Rock That Toned Dad Bod With Savorfull-Approved Healthy Workout Snacks

By Lauren Ruby, Savorfull Intern, Vanderbilt University 

It’s no secret that in order to have a healthy body, you need to eat well and exercise often. As a man, you may have the urge to use promising, highly marketed workout products to get that 6-pack you desire. However, these types of products often contain artificial ingredients that will only slow you down. It’s possible to still get the fuel you need and obtain optimal energy from real food based energy snacks. Yes, it is important to consume carbs and proteins pre- and post- workout but you do not need to rely on artificial products to do so. To learn more about specific protein needs and choices, read Stacy Goldberg’s Should You Be Taking A Protein Powder Supplement?. Rather than choosing protein powder, you can get everything you need from all-natural, free-from snacks. This is easier than it sounds and is better for your health in the long-run.

Now, where do you even begin? How do you know what to choose? You don’t have time to worry about this; you just need a quick snack between work and the gym. Don’t worry, Savorfull has got you covered with our Father’s Day gift to you: the best pre- and post- workout, Savorfull-approved snacks.

 

Savorfull-Approved Healthy Pre-Workout Snacks

Mint Chocolate Chip RX Bar

We know how you love your protein bars so here is a refreshing, mint chocolate chip protein bar packed with protein and antioxidants to fuel you up for your workout. The protein in this bar comes from egg whites, which are cholesterol-free and easily absorbed by the body so you’re not weighed down by anything other than the weight you’re lifting. Adding to the pre-workout fuel, RX bars contain dates, which give you the carbs you need to burn when you’re running on that treadmill.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, COCONUT, CORN, DAIRY, GLUTEN, PEANUT, SHELLFISH, SOY, WHEAT

 

Banana Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps

Bananas contain potassium, known to assist in preventing cramps during exercise, because no one wants to get stuck in mile 25 of a marathon due to a sneaky leg cramp. Did you know bananas are also filled with simple carbs and sugars helping with optimal nerve and muscle function? Instead of making a mess while you attempt to peel a banana (probably with one hand while speeding to avoid rush-hour traffic), try these deliciously natural dried fruit crisps for an easy, delicious snack.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, CORN, DAIRY, EGG, GLUTEN, PEANUT, PEANUT FREE FACILITY, SHELLFISH, SOY, TREE NUT, WHEAT

 

 

NuttZo Power Fuel Squeeze Pack 7 Nut & Seed Butter

Try going back to the basics with a PB&J sandwich on whole grain bread. Our advice: swap out your normal, boring peanut butter for this awesome superfood blend. Crafting this delicious sandwich will give you the protein and carbs you need to push yourself even harder during your workout because nuts are a great source of energy and heart-healthy fats. The simple carbs will give you fast energy and the protein will keep you full but not weigh you down. Plus, the sodium is great for your training since you will likely sweat – a lot.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, COCONUT, CORN, DAIRY, EGG, GLUTEN, PEANUT, SHELLFISH, SOY, WHEAT

 

 

 

Savorfull-Approved Healthy Post-Workout Snacks

Organic Living Superfoods Raw Sprouted Blueberry Boabab Crunch

After exercise, it is crucial to refuel your body so you are prepared to take on the rest of your day. This delicious snack is loaded with cashews, nuts, and blueberries to provide a delicious snack filled with natural proteins and carbs. The blueberries contain antioxidants and carbs to help reduce inflammation and muscle soreness – especially helpful for after leg day.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, COCONUT, CORN, DAIRY, EGG, GLUTEN, PEANUT, SHELLFISH, SOY, WHEAT

 

Power Germack Fit Mix

This is the perfect snack for guys on-the-go because it comes in a resealable bag to keep on your desk or in your car for when you need a little extra energy. Containing nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, this trail mix is specifically designed to deliver power to your mind and body, exactly you need after hitting the gym. After a few handfuls, you will feel more energized and ready for whatever is next.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, COCONUT, CORN, DAIRY, EGG, GLUTEN, SHELLFISH, SOY, WHEAT

 

 

Chocolate REDD Superfood Energy Bar

After a workout, your body is recovering and lacking essential nutrients. To help replenish glycogen stores and deliver protein to sore muscles, consume lots of protein for optimal repair and recovery. Luckily, this delicious plant-based energy bar has 10 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals to do just that. Combine with another high protein snack, like scrambled eggs, to give your muscles the treatment they deserve after a tough workout.

