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10
APR

New Brands Showcase: SimpleMD

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a new brand of protein bars to our customers: SimpleMD.

SimpleMD offers a variety of protein bars based on the Mediterranean Diet which can help people begin to adopt this unique and healthy diet. The company believes that protein bars are just part of a bigger nutrition plan. Eating sensible, Mediterranean-inspired meals will make all the difference in reaching or maintaining your health goals.

SimpleMD was founded by a cardiologist on the premise that the key to better health is simplicity. Basic, honest, accessible ingredients can make up a healthful snack or meal, and those ingredients can taste good and be good.

SimpleMD fully believes the Mediterranean Diet represents nutritional goodness and its protein bars can be part of a daily regimen that embraces the principles of this unique diet. A nutritional regimen that dramatically improves your health, the Mediterranean Diet promotes long-term health that is connected to a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

SimpleMD protein bars are made with extra virgin olive oil and red wine. These ingredients are the heroes of the Mediterranean Diet, delivering a range of irrefutable health benefits but also happen to give these bars their distinctive and delicious flavor.

You can save even more when you shop SimpleMD products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




25
MAR

New Brands Showcase: Redd

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand of superfood energy bars packed with vitamins, protein, and a shot of natural caffeine: Redd.

Redd nutritional bars were created to propel your active lifestyle. The company ensures that no other bar available at any price is made with better ingredients. Redd bars do not contain gluten, dairy, soy, GMO’s and any other harmful ingredients.

Redd superfood energy bars are all killer, no filler. This revolutionary brand was created by a hungry college kid who couldn’t afford to eat out and wasn’t willing to eat junk food. The result is a superior line of product which contain 11 all-natural, all-giving superfoods, 9g of protein, equal to 2-3 egg whites or a slice of seitan (sans the gluten), 23 vitamins and minerals, and 35g of natural caffeine, courtesy of yerba mate. All Redd bars are certified gluten free and non-GMO (separation of food and science.) And as always, no ingredients have been included for reasons of cost, simplicity or ease of production.

Redd uses 11 superfoods known for a variety of health benefits: mangosteen, yerba mate, chia, quinoa, pumpkin seed, acai, maca, gogi, schizandra, dark chocolate, and cacao.

You can save even more when you shop Redd products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




3
MAR

New Brands Showcase: Paleo Ranch

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PRThe Paleo diet continues to get more popular as this unique diet is considered by experts as the healthiest way you can eat. The Paleo diet is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and healthy. Lucky Vitamin is wasting no time to follow this good trend and is happy to introduce another premium brand of Paleo products: Paleo Ranch.

Paleo Ranch provides people with delicious health foods that are compatible with the renowned Paleo Diet. The company is also proud to conduct environmentally friendly and ethical ranching methods that provide a more natural and happy lifestyle for animals.

Founded in 2009, Paleo Ranch began with an unbreakable, unparalleled commitment to health, nutrition, and animal treatment. To successfully win the battle of animal cruelty, the company decided to focus on creating a healthy, most nutritious, delicious, safe, cruelty-free protein snack option, starting with their own cattle and ranches. Promoting all natural products starts with how the beef is raised and treated. From cruelty-free living to 100% grass-fed and grass-finished and pasture-raised, each and every member of Paleo Ranch’s cattle family is treated humanely.

Paleo Ranch protein snacks are healthy, nutritious options for athletes, runners, yogi, animals, but it is healthier for human consumption. With higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin E, CLA, and antioxidants, 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef jerky makes the most sense for everyone.

Save even more when you shop Paleo Ranch products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




22
FEB

Good Morning with Breakfast Bars!

Filed Under: Nutrition,Nutritional Bars at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
You continue to hear that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” or if you are trying to lose weight, “eating breakfast is essential”. Both sentences are true but what can you do if you are not hungry when you wake up and do not feel like eating first thing in the morning?

Nutritional bars might be the solution for a quick and nutritious breakfast.

