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How to Identify the Best Prepared Meal Service

Modern Proteins prides itself on maintaining a consistently high standard for food quality.  This is really our top priority which has resulted in a beautiful book of loyal clients who sing our praises to their friends, families, and the Yelp community.  Our menu is constantly changing and improving faster than anything we could possibly advertise while keeping the quality at the highest possible standards.  If we could slash prices any further while still maintaining these standards we would.

But the prepared meal services here in Las Vegas don’t all subscribe to the same ideology.  For some, it’s profit before product, lies before integrity, and avoidance before customer service.  If you see something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Some tips to help make sure you are getting what you paid for.

  1. Do they post their address?  Many meal preps used a shared kitchen space with limited hours and shared equipment.  If you have any severe allergies a shared kitchen makes it impossible to know that your meals are totally free of unwanted ingredients.
  2. Are they registered with the Southern Nevada Health District?  If you can’t find them on the SNHD website they may by operating under a slightly different name or aren’t licensed at all.  Look them up to see their history of inspections.  Modern Proteins has only received perfect marks (“A”) and never failed any inspection from any government agency.
  3. Could they be cooking from home?  If they don’t post their address and aren’t registered with the Health Department, chances are they’re cooking from home.  One of the most prominent meal preps in town was busted cooking from home (where there was a dog) after numerous complaints about hair in their meals.
  4. Are they advertising something too good to be true?  The same prominent meal prep mentioned in point 3 above also advertises that all of their food is USDA Organic.  Given that those meats average $12/lbs and the produce is twice the normal wholesale cost their prices should be fairly high.  But they offer meal plans as low as $35o/month!  That’s a price that doesn’t even cover the cost of food, let alone preparation and delivery.  Don’t be a sucker, if it’s too good to be true it probably is.
  5. Are the reviews consistent?  Our reviews are consistently perfect.  That’s 5 out of 5 stars on Yelp and not a single review less than that.  If you’re seeing a company with a lot of problems that never seem to get resolved, chances are you’re going to have the same experience.  If you want a 5 star experience Modern Proteins is the ONLY company to have a consistent pattern of excellence.

When navigating your many choices for a high quality prepared meal service know that Modern Proteins has the experience, the public records, and the most competitive pricing on delicious meals, appetizers and high protein desserts.  We take your health and fitness goals very seriously and run a tight ship, so give us a try and never look back again.

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If You’re Bloated, Here are 5 Possible Reasons Why

Most of us try to avoid eating unnecessary amounts of sodium as an effort to maintain a normal blood pressure, as well as to avoid unwanted bloating. But did you know that you might be bloated from something other than salt and sodium?

Sometimes we eat certain foods or slack on drinking our recommended daily amount of water, and this has a direct impact on whether or not we will find ourselves feeling puffy and watery. (Modern Proteins doesn’t use any added sodium on any of its entrees or side dishes and offers sodium-free seasonings on all meals.) Check out some of the culprits responsible for “sneak bloat” below and educate yourself to some food facts you might not have been privy to before!

Broccoli
Everyone will always stress the importance of getting your veggies in, however, not everyone will be happy about it. Those with sensitive stomachs, or sufferers of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), will be particularly bothered by ingesting fibrous foods such as broccoli or cauliflower and should opt for green beans and/or asparagus instead. (If you happen to have this issue, Modern Proteins can offer you an alternative for a green veggie side dish in our prepared meals. Just ask!)

Dairy
Nearly 10% of Americans have some sort of lactose intolerance issues. Although the negative side effects of dairy are not experienced by everyone who consumes it, many people report feeling bloated and experiencing a distended stomach after digesting dairy products. You too may be more sensitive to dairy and lactose than you thought, if you experience bloating and stomach issues after eating dairy products.

Gum
Remember when you were a child and you were told to never swallow your gum because it never breaks down? Not true! It actually only takes 2 days as compared to the 7 years that we were all threatened with. But, strangely enough, it can indeed cause you to be bloated. When you chew gum, you’re inhaling air, which in turn gets trapped inside your stomach and intestines, thus causing you to burp in an effort to release the gas. Next time, try a breath mint instead to avoid gas and bloating. And another tip – Using a straw to drink from can also cause a similar effect that will again, bring on the bloat. Try to drink straight from the glass to avoid swallowing air that can become trapped and cause bloating.

