The Ever Evolving Journey: Finding Balance @SaturnMuscle #SaturnStrong

When I began my fitness journey, it was all about losing weight.

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Like most first time moms, I freaked out at what my post baby body looked like. I gained a lot of weight during pregnancy and was at a loss at how to get my body back.

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Initially, most of the weight came off quick, but then I stalled out. I tried a dozen “Diet” pills, zany diets, starving myself, binding, endless amounts of cardio, you name it, I have probably at one time tried it. Basically my weight fluctuated….. A LOT!

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2010 diet pills, cardio, and binding

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Clean Eating (Organic foods and fresh foods only) and LiveFit Trainer 2011 This worked, but wasn’t sustainable for me and my family

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2012 Weight was back up. I start lifting heavier, running everyday, and what I now call “Bro’ dieting basically just eating chicken, rice, veggies, and protein shakes. I was not tracking my foods, just eating. This worked at first, but then I plateaued…. This was when I started tracking my foods. Had no clue what macro set up I should be at, so just played with it till it worked. I wasn’t eating near enough, but lost a ton of weight and started my first bulk into 2013

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By this time I had ended my first bulk and was ready to start cutting weight. I came across Flexible Dieting in September of 2013. This changed EVERYTHING for me! I now was losing weight, seeing muscle definition, and I was able to sustain the lifestyle.

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Everything from then till my competition

Going through all of the trials and errors is a part of everyone’s journey. It is how we learn about what works for us as well as how to love and nurture our bodies. My journey evolved….

I went from an overweight insecure girl with one goal in mind, to a happy woman who not only strives to have several goals, but is secure with what she is right now.

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Finding balance in this lifestyle was key for my success. I personally could not sustain the body I wanted with Clean eating, diet pills, binging cheat days, exhausting myself with endless hours of cardio, etc… I wanted to enjoy myself, my family, and my life. Skipping out on birthday cake and Christmas meals with my family, wasn’t doing that for me.

Does my weight fluctuate now? Absolutely! Difference between my journey then and my journey now, is I AM IN CONTROL 😉 I know what weight gain to expect and I know exactly how to lose it and how long it will take me. There is no set in stone way. Every individual is different. Can you still indulge and lose weight as I did? Yes! I have learned it is all about balancing not only your diet, but your lifestyle as a whole. I am still learning more everyday and evolving my journey. My advice to anyone who is looking for that “Quick Fix” STOP! If you want lasting results, it will take more than 21 days 😉 It is a learning process.  Continue to seek out ways to change your lifestyle. Learn what will work best for you. Find a lifestyle that you know you can live with. Learn to evolve….

Key things I wished I knew then…..

* Weight Training will NOT make you bulky, neither will lifting HEAVY. It is difficult for a woman to grow muscle. What weight training will do is the exact thing most ladies want, that is to give the body definition or “tone”. Pick up heavy stuff and put it back down 😉 You can thank me later

* Diet pills, wraps, lotions, shakes, etc are not necessary. Do I use thermogenics? Yes I do. I use Lipo-Ex when I am cutting weight. Typically in the last 4-6 weeks. When I am on a calorie deficit, I lack energy. Using a thermogenic helps give me an additional boost and maximizes my energy. Do I use a sweat wrap? Yes I do when I am cutting weight, but mind you wraps and most lotions are a temporary fix…by temporary I mean maybe a few days of change. Do NOT expect them to remove fat from your body. I also drink protein shakes. I drink them to help me hit my protein counts if I can not do so by eating. Typically in the morning I add Nitrox-Pro to my cereal and milk 😉 Living on a liquid diet of shakes is not healthy nor sustainable. Again, it is about balance

* That I could enjoy treats with my family and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. Losing weight doesn’t have to be horrible. It is science. A healthy calorie deficit is all you need. Will you get hungry? Yes, you are in a deficit, but with balance, you can still enjoy it! I do flexible dieting. Better known as If It Fits Your Macros IIFYM. I enjoy a 80/20 lifestyle I hardly call it a diet. 😉

* Be patient. Weight loss is a process. you didn’t blow up over night, so don’t expect to wake up and it all be gone after a week.

*Stay off the scale!!!! Measure and take photos. You will see the differences there. I weigh myself once a week, at the same time, in the same place, with the same scale. Why all the same? Your weight fluctuates CONSTANTLY. My weight from when I first wake up to when I go to bed, can change by 5lbs.

* Stop comparing your journey to someone else’s. No one is the same. No journey is the same. Everyone will have different results and have different macros, different training, etc. Just worry about you and I promise you will be more happy 😉

 

I have tried to treat my journey as an adventure. Will you get tired and frustrated? I would be lying if I said no, but the knowledge you will attain and the results you will see and feel are something I can’t even put into words. DO NOT QUIT! Keep educating yourself and find out what will work for you xoxo

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SBSC Fit Tips: Training and Nutrition #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

It’s been a while since I have done any type of training update. Not for lack of wanting to, but rather lack of time.

I have a full plate right now, so time is not something I have a ton of. This off season’s training has the same focus I have every off season, which is to grow. I am a petite person, so growing muscle certainly doesn’t come easy. This year all of my training has changed. I stopped counting reps. Now a set is complete when the muscle is fully exhausted.

I feel this has done wonders for my growth. It also allows me to really monitor when I can go up in weight on certain lifts. This year I am doing much heavier lifts as well. My husband is educating himself and training for power lifting. What he has learned in that sport, we are implementing into my training. Not only do I have increased strength gains, but my muscle growth has been awesome!

A PR in deadlifting this past week will hopefully be followed by a PR in squats today! That would be an awesome birthday gift to myself!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been asked about cutting/bulking phases. What the differences are? And whether or not you can grow while losing fat? What are tips for both?

A cutting phase is where you are cutting body fat. Bulking is the phase of growing muscles. Unfortunately, you can not grow muscle in a calorie deficit. I find this is why many women have a hard time growing. Many fear fat. Growing muscle does mean you will also gain fat. For me, mine shows up in my belly, boobs, and butt. I used to have such a negative view of myself in the off season. I realized that this is just part of the process.

There are tips I have for cutting and bulking…

Cutting~

  1. Drink at least a gallon of water a day
  2. Eat several smaller meals throughout the day.
  3. Exercise at least 3 times a week.
  4. When exercising keep your heart rate up.
  5. Sleep at least 8 hours a day.
  6. Keep your protein high

Bulking~

  1. Increase your carb and fat intake.
  2. Lift with proper form.
  3. Fully exhaust your muscles when training.
  4. Sleep at least 8 hours a day.
  5. Don’t be afraid to eat!
  6. Protein should still be high.

