EWYN BANANA BREAD

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ cup vanilla whey protein
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 4 egg-whites
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups mashed banana (approximately 3)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray. Mix all ingredients together in a blender beginning with dry and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake 40 – 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool and slice 8 slices. Enjoy!
Store leftovers in fridge up to 1 week or in freezer up to 1 month

Thank you to Heather from Ewyn Studios Goderich, ON for the recipe!

BROCCOLI SOUP

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 3.5 cups broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • Ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a large pan. Add the broccoli florets and 1.5 tbsp olive oil. Cook for at least 10 minutes or until soft. While the broccoli is cooking, sauté onions in .5 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. When cooked, transfer broccoli mixture and onion to a blender in batches and puree or use an immersion blender. Return soup to pot and heat over medium heat for a few minutes. Divide into four equal portions. Drizzle .5 tbsp olive oil on each serving when ready to eat with freshly ground pepper to taste. Enjoy!

*Substitutions:
Could use cauliflower instead of broccoli or a combination of the two!

Thank you to Carol Tieu from Ewyn Studios Carleton Place, ON for the recipe!

Makes 1 serving, 4 portions 

MAGNESIUM… THAT MINERAL YOU MAY BE MISSING!

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Written By: Dean Esser

 

What does Magnesium do for you? What doesn’t it do?!

Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical processes within our bodies. This means that if you’re deficient in magnesium, your body is unable to do these 300 things effectively. Slightly more troubling, upwards of 80% of us are deficient in this key mineral. Let’s take a closer look at a few important processes that magnesium plays a vital role in.

Lacking sleep? Having trouble getting to sleep? Many of us don’t sleep well. In fact, nearly 50% of older adults have insomnia, with difficulty getting to sleep, waking up early or worse yet, not feeling refreshed when you wake because you didn’t sleep well. This is partly due to our lifestyle factors and changes in your circadian rhythms, but also from a decrease in nutrients. You may have heard that magnesium helps you sleep. Well, you are right! In fact, it’s a key nutrient for sleep that must be eaten or taken in supplements and properly absorbed to get a good night’s sleep.

Magnesium prepares your body for sleep by relaxing your muscles. It also helps to “shut your mind off,” and calms your nerves by regulating two of your brain’s messengers called neurotransmitters that tend to keep you awake. Magnesium is also essential to maintain a healthy ‘biological clock’ & sleep cycle. Getting enough magnesium helps reduce & prevent sleep disorders.

Magnesium can protect your heart! If you’re an athlete, I’m sure you already know that magnesium is important for muscles. So, what about the most important muscle in your body? Lower magnesium in your diet equates with higher risks of heart disease. That’s because magnesium fuels the heart, protects your heart’s pump, prevents heart attacks, and provides elasticity for heart & blood vessels. Magnesium plays an important role in regulating your blood pressure. It relaxes “smooth muscle” cells, meaning those in your veins and arteries, so they don’t constrict the flow of blood. It also regulates other minerals vital to blood pressure.

Magnesium even helps prevent asthma! Shortness of breath? Tight Chest? Trouble sleeping because you’re coughing or wheezing — you know it when you have symptoms of asthma. Magnesium is often used as therapy in hospitals for life-threatening asthma.

Looking to improve your digestion & relieve constipation? Magnesium can do both! But don’t forget to listen to your gut. Rectify a digestion problem before it becomes chronic. Whether you suffer from acid reflux, constipation, gas, bloating or indigestion, the food you eat isn’t being properly processed. This reduces your ability to absorb nutrients from it, and can result in long-term, serious health issues.

Without magnesium, your body can’t perform the “mechanics” of digestion, make hydrochloric acid (stomach acid), make digesting enzymes for processing carbs, proteins and fats, and repair and protect your digestive organs (esophagus, stomach, intestines, pancreas, colon).

As soon as you put food into your mouth, magnesium comes into play. It helps to make enzymes in your saliva that break food down into smaller parts, helping the entire digestive process. The hormones that tell your stomach to produce digestive acid need magnesium to be made; without it, you can’t digest food.