Plums
Plums are actually packed to the brim with sugar alcohols. These particular sugars are fermented by your gut bacteria, so when ingested, the body become susceptible to major bloating as a result. Grab an apple instead and pass on the plum bloat.

Dehydration
As strange as it sounds, NOT drinking enough water and dehydration can cause bloating. Huh? Yep! You heard it. Stayed properly hydrated improves your digestion, which keeps your metabolism running, which will not cause bloating. Your body begins to retain fluid when it’s dehydrated. Feel watery? Drink more of it in order to banish the bloat!

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Superfood Spotlight: Atlantic Salmon

Modern Proteins’ entrees offer up a world of flavor and health benefits. Our signature salmon prepared meal is a customer favorite for a multitude of reasons! Salmon is loaded with protein and two blockbuster omega 3’s — DHA and EPA — which make us happy, smart and pain-free. And since our bodies can’t make these omega-3 fatty acids we need, the best way in which to obtain them is through the food sources we eat. So what are the benefits of eating salmon? No need to go fish for answers elsewhere – we’re going to give you the top 7 health benefits of eating salmon!

Salmon for Cardiovascular Health
The high levels of the omega-3 fats are responsible for numerous cardiovascular benefits such as inflammation reduction, preventing bloodclots and relaxing the arteries. It is suggested that when eaten two to three times per week, salmon can actually prevent heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, high blood pressure and high triglycerides.

Salmon Is An Excellent Source of Vitamin D
One singular serving of salmon contains a day’s worth of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and type-1 diabetes.

Salmon Improves Your Eye Health
Eating salmon twice a week has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of macular degeneration, which is a chronic eye condition that leads to loss of vision. Salmon has also been celebrated for easing the condition of dry eye syndrome.

Salmon For Brain Health
The benefits of eating salmon while pregnant and/or nursing are plentiful in passing off to your children. Salmon contains high levels of DHA (decosahexaenoic acid) which is the main structural fatty acid in the central nervous system and retina. Feeding salmon to children can boost learning capability, academic performance and even aid in the prevention of ADHD.

Salmon Improves Arthritis Conditions
Eating salmon is beneficial in the treatment of osteoarthritis as well as other inflammatory joint conditions. Salmon contains small proteins called bioactive peptides, which improve both bone density and strength.

Salmon Improves Your Mood

Eating salmon actually makes you smarter and happier. The human brain is made up of 60 percent fat, most of which is the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. Eating salmon regularly has been shown to reduce the risk and incidence of hostility and depression in young adults, and cognitive decline in the elderly.

Salmon Aids Sleep
Just like it’s land-counterpart, turkey, salmon is an excellent source of tryptophan, which is an all-natural sedative. Tryptophan increases sleepiness and shortens the time it takes to fall asleep. By making your last meal of the day salmon, you are naturally winding down and preparing your body for rest.

Convinced that you need to stock up on salmon yet? Modern Proteins makes enjoying salmon convenient, tasty and healthy. Our clean food prepared meals come delivered straight to your door! Who said you can’t order your health online?

How You’re Hindering Your Own Fitness Progress

You probably try to eat clean and exercise when you can, right? And you probably are a busy person and sometimes find yourself sacrificing your diet in order to save a few minutes and/or maximize your day. But did you realize that you could be exercising and eating clean everyday, yet your diet mistakes can still manage to put a dent into the fitness benefits you’ve been working so hard to achieve? Here’s the top diet mistakes active people make that hinder fitness goals. By first identifying the problem, or problems, you can then easily pinpoint a solution. See which of these mistakes might be the culprit in hindering your progress and take the steps needed to correct it!

Don’t Believe Everything You Read
When you look at a nutritional label or product packaging, you are indeed reading the marketing on the item, but not necessarily the research findings on it. Often times words such as “gluten free” and “fat free” are misused and can lead consumers to believe that they are making healthier choices than they actually are. This is also a big problem in the largely unregulated supplement industry. Many supplement manufacturers make claims that would not be allowed for regulated drugs, so more often than not, consumers are misled and frustrated when they don’t achieve the results that they were initially enticed with. Do your own research before taking supplements and read further into products that use popular dietary terms in their advertising.

Replacing Real Food With Supplements
Supplements are JUST that: supplemental. A supplement shouldn’t be used as a substitute for real whole foods. Supplements are strictly for convenience and should not be used as an everyday replacement for real foods. If you are in a pinch and need to have a shake or a bar in lieu of not eating at all, than by all means, go for it. But whenever you are given a choice to eat real foods versus processed supplements, the whole foods should always win, hands down.