Protein is something you rely on when building and maintaining muscle growth. I eat most of my protein via whole foods like chicken fish, and steak. I do still need more than what I eat and I use Saturn Supplement’s Smart Whey protein powder. It is my protein of choice as the macros on it are perfect. 32g of protein and little to no fat and carbs.

Smart Whey

Smart Whey is the perfect source of nutrition consisting of Cross Flow Micro-Filtered Whey Isolate Protein & Protein (dairy sources), and a high support vitamin and mineral complex. To enhance the overall perfection of this formula, Smart Whey is 100% NON-GMO, containing NO Genetically Modified Organisms.

The revolutionary Micro-Filtration manufacturing process produces a protein supplement that is 90 to 95% protein by volume. This purity makes whey isolate the most digestible protein available and is virtually fat and cholesterol free. It is by far the most desirable protein source to athletes. Each 35 gram serving provides you with 32 grams of pure digestible lactose-free protein enriched with L-glutamine and branched-chain amino acids. No other protein formula provides you with as much pure protein per serving!

I have stood behind this brand for over 4 years now and it is still a major part of my nutrition and development! It is always the brand I recommend.

What I Look For In Protein @SaturnMuscle #PoweredBySaturnSupplements

Looking for the right protein powder can often times be overwhelming. There are SO many types and brands of protein out there.

I have tried several different brands. One of the many reasons I chose to work with Saturn Supplements, is their phenomenal proteins. Many of the proteins I have tried in the past, couldn’t stack up to the quality that Saturn is producing!

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When looking at proteins, you will find there are several different types.

Micellar Casein protein is pure and slow digesting protein. Typically taken when you sleep, or if you plan on going a long period of time between meals. Can be pricey.

Caseinate Protein is less pricey, but also less pure.

Whey Concentrate is higher in carbs and fats and is not typically very pure.

Whey Isolate is lower in carbs and fats is more pure.

Hydrosylate or Hydrolyzed Protein is broken down into smaller fractions, so it is absorbed faster than concentrate or isolate. Can be pricey.

I personally look for fast absorbing and more pure proteins.When looking at proteins, it is easy to compare what you are buying and to figure out how pure your protein actually is. This is a trick I learned from Jez Carter’s Instagram page. He is very informational. He is currently a coach with Alpha Training Protocols

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I know the images are blurry, I apologize for that. What is says is, if you divide the amount of grams of protein in a serving by the amount of grams in one serving size, you will get the amount of pure protein. I personally aim for a purity level of 80% or more. Anything below that, I perceive as a waste.

For example my go to proteins are Smart Whey and Nitrox Pro

Smart Whey is a Whey Isolate

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Smart Whey is a Cross Micro Filtered Whey Isolate. This processing method uses a low temperature micro filtration techniques that allows for the production of very high protein contents. With using the formula above, you can see that Smart Whey is a very pure Protein at 91% 26 servings per container

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Nitrox-Pro is also a Whey Isolate

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Nitrox-Pro is my favorite, because it is so high in protein per serving. Nitrox is an Ion Exchange Isolate and they tend to have the highest levels of protein of any isolate. Nitrox Pro is 89% pure 50 servings per container

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When looking into other proteins I know are popular, or that I have bought in the past, this is what I found….

Chocolate Shakeology 35% 30 servings per container

Advocare 41% 14 servings per container

In all fairness, both Shakeology and Advocare state these are Meal replacement shakes. Be sure to clarify that with the “coaches” you purchase from them.

Gold Standard 79% 29 servings per container

Syntha-6 is 66% 48 servings per container

Iso-100 81% 32 servings per container

So you can see that many of the popular brands range in pure quality. Definitely take time to do your research. Often times what is more popular and what seems to be more cost effective, may actually be far from the truth!

Where does your favorite protein rank?

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Supplement Shopping & Need More Info? @SaturnMuscle #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse

In an overcrowded industry with many making outlandish claims, it can be frustrating, confusing, and intimidating to find out what supplements may be right for you and your goals.

First and foremost, I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I encourage you to do your own research, educate yourself, talk to your doctor, track your progress, and draw your own conclusions. The brand I always suggest is Saturn Supplements. Reason being, is they are a company that I trust and have been working closely with. Their products are currently the only supplements I take and I have been seeing results with.

What are supplements? Supplements are things like Multi-vitamins, protein, BCAA’s, pre-workout drinks, glutamine, creatine, etc. Many athletes take supplements to recover their body’s depletion of essential nutrients. This happens quickly with heavy exercise and training. Supplements are meant to SUPPLEMENT a healthy diet, NOT replace it. Supplements are not a quick fix solution to losing fat or gaining muscle. This is one of the reasons I love Saturn, is they don’t fill your head with nonsense. Their products are labeled clear cut. They list ingredients, serving size, and purpose. They don’t need to push any dubious claims, because they strive to put out a quality product.

Sponsored athletes like Elizabeth Stenberg and myself, are proud to be apart of such a phenomenal team!

  • Elizabeth to compete at the USATF Georgia Regional Championships June 1st!         2013 USATF GA Southeast Regionals Gold Medal (Javelin)
  • 2012 NCAA National Qualifier (Javelin)
  • 2012 NCAA Academic All-American
  • 2012 NCCAA All American (Heptathlon)
  • 2012 Became 4th ranked of all time in NCCAA Heptathlon history
  • 2012 Conference Champion (High Jump)
  • 2011 7th at NCCAA Nationals

“In just three short years since I have begun running track, I have competed successfully at the collegiate level, earning school honors, PAC (conference) titles, NCCAA All-American status, and qualifying and competing at NCAA Dill Nationals.  These competitions not only provided me with excellent competitive opportunities, but fueled my desire to continue competing.  With the support of my amazing sponsorship provider, Saturn Supplements, I have been able to fuel my body and my competitive training with such an incredible array of nutrition that has become a major part of my health and training.  Saturn’s products are tried and true and I feel a difference in the quality and formulation of the products I take.  Thank you Saturn!!”  

Saturn Supplements has a HUGE product line. I have tried most of their products and have not been let down yet! They do have a list of Best Seller’s that are a must to check out!!!!

Smart Whey

“Smart Whey is the perfect source of nutrition consisting of 100% Cross Flow Micro-Filtered Whey Isolate Protein & Protein (dairy sources), and a high support vitamin and mineral complex. To enhance the overall perfection of this formula, Smart Whey is 100% NON-GMO, containing NO Genetically Modified Organisms.

The revolutionary Ion-Exchange manufacturing process produces a protein supplement that is 90 to 95% protein by volume. This purity makes whey isolate the most digestible protein available and is virtually fat and cholesterol free. It is by far the most desirable protein source to athletes. Each 35 gram serving provides you with 32 grams of pure digestible lactose-free protein enriched with L-glutamine and branched-chain amino acids. No other protein formula provides you with as much pure protein per serving!

