WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS | EPISODE 1 - CARBOHYDRATES

Actual Whole Foods Market tour, discussing how to shop for weight loss & optimum health. Learn exactly which foods and grocery products are best when on a weight loss diet. This is episode 1 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market. This episode focuses on healthy carbohydrates, in the Danbury CT store. Grains, fruit, and vegetables can all work well for losing weight, but there are advantages & disadvantages to some over others. We break it down for you!

BANANAS VS. CHIPS

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People often ask if bananas make you fat. Let's be real...no one ever got fat from eating fruit! Too many calories make us fat, especially when they're highly processed foods. Eating clean will allow your body to feel great & perform at it's best. Not only that, your will increase your body's ability to burn fat! So opt for the banana over the chips any day of the week, ok?! 1-2 servings of fruit per meal or snack is ideal. So 10 bananas is not a great idea...but still better than the whole bag of chips/fries/oreos (insert favorite sweet/salty treat here). Berries are best for weight loss & fat loss, because they're higher & lower in sugar than most other fruits. Apples & pears are also a solid pick.

 

Are Grains Bad?

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Are grains bad? Are some "better" than others? They're more or less the same, when it comes to their carbohydrate load on the body. It's dose dependent. Meaning, how much you eat at one time, determines how they will affect your blood sugars. When we eat any carbs, it will cause an insulin response. That means sugar, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, honey. That's why we always recommend a no added sugar, low starch diet. It's naturally anti-inflammatory & will allow your body to burn fat as fuel, vs having to burn the sugar out of the system first. Also, consuming too many carbohydrates leads to insulin spikes, fat storage, diabetes, increases cardiovascular risks as well. If you really want to have grains, then you may have a serving at a time. But, you don't need them & you'd be better off getting your healthy carbohydrates from fruits, yogurt, and veggies.

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non starchy veggies

Non starchy veggies, like leafy green, cucumbers, green/yellow squash, celery, bok choy, asparagus, broccoli & cauliflower are amazing for weight loss AND health! You see, they're made up of mostly water & fiber, so they will fill you up & equate to a nearly zero calorie food. That means that you can load up on these veggies in unlimited amounts, to keep you full, nourished & add volume to your meals, without adding calories. Other veggies are great too, however these non-starch veggies are net zero calories, and so they will help keep your nutrition up, while keeping your calorie consumption low. Below is a list of carbs in vegetables:

healthy carbs in veggies list

what to eat instead of grains?

If you do some more research, you will find that grains are not necessary to consume at all. That doesn't mean you don't have to forgo them completely. We just challenge you to swap them out with wholesome starchy veggies instead. They are much easier on the digestive system, won't spike your blood sugars as much & have many of the touted benefits that you would find in grains...but they're a much cleaner carb source & will aid in fat loss! Focus on sweet potatoes, winter squashes, carrots, peas, and beets for your starchy veggies, but still be sure to limit them to one serving per meal. The rest of your plate should be filled with non starchy veggies, protein & a healthy fat source. Stay tuned for the next episode in this 5 part series...

We hope you found these weight loss tips helpful! What other questions do you have about carbohydrates? 

If you're serious about finally losing weight & getting your health back, contact us today to learn more about how we can create a customized meal plan for you. Many people think they can out train a bad diet. That won't work. We will create a meal plan that super simple, will get you instant results, and will allow you to keep the weight off for good!

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~ Max

3 KILLER GLUTES EXERCISES WITH BANDS

Blast your glutes with these 3 highly effective band exercises. If you want to tone & lift your booty, then definitely check out these mini band moves. Add them into your glute workouts today. Your gluteus maximus will thank you!

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3 Best Glute Exercises With Bands

  1. Thick Band Plyo Squats - Use one thick band or double up with thinner ones. Place miniband just above the knees, perform plyo squats or go without the jump if that's too much impact.
  2. Miniband Runner - Use a lighter resistance & loop band under/over your feet. Keep your feet flexed straight forward, as you run in place. If you get tired, continue marching it out.
  3. Resistance Band Plank Jacks - Use medium bands for this booty abs blaster. Place it just above the knee, just like the plyo squats exercise. Get into plank position & work the legs in & out, like a jumping jack. This one move will burn fat, strengthen your core, tone your inner thighs & lift your booty.

