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The Sweet Truth: Sweeteners

You’ve probably heard the buzz about the benefits of swapping high fructose corn syrup and white table sugar for “natural” sweeteners, but are they really healthier? The answer is yes…and no. All caloric sweeteners including agave, honey, and maple syrup contain approximately 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon and 15-20 calories. While some may enter…

Perfect Your Pre-Workout

Pre-workout nutrition is vital for providing the fuel your body needs to perform its best. While the ideal ratio of carbohydrate, protein, and fat depends on the type, duration, and intensity of your workout, the timing of your pre-workout nutrition is also very important. Carbohydrates are best for Short duration and high intensity exercise. Glucose…

Lauren Rae: 3 Quick, Healthy Pepper Recipes

When pepper prices drop, stock up! We pay a premium for organic vegetables so it’s nice to have a plan to utilize any fresh produce you can get on sale. Recently, I stopped at the store for peppers and made these three fast and healthy recipes. You can easily try them when you find a…

Step Up to Veggies!

With most Americans falling short on the recommended four daily servings, spring is a great time to step to veggies! Think outside the breakfast-box with these easy, very-veggie breakfast ideas: Stuff a baked sweet potato with roasted vegetables, scrambled eggs & a dollop of plain yogurt. Consider these combos in your next smoothie: cooked beets…

3 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

Body image is the mental picture you have of yourself and it is formed by a variety of factors. An individual’s body image may or may not be an accurate representation of themselves, so working toward a positive body image is important for overall health and wellbeing. Build your body image with these tips: Dial-in…

Dominique: Embracing the Burn

People often ask me what an Olympic track athlete does in the weight room. A few common questions are: “What kind of lifts do track athletes do?” “Are there a lot of Olympic (explosive) lifting involved?” “How long do your lifts last?” “How many days of the week do you lift?” When I’m in the…

Maggi: Ninja and Spartan Packing

Getting ready for big competitions can be taxing, but adding in filming for a major network brings a completely different element. Ninja Warrior is typically three days of filming and Spartan is a week of filming. By the end, an average day on set can last between 10 to 18 hours and regardless of location, weather…

3 Ways to Make this Week Healthier and Happier! A Fresh Approach

Your playlist is ready, workout clothes washed, and you’re geared up to get your sweat on Monday through Friday. You’ve sworn off the candy jar, happy hour, and the seemingly endless array of celebratory foods that magically arrive at the office. This week is going to be different! Right? If you start the week with…

Lauren Rae: Confetti Protein Cheesecake

Do you need to satisfy your sweet tooth but can’t afford the extra calories? With the help of the Dymatize ISO100 protein powder, you can have your cake and eat it too, literally. Bake this Confetti Cheesecake made with simple ingredients to master a calorie-saving dessert option. Enjoy! Crust 1 package of graham crackers ⅓ c. coconut oil,…

Mediterranean Quinoa Power Bowl

Skip the sandwich and shake up your lunch-time routine with this vegan and gluten free Mediterranean Power Bowl with Tahini dressing. Tahini is made from sesame seeds and is rich in heart-healthy fats and protein. It’s easy to make in bulk and to portion for the week. Get creative and customize with your favorite proteins,…

Eat to Compete

Whether you consider yourself an athlete or amateur, these principals of sports nutrition can benefit us all! Eat to Compete Athletes are notoriously competitive and most will confess their greatest competitor is themselves. Striving toward your goals and taking care of your health is about being your personal best. This mindset provides inner motivation to…

Spring Clean Your Diet

How and where your food is stored makes a big impact on what you eat. Consider the candy jar on the counter that catches your eye as well as the bundle of spoiled vegetables because you never got around to preparing them. Spring clean your diet with these easy steps: Give your fridge a mini…

Ty OG: Shoulder Workouts

My name is Ty Ogedegbe aka Ty OG. I’m a Mr. Universe World Champion, Mr. Europe and a Complete Nutrition Athlete. The below videos focus on a few lifts from one of my shoulder workouts. Unlike other muscle group, I find shoulders and deltoids to be one of the most stubborn, so I invest a longer amount of…

Game Day Nutrition Guide for Athletes

Nutrition can be easily overlooked, even for athletes. Use Pro Stock Hockey’s game day nutrition guide developed from NHL trainers and staff for your next hockey game. This nutrition guide can help any athlete during game day to properly fuel your body. Click the arrows in the bottom right hand corner to expand to full…

Speedy Slimming Tips

Small changes in your diet can save you hundreds of calories that would otherwise take significant gym time to burn off. Keep yourself feeling your best with these three calorie saving tips: 1. Swap in a smoothie A protein-rich smoothie can be a healthy and convenient meal replacement. Try blending a cup of your favorite…

