KEEPING FUELED UP AND ENERGIZED! by Joel Harper

Do you want to be energized all day, everyday? Is that really possible? Yes! Without a doubt it is. My goal is to help you reach your maximum athletic potential and build better eating habits to last throughout your lifetime. I find that all of us know what to eat and what not to eat. Then what’s the problem? I have heard every mistake and excuse there is, but at the top of the list is, “I’m too busy” and “there’s not enough healthy options available”.  Well, I am going to make it easier and simpler for you. You can make it AUTOMATED by having healthy items at your fingertips to optimize your energy levels.

Here are my tips: I fill my refrigerator on Sunday for the week and I always have lots of snacks in my bag, 24/7. I never know when my schedule is going to change or when any of life’s unexpected interruptions will occur! So I ALWAYS have nutritious items when I am out and about, and I always have enough to share. (It’s a great way to turn a stranger into a friend and leave someone smiling.) I only eat when I’m hungry and I always stop eating when I’m satisfied.

These are my favorite snacks that can help you stay fueled like a champion in between meals and when you are on the go. Below, I tell you when it’s best to eat them and why. Pop these in your bag and you will satisfy those unhealthy cravings in no time!

ALWAYS IN MY BACKPACK:

PROMAX FIT N’ CRISP BAR-Vanilla Marshmallow: Enormous amount of protein-13 grams, calcium, and iron. Peanut free and contains no artificial sweeteners.

ALWAYS IN MY REFRIGERATOR: 

APPLEGATE ORGANIC COLD CUTS and CHEESE: No antibiotics, animals are vegetarian feed, grass fed cattle, never given hormones, minimally processed, and gluten and casein free. Great when I am in a hurry in the morning or as an afternoon snack.

ORGANIC VALLEY EGGS: High in protein, vitamin A, calcium, and iron.

MORNING SNACK:

GNU BAR-Blueberry Cobbler Bar: Very high in Fiber- 6 whole grains. Helps curb your cravings by making you feel fuller longer.

RAW CRUNCH/Dark Chocolate: Organic, gluten free, includes potassium, fiber, and protein.

AFTERNOON SNACK:

NUTTZO Spread on a banana or apple: Organic, full of protein and Omega 3s.

PURE BAR-Coconut/banana: Organic, gluten-free, non-GMO & vegan, fiber, potassium and protein.

LATE NIGHT SNACK:

BUMBLE BAR-Original Peanut: Organic, gluten free, includes iron, vitamin E, and fiber.

ALL DAY LONG SNACKS:

PEELED SNACKS/Much-to-do-about-Mango: Good source of fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C with NO sugar or preservatives, gluten-free, and non GMO. Satisfies my sweet cravings without leaving me feeling drained.

HEALTH WARRIOR-ACAI BERRY- Chia seeds- full of Omega 3s with fiber and antioxidants.

LARABAR-Coconut Cream Pie: Fiber, calcium, magnesium, and iron.

PEANUT BUTTER & CO./Dark Chocolate Squeeze Packs: Protein, fiber and iron.

SOMERSAULTS/Cinnamon Crunch-fiber, protein, vitamin E and iron.