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the benefits of probiotics

The Benefits of Probiotics

S.O.S.

It’s the signal we use when we need help. But when your gut microbes are in trouble, it’s XOS you really want!

We’re talking about Xylooligosaccharides — unique prebiotic fibers that act like fertilizer for the friendly bacteria living in your large intestine. And, Xylooligosaccharides aren’t your ordinary prebiotics. Let’s take a closer look to see what makes these special fibers stand out from all the others.

THE BENEFITS OF PREBIOTICS
Before we dive into XOS, let’s take a second to talk about prebiotics in general. Recently, we took a deep dive into the differences between prebiotics and probiotics, so we won’t spend too much time here with the nitty-gritty details.

What’s important to know is that prebiotic fibers are complex carbohydrates — also known as Oligosaccharides — that can survive in your digestive tract, making it safely into the colon. Other types of carbohydrates never make it that far. Instead, they’re broken apart or destroyed by your stomach acid. Which means they’re long gone when dinner time rolls around for your friendly little gut bugs.

Researchers have known about these essential fibers for decades, and they’ve recently stepped smack dab into the spotlight. There are several different types of prebiotic fibers, including Inulin, Oligosaccharides (OS), Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), and Isomalto-oligosaccharides (IOS). Basically, XOS is part of one big, happy, prebiotic family.

SO, WHAT MAKES XOS DIFFERENT FROM ITS MANY “COUSINS”?
Gut health to the X-power
Inulin and FOS have been the longtime leaders in the prebiotic game. But now, there’s a new kid in town! XOS is gaining popularity thanks to its unique capabilities. You could even call it a “special skill set.”

One of the primary benefits of XOS is its ability to target good bacteria using a lower dosage than other prebiotics. In fact, doses as low as one gram have been shown to modify the gut microbiome significantly, resulting in an increase of good bacteria and a decrease of the bad.♢*

Pro Tip: If you’re not sure which microbes are friends and which are foes, get to know the eight strains of healthy gut bacteria that have your back.

This is one of the main reasons everyone is so excited about XOS. Its effect on your microbiome can contribute to significant health benefits, and it only takes a teeny bit to be effective. In other words, more bang for your gut! 

Another benefit of XOS is that it has selective growth-boosting properties of beneficial bacteria species and a unique ability to be used by those bacteria types. In fact, some studies suggest good strains of bacteria, like Bifidobacteria, actually prefer XOS to other forms of prebiotics.♢*

WHEN WAS YOUR LAST GUT CHECK
Every year, you check your health. There’s the annual physical, and even those personal diet and fitness goals you’ve set for yourself. But when was the last time you checked in on your microbial neighbors downstairs?

If you’re not sure, then it’s time for a gut check.

Your microbiome can use all the love it can get. Our diets and hectic schedules often make it difficult for our little gut gardens to flourish. In fact, three out of five American adults suffer from a condition called dysbiosis—this means the equilibrium has been thrown off and the bad microbes outnumber the good.

From bloating and burping to weight gain, tiredness, poor mood, and mental fog, there are many ways your body tries to tell you there’s a problem in your gut. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, your body is saying S.O.S., and XOS can help get your digestive system back on track.*

MORE XOS, PLEASE! plexus slim
While prebiotic fibers can be found in many fruits and vegetables, XOS fibers are found in specific foods like bamboo shoots, milk, and rice bran.

Another way to get your daily dose of XOS is to drink your Plexus Slim®!

We recognized the awesomeness of XOS from the very beginning, and you know we’re committed to using only the best ingredients. That’s why we used XOS to make Slim even better!

Slim has been clinically demonstrated to help you lose weight. But did you know it can also help promote the growth of good gut microbes?♢*

In an in vitro human gut simulator study, Slim was shown to:

Increase Lactobacillus 365 times♢*
Increase Bifidobacterium 290 times♢*
Increase Akkermansia 250 times♢*
These are all friendly strains of bacteria that help keep your microbiome balanced.

So, sip away – and take care of your gut! Getting more XOS into your diet promotes the growth of good gut microbes, which can help improve your mood and contribute great things to your overall health.♢*

♢The results of an in vitro human gut simulator study suggest that Slim’s formula may have several beneficial effects. Further research, including research conducted in humans, is needed to confirm these preliminary findings.

