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New PureFit Snack Options

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After months of research and recipe development, our chefs have perfected three new snack options for PureFit customers. We are excited to offer Blueberry Crisp Bars, Turkey & Bacon Jerky, and BBQ Beef Jerky.

The Blueberry Crisp Bars are made from scratch using oats, almonds, dried blueberries, pistachio nuts, flax seeds, roasted pumpkin seeds, agave, and maple syrup. Each bag contains 2 servings. Each serving is 260 calories, and contains 6 grams of fat, 23 grams of protein, and 28 grams of carbs.

Our Turkey & Bacon Jerky contains lean, Missouri-raised turkey, bacon, maple syrup, sage, fennel seeds, thyme, and garlic. There are 2 servings per bag with 106 calories per serving. Each serving contains 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, and 8 grams of carbs.

The BBQ Beef Jerky contains lean, Missouri-raised beef, garlic, chili powder, crushed red peppers, cloves, bay seasoning, and soy sauce. There are also 2 servings per bag, and only 72 calories per serving. The Turkey & Bacon Jerky contains 1g of fat, 7 grams of protein, and only 11 carbs.

Staying on track is easier than ever with our new snack line and PureFit Meals. We’ve taken the guesswork out of every meal, so that you can stress less, and eat real food for real results. Be sure to add them to your next PureFit order.

 

 

What I Eat In A Day – Krysta Arnold

krysta-03Krysta Arnold, 34, is a Physician Assistant at the University of Missouri Emergency Room. Her intense and fast-paced career demands a focus on wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

BREAKFAST
Usually breakfast consists of a protein shake and protein bar. I also like eggs with lean meat or plain greek yogurt mixed with protein powder and fresh berries.

LUNCH
For lunch I opt for a healthy meal that I make at home like grilled chicken or zucchini spaghetti. If I’m not at home, or don’t have time to cook – I have a PureFit meal. I love the asparagus stuffed chicken, beef brisket with brussel sprouts and pot roast. You can’t beat the convenience.

DINNER
PureFit meals make dinnertime easy. With such a busy schedule, I don’t always have time to meal prep or grocery shop. With PureFit I get a variety of meals each week. There’s so much variety each week with my PureFit meals that I don’t get burnt out on eating the same foods over and over.

SNACKS
Almonds, beef jerky or vegetables – and plenty of water.

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Energy & Earned Carbohydrates

For most, to define the word valuable is simple. We have an understanding of this word because we have encountered multiple things in our lives that we instantly or grew to value.

The dictionary defines valuable for us as “a thing that is of great worth.” Where value tends to get more complex in our lives is when we are asked to list the things that are valuable to us. For some this list is easy, we start to think of members of our family, fitness, our job, hobbies, functionality, our friends, money, time, vacation…etc. This list could look a number of ways depending on who you ask.

Everyone’s personal values require energy. Energy is required to utilize and enjoy things that are valuable to us. In order to make the best use of time with my family and my friends I need the energy to care for them, listen to them and interact with them. A day at the park or simply helping my child with their homework requires me to be alert and focused.

To perform at my best in my career or within my hobbies, I need to feel refreshed and capable and know that I can think clearly. If I want to get the most out of my workout and be able to have my body function properly throughout the entire day. I need to feel my best in order to give my best.

So, when I have a long list of things that I value and want to enjoy each day, how do I find the necessary amount of energy to be active and successful in all those areas?

We know that food is fuel but what we often don’t realize is the importance of our carbohydrate intake to give us that push to make it through that list. Carbohydrates are earned. The more active that you are the more necessary they are to your day. It’s a common misconception to fear carbohydrates while we are trying to lose weight; and to calm any fear, it’s important to learn about that fear.

img_8334PureFit meals offer 20-30% of their calories from carbohydrates meaning that anyone who chooses a PureFit meal is choosing an efficient source of energy for their lifestyle and for their needs.

Carbohydrates will allow you to push farther in a workout allowing you to get more out of it. They can sharpen your thinking skills and help you stay more focused at work. Also they can give you that extra motivation to enjoy a nice bike ride or walk with your friends and family at the end of the day.

Overall calorie consumption is the number one factor to consider when pursuing any type of body composition goal. But the macronutrient makeup, or amount of calories coming from protein, carbohydrates, and fat is important to understand when identifying what your body wants to help you live your best life.

A trip through the typical drive thru can leave your energy and macronutrient needs imbalanced and cause you to feel a significant energy drop making you feel sluggish throughout the rest of your day. The benefit of simply meeting your energy needs is just another thing that can be added to the list of things that you value.

