Not every protein is created equally. If you are a vegetarian or a vegan knowledge of proteins and understanding your sources of protein are important and crucial to properly rejuven8 your body. We have complete proteins and incomplete proteins. Regardless of your diet it’s important to know the difference. Protein as we all know, are the building blocks for muscle, and life for that matter. We have nine essential amino acids when all nine are in one food that food becomes a complete protein.
“If you build it, they will come.” – Personal Trainer
If you build protein into your diet and focus on taking in the right amount then gains are sure to follow. We have to consume the proper amounts of protein in order for our bodies to be able to recover and grow muscle. The most efficient way for us to ensure we are fueling properly and that our bodies are getting all of the amino acids is to consume complete proteins in the diet regularly.
Is it necessary to consume complete proteins or can my body build muscle when I consume incomplete protein?
The answer is it can. However, like anything that’s not given to you in one pretty package, your body is forced to do a little extra work. Your body will gather up the essentially amino acids from your diet and use the protein you’ve consumed to meet its needs.
Why eat complete proteins?
The recommendation for protein is 46g for women and 56g for men (1). If you are a vegetarian, vegan or you primarily eat a plant based diet, this is essential. Animal protein is a complete protein, while plants are not. Basically, anything that grows from the earth needs to be combined properly to become a complete protein. Remember proteins are not only the building blocks for muscle, but they are the building blocks for life, meaning any cells that need to regenerate or heal require protein. You are doing your body a favor anytime you consume complete proteins. This is especially true if you are active. An active lifestyle, for example just 45 minutes of exercise a day increases your protein needs.
If your body is doing more work, it needs more protein.
Let that be your rule of thumb. What counts as more work? Here are a few examples:
Pregnancy. When your body is growing new life.
Disease and sickness. Both states of stress. Your body needs to rebuild after it is stricken with these issues because stress contributes to disease.
Stress and anxiety. Protein intake can directly impact stress and anxiety. If you search the best foods to help with stress and anxiety, a complete protein is at the top of the list.
Working Out. Another form of stress. Breaking down muscle in order to build it back up.
Think of it this way, anytime you are building muscle or anything else there is a certain amount of breakdown that is occurring. Anytime you alter or change a structure it requires a certain amount of stress.
If you are vegan or vegetarian, not all snacks have that perfect combination of protein ingredients to create a complete protein. There’s one snack that covers all of your bases in every bite.
Rejuven8 Superfood Bites
Rejuven8 Bites are indulgent Chef and Doctor crafted paleo protein snacks with 8 powerful ingredients including collagen for the on-the-go Fit-Foodie.
This snack has cracked the code as far as protein is concerned. Chef Shauna, came up with the protein trifecta.
These bites are the ultimate snack to throw on a smoothie bowl or in your gym bag. They are versatile and delicious.
The masterminds behind this snack made sure to create a complete protein in every bite. These bites are the ultimate snack to throw on a smoothie bowl or in your gym bag. They are versatile and delicious.
With just 8 simple ingredients you get nutrients you need and much more. The health benefits in every bite range from boosting metabolism and performance to detoxifying your body.
Welcome to the launch of part two of the three part Mind Body series. Our Nutritionist and Personal Trainer designed a simple three part workout and nutrition series. The purpose, to use Nutrition and Training guidance to maximize your energy and vitality in your every day life. Here you will find part two along with a sneak peek at the September Fit Snack box!
We welcome all fitness levels as there are modifications for beginner to advanced. If you are feeling stagnant or are needing to gain energy to increase stamina in your everyday life, we have the tools to turn that around. You will need some superfood packed Fit Snacks and the guidance of our Nutritionist and Personal Trainer. Sit back, enjoy a Fit Snack and prepare to bring your body into balance with an awesome workout and some stretches.
Wholesome food made with real ingredients. This is the place to start.
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GLUTEN FREE, NONGMO with no Artificial Sweeteners!
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A perfect balance of flavors. Indulgent tastes with healthy ingredients.
There’s your pre workout snack!
And there’s your mid-day snack! Now to get to this workout.
Pre workout Stretches!
Time to focus your mind and prepare your body. Set the intention to workout mindfully. Focus on perfect form and connect with your breathe to benefit your body and mind. To start with a well balanced workout we need a pre workout stretch. This short bout of active stretching is designed to fully prepare your body for the every exercise. Never underestimate the pre workout stretch. With the perfect fuel you should be feeling energized. Now stretch and get in the zone.