References

1 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1541-4337.2010.00135.x/full

2 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anna_Olejnik2/publication/7674303_Probiotics_prebiotics_and_antioxidants_as_functional_foods/links/00b49526ab183450c0000000/Probiotics-prebiotics-and-antioxidants-as-functional-foods.pdf

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3376865/

4 http://www.nutrientsreview.com/carbs/oligosaccharides.html

5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4528259/

6 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/09637486.2015.1064869?src=recsys

7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24513849

8 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22940065

9 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4315779/

10 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3448089/

11 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4315779/

12 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.4161/gmic.2.4.1610

what is non gmo?

What is Non GMO?

What is Non GMO?

USDA Organic. Gluten Free Certified. Non-GMO Project Verified. Cruelty-free. Vegetarian. Vegan. Paleo. Sugar-free. Fat-free. Allergy free. And, more.  What does it all mean?

Food today sports all sorts of labels. And, labels don’t stop at food. Dietary supplements, cosmetics, and sometimes even clothes are rocking some of these. But, what does that mean?

Most we’ve been familiar with for a while. But one has recently emerged in our collective conscious. Non-GMO.

So what exactly is Non GMO?
GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.”

This is usually a plant, animal, or microorganism created from the genes altered by scientists. These GMOs are then crossed genetically with plants to produce crops that resist pesticides and herbicides, produce much larger yields, and stay fresh longer. More food = fewer hungry people. Right?

Genetically engineering the DNA of a plant can lead to some big risks. Because scientists can’t accurately predict where the genes will go or what they’ll do, this can create negative results — usually in the form of toxins or allergens in foods. Genetic altering can also lead to less nutritious foods.

Are organic and non-GMO the same thing?
Nope.

USDA Organic certification and Non-GMO Project seals both provide consumers information about how a product was produced, however, the Non-GMO Project doesn’t monitor for pesticides, antibiotics, artificial flavors and colors. Potentially a product could be labeled as Non-GMO Project Verified, but may still not qualify as USDA Organic.

Organic vs. Non-GMO Labels:
Understanding food labels can be key to shopping with the confidence of a seasoned pro.

Conventional or Unlabeled: These products can’t be labeled as either USDA Organic nor non-GMO. This could be a situation in which the farm or food producer is organic or non-GMO but hasn’t completed their certification yet. Or, this could be genetically modified food using hormones and artificial flavors. Do your research.
USDA Organic: The National Organic Program is regulated by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Certified organic products have been produced using cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that support the cycling of on-farm resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity in accordance with USDA organic regulations.In other words, organic operations must maintain or enhance soil and water quality, while also conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife. And, they can’t use synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, or genetic engineering.
Non-GMO: The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization providing consumer education and outreach programs about GMOs, providing marketing support to Non-GMO Project Verified brands (in the form of a product label), and providing training for retailers and consumers. To receive the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, food producers participate in an optional three- to six-month verification process with the organization.
But, my food isn’t modified, right?
More than 60 countries worldwide—including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the EU—require GMOs be labeled. And, 27 countries have banned all GMO plants and foods from being produced in-country (though the information on imports can be a bit fuzzy).1

In 2016, the U.S. passed a law that makes GMO labeling mandatory. Pro-GMO and anti-GMO advocates anxiously await the final program, as the USDA has two years to finalize the execution of the law.

What products are most likely to be genetically modified?
The most common genetically modified products include:

Honey
Beets
Sugar
Soy
Corn
Vitamins and supplements sweetened with corn syrup (Plexus products do NOT use corn syrup)
GMO is an important—and sometimes contentious—topic. Do your research and be your own advocate.

References

https://gmo.geneticliteracyproject.org/FAQ/where-are-gmos-grown-and-banned/

9 Foods to Improve Your Mood

9 Foods to Improve Your Mood

9 Foods to Improve Your Mood

It’s official – food equals happiness. Literally. (makes my day)

Foods rich in certain minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids can actually increase your happiness. The following nine nutrients are the top “mood-boosters” found in our food: calcium, chromium, folate, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and zinc.

These nutrients have a huge impact on maintaining your normal brain function. A healthy brain leads to a regulated mood, which leads to a happier you. See the connection here?

We’ve rounded up a list of 9 foods that can help give you a little pep in your step—and some yummy in your tummy.

1. Leafy Greens
When you eat vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards, you are providing your body with a variety of B vitamins: Three of which are essential for your brain, pyridoxine (B6), cobalamin (B12), and folic acid (B9).

2. Avocados
An avocado provides your body with a variety of vitamins (C, K, E, and B9), as well as monounsaturated fats. These are the good fats that contribute to healthy blood flow. Avocados can also boost your brain’s production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is the ‘chemical of reward,’ which is why an avocado can be one of the foods for happiness.

3. Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake mushrooms are a nutritional upgrade from the typical white mushrooms found in your local grocery store. The good news is that this Asian variety has become more readily available in the larger supermarkets around the country. Shiitake mushrooms contain vitamin D and a lot of pyridoxine, which is particularly effective in making you feel good. Pyridoxine boosts the production of neurotransmitters, including serotonin. Just like dopamine, serotonin improves your mood.

4. Nuts
All nuts contain the amino acid tryptophan: Tryptophan increases your body’s production of the feel-good chemical serotonin. A chemical that your body frequently lacks when you are feeling down. Although consuming nuts with carbohydrates may make you feel tired, this combination does increase your body’s production of serotonin even more.

5. Asparagus
You can raise your serotonin levels by eating asparagus: In fact, asparagus is one of the plants that offers high levels of folic acid, which increases its ability to brighten even the gloomiest of days!

6. Eggs
Besides providing your body with protein and iron, an entire egg (that includes the yolk) is full of B-vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids assist in reducing negative thoughts. Other good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and foods for happiness include black walnuts, Chia seeds, and flaxseed.

7. Wild Salmon
Just like eggs, wild salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Although most fish are, wild salmon have an especially high concentration of these fatty acids. Wild salmon is preferred over their farm-raised counterparts because wild salmon attains its Omega 3 from natural food sources (small crustaceans and wild plankton); whereas, farm-raised salmon receive very little of either.

8. Quinoa (keenwah)
Quinoa is a gluten-free grain. It is a great source of protein and is high in folic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese. Quinoa provides energy and helps improve your mood making it one of the top foods for happiness.

9. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate comes from cocoa seeds. These seeds contain compounds that increase your body’s production of endorphins. Endorphins are pleasure-giving substances, which can boost your mood and reduce your stress levels—yes, please!

For the most part, the health benefits that chocolate provides are due to flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidant compounds. Although flavonoids are present in all chocolate that derives from cocoa seeds, dark chocolate contains more flavonoids than its lighter counterparts.

So, go ahead… Eat it up buttercup!

References

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/flavonoids

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-23924/the-brain-chemicals-that-make-you-happy-and-how-to-trigger-them.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/6-foods-to-eat-for-a-mood-boost/2017/04/06/432820a0-188c-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-tryptophan#2

http://www.nutritionletter.tufts.edu/issues/11_5/current-articles/Avocados-Could-Improve-Your-Cholesteroland-More_1710-1.html

https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/blog/improve-your-mood-just-eat-breakfast

the gut-brain connection (yes it's real)

The Gut-Brain Connection (Yes It’s Real)

See How The Gut-Brain Connection (Yes It’s Real) Can Help

For every one human cell in the body, scientists estimate there are 1.3 bacterial cells. ¹  If you do the math, that means there are…well, A LOT of bacteria in our bodies. As icky as that may sound, don’t freak out because it’s actually super cool.

These bacterial cells are a normal and necessary part of the functioning human body, and soon you’re going to be trying to figure out how to get more!

What is the gut-brain connection?
Also known as the “gut-brain axis” in science lingo.

Most of these bacteria call the gastrointestinal tract home. So, it’s not surprising that they have an enormous effect on our digestive system. ²

Consequently, it makes sense that if you want to improve your digestive system, starting with your state of mind is a wise move. ³

The brain influences the makeup of the gut’s microbiome, while the gut creates neuroactive compounds that have an effect on how the brain works. 4

To break this down, let’s talk about something we all have that we wish we didn’t – stress.

Stress has a particularly large bearing on gut health.

It triggers the body’s “fight or flight” response, causing food digestion to slow down or even stop so that you can face a perceived threat. It’s not uncommon for stress to cause stomach pain and functional gastrointestinal disorders.

And, unfortunately for us, digestive problems increase stress. Creating a vicious cycle of mental and emotional stress that triggers digestive problems that in turn causes additional stress. 5

See the pattern here?

So, what do we do?
In extremely serious cases, those with stress-induced gastrointestinal problems should seek professional help to learn effective ways to cope with stress. Seeing a doctor and/or taking medication may improve gut health.

On the other hand, those who are dealing with everyday stress may want to start by managing stress without professional help. Meditation, making time for exercise, listening to calming music, and spending time relaxing at the end of a busy day are all effective ways to reduce stress. 6

So, if reducing stress can help to improve your gut health, can a healthy microbiome help to reduce the symptoms of stress? The answer is yes! 7

Support your healthy gut microbiome by weeding out contaminants, seeding with probiotics, feeding the good microbes with prebiotics, and protecting with a daily multivitamin.

