Video: Erin Stern Fitness 360

Top Figure Athlete Erin Stern is the focus of’s newest Fitness 360 feature. The fit Floridian shares how she got her start in the world of competitive figure and what her approach is to diet and training. She’s been able to transition from track & field to Figure. She mixes up her training and her meal plans throughout the year.


When asked about her diet she shares, “It’s definitely not a diet.” Erin stresses the importance of making healthy eating a lifestyle. Many people say this catch phrase but she lives it. She talks about setting goals, supplementation and training in the video shown below. It’s important to know why you are eating what you are and Erin lives by the philosophy that “knowledge is power”.

See more on Erin Stern’s Fitness 360 Feature.

Food and Drug Administration Warns DMAA Potentially Dangerous

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued another story related to the use of dimethylamylamine (DMAA) in supplements. The FDA warned companies known to be using the ingredient that their products are illegal. The only company that did not stop using DMAA as an ingredient was USPLabs, which challenges the FDA’s findings.



The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using all available tools at its disposal to ensure that dietary supplements containing a stimulant called dimethylamylamine (DMAA) are no longer distributed and available for sale to consumers in the marketplace.

The ingredient, DMAA, is most commonly used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement; it can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine.

As of April 11, 2013, FDA had received 86 reports of illnesses and death associated with supplements containing DMAA. The majority are voluntary reports from consumers and healthcare practitioners. The illnesses reported include heart problems and nervous system or psychiatric disorders. Note, however, that a report is not proof that the product actually caused the problem.

FDA has warned companies known to be using DMAA in dietary supplements that those products containing this ingredient are illegal. Such warnings offer the quickest way at FDA’s disposal to halt the further distribution of dietary supplements containing DMAA in the marketplace. In fact, all but one of the companies sent a Warning Letter have agreed to stop using DMAA as an ingredient in their dietary supplements. The one company that has yet to agree to such action, USPLabs, has responded to FDA’s warning by submitting published studies that purport to challenge FDA’s conclusions.

However, after reviewing the studies provided by USPLabs, FDA has found the information insufficient to defend the use of DMAA as an ingredient in dietary supplements. FDA is finalizing a formal response to the firm to reflect its findings, according to Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., director of FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Program.

FDA’s authority over dietary supplements is very different from its authority over drugs and other medical products. FDA is required to undertake what are usually lengthy scientific and legal steps in order to force the removal of dietary supplements that may be unsafe or are otherwise illegal if companies don’t voluntarily comply.

As FDA continues the process needed to get DMAA off the market, the agency is urging consumers to check labels and avoid any dietary supplements containing DMAA, which is referred to on different product labels by 10 possible names. The alternatives are listed at FDA’s DMAA web page.

FDA’s response to the use of DMAA illustrates the challenges that the agency faces in addressing incidents involving potentially dangerous dietary supplements. The effort is increasingly important as the use of dietary supplements increases worldwide. A 2011 study found that more than half of U.S. adults used a dietary supplement between 2003 and 2006, compared to 40% between 1988 and 1994.

In recent years, FDA has alerted consumers to hundreds of tainted products marketed as dietary supplements. Consumers should be aware that dietary supplements are subject to different oversight than drugs and other medical products.

“Consumers may mistakenly look at a capsule and think that FDA has signed off on that product as safe and effective prior to that product appearing on the market, as we do with drugs and other medical products,” says Fabricant. “In contrast, with dietary supplements, there is no pre-market approval, and once a product is on the market, the burden is on the FDA to prove that a product is unsafe.”

FDA’s role in overseeing dietary supplements is laid out in a 1994 law and subsequent amendments. FDA’s enforcement capabilities range from issuing warning letters seeking voluntary cooperation—the quickest way to get a product off the market—to bringing criminal charges. In recent years, FDA enforcement actions involving dietary supplements have included banning products, executing injunctions, working with U.S. marshals to seize products, and issuing safety alerts and consent decrees—which are agreements approved and enforced by a federal court.

In many cases, FDA has acted when dietary supplements were found to contain ingredients approved for use in prescription drugs. DMAA was approved in 1948 for use as a nasal decongestant, but the approval was withdrawn in 1983.

The products cited in the warning letter to USPLabs are Oxy Elite Pro and Jack3D. These products claim, among other things, to be fat-burning and performance-enhancing supplements, respectively. While action in that case in pending, FDA is following up to ensure that other companies which promised to cease using DMAA as an ingredient in their dietary supplements are actually doing so. FDA is also looking to see if there are other dietary supplement products containing DMAA in the marketplace, and will continue to act to ensure that such products, when identified, are no longer distributed and available for sale to consumers.

Consumers are urged to report any problems associated with supplement use to the company or the agency, and to always consult with their health care professional before using a supplement.

This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

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Healthy Recipes for Protein Pizza

When you ask people what their favorite cheat meal is many will say, PIZZA! While a slice of pizza is a nice treat from time to time, it would be great if there was a healthy version. Thanks to Anna Sward of and you now have that option. Check out the recipes for a healthy version of pizza.


This pizza is great for those watching their carb intake. Topped with mozzarella, spinach, and an egg, it makes for an incredible Fiorentina low-carb pizza!


• 1 cup of Liquid Egg Whites
• 1/4 cup of Psyllium Husks
• 1/2 cup of Pea Protein Powder (or Brown Rice Protein Powder)
• Herbs to taste (Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley)
• Garlic Salt and Onion Granules to taste

1. Blend or whisk all of the above ingredients together until you get a kind of thick liquid or sticky dough.
2. Spray a non-stick pan with PAM or coconut oil and heat it on high heat. Once the pan is hot-hot-hot, (so it sizzles a bit), scoop the dough into it. Spread dough with a spoon until it’s in a flat, round shape.
3. Once dough cooks on one side, flip it and cook until done. Then, remove it from the pan and place it on a grill or baking tray.
4. Add your toppings to the crust. You can use whatever you’d like, depending on your macro-nutrient needs and taste.
5. Broil pizza for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese melts and the sides brown.

Visit for more the nutrition content of this recipe and other delicious recipes.

Colorado’s “Breakfast After the Bell” Bill

We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast can leave you tired, cranky and hungry. Colorado lawmakers are looking at a bill that would ensure schoolchildren get a healthy breakfast. According to Hunger Free Colorado, The bill known as the “Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program” offers an affordable solution to thousands of children who arrive at school hungry and in turn less prepared to learn.

VIA Hunger Free Colorado
Breakfast is critical to learning and health, and it’s the number-one needed school supply for students to succeed. Yet, many kids in Colorado arrive at school hungry, focused on their rumbling bellies instead of being ready to learn. Those experiencing hunger—estimated to be 22% of all children in Colorado—are more likely to exhibit behavioral, emotional and academic problems. Simply put, hungry kids cannot learn. Teachers, doctors and parents agree—hungry children lack focus and have difficulty performing well in school. School breakfast served after the bell can make such a difference for students of all ages, especially for those who may not when and where they’ll get their next meal. We can—and should—increase the availability and accessibility of school breakfast by expanding after-the-bell serving models like Breakfast in the Classroom into more Colorado schools.

