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!Shop Blogilates Nutrition at Target
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.
Tips for using Sculpt + Debloat Protein Powder
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 😉
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.Shop Beauty
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 🙂Shop Unwind
Glow Up Superfood Powder with Probiotics
One of the most common questions I get as a dietitian is hands down “what do you think about greens powders?” It shouldn’t really surprise you by now to hear that I think they’re great for filling in the gaps BUT ideally, you’ll focus on food first.
That being said, Glow Up provides quite a selection of good stuff! According to the label, over 22 fruits, veggies, and superfoods. And all you have to do is mix it into 8 ounces of water, almond milk or a smoothie.
Breaking down the 4 blends
Organic Green Food Blend – Makes it easier to up your intake of certain greens that you don’t love eating on a regular basis like spinach, kale, parsley, spirulina, barley grass, wheat grass, and more. These provide a huge variety of nutrients and antioxidants.
Fun fact if you didn’t know: Spirulina is actually a type of algae! It has a ton of benefits but many believe it does amazing things for the immune system (more research needed here). It’s also a good source of protein.
Organic Antioxidant Blend – A combination of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies to prevent cell damage from oxidative stress and therefore reduce the risk for disease.
Organic Mushroom Blend – A blend of adaptogenic mushrooms that may help with things like workout recovery, stress management, and cognitive health.
Fiber, Prebiotic and Probiotic Blend – Similar to the fiber/probiotic blend in the Sculpt + Debloat protein powder, with the addition of prebiotics. Prebiotics “feed” probiotic bacteria so they can flourish in the gut.
Again, all of this is fantastic but please PLEASE remember to get nutrition from food first. A greens powder doesn’t excuse you from your fruits and veggies, ok?!Shop Glow Up
Jumpstart Energy Powder
This one’s pretty simple because there’s one main ingredient doing all the work: ashwagandha. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, maybe because it’s a functional herb that’s been around for THOUSANDS of years.
How does ashwagandha give you energy? It doesn’t really GIVE you energy. It works by helping your body manage stress more efficiently to spare the energy you already have. And did you know that exercise is technically stress on your body?! Ashwagandha helps your body handle that stress so you have more energy for your workout.
Bonus: Green tea extract. For the perfect caffeine boost. 100mg to be exact! For reference, that’s about the same as the average 8oz cup of coffee.
Double bonus: B vitamins. These play a role in the reactions of energy production.
How to use Jumpstart: Use this like you would a preworkout to give yourself a little boost of energy. Just mix with 8 ounces of water or into a smoothie at least 15 minutes prior.
Thanks for nerding out do these ingredients with me 😉 Hopefully this little breakdown answers some of your Blogilates Nutrition questions!
You can find Sculpt+ Debloat in Sweet Cream, and Beauty Collagen Peptides both in-store and online at Target! The other products are online-only.
What should we talk about next?!! Give me all of your nutrition q’s in the comments.