All things Gut Health with TYG!

TYG (Train Your Gut) is a gut-health sports drink packed with functional ingredients and live bio-cultures to help optimise your performance. 

 

If you purchased a March Lifebox you will have already received a can of Train your Gut Probiotic Drink!

Haven’t got your box yet? Get one here

TYG is the the world’s first probiotic sports drink.

TYG (Train Your Gut) is a gut-health sports drink packed with functional ingredients and live bio-cultures to help optimise your performance. 

Read on to find out about why gut health is pivotal to general wellbeing and why knowing the difference between probiotic strains is so important.

Probiotics

What they are:

Put simply, probiotics are good bacteria. We have a mix of both good and bad bacteria in our gut microbiome and the goal for optimal gut health is to maintain a healthy balance. We can do this by introducing and supporting the growth of the good bacteria through consumption of both probiotics and prebioticsPrebiotics feed the good bacteria and are found in food sources such as green apples, bananas and oats

Why are prebiotics & probiotics important?

Your gut is often referred to as your second brain. It’s proven to influence your athleticism, immunity (70% of your immune system is housed in the gut), metabolism and even the way you thinka whopping 90% of your serotonin (the happy hormone) is said to be produced in the gut. Inside you right now are trillions of microorganisms, some of which are supporting your health, while others could be harming your health – giving you breakouts, making you feel sick, bloated, and sluggish.

How you feel really does come down to the overall balance of bacteria in your gut. 

What affects the balance? 

Antibiotics are known to suppress the beneficial bacteria and change the balance. Stress also has a big impact. Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, from your emotional state (like when you’re trying to homeschool, whilst working full time and keeping your home in some kind of order!) to your physical wellbeing (like overloading the body with sugar or toxins or even going for an intense training session, which is where TYG is your ally). 

Sources of probiotics:

Fermented drinks have become increasingly popular, with kombucha and kefir available in most supermarkets, but do we actually know why we’re drinking them and their benefits? Interestingly, whilst kombucha is a great soft drink or even alcohol alternative, the probiotics found in kombucha aren’t native to the gut microbiome, meaning you’re not going to be replacing any good bacteria that you might be missing. Given it’s tea based, arguably one of the key benefits are its antioxidant properties. Kefir on the other hand does contain good bacteria, native to the microbiome and is a great source of B vitamins, which are key for energy production. Other sources include yoghurts, TYG and of course probiotic supplements. 

What to consider with the strain of probiotic:

One of the biggest questions to ask yourself when it comes to probiotics is: will they actually reach my gut alive so I experience their benefits? After consumption, they’ve got to pass through the stomach to reach your gut. Our stomachs are highly acidic, as this is where chemical digestion of our food takes place. This acidic environment can kill probiotics before they even get to the gut if they’re not properly encapsulated. Most reputable brands will inform you of how their probiotic withstands stomach acid, like we do with TYG.

How long does it take for probiotic supplements to work?

The short answer: It depends. There are several factors that come into play, like why you’re taking the probiotic, the state of your health, and the strains you’re taking, to name a few. That being said, researchers have looked at the timeline for several common conditions that probiotics are known to support and found some similarities. If you put all the research together, the general consensus is that it can take anywhere from a couple of days to several weeks for your probiotics to start working. Consistency is key, supporting optimal gut health is all about creating healthy sustainable habits, there are no quick fixes sadly. 

How you know if they’re working:

The best way to know if a probiotic is working for you is trying it consistently for a number of weeks and keeping track of any changes to your symptoms. Try keeping a symptom journal, so you can see if things are improving. The more severe or significant your symptoms before starting a probiotic, the easier it is to notice changes. Since probiotics are taken orally and must pass through the digestive tract, digestive symptoms are often the first ones to improve such as bowel movement consistency, frequency and gas, but don’t be surprised if you start to notice things like your skin improving, mood and even sleep patterns! 

TYG is available now in three distinct flavours from Amazon and their website.

To try all 3 flavours, use the code ‘LIFEBOX20’ to get 20% off your first mixed crate!

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“I am thrilled to have discovered TYG drinks – something I actually look forward to drinking as soon as I’m off the bike or back from a run. It’s so nice knowing I am doing something for my gut health and recovery, both of which are crucial to athletic performance and so easy to get wrong! I’m a convert and TYG is now firmly a part of my training routine”

– Olivia Ross-Hurst, Triathlete and Adidas Runners Coach – 

Veggie Peanut Soup by Manilife

Veggie Peanut Soup by Manilife

You’ll find a full size Jar of Manilife Peanut Butter in our Feb Lifebox!

Haven’t got your box yet? Get it here!

SERVES: 2

Veggie Peanut Soup by Manilife

Mmm hearty & delicious, this nourishing soup is the perfect quick lunch when you need something to fuel you through your day!

