This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NutritionFix. All opinions are 100% mine.
Lately I’ve had an itch to figure out how I can incorporate health and fitness as a bigger element in my blog. Or rather, to introduce it as an element in the first place. Sure, this is and always will be a healthy recipe blog, but my interest in clean, nutritious eating is directly related to my passion to live a fit and lifestyle. Throughout my 20′s, I’ve been exercising 4-6 times per week, and throughout the years I’ve been a half-marathoner, cardio class queen, wannabe heavy-lifter, and plenty of other things in between. Fitness is just as much a part of my life as healthy cooking. And yet, I have no creative outlet for sharing it. I know one thing: I don’t intend to turn this blog into a food and exercise log. I’m still contemplating ways in which I might share some healthy meal plans, sample workout routines, and fun happenings in the world of fit, so in the meantime, I was thrilled when Lisa from NutritionFix.com asked if I’d like to try out and share some of their products with you.
NutritionFix has everything to meet your fitness needs, from protein powders and traditional supplements, to beauty products and weightlifting accessories. They offer almost 200 kinds of protein bars, a variety wide enough for the power-lifting enthusiast and the casual exerciser seeking an all-natural, higher protein snack. I’d like to think I fall somewhere in the middle!
Clif Luna Cookie Dough Protein bars are a good fit for someone in my category. Offering 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, they make a satisfying, hunger-fighting snack or serve as fabulous pre-workout fuel. The bars contain 25% of the recommended daily value for calcium and have been fortified with folic acid, vitamin D, and iron, making them a smart choice for women’s health supplements. And because they are free of gluten and artificial sweeteners, I feel extra good about eating them.
NutritionFix has plenty of options for the endurance enthusiast, and the one I got to sample was Clif Shot Energy Gels in Razz Flavor. Back when I was running races, I would have known exactly what to do with this. Currently, my longest runs are about 3.5 miles, but not on a regular basis. I wasn’t about to lace up my sneaks for 5+ miles just to test out an energy gel (but wouldn’t that be cool if I didn’t even feel the extra mileage?) So I thought about other reasons why one might want to consume an abundance of electrolytes all at once. Do you know where I’m going with this? Can you think of another popular instance for consuming a sports-related product when the only endurance activity involved is… chugging?
Yes, I did it. And I made my husband do it with me. On the morning of Seis de Mayo (aka, the morning after El Dia de Margaritas), we each sucked down a Razz Clif Shot Energy Gel. And a week later, after splitting a bottle of wine and a martini, we each had one right before bed. Both times, we agreed they did the trick: preventing any trace of headache and lethargy and giving us an extra energy boost and feeling of clear-headedness to get through the day’s activities. (Note, we both still drank plenty of water to rehydrate, another important piece of the post-drinking routine.) And unlike other energy gels we’ve consumed in the past, we actually enjoyed the taste of this one, and the fact that it is comprised of 90% organic ingredients.
Thankyou, NutritionFix, for helping me to get my fitness-related writing fix, even if I went off on a little tangent!
What are your favorite products to boost your fit & healthy life?