Feeling lethargic, tired or worn down? Are you hungry in between meals? You may need some meal prep magic from a Nutritionist to increase your energy. Our Nutritionist created a mini meal prep guide with whole foods that energize your day.
Follow a few simple steps and regain your energy. By adding a few Fit Snacks to certain snacks you can create a highly nutritious power snack to take to work or quickly grab-n-go. Fit Snacks are meant to be convenient when you add a convenient snack to a nutritious raw food snack, what do you get? A nutrient dense treat that’s easy to grab-n-go. Keep reading to find out what we mean by ‘mini’ meal prep. As you read remember the smallest changes can make the biggest difference and abs are built in the kitchen is a phrase for good reason.
This meal prep guide is 100% Gluten Free, Grain Free and Dairy Free! Tip: use glass over plastic for meal prep and storage (blog coming soon).
The Perfect Keto Snack
The Limón con Chile is best characterized as flavorful in its spice profile rather than a purely hot jerky or spicy jerky. Talk about a crave worthy high protein snack. The best part is, it is Sugar-Free, Carb-Free, Gluten-Free and Keto friendly.
Mini Meal Prep Guide Snack #1: Yes, we said Snack!
Do you have time to eat 5-6 meals a day? It has been proven to boost metabolism, but who has time for 6 small meals. We always have time for a snack that is easy to grab-n-go or eat right at your desk while you’re working.
Add People’s Choice Carne Seca Limon Con Chile to a small snack bowl of sliced Red and Orange Peppers. This makes for a beautiful and tasty snack. We even have a fun drink tip you can pair with this perfect snack mix. Water with lemon.Did you know by simply adding lemon to your water it becomes a probiotic?
Typically you may not even consider adding a cut up vegetable to your meal prep. You may think that the weekly veggie tray at work will take care of your veggie needs. Veggie trays do not always have nutrient dense options and may not come often enough. Take the benefits of daily Red Bell Peppers for instance:
More than 200 percent of your Daily Vitamin C Intake
Packed with Vitamin B6 and folate
Support healthy night vision
Packed with Antioxidants
When you pair veggie snacks with lean protein you have a nutrient dense snack. That is why we encourage jerky! The Carne Seca line by People’s choice is inspired by the diverse culinary tradition of Downtown Los Angeles and its many migrant groups. Taste the flavors of Northern Mexico and the Southwest region of the United States. Focused on bold flavors, fresh ingredients, and simple techniques, our Carne Seca Beef Jerky features all natural ingredients and a simplified process to showcase the deliciousness of traditional Carne Seca Beef Jerky. Initial kick of heat from cracked red pepper blends into the richness of guajillo chili powder, cracked black pepper, and sea salt; finishes with a touch of lemon twang. Our goal is to celebrate the natural meat flavor of the thick cut beef jerky.
Make it a Meal: Limon Con Chile + Tacos
Here’s some meal prep words of wisdom. If you’re prepping 1 thing use similar ingredients to make it a meal. This way you spend less time and brain power thinking of new things to eat. If you are eating a diet high in veggies and Fit Snacks you are right on track. Now for some fajita veggie tacos.
Fajita Veggie Tacos
Red, Green, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers, Sliced
Topping: White Onion, Tomato and avocado chopped into small pieces
Side: People’s Choice Limon Con Chile Carne Seca
Wrap in spinach or a beet tortilla for the full veggie effect.
Visit their WEBSITE to see more. A line of jerky with a flavor for the whole family ☺
Mini Meal Prep Guide Snack #2: Add this cheesy goodness to lunch without the guilt!
It’s lunch time and that cheesy craving hits and it hits hard. Rather than grab a bag of junk food grab a bag of Shrewd Food. Cure your craving and get much needed protein in your day.
Satisfying delicious taste and crunch without the fat, carbs or sugar. 14g Protein per serving.
It’s really as simple as that and usually the best snacks are.
Prep sliced veggies and add a small bowl or bag of these to the middle of the table. Poof! You have a work picnic or just a quick meal at work. We underestimate the energy we can gain from a few raw veggies, a savory snack and protein.
Slice: Bell Peppers (green, red and yellow), or buy mini bell peppers you won’t have to slice. Slice cucumber, carrots and that’s your colorful mini mid-day meal packed with nutrients.
Hemp Raisin Cookies
Cookies made with plantain flour for a delicious treat packed with flavor, perfect for paleo and vegan diets. Hemp Raisin is a soft, crumble cookie, packed full of juicy raisins!
Mini Meal Prep Guide Snack #3: We got the guilt free goodies! Gluten free, Grain free, Dairy free treat.