Try doing 10-30 reps of each move, or 30-60 seconds each in circuits. You will be feeling the burn right away with these 3 moves! We incorporate these & dozens more in our Max's Best Bootcamp group training sessions. If you're in the Danbury CT are, come join us for a complimentary session.💪

Which of these 3 glute lifters were your favorite? Want to see more quick exercise tips like this? We'd love your feedback!

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day,

~ Max

HEALTHY PIZZA RECIPE WITH ALMOND FLOUR CRUST

Ok, you're trying to eat clean, but you REALLY want some pizza. Great news...this pizza recipe is healthy & totally approved! Just don't eat ten of them 😂🍕

This healthy pizza recipe includes 2 ways to top it & features a gluten free, grain free almond flour crust. The first version is a classic style & the second is a white pizza with chicken & pesto. Both absolutely delicious & will satisfy your desires to cheat on your diet, without actually cheating!

ALMOND FLOUR PIZZ CRUST

  • 2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Whole Eggs (beaten)
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)

Mix together until just combined. Form 2 personal pizzas or one larger one. Place on parchment lined baking sheet, or pizza stone if you have it. Bake on 350 for 10-15 minutes, until slightly golden brown. Take out of the oven, ad your favorite toppings, then place back in the oven until cheese is melted. Mange!

What are your favorite toppings? Do you want to see more recipes like this, or have ideas for future posts? We love your feedback, so please feel free to drop any comments or questions below in the comment section.

These are delicious, BUT if you eat to many & need to burn off those extra calories fast, come join us for a complimentary bootcamp session! Want more info, on how we can create a customized fitness plan, that will have you lean, toned & feeling your best? Contact us today!

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day!

~ Max

 

GREATEST PROTEIN MUFFINS EVER

Best tasting protein muffins ever. In this video, you'll learn exactly how to make this vanilla protein muffin recipe & 6 healthy frosting options! High protein muffins that are gluten free, grain free, sugar free, and low carb. 

Vanilla Protein Muffin Base:

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Max's Best Bootcamp Protein Powder (or your favorite brand)
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Organic Stevia Powder (optional)
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • 2 Whole Large Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet ingredients in another. Then combine wet into the dry until just combined. Don't stir the heck out of it, or your muffins will be flat & firm, instead of fluffy like ours shown in the video. Place in muffin tins or molds & bake on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Makes 6 muffins.

Healthy Frosting Recipes:

Purple Frosting

  • 1 Cup Purple Sweet Potato (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 2 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)

Pink Frosting

  • 1 Cup White Sweet Potato (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Raspberries
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 2 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)
Max's Best Bootcamp Protein Muffins Recipe

Orange Frosting

  • 1 Cup Orange Sweet Potato (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Mango
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 2 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)

Green Frosting

  • 1 Cup White Sweet Potato (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Kiwi
  • 1/4 Cup Frozen Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 2 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 Cup White Sweet Potato (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries or Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 2 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)

You & your whole family will absolutely love these! Which flavor frosting will you try first? If you eat too many of these, we may know a place you can burn those calories fast. 😉🔥  

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~ Max

4 EXERCISES THAT WILL BLAST YOUR LOVE HANDLES

Blast your love handles with these 4 kettlebell exercises! In this tutorial video, you will learn exactly how to perform each love handle exercise properly. Technically know as our obliques, or side abdominals. The great thing about these kettlebell side abs moves, is that they will also strengthen your entire core. Try incorporating them into your love handle workouts in a circuit for 30-60 seconds each, or 10-20 reps each.

1. KB Strikers - Start with your feet shoulder width apart. Circle the kettlebell around your waist, then raise it up, catching the bell in one hand, while driving your opposite elbow parallel to shoulder hight. Repeat.

2. KB Side Plank + Thrust - Get into a side plank position. Place KB on you hip & hold it there, while thrusting down & up.

3. 1-Arm KB Swings - Just like the common 2 handed swing, but this variation will challenge your core in a whole new way. High fat burning too!

4. KB Everest Climbers - Start in a plank position, with your hands on the KB. Performing everest or mountain climbers like this creates instability. This simple grip change will force your side abs to engage more, than you standard climbers.