We realized for maximum protein absorption you needed a high supportive blend of nutrients to further enhance the effectiveness of this revolutionary protein. Saturn’s Pharma-Engineered Vitamin and Mineral Complex provides the body with not only the calcium, needed for muscle contraction and relaxation, but key elements necessary for biochemical reactions that take place throughout intensive training-nutrients that are not only vital to good health, but are required for massive gains.”

I can personally state that this protein is excellent!!! I can see why it is a best seller!!!

One Source Multi-Vitamin…

“One Source is the absolute strongest Vitamin & Mineral Pack on the market, Saturn’s One-Source delivers! You cannot always be sure of getting all the nutrients you need from food, and Saturn’s One-Source Pack is designed to enrich your body with a complete dietary supplement-perfect for everyday taking. Each Freshness-Assured packet provides the best that natural vitamins and minerals have to offer.”

I take One Source daily. It is convenient for me, because there is no vitamin sorting. They each come in their own individual packs. I believe that multi-vitamins are necessary in day in age. A lot of the food we eat is normally malnutritious due to mass harvesting, pesticides sprayed on food, not to mention all the hormones given to our meat sources. I don’t always eat enough of my micro-nutrients either. Since I started taking One Source. I am sick less often, my hair, skin, and nails, have improved in look and texture, and I over all feel better!

Joint-Aid

“Saturn’s New & Improved Joint-Aid, is now a Sustained-Release formula designed to nutritionally support healthy joint function over a more gradual period of time. Saturn’s Joint-Aid provides your body with one of the highest potency glucosamine products available. Each fast-dissolving capsule provides 750mg of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.”

Joint Aid is a phenomenal formula to provide nutritional support for strengthening joints, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Any heavy lifter can tell you the importance of this kind of support!!!

BCAA 800mg Capsules

“Saturn’s BCAA Branched-Amino provides a precision blend of the three most predominant amino acids in muscle. For years now, athletes have used BCAA supplements to help them achieve greater mass gains by preventing muscle tissue breakdown. Saturn’s Ultra-Pure complex consists of L-leucine, L-isoleucine, and L-valine with absolutely no fillers, no extras-just pure free form branched-chain material.”

I have repeatedly told you the benefits of BCAA’s. Saturn’s formula speeds recovery, reduces fatigue, and maximizes muscle stimulation on a cellular level.

HMB 1500…

HMB 1500

“Saturn’s HMB 1500 HardCore is the most intense extra-strength formula on the market! This branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) metabolite B-hydroxy-B-methylbutyrate monohydrate (HMB) is the optimum support supplement for athletes demanding lean muscle gains.
HMB provides the body with weight altering advantages, unlike any other single supplement. For decades now, HMB has been used by athletes for its muscle-optimizing properties including breakdown prevention, repair and recovery.”

Another phenomenal BCAA formula. Fast dissolving for that lean body mass repair.

What supplements do you take? Do you have questions about any? I would love to hear back from you!
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Advantages of Nitric Oxide Supplements #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Let’s start with, What is Nitric Oxide?

Nitric Oxide is a gas that is produced naturally in your body. Some call it the next Creatine. “To make nitric oxide, enzymes in the body break down the amino acid, arginine,” explains registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association spokesperson Jim White.

There are many benefits to adding Nitric Oxide Supplements to you daily regimen. Nitric Oxide is known for boosting cardiovascular health. It plays a key role in regulating your organs such as heart, liver, lungs, brain, ect. It also aids in circulating your blood.

With the increased blood flow your nutrients are rushed to your muscles, so you also get an increase of adrenaline, hormones, growth, and recovery times. I personally use several Nitric Oxide boosting supplements and can definitely see a difference in my performance, recovery, and growth in this off season!

The benefits don’t stop there! Nitric Oxide significantly increases learning and memory tasks, bone remodeling and healing, as well as reduction in joint pain.

Saturn Supplements has a huge line of Nitric Oxide products!!! Here is a list of my favorites 😉

Nitrox-Pro PHARMAFORCE-EFX Muscle Reinforcement Isolate Whey Protein Power Mix with Nitric Oxide Booster / Non-GMO Protein / Gluten-Free / BCAA + L-Glutamine Enriched

Amino Pump 50000 Ultra-Concentrated Building Blocks Powder Form

K-Pump Pre-Workout Hydrate & Pump Cell Volumizer / Maximum Muscle Matrix with Kre-AlkalynÂŽ, Caffeine & Nitric Oxide with Mental Focus Actives – Brain Power!

HGH Hard Muscle Natural Growth Support / Mass Enhancing Growth Activating PowerPlex for Fast Gains

Before you checkout be sure to enter the promo code 25YEARS to get the anniversary sale prices xoxo Happy Shopping xoxo

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SBSC Fit Tips: Muscle Building Swole Stack @SaturnMuscle #BuiltBySaturnSupplements

I get so many messages about what supplements I take, why I take them, and when do I take them. Here is my Muscle Building Swole Stack 😉 *All opinions of the products are honest and my own*

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I start every morning with my One Source Multivitamins

“The absolute strongest Vitamin & Mineral Pack on the market, Saturn’s One-Source delivers! You cannot always be sure of getting all the nutrients you need from food, and Saturn’s One-Source Pack is designed to enrich your body with a complete dietary supplement perfect for everyday taking. Each freshness assured packet provides the best that natural vitamins and minerals have to offer”

I love these, because they are all in one convenient packet. Just grab and go. No need to have a case or anything. All my micro-nutrients are good to go!

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Also pictured is my end of the night fave 😉 My HGH Night Time Release

Saturn’s HGH Night Release Formula is designed to naturally support the body’s ability. This nutritionally enriched formula provides a maximum strength nighttime release with super-charged Free Form Amino Acids and Colostrum.This formula is being used successfully by bodybuilders throughout the world for it’s multi-leveled strength benefits.”

I have been telling you all the multi benefits of this supplements for a few weeks now. I still feel the same about them! I absolutely love them and do feel that I am benefiting greatly!

Benefits listed on Bodybuilding.com

“It’s produced by the anterior pituitary gland under the stimulation of the Hypothalamus (like LH, the testosterone precursor). The effects on our system are tremendous:

  • HGH promotes and increases the synthesis of new protein tissues, such as in muscle recovery or repair. This is the way new muscle is built.

  • Recent research suggests its involvement in the metabolism of body-fat and its conversion to energy sources. Tests were conducted in obese people and medical use in treating obesity was proven beyond a doubt. Pro’s have used GH as a way of maintaining and increasing lean mass while dieting for years.

