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Toni’s OatMEAL Officially Launched at New Seasons Market

Health Advocate Toni Julian with her new display featuring Toni's OatMEAL. With New Seasons staff Wayne (pictured at right)

Health Advocate Toni Julian with her new display featuring Toni’s OatMEAL. With New Seasons staff Wayne (pictured at right)

Toni’s OatMEAL is now featured at New Seasons Market in the Silver Creek Valley area of San Jose. Toni wanted to meet the demand of her growing clientele and offer convenient access for her local customers. The health-focused store is a good fit as it caters to people who understand the importance of eating high quality, whole foods.

Toni’s OatMEAL is being offered at introductory pricing for a three week period, beginning August 25 through September 20, 2015. She has recently introduced Grab and Go Cups and 7-meal pouches in all five flavors and wants to meet the needs of families who are looking for convenient foods that are healthy too.

My OatMEAL is unique in that it’s not your conventional oatmeal. It’s a complete meal, with a third the protein you need in a day, and easy to make. The good news is it doesn’t require cooking, just the addition of hot water so it’s incredibly easy to have a healthy meal in about two minutes.

The importance of Toni’s OatMEAL is that it helps to regulate blood sugar. Instead of eating pure carbohydrates, it’s designed to metabolize slowly, to keep people full and fueled for hours. The hidden benefit to this of course, is that when people are satiated and satisfied, they tend to eat less, have fewer cravings and can hit their goal of leaning down.

Delicious flavors include Sweet & Creamy Coconut-Blueberry, Crunchy Cranberry-Walnut, Savory Cinnamon-Raisin, Sweet & Spicy Ginger Apple-Raisin and her newest in the line-up, Tart Cherry Chocolate-Almond.

Sampling events will be taking place during the back-to-school season and everyone is invited to come by, try all the flavors and take advantage of the introductory, reduced pricing.

Sunday, August 30th  2pm-5pm

Saturday, September 12th 2pm-5pm

Friday, September 18th, 12pm-3pm

New Seasons Market is located at 5667 Silver Creek Valley Road in San Jose, CA

Unable to make these events? Order your five meal sampler cups online at

Toni Julian is a local health advocate and nutrition advisor, fitness expert, author of BITE ME! Change Your Life One Bite at a Time and creator of Toni’s OatMEAL. For more information visit

Local health advocate creates high protein oatmeal solution

Toni Julian also authored book and is a fitness instructor

Published in the Oct. 29 – Nov. 11, 2014 issue of Morgan Hill Life

By Marty Cheek

Photo by Marty Cheek  Toni Julian in her lobby displays some of her products.

Photo by Marty Cheek
Toni Julian in her lobby displays some of her products.

Toni Julian is a local healthy diet advocate and fitness entrepreneur who raves about Morgan Hill as a place to build her business. As the founder of Toni’s Kitchen which operates in an industrial section of town, and the author of a book on healthy eating titled “Bite Me: Change Your Life One Bite at a Time,” Julian is growing a business focused on helping people make wise food choices.

Toni’s Kitchen was set up here in Morgan Hill to be a commercial bakery sells products wholesale. The Toni’s OatMEAL is a line of several oatmeal flavors that serve as a high protein meal solution. Julian came up with the business concept seven years ago when she survived a serious illness and a good friend of hers in Morgan Hill died of pancreatic cancer.

“I started going down this journey of reinventing myself,” Julian said. “A part of that process was to put together comprehensive tools and ways that I could implement in my life to be able to make sustainable lifestyle changes.”

It took her four years to formulate her complete meal oatmeal product which is a blend of 22 grams of whey protein, complex carbs and healthy fats that can be prepared in a couple of minutes by adding hot water to the mixture.

“It has been a challenge but it’s something I’m very passionate about because it truly makes a change in people’s lives,” she said. “I designed it as a nutritionist and a health advocate to be able to regulate blood sugar. It takes a long time to metabolize and it keeps you full for hours. It’s designed for people who have a very grab-and-go lifestyle. There’s really nothing like it on the market, and I think the trend in our society is to try to find convenient foods that are healthy and that’s the challenge.”