The majority of breakfast bars are calorie-counted treats made to provide nutrients, vitamins, and minerals you would get when you eat a healthy breakfast. Most products contain ingredients such as fruits, oats, granola, low-fat yogurt, nuts, seeds, and other things you would normally eat for your morning meal.

A perfect product for those who are short on time in the morning, breakfast bars are also a great on-the-go meal for those on weight-loss diets. Research suggests people who eat breakfast are slimmer because they tend to eat less during the day, especially high-calorie snacks. However, some people do not feel hungry in the morning but starting a new routine may lead to new habits. For example, eating a breakfast bar every morning can make you feel hungry when you wake up and, after a while, your morning appetite will naturally increase and you’ll probably find you eat less throughout the day, including snacks and unhealthy food choices.

Choose your favorite breakfast bar and start a new routine. With some many choices available, you can be sure to find one that fits perfectly for your needs. Click here to check out Lucky Vitamin’s nutritional bars.

 




7
DEC

Get Plant-Based Nutrition On-The-Go

Filed Under: Nutrition,Nutritional Bars,Superfoods at 11:10 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
barsonthegoIn the words of my personal hero, Michael Pollan: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Multiples studies and research has shown that plant-based diets can help prevent, and even reverse, chronic diseases ranging from high blood pressure and cholesterol all the way up to cancer.

So, here’s the issue: time – and it’s not on our side. How is a busy person supposed to stay healthy in today’s multitasking, instant gratification, on-the-go world? Say hello to “the bar”. No, not the one you hit up at happy hour for half-price apps. We’re talking about a condensed, nutrition-packed, powerhouse that you can take with you and eat in your car, at your desk, on a plane, or just about anywhere else. Check out our top five yummiest faves:

Vega One All-In-One Meal Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter

One of my personal favorite bars, this company was founded by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling author on plant-based nutrition. Its layers of chocolate-dipped goodness will make you glad you didn’t reach for that second cup of coffee. Vega’s All-in-One bars contains 12 grams of plant protein plus fiber, omegas, one billion dairy-free probiotics and an absurd amount of vitamins and minerals.

Health Warrior – Chia Bar Acai Berry

For our money this may be the perfect snack. Think a smoothie bowl wrapped up in a pretty wrapper ready and that’s what you got with the low-sugar and 100-calorie Health Warrior Chia bar. It’s a fruity and tangy alternative to the usual expired vending machine suspects.

GoMacro – Organic MacroBar Everlasting Joy Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips

Vegan, soy-free and non-GMO, man does this bar deliver. Along with it being about a quarter of the recommended protein intake and reminiscent of your favorite childhood candy bar, this almond butter and chocolate combo is simply divine. Not only does it taste amazing but you can feel good knowing that proceeds of your purchase will go toward feeding the homeless.

Kind Bar – Healthy Grains Bars Oats & Honey

Oats, quinoa, millet. amaranth and supergrains combine with ingredients you can pronounce to create a perfectly chewy barwith a satisfying crunch. These bars are gluten-free and contain one whole serving of grains per bar! There’s health and tasty and Kind’s Oat & Honey delivers on both.

RXBAR – Protein Bar Peanut Butter

There’s no b.s. in this bar. Literally, the ingredients are printed in a large font on the front of its packaging showing complete transparency and pride in their product. RXBAR only uses five ingredients — all free of gluten, soy, GMOs, sugar and dairy and featuring 12 grams of protein. Real food and real ingredients, without compromising on taste.

 




6
DEC

When to Eat Protein Bars

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Protein bars have been a popular product for years for many reasons. Convenient, affordable, and loaded with important nutrients, these bars are an excellent way to help obtain the required amount of daily protein, particularly when you are on the run.

However, one question always seems to be unanswered: when is the best time to eat a protein bar? Is it after workout? During breakfast? Perhaps as a snack, between meals?

