Category: Snacks

Top Foods for Faster Muscle Recovery

Sore muscles are a given after any intense workout but filling yourself up with pro-recovery foods will help alleviate the pain and time spent recovering. What foods will help me recover faster, you ask? Add these 6 categories of nutrient food to help recover the right way.

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The Best Travel-friendly Snacks

Do you find yourself struggling to eat healthy while traveling? If you bring your own snacks you are more likely to resist buying unhealthy food. While there are many healthy snack ideas, here are 5 quick and easy travel-friendly snacks.

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An inside look at Promax Original & Lower Sugar

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Our mission is to inspire people to live a healthy, active lifestyle through good nutrition and regular exercise. We provide delicious, convenient, nutritionally balanced protein bars to fuel active consumers’ fit lifestyles. Since 1996 Promax is the fuel for doing! So what makes a Promax bar a promax bar? Our bars contain 18-20 grams of complete protein. All our bars are gluten-free, kosher, and vegetarian.

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What to eat Pre & Post Workout

Most people know that it is important to give your body the proper nutrition it needs but some might not realize the importance of what you eat before and after a workout is also important. When you fuel your workout with the proper nutrition you will help maximize the benefits of all your hard work during the workout.

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What’s Your Promax Bar Personality?

Promax Personality

While we all want to be fit and healthy, not everyone lives the same lifestyle or has the same nutritional needs. A serious weightlifter may need a protein heavy diet to see gains, but a mother of two small children probably needs a considerably more balanced diet to stay healthy and active. We understand that, and that’s why we have so many different Promax protein bars for you to choose from. The differences aren’t just in flavor—they’re also in the amount of protein, sugar, carbs, and fiber that go into each bar. So take a look and see which bar might be right for your fitness personality.

Workout Warrior

Sunday night means meal prep and setting aside your supplements for the weak. You’ve got goals, and you’re well on the way to accomplishing them. You’re definitely getting the most out of your gym membership. Meaning you’ve got a they-ask-how-your-parents-are-doing kind of relationship. You want the Pro Series. Available in Triple Chocolate Crisp or Peanut Butter Crisp, the Pro Series has 25 grams of protein – with whey protein as the primary source – and is designed with a precise blend of macronutrients to help fuel intense training—perfect for pre-workout fuel and post-workout recovery.

On. The. Go.

There simply isn’t enough time in the day. You’ve got spreadsheets to make, dinner to cook, and a soccer game to cheer at. And if you’re lucky, you can fit in a walk during lunch. You don’t have time for a sit down breakfast or lunch, so you need something that can fill you up without slowing you down. The original Promax bar is available in six different flavors, from Cookies ‘n Cream to Lemon Bar. It’ll provide you with enough energy to go from work, to the gym, to that soccer game, and finally back home. Make your busy day doable with a Promax Original protein bar.

Carb Conscious

You’re looking for that six-pack, and you know that some diet supplements are full of carbs that will slow you down and keep you from your goals. If you want that beach body, then try our Carb Sense line of protein bars. You still get 18 grams of protein, but you don’t have to compromise your diet while you do it, since each one only has 5-6g net carbs. Try our Chocolate Mint, Honey Peanut, or Salted Caramel, and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t join Promax nation sooner.

The Serial Snacker

You’re all about eating small meals throughout the day, but sometimes those little snacks aren’t the healthiest. You know you already get plenty of added sugar in most processed foods, so you’re looking for something that will get you all the nutrition you need—without all that sugar. So try a Lower Sugar protein bar. Available in Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter Chocolate, or Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, you’ll feel like you’re getting a treat, but without any artificial sweeteners or gelatin.

There really is a Promax bar for everyone, but if you need a little more convincing, try out our Pick Your Protein option to find exactly what you’re looking for.

What’s Your Promax Bar Personality?

Promax Personality

While we all want to be fit and healthy, not everyone lives the same lifestyle or has the same nutritional needs. A serious weightlifter may need a protein heavy diet to see gains, but a mother of two small children probably needs a considerably more balanced diet to stay healthy and active. We understand that, and that’s why we have so many different Promax protein bars for you to choose from. The differences aren’t just in flavor—they’re also in the amount of protein, sugar, carbs, and fiber that go into each bar. So take a look and see which bar might be right for your fitness personality.

Workout Warrior

Sunday night means meal prep and setting aside your supplements for the weak. You’ve got goals, and you’re well on the way to accomplishing them. You’re definitely getting the most out of your gym membership. Meaning you’ve got a they-ask-how-your-parents-are-doing kind of relationship. You want

On. The. Go.

There simply isn’t enough time in the day. You’ve got spreadsheets to make, dinner to cook, and a soccer game to cheer at. And if you’re lucky, you can fit in a walk during lunch. You don’t have time for a sit down breakfast or lunch, so you need something that can fill you up without slowing you down. The original Promax bar is available in six different flavors, from Cookies ‘n Cream to Lemon Bar. It’ll provide you with enough energy to go from work, to the gym, to that soccer game, and finally back home. Make your busy day doable with a Promax Original protein bar.

