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26
AUG

New Brand Spotlight: Squarebar

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SquareBarAre you looking for protein bars? Do they have to be delicious and made with nutritious organic ingredients? If you answered yes twice, Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a top quality brand of nutritional bars to our customers: Squarebar.

Squarebar offers nutritious organic bards created with only the most nutrient-dense organic and non-GMO foods. The company started in a San Francisco kitchen as a small family business with the idea of providing a healthy protein bar without inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, and processed sugars. Squarebar was launched March 2012 at Natural Products Expo West and is now nationally distributed. The company growth is built on the belief that “ingredients matter most”, sourcing organic and non-GMO ingredients directly from farmers to ensure an ethical path from crop to bar.

All the ingredients used in Squarebar products are USDA organic and Non-GMO project verified as well as gluten-free certified, dairy-free and soy-free. Available in five different flavors, with 11g of complete plant protein and no added flavors, these delicious vegan bars can be your next favorite snack. Just give it a try!

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Squarebar products at Lucky Vitamin. Just enter promotional code AUG15NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this special offer ends 08/31/2015.




11
MAR

What’s New? RxBar

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
RxBarLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another excellent choice of nutritional bars to our customers: RxBar.

RxBar has developed nutritional bars that make you feel good about eating them and feel great after you eat them. The company believes that food should be consumed as nature intended and has created bars that are simple and delicious without compromising nutrition. Made with minimal ingredients, RxBar gives you the proper balance of high quality egg white protein, a healthy supply of fats, carbohydrates that are high in fiber, and natural sugars from real fruit.

RxBar products are 100% natural and contain no dairy, soy, gluten, added sugars, artificial sweeteners, GMOs, and preservatives. Inspired by the lack of real food protein bar, each ingredient of RxBar brings something to the nutrition table: egg whites and almonds with protein, blueberries and cacao with antioxidants and vitamins, figs and dates with fiber and potassium, and so on.

The company uses four main ingredients which are considered the core ingredients of these delicious and nutritious bars: egg whites, figs, dates, and nuts. Egg white protein is one of the best choices as the protein is immediately absorbed into the body as well as offering plenty of minerals and amino acids. Figs are dense in nutrients offering more calcium than most fruits as well as good amounts of fiber, potassium and iron. Dates are a much healthier choice for sweetener due to its natural sugars and also contains natural fibers, B vitamin and potassium. Nuts are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids and are one of the best ingredients to be used in nutritional bars.

You can save even more when you shop RxBar products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.




16
JAN

5 Healthy Nutritional Bars

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BarsWith so many great, healthy options, it can be quite difficult to choose just one nutritional bar. So, we have made a list of 5 healthy nutritional bars to make your decision a lit bit easier.

Chia Bars

For centuries, the Aztecs have used chia seeds as a source of strength and energy. Chia bars are loaded with this powerful ingredient that contains more omega-3 than salmon, more fiber than oatmeal, and packs protein, calcium, and antioxidants.

Granola Bars

Granola can lower cholesterol, regulate digestion, aid in weight loss attempts, among other health benefits. A popular choice, granola bars are easy on the stomach and are often mixed with nuts, fruit, or chocolate. A great source of protein and fiber, granola bars can be found in many different flavors and textures.

Fruit and Nut Bars

Fruit and nut bars are, in most cases, a healthy nutritional option. Dried fruits and nuts supply key nutrients you need for good health, but be careful with other ingredients often added to these bars, particularly white chocolate. The majority of fruit and nut bars contain good amounts of fiber and can be an excellent source of healthy unsaturated fats, as well as vitamin E.

Protein Bars

High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are one of the hottest trends as many dieters believe that eating protein bars can help with quick weight loss. Protein is used by the body to build and repair tissues as well as producing enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. In addition, protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Greek Yogurt Bars

Why is Greek yogurt so popular recently? For a good reason. Plain Greek yogurt has double the protein, half the carbs, and half the sodium of the regular yogurt. So, no surprise that Greek yogurt bars have became everyone’s new low-carb favorite, with an average of only 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Plain, regular yogurt may have double, sometimes triple, the number of carbohydrates.




12
DEC

What’s New? Skout Organic

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SkoutLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of natural, certified organic foods to our customers: Skout Organic.