  • It improves the sleeping pattern, makes for less unintended awakenings and betters REM-stage sleep.

  • HGH produces more energy

  • It may improve sexual performance

  • It builds stronger bones

  • Improves the quality and duration of heart and kidneys”

Back to my morning regimen 😉

I leave shortly after breakfast for the gym, so when I take my vitamins, I am also chugging my first 24 ounces of water. In that first 24 ounces, you will find a scoop of my favorite pre-workout PUMPD’4 Performance

PUPMD’4 is the most extreme Pre-Workout formula available. Powered by a proven source of pump-force agents. PUMPD’4 provides the body with a surge of energizing fuel. Each serving contains the perfect ratio of Agmatine Sulfate, Nitric Oxide, L-Citrulline and L-Taurine, and also combined with Caffeine and other energy-actives. Making this the most intense pre-workout formula available. PUMPD’4 is 100% NON-GMO, containing NO genetically Modified Organisms. PUMPD’4 fuels the body with specific key agents to help maintain a “Pumped” physique throughout your workout. This fast and effective formula is ideal for taking just prior to training/exercise, as well as when needing to revive your fuel during your training. Perfect for individuals who desire a quick and easy way to ingest energizing pump-agents to enhance the overall effectiveness of your training.”

I was so excited for the release of this formula! I LOVE it!!! It revs me up first thing in the morning. Gives me a great pump and NO jitters. That is probably one of the first questions I get about this product. I do not get jittery at all.

Now to go along with my Pre-Workout I make what I call my Training Power Punch. I always take an extra 24 ounce bottle with me to train. It is filled with the best muscle pumping, hydrating, amino acid supplements on the market!!!

I add K-Pump, PUMP Protect, and Aminos 50000

 Saturn’s K-Pump is the ideal Pre-Workout Muscle Pumping/Strength-Endurance Energy Formula! Packed full of Performance Activators, Muscle Building Amino Acids, Mental Focus Actives, and Body Trimming Energizers. K-Pump contains the means to deliver! To enhance the overall effectiveness of our Pump and Endurance Drink, K-Pump is formulated with an impressive burst of muscle building protein, enriched with amino acids. Calorie burning, muscle building, nutrient replenishing, performance powerhouse. K-Pump makes the perfect addition to any strength and health program. “

Pump Protect is the most extreme Intra/Mid Workout formula available. Powered by a proven source of Pump & protect agents. Pump Protect provides the means required to help you achieve and maintain your muscular physique while during the most critical phase of training-during the process. During the Intra/Mid phase of training, the body needs instant replenishment of key nutrients and growth optimizers in order to maximize muscle potential, both volume and size. Each serving of Pump Protect provides the most concentrated matrix of build and pump agents. KarbolynÂŽ, AminoZorbÂŽ, Agmatine Sulfate, L-Glutamine, Nitric Oxide, and Instant Enzymatic patent pending BCAA 2:1:1 muscle fortification comprises the power behind this amazing and highly beneficial formula. No other formula matches it’s strength! 100% Caffeine Free and NON GMO”

Ultra Concentrated Amino Acid Protein Enhancer Predigested Building Blocks/Exercise Booster with Nitric Oxide/BCAA’s Saturn’s New Amino Pump 50000 is an easy to digest soluble concentrated amino protein formula enriched with a powerful ratio of BCAA’s , Nitric Oxide, and a full spectrum of Pharma-Enineered predigested amino acids that can be quickly and effciently utilized by the body. The ulitmate way to build solid muscle is to a constant intake of powerful, pumping amino acids, and that is exactly what Amino Pump 50000 does for you. Each serving provides your body with an impressive nitrogen retention source of amino acid protein which helps you to achieve maximum muscle growth and protein synthesis while improving the time of muscle tissue recuperation.”

I have tried each one of these supplements separately. I have been taking K-Pump for well over a year during my training and it has become a staple. I started researching the benefits of Amino Acids during training, which made me start adding the Aminos Pump 50000. Adding the PUMP Protect has taken my training to the next level! My training is hard. There is little to no down time and I lift heavy as I can, so it is nice to have a drink that helps me focus, as well as keeps me fueled through the whole training session.

I also make a coffee creamer  with my Aminos Pump 50000, for my evening cup of coffee. I mix 3 scoops with my sweetener, a dash of cinnamon, and cold water till it is creamy. Then I add it to my coffee. It is heaven and I love the benefits!!!

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My protein of choice right now is Pro 4100 Hydrolyzed 

PRO 4100 is the most extreme Hydrolyzed Whey Protein formula available. The perfect source of nutrition consisting of premium Whey Hydrolyzed Isolate Protein enriched with Branch Chained Amino Acids and L-Glutamine. This pure source of protein yields the highest percentage of true protein. Each serving provides your body with the purest, cleanest and most easily digested source of protein available The purity of hydrolyzed whey protein yields ultra fast absorption the key to maximizing post workout and competition replenishment. In addition, we have enhanced the overall effectiveness of this formula with our Full Spectrum Vitamin/Mineral/Electrolyte cocktail. PRO 4100 is also NON GMO”

I love this protein! The flavor is amazing!!!

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Last but certainly not least, is Zoe’s Children’s Yummy Vites

Making sure that Zoe is getting all of her micro-nutrients is just as important, if not more important than me getting mine! I love these and so does Zoe! No artificial colors or flavors and she loves that they are gummy bears!!!

Saturn’s Children’s Yummy-Vites formula is designed to provide children with a natural source of daily multivitamin nutrition. Each serving is packed full of the most important daily nutrients including Vitamins & Minerals A, C, D, E, and Zinc, Saturn’s Children’s Yummy Vites are naturally sourced in both color and flavor and are the most delicious tasting gummy bears available! Yummy Vites are perfect for everyday taking in addition to regular food intake.”

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I trust these products! They are hands down the best quality I have had the opportunity to take and if you have been following me, you know I have tried many different lines! I am proud to say I am Built By Saturn Supplements!!!

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Micronutrients…Why Multi-Vitamins Are Important @SaturnMuscle

 Micronutrients are just as important as your Macronutrients. Many who neglect their micros end up with vitamin deficiencies that lead to many health problems.

I find that many of my friends and family who do get sick a lot or have various issues, don’t take vitamins. many think they aren’t necessary. I personally believe that if more took them, they would be able to feel the difference and their quality of life would improve. Let’s face it, most doctors are more about making money over truly helping their patients. Prescription drugs will often be given over vitamins. Even though, many of the ailments could be resolved with just an increase of a certain vitamin/mineral.