So, if you are looking for a better sleep? Or better digestion? Or constipation relief?

Ewyn Weight Loss Studios PM/BM Magnesium has Exactly What You Need.

THE NEW AGE OF COCONUT OIL

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Written By: Craig Warrian

 

Coconut Oil is a natural antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic. Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or “meat” of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm.

When we consume coconut oil, our bodies break the oil down into its individual components of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) or Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs).  These individual components are what make coconut oil unique.

Below are the 4 types of Fatty Acids that make up coconut oil:

  • 48% Lauric Acid, which is a 12-chain saturated fatty acid
  • 7% Capric Acid, which is a 10-chain saturated fatty acid
  • 8% Caprylic Acid, which is an 8-chain fatty acid
  • 5% Caproic Acid, which is a 6-chain fatty acid

So how do these fatty acids help and why do they matter?

Let’s take a quick step back. When we get sick with some bacterial infection, our Doctors have the ability to prescribe anti-biotics to help us fight that infection. Unfortunately, this is not the case with Viruses. Anti-biotics do not help us fight viruses.

Many Viruses and Bacteria are enveloped in a very flexible, lipid (fat) membrane. This allows these organisms to move, bend and flex freely and to squeeze into very tiny spaces.

Lipid-coated viruses and bacteria are easily killed by MCFAs. Compounds such as Lauric acid (C-12) (found most abundantly in nature in Coconut and Palm Kernel oils) have the ability to disrupt the viruses outer membrane and destroy them.

MCFAs are smaller than other fatty acids in the “skin” and have the ability to weaken the already very fluid membrane to a degree that it falls apart, and in turn destroying the virus. The best part is, these MCFAs will help destroy unwanted visitors without causing any harm to human tissues. WIN WIN!

Our recommendations for using Coconut oil? Keep plenty of Coconut oil on hand! When using it on your skin as a moisturizer, it makes your skin look and feel beautiful, but also provides a barrier of protection.

Coconut oil can also be ingested when feeling sick! If you’re feeling symptoms of an illness, take 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil mixed in luke warm water! (yes, I know that doesn’t sound tasty, but it will help) Your symptoms may naturally worsen over the short term (1-2 days) but will improve over the next few days as the MCFAs do their thing.

Some of you may be wondering, is MCT oil the same thing and have the same benefits? The answer is Yes and No. MCT oil is typically a combination of Capric (C-10) and Caprylic Acid (C-8). Both have anti-microbial properties, but not as impactful as Lauric Acid (C-12). Therefore, for maximum benefits use Coconut Oil when you can, but don’t avoid MCT oil, it will also have benefits (Brain, Immune etc.).

FYI consuming coconut oil is not going to prevent you from contracting COVID-19. This information is provided for informational purposes only and is not to replace any health recommendations from your Doctor or Health Canada.

If you currently do not consume Coconut oil on a regular basis, increasing its consumption may create a bit of stomach upset. As your body gets used to the Coconut oil, this feeling will go away.

In recent years the popularity of coconut and particularly coconut oil has soared because of publicized health benefits. Fueling the coconut oil trend, celebrity endorsements have claimed the ingredient to help blast away belly fat, curb appetite, strengthen the immune system, and even prevent heart disease!

As consumer demand for plant-based foods increases, coconut oil has become a popular fat choice for its rich flavor with a mild coconut aroma.

Remember to store coconut oil in a cool dark location in a sealed container or in the refrigerator. The shelf life will vary depending on the type of processing and how it is stored. Refined coconut oil generally lasts for a few months, whereas virgin coconut oil may last for 2-3 years if stored properly away from heat and light.