Quick Pre Workout Active Standing Stretch 3 minWith each movement breathe deeply for 3 breaths
Neck stretch – half circles, right shoulder to left shoulder
Shoulder Rolls – Roll shoulders forwards and backwards
Side Body Stretches – Reach arms high, keep core long and bend to one side then the other
Right arm over head – tricep stretch, left hand on right elbow light pressure.
Left arm over head – same for opposite side
Game Time! Here’s the workout…
Here’s a fun and functional circuit to get you moving! It is designed to full body strength and balance. When these exercises are performed in a circuit they are highly effective in burning fat and building lean muscle. Sign up for our News Letter and we will send the upcoming 3 part series with beginner and advanced level modifications from our Trainer.
Full Body 15 min Circuit
Push Ups – alternating leg lifts, lift 1 leg as you lower and switch
Ice Skaters – 1-2 ft jump land balancing on one leg and reach, switch
Staggered Arm Push Ups – 1 hand below chest, 1 hand above chest
Slow Hip Bridges – knees directly over ankles
Downward Dog Push Ups – downward dog, heels on the floor, hips high
Single Leg Deadlifts – hold a small weight or heavy book
This is a portion of the workout in Part Two of the Mind Body series. Sign up for our mailing list here just scroll down and enter your email for this free 3 part series.
You have to be filling hungry after that 15 minute killer circuit. Here’s your post workout protein snack and more protein ;)! Snacking does not get any cleaner or more purely delicious than this.
Eat Wicked Cutz Jerky! The question is Turkey, Bacon or Beef?
You have all of the high protein jerky options you need with Wicked Cutz. Here’s a little Wicked education. Wicked was started by a body builder.
Snack creator American Body Builder and 2x Arnold Class Winner, Branch Warren.
If that’s not motivating we don’t know what is.
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RX Bar they make protein bars and other things. Introducing RX Nut Butters.
The nut butter that’s more than nuts – 9g protein, delicious flavors, no B.S.
Peanut Butter | Almond Butter | Maple Almond Butter & more high protein snack essentials!
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Stretch it Out!
Training specific stretches from part One of the Mind Body series. Enjoy!
Quick Post Workout Sitting Stretch 3 min
Sitting Butterfly Position – straighten back 3 deep breaths
Right leg extended – straighten back to set and lean forward slightly, 3 breaths keep back straight.
Left leg extended – same for opposite side
Right arm over head – tricep stretch, left hand on right elbow light pressure.
Left arm over head – same for opposite side
Sign up for our FitSnack box to receive the full Mind Body series. We are sending out Mind Body part One and part two during the month of September.
You will have detailed training instruction for every move from our Certified Personal Trainer. Nutrition tips from our Nutritionist to help you kick unhealthy habits. If you are a beginner or advanced you can count on modifications. It is important to listen to your body on your journey of health and wellness and we hope to inspire that.
The first part of the series will be sent to your email in August if you are subscribed to Fit Snack. Part two and three coming in September and October. Join our community, we promise it just keeps getting better!
A jerky inspired by a century of tradition and a lifetime of hard work. We found the perfect flavor filled snack for your gym bag. A high in protein, no junk, mouth watering cut of jerky. Build your body up with fuel created by a pro.
Meet American Body Builder and 2x Arnold Class Winner, Branch Warren. He is the Founder of Wicked Cutz.
Recover Like A Body Builder
Whether you’re building muscle or focusing on endurance training, recovery is the key to success. It requires protein, but not all protein is created equally. First of all, not all protein contains all of your essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks for new cells aka those gains you’ve been seeking. Every 24 hours after a tough workout this is the window you want to make sure you get the proper amount of protein and nutrients for that matter. In this time frame muscle is breaking down at a faster rate. If you don’t feed your body protein, rather than build muscle then the opposite will happen. Muscle breakdown occurs when we do not fuel our bodies properly.
Foods rich in protein are the key to recovery. Meat or foods containing meat have the highest bioavailable protein. Other foods with highly bioavailable protein are eggs, spirulina and milk or cheese. Bioavailable is just a fun way of saying the protein in a specific food is made available to your muscles much faster and more effectively.
Low in sugar, fat and calories and packed with whole food ingredients. Wicked Cutz is a jerky lovers dream. A flavor for every day of the week and the perfect Turkey Jerky for the best fuel after your hardest workouts.