I am adamant about making sure my family is healthy. Goodness knows I can not track their vitamin/mineral intake daily. Being able to hand them what they need via supplements form gives me the peace of mind that they will be healthy, no matter what their food choices 😉  Zoe takes Saturn Supplements Children’s Yummy-Vites They look like gummie bears and she loves the taste! They are full of the micronutrients she needs to keep her healthy and happy.They are also naturally sourced in both flavor and color which is important to me.

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Josh and I both take Saturn Supplements One-Source Multi Vitamin packs. I love them because you get all your essential vitamins and nutrients in individual packets. No picking through multi pill bottles, just grab and go.

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I have taken many mutli -vitamins in the past and these are by far the best quality! The absolute strongest Vitamin & Mineral Pack on the market, Saturn’s One-Source delivers!

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SBSC Fit Tips: Joint Health #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Joint health is important no matter what your lifestyle.

Saturn Supplement’s  Joint Aid is a maximum strength Glucosamine and Chondroitin Complex.

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Glucosamine and Chondroitin are both found naturally in healthy cartilage. Both are used for joint pain and to treat OsteoArthritis. Many studies have been done that support the use!

“For a subset of participants with moderate-to-severe pain, glucosamine combined with chondroitin sulfate provided statistically significant pain relief compared with placebo—about 79 percent had a 20 percent or greater reduction in pain versus about 54 percent for placebo.”

The other one I received is Joint Matrix

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This one is my favorite! It not only supports joint and cartilage health, but also ligament and bone health. This is very important to me, being a heavy lifter as well as an aging female 😉

What Women Need to Know

Being female puts you at risk of developing osteoporosis and broken bones. Here are some facts:

There are multiple reasons why women are more like to get osteoporosis than men, including:

Several factors play into bone health, as well as ligament and joint health. Eating right, exercise, not smoking, etc

The benefits of a complex supplement like The Joint Matrix are also a huge weapon in prevention. The Joint Matrix not only has Glucosamine and Chondroitin, but also Shark Cartilage, Green Lipped Sea Mussel, L-Histidine, MSM and Boron.
Shark Cartilage is presumed to be full of health benefits. Anti-Inflammatory benefits, Fighting cancer, Arthritis relief, diminishing Psoriasis, Immune booster, treating Glaucoma, aiding in Digestion, etc the list is actually rather long lol
Green Lipped Sea Mussel another amazing supplement in itself! The benefits of it are described as the same as Shark Cartilage.
L-Histidine is an Amino acid. It supports the healing process and helps regenerate tissue. It also supports lower blood pressure and healthy skin 😉
MSM also known as METHYLSULFONYLMETHANE is found in humans, plants and animals. I think it can also be man made in a lab. As everything else, it also has a huge list of benefits! Chronic pain, scar tissue, muscle cramps, tendinitis, stretch marks, oral care, hair loss, weight loss, PMS, eye health, poor circulation, even snoring. The list for this one also goes on and on.
Boron is a mineral that is found in food and the environment.
Boron is used for building strong bones, treating osteoarthritis, as an aid for building muscles and increasing testosterone levels, and for improving thinking skills and muscle coordination.
I have found the benefits to using the Joint Matrix outstanding! I am a stickler about making sure my body is in tip top shape and this has been a HUGE addition to my supplement stack!
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Recipe: Aminos Pump 50000 Gummies @SaturnMuscle #PoweredBySaturnSupplements

Aminos are something I consume several times a day. It is actually my go to supplement. I have written about the many benefits of aminos in the past. You can CLICK HERE to read more.

I love the Aminos Pump 50000, because it is an awesome blend with a fabulous vanilla flavor. One of my favorite ways to get my aminos is in gummy form. It is a super easy recipe that tastes just like candy 😉

What you will need:

1/2 Cup Water

Mixing bowl

1 Box whatever flavor Gelatin you would like to use. Sugar-free if you are low on carbs 😉

3 Envelopes of Unflavored Gelatin

72 grams of Aminos Pump 50000

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A pan to put your gummies in. I used a mini muffin pan which yields 24 servings

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Measure out your aminos,

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Then add all your gelatin and mix well,

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Add the 1/2 cup of water, mix well, and microwave for about 45 seconds. It will be a thick sticky goo. Much like children slime ha ha ha. Immediately start filling the pan. The mixture actually sets quite fast.

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Place the pan in the freezer for 5-10 mins then you can remove the gummies. they actually don’t stick bad at all.

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I coat them in a light layer of corn starch, so they won’y stick to each other, then store them in a Zipper bag, but you can store them however you choose. The peach gelatin with the vanilla tastes like peaches and cream candy 😉

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The macros are awesome too! I keep them in my gym bag and my hiking bag. Zoe loves them!!!

Nutrition Facts
Servings 24.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 24
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0 g 0 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 17 mg 1 %
Potassium 0 mg 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 3 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 3 g 6 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 0 %
Iron 0 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Any gelatin flavor works well with the vanilla 😉 Do you take Aminos? What flavor combos would you try?

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Myths And Facts About Six Pack Abs #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

You see a lot of companies promise flat tummies and six pack abs. Be it workouts, pills, shakes, wraps, what have you…

When I started my journey, having a six pack was everything I dreamed of! I did countless crunches and ab workouts. I could never achieve that tight muscular look. I could get skinny, but could not get those muscles to pop. I figured with all the focused ab training, there was NO WAY I didn’t have muscle there. I want to share what I have learned so far….

I now know it is a difference of diet and body fat percentage.

Fact is, the women you see with tight bodies in fitness magazines and ads have prepped for those photo shoots. That is right, most don’t walk around with a visible six pack.

Getting a chiseled six pack is attainable, but not typically sustainable. There are many myths and facts to getting that desired washboard stomach.

Myth: Doing a 1000 sit ups or crunches a day will get you a flat tummy and/or six pack.

This is false. If you have a surplus of body fat, you can spend your whole day doing crunches and will still not see the results you desire. That saying “Abs are made in the kitchen”…that is fact! Fat loss is plain and simple calorie deficit. Having your macros properly set up and sticking to them is how you will see visible abs.

Myth: You need special pills, shakes, or wraps.

No, but you can eat a balanced diet. Again, get your macros figured out and you will see the results you desire. It is all about your nutrition!!! In my opinion, if these products worked as well as they claimed, then everyone using them would look like fitness models from the neck down.

Myth: Only people with good genetics can have a six pack.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Neither of my parents were lean mean muscle machines ha ha ha and neither are most bodybuilders. Genetics will determine how your six pack will look, as far as your muscle structure, but it will not determine whether it is attainable. That comes down to discipline and hard work.

Fact: Don’t stop doing core training.

