Nutrition

Gift Guide for the Bodybuilder in Your Life

Christmas is right around the corner, and it’s time to think about gifts for the bodybuilders in your life. Whether they’re competing in physique or fitness, find them a gift they’ll love. Fitness items are something that they’ll use over and over again! By gifting them something they can use in the gym, you’re also…

Homemade Pre-Workout Recipes

The cost of supplements can quickly add up when you combine protein, pre-workout, mixes, and more. When your priority is your health and fitness, these supplements made a big difference. That doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to save a little here and there. So, let’s talk about homemade pre-workout recipes. The goal of many…

High Protein Recipes

Eating clean with protein heavy recipes can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before! Don’t worry – there are plenty of protein rich recipes that take a reasonable amount of time to make that you will love making and eating. From breakfast to dessert, there’s something for everyone. Protein Crepes ½ cup Egg…

Creatine 101: What You Need to Know

What is creatine on a scientific level? Creatine monohydrate is a nitrogen-containing compound that is a “non-protein.” Organically, it can be eaten in the form of meat and fish or formed in the body from amino acids. Creatine has two forms in the body: free form creatine and phosphocreatine. Phosphocreatine is a part of how…

Recipes & Tips for a Healthy Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Recipes Grilled Veggie Kabobs Cut your favorite veggies into half inch cubes. Examples include bell peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash. Skewer together. In a separate bowl, mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried oregano, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Coat the veggies and grill for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway. Brush…

Muscle Building Supplements for Women

Supplements can be confusing. There are many, many types and brands and forms of supplements, so it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Women especially can be intimidated by supplements in general, but even more so muscle building supplements. Many women prefer to stay lean and toned without being bulky, so muscle building can come…

Homemade Oatmeal Protein Pie

This quick, 20-minute recipe makes three oatmeal pies that are delicious and keep you full. It has a full 22g of protein and only 293 calories. So, if you’re looking for a sweet snack to satisfy those sweet treat cravings, this recipe is tasty and fulfilling! Oatmeal Cookies ½ cup old-fashioned oats ¼ cup whole-wheat…

Why You Need to Know About Starvation Mode

What is starvation mode? Starvation mode is the idea that when you cut your calories too low, your body starts hanging on to those calories to create energy instead of burning them. This means that even when you think you’re working hard, you end up keeping weight instead of losing it. According to top medical…

Nutrition Tricks: Pool Parties and Summer Potlucks

Now that summer has arrived and the effects of the pandemic are starting to lesson, the season of summer parties has arrived. Even though the summer season tends to be a bit lighter than the rich and heavy foods of the winter holidays, there are still plenty of nutrition pitfalls all of us face. In…

How to Handle Snack Cravings

Cravings are difficult. They’re all unique and your cravings will be different from anyone else. Whether you’re craving that sweet treat or a salty snack, we face these cravings every day. There are many reasons we crave. Dehydration, fiber, and a lack of veggies can all contribute to our daily cravings. When you drink, your…

The Basics of Greens Supplements

Greens & superfood supplements are an increasingly popular supplement that contains powdered fruits, vegetables, and herbs. They’re made to supplement your diet, not to replace fruits and veggies. The large majority of us don’t get enough servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Adding a superfood greens powder can help to support the nutrients that…

Amino Acids: The All-in-One Supplement You Should Know!

Amino acids are commonly referred to as the “building blocks of protein.” There are nine “essential” amino acids that your body can’t produce on its own and must get from food. There are 11 other non-essential amino compounds. Leucine, isoleucine, and valine make up a class of essential amino acids called Branched Chain Amino Acids.…

Losing Weight with Food Journaling (not calorie counting!)

Losing weight is intimidating. For most, it requires a lifestyle change that includes hard work in both exercise and nutrition. If this is you – ready to take the next step towards a healthier, leaner you, but intimidated by the thought of the effort you’ll need to put in, food diaries might be for you.…

How to Choose a Protein Powder

Choosing a protein powder can be overwhelming. There are many types, flavors, and kinds of proteins that attack different goals. A protein powder for someone who’s looking to lose fat and weight is going to be different than for someone who’s looking to build muscle and gain weight. In this complete guide to choosing a…

The Beginner’s Shopping List

A basic shopping list is an important part of starting a fitness program as a beginner. Weight training is not the only part of a fitness journey. Although it’s important, choosing food for bodybuilding means paying attention to what foods are good for you and high quality. If you feel like you are struggling to…

The Female Bodybuilding Handbook: Everything You Need to Know

Female bodybuilding can be intimidating. Even if you’re not looking to compete, getting into the gym at all can be hard to do. Fitness machines and routines mean that you have to learn a new activity. If you’re looking for a way to feel confident in the gym, the female bodybuilding handbook is exactly what…

How to Use High Calorie Shakes for Weight Gain

In order to bulk up muscles, bodybuilders and fitness fans need to increase the number of calories they consume. When you’re regularly working out and burning thousands of calories, you need to exceed that number with calories consumed to make any progress in the measurement of your bicep or thigh. In this article, we’ll cover…

High Protein Foods for Bodybuilding

Protein is needed in the body for muscle building. That means that eating enough protein is important for any bodybuilder. Here’s a list of the top 20 high protein foods for bodybuilding that you can use to meet your quota of protein for the day. Beef Jerky13g per 1ozInstead of reaching for high-salt chips and…

Recipes for Healthy Holiday Treats

Do you love holiday treats but tend to avoid them in order to stick to your diet and avoided the dreaded holiday season weight gain? Do you find yourself indulging in delicious desserts but regretting it later? This time of year, homes are filled with the wonderful scents of holiday baking. Lucky for you, you…

Awesome Recipes Using Optimum Nutrition’s Whey Protein

Vanilla Protein Bars Ingredients: 1 scoop vanilla GOLD STANDARD 100% WHEY Protein powder 1 ½ cup rolled oats 6 Medjool dates ¼ cup creamy peanut butter 3-4 tbsp water Instructions: Combine oats, protein power, dates, and peanut butter in a food processor. Next, add water a tablespoon at a time until the mix comes together. Press the…

Blueprint to Cut

Your 12-week program to get lean and mean! Wait, isn’t this the ‘off-season?’ You guys must have screwed up, you’re thinking. Maybe you meant to post this next spring? Traditionally, bodybuilders do follow a seasonal pattern in which their physique goals mirror the climate. We tend to adjust our training and nutrition toward the goal…