Skout Organic offers a unique selection of great tasting, healthy, organic foods to sustain those who embrace adventure and actively pursue the outdoors. Created and inspired by the Pacific Northwest, one of the best outdoor recreation areas in the world, Skout Organic has developed an entire line of certified organic and gluten-free products made with delicious ingredients, which embody the rugged and energetic spirit of the Oregon region. The company is non-GMO project verified and Certified Kosher. Every product contains only naturally occurring nutrients, with no refined sugar or fillers, and all products are vegan, dairy and soy free.

Skout Organic is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and employs sustainable practices. The company proudly donates a portion of proceeds to select environmental and humanitarian charities. Skout is also proud to have sponsored The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon, considered one of the “10 Greenest Races” by Runners World.

Created out of the disappointment with existing energy and nutrition bars filled with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients, Skout Organic wanted a trail bar that was healthy, organic, and all-natural. Skout Organic combines the Pastega Family’s passion for the outdoors and excitement for creating great tasting, healthy foods.  The quality of life in the Pacific Northwest is special and it will remain so only by becoming stewards of the land as well as by fostering a growing, responsible and sustainable local economy.

You can save even more when you shop Skout Organic supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code DEC14NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 12/31/14.




12
NOV

Get More Energy

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
Energize

 

 

Do you have problems finding the energy to get up and work out in the morning or have trouble maintaining your energy throughout your work out? Don’t worry, LuckyVitamin has an array of energy chews, shots, gels and bars that can help get you going and even keep you going throughout your workout.Your body uses two primary sources of fuel to feed the muscles when you’re running: fats and carbohydrates. Your body relies on carbohydrates as its primary fuel source when racing.

I personally find myself getting home from work struggling to find the energy to make it to the gym. The first thing I do when I feel like this is reach for my energy chews. Products like Honey Stinger Energy Chews are naturally caffeinated from white tea.  These chews contain 32mg of white tea extract per package, are comprised of 95% organic ingredients and sweetened with organic honey. They are perfect for athletes and other individuals looking for a little extra energy to help them get through their workout. Another product that I couldn’t live without are the GU-Energy Chomps. This company makes Chomps that are both caffeinated (20mg per serving) and non-caffeinated as well contain a proven blend of carbohydrates, amino acids, antioxidants and electrolytes. These products are not only good to take before a workout, but can also be useful while you are out on your run, bike ride, walk, etc.

Need more then a chew to fill you up on your long workout? We got you covered with a large assortment of energy bars. We have bars that are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and even kosher. The Vega Sport Immediate Sustained Energy Bar is not only packed with 27g of carbohydrates (the preferred energy source during a workout), but it also taste great!  It is vegan, gluten free, artificial color free, artificial sweetener free, eco-friendly and non-GMO.

The last must-have workout pick-me-ups are energy gels. These carb-packed energy fuels come in tiny packets, but deliver a great a deal of energy. These gels are designed to replenish carbohydrate stores that are depleted when running, biking, walking or doing any other form of exercise. Fueling the body with what it needs during your workout will help keep you going. Some of these gels also contain caffeine for that extra little pick-me-up. I specifically enjoy the taste of the GU Energy Energy Gels. They come in a variety of flavors and each one seems to be more delicious than the next.

Don’t let fatigue get in the way of good workout.  Shop LuckyVitamin for your energy boosting needs.

 




13
AUG

What’s New? The Perfect Bar

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The Perfect Bar

Lucky Vitamin is happy to present another premium brand of nutritional bars to our customers: The Perfect Bar.

The Perfect Bar offers a variety of nutritional bars created with only natural and pure ingredients. The company believes that whole foods are the only acceptable source of nourishment for the body and, therefore, had created the “perfect bar”. You are what you eat and The Perfect Bar wants to spread the message that good health begins with eating right. Other companies use a third party or co-packer to mass produce their bars using a machine driven extruding process that calls for emulsifiers and preservatives to extend shelf-life at room temperature. Perfect Bar is real food made by real people, creating bars the natural way and making sure that you will be able to taste the difference. Started as a small family business, The Perfect Bar company has grown but has kept the nutritional principle of “quality over quantity” throughout the years.

The Perfect Bar is the result of much experiment with natural whole foods. Back in 1995, whole food supplements were mixed with organic peanut butter and honey, creating small, delicious balls packed with nutritional awesomeness, and The Perfect Foods Bar was born. In 2005, The Perfect Bars creators decided to share this amazing recipe with everyone and started Perfect Foods Research, rooted in the tradition of healthy living. Today, you can enjoy this unique selection of delicious, healthy nutritional bars now available at LuckyVitamin.com.