In just 1 oz you get:
10 G protein
Low sugar, only 4 g per ounce
0 trans fat
All natural whole food ingredients
Now here’s a clean cut of jerky:
No artificial ingredients
No Nitrates or Nitrites
Turkey raised without antibiotics
No Added MSG
Wicked Cutz Turkey, Beef & Bacon Jerky
A flavor for every day of the week. The high quality of the ingredients come through in each bite. In our Fit Snack box we included Korean Style BBQ Turkey Jerky. Handcrafted with lean turkey breast and all natural ingredients, it has an unforgettable taste and texture but don’t let us tell you. You have to hear it from Wicked Cutz and you’ll see just how well they know their jerky.
Sweeter than your great grand papi’s molasses and saltier than your great grand mami’s tongue, our jerky is so flavorful and tangy that your lips won’t be the only thing that puckers . Sugar, soy sauce, sesame seed oil all come together to make this the best tasting Teriyaki Turkey jerky that will make your great grandparents roll over in their grave!
The perfect pre and post workout snack. Fuel for your workout with Turkey Jerky any day of the week. There’s a flavor of this jerky to fit any mood or to cure any craving.
Sit back on a Sunday with Sriracha Style Bacon Jerky or keep it simple with the Original Peppered Beef Jerky.
Founder Branch Warren learned the true value of hard work from his mother. Warren is a World Champion Professional Bodybuilder. A man with values that have been passed on through a century of tradition. When it comes to hard work we believe his mother said it best.
“Nobody is going to give you anything, but you can have anything you want if you work hard and earn it.”
Need more energy at school? It just takes a few simple steps – and a snack – to get the energy you need. Our Nutritionist has the perfect tips to guide you to healthier habits or simply to get you back on track. This time of year life gets busier and the days get shorter. Whether it’s school, work or family it becomes easy to lose track of healthy habits we need to get dialed in for ourselves. Take a moment to really think about the time just before this busy period started up again. Exactly what were those healthy habits you were more focused on?
Here are a few things we do at Fit Snack to get refocused this time of year. It all starts with the most basic foods and snacks that are whole food based, with no added sugar and nutrient packed with fruits and veggies. Think about the 80/20 rule…every trainer you talk to (at least most of them) will tell you it’s 80/20 – 80% healthy eating and 20% staying active. That’s not just for looking your best, it’s for feeling your best. It’s important to get the fuel your body needs especially if you expect to be on your A+ game.
Here are a few tips from our Nutritionist and the perfect snack for the job.
First, focus on whole foods.
Eliminatefoods with ingredients you don’t recognize and added sugarsyou don’t need.
Learn about ingredients and their health benefits-or to see if they have any.
The third point which emphasizes educating yourself on ingredients, is critical. If it looks unfamiliar it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unhealthy. However, many unrecognizable ingredients indicate that a food is highly processed. These highly processed snacks are filled with preservatives and chemicals that do more harm than good.
Too busy to grab fresh produce to snack on or are you always on the go? No problem. We have the snack, smoothie and drink powder that will do the work for you.
We found the perfect every day snack for you. It’s full of vitamins straight from organic fruits and veggies. LYNQ drink powders. Love yourself no question (LYNQ). Finding healthy foods and snacks is an important part of self care. That’s why we included LYNQ in our Fit Snack box.
The highest quality nutrition comes from whole foods, but these foods are not always the most accessible or convenient. LYNQ just might be the missing link in your life. It’s not everyday you find a snack or drink mix that energizes your body by giving you the nutrients you need most.
Introducing the highest quality, healthy drink powders
Each LYNQ product is Non-GMO, Gluten free and Soy free and Nut free.
“These are the cleanest powdered drinks on the market. They’re packed with organic whole food ingredients and all of your daily vitamins. Finally a drink that actually gives you energy and fuels your mind. What more could you ask for from a Fit Snack?”
-Anita Muniz, Fit Snack | Nutritionist & Personal Trainer
When searching for a healthy veggie based drink powder it is a challenge to find one without additives and preservatives. Even powdered mixed greens you find at the grocery store are often filled with ingredients we don’t recognize and junk we really do not need. Here’s one for ya! Just because it says green, does not mean it’s clean.Let that be your rule of thumb. Ingredients tell all, that’s why we knew when we found LYNQ they are the best drink powder we can put in your Fit Snack box.