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What I Eat In A Day – Amy Lee

amy-04Amy Lee, 38, is a busy mom of four who is always on the go with her family and committed to an active and healthy lifestyle. She is a Health & Wellness Coach in Jefferson City, Missouri.

BREAKFAST
A protein shake is my go-to breakfast option, with a little fruit and nut butter. When time allows, I make a batch of n’oatmeal (made of spaghetti squash!) with a side of natural and organic Applegate breakfast sausage.

LUNCH
Definitely PureFit meals when I don’t have time to cook or meal prep. The meals are clean and the service is convenient. My favorite PureFit meal is the Sweet potato Shepherd’s Pie. I’ve taken my PureFit meals to the beach, the board room, and even pit road at a Nascar race. PureFit is the best option if you need help with nutrition and eating well on the go.

DINNER
Our dinner routine depends on the kids and social activities – but it always consists of a lean protein and a vegetable. My favorite is baked salmon with broccoli and asparagus. It’s simple, light and quick.

SNACKS
Protein shakes after workouts, protein bars/jerky and plenty of water.

Protein… more than just building muscles.

Most of us are familiar with the story of the three little pigs?

If this one missed your nighttime routines as a kid, I’ll give you a brief summary:

The three little pigs who are the subject of the title were being targeted by a very tricky wolf.

So each of these pigs decided their safest bet was to split up and build themselves three separate homes to protect themselves.

One little pig built his home out of straw. Not the most sturdy structure so the wolf came and blew it away.

The second little pig built his home out of sticks and again this material was not a strong enough defense.

This third little pig however built his home out of brick. A strong building block and when the wolf came to blow it away, the house wouldn’t budge and the three pigs were safe.

When trying to build healthy nutritional habits into our lifestyle it’s important that we think like that third little architect.

We have to have a strong foundational tool to defend our bodies from threats.

Protein is one of the most instrumental tools in facilitating key functions in your body and for creating a strong satiating diet.

Muscle tissue, cartilage, skin, and bone are all created within the body by the building blocks of protein.

In addition to the physical benefits, certain proteins contains amino acids like tyrosine and tryptophan which promotes certain neurotransmitter production. 

Meaning that eating more protein can make you have more drive, be able to concentrate better, give you the ability to be more calm and feel more happy.

Not only is your mood improved but the additional amino acids; arginine and glutamine which can be found in certain proteins provide important immune support for your body.

Each PureFit meal packs on average 30g of protein.

That high protein content gives you a solid base to protect the work of all your healthy lifestyle choices.

It is also important in fueling energy to complete each task in your day. Protein is key in your body’s completion of the krebs cycle which creates energy for all your activities.

A higher protein content in each of your meals will produce a longer lasting feeling of fullness.

When choosing the materials to build a strong and healthy body, the place that you live; it is important that you choose a material that gives you the right tools.

To optimize the multiple benefits that protein will give you, I would recommend that you partition your protein out throughout the day.

That way all of the benefits of this important macronutrient are cycling through your system at a consistent rate.

Those tools to build a strong foundation to defend your body from disease, produce a feeling of satiety and comfort, and create a longer lasting healthier you.

Choosing PureFit meals means choosing a meal that you know is guaranteed to provide a tool that is vital  for your bodies high performance.

Be an architect. Your body is the one home you can’t move out of. Give it the materials it needs to thrive and stand strong. Choose PureFit meals and choose a healthy body.

PureFit Meals eating real food video

Video: Real Food Means Real Results

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMoOzhnIHVQ

I see anywhere from 30-50 people a week who are trying to improve health, lose weight, and/or improve fitness. Most people I see are starving themselves from proper nutrients and overeating worthless calories, which are foods and drinks that have calories but no nutritional benefit (soda, for example).

With every single one of these individuals, I start with a basic nutritional intervention. This nutritional overhaul centers around a real food list (pictured below).

PureFit Meals Columbia Strength and Conditioning Food List

 

All of the foods listed are single-ingredient, “found in nature” foods. The advantage of these foods is that they are very nutrient-dense and, for the most part, not very calorically dense. For example: if you ate a bag of potato chips, it would take 6 lbs of chicken, 3 tbsp of real butter, and 10 cups of broccoli to eat that same amount of calories. More importantly, you get the right nutrients from the latter so you can fuel the body to run efficiently.

Introducing people to real food — no counting calories, nothing fancy — produces great changes in people. Just real food.

One week of clients eating real food and I can see fat loss, improved mood, and better digestion.

My disclaimer: It is extremely rare for clients to come back after one week of real foods and say that they did it 100%. This is a big change for many people and a process that might take a few weeks to get it down.

 

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When I recommend cutting bread from their diet, I hear the same thing time and time again from my clients:

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It amazes me how many people think carbohydrates are just bread!

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