Staying Hydrated
Many people who are busy with school, work, families, etc usually are the same people who are not properly hydrated. We tend to grab a coffee or two in the morning, annnnd then either keep the Joe going or slack off on drinking water. If you feel thirsty – you aren’t drinking enough water. If you feel hungry – you probably aren’t drinking enough water, either. Most dehydration is actually disguised as hunger that can lead to unnecessary snacking.

Skipping Breakfast – Thou Shalt Not Skip Breakfast
Breakfast isn’t called the “most important meal of the day” for nothing. Did you know that by skipping breakfast, research shows that you’ll probably end up eating more calories throughout the day? Short on time? Take 5 minutes and make a protein shake, or heat up a Modern Proteins prepared meal. Still pressed for time? Grab a Modern Proteins meal and take it with you on the go!

Skipping a Pre-Workout Meal
Cardio on an empty stomach? Many people sing the praises of exercising on an empty stomach, but studies have revealed that it’s not always what’s it’s cracked up to be. Ideally, you should eat a pre-workout meal consisting of carbohydrates, protein and a little healthy fat. Nothing too heavy, but a simple and clean meal that provides your body with energy and fuels you for a tough workout or cardio session.

Skipping Your Post-Workout Meal
Just as important as it is to eat before you train, it’s equally as important to make sure to eat a post-workout meal after hitting a grueling workout. Your body is depleted and needs energy from food. Ideally, you should aim to eat 30-45 minutes after you workout. Going longer than 2 hours post-workout without food hinders your body’s ability to repair muscles and blood vessels with the nutrients and minerals it needs from a well-balanced meal.

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Superfood Spotlight: Salmon, by IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Jill Rudison

Superfood Spotlight: Salmon
Modern Proteins entrees offer up a world of flavor and health benefits. Our signature salmon prepared meal is a customer favorite for a multitude of reasons! Salmon is loaded with protein and two blockbuster omega 3’s — DHA and EPA — which make us happy, smart and pain-free. And since our bodies can’t make these omega-3 fatty acids we need, the best way in which to obtain them is through the food sources we eat. So what are the benefits of eating salmon? No need to go fish for answers elsewhere – we’re going to give you the top 7 health benefits of eating salmon!

Salmon for Cardiovascular Health
The high levels of the omega-3 fats are responsible for numerous cardiovascular benefits such as inflammation reduction, preventing bloodclots and relaxing the arteries. It is suggested that when eaten two to three times per week, salmon can actually prevent heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, high blood pressure and high triglycerides.

Salmon Is An Excellent Source of Vitamin D
One singular serving of salmon contains a day’s worth of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and type-1 diabetes.

Salmon Improves Your Eye Health
Eating salmon twice a week has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of macular degeneration, which is a chronic eye condition that leads to loss of vision. Salmon has also been celebrated for easing the condition of dry eye syndrome.

Salmon For Brain Health
The benefits of eating salmon while pregnant and/or nursing are plentiful in passing off to your children. Salmon contains high levels of DHA (decosahexaenoic acid) which is the main structural fatty acid in the central nervous system and retina. Feeding salmon to children can boost learning capability, academic performance and even aid in the prevention of ADHD.  Toxins are a non-issue with Modern Proteins’ Atlantic Salmon because it is farm raised in a controlled environment and free from the effects of pollution found in the wild.  Wild caught Salmon sounds good, but in reality, it is far cheaper and plentiful, and has less EFA’s and a strong/unpleasant fish aroma.

Salmon Improves Arthritis Conditions
Eating salmon is beneficial in the treatment of osteoarthritis as well as other inflammatory joint conditions. Salmon contains small proteins called bioactive peptides, which improve both bone density and strength.

Salmon Improves Your Mood
Eating salmon actually makes you smarter and happier. The human brain is made up of 60 percent fat, most of which is the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. Eating salmon regularly has been shown to reduce the risk and incidence of hostility and depression in young adults, and cognitive decline in the elderly.

Salmon Aids Sleep
Just like it’s land-counterpart, turkey, salmon is an excellent source of tryptophan, which is an all-natural sedative. Tryptophan increases sleepiness and shortens the time it takes to fall asleep. By making your last meal of the day salmon, you are naturally winding down and preparing your body for rest.