Hunger Free Colorado and many other organizations strongly support HB-1006, sponsored by Reps. Dominick Moreno of Commerce City and Tony Exum of Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo. The bill would require Colorado schools with 70% or more students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals to offer a nutritious after-the-bell breakfast program, if they have at least 100 students in their school and 300 total in the district.

Read the bill in its entirety. HB-1006 offers an affordable solution to the hundreds of thousands of children who arrive at school hungry and less prepared to learn. It is a responsible and cost-effective way to set Colorado’s children up for academic success while staying healthy.

Learn more about HB-1006, why after-the-bell breakfast is needed, what this bill will do and how it works, as well as see the growing list of organizations in support of HB-1006.

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25 Deals to Celebrate 25 Years of The Arnold Classic

This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the Arnold Classic. In celebration of this monumental event the folks at are offering 25 awesome deals. Save nearly 50% of some of your favorite supplements, vitamins, clothing and more! What better way to celebrate an anniversary than by saving some money? Visit’s 25 Deals‘ page but hurry it won’t last long.


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Valentine’s Day Protein Chocolate Treat Recipes

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a healthier, protein version of chocolate treats. Try these homemade protein chocolates featured on  Recipes for Strawberry Protein-Filled Dark Chocolate Bites, Chocolate Protein-Filled Dark Chocolate Cups and Dark Chocolate and Oat Protein Truffles are available for you to try this lovey day.



Check out the recipes from Anna Sward and let us know how they turn out for you.

• 1/4 cup dried mulberries or dates
• 1/4 cup whey protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
•  1/4 cup water
• 1/8 cup oats (or casein)
• 1 tbsp coconut flour
• 3 squares (30 grams) 100% cocoa dark chocolate.

• Mix together mulberries, protein powder, water, oats, and coconut flour and roll into 8 balls.
• Melt chocolate.
• Dip each ball into melted chocolate until completely covered.
• Top each truffle with cocoa or coconut and put them in the freezer for 30 minutes.

When the chocolate hardens, you’re done! Share with your sweetheart.

Dark Chocolate and Oat Protein Truffles PDF (439 KB)

Nutrition Facts Serving Size (1) recipe makes 8
Amount per serving
Calories 45
Total Fat 1.3g
Total Carb 2.9g
Protein 4g

Frequently Asked Questions About A low-carb Diet

Dr. John Salerno says, “Hidden sugar, preservatives and highly processed white starch are what are really causing our health epidemic in the United States.” He shares some frequently asked questions about a low-carb diet. The author of “the Silver Cloud Diet” also shares,  “Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease are killing this country, and it’s not because people are eating too much organic natural fats.”

Colleague of Celebrity Dietician Shares FAQ on Low-Carb Diets
When Dr. John Salerno – a protégé of “Atkins Diet” creator Dr. Robert Atkins – testified before the U.S.D.A. about plans for its most recent Food Pyramid revision, he spoke his mind: The food industry is corrupt and has supported recommendations that do not support the population’s health.

“Hidden sugar, preservatives and highly processed white starch are what are really causing our health epidemic in the United States,” says Salerno, author of “The Silver Cloud Diet,” ( “Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease are killing this country, and it’s not because people are eating too much organic natural fats.”

Since the initial popularity of the Atkins food plan some years ago, however, there have been critics of the low-carbohydrate diet. The science was and is sound, says Dr. Salerno, who worked closely with Atkins on research. The problem was that the diet itself was not sustainable.

“The basic principles needed revision both to make the diet sustainable and to take into account the foods available today,” he says.

How does a low-carb diet work? Salerno answers the most frequently asked questions:

• How is a low-carb diet today different from the Dr. Atkins plan? Thirty years ago, the food supply was less degraded. Now, low-carb dieters have to be more proactive about selecting chemical-free foods that are not highly processed. There are many more farming techniques today that introduce unnatural elements into our meats and vegetables, and there are many, many more highly processed foods on store shelves. We need to be vigilant about preservatives and additives; hormone-infused meat can wreak havoc on a body.

• What’s the first step? The Fat Fast Detox quickly puts one’s body into fat-burning mode. Adhering to the carb-free diet for two weeks will have participants losing five to 15 pounds and two inches from the waistline. Breakfast, for example, could include two large organic eggs and a side of bacon, sausage or ham, which can be washed down with coffee or tea with cream and sweetener.

• What about eating out? Sustaining a low-carb diet is pretty simple when eating at restaurants. Take the burger out of the bread and skip the French fries. You’re good to go with grilled fish, roast chicken, pot roast, pork tenderloin, shrimp, scallops and pates.

• How can you eat on the run? A small amount of planning goes a long way. Boil eggs and keep them on hand for long car trips and office snacking. Add to that list jerky salmon, nuts and string cheese. These foods are dense with nutrients.

• Where can you find “clean” foods? Buy as “close to the ground” as possible, meaning choose organic produce, eggs and dairy. Inquire at farmer’s markets where they grow crops. Find a local provider for meats and fish if possible.

• Can you eat cake on a low-carb diet? As your health and vitality improves with lost weight and increased activity, you can introduce more carbohydrates into your diet.

• Are low-carb meals safe for family members who do not need to lose weight? What’s good for you – a broad and varied diet of unprocessed foods – is good for your family!

• When is the diet over? Eating foods that are healthy, unprocessed and natural is something you should never stop doing. However, if you feel you’re starting to gain excess weight, go on a detox regimen by cutting out carbs completely for one week.

• So, fat is good for you? Natural fat is the most nutrient-dense food there is. It lubricates your joints and helps your brain function at its best. It also keeps your hair shiny and helps prevent wrinkles. When you cut out processed carbs from your diet, you don’t need to worry about natural fat, which is an appetite suppressant.

About Dr. John Salerno
A board-certified family physician, Dr. John Salerno has been pioneering complementary medicine for more than 20 years. Best known for his Silver Cloud Diet nutrition program, anti-aging supplements, and natural therapies, Dr. Salerno has crafted original treatment plans to restore human health. His publications and professional studies have made him a popular expert on the physiology and assessment of many complex medical conditions. Dr. Salerno was a protégé and colleague of prestigious Dr. Robert Atkins and has worked with Hollywood actress/author Suzanne Somers (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy pioneer); actor Steven Cannell; and president of the International Congress of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Hiroyuki Abe M.D.



Celebrate National Pancake Day

Celebrate National Pancake Day (NPD) by making your own or stop by your nearest IHOP restaurant for a free stack. IHOP restaurants are offering a free stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7am to 10pm, for the eighth year. IHOP has raised over $10 million to support various charities since the beginning of NPD.

Are you craving pancakes but looking for a healthier version? Try one of our protein pancake recipes.


