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Mug Cake – #MAXMunchies

Promax Mug Cake

Ingredients
2 tbs coconut flour
1 tbs Whey Vanilla
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 truvia packets
1/4c egg white
2 tbs Greek yogurt

1 Promax Chocolate Peanut Crunch Bar
2 tbs almond milk

I wanted a mint flavor so I added about 1/8 tsp of mint extract. You can omit extracts all together or add any flavor you want! I microwave mine for 2.5 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

Recipe and photos courtesy of Instagram user @lindseyecooley

Posted in MAXMunchies, Nutrition, Protein, Recipes | October 15, 2015

Promax Cookie Dough Bites – #MAXMunchies

Promax Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

INGREDIENTS
-1 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Promax bar

DIRECTIONS
-Cut bar into small pieces
-Place on baking sheet (parchment paper highly recommended)
-Bake at 350 for 6-8 min

All the cookies – 290 calories
7F 37C 20P

Recipe and photo courtesy of Instagram user @kimhoeltje

Posted in MAXMunchies, Nutrition, Protein, Recipes | October 14, 2015

Chocolate PB Protein Fudge – #MAXMunchies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Fudge

Ingredients: serves 1

½ cup peanut butter
1 can Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
1 scoop Peanut Butter Protein Powder
1 Promax Nutty Butter Crisp Bar

Recipe:

  • Remove skins from beans as much as possible, pulse in processor/blender until pulverized
  • Add in peanut butter, then protein powder until the mixture is uniform and crumbly
  • Cut Promax bar in half from the side and continue to cut into smaller, thin squares. Microwave pieces for 8 seconds.
  • Add pieces to mixture, and with hands or spatula mix evenly throughout
  • In an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper, evenly spread the mixture and smooth out across the bottom, pushing down with spatula. Set in freezer for 1 hour. Cut in 5×5 pieces. Store in fridge.
  • ENJOY! J

Recipe and photos courtesy of Instagram user @gfree_protein_queen

Posted in MAXMunchies, Nutrition, Protein, Recipes | October 13, 2015

Lemon Drop Protein Bites – #MAXMunchies

LemonDropBites

Ingredients: serves 1

1 Promax Nutrition Lemon Bar

Recipe:

  • Preheat oven/toaster oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut bar into 10 piece and roll with hands into balls
  • Place in oven on parchment for 4-5 minutes until they just begin to brown (careful – they’ll burn quick!) remove and let cool. All yums in less than 10 minutes! 290 cal. 6f/39c/20p for ALL!
  • ENJOY! J

Recipe and photos courtesy of Instagram user @gfree_protein_queen

Posted in MAXMunchies, Nutrition, Protein, Recipes | October 12, 2015

50 Names for Sugar

Sugar

In the war for better fitness, sugar can be fine in moderation. Dieters and exercise enthusiasts work hard to avoid sugar when in reality, a little bit of sugar isn’t bad for you. Eating sugar that digests quickly can help fuel your workout and help you recover quicker. Knowing the different industry names for sugar in food will help health enthusiasts ensure that the protein bars, shakes, and other food they consume sugar in moderation.

The following are some of the clever and misleading names food manufacturers use to include sugar in foods:

1. Agave Nectar
2. Barley malt
3. Blackstrap molasses
4. Beet sugar
5. Brown Sugar
6. Buttered Syrup
7. Cane juice crystals
8. Cane sugar
9. Caramel
10. Carob Syrup
11. Castor Sugar
12. Confectioner’s sugar
13. Corn syrup
14. Crystalline fructose
15. Date Sugar
16. Diastatic malt
17. Diastase
18. Demerara sugar
19. Dextran
20. Dextrose
21. Ethyl Maltol
22. Evaporated cane juice
23. Florida crystals
24. Fructose
25. Fruit juice
26. Fruit juice concentrate
27. Galactose
28. Golden Sugar
29. Golden Syrup
30. Grape sugar
31. High-fructose corn syrup
32. Honey
33. Icing sugar
34. Lactose
35. Maltodextrin
36. Maltose
37. Maple syrup
38. Molasses
39. Muscovado sugar
40. Organic raw sugar
41. Panocha
42. Raw sugar
43. Refiner’s syrup
44. Rice syrup
45. Sorbitol
46. Sorghum syrup
47. Sucrose
48. Treacle
49. Turbinado sugar
50. Yellow sugar

Sugar should only about 5 percent of your diet. That’s about six teaspoonsful per day for most people. Being aware of the many names that sugar goes by, consumers can make better choices concerning their sugar intake and the foods they eat.