Convinced that you need to stock up on salmon yet? Modern Proteins makes enjoying salmon convenient, tasty and healthy. Our clean food prepared meals come delivered straight to your door! Who said you can’t order your health online?

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Jill Rudison
IFBB Professional Bodybuilder
Contributing Author
www.JillRudison.com
Twitter, @jillrudison
Instagram, @jillrudison

Pre-Workout Fueling: Supplementation

You may have recently decided to get your supplements in order and kick-start your healthy eating plan in lieu of the impending summer season. Perfect! You have your clean meal prep provided by Modern Proteins meal prep delivery service on deck, you have a new pair of running shoes for the gym, but you have no idea what to take as a pre-workout supplement. Should you eat a potato? Enjoy a tablespoon of peanut butter? Down a protein shake?

Carbohydrate sources – Assuming that you are eating plenty of vegetables, fruit, and possibly some potatoes and/or white rice as a concentrated carbohydrate source, you already have substantial amounts of carbohydrate stored in your muscles and liver in the form of glycogen. Unless you’re on a purposefully low-carb diet or you’ve recently completed an hour or more of continuous high-intensity exercise (depleting your glycogen stores), it’s not likely that you need to consume more carbohydrates right before you exercise, as your body has stored glycogen just for this purpose. All of Modern Proteins’ entrees come with a healthy side serving of clean and complex carbohydrates that will help fuel you all day long, so you will never be without adequate energy levels.

Protein and isolated amino acids. This group of ingredients also includes milk proteins (whey protein), egg white protein, glutamine, and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which may prevent training-related muscle catabolism, aka breakdown, and offer immune support.

That being said, a good-quality whey supplement (we at Modern Proteins like and use Dymatize Iso-100 Whey Protein in our brownies & banana nut bars) may be very helpful to reduce training-induced catabolism, and especially as a post-workout protein source. Just remember that it’s not at all nutrient-dense—it’s just a fast, easy way to get amino acids and bioactive peptides into your system.

Fat sources. Fat sources are far less commonplace in pre-workout supplements than carbohydrate sources, but some companies understand the importance that certain types of natural fats can have in providing energy for extensive low-to-moderate exercise. These fat sources are particularly good for people who eat a low carbohydrate or Ketosis diet (no carbs) and are well adapted to utilizing fats as an energy source. Coconut fat and traces of nuts can be found in some whey protein supplements, and certain beef-based proteins, which tend to have higher fat contents can also be utilized for pre-workout energy.

Caffeine. Coffee, energy drinks, and multitude of powdered and bottled drinks rely heavily on caffeine in order to get you fired up for your exercise. While caffeine yields great results for putting some pep in your step, it is not always ideal as a pre-workout supplement, especially if your exercise is in the late afternoon or evening. Research suggests most people metabolize caffeine slowly, thus increasing the likelihood that it will interfere with getting a good nights sleep later that evening.

However, caffeine still remains one of the best pre-workout sources to utilize. Consuming a few cups of Joe before a workout could actually make it feel more enjoyable, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The study simulated an average fit person’s morning: a cup of coffee to wake up, a little gym workout time, followed by another cup of coffee with breakfast, and finally a healthy and well-balanced lunch.

Fourteen (14) research participants completed two moderate workouts on a stationary bike: one where they took caffeine (equal to two 8-ounce cups of coffee) 90 minutes before the workout, and one where they took a placebo. The caffeinated participants reported the ride as way easier than it was without the stimulant.

Further research revealed that caffeine affected eating habits later in the day. Study subjects were treated to a sandwich buffet and researchers tracked the calories that they consumed. When caffeinated pre-workout, the study subjects consumed about 72 calories less than when those who had the placebo. The findings? Caffeine makes your workout more enjoyable and keeps you from overindulging later in the day. A double win!

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Jill Rudison
IFBB Professional Bodybuilder
Contributing Author
www.JillRudison.com
Twitter, @jillrudison
Instagram, @jillrudison

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Halloween Spooktacular – Nutrition 101

Did you know that Americans spend approximately $2.392 billion dollars on candy every Halloween? Adults on the average consume about 3.4lbs of candy and children consume over 7000 calories during the Halloween holiday. However, with health concerns surrounding the direct correlation between obesity and sugar consumption, you may be second guessing whether or not to chow down on all that tasty Halloween candy this spooky holiday season.