• 6 egg whites
• ½ cup oatmeal (uncooked)
• 1 scoop any flavor of Muscle Milk® or Muscle Milk® Light powder (Chocolate Milk, Strawberry Banana, Blueberries ‘N Crème, Cinnamon Bun, Cake Batter, Chocolate Peanut Butter, etc…)

• Mix all ingredients together
• Spray hot skillet with cooking spray
• Makes 2 pancakes

Optional: Top with sugar free syrup and sliced bananas


Mix in a bowl:
• 1 cup of chocolate Muscle Egg, Egg Whites
• 1 scoop of Gaspari Nutrition Chocolate Peanut Butter Myofusion protein or BSN Chocolate Syntha-6
• 1/2 cup of quick oats
Put into a non-stick pan and cook on stove top until done.

Top with sugar-free syrup, a little all natural peanut butter or eat plain.


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What’s the Deal with Deer Antler Supplements?

Our resident Health expert, Dr. Tracey Greenwood breaks down what the deal is with deer antler supplements. The “banned” supplement has become a hot topic since being mentioned in a Sports Illustrated story related to the NFL and Ray Lewis. It’s important to note that while it may be banned by the NFL it’s not an illegal supplement. Is it safe and what are the benefits for women? Read on…


Deer Antler Velvet

Deer Antler Velvet is taken from an adolescent deer before their antlers turn to bone. It comes in many supplemental forms such as spray, powder and pills.

The benefits of this new popular supplement for both men and women consist of:

• Increased strength & endurance
• Increased lean body mass
• Anti-Aging
• Reduce or Slow Signs of Aging
• Improve Immune System
• Accelerated Illness & Muscle Recovery
• Improve Athletic Performance
• Chronic Skin Ulcers
• Relieve Arthritis
• Increased Blood Circulation
• Increase Number of Red Blood Cells
• Reduce or Slow Tissue, Bone and Muscle Degeneration

The active ingredient in deer antler velvet is Insulin–like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 is similar in molecular structure to insulin. Its production is stimulated by growth hormone. Growth hormone is made in the anterior pituitary gland, is released into the blood stream, and then stimulates the liver to produce IGF-1. IGF-1 then stimulates systemic body growth, and has growth-promoting effects on almost every cell in the body, especially skeletal muscle, cartilage, bone, liver, kidneys, nerves, skin and lungs.

Metabolic Effects
Mediated through IGF-1, Growth Hormone facilitates the transport of amino acids across cell membrane, which results in increased amounts of RNA leading to increased protein synthesis producing an anabolic effect on skeletal muscle.

With regards to carbohydrate metabolism, IGF-1 acts much like insulin, and administration of IGF-1 tends towards a hypoglycemic state. IGF-1 is thought to be extremely important in the overall action of insulin on skeletal muscle because it moves glucose out of the blood and into the muscle to assist in growth. IGF-1 results in improved insulin sensitivity, which may be of benefit for someone with diseases that cause insulin resistance such as Diabetes and Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome.

IGF-1 may have some effects on lipolysis through facilitation of growth hormone. Growth hormone increases the phosphorylation of a hormone called Hormone Sensitive Lipase (HSL). HSL liberates stored fats and increases fat oxidation at rest as well as during exercise. Growth hormones is one of the greatest stimulators of fat metabolism.

Exclusive Benefits for Women
A possible added benefit of Deer Antler velvet for women is the speculation that it can balance hormones during menopause. Pantocrine, an active ingredient in deer antler velvet, is officially recommended for menopausal issues in Russia. Pantocrine has been found to alleviate menopausal symptoms as well as abnormal and delayed menstrual cycles. Pantocrine on its own may help women during menopause. Studies performed in Russia, showed that women taking deer velvet reported diminished symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, even to the point where their periods passed by almost unnoticed. They have also reported increased sexual interest, and a sense of being in touch with deeper reserves of vital energy, and anti aging effects in their skin.

It is always my belief that these “new” natural supplements need to be given time for extensive scientific research to prove the health claims to be valid.

Elliot, J.L. et al. Presence of insulin-like growth factor-I receptors and absence of growth hormone receptors in the antler tip. Endocrinology 1992 130: 2513-20.

Lewitt M. et al. Insulin-like Growth Factor-Binding Protein-1 Modulates Blood Glucose Levels. Endocrinology 1991 129: 2254-2256.

Sleivert, G. et al. The effects of deer antler velvet extract or powder supplementation on aerobic power, erythropoiesis, and muscular strength and endurance characteristics. Int. Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise, 2003 Sep; 13 (3): 251-65.

Suttie, J. et al. Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1) Antler Stimulating Hormone? Endocrinology 1985 116: 846-848.

Protein Powders Decoded

If you’ve ever bought a protein powder you’ve probably scratched your head at some point wondering, what the heck is that? When protein powder first hit the market there were few choices and fewer flavors. Now there are a million and one flavor profiles and various types of protein. Men’s Health recently compiled a list of various protein types and broke down what each means.

This should help you better understand what each protein is and how to read the labels. Visit for more information on what the best protein powder for you.

Whey: A type of protein in milk. Considered a “fast” protein because it’s quickly broken down into amino acids and absorbed into your bloodstream.

Casein: Another type of milk protein. Because this type is digested more slowly, it’s ideal for providing your body with smaller amounts of protein for a longer period or time—such as between meals or while you sleep.

Soy: If a soy protein is listed as the first or second ingredient, choose another product. Isoflavones, the active compounds in soy, have been shown to raise estrogen levels in men.

Concentrate: Contains slightly more carbohydrates and fat than purer forms, but also contains more health-promoting components. Can be clumpy.

Isolate: A purer form of protein, so it contains less fat and carbohydrate.

Hydrosylate, or hydrolyzed protein: Protein broken down into smaller fractions, so it’s absorbed into your body faster than a concentrate or isolate.

Micellar casein, or isolated casein peptides: Almost pure casein protein. Absorbs slowly into the bloodstream. Can be pricey.

Caseinate: A type of casein protein that is less expensive than micellar casein, but isn’t as pure of a protein.

Milk protein: An ingredient that mirrors milk’s protein composition—80 percent casein, 20 percent whey.

Egg-white protein, or instantized egg albumin: A high-quality protein made from eggs. Good for cooking.

Read more at Men’s Health.

Note, this was published on MEN’s HEALTH some info may not be applicable to women.


Frenchy’s Protein Crepes Recipe

One of our favorite hard body women, Swann Cardot aka Frenchy, has put together her favorite protein crepes recipe. Crepes originated in France and who better to share how to perfect a protein version than a fit female from France? That’s why we asked Swann to put on her chef hat and whip us up a batch of these bad boys.

A crepe is basically a very thing pancake. They’re often filled with a variety of fillings but it’s not necessary. Give this recipe a shot and let us know how they turn out for you.

Frenchy’s Protein Crepes Recipe

– 6 egg whites*
– 1 scoop of protein of your choice, I usually use a basic flavor like vanilla or peanut butter, but you can play around with different flavors or even mix them together.
– 1 cup of water
– Splenda (about 2 Tsp, depending on your taste for sweetness)
– Salt (just a dash)
– Cinnamon, nutmeg (optional)

Blend all the ingredients very well in a mixer.