STACEY’S CHICKEN BUDDHA BOWL

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Ingredients:

  • 4 oz cooked ground chicken (could substitute for turkey or fish)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked (or rice)
  • 1 cup peppers and zucchini, chopped (or other veggies)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp fat free dressing (of your choice)

Directions:

Cook the chicken on the stove top in the avocado oil. In a bowl layer the vegetables on top of your cooked quinoa or rice. Spread ground chicken over vegetables and quinoa. Spoon fat free dressing over bowl. Mix together if desired and ENJOY!

Thank you to Stacey Burchat from Ewyn Studios Carleton Place, ON for the recipe!

Makes 1 serving.

THE ADVANTAGES OF FRANCHISING

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franchise owner, or a franchisee, is someone who buys a business that is part of a chain, using the same name, trademark, product, and services.

The franchise organization model offers the franchisee the ability to grow under a common brand and share in the benefits of a larger group of business owners. Though each business is independently owned and managed, all franchisees share in the collaborative benefits of the organization through the support and oversight of the franchisor.

Franchising can be an intimidating venture, and weighing the “pros and cons” is imperative to making the decision to become a franchisee. Check out the list below and ask yourself if these advantages could work for you!

Advantage 1: Explore a New Career, Work in a New Industry! No Experience Necessary

Buying a franchise allows you to work in a field that you don’t necessarily have any previous work experience in, but that is intriguing to you. Franchise brands (also known as franchisors) offer extensive and thorough support and training to franchisees in order to educate them and help them understand their company’s business model. By entering into an already established brand that has been operating (assumedly) for years, you will be privy to knowledge, experience, and industry secrets that you would otherwise have had to learn over the course of your career through a trial and error process. Owning a franchise allows you to tap into previous owners’ and leaders’ collective years-worth of first-hand experience, increasing your chances of success.

Advantage 2: Lower Risk

Franchises are a more secure investment than new businesses because they have the support and backing of a larger, established corporation. These corporations have business models that have been tested, often in different markets across the country, and have already proven themselves to be effective.

Advantage 3: Loyal Customer Base and Brand Recognition

One of the hardest parts of starting any new business is finding your first customers, which is one of the reasons so many people turn to franchising; when you buy a franchise you get to bypass a lot of the work that goes into marketing and branding a new, unknown business. Investing in a franchise grants you access to an established, loyal customer base and potential employee pool. Buying an established and recognized brand can give you an accelerated path to profitability by bringing in customers and prospective employees from day one.

Advantage 4: Collective Buying Power

When you purchase a franchise and become part of the franchise system, you’ll benefit from your franchisor’s established deep-rooted relationships with suppliers. This means that materials will be less expensive because of the franchisor’s collective buying power.

Advantage 5: Hit the Ground Running with Extensive Franchisor Support

Most franchisors prioritize supporting their franchisees — especially when they are just starting out — by offering them pre-opening assistance with operations like site selection, design, construction, financing, training, and grand-opening programs. The help doesn’t stop there: Some franchises even give loans and other forms of financial assistance to their franchisees.

Advantage 6: Be Your Own Boss

Owning a franchise allows you the chance to be your own boss. You’ll be able to craft a more flexible schedule for yourself; revel in having more autonomy over your career; you can even choose to work from home, if that’s what you want. You’ll own a business while having a support system to turn to when you’re in need of advice or assistance. In franchising, there’s a saying that you’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself.

It’s been said that if you love what you do, you can’t help but succeed. There’s a lot of truth to this statement. If you can align yourself with a franchise that really fits, you’ll be much happier, which in turn results in higher productivity. Being a franchise owner can improve quality of life and adventure! You can put your hard work ethic and drive into something to call your own.

Why dream it when you can live it?

EWYN Studios is always looking for new franchising opportunities! Think you may be interested? Click HERE to learn more.

CAULIFLOWER NACHOS

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup peppers and mushrooms (chopped)
  • 4 oz cooked ground chicken
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 oz shredded cheese

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425C. In a bowl mix all vegetables, oil and spices. Place vegetables on parchment paper and put onto cooking tray. Spread ground chicken over seasoned vegetable mixture. Bake for 20 min. Remove from oven sprinkle with cheese and bake for another 5 min. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Thank you to Stacey Burchat from Ewyn Studios Carleton Place, ON for the recipe!