Incorporate these 4 moves consistently into your ab routines, and you can kiss those love handles goodbye! Of course, the only way to truly get rid of them for good, is to combine a proper fat burning exercise program & clean eating. Seems complicated right? Let us take the guesswork out for you & create a customized plan that will get you results fast. Contact us today!

Which of these oblique exercises was new to you? Which ones did we leave out that you do? Let us know if you'd like to see more of these type of tutorials & as always, have an awesome day!

~ Max

10 MINUTE PARTNER WORKOUT WITH CARDIO ABS EXERCISES

Fat burning partner workout. 9 moves. No equipment. 10 minutes of non-stop partner exercises that are easy to follow & highly effective for fat loss! Cardio and abs partner workouts are the best. Grab a buddy & enjoy this routine anywhere anytime!

Here's the list of partner exercises in this video:

1. 4 x 1 Toe Tap/Drop
2. Walkout Fives
3. Toe Tap/Reverse Lunges (R/L) 
4. Superhero Planks
5. Targets (A/B) 
6. Plank Toe Taps
7. Crossback + Knee Drive (R/L) 
8. Crab Toe Touch
9. Hi-Low Fives 

Follow along this no equipment partner workout with Max & Jess. This whole routine, as shown, is 10 minutes long. Feel free to perform 1-4 rounds total. If you're doing multiple rounds, take 1 minute breaks in between each round. We include these partner exercises & so many more to get awesome results for our members. Come join us for a fat melting group training session, so that we can get create a custom fitness plan that will accelerate your results fast...simply click the TRY FREE button below to apply for your complimentary session today!

Which were your favorites drills? Do you have any exercises that we missed, that you do with your buddy? Leave your ideas & questions in the comment section. 

Thanks for watching & have an awesome day!

~ Max

3 SLIMMING INNER THIGH EXERCISES WITH KETTLEBELLS

3 super simple inner thigh exercises, using 1 kettlebell. Learn exactly how to perform these slimming kettlebell exercises for inner thighs, in this live streaming tutorial video. If you want toned inner thighs, you need to add these 3 moves into your thigh workouts!

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3 Slimming Kettlebell Exercises For Inner Thighs:

1) KB Sumo Deadlift - Start with a wide stance. Your knees out, toes out 45 degrees. Kettlebell right underneath your body. Sit down into it, and squeeze your glutes tight as you stand up.


2) KB Touch Jacks - Start just like the KB sumo deadlift, but then jump the feet in together & stand up tall at the top. Great fat burning affect with these!


3) KB Plank Jacks - Start in a plank position, hands on the kettlebell, handle off the ground. Jump the feet in & out, while keeping your core tight. Fat burning inner thighs & abs with this one!

We recommend that you add these into your thigh/leg workouts for 10-20 reps or 30-60 seconds each, as a circuit. Which ones are your favorite? Which ones did we miss?

Are you in the Danbury CT area & want to sculpt & tone your whole body, including your inner thighs?

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HEALTHY SWEET POTATO PIE RECIPE

Delicious & healthy purple sweet potato pie recipe, that includes dairy free filling & gluten free crust. Learn how to make this healthy purple sweet potato pie recipe from start to finish. It's gluten free, dairy free, grain free & sugar free...but so flavorful! Makes a great healthy dessert idea for the holidays, or whenever you're entertaining. The filling is naturally creamy & has a high protein kick from Max's Best Bootcamp vanilla protein powder. The almond flour pie crust is paleo diet approved, because it's gluten free & has no grain or sugar at all. Your guests will love this healthy purple sweet potato pie recipe. Make these pies today...here's the full recipe:

PURPLE SWEET POTATO PIE FILLING:

  • 2 Cups Cooked Sweet Potato
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Butter
  • 2-4 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)

Mix all ingredients in your food processor. Pour into pie crust (see gluten free almond flour pie crust recipe below).

4 INGREDIENT ALMOND FLOUR PIE CRUST:

  • 2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Large Egg

Pulse flour& salt in food processor. Add coconut oil & egg; pulse until it forms a ball. Spread out dough into pie plate. Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.

Are you drooling yet? Have you ever tried a purple sweet potato? They're delicious & nutritious. While this recipe is healthy, it isn't low calorie, so try to limit yourself to one slice.

If you do indulge, we know where you can burn off those extra calories 😉  Click the learn more button, to see how we can help you create a fat burning exercise & diet plan that's right for you!

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day!

