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@SaturnMuscle Smart Whey Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

I have been the BIGGEST dessert fan during this prep. Normally with sweets, I am give or take. It’s never been a big deal, but lately I have been wanting cookies, cake, ice cream, etc before bed. Kind of crazy really ha ha ha

I am a quantity eater more so than getting to eat snacks and what not. Basically you will see me eat more veggies and chicken than anything. Even when I do eat sweets I want to make sure I am getting as much as possible, so I am not hungry later. Finding recipes for macro friendly desserts has been my mission lately 😉 I kept seeing black bean brownies, so I thought I would try my hand at them. It’s actually quite similar to the chick pea recipe I shared with you before. These are super moist Smart Whey Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

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Ingredients:

  • Canned Black Beans 840 grams or two cans I did not drain them
  • 1 scoop or 35 grams of Chocolate Smart Whey
  • 25 grams of Cocoa powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • Sweetener of your choice I used 5 packets of no calorie sweetener
  • Sugar/Fat free Chocolate pudding mix
  • 64 Grams of Creamy peanut butter
  • 80 Grams dark chocolate morsels

Pre heat oven to 375. I use a Ninja to blend/mix everything, so I assume you could just blend the beans in a blender. Once that is done you will mix the beans and all the powders really well and pour into a greased baking pan. I used a 9 x 12 baking pan.

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Once poured into the pan take your pre measured Peanut butter and microwave for about 25 secs or till runny. Pour over the batter then swirl with a butter knife. Drop the chocolate chips on top. You can mix them in too, if you like. Bake for 20 mins or till tooth pick comes out clean

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 With the 9 x 12 baking pan I was able to get 20 brownies. They are awesome plain and even better with whipped cream and chocolate syrup ha ha ha ha

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One brownie w/o the whipped cream and chocolate syrup 😉 is 90 kcals, 11 Carbs, 3 Fiber, 4 Fat, and 5 Protein. It makes for a great sweet treat, that is macro friendly and quite filling!

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SBSC Fit Tip: Nitric Oxide & The Power Of The Pump #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

You may have seen me talk a lot about Nitric Oxide. In fact it is in most of the supplements I take, but what does it do and why is it important?

Let’s start with the basics. Nitric Oxide is a molecule. It relaxes the muscle cells of blood vessels, causing them to widen and allow more blood flow and the means of delivery of important nutrients like aminos and glucose to your muscles. It has gotten most of it’s attention due to it’s cardiovascular benefits. There have been over 60,000 studies done in the past 20+ years on Nitric Oxide and it’s benefits. What are these benefits? Anti aging, increased energy, insulin regulation, enhanced memory and cognitive function, just to name a few.

Just with those benefits alone, you can see it is remarkable, but what added benefits do athletes have and why add it to your supplement arsenal? Nitric Oxide is increased in your body by consuming more L-Arginine and L-Citrulline. This in turn increases blood flow to your skeletal muscles. It aids in reducing fatigue and recovery time, by eliminating Lactic Acid build up. As you train harder your body eliminates arginine, which is one reason we supplement it. It helps us keep training to our full potential. Another reason, is the “Pump”. Many in the fitness industry, myself included, talk about wanting and/or chasing the pump. The pump being when all the blood flow has gotten to the muscles you are training and they swell. This is vital to new muscle growth. The scientific name for it is exercise-induced hyperaemia. Increasing the delivery of oxygen-rich red blood cells to depleted muscles accelerates the speed at which the system is able to cleanse itself of muscle toxins such as ammonia. The removal of ammonia and other metabolites allows bodybuilders to recover more quickly between sets thus perform more repetitions, which could result in more growth. Not all supplements are created equal. This is why I have exclusively been using Saturn Supplements for years. Their quality is something I can and do stand behind.

There are many Saturn Products that I currently use that have Nitric Oxide added:

Aminos Pump 50000 Ultra-Concentrated Amino Acid Protein Enhancer Predigested Building Blocks / Exercise Booster with Nitric Oxide / BCAA’s 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 and protein synthesis while improving the time of muscle tissue recuperation.