Cook in a flat pan using PAM cooking spray, butter flavor.

As for topping, I suggest Walden Farms syrups, it’s 0 calories and tastes banging! For those who have less of a sweet taste like me, you can use Butter Spray.
*You can do the exact same thing replacing the egg whites with 1 cup of Muscle Egg.


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Gaspari Nutrition Announces New Look for 2013

Gaspari Nutrition is introducing a new branding and packaging design. Founder and CEO Rich Gaspari shared, “My brand has really come a long way over the years and continues to evolve, which is very exciting.” He went on to say, “I’m now ready to take it to the next level with an enthusiastic management team and an all new look for 2013.”


Gaspari Nutrition’s new look, set for completion in 2013

(PRWEB) January 15, 2013 – Gaspari Nutrition®, a globally distributed sport nutrition company, has formally announced they are introducing a new packaging design for their line of sports nutrition products.

Now it is easier than ever to distinguish Gaspari Nutrition products from other nutrition brands, as well as from each other. Keep an eye out for the revolutionary new look including white lids, the same blue bottle Gaspari Nutrition has been distinctively know for, and a stunning white label. The new labels showcase more information at the front of the packaging like suggested times to use, product benefits and nutritional highlights.

The first products which alluded to this change were launched in 2012. With the release of the new and highly anticipated Myofusion Elite Protein Series, it is now official that Gaspari Nutrition has a fresh look that is here to stay. Whether you come across their old or new packaging, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be getting the same great products that are critically acclaimed around the world. The next product to embrace this change will be Anavite. This sports nutrition favorite is a multivitamin and mineral formula that includes high doses of amino acids such as Carnipure Carnitine Tartrate and Carnosyn Beta-Alanine. It’s the same great formula only now with no artificial colors and a new look.

“My brand has really come a long way over the years and continues to evolve, which is very exciting” said CEO Rich Gaspari. “I’m now ready to take it to the next level with an enthusiastic management team and an all new look for 2013.”

Newer products such as Glycofuse, which is a revolutionary low osmolarity carbohydrate drink mix, already have this new look. The same goes for Aminolast, which is a properly dosed branched chain amino acid drink mix that utilizes Albion minerals as electrolytes for performance athletes. Rest assured that more established products undergoing this shift in packaging design will still have the same great Gaspari Nutrition signature formulations.

Gaspari Nutrition’s complete sports nutrition product portfolio is expected to complete their transition by the end of 2013. This new look represents Gaspari Nutrition’s continued commitment to quality control as the new designs have a cleaner and brighter appeal while supporting regulatory compliance around the world.

About Gaspari Nutrition®
Gaspari Nutrition is headquartered in Lakewood, NJ and is a rapidly expanding, healthy lifestyle sports company that develops and distributes a full line of nutritional supplements. Gaspari’s propriety and award winning products address all categories of an active lifestyle including muscle building, weight loss, and general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. They are one of the few companies to sponsor independent, 3rd party research on their products to prove their efficacy. Gaspari Nutrition is sold in over 95 countries and available in over 5,000 US retail outlets that include GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Kroger, Dick’s Sporting Goods as well as over 100 online stores, including, Amazon and

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Amplify Your Hardbody with Team Gaspari’s Detonate – How to WIN

We’ve teamed up with Gaspari Nutrition this week to offer you a chance to win FREE Detonate. Now you can get an extra kick to your New Year’s Resolutions with one of the leading fat burners on the market. What to amplify your hardbody? Check out the details below on how you can win.


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Every day this week you will have a different chance to win a free bottle of DETONATE. Check back each day on how you can win. We’ll post the winner’s for each day here on hardbody and how to enter the next day.

WEDNESDAY  // 01.09.13:  RT/LIKE the Let’s GO! Libby DiBiase photo on facebook and twitter.

TUESDAY // 01.08.13: Follow Hardbodynews & TeamGaspari on Twitter. Retweet today’s HARDBODY message and you could be the next winner. New to twitter? Sign up and send “hey @hardbodynews, I want to amplify my #HARDBODY with @TeamGaspari #detonate”

MONDAY // 01.07.13: Visit Gaspari Nutrition’s Facebook page and “LIKE” it. Once you’ve done that post on their wall the following…

I’m A HARDBODY and would like to win a bottle of DETONATE because __________.

Fill in the blank. One HARDBODY will receive a bottle of DETONATE.

Congratulations! Monday’s winner was Dominic Romero. Dominic wrote, I’m A HARDBODY and would like to win a bottle of DETONATE because I’m the perfect candidate to use it and give it a review. Currently 16 weeks out from a show and this will definitely speed up the cutting phase. When in doubt Go Gaspari!!!





What type of results can I expect from DETONATE?
From the first dose, you’ll notice a strong stimulant and sensory effect.* Our clinical studies have demonstrated support for weight loss and lean body mass recomposition over a four week period when following the directions correctly.*

Is the DETONATE formula based on real human clinical trials?
Yes, Detonate has two clinical trials to support its formulation and safety. Gaspari Nutrition is well known for its 3rd party clinical trials and many more are planned in the future to better serve you by providing accurate claims.

Can I stack DETONATE with other products?
Yes. DETONATE stacks well with BCAA products like AminoLast, Myofusion Probiotic Series, etc. It should not be taken with other products that contain stimulants such as caffeine.

How do I take DETONATE?
Take 1-2 capsules on an empty stomach before breakfast. Due to the potential potency, begin by taking 1 capsule before breakfast for the first three days and add 1 capsule before breakfast should the need arise. Please DO NOT USE THE PRODUCT FOR LONGER THAN 4 WEEKS FOLLOWED BY A 4 WEEK BREAK. Also, do not exceed more than 2 capsules in a 24 hour period. Detonate is a powerful product so please follow all directions and warnings carefully.

Directions For Detonate: As a dietary supplement, take 1-2 capsules on an empty stomach before breakfast. Due to the potential potency, begin by taking 1 capsule before breakfast for the first three days, and add 1 capsule before breakfast should the need arise. DO NOT USE PRODUCT FOR LONGER THAN 4 WEEKS FOLLOWED BY A SUBSEQUENT 4 WEEK BREAK. DO NOT EXCEED 2 CAPSULES IN ANY 24 HOUR PERIOD. READ THE PRODUCT WARNING BEFORE USE.

IMPORTANT: Consume at least 125 fl. oz. (3,696 mL) of water per day for men and 91 fl. oz. (2,691 mL) of water per day for women while taking this product. EXCEEDING THE RECOMMENDED SERVINGS, NOT FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS, OR NOT FOLLOWING THE WARNINGS MAY LEAD TO UNWANTED EFFECTS.