In addition to keeping a closer watch on food labels to identify sugar names, consumers can also reduce sugar intake by:

• Drinking water instead of sports drinks. Even the all-natural fruity ones contain sugar.
• If you must have something sweet, get it from fruit rather than cookies, pastries, soda, or candy.
• Select your breakfast cereal carefully, as many brands have an enormous amount of sugar.
• Eat more vegetables.

Reducing your sugar intake will help you avoid a wide variety of illnesses that stem from obesity, such as heart attack, stroke, and respiratory problems. Cutting your sugar intake also reduces your risk of developing diabetes.

What’s great about Promax is we have a lower sugar protein bar option that has 18 grams of protein to replenish your body, and up to 14 grams of fiber. The Promax LS Lower Sugar contains as little as 3 grams of sugar, compared to other protein bars which can have 13-23 grams of sugar. Because we sweeten our products with stevia, we have eliminated artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, maltitol, or gelatin.

Sugar is extremely helpful when it comes to workouts that are longer than 90 minutes. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, drinking a beverage that contains sugar can help increase your endurance. Once you are done exercising, additional carbohydrates may be necessary to help replenish your body.

Promax gives people who want better bodies the natural protein, vitamins, and minerals they need in delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian snack bars. To learn more about Promax products, feel free to visit our products page.

Sources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/341982-sugar-after-workouts/
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/different-names-for-sugar
http://www.organicauthority.com/health/50-other-names-for-sugar.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-bailor/sugars-avoid_b_4222642.html

Posted in Healthy Eating, Nutrition | October 6, 2015

The Do’s and Dont’s of Staying Fit During the Holidays

During the holiday season, many of us put aside healthy habits in favor of rich traditional meals and sweet treats. This year, take a stand against overindulgence and stay focused on what your body needs most. Avoid overeating at parties by keeping yourself satiated all day long. Start by eating a proper breakfast, complete with plenty of water to stay hydrated. Then, right before the party, snack on fresh veggies and dip so you’re less likely to binge on sweets or calorie-laden cocktails. Don’t deprive yourself entirely, however: The holidays aren’t the same without a few of mom’s famous snowball cookies!

Part of staying healthy during the busy holiday season means keeping up with regular exercise. One way to stay motivated is by moving your workouts to the beginning of the day so you’re free to focus on last-minute gift shopping or food prep. Also, if you plan to travel this season and are worried about the trip cutting into your exercise routine, try non-conventional means of staying active, like taking the stairs or staying in hotels with gyms.

For more tips about making time for exercise and healthy eating during the holidays, check out the below tips from Promax. We make nutritious protein bars to fuel active lifestyles all year round. To discuss our energy bars and the quality ingredients we use, reach out via facebook at www.facebook.com/promaxnutrition . 

Staying Fit During the Holidays

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Posted in Fitness, Gym, Healthy Eating | October 5, 2015

What Are the Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training?

High Intensity Interval Training

What would you say if we told you there’s an exercise routine that burns fat, strengthens your heart, and builds muscle all at the same time, and only takes fifteen minutes out of your day to perform? Before you start telling us to get out of town, let us tell you straight up that this kind of training already exists. It’s called high intensity interval training (HIIT), and it’s the kind of workout for which we designed our Promax Pro Series protein bars to be a perfect match.

If the thought of a short but super-effective workout routine piques your interest, read on to learn more about the many health benefits of high intensity interval training.

What Is High Intensity Interval Training?

The concept of high intensity interval training is a simple one – alternating between short bursts of high intensity exertion and periods of rest or less strenuous exercise. The most basic version of high intensity interval training looks like this:

  • Run as fast as you can for one minute
  • Walk for two minutes afterward
  • Repeat for 15 minutes

For anyone who has trouble fitting a good workout into their daily schedule, HIIT is an efficient and quick way to get some exercise. That said, high intensity interval training isn’t just for people with busy lives who need to take workout shortcuts. In fact, doing high intensity interval training has proven to come with great perks.

The Benefits of HIIT

When studying the results of high intensity interval training, researchers discovered the following health benefits:

  • Improves cardio health
  • Burns fat and calories
  • Builds muscle
  • Increases metabolism

 In other words, short HIIT workouts can achieve more results than an hour on the treadmill or lifting weights. Because high intensity interval training is about pushing the heart and body as far as they can go, high intensity interval training kicks the body’s repair cycle into high gear, meaning that for the twenty four hours after HIIT, it is burning fat and calories while also building new muscle and promoting the creation of natural growth hormones. Add that to the cardio strengthening that comes with the bursts of extreme activity, and it’s easy to see why high intensity interval training has become a popular workout choice for many.