Amino Pump 50000

K-Pump Hydrate Pre-Workout Hydrate & Pump Cell Volumizer / Maximum Muscle Matrix with Kre-AlkalynÂź, Caffeine & Nitric Oxide with Mental Focus Actives – Brain Power! To enhance the overall effectiveness of our Pump & Endurance Drink, K-Pump is formulated with an impressive burst of muscle-building protein, enriched with amino acids. Calorie Burning, Muscle Building, Nutrient Replenishment, Performance Powerhouse.

K-Pump

Nitrox Pro PHARMAFORCE-EFX Muscle Reinforcement Isolate Whey Protein Power Mix with Nitric Oxide Booster / Non-GMO Protein / Gluten-Free / BCAA + L-Glutamine Enriched. The perfect source of dietary performance nutrition. More than a meal-replacement, Nitrox-Pro encompasses breakthrough technology and scientific discoveries yielding optimum muscle-building know-how.More than a Hi-Protein Lean Meal-Replacement, Nitrox-Pro provides your body with all the latest advancements in protein absorption, breakdown and utilization, allowing greater support for creating muscle mass and strength. In conjunction with our Ultra-Efficient Isolate Protein we have added Myo-Vasogen, our proprietary Arginine-Lysine based complex creating the ultimate muscle / vaso – nitric booster. Enzymex-IV – Our Digestive Enzyme Complex was added to facilitate ultra-efficient protein digestion and absorption, allowing more of your body’s energy to be used for your potential muscle mass gains.

Nitrox-Pro

And one of the newest to my supplement arsenal, Outer Limits Hardcore Blast + PUMP Extreme Stack Pack / Mass-Building-Strength Enhacing Muscle Pumpers Now with Nitric Oxide, Creatine, Acai, Spirulina, Omega EFA’s, OXO-Active Vanadyl Sulfate & Enhanced Caffeine. The importance of essential 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 our 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

Outer Limits

Last but certainly not least my other new addition, Nitric Oxide RAW Ultimate Nitric Booster for Athletes with Vaso-DX The Most Intense Form of Nitric Oxide Available. It’s formulated with Vaso-DX, a proprietary compound of arginine alpha-ketoglutarate (A-AKG), arginine-ketoisocaproate (A-KIC), and arginine pyroglutamate (APG); all three important biochemical factors associated with the dual-action of vasodilation and growth release. There’s no other product like it for delivering a constant ‘pump’, throughout the body.

Nitric Oxide RAW

With all of the benefits of Nitric Oxide as a whole, there’s no reason you wouldn’t want this as a part of your supplementary regimen! Check out all Saturn’s Quality Supplement products Today! Use code 25YEARS to get 25% off your total order!!!

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3. Guoyao W, Meininger CJ. Arginine Nutrition and Cardiovascular Function. J Nutr.2000;130: 2626-2629
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9. Elam RP, et al. Effects of Arginine and Ornithine on Strength, Lean Body Mass and Urinary Hydroxyproline in Adult Males. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. Mar1989;29(1):52-56. 10.http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/exercise+hyperemia

SBSC Fit Tip: Lose Fat With Fish Oils #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

We have all heard of the many benefits of eating fatty fish and/or taking fish oil supplements. They benefit your heart, blood, skin, joints, well, a list far too long to go into today.

The main benefit I do want to talk about is fat loss. The active ingredients that seem to make fatty fish and fish oils so beneficial are the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. There have been studies done where the subjects lost more than 2 lbs. of body fat in 6 weeks. The subjects also gained about 1 pound. What’s really cool about this is that they didn’t exercise, change their diet, or do anything else to lose weight. All it took was taking a couple of high dose fish oil capsules every day. Crazy right?

Fish oil supplements minimize the risk that the food you eat is stored as fat. This is because it increases your insulin sensitivity. Keeping the cells of your body sensitive to insulin is key to losing weight and staying healthy. The reason it’s so important is that the more sensitive your cells are to insulin, the less likely it is that the food you eat will be stored as fat. Fish oils also suppress your appetite. Pop a couple of fish oil supplements between meals to help you stay fuller longer. They regulate the release of serotonin. Serotonin helps to regulate your appetite and mood. Research shows that taking 2-3 grams of fish oil daily can help you lose about 2 pounds a month. While this isn’t a lot, it adds up over time. It also doesn’t require any extra effort and costs very little.