Your mind affects your gut in a BIG way. Changing the way you think about things, people, or situations can mean the difference between a healthy microbiome and an unbalanced gut.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27541692

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2792171/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3448089/

http://www.nature.com/nrn/journal/v12/n8/abs/nrn3071.html

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/stress-and-the-sensitive-gut

6

http://www.gpscbc.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/Pain_243.0_Stress_Management_Techniques_Health_Science_Journal.pdf

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352289516300509

plexus xfactor for hot flashes

HOT FLASHES: How to Get Relief

HOT FLASHES: How to Get Relief

hot flashes: how to get relief

It’s summer, and for most of the country the heat index is somewhere between hot and OMG! If you’re premenopausal or menopausal, the outside temperature won’t be the only heat you’re dealing with this season.

Learning to tell an impending hot flash from the summer heat can help create a much more comfortable summer.

What are hot flashes?
Perhaps the worst indication of the transition into menopause, hot flashes are usually marked by an intense feeling of heat and are sometimes accompanied by a flushed face and sweating.

Why we experience hot flashes, and, more importantly, who we can blame, is slightly less known.

Usually, the blame is placed on “the change” to a woman’s hormones during peri-menopause and menopause. As your body adjusts to its new life phase, the hypothalamus “the part of the brain responsible for mood and regulating your body’s temperature” becomes increasingly sensitive. ¹

Hot flashes can be over in as quick as thirty seconds or last as long as thirty minutes.

Is it me or is it getting hot in here.
A hot flash feels like an intense heat even when it’s cold. Think standing next to a campfire…in Arizona…when it’s 114 degrees out…while wearing a parka.

When do hot flashes start?
There is no magical age. Think back to junior high. There were girls who were fully developed and ready for womanhood. And then there were the girls who, well… weren’t as blossomed yet.

Some of your friends may have already experienced “the change.” Some won’t for a while yet, and some are right there with you, vigorously fanning themselves at the Friday night football game.

It’s an individual journey that you’ll probably talk to your girlfriends about… A lot.

Some women may experience hot flashes that they barely notice. But some experience drastic changes in their quality-of-life.

Hot flashes can create:

Difficulty sleeping caused when sweating throughout the night continually disrupts sleep.
Decreased concentration — particularly if hot flashes occur at work or in social situations.
Feelings of irritability when it’s difficult to get (and stay) comfortable and sometimes just before a hot flash starts.

Causes of Hot Flashes
Knowing the triggers for your hot flashes probably won’t eradicate them completely, but avoiding them may help reduce the number of incidences. The most common triggers include:

Smoking²
Stress
Caffeine
Spicy foods
Hot weather
Heat sources (it might be time to have someone else cook at that hot stove)
Tight clothes

Can I get a little relief?
Relief from hot flashes comes in several forms. Many women start with dietary supplements.3 Favorites include:

Plexus XFactor Plus™*
Ginseng
Flaxseed
And, of course, there are some quick lifestyle changes that can help.

Create a cool sleeping environment. Keep a fan running at night. Or, get yourself a chill pillow.
Hypnotherapy  4
Eat a diet rich in Omega 3 5
Exercise
Sip a cold drink
Wear light layers of clothing made of cool, breathable fabric that help keep air flowing.

HOT FLASHES: How to Get Relief

Whether you experience mild or severe hot flashes, there’s no denying the desire to keep things cool—especially during the summer. Keep your water nearby and try to consciously create a lifestyle conducive to limiting hot flashes.

 

References

http://www.menopause.org/publications/clinical-care-recommendations/chapter-1-menopause

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673540/

http://www.menopause.org/docs/default-source/professional/pap-pdf-meno-d-15-00241-minus-trim-cme.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3556367/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28562117

health tips for men of any age

HEALTH TIPS for Men at Any Age

Health Tips for Men at Any Age

Achieving “good health” is a universal wish for most people, but what does it really mean to be ?healthy”? What are true health goals for men?

Health isn’t a one-time goal to achieve. Your health needs are constantly evolving and changing — especially as you age.

While a healthy diet, exercise, and a good gut microbiome are very important for every age group, there are also specific things that you should keep in mind in each phase of your life.

We’ve got some health tips for men at every age:

Teenagers’ Health
waterTeenage years are nothing if not tumultuous. And, they’re the perfect time to teach the important health habits to your teens.

Drink lots of water: Did you now that the average human body is approximately 75 percent water? To help maintain optimal health, you should aim to drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water every day.¹

Exercise: Exercise is important for men of all ages as exercise increases both your emotional and your physical health. Exercise also provides a wholesome and healthy outlet for excess energy.