Trade in grains and gluten for these tasty cookies and you will feel the difference. The exchange rate with The Real Coconut Cookie is high. With hemp your body is getting all of the following; protein, iron, phosphorus and magnesium.
Meal prep Snack 2: Take a banana, small bowl of blueberries and sliced almonds to work, put them into a bowl when ready and enjoy with Coconut Cookies.
This is a great way to kick unhealthy sugary cravings for something much better. These cookies are low in sugar, higher in nutrients than other cookies and they have no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
Make it a Meal: Smoothie Bowl
These cookies are perfect to break up and add to the top of a smoothie bowl. Using all the same ingredients as above, (banana, blueberry and sliced almond mix) add Almond milk and oats.
Instructions: Blend Banana, Blueberry, Almond Milk and Oats. Place in Bowl. Top with Almond Mix and The Real Coconut Cookie Crumbles. *If it’s hot, be sure use frozen fruit and blend in ice so that your smoothie bowl is frozen.
At Fit Snack we only share snacks that meet our Nutrition Criteria and taste delicious. Taste is an important part fo the criteria here at Fit Snack. We want you to discover healthy snacks that satisfy all of your cravings and keep you feeling fit.
The Real Coconut offers an exciting range of plant-based snacks, wraps and sweet treats for snacking and sharing that emphasis on sustainability, digestive health, and flavor. The Real Coconut’s vegan and paleo-friendly recipes crafted by Daniella Hunter in her home kitchen and served at the original ‘Real Coconut’ restaurant in Tulum, Mexico are now brought to you online and in stores across the USA. Our cookies are made with plantain flour, and these delicious sweet treats are packed with flavor and perfect for paleo and vegan diets.
Visit The Real Coconut website if you really want to satisfy your cookie craving.
Just like you need healthy snacks if you are busy or needed a boost during the day, kids need healthy snacks at school. Every month we donate healthy snacks to kids in need. Fit Snack is family owned and from our family to yours we are striving to make a difference this season. Give the gift of Fit Snacks and feed a kid the snacks they need at school.
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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.
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.
Welcome to the launch 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. This blog is meant to give you a sneak peek at part 1, we will email the full series to our August subscribers.
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.
Mylk Labs Oatmeal Cups are perfectly balanced with real food ingredients. Each cup is not only satisfying, but crave worthy. 100% coconut sugar sweetened, grab & go oatmeal cups that use a unique roasted ground almond & oat base. Only 6 ingredients or less. Our Nutritionist loves these cups because they are low in sugar and high in the nutrients we need most.
A perfect balance of flavors. The names alone will inspire you.
Toasted Coconut and Cinnamon | Roasted Hazelnut and Cacao | Almond and Himalayan Sea Salt
Just add fruit for a fun cup of all the things you love in the morning! The beauty of Mylk Labs goes far beyond the cup into every single ingredient and the flavors are so deliciously simple you can add pretty much any fruit or tasty topping you want.
and there’s your pre-workout snack or breakfast on-the-go!
Stretching before the workout!
This is the time to calm your mind and prepare physically and mentally. 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.
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.
A portion of the workout in Part One 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 drink and snack bar! Snacking does not get any cleaner or more purely delicious than this.
Here’s a little LYNQ education. LYNQ stands for Love Yourself Unconditionally! If there is one way to love yourself it is by feeding your body the best the fuel it can receive and that’s exactly what LYNQ is. This is the healthiest smoothie we could find, a powder that allows you to add pure and delicious organic fruits and vegetables right to your favorite smoothie.
All natural simple ingredients. No added sugar. Dairy free, gluten free, soy free, Kosher, Vegan, Non- Gmo. Plant based nutrition, with no additives or preservatives.
At Fit Snack Freedom bar has everything we look for in a healthy snack. This is a bar your body actually needs. Perfectly balanced plant based nutrition and every single ingredient is recommended by our Nutritionist. Stock up on every flavor, you’ll be doing yourself a favor.
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Stretch it Out!
Training specific stretches from part One of the Mind Body series. Enjoy!
Sign up for our FitSnack to receive the full Mind | Body series. We are sending out Mind Body part One during the month of August.
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!
Cooking a delicious, healthy dish is all in the details. When selecting foods to add to a meal we should be selecting foods that taste amazing (that’s a given) and have a health benefit to go with it. If the food we eat does not have a health benefit, then what purpose is it serving us?
A good rule of thumb: If it’s not working for us, then it’s likely working against us.
Whole foods are the way to go! Combining colorful (especially dark colored) vegetables typically will increase the nutritional benefit because certain vitamins are better absorbed when paired with other vitamins. Therefore we have greater access to the nutrients stored in our food, the good stuff. Some examples of using food combining include using foods to make a complete protein and combining vegetables to increase nutrient absorption. You can combine foods from dark chocolate to turmeric and much more.