FREE-FROM: CASEIN, COCONUT, CORN, EGG, GLUTEN, PEANUT, SHELLFISH, SOY, WHEAT, SESAME

 

 

No matter what you’re training for, whether it be a marathon, keeping up with your kids, or simply overall health, artificial sport snacks will only hold you and your health back. You need deliciously natural foods to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs, even if you’re on the go. Treat yourself this Father’s Day with Savorfull-approved, free-from workout snacks because a healthy dad bod is a happy dad bod.

 

 

Lauren Ruby is a current intern with Savorfull and is excited to be pursuing her passions for writing and for health and nutrition. Lauren attends Vanderbilt University, where she is majoring in Medicine, Health, & Society and Spanish.

Savorfull Partners with Small Batch Detroit and Mitten Bites

Savorfull loved to hear that Small Batch Detroit offers real-world employment and career opportunities for Detroit Food Academy high school graduates. These students have an overwhelming passion for local food, the city of Detroit, and entrepreneurship… just like our CEO Stacy and her team!  Small Batch Detroit craftily designed six different uniquely flavored Mitten Bites including Dark Chocolate + Peanut Butter, Blueberry + Lavender, Rhubarb + Ginger, Apple + Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate + Raspberry, and Cranberry + Date. These nutrient dense bars are packed with organic and local ingredients that will keep you feeling fueled for your day. Mitten Bites are proudly made without using preservatives or additives. These scrumptious bars make a valuable addition to your workday with protein amounts ranging from 3-5 g, 3 g of fiber, and a healthy source of fats. The best part? The Savorfull team was overjoyed to find out that Mitten Bites are free-from wheat, soy, and dairy!

Here are our Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg’s top 5 favorite ways to use Mitten Bites:

  1. Mitten Bites Yogurt bars: Use your favorite Greek or Icelandic yogurt to create a thick layer on top of any flavored mitten bite. Place in freezer for 20 minutes. We suggest: Blueberry and Lavender Mitten Bites covered with plain greek yogurt and blueberries.
  2. Drizzle your Mitten Bites with dark chocolate for an easy and delicious dessert.  Use the Mitten Bites Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter and add dip it in a coating of melted dark chocolate. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to set.
  3. Yogurt Parfait: Crumble any Mitten Bites granola snack over your favorite yogurt. Add fresh fruit: we love using the Rhubarb and Ginger Mitten Bites and adding fresh strawberries!
  4. Baked Apples with Apple and Cinnamon Mitten Bites: Sprinkle ¼ tsp cinnamon and 1 crumbled mitten bite over a sliced red apple. Place in a microwave safe dish, cover with 1 tsp of water and heat for 2 minutes for an easy delicious fall treat.
  5. Mitten Bite PB+J: Spread your favorite nut butter and jam on top of any Mitten Bite to make an instant, hearty PB and J! 

 

Check out Mitten Bites now featured at Savorfull! 

 

WDIV Channel 4 Features Savorfull’s Stacy Goldberg: Counteracting Food Ads & Healthy Snacking For Kids

 

The food your kids see on TV isn’t exactly nutritious… But we’ve got expert tricks to get your kids craving something healthy! Our CEO and Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg was featured on WDIV Local 4 in their recent segment Parents Can Get Creative To Counteract Food Ads.

Here are some of her insider tips for how to encourage healthy snacking for your kids:

Engage your kids by filling celery sticks with a low fat cream cheese and topping them with Qwackers Cheddar Crackers, a healthier option than Goldfish. Stacy’s top health tip is to get creative and involve your kids in food preparation.

Make snacking fun by letting your kids decorate a cellophane bag with their favorite cartoon characters and heroes. Fill the bags with Surf Sweets Gummy Worms, Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps, and Kay’s Naturals High Protein Cereal. This still gives kids the gummy candy but also provides something that’s more nutrient dense.