In just one packet of Empowdered you get:
Nutrients from 12 organic fruits and vegetables
50% of your daily recommended value of Vitamins A,B,C,D,E and K
6 g fiber
Vitamins C & E are key in strengthening your immune system
LYNQ not only represents loving yourself, but the story behind the company is one that will inspire you to get the best fuel for your family. LYNQ was founded by a Mom, like most moms she was on a mission to improve her son’s health, and sought to do so by changing the family’s diet, focusing on the health benefits of fruits and veggies.
How It All Began… A determined mom goes on a personal mission to integrate more fruits and veggies into her kid’s daily diet after her 5 year-old stumped numerous medical professionals with a combo of symptoms.
Click here to learn more about the story behind LYNQ.
Now that’s a snack the whole family can enjoy. Which LYNQ Superpowder would you want to see in your next Fit Snack box? Comment below.
Imagine waking up every morning and going to work on the river in the Grand Canyon. Now this is a beautiful place, you know, where you work. The inspiration that comes from working in a place like this is insurmountable. The possibilities are endless, but at the end of everyday, you’re probably just thinking…well that you’re really hungry. What better food to fuel your adventure than local, fresh food? That is exactly how Huppy Bar was born.
Huppy Bar is the place where snack meets home-grown, locally sourced ingredients. After a long day on the river or hiking or biking a trail, a fresh snack is key. That was the goal of Lindsay “Huppy” Hupp when she first began making Huppy Bar it was just a delicious snack she created for her personal adventures. As a river guide, her friends on the river quickly fell in love and what was once her secret stash was now a well known staple among friends. Huppy Bar was inspired much like any adventure is. A beautiful place, people who inspire you to do great things and a determination to make try something epic.
Eventually Huppy Bar gained the attention of the Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association. It was then that it became the official bar of the Arizona Trail. The flavor AZT Wild Mesquite captures the essence of the AZ trail in every bite.
More on the story and flavors…
In the words of our Founder, “This bar is as extraordinary as the person and the story behind it.” – Rose Muniz. Let us just start by saying it’s not everyday we discover a snack that is the official snack of a beautiful trail. In fact, Huppy Bar is the first. As for the flavors they speak for themselves. Prepare for your mouth to start watering and a deep-rooted craving for adventure and a snack.
Apple Cinnamon Raisin – Made with all natural dried apples, organic raisins and organic cinnamon, this classic combo takes on a delicious burst of flavor you may not see coming.
AZT Wild Mesquite – Made with all natural dried apples, organic raisins and organic cinnamon, this classic combo takes on a delicious burst of flavor you may not see coming.
Chocolate Berry Love – The original Huppybar flavor, Chocolate Berry Love definitely lives up to its name. Using only 100% cacao, juice sweetened cranberries, and wild blueberries, this antioxidant powerhouse will give your body a zing of TLC that it will definitely be happy about!
Chocolate Java – Chocolate and coffee? Yes, please! Booming with antioxidants and rich flavors of locally roasted coffee, 100% cacao chocolate and the nutrient dense Huppybar core, this bar will surely give you the energy you need NOW and later.
Coconut Date Ginger – Likely the world’s favorite Huppybar flavor, Coconut Date Ginger is handcrafted with organic dates, organic coconut, and organic ginger, this bar is so delicious it may leave you wondering how it could possibly be so good for you.
Each bar is made with Arizona grown ingredients and the nutrients essential to energize your ride.
Here are a few reasons why you want Huppy Bar on hand for your next adventure!
Every delicious bite is free of preservatives and refined sugars. If you’ve tasted a bar we know what you’re thinking. “That is pretty hard to believe…”, but there’s something magical about locally sourced ingredients and a snack with a story. This snack was made to support and inspire adventure in your life. Each bite is delicious, nutrient dense and satisfying to the core. After reading about Huppy Bar you are sure to want more.
At Fit Snack we believe there is a snack for every adventure and every experience this life has in store for us. If you have the right nutrition and a delicious tasting snack in hand then you’re just that much more ready for whatever it is that’s right around the corner. If it’s the AZ trail or another outdoor adventure for that matter, you know what bar to pack!
Huppy Snacking and we hope this bar inspires you to get out an explore nature and eat locally sourced foods as much as it has inspired us to do just that.