Warnings: This product is only intended to be consumed by healthy adults 18 years of age or older. Pregnant or nursing women should not use this product. Consult with your health care provider before using this product, especially if you are taking any prescription, over the counter medication, dietary supplement product or if you have any pre-existing medical condition including but not limited to: high or low blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke, heart, liver, kidney or thyroid disease, seizure disorder, psychiatric disease, diabetes, difficulty urinating due to prostate enlargement or if you are taking a MAO-B inhibitor or any other medication, including but not limited to MAOIs, SSRIs or any other compounds with serotonergic activity. This product contains caffeine and should not be taken by individuals wishing to eliminate this ingredient from their diet. Discontinue use 2 weeks prior to surgery. Do not use in combination with caffeine or any stimulants from other sources whatsoever, including but not limited to, coffee, tea, soda and other dietary supplements or medications. Do not combine with alcohol. Discontinue use and immediately consult your health care professional if you experience any adverse reaction to this product. Do not exceed recommended serving. Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing. This product may contain ingredients banned by certain organizations. User assumes all risks, liabilities or consequences respecting testing. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Please store in a cool dry place.

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Quick, Healthy, High Protein Snack/Meal

If you’re looking for a quick, simple, healthy, high protein snack/meal we have one for you. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a simpler way to get a small meal/snack in than this. It super simple and thanks to our friends at Chobani, it’s even easier with their conveniently packaged products. Check it out, give it a try and let us know how if you add/change anything to make it even better.


1 – 6oz cup of Chobani Plain Non-fat Greek Yogurt
1 – 1 scoop of protein powder
1 – handful of almonds

Empty the Chobani Greek Yogurt into a bowl. Don’t try adding the ingredients to the Chobani cup, there’s not enough room for the protein powder. We know because we made that mistake. 🙂 Add one scoop of your favorite protein powder to the box. We used Optimum Gold Standard Whey -Chocolate Malt this time but you can use whichever you like. Mix it until all the protein powder has been whipped into the yogurt. Then add your almonds (we prefer Blue Diamond almonds but again any brand will work) as many or as few as you like depending on your dietary needs. That’s it. Simple, right? Totally.

Nutrition Facts:*
Amount per serving

• Calories 305
• Total Fat 8.5g
• Total Carbs 12.5g
• Protein 45g

*(varies depending on protein and #almonds)


A look at the healthy snack, all mixed up.


Black Friday Supplement Deals

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, Cyber Weekend is upon us. Black Friday and Cyber Monday can offer large discounts on a variety of products. The folks at are offering a few Black Friday deals today. Check it out and you could save big on some of your favorite supplements.

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The Black Friday offer ends at midnight EST on November 24th. While supplies last. 2012 Supplement Awards Winners

During the 2012 Olympia weekend, presented the 2012 Supplement Awards to a select few. This annual contest recognizes the best supplements in the fitness and bodybuilding industry. The nominees were based on sales and customer votes. The 2012 awards brought in a record 2.4 millions votes. MusclePharm took home top honors as Brand, Pre-workout and Best Packaging of the Year awards. Optimum Nutrition and BSN were also big winners taking home multiple awards.


NEWS RELEASE:, the Internet’s most-visited bodybuilding and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, just announced the 8th annual 2012 Supplement Awards winners live at Joe Weider’s Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Supplement Awards have set the standard for recognition of the best products and brands in the fitness and supplement industry.

The original 70 nominations were based on sales, and since customers’ opinions are what truly count, let the general public vote from July 13 – August 31, 2012 to pick this year’s final winners. There were a record-breaking number of votes this year. Last year there were just over one million votes but this year we crushed that number with an impressing 2.4 million votes! The people have spoken loud and clear and has listened.

With much anticipation, the results are finally here.

2012 Supplement Awards: Winners List
• Brand of the Year: MusclePharm
• Supplement of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey
• Breakout Brand (Most Improved) Of The Year: BEAST Sports Nutrition
• New Supplement of the Year: Driven Sports Craze
• New Brand of the Year: Quest Nutrition
• Muscle Building Supplement of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey
• Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year: MusclePharm Assault
• Intra-Workout Supplement of the Year: Scivation Xtend
• Recovery Supplement of the Year: SciVation Xtend
• Protein Powder of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey
• Protein Bar of the Year: BSN Syntha-6 Decadence Bar
• Energy Supplement of the Year: BSN Nitrix
• Energy Drink of the Year: Optimum Essential AmiN.O. Energy
• Fat Loss Supplement of the Year: Cellucor Super HD
• Weight Gainer of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass
• Creatine Supplement of the Year: ProMera Sports Con-Cret
• Glutamine Supplement of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Glutamine 1000 Caps
• BCAA Supplement of the Year: BSN AMINOx
• Multivitamin of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men
• Joint Health Supplement of the Year: Universal Animal Flex
• RTD of the Year: Cytosport Muscle Milk RTD
• Tanning Product of the Year: Dream Tan Dream Tan
• Best Packaging of the Year: MusclePharm

See photos from the award presentation on



Amanda Latona’s Nutrition Plan to Staying Hardbody

Amanda Latona is currently one of the most published fitness models in the industry. She’s graced numerous magazine covers, been featured countless times and can be seen in a number of BSN ads. Amanda shares her nutrition philosophy with on how she keeps hardbody despite a demanding schedule. She says, “eat for fuel.” Sound Advice.

Amanda’s Nutrition Philosophy via
I started out in the fitness industry with just a pure passion and love of training.

Putting in so much hard work in the gym, it only made sense to get the most out of my training, so I would eat for fuel. That sums up my eating, really.

My nutrition philosophies are:
• Use food as fuel.
• Eat what God put on this earth. I eat whole foods, limit my sugar, and stay away from high-sodium processed foods.
• Eat balanced by using a variety of foods for their vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, etc. Be balanced by giving in to a cheat meal once in a while to keep from feeling totally deprived. Enjoy life and special occasions.
• Eat lots of protein, complex carbs, and lots and lots of veggies.
• Instead of having a full-out junk food binge, I listen to my body. If I really need chocolate, then I have it.

Check out the entire feature on to get her schedule and what she’s eating.

Hardbody Cooking: Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

If you haven’t tried making your own sweet potato fries, you are missing out. These might be the single most addicting healthy food you’ll ever make. Seriously, they are THAT good. We experimented with two different approaches this after noon and while both were great one was a bit better tasting. You can adapt the recipe below to suit your current nutrition needs but definitely give it a try, you’re only regret will be wishing you’d done it years ago.


• Preheat oven to 425 degrees
• Peel the skin off from the sweet potato. We used 2 medium sized but use as many as you like to cook at one time.
• Slice as large or small of pieces as you like. We sliced smaller, thinner and it made more so it felt like we’re getting more to eat. We all know how that goes when dieting.
• Cover a sheet pan with tin foil

We did two different versions with the oil/spray and you can modify this with your own preferred oil or none at all.

• Version 1 – we laid the potato slices out on the pan and sprayed with regular cooking spray.
• Version 2 – we put about 1 tablespoon of almond oil onto the pan and then put the slices on top of it.
• Sprinkle with cinnamon
• Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes and then flip/rearrange for another 30 minutes.