No, ab training won’t make you chiseled, but your abs are still a muscle. If you want to build them up, then core training is necessary. Granted if you do the main heavy lifts like squats, deadlifts, and bench press, then you are already working your core! 😉 There are a ton of stellar core workouts!!! Do your research and find out what you love best!

Fact: You can not spot reduce.

If it is your belly that you are looking to lean out, then understand that you have to lose everywhere. spot reduction just does not exist. I hear this a lot too…”I just need to work my lower abs” This actually doesn’t exist either. Your abs are made up of four sections your Rectus Abdominis, Transverse Abdominis, then your Internal and External Obliques. Also “toning” you can gain muscle or lose muscle just as you can gain fat or lose fat. You can not “tone” a muscle and make a certain area of your body look tighter. To look tighter, again you just need to lose body fat.

Fact: It takes females longer to lose enough fat to see visible abs.

As I stated before, you have to be on a running calorie deficit for a long enough period of time to see visible abs. The amount of time and deficit varies depending on the individual. Basically, you must consume less calories than you burn.

Fact: Your body needs a ton of water!

Your body needs water to keep from bloating and to stay healthy. Make sure to keep your body well hydrated if you want to see results!!!

Fact: It takes time!!!!

Patience is definitely required. It is a process and not one that happens overnight. There is a reason you do not see a ton of people walking around with a chiseled midsection 😉 Discipline, patience, and determination.

Fact: A high protein diet helps you lean out!

I always recommend to add a protein shake or two to your daily nutrition.For a couple of reasons. One, it is a great sweet snack to keep you from binging on junk. Two, it is filling so you won’t be hungry right away. And Three, lean protein sources have been proven to help you lose fat and gain lean muscle. This is very important in the battle of the bulge.

My favorite is Saturn Supplement’s Smart Whey

It is delicious and not full of all the crap most powders o the market are. It has exactly what your body needs. From protein to the additional vitamins to keep your body well tuned.

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*References 
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/issa72.htm 
http://www.hoffmanfit.com/six-pack-abs-3-facts-you-must-understand/ 
http://www.shapefit.com/exercise/six-pack-abs-myths-vs-facts.html 
http://impossiblehq.com/5-common-myths-about-six-pack-abs

 

 

SBSC Fit Tips: The Power In Amino Acids @SaturnMuscle #HyperionSeries #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse

I get asked a lot what my go to supplement is……

My Amino Pump 50000 from Saturn Supplements. This is a supplement I use at least 3 times a day if not more. I drink some before training, while training, and most days a few times after training. Aminos are beneficial to muscle repair, recovery, and growth.

*From Aminoacidstudy.org *

Muscle Growth

muscle is built of amino acidsAmino acids are best known for their role inbuilding muscle and strength in athletes, in particular:

The analysis of the relevant physiological processes shows why supplementation can be effective in improving training effectiveness.

 

 

Can you get amino acids from food? Absolutely! however, there are benefits to consuming free form Amino Acids in addition to your normal nutrition.

Benefits such as the growth and repair of ALL tissues, improved calcium absorption for bone and muscle growth, breaks down fats, mood stimulator, FDA recommends BCAA’s for treatment of headaches, dizziness, fatigue, depression, and irritability, regulates your blood sugar levels, stimulates your body’s natural HGH release, better sexual enjoyment ie longer orgasms. The benefits list can go on and on. Amino Acids are probably one of the most utilized supplement by bodybuilders worldwide.

I found a ton of awesome articles that go further into depth about each individual amino, how it works, how much you should or shouldn’t be taking, etc. I am always a firm believer in educating yourself on what you put into your body as well as what is going to maximize your training!

* Bodybuilding.com Amino Acids Guide

*Muscle & Strength The Importance Of Amino Acids 

* Amino Acid Studies: Muscle Growth With Amino Acids

I personally am in love with Saturn Supplement’s New Hyperion Series. The series has 4 different Amino products to choose from.

The first one is Aminos Pump 10000. These come in pill form. Saturn’s Amino Pump 10000 formula is the ultimate way to build solid muscle. Each serving provides 100% Enzymatic Digested Whey Protein, nature’s highest quality amino acid source for maximizing nitrogen retention. To further enhance the effectiveness of this formula we have made the addition of Protease food enzyme. Saturn’s Amino Pump 10000 provides 10.2g of True Protein per tablet, and can help you achieve building a healthy and muscular physique.

Next up is Amino Pump 4444 Power Gels. Saturn’s Amino Pump 4444 is a superior way to build solid muscle in the convenience of a liquid filled soft-gelatin capsule. Softgels are easy to swallow, easy to digest and fast-acting! Each serving provides a full spectrum of muscle-building amino acids designed to enhance and maximize muscle growth and recuperation.

Peptide bonded amino acids from Lactalbumin Hydrolysate provide an impressive range of strength-enforcing power for maximizing muscle growth, protein synthesis, and thought be excellent for improving time of muscle tissue recuperation. We have made the addition of Phosphatides to further enhance the effectiveness of this formula. Phosphatides are known for their role in cell membranes.

My person fave 😉 Aminos 50000. This is a delicious Vanilla powder form. Saturn’s new Amino Pump 50000 is an easy-to-digest soluble concentrated amino-protein formula enriched with a powerful ratio of BCAA’s, Nitric Oxide and a full spectrum of Pharma-Engineered predigested amino acids that can be quickly and efficiently utilized by the body.

The ultimate way to build solid muscle is to have a constant intake of powerful, pumping amino acids, and that’s exactly what Amino Pump 50000 does for you. Each serving provides your body with an impressive nitrogen retention source of amino acid protein which helps you to achieve maximum muscle growth and protein synthesis while improving the time of muscle tissue recuperation. Amino Pump 50000 may be mixed with water or your favorite protein shake or juice. Saturn’s Amino Pump 50000 can help you enhance the overall muscle protein needed for building a healthy and muscular physique.

last but certainly not least, Amino Speed. This comes in Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry flavor. Amino Speed is the most extreme Liquid Amino Acid formula available. The perfect source of nutrition consisting of a rich source of beef protein enriched with Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) and L-Glutamine. In addition, we have enhanced this special formula with a 500mg blast of Nitric Oxide per serving, along with 75mg of Caffeine-making this the most intense concentrated liquid amino formula Amino Speed is 100% NON-GMO, containing NO Genetically Modified Organisms.

Amino Speed is perfect for individuals who desire a quick and easy way to ingest muscle-building amino acids into their daily regimen-it’s fast, easy and provides a burst of strength and energy unlike any other liquid concentrates. For individuals who are looking to build solid muscle while fueling the body with a blast of cardiovascular, blood pumping nitric oxide, Amino Speed is the perfect solution. Amino Speed is Fat, Sugar, Lactose & Gluten Free which allows for more focus on your protein intake and muscle enhancing regimen.

