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.
We’re making back to school easy. Exams, schedules and staying on top of work and extracurriculars can be hard. But eating well shouldn’t be. Here are our top 4 ingredient snacks that will keep your kids (and you) energized at school or work. The best part is that they hardly take any time to prep…
Fit Snack’s Top 4 Ingredient Snacks to Make at Home:
Instructions: simply spread nut butter over celery sticks, top with mixed nuts and dried gogi berries – YUM! Place in tupperware and go.
Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bark
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt, 3 tbs maple syrup, 1/2 cup Quaker Real Medleys SuperGrains Blueberry Pecan Granola, 1/2 cup blueberries, 3 to 4 sliced strawberries (add chia seeds if you want some extra nutrients too!)
Instructions: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside, mix Greek yogurt and syrup in a bowl until combined. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and spread into a thin layer. Top with Real Medleys SuperGrains Blueberry Pecan Granola, blueberries, and strawberries, place in the freezer for two hours, or overnight, until the bark is fully frozen. Slice into desired squares when ready to eat!
Almond Energy Balls:
Ingredients: 1¼ cup gluten-free rolled oats, 1¼ cup chopped pitted dates, ½ cup no-salt added unsweetened almond butter, 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
Instructions: Place ingredients into food processor and process until smooth. Use spoon to scoop out and create firm energy balls that stick together. Chill…
Instructions: Preheat oven to 230 degrees (F), use a knife or mandoline slicer to cut zucchini into thin slices, place cut zucchini in a bowl, add salt, Parmesan cheese, garlic and vinegar, toss to coat, bake for 1 1/2 hours.
In a rush? For those of you who don’t have time this week to make homemade snacks.
Enjoy our recommended back to school go-to’s with links to order!
FRUIT and VEGGIE BAR: This bar was inspired by Ally’s favorite Juice. Naturally sweet balance of apples and carrots and a spiced up with ginger. 5 – 9 servings of vegetables and 2 – 4 servings of fruit per day, is a difficult standard to meet each day! With Ally’s bar not only can you meet your nutritional requirements more easily, you can also enjoy sustainable whole food energy on the go!
Kala Fava Beans: Consider these your new go-to. With a selection of flavors like Pineapple, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Pepper and Curry, you’re never bored with what Kala has to offer. These beans are flavored just right so they taste more like chips than beans. These little beans are packed with protein and iron and are one of the tastiest superfoods out there. Featured in our Sept Fit Snack box!
Rise Buddy Pizza Rice Chips: Fit Snack delivers pizza? Only in the most efficient way possible! We love the quirky and unique products that Rise Buddy has shared with us and we want to share these yummy chips with you. These whole grain chips are made from brown rice, oven baked and gluten free. AND they come in delicious flavors like Pizza, BBQ, Sour Cream and more. Available on Amazon!
Raw Bite Organic Fruit and Nut Bar:Looking for a snack that car seriously fill you up? Raw Bite has you covered. Though each bar is smaller in size, these fruit and nut bars are full of fiber and protein, and they only contain natural sugars. If you have dietary restrictions, this bar might just be the golden ticket. Every Raw Bite bar is dairy free, gluten free and corn free. For anyone who is vegan, paleo or trying to eat more organically, Raw Bite is worth checking out. Visit www.rawbite.us and use code FITSNACK for 20% off through 09/30/2017.
Ricaroons Coconut Energy Bar:Ricaroons has somehow managed to make their protein bars taste more like a dessert than a healthy snack. Ricaroons uses three different forms of coconut: coconut oil, coconut flakes, and coconut palm nectar. Coconut digests smoothly, converting to energy with a minimal insulin effect. This means that with coconut comes consistent energy rather than a spike and crash like from most other sugars. Each bar is nutrient-packed that provides long lasting energy and they are the perfect snack for anyone on-the-go. They even have Pumpkin Spice flavor for the fall! Visit www.rickaroons.com/buy and use code SNACKFIT for 15% off through 10/2/2017.
Getting Back Into the Work and School Routine is Easier with Fit Snack!
Getting back into the school routine is now just a bit easier with snacks that keep you energized and focused. With no artificial ingredients you and your kids can snack stress free. Follow links to our discounted snacks and get ready to hit the books!
Fit Snack is now offering office boxes to awesome offices around the nation! Visit www.fitsnack.com/office to get more information and a free sample box for qualified offices!
