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Free Range Canadian Bacon Pasta

Ingredients:
1 tbsp organic olive oil
8 oz free range Canadian bacon, cut into ½” cubes
4 medium organic onions, chopped
4 cloves organic garlic, minced
4 cups canned organic tomatoes
½ cup organic red wine
1 lb organic spaghetti, uncooked
½ cup organic Parmesan cheese, grated
Orgainc black pepper and organic sea salt to taste

Instructions:
In a saucepan heat the organic olive oil and sauté organic onion until lightly brown. Add the organic garlic and free range bacon and sauté for a further 5 minutes. Add organic tomatoes and organic wine and cook, partially covered, for about 30 minutes. Season well. In the meantime, cook the organic spaghetti according to package instruction until al dente. Drain and place in a serving bowl. Pour over bacon/tomato sauce mixture, toss and serve with grated organic Parmesan cheese. Serves 6.

Organic Chicken with Fruity Organic Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:
2 tsp organic olive oil
¼ cup organic onion, minced
2 lbs boned and skinned organic chicken breasts (eight 4oz halves)
16 oz (1 can) organic cranberry sauce, whole berry
2 cups organic green apples, peeled and chopped
½ cup dried organic cranberries
4 tbsp organic walnuts, chopped
2 tsp organic curry powder
2 tbsp organic balsamic vinegar

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease large shallow baking dish. Add organic oil and organic onions and bake uncovered for about 5 minutes. Add organic balsamic vinegar and stir well. Place organic chicken breasts in the baking dish and baste the top of the chicken with the vinegar/onion mixture. Bake uncovered for a further 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine organic cranberry sauce, apples, dried organic cranberries, organic walnuts and organic curry powder and spoon over the chicken breasts. Bake for an additional 15 – 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and no longer pink in the center.

Serve immediately with organic green vegetables and organic rice. Serves 8.

Best Sports Nutrition 2009 Supplements of the Year

Over the past year, our visitors and staff have evaluated many products. The results below reflect a comilation of feedback from all sources:

1. Sytropin – We have used this product, taken a break from it and returned to it. We have definitely found that overall it has made the biggest difference in performance, especially from an aerobic capacity and endurance standpoint. We have also found benefits in weight management and lower body fat. Sytropin is our top pick for 2009. It is a homeopathic spray with a comprehensive array of amino acids and growth factors that stimulates the body’s own production of human growth hormone.


2. Immunocal Platinum – Best new discovery of 2009. If you haven’t already heard of glutathione, you will. Glutathione occurs naturally in the body. It is the body’s major anti-oxidant, immune system optimizer and detoxifier. It exists in virtually every cell in the body. It is produced within the cell by glycine, glutamine and cysteine. In the average North American diet, cysteine is either non-existent or scarce. An additional challenge is getting cysteine into the cells in a biologically active state. Immunocal Platinum is the result of decades of research conducted primarily at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. It is the only natural product that is both clinically and scientifically proven to optimize the immune system by raising glutathione levels. It is an undenatured whey protein isolate that is backed by over 70 worldwide patents. Coincidentally, it has also been clinically proven to enhance muscle performance.

3. Primorye Stress Relief Plus – Best stress reduction product. Named after the region in Russia from which most of its herbs are derived, this product is the result of billions of dollars of research over decades, spearheaded by the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Oxyfresh combined the herbal extract with aloe from Costa Rica and other micronutrients to formulate a truly remarkable product. Its benefits are many, not the least of which are the regulation of excess cortisol, a reduction in overall stress, increased focus and an immune system booster. Use it daily and use its partner product Primorye Gold before and after workouts.

4. Montmorency Concentrated Cherry Juice – This product is also a new discovery for us. It is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and contains naturally occurring melatonin, which helps with sleep and is a brain anti-oxidant.

5. Vega Health Optimizer – Our favorite protein powder. Developed by Brendon Brazier, a vegan triathlete, this product contains the correct amount and balance of the various proteins required to repair and rebuild muscle tissue. It is available in a variety of flavors.
Vega Health Optimizer - Large - Berry

6. Oxyfresh Foundation Formula – This is our favorite comprehensive daily multivitamin and mineral packet. It not only contains 3 multivitamin capsules, but omega-3, vitamin E, antioxidant and digestive enzyme capsules as well. It contains the best types of nutrients and the most optimal amounts and combination of nutrients for athletes. For endurance and elite athletes, we recommend 2 packets a day. Capsules are packaged in very convenient packets for easy transport while on the road.

7. Vega Sport Performance Optimizer – Fantastic electrolyte and energy powder easily added to water. Comes in a variety of flavors.
Vega Sport Performance Optimizer - Box of 24 Single Serving Pouches - Lemon Lime

8. Oxyfresh Joint Formula – Best new product of 2009. This product was introduced by Oxyfresh last year and is the best joint formula we have come across to date. This scientifically proven formula is formulated to start repairing joints and relieving pain within 30 days. It reduces joint discomfort, restores mobility and flexibility and protects joints from deterioration. Joint Formula contains the patented UC-II, an undenatured  type-II collagen, derived from chicken sternum cartilage.

Organic Couscous with Lentils

Ingredients:
1 cup organic couscous, uncooked
1 tbsp organic olive oil
3 cloves organic garlic, minced
1 ½ cups organic seasoned tomato juice
1 ½ cups purified water
1 cup organic lentils, uncooked and rinsed
1 organic bay leaf
½ tsp organic sea salt
½ tsp freshly ground organic pepper
1 organic tomato, chopped
½ cup fresh organic basil leaves, chopped

Instructions:
Heat organic oil in a saucepan until hot, then sauté organic garlic until soft. Add organic vegetable juice, purified water, organic lentils, organic bay leaf and season. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes. Lentils should be tender, but not mushy. Remove the saucepan from heat and take out the organic bay leaf. Stir in organic couscous, chopped organic tomato and organic basil. Cover and let stand for about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve immediately.

Free Range Ham and Organic Egg Bake

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups organic cheddar cheese, grated
½ cup organic mozzarella cheese, grated
6 organic green onions, sliced
½ lb organic mushrooms, sliced
1 organic red pepper, chopped
2 tbsp organic butter
1 ¾ cups cubed cooked free range ham
¼ cup organic all-purpose flour
8 organic eggs
1 ¾ cups organic milk
Organic sea salt and organic pepper to taste

Instructions:
Grease a 13x9x2″ baking dish and sprinkle in combined organic cheddar and organic mozzarella cheese. Heat organic butter in a frying pan and gently fry organic mushrooms, organic onions and organic pepper. Stir in free range ham cubes. Spoon the mixture on top of the cheese. In a separate bowl, combine organic flour, organic eggs, organic milk, organic sea salt and organic pepper. Pour egg mixture over the free range ham and organic cheese, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Take out of the refrigerator about ½ hour before baking. Bake in preheated oven at 350ºF for about 35-40 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes and serve immediately. Serves 8

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