The mother of four children has several business ventures that focus on her core mission of helping other people achieve healthy lives. Besides her book, she also promotes her blog which gives readers free information on making changes in their dietary habits, and includes recipes such as health-centered smoothies to help people detoxify their bodies. Her Life Changer seminars brings her into corporations where she helps employees (as well as the general public) make sustainable changes in their diet and fitness habits. She also operates a low-impact personal training business in San Jose focused on helping middle aged and older women ease into life changes.

“Essentially, I’ve designed these different pieces to help give people the tools that they need, so it’s very comprehensive,” she said.

Morgan Hill as a community has played an important part of her life because she went to junior high and high school here, and also has family here. She stays very connected with many of the people she went to school with here. She enjoys her reverse commute from San Jose to Morgan Hill every morning where she doesn’t have to deal with the headache of traffic.

Julian was also impressed with working with city of Morgan Hill staff, especially Economic Development Director Edith Ramirez and Ken Deluna.

“The benefit of being in this smaller town community, and even though it’s sophisticated, it still has a very small town feel,” she said. “People were just accommodating and easy to work with. That was probably the simplest part of streamlining the business.”

Food-manufacturing companies and restaurants have a lot of restrictions, and the city staff helped her get through the process of getting her business established..

“Morgan Hill is a fabulous place.” Julian said. “It just has that small town feel which I really love. I grew up across town riding dirt bikes and building balsa wood airplanes, and back then it was a very different place. We had one grocery store and one theater and lots of fields. You either rode horses or your rode motorcycles.”

How Much Protein Do YOU Need?


Whether you’re a fitness competitor or somewhat deconditioned, you probably have wondered how much protein you really need on a daily basis. It’s a question at the top of many people’s minds. An athlete that places special demands on the body has increased requirements, as does a pregnant woman, and the population at large as we age.

It’s challenging to get the protein we need as it’s far more convenient to over-consume protein’s macronutrient counterparts — carbohydrates and fat — in our grab-and-go American culture. Go to any local restaurant buffet and try to find protein amongst the salads, pizza, bread, muffins and baked potatoes, and you’ll be like me, unabashedly fishing out the rare bits of chicken breast from the noodle soup tureen.

Protein is a unique macronutrient in that it builds and repairs the body — and so especially important for people with compromised immune systems — and protein the body doesn’t require, can be used as energy or fuel.

There are a few things to consider in making a good estimation about protein requirements including age, activity, and the number of calories consumed in any given day.

It’s now time to get out your calculator, or google an equation, like my high school daughter does. Or you can download an Excel file on your laptop and follow the simple instructions by clicking on this link: Toni’s Protein Calculator

We’ll walk through the math briefly so you understand the formula.

A person with an average activity level–which is most of the population–needs .8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, according to the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein, which is about 25-30% of the total caloric intake.

First convert weight into kilograms. The equation looks like this:
Weight x .453592 = kilograms of body weight
For example:
185 LBS x .453592 = 83 kilograms

Then, 83 kilograms x .8 = 66.4

So now you know that a person of 185 pounds needs around 66 grams of protein per day. Because our body’s ability to absorb the macronutrient protein over time, we need incrementally more as we age. By the time we reach 65, an additional 50% above the RDA is required.

66 grams + 33 grams = 99 grams

Ideally, this person would be eating five small meals per day, so about 20 grams of protein with each meal which is roughly equivalent to half a chicken breast or a serving of Toni’s OatMEAL (forgive the plug)!

Earlier I had referred to the amount of calories a person consumes in a day, and it’s important to be aware the grams of protein required do not adjust downward. The amount of protein they need every day remains fairly static in spite of under eating. In this case, focus on the total grams, and not the approximate percentage of total calories.

This information is to be used a guideline, be sure to talk to your physician or nutritionist to ensure it is specific to you and takes your personal situation or medical conditions into account.

Stay healthy and strong!



Have a Question? Ask it here!

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ASK TONI, for any nutrition, lifestyle and fitness-related question.