Simply partaking in candy eating on Halloween night will not doom you forever. It may cause you to go up a pound or two that week from all of the calories and sugar consumption, but it will not give you a case of instant diabetes. We all know that sugary foods contain both calories and fat and that eating too many sweets over a long period of time can and will certainly cause you to gain weight. However, if you’re a habitual candy eater, then the effects will eventually lead to obesity and even type 2 diabetes. Yikes! However, you don’t have to worry about these risks on Halloween night, unless you already have diabetes or another condition that may warrant sugar limitations.

The major downside to eating a lot of Halloween candy is that it can potentially lead to short-term bursts of energy, followed by “sugar crashes.” Sugar itself is a carbohydrate, which causes spikes in your blood glucose levels. The levels decrease after your body burns them off, which explains the sudden decrease in energy experienced in a “sugar crash”.

On a happier note, chocolate is high in antioxidants, which may reduce free radicals in cells that may otherwise lead to chronic illnesses. Several studies have even shown that eating a couple of pieces of dark chocolate a week can actually be good for your heart. That doesn’t mean to go off the deep end with your chocolate consumption on Halloween though. Moderation is key. But when given the choice, did you know that chocolate candies are considered a healthier pick over fruity treats? Many misconceptions surround chocolate consumption, but the fact is that this type of candy is still a healthier pick than fruity treats. Most fruit candies actually contain artificial flavors and corn syrups instead of real fruit. Although chocolate is higher in calories, it’s the only candy that offers any real health benefits as opposed to empty calories. The conclusion? Always go for the chocolate, dark if you can. Recently, the American Institute of Cancer Research broke down what it would take to exercise off certain candy treats. For example, a fun-sized Kit Kat bar can be worked off in 15 minutes simply by getting up and down to answer the door and hand out candy. A fun-sized 3 Musketeer bar (which has one of the lowest calories per serving in candy bars) can be worked off in 20 minutes of laundry duty. Many of these fun-sized candy bars contain about 60 to 100 calories each, so having several a day for weeks can add up to weight gain or derail weight loss. Limit your candy intake to a few of your favorite treats per day.

Have you seen the new arsenal of sugar-free candies and treats on the grocery shelves this season? Many people falsely believe that sugar substitutes are safer alternatives to sugar itself. And in any effort to reduce sugar consumption, many folks are trading traditional candies and cookies packed with white sugar for those containing artificial sweeteners. These artificial sweeteners (also known as sugar substitutes) have no calories and don’t cause cavities in your teeth. Ok, so that sounds great, right? Wrong! If you consume too many artificial sweeteners, you actually invite more health problems upon yourself than if you consumed real sugar. Aspartame, in particular, has been found to cause long-term health effects, such as metabolism problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, and chemical sensitivities. The truth is, artificial sugar causes also way more gastrointestinal problems than actual sugar. Eating aspartame and other artificial sweeteners can cause embarrassing gastrointestinal ailments, such as diarrhea and stomach pain. Studies have also reported that artificial sugars can even cause headaches and mood swings.

Eating candy on Halloween night isn’t enough to wreck your health and while you might feel some effects from eating too many sweets, the symptoms won’t last forever. And as with any other high-caloric food, Halloween candy is best consumed in moderation. Try filling up with a Modern Proteins meal before you go out to a party in order to stay satiated and away from the candy bowl!

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Jill Rudison
IFBB Professional Bodybuilder
Contributing Author
www.JillRudison.com
Twitter, @jillrudison
Instagram, @jillrudison

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Healthy Meal Prep For Kids

It’s NEVER too early to instill good and healthy eating habits in our children. From an early age, children are influenced not only by what they see and hear on TV and at school, but most directly by the behaviors seen at home by their parents. Teaching kids about proper nutrition and eating begins not only by what we feed them at home and pack for them in their lunch boxes, but by our own eating habits and influences. The healthier we eat, the more likely our children will follow in our footsteps. But getting children to eat healthily isn’t always as easy as it seems when we ourselves cut corners and don’t eat clean. How can you have the best of both worlds? Easy. Modern Proteins meal prep delivery service!