How to Get Started with HIIT

Creating your own HIIT routine is easy: simply find some simple exercises that you can perform intensely for one to two minutes at a time, followed by mild activity or rest before starting again. High intensity interval training can include:

  • Running
  • Stair climbing
  • Jump roping
  • Swimming
  • Skiing
  • Rowing
  • And more

One thing to keep in mind with HIIT is that the less equipment you use, the better. Interval training is all about getting the heart going as fast as possible. Equipment like weights and exercise machinery can get in the way of getting the most exercise in the shortest amount of time.

Another thing to keep in mind with high intensity interval training: it’s hard work. Even though most routines only last for ten to fifteen minutes, the point is to push your body into the anaerobic respiration, where your body needs more oxygen than breathing is providing, so it starts relying on energy sources stored in the body to keep going. Don’t let the short timeframe fool you: This is real exercise and it will feel like it.

Promax Pro Series Helps Power High Intensity Interval Training

If you’re using high intensity interval training to get in shape, then you need to start paying extra attention to the amount of nutrients you’re putting into your body. Promax Pro Series energy bars have been precisely designed to provide the exact blend of macronutrients needed to power high intensity workouts, while leaving out all the preservatives, trans fats, and other fillers. When you need to know you’re getting just the right servings of carbs and proteins to fuel your training, you can trust Promax Pro Series to provide you with just that.

For more information about Promax or the Promax Pro Series, check out our product page or our blog.

Posted in Crossfit, Fitness, Gym, Strength Training | October 2, 2015

Why Fad Diets Suck

Fad Diet

Fad diets are unforgiving. Boring. Restricting. They ban specific foods or entire food groups, only allow you to eat certain foods, require special pills or supplements, and promise nearly impossible results. They are, by definition, fleeting. They’re trendy for a few months, maybe a year or two, until people realize that these diets simply can’t deliver the results they promise and move on to the next. Americans alone are estimated to spend $40 billion annually on diet programs and products, many of them fad-based.

As a fitness aficionado, you know better than to subsist only on cabbage, lemon water, or grapefruit. Still, it can be frustrating when your usual workout regimen has slower results than you want, or when you seem to hit a plateau. It can be easy to be lulled in by the siren song of Before and After photos of pudgy dads becoming hunky hardbodies and the promises of lasting effects.

Newer science shows that the concept of dieting really doesn’t work for anyone trying to lose weight or maintain a new physique. These fad diets should actually be called “fat diets,” because for every pound you lose on one, you’re extremely likely to gain back, plus some. This is because radically changing your diet is a temporary solution, rather than a sustainable lifestyle change. It’s a band aid fix borne of desperation; as soon as you return to eating normally, your body will boomerang back to its previous state.

Fad diets lead to dehydration.

Rather than burning fat, fad diets usually help you shed water weight. Water does have weight, yes, but it’s also vital to healthy skin, proper digestion, waste removal, regulating body temperature, and allowing metabolism to occur.

You should be aiming to drink between six to eight glasses of water a day, and more if you’re working out frequently. If you have too little, you risk dehydration—which claims the gnarly side effects of weakness, dizziness, confusion, heart palpitations, and fainting. When you want to lose weight, water is your friend. To stay full and cut down on unhealthy snacking, drink one full glass before and one after each meal.

Fad diets are bad for your mental and physical health.

These diets are wholly unsustainable and set the dieter up for failure. This can lead to a pattern of yo-yo dieting, or gain and loss cycles. This is extremely demoralizing—particularly for anyone new to fitness.

Dieticians agree that crash diets also can lead to disordered thinking or unhealthy body image. “Punishment is not an effective way to make long-term, livable changes to your eating habits,” says registered dietitian Mary Bamford. “A sense of guilt and failure doesn’t help people keep the weight off. To make a change that matters, you need an approach that you can live with.”

Eating too few calories will lead to serious fatigue. When you restrict your intake, the body hits starvation mode and begins to dip into its muscles stores. Working out during this time is an almost sure way to get a nasty injury.

The Top Four Weirdest Fad Diets

The Cabbage Soup Diet

This is a gross one. While we like cabbage on occasion, this diet involves eating nothing but the boiled leaves in soup for a few days as a “cleanse.” While it’s true that cabbage is full of fiber, we say pass to this bland, mushy diet… and its shall we say, unpleasant side effects.