Makes 1 serving.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE TAKING A “WATER PILL”

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Written By: Dean Esser

The human body consists of approximately 60% water. Water is vital in helping the body function properly and is largely responsible for dissolving nutrients and eliminating waste. When the body fails to eliminate excess water, this is referred to as water retention.

Water retention or edema means that there is excessive water in the tissue of the body which causes the body to swell, especially in the extremities. Fluid retention is often caused by the increase of blood pressure on the veins which adds to the pressure on the capillaries. The irregular changes in the blood vessels are often associated with poor eating habits or eating foods that do you do not utilize properly.

So how does one recognize water retention in the body? It is typically first noticed because of the swelling of extremities. Another indication of water retention is the difficulty to lose weight, despite diet efforts. The physical signs are more evident, however. Physical signs of water retention include swollen ankles and unexplained weight gain over a very short period of time.

It is possible to retain up to 5 pounds of water weight, most of which is stored in the fluid that surrounds the cells throughout the body. Overweight people tend to retain more water because they typically consume more calories and as a result, tend to consume higher amounts of sodium which greatly contributes to water retention.

Sure, “water pills” help you shed the excess water that’s making you feel super bloated—but only temporarily. Once you stop taking them, your kidneys go back to reabsorbing the normal amount of water and salt deemed necessary for your body.  You then go back to your previous body weight soon after you stop taking them.

In fact, some water pills may make you gain weight.  Yep, you read that right. If you take any type of diuretic over a long period of time, your kidneys will eventually overcompensate for their use and you’ll end up holding on to more water weight than you did before you started taking them.

There are two extensive types of fluid retention. The first one is generalized oedema that is characterized by swellings all over the body (inflammation). The second type is the localized oedema that affects particular body parts (typically in the extremities). This condition is most common in the legs and feet, and can also affect the face, hand, and arm areas.

So how do we reduce water retention safely?  One way to reduce water retention is by increasing potassium intake by eating healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits (this is not an endorsement to eat 4 bananas a day). Also, by drinking more fluid (mainly, water).

Skipping junk food and cutting down on processed foods (specifically carbohydrates) that have hidden salt ingredients are also necessary changes.

Eating a higher protein diet will help as protein is an important nutrient in preventing the abnormal changes in body tissues. Eating smaller meals at regular intervals combined with regular movement/walking will also help increase circulation, eliminate waste in the body and reduce excess water.

Improved diet and consistent movement (exercise) are the biggest factors in reducing water weight.

Now, is all water retention supplementation bad?  Aren’t some “water pills” less than optimal for you and can cause weight gain?  Why would someone want to take Ewyn’s – Fluid Control Plus?  Many “water pills” can have some side effects but EWYN’s – Fluid Control Plus is not made like other water pills.

Fluid Control Plus was made to provide mental focus, motivation, fat burning, inflammation reduction & shed some of that excess water weight.  The ingredients for water retention are mild, so as not to cause a rebound in weight gain.  When used in moderation (we recommend 2 months or less), Fluid Control Plus is great for fighting inflammation & breaking weight loss plateaus.

It’s Exactly What You Need.

EGG SALAD BOWL

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Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs + 2 egg whites (boiled)
  • 1 cup veggies: celery, green onion (chopped) and spinach
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • pinch of paprika

Directions:

Boil 4 eggs. Peel, remove 2 yolks.  Mash or blend together.

In a separate bowl, mix dressing ingredients and add to egg mixture along with chopped veggies.

Place on a bed of spinach. Enjoy!

Thank you to Carol Tieu from Ewyn Studios Carleton Place, ON for the recipe!

Makes 1 serving.

CHRISSY’S BALSAMIC DRESSING

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar (condiment)
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard (condiment)
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of black pepper

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together. Store in air tight container.

Thank you to CHRISSY from Owen Sound, ON for the recipe!

Makes 1 serving.