Many parents have a tendency to get so wrapped up in getting through the day that they will forget that sometimes, the best solution is also the simplest solution. When you feel like you’ve found your answer to good health, it’s natural to want to provide your family that same information and game plan. And more often than not, that same enthusiasm you generate can help amp up your kids to get excited as well. From leading by example, you can easily stimulate your children’s interest, as opposed to imposing abrupt changes and pushing a new way of eating down their throats, no pun intended. However, one must keep in mind that kids are extremely dependent on habit and structure and food ultimately plays a huge role in their day-to-day lives. Changing a child’s diet can be very disruptive for them and frustrating for you if you don’t do it correctly. Food also plays a large part in their social life and changing these patterns is not always easy. The kids most likely will not share your excitement and you don’t want to create a complex with food where one doesn’t have to exist. So how do you find that happy middle ground and help your kids to appreciate eating healthier meals?

First, lets look at what they eat. Don’t feel the need to ban every single not-clean treat from their eating plan (unless there is a medical reason), as it will backfire. The “all or nothing” theory will only yield you tears , temper tantrums and disdain from your mini-me’s. They must learn moderation. We all need treats of our own from time to time and you can always substitute healthier versions in place of the not-so-healthy originals as a means of cutting down. (We make an amazing protein-packed brownie and banana nut bar that can curb any child’s sweet tooth!) Kids are kids and they will get their hands on their sweet treats or snacks at school or a friends house or at grandma and grandpa’s where you can bet your bottom dollar that they will be spoiled (and fed) rotten. But that’s life and being unrealistic will only raise your stress and make your kids even more stubborn about transitioning to eating clean.

Secondly, ease them into it, by giving them more veggies without making a big deal over changing eating habits. By integrating vegetables, fruits and legumes into their diet, you are silently and stealthily helping them to eat better and whole foods. Modern Proteins’ entrees come flavored with dried apricots, cherries, blueberries, walnuts, almonds and other various antioxidant fruits and healthy-fat nuts that are great for a balanced diet. The children will also enjoy eating these superfoods that are bright, colorful and packed with nutrients and flavor.

Remember that it’s much more a mental game than a physical one, and by making the dietary changes fun for your kids, you’ll also be far more likely to get them to eat their veggies.

If the children are old enough, you should always communicate with them as to why you are embarking on this path. By sitting them down and talking to them, you are already letting them know that you value their feelings and opinions, and communication is key in finding that happy medium. Ask them what they think clean eating is. Educate them about what you believe healthy eating should be, without any preaching. Just educating. Then find a middle ground that you can all agree on and will be able to follow. They need to know why you are doing this, but they shouldn’t feel pressured or feel like they have no choice in the matter. Get them involved in planning their meals and deciding what they want to eat and when. Let them choose their meals from the Modern Proteins’ menu and assign them tasks of tracking the delivery, organizing them when they arrive and helping Mom or Dad prep for the week. Kids will always be happier with whatever changes you impose as long as they can actively participate in them.

Most of the time, you can avoid a “situation” by not creating one in the first place. Be organized with the meals you want to feed your children and it will feel seamless when you begin presenting them with their new clean eating meal structure. Be kind to your kids, ease them into things, and over time…. you’ll have healthy, clean eaters who will request clean foods in lieu of snubbing them.

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Modern Proteins For Everybody – How May We Feed You?

You may be reading this as a result of a Google search or a hyperlink or just because you happened to stumble across our articles online, but either way, we’re glad you’re here. Everyone wants to improve their healthy eating habits in some way or another and most people aren’t lucky or fortunate enough to find the key to doing just that. Regardless of whether you don’t eat enough, or perhaps you aren’t eating the right foods enough, Modern Proteins’ fresh meal delivery service has a solution for that.

Most people are too busy to prepare meals. Other people have the time, but lack the desire to grocery shop and cook. And some people just haven’t a clue about clean eating and are intimidated or daunted every time they go online to research signing up for a program.

Relax.

Whatever your reason, we can help. We offer a variety of meal plans that can be customized and tailored to fit your needs. Whatever your lifestyle or meal planning needs, we have got you covered!

Are you an on-the-go professional that just needs a few meals a day to take to work? Or perhaps you’re just looking to test the waters of meal delivery service and start off slow. Whatever the scenario may be, the Classic or Standard Plan is excellent for people who require a few prepped meals per day. Maybe you like to make your own breakfast or you like to implement shakes in your meal regimen. Or perhaps you’d just like to have a few extra meals on hand to take with you or not have the bother of preparing on the weekends? You can have the best of both worlds with this flexible meal delivery plan that allows you to experience the luxury and affordability of a healthy meal provider.

When you break it down, Modern Proteins’ lowest-tier package is 60 meals per month, pricing each meal at $13.33, which also includes tax and delivery. And for each upgraded meal delivery plan, comes a reduced price, making the value of our larger packages an amazing deal.

