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What Meat Sticks Are Low in Sodium?

Beef jerky and other dried meat snacks have been long-time favorites for athletes and active, on-the-go snackers. But beef jerky and meat stick recipes vary widely, ranging from healthy and packed with lean protein to salty and full of sugar. If your diet goals include a caloric intake designed for muscle building, and/or your...

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Pros and Cons of Protein Bars

Protein bars have taken over grocery stores, convenience stores, and are marketed everywhere as “nutrition on-the-go”. Like all foods, there are advantages and disadvantages of protein bars. They are not all as “healthy” as you may think. Pros and Cons of Protein Bars When weighing the advantages and disadvantages of protein bars, we found...

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10 Foods You Shouldn’t Eat (and 10 You Should)

The following list contains 10 foods you should avoid completely (or consume only rarely) and 10 foods should eat – or at least foods 10 you can work into your diet as replacements. What’s on the healthy and unhealthy food list? Read on to find out: Fast Food: Fast food will slow you down...

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How Many Calories in a Bag of Beef Jerky? 

Often we talk about calories in a negative way, but if you are an athlete or active person, you know calories equal energy! This means that you need to eat the right amount of calories for optimal energy and performance levels. Your caloric intake should be based on your body’s muscle content. The stronger...

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Are Beef Sticks Good for Diabetics?

It is a universal truth that what we eat will impact our health and well-being in a very profound way. The nutrients we take in will fuel us through our busy days, wherever those days end up taking us. So, for all of us, eating the right foods is absolutely essential. For those of...

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10 Best Hikes to Add to Your Bucket List

If you’re the type of vacationer who wants to stay active and see the landscape, why not plan the vacation of your dreams! This year, try something different and get away from the big cities and out into nature! This is the summer for vacationing on the trails. Getting out and getting your blood...

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Road Trip Food List

So you’re finally taking some time off to go on that road trip you’ve been dreaming about for years! A road trip is an exciting adventure whether you’re heading out on your own, stopping to see friends and meet new people on the way to your destination (if you have one!), or packing up...

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How Much Protein Do I Need to Build Muscle?

Building muscle is essential: whether your goal is appearance-based, health-based, strength-based, this mighty macronutrient covers all the bases. Lean muscle burns more calories, reduces caloric imbalances, and helps prevent obesity and all of the associated conditions that come along with it. It’s not just for bodybuilders or athletes: muscle development is important for all...

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10 Best Foods for Athletic Performance

Food is fuel. For athletes, quality nutrition makes the difference when it comes to energy, endurance, strength, and performance. To hit your workout hard or play the fourth quarter just as strong as the first, you need a balanced diet – and you need to put nutrients back into your body after the sweat...

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Smart Snacking While On the Go

Eating well is easiest when you have time to prepare foods and stick to a schedule. But… life. It gets busy. As we’re running from point A to point B, good habits can fall by the wayside as convenience and speed take priority. The good news: it doesn’t have to be this way! Start...

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High Protein Snacks for Air Travel

Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, one of the most challenging aspects is eating right on the go. Healthy food options can be limited, and convenience often takes precedence over a balanced meal or snack. From rushed fast food in the airports to high-fat, sugary, sodium-laden meals on the flight, maintaining your...

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What to Eat Before a Sports Game

Gearing up for the big game? For those of us who prefer to play instead of watch, proper nutrition is a must. But if you’re wondering what to eat before a sports game? We have some ideas! 6 Healthy Sports Snacks High Quality Cereals Skip the Cap’n Crunch and go for steel cut oats....


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