Blood Type

This fad diet seems to have come straight out of left field. According to the diet’s founder, each blood type has an ideal meal plan associated with it. For example, Type O allegedly shouldn’t eat dairy or wheat, and Type A should avoid most meats.  There’s little, if any, science to back up these claims.

The Twinkie Diet

Mark Haub, professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, spent two months living on only snack cakes, Doritos, and Oreos to prove a point. He lost 27 pounds, because he took in fewer calories than he burned. This experiment legitimizes the growing If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) movement, but living on Little Debbies alone won’t earn you that six-pack. There’s more to food than calories, and it’s a quick route to “skinny fat” if you don’t pay attention to anything else.

The Baby Food Diet

The weirdest was saved for last. Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson is to blame for this one. The gist is that followers eat two jars of baby food a day and a sensible dinner. Apparently Lady Gaga was a fan at some point. For the average Joe, this is a terrible idea. Baby food is low on calories but high on sugar—not to mention that the texture is goopy!

A healthy weight loss plan involves a variety of foods, ongoing exercise (both cardio and strength-training), moderate weight loss goals of .5 to two pounds per week, and common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is—unless you’re talking about the Promax protein bars, which won’t work any miracles, but will keep you full and fuel some great workouts.  For more information about Promax, check out our product page or our blog.

Sources:
http://diet.allwomenstalk.com/reasons-fad-diets-fail#
http://allwomenstalk.com/p/50eb19b214364dca6f1b2be3?utm_source=aws&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=related_api
http://www.canada.com/health/diets+fail+lifestyle+makeover+better+choice+lose+weight/4218317/story.html, http://www.diet-blog.com/08/why_do_most_diets_fail.php
http://www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/advice/g8691/most-popular-fad-diets/?slide=8

Posted in Dieting, Nutrition |

Plyometrics Will Make You Jump for Joy

Plyometrics

When’s the last time that your strength workout made you want to jump for joy? Has it kept you continually improving by leaps and bounds?

Okay, enough jumping puns. Let’s get to the point. Plyometrics, or “jump training,” is the hottest trend to replace your monotonous strength training and make working on your fitness fun again. Think about how much fun you had as a kid on the playground, goofing off with your friends. Well, this kind of workout riffs off the movements of childhood games like hopscotch, skipping rope, and jumping jacks.

It’s a great break from the tedium of the same ol’, same ol’ lifting procedures or hamster-like cardio routines. The best thing about plyometrics is that it’s actually fun. But it’s actually also a killer workout: plyometrics is a high intensity, high energy, high payoff workout to help you train for sports that use explosive movements like basketball, volleyball, and tennis. It targets your legs and glutes most, and you can bring in some arm workouts by adding upper-body moves like medicine-ball throws.

There are tons of benefits to incorporating this kind of training into your workouts. It’s free and requires little to no equipment. You can take the show on the road and hit the park; if you’re feeling shy, you can get your jump on inside your home.

“Plyometrics burns the maximum amount of calories in the shortest amount of time while toning the body from head to toe,” says trainer Roya Siroospour, who created a new Miami plyometrics class.

Plyometric basics

It was developed in Soviet countries during the Cold War. The leading researcher was a Russian scientist called Yuri Yerkhoshansky. Dr.  Yerkhoshansky published on the workout in 1964, but it didn’t take off in America until we saw Russia kicking butt at the Olympics. Americans took notes, revised the exercises, named them plyometrics, and the rest was history.

There are three phases: the eccentric phase involves rapid muscle lengthening movements; the amortization, which is a short amount of resting; and the concentric phase, where muscles are rapidly shortened. The three are repeated as fast as possible, and the goal is to decrease the time between the eccentric and concentric phases as much as you can. For the best workout, you should be focusing not on quantity of jumps, but quality of form.

Plyometric exercises

It’s important to always warm up before exercising, and jump training is no exception. Prep your body by marching in place, jogging in place, stretching, and a few squats.

Here are a few basic plyometric exercises.

Squat jumps: stand with feet shoulder width apart. Squat down and jump as high as possible. Repeat rapidly.

Lateral jumps: place an object next to you that you can jump over. Jump sideways across it and then back again.

Power skipping: Just like as a kid, but with way more power—jump and lift your knees as high as possible and go again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-LcT_-2cNk

Box jumps: This is basically the quintessential plyo workout. Stand in front of a box or park bench. Jump onto the object and immediately back down. Repeat the jumps as fast as you can.

Follow the workouts with a cooldown, stretching, and a healthy dose of protein to recover. We recommend a Promax LS bar to regain energy without adding a lot of sugar to your diet.