Saturn is still running the phenomenal 25 year anniversary promotion!!!

Definitely check out these awesome new products and tell me what you think!!!!

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Saturn Supplement’s Nitrox Pro Protein Fudge! #GetRealResultsWith @SaturnMuscle

This lady has been craving some chocolate!!!!

When you are dieting, it is important to think outside the box when it comes to treats. You want something that has lower macros, so you can indulge more! Saturn’s Protein fudge is perfect!!!

I am so excited that I came up with a Protein Fudge that is not only macro friendly, but delicious in every sense of the word!!!!

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The ingredient list is pretty simple. One block of room temp Neufchatel cheese (Much like cream cheese, but better macros), 1 tsp of sweetener of your choice ( I use calorie free packets of splenda), Unsweetened Cocoa 20g, Melted Margarine 14g (I use this for flavor. I normally would have used 1 tsp butter extract, but was out), Nitrox Pro Protein powder in Chocolate, Kosher salt 1/4 tsp, and about 2 tbsps water.

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To start I added the cheese and cocoa powder to the mixing bowl, then poured in the melted margarine.

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Make you you mix well and scrap the sides, because there can be little hidden pockets that form. Once you have it completely mixed You can pour it into a lined pan. I used a 4 x 6 dish. Make sure you use wax or parchment paper. It is really sticky, so smooth it out the best that you can, then pop it in the freezer for about an hour for a quick set or in the fridge for 3. It will need to be stored in the fridge. Cover once it has been set.

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Once it is ready you have a macro friendly and delicious protein fudge!

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It makes a small batch. From the 4 x 6 dish I was able to get 8 reasonable size pieces. Each serving was 34g total weight. 7.4g Fat, 3.8g Carbs, 1g Fiber, 1.2g Sugar, and 7.6g Protein, and 100% Perfection!!!!

Definitely will continue to be a go to recipe in my household!!!

Nitrox-Pro, in my opinion is the best protein for the money! 41g of QUALITY protein per serving. There are 50 servings in a tub! That is HUGE!!! The protein is awesome for cooking purposes. It is a non GMO Isolate protein. Gluten free, BCAA, and Glutamine enriched, and so delicious!!! Hands down, it is and has been my favorite go to protein, but don’t take my word for it! check them out yourself, but be sure to use code 25YEARS to get an additional 25% off your total order.

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B12 Keeping Athletes Healthy & Beautiful! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

B12 is a vitamin, that I believe is typically missed by the younger crowd, especially athletes! Athletes that lack in vitamin B12 may preform worse during high intensity training and have difficulty in recovering, as published by  Oregon State University research in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

B12 is always something I heard that my grandparents and parents needed. Never did I consider it an issue for myself.  The fact is, B12 is a micro-nutrient that is very important for athletes. It aids in converting proteins and sugars into energy and aid in the repairs your cells. Training is hard on your body, and athletes performance depends mainly on their nutrition. Like many of our micro-nutrients there are SO many benefits to this vitamin!

~It protects against certain cancers. Just to list a few breast, lung, colon, and prostate.

~It helps prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. I have a family history, so this is important for me as something I certainly want to prevent!

~It’s amazing for your hair, skin, and nails!!!! Who doesn’t want to look their best? B12 is a vitamin that promotes cell repair. This improves your outward appearance as well as your inner.

~Revs up your digestive system. If you have issues with your digestive system being a little on the slow side, or getting constipated often, it can affect your body in negative ways. it is important to stay regular.

~Improves heart health. Keeps your blood pressure regulated, prevents strokes, and keeps your cholesterol down. heart problems can start at any age. It all comes down to how well you care for your body. I am a former heavy smoker, so I do think about the damage I did in the past and how I can improve and impact my health in a positive way now.

~Helps you stay happy. B12 is one of the micro-nutrients that keeps depression away.

~Boosts energy levels. This is important whether you are an athlete, mother, or just working 9-5. It’s probably the number 1 thing people say they never have enough of (other than time and money ha ha ha)

~Get a good nights sleep. B12 regulates your meletonin levels. This will help you sleep easier and better.

Vitamin B12 can be found in many foods, milk, meats, eggs, nuts, dark leafy greens, etc. Not everyone eats enough of these to get their daily intake. My hubs is guilty of this. He works so much and most times grabs foods that are more convenient than healthy. I think that is pretty common at this day in age. This is why I always stress the importance of Micro-nutrients. B12 is such an important vitamin to staying healthy. Saturn Supplements provides the best in each and everyone of their products. Their B12 Cardio Essential is a time released metabolic energy production formula. It is made for individuals seeking the many nutritional properties found in vitamin B12.  They know it is necessary for numerous bodily functions and is a vital part to a healthy metabolism.

B-12

Best quality products at the best prices! They are still running their 25th anniversary special,, so take advantage!!! Be sure to use code 25YEARS to get 25% off your total order!!!!

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*References  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/release/2006/11/b-vitamins-play-important-role-athletic-performance  http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/vitamin-supplements/vitamin-b-12-.htm   http://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/health-benefits-of-vitamin/2014/09/30/id/387945/
 

Perfect Macros, Perfect Snack. Chocolate Coconut Nitrox Pro Protein Bars #SupplementsMadeForEliteAthletes @SaturnMuscle

Whenever we head out for family fun day hikes, or just perusing around the city, healthy snacks are a must!!!

Red Rock hike 2These scrumptious Chocolate Coconut Nitrox Pro Protein Bars are perfect for on the go….or when you just want to chill on the sofa with a snack. Let me tell you, they are heaven in your mouth!!!

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Like most of my recipes, they are also super easy to make. 😉 Ingredient list is pretty basic:

  • Chocolate Nitrox Pro Protein Powder 139 grams (you can also use Smart Whey or the new Women’s Pro Whey Advantage)
  • Quick oats 160 grams
  • Kosher Salt I use a couple of pinches, which typically equates to about 1/2 a teaspoon ha ha
  • Cocoa Powder 15 grams
  • Shredded Sweetened Coconut 90 grams
  • Fage Fruyo Vanilla 113 grams (I use Fage because their yogurt it has a thicker consistency than most)
  • Water 4 Tablespoons

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Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and spray some nonstick spray in an 8×8 pan.

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I weighed out the oats, Nitrox Pro, Cocoa, and salt

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Blend in a blender or chopper on high till you get a flour consistency

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Add in your Fage and water and blend till mixed well. It will be thick like dough

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Press the dough out into your pregreased pan

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Top with the shredded coconut and bake for 10-12 mins

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You can store in the fridge in an air tight container or at room temperature.

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The rich chocolate flavor mixed with the sweet coconut is out of this world!!!