Some slices will get burnt and believe it or not, the burnt ones taste better. We’ll be leaving the fries in longer next time to crisp them up a bit more.  Let cool and enjoy. Your house will smell amazing as the cinnamon bakes. Version 2 with almond oil provided a much better taste. We used Spectrum Almond Oil.

Almond Oil, Refined
Almonds have long been hailed for their high content of monounsaturated fat. We coax out the almond’s oil by expeller pressing and gently refine it using natural methods to create a clean, fresh oil perfect for smoothing on skin, blending custom massage oils, or for high heat cooking in the kitchen.

A high heat cooking oil rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats with a pure, clean flavor.

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The only problem is we want to keep eating them! So you might want to make only a few at a time so you don’t over indulge in them. Check out our facebook page where some of our fans are sharing their favorite ways to make sweet potato fries. If you try this, let us know how it goes and any modifications you do.

Pizza & 7 Other Ways to Prepare Tuna

Tuna is loaded with protein but can get a bit boring to eat day in and day out. has assembled 8 ways to prepare your tuna and overcome Tuna boredom. There’s some interesting recipes listed and a helpful print out for each.

Tuna Pizza Recipe

If you’re a pizza fanatic but don’t like what it does to your waistline, this is a much healthier alternative. Not only is this pizza lower in carbohydrates, but it’s packed with nutrition from fresh veggies to protein and slow-digesting carbs.

• 1 small whole wheat soft tortilla
• 2 tbsp pizza sauce
• 1 can of tuna
• Sliced mushrooms, onions, red peppers
• Sprinkling of low-fat, grated mozzarella cheese
• pices to taste: salt, black pepper, oregano, basil, fresh garlic or garlic powder

Smear the pizza sauce over the soft tortilla and then spread the tuna evenly over top. Next, add the sliced vegetables over the pizza, throw on the spices you like, and then sprinkle the cheese on top.

Place in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for about 6-8 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the tortilla looks crispy.

Check out all the recipes on



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Decoding What’s in Your Food with Fooducate

Every year since the mid 1990s, an increasing number of farmers have adopted the use of GM (genetically modified) plants. With the world population currently topping 6 billion people and predictions that that figure will double in 50 years, some think GMO (genetically modified organisms) are the answer to ensuring an adequate food supply. But are they safe? The hosts of the Emmy Award-winning syndicated daytime talk show THE DOCTORS address the controversy surrounding GMOS (genetically modified organisms) on Friday, April 20 (check your local listings).

What are GMOs?
As it relates to agriculture, GMO technology is an FDA-approved, patent-protected process that creates food crops that are resistant to commercial herbicides, are able to produce pesticidal proteins from within the plant, or they do both. In the United States, more than 90% of all corn, soybean and canola oil come from GM corn, soybean and rapeseed plants, meaning that all products using those oils have GM ingredients.

The FDA has approved the GMO process, but the scary thing is that the long-term effects of consumption are unknown, AND farmers and manufacturers are not required to label GM foods.

What do THE DOCTORS recommend?
THE DOCTORS suggests buying organic produce whenever possible. Use the PLU sticker as a guide—a five-digit code beginning with “9” is organically grown, while a four-digit code starting with “4” is a conventional, or potentially a GM product.

For packaged foods, check out an app called Fooducate, which scans barcodes and provides an overall “grade” for a particular food. It also provides product highlights (good and bad) as well as a comparison to similar items, equipping the consumer with enough information to make a decision on his/her own.

All information provided by MPRM Communications

Hardbody Chocolate Protein Pancakes

We decided to do a little experimenting with a couple simple healthy ingredients. This Hardbody kitchen experiment turned out to be pretty tasty. Give it a try and see how you like it.

Mix in a bowl –
• 1 cup of chocolate Muscle Egg, Egg Whites
• 1 scoop of Gaspari Nutrition Chocolate Peanut butter Myofusion protein
• 1/2 cup of quick oats
Put into a non-stick pan and cook on stove top until done.

Top with sugar-free syrup, a  little all natural peanut butter or eat plain.

Sugar Fueling Obesity?

Should sugar be controlled like alcohol and tobacco? A team of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco believe that sugar is fueling global obesity and it will require more than simple education and awareness to make a change.



Sugar, they argue, is far from just “empty calories” that make people fat.  At the levels consumed by most Americans, sugar changes metabolism, raises blood pressure, critically alters the signaling of hormones and causes significant damage to the liver – the least understood of sugar’s damages. These health hazards largely mirror the effects of drinking too much alcohol, which they point out in their commentary is the distillation of sugar.


February, 1, 2012


Sugar should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health, according to a team of UCSF researchers, who maintain in a new report that sugar is fueling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually worldwide from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Non-communicable diseases now pose a greater health burden worldwide than infectious diseases, according to the United Nations. In the United States, 75 percent of health care dollars are spent treating these diseases and their associated disabilities.

In the Feb. 2 issue of Nature, Robert Lustig, MD, Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH, and Claire Brindis, DPH, colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), argue that sugar’s potential for abuse, coupled with its toxicity and pervasiveness in the Western diet make it a primary culprit of this worldwide health crisis.

This partnership of scientists trained in endocrinology, sociology and public health took a new look at the accumulating scientific evidence on sugar. Such interdisciplinary liaisons underscore the power of academic health sciences institutions like UCSF.

Sugar, they argue, is far from just “empty calories” that make people fat.  At the levels consumed by most Americans, sugar changes metabolism, raises blood pressure, critically alters the signaling of hormones and causes significant damage to the liver – the least understood of sugar’s damages. These health hazards largely mirror the effects of drinking too much alcohol, which they point out in their commentary is the distillation of sugar.

Worldwide consumption of sugar has tripled during the past 50 years and is viewed as a key cause of the obesity epidemic.  But obesity, Lustig, Schmidt and Brindis argue, may just be a marker for the damage caused by the toxic effects of too much sugar.  This would help explain why 40 percent of people with metabolic syndrome—the key metabolic changes that lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer—are not clinically obese.

“As long as the public thinks that sugar is just ‘empty calories,’ we have no chance in solving this,” said Lustig, a professor of pediatrics, in the division of endocrinology at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF.

“There are good calories and bad calories, just as there are good fats and bad fats, good amino acids and bad amino acids, good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates,”  Lustig said. “But sugar is toxic beyond its calories.”

Limiting the consumption of sugar has challenges beyond educating people about its potential toxicity. “We recognize that there are cultural and celebratory aspects of sugar,” said Brindis, director of UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “Changing these patterns is very complicated”

According to Brindis, effective interventions can’t rely solely on individual change, but instead on environmental and community-wide solutions, similar to what has occurred with alcohol and tobacco, that increase the likelihood of success.

The authors argue for society to shift away from high sugar consumption, the public must be better informed about the emerging science on sugar.

“There is an enormous gap between what we know from science and what we practice in reality,” said Schmidt, professor of health policy at UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) and co-chair of UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s (CTSI) Community Engagement and Health Policy Program, which focuses on alcohol and addiction research.