There are a few points of caution if you’re going to give this workout a shot. It’s not going to strengthen your core at all, so be aware of your goals before changing your fitness routine. If you have any kind of nerve damage or arthritis, unfortunately jump training is a big no-no. It’s an awesome workout for both men and women, but if you’re pregnant, consider it verboten. Your growing belly will throw you off balance, stress your knees and ankles, and make injury very likely.

For more information about Promax, check out our product page or our blog.

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/plyometrics-exercise-workouts?page=2
http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/05/21/beginners-guide-to-plyometrics/

Posted in Fitness | October 1, 2015

What the Heck is Flexible Dieting and How Can It Help You Lose Weight?

Flexible Dieting

Deprivation diets just don’t work. Sure, on the first day you’re all gung-ho to eat plain chicken breasts with brown rice. But as the days go on, you start to crave a cupcake. A Big Mac. A Twinkie. A couple beers after work. “I’ve been good for a week,” you think. “I can have a cheat meal.”

But if you’re like, oh, anyone else, your cheat meal will probably turn into a cheat day, cheat weekend, a black hole where you feel like you’ve “ruined” your day with bad foods and might as well keep going. Strict diets aren’t sustainable.

Enter flexible dieting.

Also known as If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM), flexible dieting is a way of tracking macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) to achieve your ideal body goals. According to flexible dieting, there are no such things as “bad” foods, just worse macro ratios.

Here’s how it works. One gram of each macro has a calorie value. A good rule of thumb is to eat one gram of protein per pound of your body weight, .4 grams of fat per pound of body weight, and 1.1 grams of carbohydrates per pound of body weight.

Tracking this way means you can influence body composition rather than just aiming to lose or gain.

How to Start Flexible Dieting

Starting a flexible diet is one of the easiest nutritional systems out there. Forget no carb this, caveman that and just aim for the 80/20 rule: 80 percent of your meals should be made with whole ingredients; 20 percent can be anything you want.

  1. Calculate your macros. There’s a great calculator here.
  2. Track your macros using a food registry like MyFitnessPal, which has the largest nutritional database in the world.
  3. Buy a food scale so you know exactly what you’re consuming, and log diligently.

IIFYM is effective.

The best diet is the one you can stick to. As shown by the Twinkie Diet, the quantity of calories you eat are more important than the “quality” of the foods you eat. No matter how clean you eat, if you’re having too much, you will not lose any weight.

Tracking gives you a sense of control over your diet and body, rather than causing you to restrict.

Flexible dieting is just that—flexible.

It sounds too good to be true, but when you use this nutritional system, you really can have your cake and eat it too. This leads to less food-related anxiety and sets you up for long-term success, rather than a short-term solution. The fitness journey shouldn’t be about losing weight, but about maintaining it—when you’re eating everything you usually would in moderation, you don’t have to reincorporate foods into your diet and then deal with the inevitable weight gain that comes with it.

Social events are less awkward when you use a flexible diet, too.

The flexible approach leads to less food-related anxiety, reduces the likelihood of developing an eating disorder, and sets you up for long-term success. You won’t be tempted to binge on “bad” foods if you have them in moderation.

Fiber and Flexible Dieting

Fiber isn’t absorbed by your body; unlike other food components, it passes intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon, and out of your body. Fiber keeps you full longer, keeps your body movements regular, and reduces cholesterol. Foods high in fiber are usually dense with other micronutrients, too. You should aim to eat 14 g of fiber per 1000 calories eaten.

There are two kinds of fiber:

Soluble fiber dissolves when it makes contact with water. It helps the waste move through your body. Examples are fruits, lentils, vegetables, potatoes, and oats.

Insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve or change form. This includes bran, brown rice, whole grain cereal, nuts, and seeds.

Unlike some other bars that contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, the fiber content in Promax LS bars has been confirmed by an outside lab. This third-party used reliable testing that was up to par with regulations from the US Food and Drug Administration, so you can be sure that Promax bars are part of a fiber-heavy diet.

But do they fit your macros? With several lines of bars that suit various needs—from low sugar to the Pro series that feature ratios of 37 percent protein, 37 percent carbs, and 26 percent fat—you’re sure to find one that you can fit into your flexible diet.

For more information about Promax, check out our product page or our blog.

Sources:
https://healthyeater.com/flexible-dieting
https://healthyeater.com/flexible-dieting-fiber-amount
http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/08/21/eat-man-food-and-lose-weight-a-primer-on-flexible-dieting/

Posted in Dieting, Fiber, Nutrition | September 30, 2015

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