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Legion Genesis Greens Superfood Review + Healthy Recipe

The supplement market is saturated with products promising a wide variety of health supporting nutrients in a convenient capsule or as a powder. Searching for a good brand with quality ingredients that actually do as the bold words on the bottle claim is stressful. Luckily, Legion Genesis delivers a powerful greens superfood punch and has the research to back it up.

As Legion says, there are two major reasons why most greens products fail on their promises:

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Legion Athletics provides a host of supplements for men and women wanting to perform at their best every day. They are committed to providing products with high quality, healthy ingredients at clinically effective doses backed by published research. This is what makes Legion’s Genesis Greens Superfood stand out among the rest.

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I take many supplements each day. Some in powder form, some as capsules, and some as a liquid extracts. They all serve a purpose in helping me think, feel, and perform better, but it gets overwhelming trying to keep up with taking each one separately, not to mention time consuming by having to measure out each dose.

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With Genesis, most of the supplements I take are inside, and Legion did all the work for me by providing each ingredient at clinically effective dosages backed by research.

Legion Athletics Genesis Supplement Facts

When I was given the opportunity to review their greens supplement, I jumped at the chance to try their product. Not only would it save lots of time from measuring, I already know how Legion uses only the best ingredients and cares about what they put into every product they create.

Here’s a list of key benefits taken directly from Legion’s site:

Legion Athletics Genesis Supplement Benefits List

Genesis is geared towards active individuals, but even if you’re just getting started in living a healthier, active lifestyle, this superfood alone will help get you going and stay on the right path. Here are the main players in Genesis that give this powder such potency. Provided from their site.


Research shows that supplementation with spirulina…

  • Improves the cholesterol profile [52]
  • Increases muscle endurance [53]
  • Helps control allergies [54]
  • Reduces muscle damage caused by exercise [55]
  • Helps the body eliminate heavy metals [56]
  • Lowers blood pressure [57]
  • Helps protect liver health [58]
  • Reduces systemic inflammation [59]
  • Improves insulin sensitivity [60]

The clinically effective dosage of spirulina ranges between 2 and 10 grams.


Astragalus Membranaceus

Research shows that supplementation with astragalus membranaceus…

There’s also animal research suggesting that astragalus promotes longevity, but this has yet to be explored in human studies. [69]


Moringa Oleifera

Research shows that supplementation with moringa…

  • Helps protect heart health [71]
  • Reduces blood pressure [72][73]
  • Mitigates DNA damage [74]
  • May have anti-cancer benefits [75]

The clinically effective dosage of moringa ranges between 500 and 2,000 milligrams of the leaf.



Research shows that supplementation with maca…

  • Improves subjective sense of well-being [76]
  • Improves sexual function in men and women [77]
  • Improves sperm production and health [78]
  • Improves libido in men and women [79][80]
  • Helps preserve joint health [81]
  • Can reduce feelings of anxiety and nonclinical depression [82]

The clinically effective dosage of maca extract ranges between 1 and 3 grams.


Broccoli Sprout

Research shows that sulforaphane is a promising anti-cancer nutrient and is also known to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. [85]

The clinically effective dosage of broccoli sprout depends on how much sulforaphane it provides, and the clinically effective dosage of sulforaphane is 1 to 9 milligrams.


But what about the taste? Something dark green with all of those healthy supplements must taste bad, right?

Nope. With the use of only stevia and erythritol as natural sweeteners and nothing artificial or full of fillers, the taste is quite pleasant. I just used water to mix my dose each day and could easily sip and enjoy the drink. If mixing with almond milk or in a smoothie, I bet it would be even better.

So it tastes good, but does it work?

Yes! I just returned from a week long family vacation and had no desire to lug my entire stack of supplements. Instead, I chose to bring Genesis to take at the start of each day. I’d drink a serving in water every morning on an empty stomach and could feel the smooth stream of energy, health and mood-boosting benefits throughout the day. Mixing is easy with no clumping in a shaker bottle. I mixed with a fork and had a few clumps, but since it tastes good, I didn’t mind.

As a guy who prefers to cook his own food, I had limited resources which meant I was eating less than usual. Being at the beach and a lover of all things active, I wasn’t just lounging around, I was fighting the waves, playing in the sand and water with my daughter, walking all over the area, and kayaking. I attribute my ability to maintain healthy energy levels and recover properly to do it all again to Genesis.

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Playing with my daughter is extremely important to me, and my confidence in this supplement has been won for helping me perform at my best.

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Even on the plane trip there and back, I was fasting until I could get to some real food, but Genesis kept me functioning at healthy levels. Without having water, I simply put the powder directly in my mouth and was amazed at how good it tasted like that. Imagine Pixie Sticks flavor, but in superfood form.

Now that we’re back home, I’m still taking Genesis every day and not touching my giant stack of supplements. I’m sure I’ll get back to them again, but why spend so much time when Legion has just what I want at the doses proven to work?