~ Max

 

 

5 INGREDIENT FAT BURNING TEA RECIPE

Learn exactly how to make fat burning tea at home. This easy fat burning tea drink is proven effective & safe to use daily. Try making this homemade fat burner green tea today! Simple DIY 5 ingredient recipes like this will help you achieve awesome weight loss results, in conjunction with proper exercise & clean eating. Let's go over the benefits of each of the 5 ingredients...

  1. HOT WATER - Always use filtered water & stay hydrated!
  2. GREEN TEA - The magic for fat loss is the polyphenols in green tea. Specifically the polyphenol know as EGCG, which stands for Epigallocatechin Gallate. It's a powerful antioxidant that naturally boosts metabolism & increase our body's ability to break down fat. There's also a synergistic affect along with the caffeine found in green tea. This killer combo blunts your appetite & allows us to workout harder, longer. 1 cup green tea = 50mg caffeine + 100mg polyphenols. Studies show that 4 cups of green tea per day is the optimum dose.
  3. GINGER - A warming herb, that has proven to increase our metabolic rate by 2-5%. Every little bit helps, right? Ginger also aids in digestion.
  4. CINNAMON - When our blood sugar levels are high, our bodies hold on to or store body fat. Cinnamon helps regulate our blood sugar levels, allowing us to become fat burning machines. It also slows the passing of food. from the stomach to the intestines, so it will keep you fuller, longer.
  5. LEMON - Detoxifies the liver, which helps it function properly to break down fat effectively. It also tastes great & adds natural sweetness.

Now that we know about each of the 5 ingredients & their fat burning properties, it's time to make this DIY fat burner tea recipe!

  • 4 C Hot Filtered Water
  • 4 Tsp Whole Leaf Green Tea (or 4 tea bags)
  • 1 -2 Slices Fresh Ginger Root (or 1 tsp ginger powder)
  • 1-2 Whole Cinnamon Sticks (or 1 tsp cinnamon powder)
  • 1/2 Lemon Fresh Squeezed 

There is no sweetener needed, but if you'd like to add 100% organic stevia powder, that is approved. Forget the honey concept...it's just added sugar & calories you don't need. We recommend that you sip this batch all day. It's the perfect daily dose for each of the ingredients & will help you burn fat faster. Have you ever tried brewing whole leaf tea?

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If you're planning on using this tea alone, your results will be minimal at best. If you want to take full advantage of it, simply add this tea into you daily regimen, along with clean eating & proper exercise.

If you're in the Danbury CT area, let us help you create a fat loss program exactly for your needs & goals. Simply click the learn more button, so that we can start getting you fast results & take the guesswork out for you!

Best,

~ Max

5 INGREDIENT HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER CUP RECIPE

These peanut butter cups are so easy to make (only 5 ingredients total) and they're healthy too! Better than a Reese's? You will be amazed by how delicious this healthy peanut butter cup recipe is. Protein packed, gluten free & sugar free. Follow along with Max & Becky, to make these yummy treats, step by step together. First we make the 3-ingredient chocolate & then the creamy peanut butter cup filling (makes 4 Reese's sized cups)

3 Ingredient Chocolate:

2 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
4.5 Tbsp Cacao Powder
8 Drops Liquid Stevia

Directions: Add the stevia (optional) or your sweetener of choice to the melted coconut oil first. Stir it in, then add in the cacao powder until it becomes a bowl of delicious liquidy chocolate. Set aside.

Peanut Butter Filling:

4 Tbsp Nut Butter
4 Tsp Protein Powder

Directions: Simply mix together until combined. Our next "secret" step, is to freeze this PB mixture, in silicone molds separately first. This way you can simply slide the frozen discs into the chocolate muffin cup molds. It works best this way, but you can simply scoop the PB directly into the chocolate molds right away, if you prefer. 
 

Assembly: Pour about 1 tsp of the chocolate mixture into foil liners. Place filling in, cover with chocolate mixture. 

If you eat too many, you're going to need to burn off those calories...we know a great place to do that ;) Come join us at Max's Best Bootcamp! All fitness levels are welcome & your first session is on us...click TRY FREE now, to get your results started today:

We hope you enjoy this easy healthy recipe. They're a fun treat, or to bring to parties. Share this with a friend & comment below. What other flavor combinations can you think of?

~ Max