“In order to move the health needle, this issue needs to be recognized as a fundamental concern at the global level,” she said.

The paper was made possible with funding from UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, UCSF’s National Institutes of Health-funded program that helps accelerate clinical and translational research through interdisciplinary, interprofessional and transdisciplinary work.

Many of the interventions that have reduced alcohol and tobacco consumption can be models for addressing the sugar problem, such as levying special sales taxes, controlling access, and tightening licensing requirements on vending machines and snack bars that sell high sugar products in schools and workplaces.

“We’re not talking prohibition,” Schmidt said. “We’re not advocating a major imposition of the government into people’s lives. We’re talking about gentle ways to make sugar consumption slightly less convenient, thereby moving people away from the concentrated dose. What we want is to actually increase people’s choices by making foods that aren’t loaded with sugar comparatively easier and cheaper to get.”

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. For further information, please visit

The Girls Supplement Guide shares the 15 best supplements that can help you burn fat and get lean muscle. The list, compiled by Jim Stoppani, shares what the supplement is, what it does and how to take it.

Supplements can aid you in many areas when combined with a sound nutrition program and regular exercise. As puts it, “Add these 15 critical elements to your diet, and you’ll supercharge your lean muscle gains, accelerate fat loss and improve your overall health.”


WHAT IT IS: Two essential omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

WHAT IT DOES: What doesn’t fish oil do? It reduces may help support overall health, and, a biggie, it also has been found to turn on genes that stimulate fat burning.

HOW TO TAKE IT: Take 2g of fish oil three times daily, with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Get the complete list here.

Detroit Tops in Healthy Airport Restaurants

A report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) revealed that many airport restaurants are adding healthier options to their menus. A group of PCRM dieticians reviewed the food served at some of the busiest airports in the United States and scored their findings. According to their report, the average score in 2001 was 57 percent. That number has risen to 83 percent, which is encouraging news to travelers.

healthy airport food


The score was was determined by dividing the number of restaurants offering at least one healthful option by the total number of restaurants. Airports that do not serve entrées, such as snack food kiosks and small coffee shops, were not included in the review. A restaurant was rated as “healthful” if it served at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol free breakfast, lunch, or dinner entrée.

WINNER: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport received a score of 100 percent and topped the list for the third year in a row. The report states, “Despite the variety of healthful options at many airports, high-fat, high-cholesterol foods are still abundant. Terminals at Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta are clogged with eateries serving hot dogs, fried chicken, and pizza. Many restaurants at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport offer only burgers or other greasy bar food.”

Detailed Review
Following is a summary of what PCRM nutrition experts found at each airport, ranked from best to worst:

1. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport – 100%

Healthful Restaurants – 59
Total Restaurants – 59

Detroit tops the list for the third year in a row. It’s the only airport in the history of PCRM’s report to receive a perfect score—twice. Every restaurant at the airport offers at least one healthful entrée, such as a veggie burrito (hold the cheese) at Diego’s Mexican Cantina, the black bean burger at Slapshotz, and the hummus and veggie platter at the Heineken Bar.

2. San Francisco International Airport – 96%

Healthful Restaurants – 65
Total Restaurants – 68

San Francisco lags slightly behind Detroit in second place for the third year. But its score continues to ascend—up from 95 percent last year. Hungry travelers can enjoy the organic smoky split pea soup with a hummus and veggie wrap at the San Francisco Soup Company or a beet salad, tofu wrap, quinoa bowl, or udon noodles at Plant Café and Pinkberry.

3. Washington Dulles International Airport – 92%
Healthful Restaurants – 35
Total Restaurants – 38

Dulles was last year’s most improved airport. It gains just three points this year and climbs from fourth to third place. Options for health-conscious passengers include the grilled veggie sandwich (hold the cheese) at Harry’s Tap Room and pasta with marinara sauce at Famous Famiglia.

4. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport – 86%
Healthful Restaurants – 57
Total Restaurants – 66

Minneapolis gained a point this year, moving up from sixth place last year. Diners seeking cholesterol-free meals can enjoy the organic oatmeal (ordered with soymilk) or the roasted beet and pear salad (hold the cheese) at French Meadow Bakery and Café or the smoked tofu burrito or wrap with Cajun, Thai, or teriyaki flavors at 360 Gourmet.

5. (tie) Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – 83%

Healthful Restaurants – 82
Total Restaurants – 99

DFW drops a point from last year, but moves up to fifth place. Health-conscious travelers can find healthful options, including the poblano, potato, and zucchini taco (hold the cheese) at Urban Taco and the falafel wrap or three-bean chili at Ufood Grill.

5. (tie) Las Vegas McCarran International Airport – 83%
Healthful Restaurants – 48
Total Restaurants – 58

Las Vegas continues its impressive climb, gaining six points and moving from 11th to fifth place. In 2010, it gained 11 points and moved up from its 2009 position in last place. A smoked tofu burrito is available at 360 Gourmet and a vegan wrap with hummus is available at more than 10 of the restaurants operated by the HMSHost, including Bar One, Home Turf
Sports Bar, and Wipeout Willy’s.

6. (tie) Denver International Airport – 82%
Healthful Restaurants – 46
Total Restaurants – 56

It was a turbulent year for Denver, which dropped six points—after a gain of eight points last year. Filling, low-fat choices include the veggie burger at the Boulder Beer Tap House, the portobello mushroom sandwich (ask for no cheese) at the Colorado Sports Bar, and the Colorado Sunshine Wrap or the tofu wrap at Itza Wrap! Itza Bowl!

6. (tie) Miami International Airport – 82%

Healthful Restaurants – 60
Total Restaurants – 73

Miami International Airport gained a point from last year, moving from eighth place to sixth place. Visitors can try the hummus platter at Beaudevin and the Unique veggie burger or the Asian veggie salad bowl at The Counter.

7. (tie) Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport – 81%

Healthful Restaurants – 46
Total Restaurants – 57

Phoenix gains a point, making a slight recovery from last year’s seven point drop. Just 46 of the airport’s 57 restaurants offer a healthful, cholesterol-free entrée. Low-fat meals include the chopped Mediterranean salad, hummus appetizer, and bruschetta (hold the cheese on each) at Barfly and the veggie rice bowl or burrito (hold the cheese on both) at Blue Burrito.

7. (tie) Charlotte Douglas International Airport – 81%
Healthful Restaurants – 39
Total Restaurants – 48

Charlotte is this year’s most improved airport. It made a huge jump from 12th place last year with a score of 72 percent. The airport still has room for improvement, but many of its eateries do offer a healthful, cholesterol-free meal option. Health-conscious passengers can choose the veggie burger at Stock Car Café and the portobello mushroom and red pepper sandwich (hold the cheese) at the Carolina Beer Co.

8. Orlando International Airport – 80%

Healthful Restaurants – 33
Total Restaurants – 41

Orlando maintains its 2010 score of 80 percent, but still climbs from ninth to eighth place. Hungry travelers seeking heart healthy fare should try the vegetarian lentil chili at McCoy’s Bar and Grill or the vegetarian sandwich at ZaZa’s Cuban Café.