Carb Conscious

You’re looking for that six-pack, and you know that some diet supplements are full of carbs that will slow you down and keep you from your goals. If you want that beach body, then try our

The Serial Snacker

You’re all about eating small meals throughout the day, but sometimes those little snacks aren’t the healthiest. You know you already get plenty of added sugar in most processed foods, so you’re looking for something that will get you all the nutrition you need—without all that sugar. So try a Lower Sugar protein bar. Available in Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter Chocolate, or Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, you’ll feel like you’re getting a treat, but without any artificial sweeteners or gelatin.

There really is a Promax bar for everyone, but if you need a little more convincing, try out our Pick Your Protein option to find exactly what you’re looking for.

5 Best Snacks For Busy People

Healthy Snacks

“I’ve just been running, running, running today!” No, that’s not a marathoner, telling you about their latest race, it’s your overworked friend telling you about her schedule. There really is no rest for the weary, and some people just seem to be on the go constantly. How do they get it all done? What they definitely don’t do, is feed themselves junk or rely strictly on coffee for their energy. Although we’re not judging your fourth cup. No sir. But if you feel like you’re always on the go, and you want to get it all done without being completely beat down at the end of the day, then you may want to take a second look at what you’re eating. It will come back to bite you if you aren’t getting the proper nutrition, so check out some of these great snacks for busy people.

Homemade or DIY Trail Mix

Trail mix is practically the king of healthy snacking options. That’s probably because making it yourself gives you an almost unlimited array of ingredients that can be thrown together. Cashews, almonds, peanuts, raisins, cranberries, pretzels, and yes, even a few chocolate chips, can all go into your homemade trail mix. It’ll provide you with tons of energy throughout the day, and making it yourself is usually cheaper than buying a bunch of bags from the grocery store.

Hummus and Veggies

A container of hummus and some celery or carrot sticks is a great tasting snack that will give you the energy you need to make it through your day. There are a ton of different flavored hummus options out there, or you can easily make it yourself.

Ants on a Log

There are a few variations of this one, but the most popular is celery sticks topped with peanut butter, topped with raisins. Feel free to use a different kind of nut butter if you want, and we’ve also heard of people swapping out the celery for carrots.

Kale Chips

Kale is in right now, no doubt about it. Some people aren’t too fond of the taste, but homemade kale chips let you spice things up a little without losing all the nutritional benefits. Wash your kale, tear it into pieces and set it on a baking tray. Drizzle it with olive oil, and add sea salt and spices. Then bake at 325 degrees for about 12 minutes or until crisp.

Hardboiled Eggs

Hardboiled eggs are incredibly easy to make, they travel well, and they’re full of nutrients to help you get through that busy day. They’ll help satisfy your hunger, and keep you from heading to the vending machine later on.

And of course, don’t forget about Promax protein bars – perfect for people on the go. A busy schedule might keep you from getting a lot of snacking time during the day, but Promax bars go anywhere you do. Packed with protein and nutrients, these bars will keep you feeling satisfied and productive throughout your day. So check out the Promax line today and find the perfect bar for you!

Top 5 Unhealthy Foods Masquerading as Health Foods

Healthy Food

Eating healthy is challenging enough, thanks to all of the processed, frozen, canned, and packaged foods that are easy and available to eat on the go when you’re pressed for time. But sticking to a truly healthy diet is further complicated when you consider the fact that many “health foods” aren’t really all that healthy after all.

Below is a list of the top five unhealthy foods that are masquerading as health foods.

  1. Fruit Juices

Fruit juices are touted as healthy, but many of the juices that you’ll find on supermarket shelves aren’t made from actual fruit. Check ingredient labels and you may find high amounts of sugar and artificial flavors that are added to water to make it taste like fruit. Keep in mind that there are many names for sugar, so labels can also be misleading.

Even if you purchase 100% juice, however, you should do so in moderation because fruit juice, like fruit itself, has a high sugar content. Again, check labels and you may find that your favorite fruit juice contains roughly the same amount of sugar as any other unhealthy sugary drink.

  1. Agave

Agave syrup is touted as a healthy alternative to high fructose corn syrup, but it can contain between 55-90% fructose, depending upon how it’s processed. Compare this to high fructose corn syrup, which has roughly 55% fructose, and you’ll see why this food isn’t very healthy after all.

  1. Yogurt

Yogurt can be really good for your body, as it contains protein, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics. But you should read ingredients labels because many brands use high amounts of sugar, along with artificial sweeteners, flavors, additives, and colors, officially rendering their foods unhealthy.

  1. Breakfast Cereals

So many breakfast cereals market themselves as being a healthy way to start your day, full of vitamins and minerals, grains and fruits – but be sure to double and triple check what’s actually in them to verify whether they’re something you want to put in your body. Most cereals are highly processed and full of sugar and chemicals – even the so-called “healthy” ones.

