Breaking Down Supplements

Hey all!  Eric here with another installment for Renovo Fitness! Today, I want to look at a variety of supplements that could help you stay on track during this tough holiday season.

 As we all know, this time of year arrives complete with holiday parties, indulgent drinks and plenty of delicious foods. We encourage you to take part and enjoy yourselves, have a slice of pie, have that glass of wine, just remember your goals! One of the biggest elements to success in your health and wellness journey is being consistent. If you can consistently eat well and exercise regularly, then having one extra glass of wine or a little scoop of ice cream with dessert won’t derail you from your goals. On top of consistency, there are a few tricks you can use this season to stay on the healthier side of the holidays and avoid a belly like a bowl full of jelly!

One trick to try to satisfy a sweet tooth is to check out supplements that have a delicious flavor to them. A good place to start is a glass of water with BCAA’s (branch chain amino acids) with a fruit flavor added to it.  BCAA’s are the essential building blocks your body uses to help stimulate the building of protein in the muscles.  This can help prevent muscle breakdown and fatigue during or after a workout.  BCAA’s can be found naturally in foods like meat, legumes, and dairy but finding a flavored supplement that you like can be a good way to satisfy cravings. One of our favorite products is made by STAUNCH supplements. I personally use their BCAA’s because they not only have a small, simple ingredient list, meaning they don’t add a bunch of nonsense to their product, they also have amazing flavors that are sugar free! Their product also has added coconut water for a boost of hydration and with flavors like Peach Mango, White Grape, Pineapple, and Strawberry Coconut, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Another good option for getting around that sugar craving is to make hot cocoa using chocolate protein powder.  Depending on the brand you use, you could relax and enjoy some hot chocolate that’s delivering anywhere between 15 and 30 grams of protein.  Not too shabby!  If this is more your speed than the BCAA’s, I would still recommend heading over to STAUNCH and checking out their Hot Chokkie flavored protein. Packing 24 grams of protein per serving, zero fats, and only 1 gram of carbs, it’s a crazy delicious way to sip hot chocolate and still stay on track for your nutrition and fitness needs!  The people at STAUNCH really know their stuff, providing a small ingredient list again, and other flavors like Vanilla Ice Cream and Carmel von Mocha.

With these quick and easy options, you should be able to stay on track this holiday season. If you want to go a little fancier, send an email over to our trainer Liz and ask for one of her awesome recipes she’s been creating!  She’s got everything from no-bake Matcha Mint Bites to Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins!

Remember, whether you use these little tricks or not, consistency is key and finding fun little things to help along the way like tasty supplements or homemade health food makes this journey not only easier but a lot more enjoyable!

Happy Holidays!

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