Macros are on point as well:

One serving is 36g

Protein 10.7g

Carbs 11.2

Sugar 3.5g

Fiber 1.7g

Fat 4.0

These are amazing no matter what time of day and perfect for hikes!!! Saturn only sell the best of the best when it comes to quality supplements. I have exclusively been using their products and my results have been phenomenal! When you place an order, be sure to use code 25YEARS to get 25% off your total order!!!

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SBSC Fit Tips: My Contest Prep Supplement Stack #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I am 4 weeks out from the most prestigious amateur title shot in the world, the USA Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada! It is an IFBB Pro qualifier, so pretty much a really big deal!

I get asked a ton of questions about my contest prep. I do not divulge my training or my nutrition plan, out of respect for my coach. That is how she makes her living and sharing the details with you all would just be wrong. Not to mention, everyone is different, so what may work for me training and diet wise, may not work for you. If you make healthy choices, eat in moderation, and train hard, you will get results!

What I will share is my awesome contest prep supplement stack! As you know, Saturn Supplement’s products are what I have used exclusively for over 4 years. I stand by their products, because they are top quality, their customer service is unparalleled, and most importantly THEY WORK! Saturn is a small company that has been working in the industry and providing elite athletes with phenomenal products for over 25 years. They have a huge list of supplements and I trust them. There is not one product that I wouldn’t take, period. I actually give quite a few of their products to my daughter as well.

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During contest prep, there are many things that are important to me. One is my overall health and wellness. With the additional training that I do, how strenuous it can be, and the added factor of being in a calorie deficit, it is easy for a competitor’s health to decline. We become susceptible to illness and injury. I try to protect myself as best I can. I do so partially with stretching and rest, but also with supplements. Another important key for me is protecting the hard earned muscle I have while losing fat.

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Vitamin C is top of the list. Many know it’s antioxidant properties help protect you from the common cold, but it goes deeper than that. Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties protect cells and their DNA from damage and mutation. Vitamin C is also an important factor in collagen production. This basically means it helps your body heal from injury, be it cuts, bone breaks, muscle tears, etc. It also helps regulate your blood sugar levels. I take Saturn’s C-1000 Complex 3 times a day. It provides a Time-Release formula of super antioxidant Vitamin C with a unique host of supporting nutrients including Citrus Bioflavonoids, Rose Hips, Orange Peel, Lime Oil, Acerola and Quercetin-Truly one of the most unique Vitamin C complexes available!

C-1000 Complex

The Vitamin B Complex is composed of eight B vitamins — B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 — They all play an important role in keeping our bodies running like well-oiled machines. B1 helps the body make healthy new cells. Considered an anti-stress vitamin because of its ability to protect the immune system. An another added benefit is it help break down those simple carbohydrates. B2 works as an antioxidant to help fight free radicals and is also important for red blood cell production, which is necessary for transporting oxygen throughout the body. B3 boosts your HDL cholesterol and reduces acne. B5 down fats and carbs for energy, it’s responsible for the production of sex and stress-related hormones and also promotes healthy skin with the ability to reduce signs of skin aging such as redness and skin spots. B6 helps the body produce serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine, a stress hormone. B7 promotes healthy hair, skin and nails as well as control high blood glucose levels. B9 keep depression at bay. B12 This B vitamin is a team player working with all the other B vitamins to boost their benefits! I take Saturn’s B-100 Complex three times a day.

B-100 Complex

Flaxseed is up next. It is rich in omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. It has many benefits such as lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, reducing bone loss, promoting weight loss, and increasing immunity. I take these pills 4 times a day.

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CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid CLA amazing omega-6 fatty acid. Certain fats are vital to numerous functions in the body, including metabolism. CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a natural free fatty acid that has an impact on body weight loss and muscle tone. Basically, it reduces body fat while preserving muscle tissue, may also increase your metabolic rate, and increase lean muscle tissue. I also take these 4 times a day.

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Multi-Vitamins of choice for me are Saturn’s One Source. I have been taking them for years now and I see the best results with them. I typically take a packet before bed. It’s the absolute strongest Vitamin & Mineral Pack on the market. You cannot always be sure of getting all the nutrients you need from food, and Saturn’s One-Source Pack is designed to enrich your body with a complete dietary supplement-perfect for everyday taking. Each Freshness-Assured packet provides the best that natural vitamins and minerals have to offer.

One-Source

Fat burning Thermogenic. I love my Lipo-EX. Hands down the best energy giving supplement and appetite suppressant I have found. Each serving provides your body with a premium blend of the most advanced power-charged ingredients which take on an immediate effect. I take these once to twice a day, before cardio. Depends on my energy levels.

LIPO-EX

Saturn’s Outer Limits (One of my favorite supplements) providesessential key nutrients that are not only vital to good health, but are required for strength training and growth. Outer Limits provides a precision blend of natural muscle-building ingredients offered in optimum proportions. Saturn’s Outer Limits Hardcore Blast + PUMP Stack Pack has been one of their best-selling mass-enhancing formulas for over 19 years. Packed full of pre-digested Amino Acids, BCAAs, Digestive Enzymes, Omega EFA’s, Sports Enhancers, Caffeine and other highly supporting muscle actives, Outer Limits delivers what it takes to build solid muscle. I take one packet twice a day.

Outer Limits

BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acids) Have a ton of benefits such as recovery, weight loss, muscle growth and retention, immune support, and a long list of many others. I take them all day. Typically the further into prep, the more I consume. I like to add them to crushed ice to stave off hunger pangs. Plus they are delicious!!! I take Saturn’s Aminos Pump 50000. It’s an easy-to-digest soluble concentrated amino-protein formula enriched with a powerful ratio of BCAA’s, Nitric Oxide and a full spectrum of Pharma-Engineered predigested amino acids that can be quickly and efficiently utilized by the body. The ultimate way to build solid muscle is to have a constant intake of powerful, pumping amino acids, and that’s exactly what Amino Pump 50000 does for you. Each serving provides your body with an impressive nitrogen retention source of amino acid protein which helps you to achieve maximum muscle growth/ maintenance and protein synthesis while improving the time of muscle tissue recuperation.

Amino Pump 50000

Creatine Silk is last but certainly not least on the list. Like aminos, creatine has a huge list of benefits. The most notable are increase in muscle strength, increase in muscle pump and force of contraction, It provides energy to the muscle cells, and increases endurance. I take Creatine Silk when I first wake up and post weight training.

Creatine Silk

A huge thank you to each and everyone at Saturn Supplements for your continued belief in me, your love and support, and for helping me grow in the sport physically and mentally. You guys have been awesome and I really just can’t thank you all enough for your support!!!

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