Create an interactive dessert by layering a protein-filled Don’t Go Nuts Chocolate Soy Spread between two Homefree Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies.

Kids love muffins and getting involved with baking recipes in the kitchen. Step away from the traditional muffin mixes and experiment with all natural baking mixes such as Jessica’s Gluten Free Muffin Mix next time you make a sweet treat! 

Watch this full clip from WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit to see our CEO & Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg talk about more of the hottest nutrition tips for kids!

Savorfull Features Free-From Foods Made In Michigan

Savorfull is Proud to Provide Made in Michigan Products

Want to join us in snacking on healthy Michigan-Made products? Savorfull has plenty of free-from snacks for you to choose from!

 

B’Bites Almond Chocolate Coconut

Michigan-Made B’Bites are a soft, chewy, and delicious snack that is handmade with natural and organic ingredients.

B’Bites come in other tasty flavors like Chocolate Walnut, Cinnamon Raisin, & Peanut Butter Crisp!

Free-From: Casein, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Peanut, Shellfish, Soy, & Wheat!

 

Jessica’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Why settle for starchy flavorless flour blends? Jessica’s flour blend and baking mixes have a delightful mild flavor with incredible texture that your friends, gluten free or not, will rave about.

 

Savorfull provides many other Jessica’s Natural Foods products including Gluten Free Muffin Mix, Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix, Vanilla Maple Gluten Free Granola, Cherry & Berry Gluten Free Granola, & more!

Free-From: Casein, Corn, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Peanut, Shellfish, Soy, & Wheat!

 

Birmingham Chocolate Bar Pistachio Cherry

 

Fit for a Queen: Pistachios were a Middle East delicacy for thousands of years and were a favorite of the Queen of Sheba. These 3 oz. chocolate bars are hand-crafted in small batches with all natural ingredients.  Savorfull has tons of delicious Michigan- Made Birmingham Chocolate bars in incredibly tasty all natural flavors like Blueberry Nibs, Goji Lavender, Cinnamon Espresso, & Salted Chocolate!

Free-From: Casein, Coconut, Corn, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Peanut, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Wheat, & Sesame!

 

Gluten Free Bar Cranberry Toasted Almond

Sweet and tangy cranberries meet their mellow counterpart in toasted California almonds. It’s the perfect balance for afternoon snacking or a breakfast on the go!

 

Savorfull also carries Gluten Free Bars in other tasty bars and bites in delectable flavors like Coconut Cashew Crunch, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Coconut, Peanut Butter, and Oatmeal Raisin! These all natural bars add sweetness to your day without the guilt of putting additives into your body!

 

Free-From: Casein, Coconut, Corn, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Peanut, Shellfish, Soy, & Wheat!

Nakee Butter Cacao Peanut

A blend of real, raw ingredients, iQ butter brings you clarity of mind so you can think deep, create more, and live the life you want with intelligent mindfulness.

 

Nakee butter pouches provide you with nutrient dense ingredients such as agave nectar, coconut oil, cacao, pea protein and brown rice protein.

 

Just one Nakee Butter pouch contains 18 grams of protein ensuring stay fuller longer!

 

Free-From: Casein, Corn, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Shellfish, Soy, Tree Nuts, Wheat, & Sesame!

 

Simple Supple Foods Roasted Lentils- Mediterranean

Simple Supple Foods Mediterranean flavor is inspired from the electricity and chaos of an old world street market, heavy in curry, cumin, and ground cloves.

 

The aroma alone will hook you before the flavor does.

 

Savorfull provides other Roasted Lentils from Simple Supple Foods in zesty flavors like The Standard and Spicy. Add Roasted Lentils to your favorite salad for an extra pop of flavor!

Free-From: Casein, Coconut, Corn, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Peanut, Shellfish, Soy, Tree Nuts, & Wheat!

Love Your Health Honey Dry Roasted Soy Nuts

All-natural, premium quality honey-roasted soynuts.

 

Savorfull provides a variety of other Love Your Health Soy Nuts… whether you like your soy nuts Honey Dry Roasted or Sea Salted, we have your taste buds covered!

 

Free-From: Casein, Coconut, Corn, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Peanut, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, & Wheat!