9. (tie) Los Angeles International Airport – 76%
Healthful Restaurants – 42
Total Restaurants – 55

This celebrity hotspot drops from eighth to ninth place this year, losing five points from last year’s score. Healthful highlights include the Vegetarian Works pizza (hold the cheese) at Malibu Al’s, vegetable sushi rolls at Sushi Boy, and the roasted pepper and eggplant sandwich at Brioche Dorée.

9. (tie) Baltimore/Washington International Airport – 76%
Healthful Restaurants – 31
Total Restaurants – 41

BWI declined slightly from last year’s score of 79 percent. Thirty-one of the airport’s 41 eateries now offer low-fat, cholesterol-free entrées. The Silver Diner remains the best bet for savvy travelers. It offers a portobello vegetarian stir-fry with tofu, veggies, and wheat noodles in teriyaki sauce, as well as a summer salad and a veggie chili with kidney beans, mushrooms, carrots, and squash.

10. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – 75%
Healthful Restaurants – 27
Total Restaurants – 36

This airport made the second biggest gain this year—eight points—helping it move out of its last place position in 2010. Hungry passengers should search for meals such as the Asian peanut-tofu wrap at Hudson Aero Mart and Hudson Euro Café or the balsamic garden panini with squash and zucchini (request no cheese) at National Airport Grill. Many other eateries only offer burgers and other greasy bar food.

11. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – 71%

Healthful Restaurants – 64
Total Restaurants – 90

Atlanta’s airport—the world’s busiest—fell to last place this year. Terminals are clogged with restaurants serving hot dogs, fried chicken, and pizza. But travelers looking for healthful meals can find a few choices, including spicy tofu made with vegetarian broth at Asian Chao, burritos or tacos with black beans, pinto beans, or tofu crumbles and grilled veggies (hold the cheese) at Moe’s Southwest Grill, or Bistro Del Sol’s Mediterranean Trio: hummus, tabouli, and stuffed grape leaves.


All information for this story from PCRM Airport Food Review 2011.

Hardbody Game Plan: Fit Meal Planner & Shopping List

One key element to a building a hardbody is having a game plan. That includes not only your workouts but also your meal plans. has provided an easy-to-follow weekly meal plan that includes a shopping list and a stress-free cooking plan. If you take the time to plan your meals and cook your food in advance,  you’ll never be left hungry and straying from your hardbody goals.

This detailed shopping list simplifies what you will need at the grocery store. made it even easier by having a PDF download, print and take to the store. If you are preparing for a physique competition will likely need more than what’s listed but this will help serve as a solid blue print.


Fit Meal Planner Shopping List:
• 1 lb brown rice or quinoa or buy a bit of both!
• 8 oz container of old-fashioned oats
• 3 lbs of lean ground turkey (try for 85-90% lean)
• 1 flank steak (1lb can be divided into 2 servings; 2lbs makes 4 servings)
• 1 dozen eggs
• 1 avocado
• 1 large package fresh spinach salad mix fresh veggies
• 2 bell peppers
• 1 head of broccoli (or 1 package pre-chopped, fresh broccoli)
• 1 bunch asparagus
• 1 pack pre-cut and washed mushrooms (or 1 lb fresh mushrooms-but then you have to cut them yourself)
• 1 pack celery
• 1 package fresh pre-cut stir-fry veggies (or build your own by buying onion, Chinese cabbage, shredded carrots, broccoli, snow peas, and water chestnuts)


Visit to get detailed recipes that explain how to cook five individual-serving-size dinners. You’ll also be able to pack extra food to stay fueled throughout the day. When you create a hardbody game plan you’ll make living a healthy lifestyle easier.

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Healthy Eating Simplified: Five Fit Meals Anyone Can Make

Our friends at have been sharing great content all year and sometimes we all need to go back to the basics. A healthy eating plan doesn’t need to be complicated and this article on breaks down five meals anyone can make to help stay fit.

Key Meal Elements:
• Include protein to keep you feeling satisfied and safeguarded against muscle loss.
• Include moderate dose of carbohydrates to supply slow-burning energy.
• Healthy fats to round-out a meal plan to keep hunger levels under control.

The biggest take away from this article… HAVE A PLAN. Read the complete article here.

Hardbody Breakfast of Champions

Welcome to one of our new features here on One of the questions we get asked as well as the women in various competitions are asked is what do you eat? Well, now you will get  chance to find out what the Champions are eating for breakfast.

Our first featured Hardbody Breakfast of Champions comes from IFBB Figure Pro Teresa Anthony. Teresa has won back to back shows and a large part of her success comes from her diet and nutrition. She shared not only her breakfast from her competition/contest prep but also when she’s in her off-season. Note that it doesn’t get crazy or change drastically and she also mixes it up on the weekends to give her a bit of a break from the monotony of eating clean.


Teresa Anthony’s Breakfast of Champions
Competition Season:
4 egg whites
1/4 cup of Oatmeal or Cream of Rice (usually switch it up)

Off Season (weekdays):
5 egg whites, 1 yolk
1/2 cup of Oats or 1/3 Cup Grits
1/4 cup of blueberries

Off season (Weekends)
4 egg whites, 1 yolks
Protein Pancakes – Want to know the recipe?
1/4 cup of strawberries

Follow Teresa on Twitter to stay updated with her contest plans, sports commentary and more. @FitTeresaNicole.


Healthy Homemade Croutons from Gina Aliotti

Gina Aliotti has a healthy tip on how you can make your own croutons for your salads. I admit, I’m intrigued and will have to give it a try. Check it out and if you decide to make these let us know how it goes.

We all love croutons and the added crunch and flavor they give to our salads but watch out they can be deadly. Store bought croutons are typically processed white bread made with cheap unhealthy oils and other unwanted ingredients. Make your own croutons to get that added crunch without the added fat and calories. Making your own croutons is really simply and allows you to enjoy that little crunch with every bite! Try my Herbed Croutons and give your salad a healthy guilt free crunch!

Herbed Croutons
• 3 slices multi-grain bread (I typically use Ezekiel Bread)
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 tablespoon dried basil
• 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
• 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
• pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice bread into cubes. Place cubes in mixing bowl and add olive oil and herbs, generously tossing to coat all cubes with oil. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. At about 5 minutes gently move around cubes and allow to continue cooking. Then turn on the broiler** for about a minute and allow them to get nice and crispy.

** When on broil, watch closely as these get crisp really fast!

Gina Aliotti
Nutrition, Fitness & Lifestyle Consultant

Video: Kristal Richardsons Tips on How to Lose Fat & Gain Muscle

IFBB Figure Pro and TightCurves spokesmodel, Kristal Richardson shares her video tips on how to lose fat and gain muscle. It might be elementary to some of you however we have a number of new visitors every day who ask this very question.

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Disclaimer: Reader discretion advised, please consult your physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.