Additionally, you can save even more on products from The Perfect Bar when you shop at LuckyVitamin.com. Just use promo code ‘AUG14NEW15′ to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.




8
JUL

Chocolate Covered Breakfast & More with Vega One

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars at 10:59 pm | By: Kim McCorkell, Senior Editor

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If you’re wilting at your desk by 10 AM, don’t kick yourself for missing breakfast. Instead of another cup of coffee, consider satisfying layers chocolate-dipped goodness. Sound too good to be true? Grab a Vega One All-in-One Meal Bar, and you’ll know you’ve covered your nutritional bases. Made from plant-based, whole food, non-GMO ingredients this convenient meal bar is packed with:

  • 12 g complete plant-based protein
  • 4 g fiber
  • 1 g Omega-3
  • 1 serving of greens
  • 1 billion dairy-free probiotics
  • Added vitamins, minerals
  • Antioxidants

Formulated by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling author on plant-based nutrition, Vega One Meal Bar is gluten-free and contains no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. Mouthwatering bars are available in Chocolate Cherry Almond flavors. Sound better than coffee?

Manage the mid-day munchies with a mouthwatering, plant-based Vega Snack Bar. Stock your bag or desk drawer for strategic snacking with five delicious flavors of a whole food bar you can feel good about. Non-GMO superfood ingredients in Vega Snack Bar fill this gluten-free, get-you-through-to-the-next-meal morsel with satisfying protein and 1 gram of Omega-3.

Need some post-workout fuel? Give your muscles the protein they crave. Vega Sport Protein Bar supports your post-workout with 15 grams complete, multi-source, plant-based protein, 2.5 grams of BCAAs and 2 grams of glutamine from non-GMO, whole food ingredients your body needs (and deserves) to recover. If you need energy during the race, crush your personal best by giving your muscles the fast-acting, long-lasting whole food energy they need to endure. Moist and delicious, plant-based Vega Sport Energy Bar is gluten-free and easy to eat mid-workout to help you go the distance.




3
MAR

What’s New? Health Warrior

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Lucky Vitamin continues to work hard to bring you the very best in online shopping for nutrition, natural products, vitamins, supplements, beauty, green living, bodybuilding, foods, health, and wellness at fabulous everyday prices. Today, we are happy to introduce another top quality brand of nutritional bars to our customers: Health Warrior.

Health Warrior is a superior line of nutritional bars made with one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet: chia seeds. The company is dedicated to vetting the world’s growers for the highest quality chia and helping people conquer the many challenges of their everyday lives.

Health Warrior offers the highest quality, organically-grown chia seeds on the market today. The plant that produces Health Warrior Chia Seeds is called Salvia Hispanica, a blue-flowering plant that grows best in the equatorial regions of South America, Mesoamerica, and Australia. Health Warrior Chia Seeds are certified as an EU Novel Food, have GlobalGAP, GMP, HACCP Certifications, and are fully traceable. Health Warrior Chia Seeds are Kosher, Halal, Non-GMO, and Gluten-Free.

Health Warrior is one of the most complete proteins containing all of the 10 essential amino acids that must be obtained from the diet. In fact, chia seeds are one of the most complete sources of plant-based protein available on earth, which allows for easier digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Chia seeds may improve weight loss by aiding feelings of fullness, and can also decrease risk of cardiovascular heart disease, prevent constipation, enhance regularity, as well as improve irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally, chia seeds may decrease bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and blood sugar levels to improve blood pressure and lessens the risk of diabetes.




25
SEP

Energy Bars Discussion

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 2:30 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
EBarsThe discussion never ends: do energy bars really work or are they overrated? Do you really get an energy spark from eating a power bar or not?  Some people love energy bars and have added them to their regular diet. A good number of users swear by the efficiency of nutritional bars as energy enhancers. On the other hand, some people believe they do not work, are not healthy, and should not be part of any well-balanced diet.

Energy bars works in many different ways. The quality of the nutritional bars available on the market has significantly improved in recent years. Many bars contain vitamins, minerals, and important nutrients, and some people believe bars can provide the necessary spark needed prior to a workout or any physical activity. Some others think an energy bar is a perfect “fit” since it doesn’t feel heavy on the stomach and provide just enough nutrition for the work ahead. One of the best advantages of energy bars is that you may digest it a lot quicker than a meal, so it may be the best option for people exercising right after work or school.