 

Germack Peanut Butter

These dry-roasted peanuts are Made in Michigan with no salt or oil added.

 

Savorfull provides many other tasty Germack products including nut butters, granola, nut + seed mixes, dark chocolate almonds, & much more!

 

Free-From: Casein, Coconut, Corn, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Shellfish, Soy, Tree Nuts, & Wheat!

Healthy Hacks For Back-To-School As Featured in Stacy Goldberg’s Column, Eat Right Now: Detroit Jewish News

It’s that time of year again…back-to-school is fast approaching. At my house, I am busy organizing folders, filling out paperwork and yes, testing healthy back-to-school meal and snack options! My kitchen and Savorfull offices has turned into a test kitchen with my kids, their friends and of course, our Savorfull team. This can be an overwhelming task for many parents! This month, in my column, Eat Right Now, featured in the Detroit Jewish News, I focus on Healthy Hacks For Back-To-School. 

 

Read here for the full article:

Healthy Hacks For Back-To-School

As I walked through the aisles of Target getting my sunscreen last month, I caught a glimpse of backpacks and binders being set up for back-to-school. My mind immediately started thinking about lunches, snacks and fueling my kids for their extra-curricular activities. As parents well know, getting ready for work and school in the morning can be incredibly stressful. Rushing the process may lead to making unhealthy, unsatisfying choices at breakfast, lunch and in-between. A poorly packed lunch not only slows down productivity in the afternoon but contributes to weight gain.

According to the CDC, the percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about one in five school aged-children (ages 6-19) has obesity. Putting together a balanced midday meal may be a dreaded task in your home, but packing a lunch need not feel like a chore this school year.

PLAN AHEAD

Dedicate a fraction of your Sunday to lunch-packing prep. Prepare soups, salads or leftovers into BPA-free reusable containers for easy additions to lunch bags during the week. Cook quinoa or brown rice ahead of time and have whole grains on hand. If you can’t find time to prep a full week of meals, plan a weekly family menu to eliminate time spent scouring the fridge for lunch foods.

PACK THE NIGHT BEFORE

Before heading to bed, put the finishing touches on your lunch to eliminate stress the next morning. Pack any foods that weren’t pre-prepped earlier in the week, such as crackers, dips and dressings.

CREATE A LUNCH-PACKING STATION

For hectic mornings, keep grab-and-go lunch options within reach to ensure no one misses the bus. Stock an area of your fridge with pre-cut and washed fruits and veggies that can be added to lunch bags in a time crunch. When rushing out the door, toss Greek yogurt, string cheese, individually portioned guacamole or hummus into your kids’ bags for a nutritious boost.

SMART STORAGE

Tupperware with multiple compartments makes lunch-packing easier. This helps with portion control and allows organization for all your food groups. When shopping for containers to store your foods, look for products labeled BPA-free. BPA is an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate, a hard, clear plastic, which is used in many consumer products. Several studies have proven that health risks are created due to this chemical seeping into food over time.

 

STACY’S SWAPS:
Think outside the lunch box.

LUNCHTIME

The 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kid Act helped transform school meals and snacks with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. When packing lunch for your child, include lean proteins, brightly colored fruits and veggies, whole grains, healthy fats and calcium-rich dairy products (or non-dairy alternatives).

  • Instead of your standard PB&J, try it on a stick! Cut your sandwich into squares and place onto skewers with pieces of fruit in between. For a peanut-free alternative, try Don’t Go Nuts Soy Nut Butters with sprouted grain bread. Alternatively, try a PB&J burrito with raisins or unsweetened dried cranberries. To amp up the protein and fiber, look for tortillas infused with added protein and fiber, such as La Tortilla Factory.
  • Lunchables are a classic favorite for kids but often filled with sugar and fat. Make your own nacho or taco bento boxes and swap out your traditional tortilla chip for Beanfields chips. This provides more protein and fiber in the diet for sustained energy. Include beans, olives, guacamole, shredded cheese and diced veggies for an awesome home-made lunchable.
  • Mix it up with monochromatic lunches and let your child decide which color and foods he desires. For example, if choosing the color green, you can offer cucumbers and broccoli dipped in avocado, fresh or dry roasted edamame and grapes or kiwi for dessert.