I’ve been completely satisfied with this greens superfood supplement and honestly can’t find anything bad to point out. Some people may not like the flavor, but I find it pleasing and could even eat it as a treat. I’ve used other healthy greens supplements and can say firsthand, they are not as pleasant.

Legion’s Genesis gives anyone that’s active or looking to become active what they need to get going. As a parent, I couldn’t recommend this enough to keep you performing at your best for you little ones. Life is too short not to get down and play with your family, so make sure you are living and leading the healthy life you want your loved ones to follow.

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Update: I wanted a way to have a healthy, family-friendly snack that’s full of high quality protein and immune boosting superfoods, so I used Legion’s Genesis and their Whey+ Protein Powder to make a delicious bread sure to please the palate and fuel your body right.

Legion Genesis Green Superfood Protein Bread

by RC Liley

Prep Time: 5

Cook Time: 40

Ingredients (1 9×5 Loaf)

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup protein powder (I used Legion Whey+ Vanilla Protein)
  • 1/4 cup Legion Genesis Green Superfood
  • 1.5 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 12 drops vanilla or regular liquid stevia (or use 3 – 4 stevia packets or 1/8th pure stevia powder)
  • 1 overripe banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 whole eggs or 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Grease a 9×5 loaf pan making sure to get all the up the sides and corners. I used coconut oil.

Preheat oven to 350 F

Add all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake in the middle of the rack for 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool completely to room temp. This allows the bread to retract from the sides as it cools which makes it MUCH easier to remove.

Go around the sides with a thin rubber spatula or butter knife and turn upside down to remove from loaf pan.

Slice as thick or thin as you’d like and enjoy your healthy bread plain or with a pat of grass-fed butter. Better yet, smother it in NuttZo!

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Disclaimer: I received Legion Genesis free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own, and I truly love everything this company offers. Promise! 🙂 This post also contains affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission. Thank you in advance if you do so. 🙂

biPro Natural Strawberry Whey Protein Review + Giveaway

I don’t know what you’re making, but is sounds good.” My wife said this just minutes after I opened a container of biPro’s newest whey protein powder, Strawberry.

biPro Natural Whey Protein Powder review and giveaway

biPro asked me if I’d like to review their new strawberry flavor to which I happily accepted. Their natural chocolate, vanilla, and unflavored whey proteins already received my seal of approval, and I expected the new addition would so be added to the highly touted seal.

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As I’ve already alluded to, before even tasting the strawberry whey protein, it’s scent of fresh strawberries easily filled half of our house. The aroma was almost instantaneous, and had me eager to give it a try.

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With only six ingredients, naturally sweetened with stevia (zero sugar), 90 calories and 20 g of protein per 25 gram serving, this is not the typical, low quality protein powder. Simply looking inside at the powder will reveal tiny pieces of real strawberries.

BiPro Strawberry Protein Powder

Probably where the wonderful smell of fresh strawberries comes from; actual strawberries! The only thing I’d like to see is that their whey protein source come from grass-fed cows, and organic would always be preferred. But that is a known factor, not something I would count against them. So, how did I like it?

Solubility – This powder mixes easily in any shaker cup with or without a blenderball. I mixed a scoop in water by just shaking my cup with zero clumping.

Taste – Unlike the wonderfully intense smell, the taste was not as powerful. To some, including me, this is a good thing. I used water to mix, mind you, so any milk will change the flavor a little. It’s not overly sweet that might give it an artificial, chemically flavor. For me, the flavor is subtle, not overpowering, which makes for the perfect foundation of blending with frozen strawberries for a healthy and delicious treat.

Texture – After shaking in water, the mixture turns a creamy pinkish brown. It was smooth, but the color might be off putting. But it’s a welcome color for me since biPro did not use any artificial or natural dyes just to change colors. If it really bothers you, just blend with berries in a blender and you’ll get a more pleasing red/pink color. Problem solved!

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I make green smoothies for our family every night before dinner and decided to treat my two lovely girls with the Strawberry BiPro Protein Powder. With lots of greens, spirulina, hemp seeds, frozen strawberries, and the Strawberry protein, I blended with water and a little unsweetened almond milk. The resulting nutrient-packed smoothies were a hit! Smooth, creamy, full of nutrients, and delicious enough to earn a hug and kiss, will have me making many more in the future.

Whether you’re just looking to keep in shape or an elite athlete, biPro is a great choice for a healthy protein supplement free from the artificial stuff found in most. It’s also NOT from China or other country where heavy metals are found. Instead, it’s proudly made right here in America!


And, if you are an elite athlete, you can rest assured you won’t unknowingly take in any banned substances that would get you kicked out of an event for doping on accident. Why? Because biPro is NSF Certified for Sport®, which means it’s third-party tested for banned substances.

Are you craving to try your own naturally flavored, protein packed, strawberry drink? Lucky for you, the good folks at biPro USA are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a one pound jar of their Strawberry Whey Protein Powder and a Strawberry Cookbook full of healthy ways to use your new powder.


