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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…

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…

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…

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…

Chiseled Cheers

It’s common knowledge alcohol can cause weight gain. It has 7 calories per gram which is closer to that of fat (9 calories per gram) than carb and protein (4 calories per gram). Alcohol also inhibits fat burning and can reduce gains from strength training. To top it off, alcohol lowers our inhibitions and increases…

Simple Swaps for a Healthier Bod

Make 2017 your best year yet with these healthy and tasty food swaps: White Rice Cauliflower Rice Bread Lettuce Cups Butter Mashed Avocado Spaghetti Spaghetti Squash Noodles Croutons Baked Cubed Tofu Cow’s Milk Plain Unsweetened Almond Milk White Cane Sugar Pure Maple Syrup Salad Dressing Olive Oil & Vinegar Vegetable Oil Grape Seed Oil Potato Chips…

Holiday Gift Guide for the Fitness Enthusiast

‘Tis the season for festive parties, glistening décor, and most notoriously, gifts! When it comes to the fitness enthusiast in your life, we have all you need to get a jump start on your holiday shopping with ideas that will not only support their goals, but make you the most thoughtful of them all. Set…

Nutrition Spotlight: Cranberries

You probably recognize cranberries as a holiday staple, but their health benefits make them a superfood that should be enjoyed year round! Health Benefits of Cranberries: Supports weight loss Boosts kidney and bladder health Lowers bad “LDL” cholesterol for a healthy heart Strengthens the immune system Has anti-aging properties May prevent cancers Supports healthy teeth…

The Power of Plant Proteins

Adding in vegetarian sources of protein is a great way to boost nutrition and reduce your carbon foot print.  Try adding these plant powerhouse foods to your diet. Quinoa Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is often mistaken as a grain, but is actually a seed cooked like rice.  Quinoa is gluten-free, and a complete protein meaning it…

The Benefits of BCAAs

When it comes to maintaining and building muscle, Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s), offer a competitive advantage!  Although they are popular with athletes, BCAA’s offer opportunity to accelerate results, improve body composition, and support recovery for anyone looking to maximize their workouts. Muscles require protein to grow and all proteins are composed of just twenty…

Smart Tips for Holiday Eating

We all know that sticking to a healthy eating plan can be a challenge during the holiday season.  Although the next couple of months will be jam-packed with fun and festivities aimed at a derailing your diet, don’t worry! You don’t have to be the Grinch or give up your goals. With these tips you…

Breaking the Cycle of Sugar Addiction

Next time your sweet tooth starts taking control, fight back with these tips: Reach for Water and Fruit  Instead of reaching for a cupcake, fill up with a glass of water and fruit.  The combination will not only fill you up, but also help re-train your brain to enjoy a natural sugar threshold fruit provides….

What Are the Weight Loss Benefits of Eating Raw Celery?

Despite the rumors, research does not show celery to contain fewer calories than it takes to digest — so, according to MayoClinic.com, it doesn’t have “negative calories”. Still, this healthy vegetable has a place in your diet plan. While no single food can cause weight loss, eating celery can help you reduce calorie intake and…

Be a Protein Pro

If you’ve been looking into protein and feel a little overwhelmed, you’re not alone.  With so many types of protein available, it’s only natural to feel confused and uncertain of which protein to use and when.  Taking in enough protein is essential for optimizing your training results and supporting your goals, but selecting the right…

Ignite Your Immunity!

Cooler weather can bring on the sniffles!  Fight back and boost your immunity now with these tips. Skip the Sugar Emphasize foods with a low glycemic (low sugar) index such as whole grains, legumes, lean protein, vegetables, and heart healthy fats.  Enjoy fruits in moderation, and avoid added sugars found in sauces, baked goods, candies,…

How To: Trim Tailgating

When its game time, it’s easy to rush the buffet table and let the energy of the moment wash over you!  Before you know it however, you’ll be needing to add in more than a few extra workouts of your own to burn off those extra calories!  With a few upgrades, you can still enjoy…

Common Diet & Nutrition Myths

Dieting is no picnic, and the confusion caused by conflicting information from various sources can make it extremely frustrating. With so many supposed experts, popular diets, weight loss pills and other gimmicks pulling you in different directions, it can be hard to sort through to the truths. Arm yourself with the facts and avoid some…