SNACKTIME

WHERE TO FIND?

  • For a nutrient-dense treat, try a s’more sandwich using a gluten-free supergrain-filled Kind Healthy Grains Bar cut in half in place of graham crackers, Don’t Go Nuts chocolate spread (think peanut-free, low-sugar Nutella) or high-protein Nakee butter and all-natural marshmallows from Trader Joe’s.
  • Need a gluten-free option? Try cereal-dipped bananas! Crush up a low-sugar, high-protein cereal such as Kind Protein Peanut Butter Granola or Kay’s Naturals, roll the banana first in peanut, almond or soy-nut butter, then immerse it in cereal for a nutritious snack. You can even freeze these for an end-of-summer treat.
  • Swap traditional cut-up fruit for a fruit cone. Use an organic ice-cream cone such as Let’s Do Organic Sugar cones and fill with your fresh fruit to keep it lively for kids. You could also make a waffle cone sundae using Nutritional Choices Waffle Bites and top them off with vanilla Greek yogurt, fresh berries and a few dark-chocolate chips.

Note: Many of the snacks suggested in this article are available at savorfull.com.

Stacy Goldberg is a nationally recognized nutritional consultant, registered nurse and the CEO of Savorfull (savorfull.com), a Detroit-based company that sources healthy, allergen-friendly foods and provides nutrition-consulting. Savorfull is part of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies.

Savorfull Reviews: Jessica’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix

Why Jessica’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix Should Be Your New Pantry Staple by Marissa Siegel, Savorfull Intern

 

There are endless options for gluten free cake mixes on the market today, but finding the right one can be difficult. Too often, a gluten free label conjures up thoughts of crumbly cupcakes and tasteless cookies. If you’re looking for a healthier cake that tastes even better than “the real thing,” you need to get your hands on Jessica’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix.

Jessica’s Natural Foods began selling granola in 2009, and has since expanded their line to include other great products like baking mixes and flour blends. Jessica’s mixes are made with wholesome grains like teff, and without GMOs, rice or gluten, making it a favorite everyone can enjoy.  

To make this decadent dessert, simply add items you may even have on hand already: eggs, oil, vanilla and milk (or your favorite nondairy substitute). Our favorite part of this mix is that it will come out perfect with dairy or nondairy milk. Within just minutes, the batter was mixed and ready to go!

Instead of a full cake, we chose to pour the batter into cupcake tins for shareability. We used a cupcake scoop to ensure the batter was evenly distributed and cut down on the mess.

We added even more chocolatey goodness by topping the cupcakes with Wholesome! Organic Chocolate Frosting.

Trust us, you’ll be craving seconds! Whether you’re looking to make festive birthday cupcakes, or simply have a sweet tooth, whipping up Jessica’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake will do the trick. It’s sure to be your new favorite dessert.

Marissa Siegel is a graphic design intern at Savorfull.  She recently graduated from Michigan State University where she studied advertising.  In her spare time she loves to practice yoga and try new restaurants.

 

Caviar + Zagat=Easy Healthy Meal Delivery

Let’s face it…so many of us yearn to eat healthy but many of us do not have the time to prepare meals.  We need support in managing our meals so we turn to takeout.  Myself included many nights.  That’s why when I travel for work and am stuck in hotels, I like to rely on easy meal delivery platforms, that offer healthful choices.   I recently discovered Caviar , which offers healthy meal delivery options (and some not-so-healthy so consider yourself warned) in cities across the country such as Brooklyn, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Portland and so many more. Most importantly, I love the search filters so I could easily find restaurant deliveries to fit my free-from lifestyle needs such as sushi, healthy, Italian, Mexican and more. Even more impressive is that they offer Zagat-Rated restaurants in each city, which makes my search that much more efficient (love that one of my all time favorites Joe’s Stone Crab was on this list). Whether you travel for work, pleasure or if Caviar is in your hometown, I recommend you check it out. I guarantee you will find a healthy, free-from meal to fit you and your families needs. Plus they have a $0 delivery fee for new customers. Bon Appetit! 

XOXO,

Stacy Goldberg, CEO & Nutrition Expert, Savorfull

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