Ingredients

1L of Vegetable stock
500ml water
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 tbsp diced fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, cut in small pieces
1 tsp salt
1 bunch of kale, chopped into strips 100g of Manilife Peanut Butter
3.5 tablespoons of tomato paste
Hot sauce
Handful of chopped peanuts, for garnish Cooked brown rice, for serving (optional)

Method

Combine the broth and water in a pot and bring to boil.

When it starts simmering add in the onion, ginger, garlic, and salt. Cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes.

In another bowl (heat-safe) combine the peanut butter & tomato paste.

Add the 500ml of hot stock to the bowl – this will help smoothen the PB/tomato paste, so you need to mix it well.

Once smooth add it back to your pot and stir.

Add in the kale and if you want it hot, add in some chilli flakes or hot sauce!

Once everything has been added, let everything simmer for another 10-15mins (depends it you want your kale crunchy or not!).

Taste it and add more seasoning if needed.

This recipe is tastiest when served over cooked brown rice!

Finally, if you have some peanuts, chop them and sprinkle on top. Yum!

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Bircher Muesli by Rude Health

Bircher Muesli by Rude Health

You’ll find a full size box of gluten-free coconut muesli in our January Lifebox!

Haven’t got your box yet? Get it here!

Once there was a Doctor, who all night long dreamt of breakfast. That’s because he’d made it the night before, and it was chilling so that the ingredients became deliciously soft and digestible. His name was Dr Bircher. Although you can buy instant Bircher Muesli nowadays, this recipe pays respect to Dr Bircher’s Swiss levels of organisation.

SERVES: 2

TIME: Overnight + 5 mins prep

INGREDIENTS

150ml Rude Health Oat or Almond Milk

1 apple or pear, grated

90g gluten-free coconut muesli

60ml apple juice

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp sesame seeds

2 tbsp rose petals (optional)

150g blueberries

METHOD 

  1. Grate the apple and mix with the milk, muesli, apple juice and cinnamon.
  2. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Chop the walnuts and mix with the pumpkin seeds.
  4. Serve the overnight Bircher Muesli with the sesame seeds, rose petals and blueberries.
  5. Enjoy!
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Get more of the good stuff!

Loved a particular product in our December Lifebox, we’re not surprised 😋

Here you’ll find exclusive discounts off your favourite goodies, making it super easy & affordable to stock up…

If you were obsessed with Caroboo, you’re certainly not alone! Since launching only a mere month ago, Caroboo is taking the sweet category by storm for their incredibly innovative & deliciously creamy choco-bars made from carob.

They contain 45% less sugar than your average chocolate bar, come in compostable packaging and taste out of this world.

Try their 3 flavours – Mint, Coconut & Orange (which tastes just like Terry’s if you’re a fan)!

Get an exclusive 15% off their entire range by entering the code LIFEBOX on their website checkout – https://eatcaroboo.co.uk/

 

If you took a fancy to Sweetpea Pantry, us too!

Sweetpea Pantry makes delicious, award-winning healthy baking mixes that are gluten-free, vegan and with no added sugar.

With highly nutritious ingredients like oats, flax, quinoa and teff, these mixes are quick and easy to make and are the perfect pantry backup for all snacking occasions (without the guilt)!

The range includes Flapjack, Pancakes, Brownie, and Muffin mixes.

Found in Ocado, Tesco free-from, Sainsbury’s baking aisle, Budgens Belsize Park and online at: sweetpeapantry.co.uk and stacksofgoodness.co.uk 

Ahhh Link Nutrition, the innovate & health focused company that we all need in life right now!

If you are hooked on their Vitamin C Complex you found in your Dec Lifebox, we’re not surprised! It’s the perfect whole-food supplement to support our immune systems during the winter months!

Their extensive range spans from Night-time to Probiotics to Medicinal Mushrooms! We’re huge fans and highly recommend taking advantage of an amazing 20% off their entire range with code LINKLIFE20.

Simply visit their website to redeem the code https://linknutrition.com/

Bellini anyone? Savyll are an incredibly innovative company that creates familiar cocktails we all know & love, but making them alcohol-free! We are all for it!

Drinking alcohol has increased this year, for obvious reasons, but can really wreak havoc on our health, productivity and even our sleep & mood.

That’s why we’re incredibly excited to showcase Savyll and their amazing collection of mocktails, that tastes so good – who ever needed alcohol anyway!

Stock up for Christmas & Dry January and get 20% off their entire range with code LIFEBOX20 – head to their website to find out more https://savyll.com/

The Raw Chocolate Co produce 100% vegan organic delicious raw chocolate and healthy snacks and ingredients!

This isn’t the first time you’ll have seen the Raw Choc Co in Lifebox! We are beyond in love with this company & their incredible ethos!

It’ll be a challenge to not buy everything on your website, but our favourites are their raw chocolate bars, vanoffee buttons and of course their chocolate covered raisins! 