Most of our professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts use our Pro Plan, which offers up to 4 meals per day per singular person, based on a month (30 days) of service. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to enjoy the convenience of prepared meals. Another perk of living with someone? You can split a meal prep service plan together! Imagine the time you can commit to your loved ones when you eliminate grocery shopping and meal preparation from your schedule! You can feed yourself, counterparts and children when you need healthy prepped meals at a moment’s notice. BFK meals are also a welcome solution for any people who are physically unable to cook, but still wish to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Kids with packed lunches can also be taught the benefits of clean eating from a young age when you provide them with our easy-to-cook and pack meals.

Not sure what you can eat as a sweat treat that won’t kill your diet? Or have you tried to make numerous Mug Cakes with protein powder and have failed miserably in doing so? Yep! We have a solution for that, too! Our Flourless Brownies are great to grab on the move meal or snack or to enjoy as a sweet treat. And if chocolate isn’t your thing, you can enjoy our banana nut bars instead! Treat yourself to these small but protein packed delicacies and reduce your temptation to consume no protein, sugar-ridden munchies! It only feels like you’re not eating clean!

Our Brownies:

No flour, dairy, butter, oil, gluten, soy, wheat, or preservatives. Ingredients include various protein powders, eggs, a wide array of raw nuts and seeds, and freshly shredded coconut meat. Low carbs intended to maintain a low insulin response, in-line with the Body Food protocol. There is a minimum of 40 grams of protein per square, an estimated 23 grams of omega rich (healthy) fats and just under 300 calories. High in insoluble fiber to stimulate and clean the digestive tract. This is a nutrient dense, high protein, high fat (EFA’s) meal replacement (NOT a midnight snack). Do not let the small size fool you. By eliminating flour and wheat, the batter does not rise during baking. It’s a tool to deliver nutrients and support fat loss while stopping muscle breakdown in the morning. This will not spike insulin and will support muscle gain if consumed upon waking or before weight training.

All of Modern Proteins’ meals consist of the following serving sizes and sources:

6 ounces of lean oven baked protein

  • Poultry: Foster-Farms boneless/skinless breasts – all natural, no antibiotics, no hormones
  • Steak: Fresh Boneless Angus Top Round Roast – 99% Fat Free
  • Beef: Fresh 95% lean – shipped from California farm
  • Turkey: Jennie-O 93% lean ground breast, all natural, no antibiotics no hormones
  • Fish: a choice of Atlantic Salmon Fillets or Tilapia Loins – boneless/skinless Ultra Premium quality

Organic Sides include: Quinoa, Yam, Fingerling Potato, Brown Rice, Brown Rice Pasta.  Organic Vegetables include: Asparagus, Green Beans, Broccoli, Baby Carrots.  Side Seasonings & Flavorings include: Raw Walnut, Raw Pecan, Raw Almond, Dry Cranberry, Dry Blueberry, Dry Cherry, Dry Apricot, Organic Hummus, Fresh Avocado and Raw Jalapeno

Our meals have no soy, wheat, whey, gluten, dairy or preservatives and come sealed fresh in BPA Free Microwave-Safe packages.

See why we’re rated 5 stars on Yelp! and have a glowing reputation for quality and service by ordering your first month’s service today.

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Dieting, Fat Loss, and Sleep – The Connection

We often shortchange our beauty and recovery sleep for a multitude of life reasons that we try to justify when we’re short on time for everything else. But if you’re like most people sacrificing sleep and trying to lose weight, you’re only working against any weight loss efforts you’re making. It’s a totally counterproductive yet easily correctable behavior that can be altered by first making yourself aware of the damage you are doing in your recovery and weight loss plight.

The fact is nearly two-thirds of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep during a typical workweek. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are far more likely to make bad decisions and mindlessly eat. The activity in the brain’s frontal lobe is dulled and this affects decision-making and impulse control, which is easily comparable to being drunk and not having the mental clarity to make good decisions over bad ones. (i.e. eating a Modern Proteins prepared meal instead of ordering a pizza). Now, even if you may be tired, when your lobe is dulled, your body’s “reward centers” amp up, searching for something that makes it feels good. So while you might be able to fight back the crazy food cravings when your brain and body are well rested, you are far more susceptible to not resist the temptation of a jumbo dessert or a mindless binge in front of the refrigerator. Research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were lacking sleep, their late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks. (Maybe this is why Girl Scout Cookies are such a late night craving.)