Gut health: Approximately 14 percent of high school teens suffer from stomach issues, which can mean extra visits to the doctor and missed classes.² Because 70 percent of the cells needed for a healthy immune system originate in your gut, supporting gut health is essential for building up the immune system.*³

Bone health: Teenage boys need to pay special attention to their calcium intake as growth spurts can cause painful growing pains. Through vitamin supplements and a balanced diet, aim for 1200-1500 mg of calcium.4

Health in your 20’shealth tips for men at any age
The habits of your 20’s play a big role in the health during your later years.

Studies show that healthy habits (eating right and exercising) play a huge role in the presence (or lack of) health concerns later on. Taking a pass on smoking and excessive drinking now will improve your heart health in middle age.  Seriously, your body will thank you for it later.5  

Keep drinking water: Other liquids — no matter how delish — don’t count toward your water goal. Be sure to hydrate.

Exercise: The speedy metabolism of your teen years starts to slow a bit during your 20’s. Combat any weight gain by exercising regularly.

Mental health: Support mental health by maintaining a good exercise routine, seeking a fulfilling job, and making time for friends and family. Your gut affects your brain in a BIG way. Changing how you think about things, people, or situations can mean the difference between a healthy microbiome and an unbalanced gut.*

Gut health: Ninety percent of your neurotransmitters including GABA, Dopamine, and serotonin are produced in your gut. Consuming pre and probiotics daily increases gut health which helps to improve your mood.*6, 7

Health in your 30’s and 40’sHeart Health
Your 30’s and 40’s are where you start to see the effects (good or bad) of your youthful habits.

Drink water: Your skin holds less moisture as you age. You’re going to need to increase your hydration levels, and keep increasing them throughout your lifetime.

Exercise: Thanks to sedentary office jobs and sports like basketball and running, many men in their 30’s notice a decrease in flexibility. The solution? Add in some light stretching or yoga to your exercise routine.

Heart health: Beginning in your early 30’s, your heart loses some of its stamina.8 Interval training is a good choice to strengthen the heart.

Sleep: Just because you could sleep like a baby into your teenage years doesn’t mean you won’t encounter sleep problems in your 30’s and 40’s. In fact, changes begin to take place in your brain that affect the quality and quantity of your sleep as early as your 30’s.9 It’s important to keep good sleep habits and get enough vitamin D each day. Sunlight is an excellent source.

Health when you’re 50+joint health
As you approach your 50’s and 60’s, more health issues tend to creep up. It becomes important to keep the following issues in mind:

Water intake: The percentage of water in the body is continuing to decline. Decreased water levels can contribute to heatstroke so stay vigilant with water consumption when working out or being outdoors.

Joint health: There’s truth behind the joke about Grandpa’s aching joints predict the rain. As men hit their 50’s joint health becomes a hot topic due to overused joints. Exercise, particularly cycling, can help improve your joint health.

Bone health: By age 50, bone minerals are lost more frequently then are replaced, which can mean broken bones. Improve bone health by strengthening them: don’t be afraid to hit the pavement. Weight-bearing activities like running or lifting weights actually strengthens your bones.

Gut health: Men aged 60 and up typically have 1000-fold less healthy bacteria than younger men.10

Maintain healthy gut levels with daily probiotics. The effects of a healthy gut will affect countless other body systems.*

Back health: A sedentary lifestyle can begin to take its toll on your back. Lack of activity causes the spine to tighten which then causes pain. Movement will help loosen your back and relieve pain. Consider signing up for a Pilates class at your local gym.

Health Tips for Men at Any Age

Regardless of your age, proactive steps for caring for your health can make a huge difference.

buy plexus productsFor all health supplements

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/
https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs-children
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3426293/
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/adolescent-issues-preventive-care
http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/125/8/996
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23426535
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/kc/serotonin-facts-232248
https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/heart-health
http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273(17)30088-0
10 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4317609/

p96 peanut butter and jelly protein shake

PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

Plexus 96 Creme Brulee Protein Shake

That moment when the waiter comes p96 creme brulee whey protein shaketo bring you the dessert menu and you can happily say “pass” because you have this P96 Crème Brûlée protein shake recipe waiting for you at home. All because having your crème brûlée, and eating it too has finally become an option!

Enjoy each sip with this energizing, creamy and delicious protein shake. Made with 15 grams of high-quality vanilla whey, and over 20 vitamins and minerals. Check please? More like, yes please!*

Plexus 96 Creme Brulee Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
1 tablespoon maca powder
2 tablespoons gluten free quick cooking oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon coconut flakes (unsweetened)
1 ½ frozen bananas
1 tablespoon date caramel sauce (optional)

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.

