Your Body and Taste Buds Deserve Better!

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Your Body and Taste buds deserve Better!

Because the market is flooded with one-note, simplistic snack bars and bites with weird protein, sweetener, and amplified fake flavoring aftertastes, we felt we could do way better!  We’re here to Rejuven8 your body AND taste buds.

It began with the need for a Whole30-compliant, bite-size snack that also tasted amazing.  Chef Shauna was tasked by her celebrity clients on NBC’s Chicago PD to come up with a way to stay energized and satiated during their long days on-set, while also feeling like they were indulging a bit.  So she went to work creating a whole foods based, paleo, egg free, nutrient-dense recipe that was high in protein (13g), elevated with superfoods like hemp and chia, packed full of anti-aging collagen, and bursting with Real Food flavor.  Rejuven8 Superfood Bites are like eating a protein bar, a superfood snack, and a collagen supplement all in a tasty bite-sized treat!

Chef Shauna is OBSESSED with the experience of eating.  She places a great deal of importance on the appearance of her food, as well as texture, in addition to complex and satisfying flavors.  As an active, on-the-go, professional woman, she was always looking for something convenient to eat pre/post workout, while traveling, as an on-the-go breakfast, or between meal snack.  Everything she tried off-the-shelf was either pungent with protein or “natural flavor” aftertaste or sweetened with tummy upsetting sugar alcohols or overwhelming stevia flavors.  Why couldn’t there be something that tasted like real food?  Why did we have to taste the protein( Yuk!)?  Thankfully, these problems are a thing of the past.  It’s time to get the nutrition your active body craves with the flavors your taste buds deserve.  Rejuven8 is available in three foodie flavors: Almond Butter Cherry, Mmmocha, and Island Raspberry.  Stop forcing down those dry, overly chewy, fake tasting bars and Rejuven8 your life! 

Rock Sunday Night Meal Prep!

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Maybe this has happened to you too: Sunday morning rolls around, and whether it's because you went hard last night or your pillows are just perfectly nestled around your body, you're not feeling up to facing the hordes of people at the grocery store.

So, you don't. Your fridge remains empty and sad-looking as you skip out the door for brunch, and you order takeout sushi for dinner while catching up on Netflix. And while you know these choices are going to bite you in the butt later this week (in the form of too many lunches out and a rushed grocery store run on Tuesday night), it's just way too hard to meal plan, shop, AND prep on a Sunday... right?

I used to think this way, but after a few too many weeks of cringing over my bank account and feeling less than my best in that dangerous post-lunch work period, I realized that meal prep actually ended up saving me time, money, and energy. You have complete control over your meals and the ingredients you use, and by combining pantry staples with rotating ingredients, you can save money at the grocery store every week and still satisfy your variety taste bud (okay, I made that taste bud up - but you get what I mean).

Ready to commit to Sunday night meal prep? Here's what I've found works best to keep me on track and away from Seamless.

Don't Leave Recipe Picking Until Sunday

All too often, I find myself at the grocery store on Sunday without a plan or a list of ingredients I'll need that week - so I default to meals and ingredients that I know by heart for a less painful grocery trip.

On one hand, it's great to get in and out of the grocery store with your old standby lunch ingredients. On the other, a lot of people stray from meal planning because they're tired of eating the same thing all the time. When you look in your fridge and only see salmon, quinoa, and steamed broccoli for three weeks straight, you're much more likely to eschew that for an exciting trip to Chipotle.

Here's what I do now: as soon as I see a recipe that intrigues me, I email it to myself with the recipe title in the subject line and file it away in a Gmail folder called "Recipes." Then, before I go to the grocery store, I pull up that folder and choose 3-4 recipes that sound appetizing, moving those emails to my inbox so I can easily access them while I'm shopping and prepping. Pinterest and the new Instagram "Saved" feature are also handy for keeping inspiration at your fingertips.

Keep Basics on Your Weekly Grocery List

There are always going to be some things you need to stock up on every week or two. It's way easier to just keep them on your grocery list every week than actually checking your recipes to see if they're a listed ingredient; after all, the key to succeeding at meal prepping is to make it as easy for yourself as possible.

I'm talking about the items that you know you'll need to throw together quick breakfasts and mid-afternoon snacks, and the ingredients that are ubiquitous enough in healthy recipes that you know you'll use them at some point.

For me, these staples are almost always on my list:

  • Eggs

  • Quinoa

  • Steel-cut oats

  • Bananas

  • Greek yogurt

Look for Recipes That Repurpose Similar Ingredients

Here's what I mean: if you have your heart set on making a butternut squash chili but the recipe only calls for a couple cups of squash, seek out another recipe that also uses butternut squash- like this amazing autumn salad. When in doubt, almost anything can be put in a taco and be delicious. This is a rule I live by.

By repurposing similar ingredients, you achieve two major meal-prep goals: first, you're making your grocery trip easier by buying less ingredients (just in a slightly larger quantity). Second, you're adding variety to your lunches and dinners - a major key in avoiding an eating rut and caving in to temptation.

Need a starting point? Chicago wellness blog A Sweat Life has a wealth of meal prep resources that take you from grocery list to recipe.