Cholest-Omega

Saturn Supplement’s Cholest-Omega is one of the highest quality fish oils on the market today. Saturn’s Cholest-Omega is produced from pharmaceutical grade fish oil. All Impurities have been removed through a special series of processes to provide your body with the purest concentration of Omega 3 fish oil.

I I have been exclusively using Saturn Supplement’s products for over 4 years and I wouldn’t fuel my body with anything but the best!

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  1. Hill AM, Buckley JD, Murphy KJ, Howe PR. Combining fish-oil supplements with regular aerobic exercise improves body composition and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 May;85(5):1267-74.
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  4. Ramel A, Martinéz A, Kiely M, Morais G, Bandarra NM, Thorsdottir I. Beneficial effects of long-chain n-3 fatty acids included in an energy-restricted diet on insulin resistance in overweight and obese European young adults. Diabetologia. 2008 Jul;51(7):1261-8.
  5. Thorsdottir I, Tomasson H, Gunnarsdottir I, Gisladottir E, Kiely M, Parra MD, Bandarra NM, Schaafsma G, Martinéz JA. Randomized trial of weight-loss-diets for young adults varying in fish and fish oil content. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Oct;31(10):1560-6.

SBSC Motivation Monday #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happiest of Monday’s to you!

I am ready to have a strong week! Counting down to my competition. 15 more weeks and coming in bigger and leaner than last year. It is very exciting!!! Last week was a bit rough as I had a low carb week. I was ecstatic to be able to load back up yesterday and today! This week and next week my nutrition is strong. I am so focused this year on competing. Not that I wasn’t last year, just the USA’s is another level up. It is a new show for me and let’s face it, I will be competing against other Nationally qualified competitors from across the US. This show is for that coveted Pro Card. My coach Beckie Boddie and I are working hard to make sure no stone goes unturned. This is why we started preparing at 25 weeks out. I personally feel waiting to do a normal 16-12 week prep, I would have been doing myself a disservice. I want this so bad, so I am willing to put in the work for longer.

This week I want you to focus all your energy on visualizing your goals. Where is it that you want to be? Know that you CAN achieve this! Do not allow self doubt to take anything away from you. Your thoughts become your reality. You need to focus on your intentions and then execute! You CAN and you WILL!

Let’s start and end this week strong xoxo
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Be Empowered During Your Training #LadyEnergy #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnSupplements

Pre-workout is typically hit or miss with most. For some ladies, the feeling of itching out of your skin, ready to rip someone’s head off, and seeing sounds isn’t that appealing.

Saturn Supplements has designed a new pre-workout, that not only delivers the energy you need to power through your training, but has bonus benefits as well! Let me introduce the Athena Series Lady Energy Pre-Workout

Lady Energy Pre-Workout

Caffeine-Enhanced Energy-Endurance Pre-Workout Fuel Designed For Women with Nitric Oxide, Vitamins, ThermoGeniX Burning Mix, Kre-Alkalynℱ & Amino Acid Power Blend

Lady Energy Pre-Workout is a delicious fast-acting source of energy fuel that nourishes the body with a healthy blend of energy-sustaining carbohydrates, muscle infusing protein packed full of amino acids, replenishing electrolytes and vitamin nutrition, and a host of supporting exercise-enhancing actives such as Nitric Oxide for cardiovascular and oxygen efficiency, and a natural source of Caffeine for increased metabolic burning. Lady Energy provides Calcium, Vitamin D and Biotin in every serving-all the more to benefit the female body.

