Egg White Free for Me Please!

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Fact: Egg Whites are high protein, low calorie, fat-free, and carb-free

So what’s the problem?  

As it turns out, there’s a little more that goes into a healthy diet.

Fact:  Calories = Energy.  If you are an active person (Hello Fitness Enthusiasts), you need calories to crush that workout you do each morning.  Those calories primarily come from Carbs, so low-carb is not helping.

Fact:  Fats = Protection for your heart, absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K, and are required for healthy cell activity (Are you healthy on the inside?)

Fact:  Biotin = B vitamin important for metabolism, healthy brain function, and maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails.  Egg whites actually cause biotin depletion from your body.

Fact:  Eggs = Food Allergy for many people.  Albumin, which is found in high amounts in egg whites can cause redness of the skin, stomach cramps and bloating, diarrhea, or even constipation.  These not-so-fun side effects can really ruin your workout…and your day.       

Ok, so now what do we do?  

How about a snack option that is balanced nutrition, high in protein, has healthy Omega fats, is nutrient dense with the right amount of calories to feel energized, and actually tastes great too!  Stay tuned to hear more about the superfoods and “real food flavors” that will make Rejuven8 your new on-the-go, workout slaying, make your taste buds sing, favorite!


Mr. & Mrs. Wellness

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She’s a fitness-focused chef; he keeps the city’s star athletes in shape and in alignment. Together, Shauna Shaik and Dr. Jason Jared are making Chicago a healthier place. 

Adapted from the Michigan Ave Magazine article BY DAWN REISS 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LISA SCIASCIA SHOT ON LOCATION AT LANG HOUSE

There’s no shortage of star power when it comes to the celebs and athletes who have relied on chef Shauna Shaik, founder of Rejuven8 Bites and The Fit Foodie Kitchen, and husband Dr. Jason Jared, DC, founder of Old Town sports physical therapy Trifactive Sports Injury + Performance Clinic. Jared trained actress Sophia Bush for her long days of filming on Chicago P.D. and has helped athletes ranging from members of the Cubs and White Sox to various Kona-qualifying Ironman triathletes stay at the top of their game through performance acceleration work. Shaik’s hit list includes a personal chef stint with Bush and other One Chicago stars plus a bevy of Chicago Blackhawks, including captain Jonathan Toews. 

It’s all about empowering people to live better, says this dynamic duo. “I’m like an Italian grandmother—I love feeding people,” says Shaik, who transitioned from a celebrity personal chef to the Chief Flavor Officer of the couple’s indulgent Paleo Snack bites.  “But I want people to be confident that they’re doing something good for their bodies.”  Shaik’s more flavor, more nutrition philosophy—expressed in a paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free packaged snack—offers a highly nutrient dense snack that delivers real, clean flavor that feels indulgent while providing protein, superfoods and collagen all in one snack.  No matter what it has to be convenient, real food, yummy, and do more for your body to keep up with people’s active life styles.  

That philosophy pairs well with Jared’s, who aims to get injured athletes back into shape fast—on average, he says, it takes him just a month to complete his treatment plan based on the ideology that dysfunction develops over time out of compensation and leads to inflammation, pain and decreased performance. “Once we decrease the dysfunction, we can help your body recover from compensation patterns,” Jared says. That’s the direct opposite of the sit-and-wait philosophy much of the traditional medical world uses, which simply avoids irritating the problem instead of removing muscle and connective tissue adhesions to improve one’s range of motion and thus avoid creating new injuries. 

When they aren’t working, the pair—who met online and emailed for three months before meeting— enjoy being “failed” foster parents to two adoptive greyhounds, noshing on share plates at Gather, and visiting craft breweries like Begyle and Half Acre in their North Center neighborhood. And to keep their busy lives connected, they’ve resorted to an unusual method: bathtub dates. “If we have a stressful day, the first thing I’ll say is, ‘Tub date tonight with a glass of bubbly?’” says Shaik, who also balances a fulltime job as a strategic global account executive at a major tech company. “Then we’re able to relax and talk about the day and connect.” “We are definitely not a 9-to-5 couple,” Jared admits. “Our lives are go-go-go from the time we get up. We always have a bunch of projects. It’s fun because we’re always talking about what’s next.”  www.rejuven8bites.com  www.trifactive.com


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! 

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!