A simple answer is “after workout”. Eating small amounts of protein after exercising is ideal as studies have shown that high quality protein can be most effective for your muscles after exercising. After a workout, the body needs amino acids to help repair any muscle damage caused from the activity, as well as helping muscle grow. A recommended 10-20 grams of protein after a training session may be sufficient to give the muscles the nutrients needed.

Additionally, eating protein bars for breakfast can be helpful too as early hours are the best time to obtain protein. So, if not the best time, early hours are a great time to eat protein bars as a recommended healthy breakfast should contain protein-dense foods. Making things even more interesting, eating protein bars prior and during workout time can also be beneficial. Consuming up to 40 grams of protein and around 60 grams of carbs in the 30 minutes before you start your workout, or even while training, may provide benefits as it can provide a boost of energy often needed during your exercise.

In conclusion, one may say the best time to eat a protein bar is right after workout and that is likely the “best answer”. On the other hand, it seems like there is no “bad time” for protein as breakfast, early hours, as a snack, prior workout, during workout, and even late hours, all have some benefits to your health. Nutritional supplements should never take the place of whole foods in your diet but protein bars are an excellent and perfectly acceptable alternative to food and sometimes an essential compliment to your diet. Click here to check out Lucky Vitamin’s Nutritional Bar Sale.




18
SEP

New Brand Showcase: FitJoy Nutrition

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a premium brand of protein bars to our customers: FitJoy Nutrition.

FitJoy Nutrition offers a unique line of healthy and gourmet snacks that answer your call for less sacrifice and more freedom. The company creates joyful snacking and ensures all protein bars are gluten-free, non-GMO, and free from artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors.

FitJoy Nutrition believes you shouldn’t have to choose between healthy and happy but, far too often, you have to choose a side whether you realize it or not. Eating right, working out and making steps towards your goal should be a journey that gives you more satisfaction, not less. FitJoy Nutrition can help bringing the joy back into living a healthy lifestyle.

FitJoy began as a passion project by the company’s CEO, who, after being diagnosed with Celiac and a severe sensitivity to artificial sweeteners, wanted to develop a brand of on-the-go snacks that offered a gourmet taste experience to excite his inner foodie without interfering with his health. Like most meaningful endeavors, the journey wasn’t easy or straightforward but two and half years, thousands of man-hours, 100+ taste tests, two contract manufacturers, small wins and major setbacks, today FitJoy creates and develops a line of top-quality nutritional protein bars available in many delicious flavors.

You can save even more when you shop FitJoy Nutrition products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.




31
AUG

Snack Time? Fruits and Nuts Bars

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you struggle to eat fresh fruits but know the importance they have as part of a well-balanced, healthy diet, you may have an alternative option: nutritional fruit bars.

If you keep reading about the health benefits from nuts and seeds but can’t seem to be able to add them into your diet, you may also have a good alternative: nutritional nut bars.

Do you want to solve two problems at once? Check out nutritional fruit and nut bars! These delicious products can be easily added to your diet at very affordable prices.

Most fruit and nut bars are a great source of fiber as well as a good source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Plus, a good number of these types of nutritional bars contain good amounts of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects your cells. However, not all bars can be considered healthy as many fruit and nut bars may have unhealthy saturated fat and sugar, particularly the conventional brands sold at large retail stores.

The most nutritious prepackaged fruit and nut bars are those that are low in sugar and high in fiber. Bars made with oats and other whole grains are usually better choices because these ingredients are good sources of fiber. For example, nut and raisin bars average about 3 grams of saturated fat, and some fruit and nut bars can have as much as 20 grams of sugar. If you considered fruit and nut bars coated with chocolate, this number can be as high as 30 grams of sugar. So, carefully check the labels for nutritional value and ingredients.

Lastly, if you want to ensure you are eating healthy fruit and nut bars, why not making them yourself? If you can find many different DIY bar recipes online and, surprisingly, making homemade nutritional bars may be easier than you think. Give it a try!




6
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Bhu Fit

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BhuFoodsA happy, healthier world starts with a healthy and delicious diet. That is the belief of Lucky Vitamin’s recently added brand of nutritional bars: Bhu Fit.