However, energy bars are not fully accepted as some people believe the “energy” claims to be false. Once again, everyone is different and react differently to energy enhancer products. For example, some people don’t get any boost of energy from strong energy drinks loaded with caffeine, a much stronger product than energy bars.

So, you just need to find out if energy bars work for you. Whether energy bars can provide the boost needed for your workout or they can be the quick meal you’re looking for before your physical activity, energy bars can be an excellent addition to your diet.




13
SEP

Lucky Vitamin Presents: NoGii

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
nogiiLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-choice of nutritional bars and health food products to our customers: NoGii.

NoGii offers healthy, no-gluten alternative products for active lifestyles. Created by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, gluten-free mom, Co-Host of ABC’s The View, and New York Times bestselling author of The G-Free Diet and Deliciously G-Free, NoGii products are perfect whether you are on-the-go, at play, or in the gym.

All natural, no gluten, no high fructose corn syrup, no trans-fat, no hydrogenated oils, and offering the ideal balance of proteins, fats, and carbs, NoGii products are certified gluten-free and the company utilizes independent lab testing to verify that each production batch of NoGii exceeds standards set forth for determining “Gluten-Free” status.

NoGii High Protein bars contain 17 grams of high quality protein and are perfect for a quick on-the-go meal or to refuel after a workout. The Super-Protein bars are an all-natural, no gluten food solution, high voltage, high-energy, and even higher protein to meet even higher nutritional demands. Alternatively, NoGii Protein D’Lites offers a bite-sized burst of flavor and protein that can satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your healthy gluten-free diet. The Nogii Paleo bars are formulated to appease even the fussiest palate and purest of Paleo diets.

Additionally, NoGii offers nutrition gluten-free snack alternatives for kids. These snacks taste incredible and kids love these bars. NoGii Kids is the ultimate healthy snack for your kids with premium protein, quality carbohydrates, fiber, and Omega 3’s. You can feel certain that this bar is all-natural, gluten-free and contain no nuts or high fructose corn syrup, a smart choice for a smart snack.




10
MAY

Finding the Perfect Balance of Eating and Exercising

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Nutritional Bars at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
RunIt can be difficult to find the ideal balance of eating and exercise but the right formula can be essential to maximize your athletic performance. What to eat and when to eat can be a challenge and there isn’t a perfect rule as everyone is different and reacts differently to food.

When and what you eat can affect how you feel when you exercise. You need to eat before exercising. Fueling exercise requires quality carbohydrates, lean protein, heart-healthy fats, and fluids. Your muscles rely on carbohydrate for energy source. Protein is needed to build and maintain muscles. However, you shouldn’t eat too much before you exercise as you may feel sluggish and may experience stomach cramps. Eating too little may not give you the energy to keep you feeling strong throughout your workout.

Overall digestion-time varies as some people can eat one hour before an intense activity but others need over two hours to fully digest their meals. Nutritional bars and snacks can be helpful, not too heavy on your stomach but providing enough nutrients.

If you exercise early in the morning you may face a common problem. If you don’t eat, you could feel weak when you exercise but eating a full breakfast may not allow you enough time to digest before your workout. A light breakfast such as cereals, bananas, or breakfast bars can be the solution.

If you exercise any other time of the day, you can control how much you eat before exercise using this simple general guideline: eat large meals at least three hours before exercising. Eat small meals two hours before exercising. You can eat snacks an hour before exercising. Of course, drink plenty of water or sports drinks two hours before exercise to stay hydrated.

Just remember that everyone has different physical activities and finding the perfect balance depends on your specific workout and diet.




18
MAR

Lucky Vitamin Presents: Slimful

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Nutritional Bars at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Slimful

Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a superior line of products that can help you achieve your weight-loss goals: Slimful.

Slimful is the perfect way to help you get down to a healthy weight. It’s no secret that when you eat less food, especially at dinner, you can reduce your weight. Slimful chews can help you naturally as one delicious, 90-calorie, Slimful with 8 ounces of water satisfies your stomach for hours, which tells your brain it’s full.  When you feel full it’s easier to eat less, and eating less can lead to a slimmer, trimmer you.