Toni Julian, Health Advocate and Author of BITE ME! Change Your Life One Bite at a Time

Easy Meals and Snacks for 300 Calories or Less

What is your biggest obstacle when it comes to eating healthy? Are you feeling the pressures of balancing your increasingly busy life with the challenges of finding food that is not only wholesome, but quick and easy to prepare without going into a calorie, sugar or fat overload? You may be 1 in 5  Americans that eat in the car, or 1 in 4 people who eat fast food every day of their lives. Did you know that the healthiness — or quality of the food we eat– decreases by 1.7% for every hour that passes in the day? I can relate, we have four kids, I work full time, have an ailing parent and a high personal bar when it comes to contributing to my family and our community.  And then there’s fun. We can’t forget balance, sleeping well, spirituality, good times with friends and rejuvenating lunches with girlfriends. There just doesn’t seem to be enough “me” to get through the day so no wonder we tend to make less than perfect choices as the day wears on. If we don’t take care of “fueling” ourselves, we will get run down; suppressing our immune systems and setting ourselves up for disease. Is that a substantial enough argument to inspire you to read further and glean some ideas to help you?

The solution…plan ahead just a little and have the right tools to help you power through your day. I developed these easy meals and snacks that take minimal preparation, are balanced nutritionally and are great on-the-go. The concept is to regulate your blood sugar by eating small, balanced meals throughout the day so you feel full and fueled. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my meal solution, Toni’s OatMEAL which is a nutritional balance of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats to keep you satiated. You simply add hot water, which you can find almost anywhere, let it sit for two minutes and enjoy.

Feel free to make substitutions to suit your particular tastes! Click here for my BITE ME! book, featuring several easy to prepare, high-protein muffin recipes.


Multivitamins–Too Much of a Good Thing?

Taking a multivitamin every morning stems from a concerted effort by people to be healthier and keep their bodies in peak condition. What most people don’t know, however, is which micronutrients on that list on the bottle are putting them at risk due to toxicity–called Hypervitaminosis–and can result in issues such as liver failure, migraines, anemia, birth defects, and a host of others due to higher than needed levels of any particular vitamin. Vitamins A, D, E and K are considered “fat soluble” and are stored in your body whereas water-soluble vitamins have less potential for over-dosing as they are more easily flushed from your system, such as Vitamin C for example. Following the RDA or “Recommended Daily Allowance” amount for each vitamin, as well as getting lab work to check for deficiencies, is essential.

Some, but not all, vitamins have a UL or “Upper intake level”. These are the vitamins that, in large doses, can create the problems listed above, including a host of others. These “mega-doses” are benign with most vitamins, but the list below breaks down each potentially toxic vitamin and its mega dose side effect:

Vitamin Toxicity Symptoms

The difficult part is finding a multivitamin that will keep these toxic vitamins at the RDA and supply your body with the necessary nutrients where you may be deficient. For example, the UL of Niacin is about 35 mg. A certain popular vitamin touts 40 mg. Taking this vitamin daily has the potential to be dangerous because of its cumulative effect over time.

It’s common to grab vitamins off of the shelf without doing the research. Be sure to bring a list of RDA and UL amounts for the vitamins above when you go to buy a multi and enlist your doctor’s help to prescribe appropriate doses if you are deficient; it just might save you a lot of trouble, and at the risk of being overly dramatic, perhaps even save your life.

• Link to RDA and DRI (Dietary Recommended Intake) of vitamins:

Click to access 5_Summary%20Table%20Tables%201-4.pdf

• Link to UL of vitamins:

Click to access ULs%20for%20Vitamins%20and%20Elements.pdf


DRI Tables | Food and Nutrition Information Center. (n.d.). Home | Food and Nutrition Information Center. Retrieved June 11, 2013, from
Insel, P. M., Ross, D., McMahon, K., & Bernstein, M. (2013). Nutrition: My Plate update (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Vitamin Toxicity – definition of Vitamin Toxicity in the Medical dictionary – by the Free Online Medical Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.. (n.d.). Medical Dictionary. Retrieved June 11, 2013, from