Bhu Fit offers an exceptional line of nutritional bars which are developed to be the best superfood alternative to sugary snacks. These premium bars are healthy, low sugar, high fiber, clean-label products and are created to exceed the expectations of customers. The company strives for excellence in everything ensuring that by only using the freshest, healthiest, super food, organic, whole food, fair trade, sustainable ingredients in all products.

Bhu Fit products are super foods as they contain almonds, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, coconut oil, chunks of apples, and dried cherries. The company uses the highest quality, non-GMO, low sugar, low carb ingredients available and make sure the only sugar in the bars comes from things like tapioca fiber, shredded coconut, dried apples and dried cherries. There is not even a single artificial ingredient being used.

You can save even more when you shop Bhu Fit products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.




22
APR

New Brands Showcase: Mauer

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MauerLucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of sport nutrition products to our customers: Mauer.

Mauer offers a premium line of supplements that are organic, clean, and serve as an honest, nutritious alternative for people who are not only athletes, but everyday people who just want to lead a healthier lifestyle. As a strong brand, Mauer Sports Nutrition wants to create strong families as well.

Mauer Sports Nutrition wants to provide a healthy alternative to today’s energy bar, drink and shot market. The company realizes there is currently an abundance of these products, however Mauer intends to offer an alternative that will not only taste amazing but contains no refined sugar, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, and is non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), and gluten-free. The company’s goal is to take sport and energy alternative market to a new level of nutrition, by providing the protein and energy boost needed to sustain a healthy body while helping the everyday person enjoy a better lifestyle.

You can save even more when you shop Mauer Sports Nutrition products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Here’s the scoop on a bunch of exciting new items at LuckyVitamin.com.




21
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Premier Protein

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B20Lucky Vitamin is happy to present another top-quality brand of health food products to our customers: Premier Protein.

Premier Protein offers a unique line of nutritional bars made to help your achieve a healthy and active life. The company believes that nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Although eating healthy and staying active is challenging in today’s hectic life, Premier Protein strives to be your health and nutrition partner, making powerful, healthy choices easy.

These nutritional bars were developed to provide you energy for every day. Loaded with protein, the company understands that getting enough protein can be hard, especially protein that doesn’t come with too many calories or too much fat. That’s the reason Premier Protein has create these delicious, essential healthy protein products that curbs hunger and fuels your energy for whatever you love to do. Premier Protein bars are loaded with protein but are also an excellent source of fiber. All products are gluten free and contain no artificial flavors or colors.

You can save even more when you shop Premier Protein products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




14
DEC

How to Fuel Up For a Long Run

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Nutritional Bars,Sports Nutrition,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Long RunThe long run is often the ultimate quest for runners as this challenging exercise is known to build endurance and strength as well as teach runners how to deal with fatigue and pain. Anything over 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) may be considered a long, resistance exercise and may take some preparation not only to do well and complete the run but also to prevent injuries. When preparing for long run workouts, people often ask themselves many questions regarding pre-race, during, and post-race tips. So, what’s really the best way to prepare for long runs, including half-marathons, 10 Ks, or just an hour jogging in the park?

Pre-Workout

Hydration is extremely important before any run or race. Hydrate well but as usual and drink according to your thirst. Consuming drinks with sodium will help stimulate thirst and retain fluids consumed. Avoid alcoholic beverages as they increase urine output and delay optimal rehydration. Don’t overdo it as over-hydration can lead to the need to urinate during the race, a very common problem for beginners.

Trying to determine how much food to take in before a long run can be complicated since everyone is different, have different fitness levels, different diets, etc. However, an easy, general rule is to consume approximately 0.5 grams of carbohydrate for every pound of body weight and then multiply that number by the number of hours prior to the start of your run. Choose light, easy to digest meals that will put fuel in your tank. For example, eat a high-carbohydrate, low-protein meal a few hours prior your longer runs, or a snack or nutritional bar for shorter runs.

