Category: Nutrition

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Paleo Diet: Good or Bad?

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The insanely popular Paleo diet cuts out dairy, legumes, grains, and processed junk foods in favor of nuts, meat, and other foods said to be preferred by our ancient ancestors.  The concept behind the Paleo Diet is that Humans evolved on a diet very different from today. Therefore, it is argued that to be healthier, leaner, stronger and fitter, we must change our diet and remove foods that the cavemen couldn’t eat. The diet promises that you will have more energy, weight loss, and clearer skin. While the Paleo Diet might have good qualities let’s take a closer look to see if it is actually good for you.

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Which Is Better? Protein Shakes or Bars?

Protein shake advantages

Protein energy bars and shakes each have passionate bands of adherents in the fitness community, with aficionados of each willing to swear by their chosen supplement, but which one is really better?

Both. Protein bars and shakes each have their advantages, and which one is best for you really depends on your individual needs and fitness goals.

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Everything You Need to Know About Squats

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Check any fitness blog and between articles on the best high protein nutrition bars and secrets for the perfect workout, and you’ll probably see dozens of entries about squats. In the past few years, squats have become an incredibly popular exercise in the fitness world, thanks to their ability to engage multiple parts of the body and give them a strenuous and effective workout.

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Eight Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Quick & Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so skimping on it simply isn’t an option. To stay in good health and to get into optimal shape, eating a good breakfast each day is a must.

This can be difficult if you have to hit the ground running each day – getting kids to school or clocking in early at work. Luckily, there are many great options for a quick and healthy breakfast, including nutritional bars and shakes and more traditional fare.

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Tips for Staying Physically Fit and Motivated During the Summer Months

Staying Physically Fit

Working out during the hotter summer months can make you want to retreat to the indoors and avoid going outside until fall. However, with some minor adjustments, you can maintain your routines and stay fit. If you are going to train outdoors, you will want to avoid the hottest parts of the day, which are from around 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

It is recommended to work out early in the morning before heading off to work. Not only is it much cooler outside, your body will have increased energy and higher cognitive functioning throughout the day. If you are unable to get to your routines at this time, consider doing them in the evening after the sun has started to set.

If you are a night owl, you could even get in your workout routines in the evening, when it is much cooler. Just remember to wear reflective, brightly colored, or white clothing, and carry a flashlight to make it easier for motorists to see you.

One viable alternative for summertime workouts is to spend more time swimming and in the pool. There are plenty of water-type physical fitness exercises you can perform to help maintain and improve your abilities.

Regardless of the outdoor routines you prefer, remember to slather on the sunscreen and reapply frequently to protect your skin. You should also wear a baseball cap to shade your eyes, and UV protectant sunglasses. Take time to rehydrate yourself while working out by drinking plenty of water. Most people suggest drinking a small amount every fifteen minutes.

If you simply cannot handle the heat of the outdoors, look for a gym or fitness center in your area that offers short-term summer memberships. These facilities offer the comforts of air conditioning and access to a wide array of equipment you can use to ensure your entire body gets the attention it needs.

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If you are finding it hard to stay motivated, even with these various options, try implementing these tips:

  • Start listening to music to liven up your mood and motivate you to exercise.
  • Take time out to reward yourself for reaching fitness goals. Schedule a massage, go shopping, have a “cheat” day, or anything else you like.
  • Set easy-to-obtain goals. During the summer months, you will want to adjust your short-term and long-term goals. It can be harder to set higher demands on your body and, if you fall short, you can be discouraged and lose your motivation. For instance, if a short-term goal is to shed 10 pounds in a month, you might want to adjust this to losing a minimum of a pound a week for 10 weeks.
  • Don’t punish yourself if you skip working out for a day or two. If it is simply too hot outside, and you need to stay indoors, avoid feeling guilty about it. Instead, do some pushups, sit ups, or house cleaning to get in some physical activity.

After intensive workouts during the summer and throughout the rest of the year, remember to refuel your body with workout and sports nutrition bars from Promax Nutrition. Order yours today online, or call us at (888) 728-8962 for further help in selecting the right bars to fit your needs.

Diets For Different Training Regimens

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Everyone knows that guys who lift a lot of weights are always talking about protein. It helps build muscle and quickens recovery time, so there actually is a reason these guys make protein sound as essential as water to their everyday lifestyle. But not everyone is throwing around serious weights every day, and not everyone wants to get huge muscles. There are plenty of different workout routines out there, and as you might have already guessed, they all require a modified diet to be effective. Check out some of the more popular workout regimens and their respective diets.