Supplement Facts:
Serving Size: 23g (1 Scoop)
Servings Per Container: 56
Calories
22
Calories from Fat
0
Total Fat
0g
Saturated Fat
0g
Trans Fat
0g
Sodium
5.6mg
Total Carbohydrates
10.6g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Sugars
3g
Protein
8g
Vitamin A
5000iu
Vitamin C
60,000mcg
Vitamin B1
1500mcg
Vitamin B6
2000mcg
Folic Acid
400mcg
Vitamin B5
10,000mcg
Calcium
4800mcg
Potassium
2630mcg
Zinc
72mcg
Copper
9mcg
Iodine
0.66mcg
Vitamin E
30iu
Niacin
20,000mcg
Vitamin B2
1700mcg
Vitamin B12
6mcg
Vitamin D3
400iu
Biotin
360mcg
Magnesium
1950mcg
Phosphorous
3550mcg
Manganese
133mcg
Iron
77mcg
Lady Energy Proprietary Blend
16,800mg
Amino Acid Power Mix:
L-Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate/Malate, Citrulline-Malate/Alpha-Ketoglutarate, L-T aurine, L-Histidine-Alpha-Ketoglutarate, Amino-Glucose-Polymers, Alpha Lipoic Acid.
Kre-AlkalynÂź Creatine Enhancement Blend:
Kre-AlkalynÂź (Buffered Creatine Patent #6,399,661), Trimethlyglycine, Glycocyamine,Vanadyl Sulfate, Lipioc Acid, Guanidinopropionic Acid, Cinnulin,Keto-Isocaproate Potassium, d-Pinitol.
ThermoGeniX Burning Mix:
L-Tyrosine, L-Taurine, Glucuronolactone, L-Tyrosine-Alpha –Ketoglutarate, Caffeine.
Phosphate & Hydrating Mix:**
Calcium (carbonate, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Magnesium (oxide, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Potassium (phosphate, aspartate, citrate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Zinc (picolinate, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Manganese (gluconate, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Copper (gluconate, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Iron (ferrous fumurate), Phosphorus (potassium phosphate), Iodine (marine organic minerals), Selenium (selenomethionine, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Chromium (yeast free GT citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Molybdenum (molybate, citrate, aspartate, fumarate, malate, succinate, alpha-ketoglutarate), Boron (from tri-boron citrate, aspartate, glycine).

You are getting all the energy benefits of the best pre-workout, plus it keeps you super hydrated, has essential vitamins, nutrients, and aminos to fuel your body to not only train at optimal performance, but to look and feel it’s best as well!

It has a delicious sweet orange flavor, that I can’t get enough of!

Without the jitters or shakes, I get an energized training session. I always feel empowered, healthy, and hydrated!

Check out Lady Energy today!!! Be sure to use code 25YEARS for 25% off your total order!!!

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SBSC Fitness Motivation Monday #poweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!!!

It has been CRAZY busy in the SBSC household!!! Tons of new life experiences, opportunities, and  clients this week to welcome. I am always excited to share in your journey with you as well as venture into new things for myself.

I am 16 weeks out from competition and my conditioning is heads and tails better than last year at this time. I feel really good about how my body is responding. I have much better knowledge this year of what works for my body and what needs to be done, as well as when to do it. Every year is different, but it also is a learning experience. If you have been following me for a while, you know that my daddy has been battling leukemia for the better part of 10 years. He was told about 8-9 years ago that he may not make it a year and here we are. He has been so strong, positive, and just overall a warrior.  He recently decided to stop all treatments for personal reasons, which I totally respect. With that being said, I really want my dad to see me accomplish my goal of becoming an IFBB Pro this year. It is something we have been talking about for a few years now. He has always been supportive of me and my goals and for him to see me reach them would mean the world! We talked on Saturday for quite a while about what my game plan is and how my training has been going. I have to say, he has a way of helping me see my potential. As if my fire wasn’t already lit before….he just fanned it into a 4 alarm blaze!!!

This week I want everyone to start fanning their own flames. Your outcome and results are based on what actions you take now. Sometimes it can be hard to believe that you can make it. Trust me when I say, YOU CAN!!! I was not always a fit person. I was a binge drinking/eating young adult who spent most of her life with no muscle definition and being what I suppose many label “skinny fat” Fast forward to motherhood and yep you guessed it, I gained a TON of weight. My heaviest was over 220lbs. I have no clue what I got up to, because my hubs took away the scale. I cried a lot and my depression was taking an effect not only on me, but my family as well. It was my rock bottom. Since that time I researched so may different trainings, diets, supplements, etc. I devoted my time to figuring out what would work. Somewhere along the way, competing fell into the mix, then helping others along their journey. There is SO much information out there and it can be so hard to know what is a true healthy and sustainable way vs a scam or fad diet that will cause your metabolism to crash and burn. This is why I do what I do. I love helping others succeed. A fit lifestyle is a healthy and happy one. Once you get into a routine, those results become addicting!

Let’s burn the bridge from our old habits and way of thing and make this week the week we begin to believe in ourselves and actually visualize our success!

Let’s start and end the week strong! I already know you can do it, now we need to get you on board xoxox

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