During Workout

During workout, your body needs hydration and, for the longer runs, carbs. An average of 30g to 60g of carbohydrate per hour of running is a good basic rule and sports drinks are an excellent way to hydrate and consume the glucose needed. For more extreme workouts, runners need to get a more high-octane fuel, essentially more concentrated, and often available in energy gels, blocks, beans, and chews. These sports nutrition products are engineered to supply needed carbohydrate, which fuels your muscles and keeps blood sugar levels steady, and electrolytes, which help retain fluids to maintain hydration, prevent cramping, and perform other functions in the body. Make sure to follow your high-octane fuel with water.

Post-Workout

No secret here, after runs, carbohydrates. Choose quick-digesting forms of carbohydrate, such as sports drinks, to allow your body to replenish its stored carbohydrate in your muscles. Fruit, crackers and bread are great after-race meals.  Within the first 30 to 60 minutes after the race, it is crucial to consume some protein to help repair all your worn and torn muscles. Low-fat chocolate milk contains a good combination of carbohydrate and protein to help you refuel. Protein energy bars are also a great choice.

Last Tip

A combination of both sports drinks and water is perfect during and after a run as it can replenish the sodium and potassium you lose through sweat, while giving your body some energy from carbohydrate. After the run, rehydrate with a sports drink first, then water.




28
NOV

New Brand Spotlight: Glukos

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 9:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GlukosLucky Vitamin is proud to present another premium brand of energy products to our customers: Glukos.

Glukos offers a superior line of energy products developed to give the fuel you need to reach the next level, in the purest form of energy available. Created with only natural ingredients, Glukos contains glucose, the fastest and most efficient energy source that drives our bodies. Glukos products offer two times the energy, twice as fast, giving the body everything it needs to perform like never before. These products are perfect for athletes who want to perform at optimum levels while competing. The company was started to fill a gap in the energy product market: a sport fuel product without the unnatural ingredients and sugars that are the pitfalls of other conventional products. After an extensive research and development to find the optimum source of energy that was both healthy and effective for athletes, Glukos was created.

Glukos contains the basic ingredients, including water, glucose and electrolytes like potassium. Glucose is the only fuel the human body can use to produce natural energy unlike other energy products that contain high fructose corn syrup, which actually creates lactic acid and triglycerides in the muscles that hurt performance and recovery, caffeine, which artificially increases the heart rate and causes dehydration, and artificial sweeteners.

Glukos products are available in five different forms: gel, powder, tablet, gummy, and bar. You can save even more when you shop Glukos products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% all products of this new brand but hurry, offer ends 11/30/15.




11
NOV

New Brand Spotlight: Mediterra

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MEDLucky Vitamin is proud to present another top quality brand of delicious nutritional bars to our customers: Mediterra.

Mediterra offers all-natural nutrition bars inspired by the Mediterranean diet and made to enjoy on the go. As healthy as they are appetizing, these unique bars are excellent sources of sustained energy and overall wellness. Loaded with fiber, nutrients and vitamins instead of complex sugars, and saturated fats, Mediterra bars will fundamentally change your idea of the snack bar.

The company was inspired by the time-tested Mediterranean Diet creating nutritional bars that contain its all-natural ingredients, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, fiber-packed grains and seeds. Mediterra serves up convenient-to-consume bars packed with gourmet flavor and is a healthy option to complement the nonstop pace of modern life, whether you’re meeting or messaging, enjoying a run or running around. Mediterra serves up the nutrition your body craves, the gourmet taste you love, and the convenience your life demands.

Based on the foundation of the Mediterranean Diet, Mediterra bars contain whole grains, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and olive oil. Made with only natural ingredients, each and every bar was designed with a balanced offering of all natural, nutrient-rich non-GMO ingredients and are gluten-free. These delicious bars feature a low caloric profile to sustain activity, energy and promote good nutrition. All Mediterra bars are sourced responsibly with non GMO suppliers.

You can save even more when you shop Mediterra products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code NOV15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




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.