  1. Margarine

In spite of all the health claims margarine manufacturers plaster on their packaging, this is one “health food” that you’ll definitely want to steer clear of. Most brands have removed the trans fats that used to be part and parcel of using margarine, but this butter substitute is still basically just a bunch of chemicals – not something you want to be eating on a regular basis. Even though butter contains fat, it’s much healthier than margarine.

When shopping for healthy foods, it’s important to look past health claims on product labels and instead analyze the ingredients and nutrition facts. This will help you avoid falling victim to unhealthy foods pretending to be nutritious.

Luckily, Promax makes your choice easy, when it comes to protein bars, because Promax products contain high quality ingredients that are actually good for you. For more information about Promax, check out our product page or our blog.

 

Your Diet and Navigating the Holidays

Navigating the Holidays

Keeping in line with your diet can be a real chore over the holidays. It’s bad enough that you spend more time inside when it’s cold, and are more apt to snack, but the holidays also bring bountiful feasts and get-togethers that are centered around food. Tips and tricks like eating nutrition bars instead of sweet treats can help you keep your diet goals in check while still making the most of the holiday season.

Don’t Dress for Comfort

The more comfortable you are in your clothes, the less concerned you are about how they look. Items that fit loosely around the waist are comfortable, but they also offer plenty of room for you to just keep eating.

Keep Hands Busy

Grab a drink of water as soon as you walk in. This gives you something to start filling up on, but it also keeps something in your hand so it isn’t as easy to just keep grabbing snacks. If you keep your hands occupied, you’re less likely to keep going for seconds (and thirds) on all of those unhealthy holiday treats.

Fill Up on Healthy Items

Holiday dinners can be fun, but they can also zap the energy right out of you. Snack on one of your favorite protein bars before you go to the dinner. And once you arrive, sip on some water and opt for the veggie tray. By the time dinner rolls around, you won’t be quite as ravenous.

Exercise Before You Go

If you take the time to get some exercise in before the dinner, you won’t want to blow of all your hard work on unhealthy foods. Instead, you will be more alert and more interested in conversation or activities than you are when eating large quantities of food, plus you will have burned a few extra calories in case you wind up eating more than planned.

Play a Game

Much of the holiday eating that occurs does so because people tend to sit around the table chatting, with nothing else to do but snack on treats or leftovers. If you have a game to play, you will keep your hands and mind occupied so that sugary sweets don’t remain the focal point for the duration of the evening.

Push Away from the Table

Avoid sitting at a table that holds large amounts of food. Instead, find your way to the couch or another area that doesn’t involve temptations likely to thwart your personal health and fitness goals. This way, you can still socialize, but you aren’t constantly distracted by all of the snacks (and the smells that come along with them).

A large part of making it through the holidays with your diet intact is planning ahead. Keep your cravings in check by shopping Promax protein bars online this holiday season.

Getting Ready for Your First Weightlifting Competition

Weightlifting Competitions

Testing your strength against other weightlifting enthusiasts is an important milestone in the personal fitness journey of many men and women. In competition, all those workouts and energy bars pay off as you get to share your achievements with others and get the rush that comes from striving to be the best.

For first time weightlifting competitors, events may be intimidating, and there are many mistakes that new competitors may make that can result in embarrassment or injury. To make your first competition a memorable one for the right reasons, try these preparations for your debut event:

  • Know the rules – Weightlifting is a very detail oriented sport, and there’s little leeway for error at competition. Be sure you know your weigh-in and lift time, and be prompt. Also, be sure you lift according to the rules, and avoid lowering the bar until you hear the “down” command from the center judge.
  • Don’t compete until you’re confident – Lifting in front of judges and an audience can cause a bit of stage fright, especially among lifters who are unsure about their strength and abilities. Enter an event when you’re sure you are ready to compete.
  • Have and established training routine – Prior to a competition, you should have a steady diet and workout regimen. Just a few weeks before competition is no time to make major changes to your routine.
  • Be conservative in your initial lifts – Don’t overextend yourself or try to lift something heavier than you usually do. Ease your way into competition, and realize that it will take some practice before you start winning events.
  • Have the right attire – Not having the right attire not only puts you at risk of injury, it can also make you the object of derision among fellow lifters. Take the time to get the right shoes, belts, braces, and other gear you need to compete at weightlifting events.
  • Work with a coach – If you plan to lift competitively, working with a coach is strongly advised. Coaches can guide you through the mechanical aspects of a competition, ensuring that your form and technique are proper. They can also help you with the social aspect of competition, instructing you on proper etiquette during events. The weightlifting community is pretty tight-knit, so connecting with a coach who knows the ins and outs of competitions is a huge help.

Better coaching, a renewed national interest in fitness and increasing numbers of women participating in weightlifting is quickly growing this exciting sport. Competitive weightlifting is a great way to build your physical and mental strength, and make new friends and social contacts. Making a good first impression by hitting all the right cues on your debut event will go a long way toward helping you make the most of competitions.

Promax Nutrition gives people who want better bodies the protein, vitamins, and minerals they need in delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian snack bars.  To learn more about Promax Nutrition products, check us out online.