthy hair starts at the scalp, and these nutrients help to keep it healthy.  B vitamins like niacin, biotin and B5 help deliver nutrients and oxygen to the scalp to help with hair growth. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which protects the cells against free radical damage. Vitamin C is also a major component to collagen production. Zinc is an essential trace mineral, which means you have to get it from food (or supplements). It’s important for tissue repair, including the hair. And finally, selenium – another essential trace mineral. Your body needs selenium to make certain proteins, and deficiency has actually been linked to premature graying.

How to use Beauty Collagen Peptides

Beauty is unflavored and easy to mix into basically anything.  A lot of people prefer to take collagen in the morning, on an empty stomach. It’s easy to mix into coffee or tea and check it off the list for the day. However, you can also add it to a smoothie or even bake with it.

I’ve seen some questions asking if it’s okay to take both collagen AND protein powder, and the answer is yes. However, my advice would be to take them separately throughout the day because they’re both technically protein and you might want to spread out your intake.

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Unwind Magnesium Powder

I loooove magnesium. It really doesn’t get enough credit! It’s good for sooo many things – it’s involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body! Although deficiency is rare, most of us aren’t getting optimal amounts.

I could write an entire article about the ways taking a magnesium supplement or eating more magnesium-rich foods can be helpful – maybe I WILL do that soon actually! But for now, we’re just focusing on the benefits of Unwind.

So, there are several different types of magnesium, each with a unique function and benefit. You’ve probably seen magnesium in supplements for constipation, which is a different type than the magnesium in Unwind! Unwind features magnesium carbonate, which may support the regulation of neurotransmitters related to sleep. It can also help regulate melatonin and activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which helps you feel more calm and relaxed.

While we know magnesium plays a role in these functions, there’s not a ton of research on the specifics with supplements. So keep that in mind and as always, a varied diet with lots of whole foods will give you the magnesium you need too.

How to use Unwind

This has a tasty strawberry cream flavor, so all you need to do is mix this with warm or cold water! You might find it most helpful to take Unwind within a few hours of bedtime, but you can take it earlier in the day to support relaxation too. Promise it won’t make you zonk out at your desk

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