Endurance Sports

Training for endurance events like a marathon, ironman, or a long bicycle race means you are going to need a lot of energy. As with any diet, you should be getting your calories from a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, but you’ll be focusing more on carbohydrates. That’s because carbs are the perfect fuel for endurance trainers. They’re easily digestible and your body can use them quickly, staving off early fatigue and providing energy. Make sure that you get your carbs from healthy sources like whole wheat bread, legumes, nuts, or vegetables, and avoid white bread, sugary cereals, cakes, or refined potato products. And keep in mind that you’ll still need a healthy amount of fat and protein in your diet.

Weightlifting

As we mentioned before, protein is king if you’re looking to pack on muscle. That means you’re going to want to up your intake of lean protein, while still avoiding bad carbs and sugary snacks or drinks. That means lean beef, skinless chicken, eggs, cottage cheese, and yes, your whey protein supplement. But there’s no need to go overboard, because while protein is extremely important for muscle growth, your body can only utilize so much of it for protein synthesis. So a protein supplement after your workout is great, but there’s no need to be adding that 40-50g protein shake to a diet that’s already full of protein.

Sprinters

Sprinters have to walk a fine line, keeping their bodies in peak physical shape without adding on the muscle mass that weightlifters are looking for. Still, they do need to prioritize protein in their diet. That’s because unlike long distance runners, sprinters don’t need large quantities of carbohydrates in their diet. It’s also recommended that you get these carbs from clean sources like vegetables, sweet potatoes, or whole grain bread and oatmeal. And remember that the carbs will give you an energy boost, so look to time the majority of your carb intake around training or events.

Remember that no matter what you’re training for, a healthy diet will always have some balance to it. Your body needs calories from a variety of different sources, and you won’t see the results you want if you’re cutting carbs or fat out of your diet altogether. That being said, the best way to help your body recover after a tough day of training is with a supplement like our protein bars. They’ve got all the protein and nutrition your body is looking for!

The Importance of Snacking Throughout the Day

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When you were a kid, did your mom ever scold you for eating between meals? Her heart may have been in the right place, but it turns out she was wrong: Not only will snacking not spoil your meal, it’s also an important part of staying healthy and losing weight.

Snacking Keeps Blood Sugar Balanced

Maintaining a consistent blood sugar level is an incredibly important part of staying healthy. Three to five hours after eating, blood sugar levels take a dive, slowing down our metabolism. When our blood sugar undergoes constant dips and spikes, it increases our chances of developing serious health problems like insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.

One of the best ways to keep your blood sugar steady? Snacking, especially if you eat a consistent amount of carbs.

Snacking Prevents Overeating

We all sometimes get hungry between meals. When we don’t slake our hunger with a little snack before mealtime, those hunger pangs are more likely to make us overeat. If you’re feeling bad about grabbing a snack a couple of hours before lunch or dinner, don’t – instead, grab something rich in carbs like fruit or whole grains, and combine it with nuts, dairy, or other protein-rich foods. Not only do these food contain important nutrients, they’re also the most filling.

Snacking Helps Us Lose Weight

It may sound counterintuitive, but snacking is one of the best ways to start losing weight. Specifically, moving from a schedule of a couple of big meals to one with smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day helps us keep our intake and output consistent, and makes it less likely that we’ll overeat. The trick is to keep your meals small, and space them out consistently throughout the day.

Snacking Improves Mood and Helps Us Focus

Remember what we said earlier about blood sugar drops and slowed down metabolisms? After your body burns through the food you’ve ingested, the body reacts by slowing down, which leads to crankiness, tiredness, and an inability to concentrate. Grabbing a snack between meals will keep your energy levels up and prevent the onset of foul moods that affect productivity and make the day seem longer.

Good snack foods

A Few Tips for Snacking

Snacking may be good for us, but that doesn’t mean that every type of snack is healthy. Candy bars and other sugary snacks should be avoided as much as possible; not only do they pack on the pounds, they also burn up quickly, leaving you more hungry and cranky than you were before you grabbed a snack.

The best in-between meal snacks are ones that are rich in protein and amino acids (cheese, meat, tofu), carbohydrates (fruit, honey, whole grains, vegetables), and/or omega-3 fatty acids (fish, yogurt).

If you’re looking for the perfect, healthy snack to keep your energy up and help you lose weight, Promax Nutrition bars are the perfect choice available in many different flavors and varieties, including lower sugar. Learn more by looking through our website today.