Why would we want to make a complete protein?
Protein is the building block of our tissues, meaning we need protein to build muscle and any cell in our body if you think about this. This is why protein is also important for healing and recovery. Often times people think increasing protein intake with increase bulk, however protein is crucial to maintaining a lean and cut physique. If our diet is vegan, vegetarian or primarily vegetables we likely are not getting foods with protein that is highly bioavailable. This is just a big word that means the food contains all of your body’s essential amino acids. Complete proteins are easily absorbed and taken up by the cells. A complete protein is typically an animal based protein or grains such as amaranth, quinoa, chia etc. When you do not have a complete protein it is best to create a complete protein by combining the right foods.
Food combining to make a complete protein:
Eggs and oatmeal make a complete protein. Try it! Add 1 egg to your oatmeal, then cook the oat meal for a thicker more filling meal. Don’t be afraid of change, if you think about it these are the key ingredients to oatmeal cookies.
Combining foods to increase nutrient absorption:
Add Black Pepper and Tumeric to a dish to eliminate inflammation. Tumeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties in curcumin the major anti-inflammatory component of tumeric.
Snack on a sweet and healthy treat of Dark chocolate and Apples. We have the perfect Dark Chocolate, packed with nutrients and flavor with very low sugar. Introducing our June Fit Snack partner FlavaNaturals. Learn about the immense benefits of flavanols from Flavanaturals.com. This is the dark chocolate highest in the plant based antioxidants, flavanols. Flavanols ultimately help your body maintain nitric oxide levels to relax your arterial walls and increase blood flow. This combo includes the powerful antioxidant quercetin and essential flavanols.
Chocolate was your weakness, now it’s your strength!
It’s great to take vitamins, but don’t you want to tap in to your body’s natural ability to absorb nutrients you need from food you eat. In other words don’t let your body get lazy. If you support the process, you’ll be surprised your body is capable of some pretty amazing things.
Dark Chocolate and Apples. Don’t forget the perfect dessert for either of the two meals below.
1 Beet Tortilla
1/2 c. Broccoli Leaflets
1/4 c. Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1/4 c. Red Onion, diced
1/2 c. Red Cabbage, chopped
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 cloves Fresh Garlic, minced
1 whole clove Fresh Garlic
Seasoning: Garlic powder 1 tbsp, Sea Salt 1 tsp, 1 tsp Turmeric, Black Pepper 1 tsp, Oregano 1 tsp
1 chicken breast, boiled & shredded into large chunks
1 tsp coconut oil
Aminos Spray (Braggs)
Boil chicken and 1 whole garlic clove, for 20 minutes or until light pink in the center and let cool 5 minutes.
Using hands shred chicken into large chunks and lightly coat with Aminos spray. Coat chicken with garlic powder, then add the pepper, oregano and Sea Salt. Stir and mix well before adding to pan.
Sauté 2 cloves of minced garlic with red onion and red cabbage in coconut oil while adding turmeric for 2 min. Add broccoli, red bell pepper and chicken. Sauté until chicken is fully cooked and has no pink in the center.
Tip: if chicken is dry add 2 tbsp water and sauté for 1 more minute
Nutritionist Tip: By boiling the chicken first helps to ensure you do not over cook your meat and keep the moisture. Over cooking meat can have a negative impact on your gut and can increase inflammation. This meal is great for healthy digestion.
Whisk eggs, adding SunFresh Spirulina, Oregano, Parsley, Turmeric, Garlic powder, Sea salt and Black pepper.
Saute Onion and 1/2 garlic clove in coconut oil for 2 minutes. Add Red Bell Pepper, Red Cabbage and fresh Cilantro leaves.
Add more coconut oil to the pan then pour in egg & spirulina mixture. Scramble eggs with vegetables or combine to make an omelet.
Nutritionist Tip: Macros and Micros at work! Notice the variety of seasonings, each one has major health benefits and all contribute to fighting inflammation. Inflammation is caused not only by poor food choices, but also by stress. Keep inflammation down and increase your lifespan.
SunFresh proteins and Flavanaturals are two amazing Fit Snack partners both making the best of their particular product. SunFresh Proteins ensures they have the highest quality spirulina though a sustainable means. Flavanaturals is your Sneak Peek at our June Fit Snack box and is unique in that it contains the highest levels of flavonoids which are super nutrients that support brain, heart and skin health.
Enjoy and don’t forget your tasty treat apples and flava bars. If you want to try Flava Naturals sign up for our June Fit Snack box today.