Plexus 96 Maple Pecan Protein Shake

Oh maple, the oh-so, very wonderful ingredient. The one element which givesplexus 96 maple pecan protein shake us the ultimate warm, cozy feeling inside – when topped on nearly anything. And, we found just the place to put it—in our newest P96 protein shake!

A shake so succulent, one to please many stomachs. This protein shake is packed with 15 grams of high quality vanilla whey, and provides more than 20 vitamins and minerals, to give you the little extra pick-me-up for the day ahead!*

Plexus 96 Maple Pecan Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
1 tablespoon pecans
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
4 ice cubes
Optional: Top with extra pecans

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth. Top with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Plexus 96 Red, White, & Blueberry Protein Shake

Plexus 96® Red, White, & Blueberry Protein ShakeOh say can you see! This Plexus 96® Red, White, & Blueberry Protein Shake will leave you feeling patriotic AND full. The frozen strawberries, blueberries, and banana make for the perfect summertime icy treat. And don’t forget about the 15 grams of high-quality whey protein from the P96 Vanilla packet. Uncle Sam would be proud.

Plexus 96® Red, White, & Blueberry Protein Shake
Serves 1
Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Ingredients
1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
1 cup Vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana, sliced
4 ice cubes

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


P96 Blueberry Vanilla Protein Shake

plexus 96 protein shake recipes

The blueberry muffin at the coffee shop. Skip it! Instead, opt for this healthy, creamy, and delicious blueberry vanilla protein shake. Blueberries are full of antioxidants and Plexus 96® Vanilla has more than 20 vitamins and minerals. Fifteen grams of high-quality whey protein will leave you feeling full, helping you to avoid high-calorie meals and snacks hours later.* Perfect as an on-the-go breakfast (or snack), this blueberry vanilla protein shake is sweet and tart with a delightful richness from the vanilla.

Plexus 96® Blueberry Vanilla Protein Shake 

Serves 1
Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute
Gluten Free

Ingredients
  • 1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
  • 8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
  • ½ cup vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


P96 Blueberry Vanilla Protein Pancakes

p96 blueberry protein pancakesPancakes

  • 1 cup gluten free pancake mix
  • 1 package Plexus 96® vanilla
  • 6 ounces fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup extract (optional)
  • ½ to 1 cup fruit/berries as preferred

Very Berry Syrup

  • 1 packet Plexus Slim®
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups diced strawberries
  • ½ cup sugar or honey
  • 1 cup water + 2 tablespoons water, divided
Directions
  1. Add all pancake ingredients to a blender. Blend on high. Cook on a griddle.
  2. Combine 2 tablespoons water and cornstarch in a small dish. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup water, sugar, and diced strawberries to a boil. Stir occasionally.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add water and cornstarch mixture and blend well.
  5. As the sauce thickens, the strawberries will partially dissolve. Turn off heat. Allow to cool before serving.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

https://michelleexley.com/plexus-96-protein-shake-recipes/Whether you’re getting out of the dog house with breakfast-in-bed, or you’re looking to show your significant other a little love by supporting their health goals, this chocolate covered strawberry protein shake is sweet and succulent. Plexus 96® Chocolate whey protein powder is gluten free—so if you’re gluten free, be sure to select a gluten free Greek yogurt too!


Plexus 96® Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Ingredients

1 packet Plexus 96® Chocolate
8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
1 cup vanilla flavored Greek yogurt

1 cup strawberries
1 frozen banana, sliced
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
4 ice cubes

Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Cafe Mocha Protein Shake

P96 protein shake recipe

Coffee and chocolate combine to create a cafe mocha protein shake sure to become every coffee lover’s dream. Unlike blended coffee drinks from your local coffee shop, this protein smoothie features 15 grams of protein, more than 20 vitamins and minerals, and Plexus 96® Chocolate whey protein powder, making it a healthy, post-workout snack or chocolate-java fix.

Plexus 96® Café Mocha Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Ingredients

1 packet Plexus 96® Chocolate
8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
1 cup vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon instant coffee
4 ice cubes

Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Banana Nut Protein Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakeElvis’ peanut butter and banana sandwiches have nothing on this creamy delight. This banana nut protein shake starts with 15 grams of high-quality whey protein from Plexus 96®Vanilla, and then tops it off with peanut butter, almonds and Greek yogurt. Your taste buds will reminisce about the familiar flavors of banana nut bread, while your healthy side contemplates the more than 20 vitamins and minerals in the protein packet alone.