Follow the directions below to enter.

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Good Luck!

If it just so happens that luck seems to never work in your favor (don’t worry, you’re not alone), you can bi-pass this by taking advantage of the awesome Neapolitan Bundle deal they have going on until the end of this month 7/31/16. Order jars of chocolate and French vanilla BiPro to receive a free jar of BiPro’s new strawberry flavor.

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No matter what option you choose, you’ll be a winner either way.

Disclaimer: biPro provided this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.

Is Protein Powder Really Worth It?

Just the other day, I set out on the simple task of finding a new protein powder that wasn’t filled with junk. Before I knew it,  2 hours had passed as I perused the plethora of options for this popular supplement!

This made me ponder whether I should really stress over the different types, flavors, functions, and brands. I recently shared the benefits of protein and making it complete with all 23 amino acids, so it’s obviously an important macronutrient. But, do we really need protein in powder form, and, more importantly, is it even worth it?

You can find protein powders made out of things you’d never expect.  We all know the common whey protein, which is broken into concentrates, isolates, and even goat whey protein. Other popular varieties are soy, egg white, and casein. Some less common, but still good types are rice, hemp, and pea proteins, but did you ever hear of beef protein powder?

Paleo Beef Protein Powder

Beef is an excellent source of protein, but having it in a smoothie seems a little odd. I might try it as long as the ingredients are good, but it’s also one of the most expensive forms. Expensive and very processed! I mean, I can accept processed beef when it’s put through the grinder, but how much has to happen to turn it into a flavored powder?

Can you really see yourself paying a premium to drink beef protein powder that’s Blue Raspberry, Peanut Butter, Cherry Vanilla, Fruit Punch or other some other flavor? MuscleMeds has all of these flavors if your answer is yet, but it’s filled with artificial colors and flavors that I avoid in any product.

MuscleMeds Carnivore_Beef Protein Powder
Carnivores like meat, not blue raspberry powder….

Anyway, back to the question at hand.  Do I really need protein in the form of powder instead of enjoying freshly cooked chicken, beef or fish? There are also many sustainably caught and packaged canned options like tuna, salmon, and sardines I always have around. These are just as quick and the ones with pull tabs require no can opener to lug around wherever you go. My current favorite are canned anchovies in water, and even my 2 year old daughter loves having the “little fishies” with me.

Whole food sources of protein are obviously the better choice since powder, no matter how clean, organic, or super-duper ultra filtered it is, is still highly processed.

There are many healthy plant based protein powders packed full of enzymes, superfoods, cleansing herbs, and they taste good too.  I have tried several and enjoy them in smoothies as well as many recipes. But in retrospect do I really need all of these “extras” in a protein powder? Isn’t that what a good vitamin or, better yet, having a diet rich in whole foods should provide?

I was all about buying this high quality Garden of Life Raw Protein, but then thought about how I like to cook a lot with my powders.  Wouldn’t cooking pretty much make the whole “Raw” aspect obsolete? Then I just paid a premium for higher quality protein and destroyed the premium part. And again, there are plenty of whole food based multivitamins that will give you everything in these superfood protein powders.

Maybe I will break down and buy a raw protein powder just for mixing into drinks or no-bake recipes like these No-Bake Quinoa Almond Protein Cookies as they are great to take along when traveling for a healthy snack option both kids and adults will enjoy.

quinoa almond cookies

I have used many protein powders, both good and bad over the years. Currently, my favorite brands are Legion, BiPro, and Naked Nutrition. If you haven’t tried my healthy Legion Banana Vanilla Protein Pancakes recipe, I highly suggest you do…..fast!

protein pancakes

As you can see, I enjoy protein powder and by no means am I quitting the stuff, but maybe not stressing over the the slew of extra ingredients. Now I when I’m in the market for a good protein powder, I focus on the one thing that matters, the protein!

Setting guidelines before you make a purchase will help save a lot of time and stress when choosing a protein powder. Trust me, I would really appreciate having those 2+ hours back!

Here are the main things I look for in (or not in) a protein powder:

  • No artificial sweeteners…EVER!
  • Non-GMO, preferably organic
  • If whey protein, I typically prefer that it’s sourced from grass-fed cows not treated with antibiotics
  • Very little to no sugar (less than 3g per serving); prefer no sugar and only stevia or unsweetened
  • No added soybean or other oil
  • No nonsense “super pump” marketing/gimmicky ingredients
  • Short, simple list of ingredients; unless it is the raw green food kind

These guidelines for a quality supplement will narrow your options in a good way. Yes, it usually means higher prices, but I’m willing to pay more when it comes to things that go in my family’s body. Plus, as long as you’re not relying on powder as your main source, it should last a while.

What type or types of protein powder do you use?

Do you get caught up searching for the “right” protein powder or anything elseToo much information makes too much confusion sometimes!