A morning smoothie is the best way to start your day! We all know that they’re packed full of fruit and veggies, light on processed sugar, and won’t weigh you down like traditional breakfast foods will. They’re also a great grab and go meal for rushed mornings.
But sometimes the same old banana, yogurt, and spinach smoothie gets a little, well, boring.
Wouldn’t it be great to mix it up and give yourself an extra boost of energy, nutrition, and flavor without too much effort?
We’ve got 6 awesome (and super easy) ingredients to pump up your morning smoothie. If you don’t have these ingredients in your kitchen, they’re easy to find either at your grocery store or a local health food store, and you’ll thank yourself all day for the extra kick they give you.
1. Grated Ginger
Ginger root is easy to store (it freezes really well) and easy to add to a smoothie – just grate the frozen root right into the blender.
Ginger adds a great zing of spice to your smoothie and is a great addition to a banana, coconut, or apple-based smoothie. Ginger is well known for its anti-nausea properties, it relieves motion sickness, and can help reduce inflammation.
2. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a quick and easy protein addition to a smoothie. They’re loaded with omega-3 which means reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, lower blood pressure, and improvements in cholesterol.
Sprinkle a tablespoon or two into any smoothie for a great nutrition boost. They are also a thickener, so if you find your smoothies a bit too watery they’re a great choice.
3. Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are a true superfood. Incredibly rich in nutrition, including vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium, they are anti-inflammatory and help regulate blood sugar levels.
So how can you incorporate them into a smoothie recipe? Combine them with banana and cinnamon, oranges, or carrots and apples. You can use either raw or cooked, but several studies have shown that they are even more nutritious after roasting or steaming.
Turmeric is usually added to curry, soups, or on roasted vegetables, but it’s also a great way to power up your smoothie. To start with, it has a bright orange/yellow color that will perk up any dull rainy day. Then there’s the flavor: fragrant and earthy. Add just a quarter teaspoon to a carrot, mango or coconut smoothie.
If you can get fresh turmeric root, you’ll love the strong kick of flavor, but turmeric powder will work just as well (and you won’t get orange on your cutting board and hands). Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and helps with stomach bloating, IBS, high cholesterol, and osteoarthritis.
Are you facing a high-stress day? Giving a presentation or meeting a top-end client? Try lavender to bring down anxiety, lower blood pressure, and help you keep calm ahead of the day’s stresses.
The lightly sweet and fragrant flavor of lavender will be perfect with a blueberry and lemon zest smoothie – try ¼ teaspoon of dried or a tablespoon of fresh lavender flowers – you’ll feel good all day long.
Love chocolate? Hate the fat and sugar that comes with it? Cacao beans are the way to go – this is where chocolate comes from, but without all the processing. And since it’s unprocessed, all the nutritional benefits in the bean are still present, giving you reduced cholesterol and blood pressure, improved brain function, lots of vitamin C and magnesium, and an improved mood.
Pick up cacao nibs (roasted beans that have been broken into smaller pieces) or cacao powder. Try a tablespoon of powder or ground nibs with a banana, avocado, or blueberry smoothie.
A little extra something in your morning smoothie can power up your whole day – which of these are you going to add to your smoothie tomorrow?
About the Author: Meg Marrs is the Senior Editor at Life Health HQ, a website dedicated to helping people lead healthier, happier lives through whole eating resources.
Getting to start your day with a frothy cup of Bulletproof Coffeewhile improving brain function? Yes please!
Here is a sneak peek of one of our most exciting Fit Snack Partners yet. We enjoy this amazing coffee every morning. It’s as great as waking up to birds chirping, rainbows and a morning run every day!
Fit Snack absolutely loves what Bulletproof has to offer. Their mission is to ensure high performance through a healthy mind and body resulting in becoming Bulletproof.
There is so much to love about Bulletproof Coffee, we’ve decided to share our top 4 favorite things about it:
Ancient Knowledge | They’ve combined ancient knowledge with modern technology to innovate the purest cup of coffee that has increased our performance. We feel amazing and energized without the urge to crash later!
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Brain Happiness | We receive maximum cognitive function as one of it’s many benefits, meaning we are able to think faster and act quicker. It’s a value you’re only able to admire once experiencing.
Healthy Fats | Using the upgraded brain octane oil, they are able to either add to or replace other oils in our diet and enjoy the fast energy it provides. Also, the grass-fed butter is full of nutrients and high-quality fats.
Bulletproof (adj.): The state of high performance, resilience and vibrant health where your body, mind, and life work together in unison, providing performance beyond what you’d expect.
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