A second study found that sleeping too little also prompts people to eat larger and oversized portions of all foods, thus, increasing their weight gain. Incredibly, in a review of over 18 studies, researchers concluded that lack of sleep led to increased cravings for energy-dense, high-carbohydrate foods. The verdict? A sleepy brain appears to crave junk food while also lacking the impulse control needed to resist temptation and just say no.

Sleep is basically nutrition for your brain. If you don’t feed it properly, it will not perform properly. If your brain does not perform properly, your body will not perform properly, and can tempt you to scrap the trip to the gym to do cardio, which results in less exercise, which results in weight gain. It’s all relative here, folks. It is suggested that most people get between 7 and 9 hours each night, but most Americans only get between 5 and 8 hours. And like most Americans, you’re probably trying to lose those pesky extra pounds but insufficient sleep impacts both your hunger and fullness hormones – ghrelin and leptin.

Ghrelin tells your brain when it’s time to eat. When you are sleep-deprived, your body produces more ghrelin.

Leptin, tells your brain to put the fork down and when you are actually full. When you don’t get enough sleep your leptin levels take a nosedive, thus signaling your brain to continue chowing down. Add these two hormonal hunger elements together, and it’s scientifically clear as day why sleep deprivation leads to overeating and weight gain.

And let’s not forget about cortisol! Cortisol is the stress hormone that helps signal your body to conserve energy to fuel your waking hours. No sleep equals a spike in your cortisol levels, which causes you to retain water, which makes you more apt to hang on to your fat rather than shed it.

Sleep deprivation also makes you “metabolically groggy,” Within just 4 days of insufficient sleep, your body’s ability to process insulin goes awry and drops by more than 30%. What is insulin exactly? Insulin is a hormone needed to change sugar, starches, and other food into energy.

Here’s why the drop in insulin is not good. When your body’s insulin levels are off, your body has trouble processing fats from your bloodstream, which results in storing the insulin as fat. Over time, as sure as day is long, too little sleep will impede your metabolism and be a contributing factor to your weight gain. There is no benefit to not getting a good night’s sleep on any level.

How do you change this behavior of getting more shuteye? First off, turn off the gadgets. TV screens, warm computer glows, iPhones – anything that emits light or noise and will not let you get a proper REM sleep. Darkness cues your body to release the natural sleep hormone melatonin, while exposure to light actually suppresses it. Also try to implement a habitual schedule to turn in each night earlier and earlier until you can put eventually yourself to bed at a reasonable hour every night in order to get a recommended 7 hours of sleep. Reading is also a great way to tire your eyes and relax your body, and you get to catch up on all those books you’ve been meaning to read. This one’s tough, but you should try and save your bedroom for 2 things exclusively – sex and sleep. Create a Zen den that’s reserved strictly for relaxing and releasing only. No distractions. Your cardio will probably improve, this assisting in your weight loss.

And finally one of the bigger issues to tackle is what you eat and when you eat it in conjunction with when you go to sleep. Indulging in heavy meals and alcohol consumption close to your bedtime can cause nausea, heartburn or gas, which makes it uncomfortable, which makes it hard to fall asleep. Drinking soda, tea, coffee, and eating chocolate after 2PM can also hinder your efforts to lose weight. Caffeine is a potent stimulant that can remain in your system for up to 5 to 6 hours after ingesting, which probably explains why you cannot count sheep at night, as most of us tend to consume these things periodically throughout the day. But if you are properly meal planning and doing so using a prepared meal service, you can easily eliminate the digestive issues and timing that are plaguing your diet and weight loss attempts. Modern Proteins’ vast menu offerings can help you make incredibly sound decisions when it comes to eating and our clean organic prepared meals won’t cause stomach discomfort or irritation. And when you choose to work with a high protein meal delivery service like us, you’ll see how always having healthy clean food on deck goes hand in hand with losing weight and fat. If you are not tempted to make poor eating decisions and have a meal plan in action, you are always bound to eat healthfully and abundantly. No need for losing sleep wondering what you’re going to eat and when and how you’re going to find the time to shop, cook and prepare it. Modern Proteins’ health food delivery service is a proven and easy way to achieve your ideal body mass index and maintain your health.

 

Jill Rudison
IFBB Professional Bodybuilder
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