Plexus 96® Banana Nut Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Ingredients

1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon peanut butter or peanut butter powder
10 almonds
1 frozen banana, sliced
4-6 ice cubes

Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Tropical Protein Smoothie Bowl

plexus 96 whey protein shakeAh! Vacation any time. The Plexus 96® Tropical Protein Smoothie Bowl is like a tropical paradise getaway at your own kitchen table. Plexus 96® Vanilla offers 15 grams of high-quality whey protein and more than 20 vitamins and minerals, leaving you refueled and full.* It’s a healthy snack that’s easy to make and tastes like heaven in a bowl. Oh! And feel free to add your own favorite and/or seasonal fruit to the blend!

Plexus 96® Tropical Protein Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes

Gluten Free

Ingredients

Smoothie:

Plexus 96® Vanilla
½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt (substitute for preferred yogurt)
1 cup chopped frozen strawberries
1 cup chopped frozen raspberries
1 cup chopped frozen mango
¼ cup pineapple juice (substitute for preferred juice)

Toppings: (May be changed to preference)

1 cup fresh fruit (blueberries, sliced banana, strawberries, etc.)
½ teaspoon chia seed
2 teaspoons flaked coconut
¼ cup chopped nuts
½ cup granola (optional)

Directions

Add all smoothie ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth. Top with preferred toppings.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Almond Joy Protein Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakesThe candy bar you love, the protein you need. The Plexus 96® almond joy protein shake is a healthy spin on one of the best combos of all time—chocolate, almond, and coconut. Feeling a sweet tooth craving coming on? Satisfy it. With 15 grams of high-quality whey protein from the P96 Chocolate, this creamy and cold blend will leave you feeling full.* Perfect for a midday snack or as your new favorite dessert. Five simple ingredients, one tasty treat. What are you waiting for?

Plexus 96® Almond Joy Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Gluten Free

Ingredients

1 packet of Plexus 96® Chocolate
½ cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
½ cup vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
4-6 ice cubes
For a creamier option, pour almond milk into ice cube trays and freeze beforehand. Substitute frozen almond milk cubes for ice.

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Shamrock Protein Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakesLooking to fuel up before you search for your pot o’ gold? Skip the drive thru! The Plexus 96® Shamrock Protein Shake is sure to please your taste buds and satisfy your minty holiday craving. Plexus 96® Vanilla has 15 grams of high-quality whey protein to leave you feeling full.* And, P96 has more than 20 vitamins and minerals for a healthy treat on-the-go. Oh! And, the best part? With this recipe, you can enjoy a little luck of the Irish, all year long!

Plexus 96® Shamrock Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 4 minutes

Cook time: 1 minute

Gluten Free

Ingredients

1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 banana, frozen
½ cup spinach
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
4-6 ice cubes

Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Holiday Berry Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakesSavor the flavor of the season with this bold and hearty Plexus 96® cranberry protein shake. Cranberries combine with the creamy vanilla flavor of Plexus 96® to create a perfect harmony sweet and tart. Fifteen grams of high-quality whey protein, deliver healthy sustained energy and leave you feeling full.*

The perfect treat for breakfast or lunch—or as a dessert—we developed this delicious tasting protein shake to help you avoid bad choices and high-calorie meals.

Plexus 96® Holiday Berry Shake

Serves 1

Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Gluten free

Ingredients
  • 1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
  • 8 ounces orange juice
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons plain, non-fat yogurt
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons hemp seed
Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Pumpkin Spice Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakesPumpkins are fall’s signature squash. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, pumpkins take a starring role in everything from pumpkin spice lattes to pumkin pies. There’s nothing like a slice, or sometimes two, of pumpkin pie to finish off your Thanksgiving meal.

If you’re looking for a delicious alternative, consider this Plexus 96® pumpkin spice protein shake. The creamy vanilla flavor of our protein powder complements the richness of the nutmeg and cinnamon. And, we’ve loaded this recipe with tons of real pumpkin. It’s as authentic tasting as you’ll get. 

Plexus 96® Pumpkin Spice Shake

Serves 1

Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Gluten free

Ingredients
  • 1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
  • 8 ounces skim milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree (Not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 ice cubes
Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Apple Pie Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakesThere’s nothing like a slice of Grandma’s apple pie after a hearty fall meal. Topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a drizzle of caramel, it’s a slice of Americana.

With apples and vanilla, this Plexus 96® apple pie protein shake tastes like you’re eating dessert in an orchard. 