Check out their extensive & delectable range and get a huge 25% off with code LIFEBOX25 – enter the code at checkout via their website https://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/

Rhubarb, Ginger and Thyme Crumble by Sweetpea Pantry

Vegan Ginger, Thyme and Rhubarb Crumble by 

@thewrightfoodie

Sweetpea Pantry is back! After receiving such incredible feedback from their feature last year, it only felt right to invite them back with their deliciously wholesome flapjack mix.

Haven’t got your box yet? Get it here!

This delicious Vegan Ginger, Thyme and Rhubarb Crumble is the perfect way to end a festive meal, or even as a slightly indulgent breakfast! We’re hooked!

Ingredients:

For the topping:

  • 1 x pack of Sweetpea Pantry Super Oat Flapjack
  • 30g Coconut Sugar
  • 40g Pumpkin Seeds
  • 40g Sunflower Seeds
  • 115g Coconut Oil (softened not melted)
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger

For the middle: 

  • 350g Chopped Rhubarb
  • 4 tsp Coconut Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • A few sprigs of fresh Thyme (using this herb just takes the recipe to the next level)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 18oc
  2. Mix together all of the topping ingredients either by hand, or very gently in a blender.
  3. Chop the Rhubarb into 1 cm pieces and toss with the coconut sugar, ground ginger and thyme sprigs.
  4. Either place the rhubarb in one large pie dish or in separate smaller ramekins (I tend to make individual portions and freeze them, so I have a great dessert on tap).
  5. With your fingers, crumble the topping mixture evenly over the rhubarb.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until top is lightly browned and bubbling.
  7. Serve with topping as desired – we love ours with coconut yoghurt
  8. 8. Tip: If freezing some, bake those for 20 minutes only and allow to cool before placing in a ziplock bag and put in the freezer. Defrost fully before putting back in the oven for another 20 mins.
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Feel your best with Link Nutrition!

If you purchased a December Lifebox you will have already received a months supply of their Immune Supporting Vitamin C Complex worth £22.95! 

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Baked Banana Porridge by Nucao

Baked Banana Porridge by Nucao

Nucao is back! After receiving such incredible feedback from their feature earlier in the year, it only felt right to invite them back with one of their amazing new flavours. Haven’t got your box yet? Get it here!

This delicious Baked Banana Porridge makes for a wonderfully indulgent breakfast or dessert!

Ingredients:

2 bananas (1 mashed, 1 sliced)
270g oats (gluten- free)
300 ml of plant milk
1 handful of walnuts 3 (chopped)
1 Nucao almond sea-salt bar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tbsp maple syrup
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Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180*C.

2. Puree a banana and mix it with the other ingredients except the sliced banana. Add the coarsely chopped Nucao and transfer to an ovenproof bowl.

3. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the top is firmer. Then take it out of the oven for a moment, place the sliced banana on top and put it back in the oven.

4. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, then remove. And enjoy 🙂

HEALTH FACT

Did you know that there are a total of 21 amino acids that our body needs to build all of the vital proteins?

8 of these 21 acids (tryptophan, isoleucine, valine, methionine, leucine, lysine, phenylalanine, threonine) are among the essential amino acids that our body cannot produce itself and that we have to supply to our bodies through diet. The good news is: nucao contains all 8 essential amino acids.

 

Raw and Wild Pili Nuts

In our October Lifebox you’ll find the incredible Raw & Wild who are masters of the nutritionally packed and delicious Pili Nut.

You might be wondering, what exactly is a Pili nut?
 

Raw & Wild wild harvest their nuts from Pili trees in the Bicol region in the Philippines.

Known as the ‘stress loving trees‘ due to their resilience to extreme weather conditions, Pili trees often have an abundance of fruits after typhoons and so are perfectly suited to this tropical, rainy region.

Similarly to a coconut, Pili fruits are dried in the sun before they are shelled! They are one tough nut to crack, so Raw & Wild employ the most skilled shell experts who use Bicolano machetes over a wooden board to break through their tough exterior. These experts are masters in precision, controlled strength and speed – a real art form!

Once shelled, Raw & Wild pre-sprout and rehydrate their Pili Nuts to preseve all the vital enzymes, minerals and nutrients. The activation process breaks down complex starch, neutralises the phytic acid found in all nuts and seeds and ignites the ‘life force‘ of the nut.

Are Pili nuts nutritious?

Pili nuts have an impressive nutritional  profile. They contain the highest amount of Vitamin E than any other nut, are very high in magnesium and Omega 9.

They are also the highest balanced fat whole food making them the perfect paleo snack that will keep you satiated all afternoon long.

On top of all that, they’re:

Low in Carbohydrates

Low GI

Keto Friendly

Good for Your Skin and Hair

Vegan, Gluten Free, Non-Gmo

High in Omega-9

 

Here at Lifebox, we’re a huge fan of Raw & Wild and their amazing range.

For more info on their range, visit their website here