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Recovery Rescue!

When you’ve completed your reps and sets, get your body the ultimate recovery fuel with a Recovery Rescue Protein Smoothie! It’s loaded with nutrients your body needs to recover and refuel so you’re ready for the next round. Coconut water, spinach and banana pack in potassium to re-hydrate and prevent muscle cramps. Blueberries rich in…

Shape Up for Summer

Shedding those stubborn 5-10 lingering pounds can make all the difference when it comes to feeling confident sporting a swim suit. Shape up for summer with these simple changes: Focus on Fueling, not starving It’s normal to get a little hungry when working on weight loss, but taking it too far can rebound and cause…

Perfecting Your Eating Schedule

A popular question in the nutrition industry: How frequently should I eat? We all know the great debate between eating “Three regular meals” vs “Six small meals”. I’m going to break down the reason why the latter is more recommended. It is encouraged to eat five to seven small meals per day, but you may be…

Nutrition Spotlight: Oatmeal

From steel cut and rolled, to instant and old-fashioned, the world of oatmeal can be surprisingly daunting. While all types start as groats, the processing is what differentiates them as well as their cooking times and texture. Steel Cut oats are often considered the “king of oatmeal” as they have the least amount of processing….

Stitch Fix

Runners know all too well the intense pain of a side stitch.  Most often they occur under your rib, but they can also show up on the tip of your shoulder blade.  Although they are not fully understood, one theory claims the ligaments of abdominal organs pull on the diaphragm and cause pain.  Your diaphragm…

Eating for Type 2 Diabetes

Proper nutrition for type 2 diabetes is a crucial component for managing the disease and feeling your best. While there are individualized needs that come with a diagnosis, the basic nutritional recommendations are beneficial whether you deal with diabetes or not. Eating to steady blood sugar and insulin levels results in better energy, sleep, mood,…

Supplement Savvy

In a perfect world, we would eat all the right foods in the right proportions ensuring our body all the nutrients it needs to thrive. However, busy schedules, stress, travel…you name it, can interfere. Keeping a few key supplements on hand is a wise strategy for supporting your health during life’s unexpected twists and turns….

Shed Sluggishness

Feeling sluggish? Here are 3 things you can do today to boost energy and put a smile on your face! 1. Stretch & Sip Take a moment to do some light stretching while you sip on green tea. Green tea has a long held reputation for increasing energy and mental focus. It’s also loaded with…

No Bake Coconut Cranberry Protein Breakfast Cookies

Wake up your morning routine with Complete Nutrition’s Coconut Cranberry Protein Breakfast Cookies! Ingredients 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal 2 scoops Ignite Series™ V-Core™ vanilla protein powder ¼ cup shredded coconut ¼ cup dried cranberries ½ cup creamy peanut butter ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk ¼ cup honey or agave nectar ⅛ teaspoon sea salt…

Be Active with Dad this Father’s Day

Thinking of gifts for Dad can be a difficult task. He’ll probably say he doesn’t want another tie or pair of socks, so instead, plan an experience with him he will never forget. Coming up with ideas of what to do can be challenging though. Use these ideas to spend time with your father and…

Fat-Fighting Foods

Whittle your waistline naturally with these fat-fighting foods. Coconut Oil Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which the body efficiently burns as energy instead of storing as fat. This flavorful oil boosts satiety, and promotes a lean body composition. Eggs Eggs are one of the best sources of choline, an essential nutrient that fights…

Synergy!

Certain foods eaten together make a winning combination more powerful than on their own. Maximize your nutrition with these synergistic foods: Eggs, Whole Grain Toast & OJ Eggs and whole grain bread contain non-heme iron which is not absorbed as efficiently by the body as heme iron found in meat and poultry. Adding in a…

Two-Piece Transformation

Looking to sport a swimsuit, but need to beat belly bloat stat? Look no further! Our Lean Green Smoothie is to the rescue. It contains a whopping 800 milligrams of bloat-banishing potassium to flush and detox plus 25 grams of lean protein to keep you feeling energized all morning: Lean Green Smoothie 1 large frozen…

Curb Your Cravings

You’ve planned your meals and scheduled your workouts with the best of intentions when suddenly visions of cupcakes, French fries or you name it dance in your head. Sound familiar? When cravings strike, it can be difficult to fight back. Instead of a physiological need, cravings are most likely rooted in a combination of hormonal…

Drive-Thru Dining

When hunger calls, you may find yourself resorting to a drive thru. Before you throw in the towel, consider these tips for successful drive thru dining: Time Out! Drive thrus are designed to present the menu and promptly request your order. This design can leave us flustered and ready to shout out the first thing…

Body Composition

During weight loss, we can see decreases in both unwanted fat mass and metabolically active muscle, but just weighing in doesn’t determine the distribution of what was lost. Uncertainty can make identifying if your efforts are successful difficult and ultimately lead to frustration and failure. Body composition is a more accurate option for providing insight to…

Stressed-Out Snacking Tips

Deadlines are mounting. Your social calendar is overflowing. You’re running on empty. Too much to manage usually equates to eating too little, then rebounding into overeating whatever’s available later. We know that foods high in fat, sugar, and salt (common foods to reach for when stressed) are not only harmful for your health, but can…

Maggi: Road Trips and Training

Recently my kids and I headed to Colorado for a Ninja Warrior Event at Warrior Playground. Road trips can be the first thing to get you off track from a steady, healthy diet with little options besides fast food along the drive. Before hitting the road for eight hours, we stopped into Complete Nutrition for…

“Bad” Food Myths

From beef and potatoes, to eggs and peanut butter, there are many foods out there you may have been avoiding due to their notorious “bad” reputations. This is a shame considering many of them are not only delicious, but received their bad rank hastily. Beef Beef has long been shunned for being too high in…

Spring into Shape with Soup for Dinner

Dinner is the one meal of the day we are most likely to overindulge. Doing so too often can lead to weight gain and disrupt much needed sleep. Small changes to your evening meal can help balance your calorie budget and allow you to enjoy indulgences here and there! Broth-based soups loaded with veggies and…

Farmers Market

There’s no better way to eat locally than through a farmers market. Not only can you take advantage of the freshest seasonal produce, but you can also meet the farmer and ask questions. Make the most of your farmers market with these tips: Time it Right For the best selection and the smallest crowd, head…

Lauren Rae: Live Ab Workout

Check out the video below to see Lauren Rae’s summer ab workout. Perform these exercises to build core strength and for an additional stretch to your hamstrings, back, and other muscles: Full Body Roll Up Single Leg Stretch Double Leg Stretch Scissors Criss-Cross (aka Bicycle Crunch) Low Lift Corkscrew Planks Side Planks   Lauren Rae Dallas Fitness and…

A Day in the Life of an Olympic Athlete

A Day in the Life: Dominique Blake Speed, endurance, and recovery are all equally important when it comes to training as an Olympic athlete. Dominique Blake shares a video blog post about what she does during one of her training days and how she recovers after a grueling workout. This inside look shows just how intense…

Maggi: Three Tips to Help Fight Food Temptations

Battling the beast of food temptations is a struggle for almost everyone. Though your training may be going well, there are times that a sweet tooth or snacking habits get the best of you! For some, it’s chocolate, for others it’s a bag of chips. Whatever it is, there are times you need to use…

Your Inner Voice

We’ve all heard it before; eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, but what does that really mean?  With so many factors influencing our eating habits, it’s no wonder we can feel disconnected with that inner voice that tells us when and how much to eat. Eating too much and too little can…

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…