Zucchini Fries

We all know it’s important to get your veggies and it has never been easier with these delicious and easy-to-make zucchini fries! Serve them alongside a lean burger or on their own for a crowd-pleasing appetizer. Yield: ~50 fries Ingredients: 4 medium Zucchini 2 egg whites ½ cup two percent milk ½ cup grated parmesan…

Healthy Hydration

Your body is made up of 60% water; staying hydrated is a crucial component of overall health and well-being. Proper hydration is essential for digestion, weight management, and supple skin. Even a small amount of dehydration can leave you feeling groggy, irritable, and lethargic. Your hydration needs depend on a variety of factors including your…

Nutrition Spotlight: Pomegranates

Pomegranates pack a real punch! These ruby gems contain about 600 powerful arils (seeds) with remarkable health benefits including: supporting heart health & lowering blood pressure. warding off diseases like breast and prostate cancer. reducing inflammation & alleviating arthritis and joint pain. fighting bacterial and fungal infections. improving exercise performance. In case you need more…

Carb Confusion

Carbohydrates are often blamed for sabotaging a six pack and threatening training efforts. The truth is, carbs are the preferred fuel for our bodies and an important food to support workouts and washboard abs. Here are three common truths to set the record straight: Carbs are not only found in bread, grains and pasta! They…

Your Cup of Joe

If you enjoy your morning cup of joe, there’s good reason to carry on! Research suggests there are numerous benefits of drinking coffee including: Enhanced Memory: A study published in Nature Neuroscience and conducted at Johns Hopkins University found that drinking coffee can enhance your memory for up to 24 hours. Coffee may also protect against…

Nutrition Spotlight: Bananas

Bananas have long been touted as being too high in calories and carbs making them a staple reserved only for the super marathoner. Although a medium banana provides about 110 calories, 30 grams of carb, and 1 gram of protein, they are also a rich source of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants that support heart health…

Mocha Smoothie

Rev up your morning routine with a Mocha Protein Smoothie! Packed with a whopping 35 grams of protein, heart-healthy omega fats and fiber, it’s a supercharged way to start your day! Blend Together 1 scoop Ignite Series™ V-Core chocolate whey protein powder 1 frozen banana 1 cup chilled brewed coffee 1 Tbsp chia seeds ½…

The Sweet Truth: Sugar

Did you know the average American consumes about 150 pounds of sugar each year? That’s three pounds per week! It’s also equivalent to 640 empty calories a day which would take a 175 pound person a six mile run to burn off! You may be thinking there is no way I eat that much sugar,…

Slim Shamrock Shake

What’s green, lean and tastes delicious? Our Slim Shamrock Shake, made with fresh mint, is a charming way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next week. Fool your friends with this healthy treat! ingredients ½ cup vanilla frozen yogurt 8 large fresh mint leaves 1 frozen banana 1 handful of spinach (trust us!) 1 scoop Ignite Series™…

Crazy for Coconut!

Coconut has been making a strong comeback due to its knock-out nutritional status and versatility. Coconuts are not “nuts” at all, but actually drupes (stone fruits) like mangoes, peaches and cherries. Coconut meat is rich in iron, manganese and fiber and tastes delicious! Try it sprinkled in pancake batter or yogurt. Coconut milk makes a…

Make Morning Workouts Happen

Struggling to be consistent with your fitness routine? Make morning workouts a priority, even if they need to be shortened. Studies show people who exercise in the morning are more consistent and also benefit by: enhanced immunity and improved sleep. greater productivity and positivity. improved blood sugar control and decreased risk for diabetes. greater muscle gains…

How To: Chickpea Flour

Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a plant-based protein powerhouse! These gluten free goodies can be blended into a flour that adds a delicious nutty flavor and a protein boost to your favorite foods. Chickpea flour has twice as much protein than whole wheat flour, and six times more than all-purpose flour. It’s also an excellent…

Help! Getting Back into Your Routine.

If your big night out or weekend away left you feeling bloated, tired, unmotivated or all three, don’t despair! Pick yourself back up and get back on track with these tips: Get Moving! Although we know it sounds like the last thing you want to do, once you get started you’ll be glad you did….

Sweet Potato Toasts

Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, gluten free, rich in the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene, and most importantly, delicious! Trade in traditional toast for flavorful sweet potato toasts! They are easy to make, versatile, and a great way to boost nutrition. Preparation Trim one side of your sweet potato flat so it can rest. Carefully create…

Inflammation

If you’ve heard the term inflammation discussed and wonder what all the buzz is about, you’re not alone. The hot topic of inflammation is increasingly important as we unlock more information about how this natural defense mechanism can both help and hinder our health. Inflammation is a natural part of our body’s immune response. It…