Plexus 96® Apple Pie Shake

Serves 1

Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Gluten free

Ingredients
  • 1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
  • 8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
  • 1 seasonal apple, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ice cubes
Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Dark Chocolate Peppermint Protein Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakesA classic holiday flavor, we’ve combined rich, decadent dark chocolate with a hint of peppermint. The flavors in this dark chocolate peppermint protein shake are reminiscent of a cool, crisp peppermint patty. With 15 grams of protein and more than 20 vitamins and minerals, this protein shake is a great way to get your chocolate fix in a healthy way. Plexus 96® whey protein powder is gluten free and 100 percent vegetarian.

Plexus 96® Dark Chocolate Peppermint Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute
Gluten free
Ingredients
  • 1 packet Plexus 96 Chocolate
  • 8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 6 ice cubes
Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth. Microwave for a hot treat.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Candy Cane Bark Protein Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakesThe mice are quiet and the stockings are hung. It’s Christmas time and the flavor of the season is peppermint. More nice than naughty, our candy cane protein shake tastes like Christmas magic feels—chocolatey, refreshing, and creamy. The perfect alternative to candy cane bark, this protein shake makes a healthy and delicious dessert. Or enjoy the 15 grams of protein and more than 20 vitamins and minerals, that make this a sweet but filling breakfast. Plexus 96® Chocolate whey protein powder is gluten free and 100 percent vegetarian. 

Plexus 96® Candy Cane Bark Protein Shake

Serves 1

Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Gluten free

Ingredients
  • 1 packet Plexus 96® Chocolate
  • 8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup vanilla flavor Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 6 ice cubes
Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth. Garnish with a crushed candy cane.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Spiced Cranberry Protein Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakesIf holiday sweets have gotten the best of you, maybe it’s time to spice things up. Cinnamon and nutmeg add warmth to this creamy and filling protein shake. Plexus 96® Vanilla whey protein powder is gluten free, 100 percent vegetarian, non-GMO, and features more than 20 vitamins and minerals. Paired with the antioxidant power of cranberries, our spiced cranberry protein shake makes for a super healthy breakfast, lunch, or snack.

Plexus 96® Spiced Cranberry Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Gluten free, Vegetarian

Ingredients
  • 1 packet Plexus 96® Chocolate
  • 8 ounces sugar-free cranberry juice OR a packet of Plexus Slim®
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 ice cubes
Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth. Garnish with cranberries (optional).


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Lean and Green Protein Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakesIf you’re interested in adding more fruits and veggies to your diet, our Lean & Green Plexus 96® protein shake may be just what you’re looking for. Featuring 15 grams of high-quality whey protein and avocados—this green protein shake will leave you feeling satisfied* for hours.1 And, when you add the health benefits of spinach, to the more than 20 vitamins and minerals in P96 vanilla you’re in for a super powered meal on-the-go.

Worried it’ll taste like you’re eating your veggies? Worry no more! In this creamy delight vanilla and banana dance across your palette. Oh, and P96 protein powder is gluten free and 100 percent vegetarian.

Plexus 96® Lean and Green Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Gluten free

Ingredients

1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
1 frozen banana, sliced
½ avocado
½ cup spinach
6 ice cubes
Optional 1 tablespoon flax, hemp or chia seeds

Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Orange Creamsickle Protein Shake

plexus 96 whey protein shakesThe Plexus 96® orange creamsicle protein shake will bring out the 80’s kid in you. This tasty throwback tastes like one of the most iconic frozen treats of all time. Fresh citrus, creamy almond milk, and 15 grams of high-quality whey protein from the P96 Vanilla makes this the perfect power-up for any time of your day.*  One sip and you’ll be back in your childhood summer days… only this time, you’ll be a little bit healthier.

Plexus 96® Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Ingredients
1 packet of Plexus 96® Vanilla
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup of unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
4-6 ice cubes

For a creamier option, pour almond milk into ice cube trays and freeze beforehand. Substitute frozen almond milk cubes for ice.

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


PLEXUS 96 Protein Shake Recipes

P96 Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake

It’s plexus 96 whey protein shake15 minutes until the school bus arrives, and you’re still packing the kiddos lunches. This Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake tastes just like the childhood classics you’re adding to their lunch pails—without the added sugar and carbs. Peanut butter adds healthy fat and extra protein to this grown-up PB&J; while the strawberries offer antioxidants, dietary fiber, and a ton of vitamin C! Plexus 96® vanilla whey protein powder is gluten free and 100 percent vegetarian—choose a gluten free peanut butter for a gluten free treat.

Plexus 96® Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake

Serves 1
Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Ingredients

1 packet Plexus 96® Vanilla
8 ounces almond milk (substitute for preferred milk type)
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter or peanut butter powder
½ cup strawberries
4 ice cubes

Directions

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.


 

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