Healthy And Patriotic Snacks To Celebrate All Through July

Healthy Snacks

The Fourth of July is not known as being one of our healthiest holidays. Whether there really are any “healthy” holidays is up for debate, but we can all agree that hot dogs, beer, and bomb pops aren’t a recipe for clean and healthy living. Still, you want to have fun, but without totally killing your diet and setting you back two weeks. It may seem tough, but it’s actually pretty easy to make yourself some healthy—and patriotic—snacks that you can enjoy all month long.

Red White and Blue Smoothie

Technically, it won’t come out looking red, white, and blue, but it will look amazing in the blender before you fire it up. Strawberries, banana slices, and blueberries layered in a blender just scream independence from your waistline. Use soy milk and coconut water to keep it from getting too thick, and feel free to top it with any other fruit you want.

Red, Mint, and Blue Fruit Salad

What this dish lacks in complexity, it makes up for in deliciousness. Add watermelon slices, blueberries, and finely chopped mint in a bowl. Add lime juice and an optional tablespoon of honey, and you’re good to go.

Ants on a Log

Cut up some celery sticks, and spread them with low-fat cream cheese. Then top them with blueberries and raspberries for this patriotic take on an old favorite.

Patriotic Potato

Need something with a little more substance? Make a baked potato, but top it with low-fat Swiss cheese and salsa. If you’re looking for that blue to make it a little more flag-like, then snag some purple potatoes while you’re at the store.

Potato Salad

And if you did pick up some purple potatoes, you probably noticed that there are a ton of different varieties and colors to choose from. Pick out the closest varieties you can to red, white, and blue, and chop them up for a potato salad. A simple oil and vinegar dressing will get you plenty of flavor without loading up on extra calories.

Banana Pop

Missing those bomb pops from your childhood, but looking for a healthy adult version? Peel a banana, cover it in yogurt and roll it through crushed cereal, sliced strawberries, and blueberries. Stick it in the freezer the night before, and you can enjoy the adult version of your childhood frozen treat.

Patriotic Pita

Get yourself some whole grain pita pockets, and stuff them with ricotta cheese and raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries, and you’ve quickly got yourself a great red white and blue treat for the Fourth.

In July we celebrate our independence, so don’t get trapped by empty calories and fried food. Try some of these healthy alternatives, and you’ll still find yourself feeling fit and looking good for your next trip to the beach.

Healthy Summer Meals For Picky Eaters

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Summer is practically on top of us, so hopefully you’ve been working out regularly, at least if you want that beach body. So many of us do, and we put ourselves through grueling workouts in order to attain that figure. Unfortunately, many people forget a crucial step—eating healthy. There’s a reason you constantly hear people saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen.” If you want a great summer body, you have to pay attention to what you’re eating. And that’s tough if you happen to be a picky eater, because zucchini may be great for you, but taste-wise, not so much. Picky eater or not, you can still eat healthy and get that beach body you’re looking for.

Lemon Grilled Chicken Breasts

As long as you have chicken breasts, you’ll have some options for yourself or another picky eater. Seriously, they have plenty of protein and you can dress them up, or down, depending on how picky people are. Serve it with some brown rice and plain green beans, and you’ve got yourself a meal that you don’t have to pick around. Just make sure nothing touches on your plate.

Baked Eggs

Again, eggs have the protein and nutrients you need if you’re working out for swimsuit season. On top of that, baked eggs and whole grain toast is the perfect breakfast combo for a picky eater who doesn’t want all the extras. Add an orange or banana, and you’ve got all the energy you need to start your day off right.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

We know that pasta is verboten to some during summer because of all those carbs, but bear with us here. Try mixing up diced red peppers and zucchini in the meatballs, using lean ground beef, and you won’t even notice that the veggies are in there. Plus, you don’t have to eat this one every day if you’re looking for a six-pack. Just know that it’s a healthy and delicious option that any picky eater can stomach.

Fish Sandwich

It’s actually much easier than you’d imagine to prepare your own breaded fish sandwich, and doing it yourself is so much healthier than driving through your local Captain D’s. Try making it even healthier by adding some cucumber slices and cabbage slaw if your palate can handle it.

Pinto Bean and Rice Burritos

The word “burrito” probably doesn’t conjure up images of tanned, toned bodies in your head, but burritos are the same as the fish sandwiches—they can actually be good for you if you make them correctly. Instead of beef, use pinto beans and brown rice, add plenty of lettuce, and try salsa and peppers if you dare. Seriously, they make it a lot better.

Of course, there’s another option that’s healthy, delicious, and easy no matter where you are or how much time you have – a Promax protein bar! No one’s saying you should eat them for every meal, but if your options are your friend’s “super healthy surprise” or the protein bar, then just know that our protein bars taste great to even the pickiest of eaters. Try one today and pick your favorite flavor!