Slimful is also the perfect product to avoid over eating and over serving. These delicious chews are a great addition to your diet and can be perfect for “between meals” snacks, desserts, or late night snacks. With hunger out of the way you can eat less, and when you can eat less, you can lose weight easier.

Slimful works in a very simple way. Eat one tasty chew and immediately drink a glass of water. The special dietary fiber in Slimful absorbs the water and expands, comfortably filling your stomach and satisfying your hunger for hours making it a perfect addition to your weight loss program. Perhaps the best time to enjoy the benefits of Slimful is before dinner. That’s when you tend to eat the most calories, but need them the least.  Limit three Slimful chews per day at least four hours apart.

Slimful is simple. No calorie counting. No specially prepared meals. No drugs. No surgery. It helps you lose weight the simplest, surest way there is: eat less. Slimful is available in four delicious flavors: orange tangerine, very berry, honey bliss, and cocoa brownie.




28
FEB

Lucky Vitamin Presents: 22 Days Nutrition

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
22 Days NutritionLucky Vitamin is happy to present 22 Days Nutrition products to our customers. 22 Days Nutrition offers a superior line of nutritional bars, energy bars and protein bars designed and created to provide you perfect nutrition for optimum wellness.

When searching for healthy nutritional bars, very limited options were available on the market and 22 Days Nutrition was created to solve this problem. The company is proud to formulate nutrition-packed vegan options for people who are trying to transform their lives, bodies and habits.

22 Days Nutrition vegan and vegetarian products are low in sugar, and lightly sweetened with organic syrups and juices. Additionally, everything is created free of trans-fats, cholesterol, gluten, and soy. All products are packed with organic, raw superfoods, including hemp and rice protein, to provide exceptional health benefits.

Psychologists have discovered that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. 22 Days Nutrition has applied this principal to helping people live a healthier, more energetic and productive life and created the 22 Days Challenge. The goal is to help everyone get to the 22nd day and achieve a major breakthrough. The company is committed to providing the nutrition and the tools to help make a positive and healthy difference every day, replacing hunger with a healthy habit.

22 Days nutritional products are plant-based and inspire through taste, attitude, and a global conscience. The belief is that foods made of the best ingredients should satisfy not only the body, but also the spirit. All these green power products are organic, vegan and contain no gluten, no soy, and no dairy.




22
FEB

Lucky Vitamin Presents: Rickland Orchards

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Rickland OrchardsLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce Rickland Orchards products to our customers. Rickland Orchards offers a premium line of nutritional bars and great tasting snacks. Designed for busy families, Rickland Orchards delicious snacks contain the goodness of Greek yogurt and the convenience to be enjoyed anywhere.

People all over the world were mixing Greek yogurt with wholesome foods to create delicious protein-packed combinations. Rickland Orchards has taken this idea to a whole new level, straining Greek yogurt coating, and blending it with roasted nuts, granola, and fruit. More than an alternative to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt contains almost twice the protein and fewer carbohydrates. Moreover, Greek yogurt removes much of its liquid whey, lactose, and sugar. Consequently, the result is a thicker yogurt with more protein and less fat. What started with a Greek yogurt coating, granola, and fruit has grown into a whole line of snacks that are excellent sources of dietary fiber, good source of protein, and perfect for anyone, including kids.

Rickland Orchards has creativity and innovation in the core of their philosophy. With a little of imagination, a lot of determination and an endless supply of Greek yogurt, the company has been able to develop the top product in taste, ingredients, and nutrition.

Additionally, Rickland Orchards makes these premium nutritional bars even better adding to their formulas healthy and nutritious ingredients such as acai, honey, blueberries, cranberries, almonds and much more. You can also try Rickland Orchards Greek yogurt coated granola bites, a simple and delicious snack. Small, easy and delicious, these nutritious bites are the latest creation of a quick and healthy snack.




26
SEP

What To Look For In A Protein Bar

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars at 10:14 am | By: Jacob Grail, Contributing Editor
What to Look for in a Protein BarYou should be cautious when buying protein nutrition bars, not all brands are created equal. Different bars are made to meet different needs, you should be equipped with the knowledge of what is healthy for your nutrition needs. Check the nutritional info carefully; look for the amounts of sodium, fat, protein, and sugar in the bar. Avoid those containing partially hydrogenated oils or lots of sugar. Diet and Nutrition blog gives more useful information about what to look for in a protein bar.

Source: http://dietandnutritionblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/protein-bars-good-or-bad.html