Repurposing ingredients is especially helpful if you're cooking for only yourself, and you don't want to be stuck with leftover rotting produce in your fridge. And speaking of leftovers...

Freeze!

Want to make things even easier for future-you? Keep an eye out for recipes that can be frozen and reheated easily. You still spend the same amount of time and ingredients cooking, but you get twice as much bang for your buck when you freeze half of the final results.

Fall is an especially ideal time to experiment with freezer meals, thanks to the abundance of chili and thick stew recipes. No more coming home hangry after an unexpected long day at work; all you'll have to do is reheat a previously-frozen meal, sit back, and relax!

(Psst... if you find yourself in a rush in the mornings and unable to make a full breakfast, there are a ton of freezer-friendly breakfast recipes out there, from mini quiches to breakfast burritos)

Make Tech Work for You

Okay, maybe some people enjoy poring over beautiful cookbooks for hours on Sunday mornings, then leisurely browsing the local farmer's markets and comparison shopping at several different grocery stores to get the best deal on wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Maybe it's totally possible for you to spend all freaking afternoon in the kitchen without getting grumpy and snapping at your partner to quit watching football and come help dice vegetables.

In case you couldn't tell, I am not one of those people.

So instead, I take shortcuts whenever I can. Most of the time, those shortcuts involve technology and my phone, aka my third arm. We have access to all of this amazing technology that makes life easier, so make that technology work for you.

I already mentioned my Recipes Gmail folder, but here are a few other ways I use technology to make meal prepping on Sundays a little easier:

Grocery list apps

I use Free Shopping List Ease, which creates two lists: one list of what to buy at the grocery store, and one list of what you currently have at home. That way, you avoid double-purchasing something you're already stocked up on, which comes in handy when trying to figure out if you're almost out of pantry staples like quinoa or milk.

Phone camera

This is for those on-the-go food inspiration moments. One of my favorite things to do is take a salad I see at sweetgreen or Farmer's Fridge and try to recreate it at home- but it's a pain to pull up the sweetgreen menu at the grocery store and try to make an ingredient list. Instead, I take a photo or screenshot of the item I want to recreate, so I can easily access it on-the-go. I also use this if I see a recipe in a magazine (ah, so old-fashioned of me) or out at a restaurant.

Instacart

Some days, the grocery store just isn't going to happen. And that's okay! Instead of beating myself up about it or calling that entire week of meal prep a wash, I hop on my Instacart app and order groceries for delivery. Sure, it's got a cost, but if it keeps me on track with my healthy eating goals and away from the takeout menus, I'm willing to pay that difference.

Instacart is especially crucial when I'm traveling; oftentimes, I schedule a flight to come back on Sunday evening, and I don't get home in time for a grocery trip. With Instacart, I can leisurely compile my grocery list while on the Blue Line and schedule delivery for when I'll be back in my apartment.

Why You Should Re-Think What’s “Natural”—5 Reasons We Use Whole Food Ingredients

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At Rejuven8 we believe you shouldn’t have to settle when it comes to nutrition and flavor. Why

can’t you have your cake and eat it too?! Our founders, Chef Shauna and Dr. Jason came

together to create a superfood bite free of added sugars, natural flavorings and anything not

working to benefit you. Here’s where the brainchild of Rejuven8 Superfood Bites was dreamed

up. Both Dr. Jason and Chef Shauna understand what real indulgence is and have designed a

protein snack to reflect the needs of not only the body, but the mind.

At first glance, you’d think the term natural is everything it sounds like but let us break it down

for you a bit with 5 reasons why we use whole food ingredients.

1. Whole foods = Proper Digestion

We use whole food protein sources like hemp, chia and collagen because the body can process

them more effectively for day-to-day life or a killer workout. Protein sources like egg are

allergens and can easily irritate the gut. For instance, we use ingredients like cardamom in our

bites because it’s an anti-inflammatory that’s great for treating digestion issues.

2. Quality is Very Important

Chef Shauna is no stranger to quality when she forms a recipe. She’s fueled some of Chicago’s

elite, including Jonathan Toews and Sophia Bush, so quality, taste, smell and texture is at the

top of her list. We believe in using only ingredients that are whole and clean so that with each

bite you’re getting all the benefits like vitamins, nutrients, amino acids and

3. “All Natural” is Poorly Regulated

Now a days you can slap on the sign “Natural Flavors” and a lot of people come running

thinking it’s great for you. The truth is that Ingredients derived from a fruit always have the

possibility to contain chemicals or additives. To keep ingredients in season or fresh it can be

added to assist or mimic the flavor.

The FDA defines a natural flavor as “a substance extracted, distilled or similarly derived from

plant or animal matter, either as is or has been roasted, heated or fermented, and whose

function is for flavor not nutrition.”

4. Chemicals? No Thanks

When the coined term “All Natural” is added into the mix of an ingredient list the transparency

of the product gets blurred. A company simply isn’t required to flesh out what oils, essences,

juices or other products they’re using to create that flavor. These additives enhance the flavor

but don’t add nutritional value, so you might ask yourself; what’s the point?!

5. Fuel Your Life!

Whether you’re an on-the-go professional trying to do something good for yourself with limited

time or a motivated athlete looking to keep yourself on track, we’re here for you. Every in

between moment in your busy life should be Rejuven8ting!