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If you’re currently following me I just want to let you know that I’m migrating my followers over to my new website, alexcurtisfitness.com. This means you won’t my posts via email anymore unless you subscribe to that site. I’ll still show up in your newsfeed but if you want weekly recipes, fitness advice, and product offers just go to alexcurtisfitness.com and a subscription notice should pop up. Just enter your email and you’re all set.

So, what’s new with this site?

A lot. The page got a total make over and there’s a lot to look forward to within the next several months including:

1) A much bigger recipe selection list: Mexican Cuisine, Breakfasts, Healthy Snacks, Kodiak Cakes Recipes, Smoothies, Green Tea Smoothies and more!

2) E-commerce: I can’t reveal what’s happening yet but you’ll be able to purchase products directly from my page.

3) Easier navigation.

4) Relevant Ads: There will only be a few ads per page and they’ll be totally relevant to you and not invasive.

Subscribers will get special deals and discounts on products when the e-commerce is officially up and running so definitely consider it, especially if you love bangin’ health food.

5 Reasons to Meal Prep

There are 5 important reasons you should start to meal prep.

 

5 reasons to meal prep

If you want to save money, get better fitness results, eat better meals, never get “hangry”, and have fresh food “on tap” then read on. Making your meals in advance, whether that be 1 day, 3 days, or 5 days in advance, can have enormous benefits on your health and on your wallet. Here’s why:

1. Save Money

Bringing home-cooked meals to work can cost you as little as $2-3 for that meal. Compare that with closer to the average $10 that people generally spend on lunch and you can see how those savings can add up over time.

How Meal Prepping Can Save You Thousands

2. Get better fitness results.

Meal prep means you have more control over the exact amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, fruit, and vegetables you’re eating. This puts you in the driver seat on the road to fat loss and muscle building.

3. Eat better meals.

When you meal prep you put yourself in charge of how the meals come out. You don’t have to be a great cook to make great meals. My recipes are easy to make (with the exception of some of the more extravagant ones) and take very little time. No disrespect to the classic bagel & cream cheese, but you could have a protein packed Greek yogurt parfait instead and be full way longer.

Cinnamon Vanilla Greek Yogurt Parfait (Recipe)

4. Never get “hangry”.

Like the Snicker’s commercial, are you not yourself when you’re hungry? Are you more irritable, sleepy, or light headed? When you meal prep you have access to high quality food every 3 hours which means just as you’re really starting to get hungry again you have a meal waiting.

5.Have fresh food on tap.

Piggy-backing off of #4, when you meal prep you have fresh food on tap. Being able to make your diet at least 80% whole food means you can eat high quality, nutrition dense food when you eat, instead of eating greasy pizza and calling that a meal.

High Protein, Low Carb Seafood Zoodles (Recipe)

I highly recommend checking out 6 Pack Fitness if you plan on getting into meal prepping. They make several lines of meal management bags ranging from backpacks and totes, to purses and briefcases.

How to Get Sponsors on Instagram

Getting sponsors and being an influencer on Instagram is easier than you think.

Click this link to go to my new website and read more about it!

get sponsors instagram followersIt doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, if you’re selling yourself as a professional on Instagram (or any other social media network) you should be networking with businesses in your field. People often ask me how I managed to sign off on deals with Scivation, 6 Pack Fitness, as well as have companies send me products to try and post about. I’m going to tell you EXACTLY how I got sponsors on Instagram, what I would do differently knowing what I know now and how you can get started.

1. Build all of your social media sites.

Going back I would have done this all at once. Now I’m playing catch up on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. I started only on Instagram with 30-40 followers and it took me over a month to put up my first post. I was probably doing 1-2 posts/week after that at first. Now I’m at over 20k followers (which is more than average but still not a lot) and post 1-2 times/day across all platforms. This is what you should do:

a) Start all of your social media channels at once and link them together.

b) Post 1-2 times/day on Instagram, spacing the posts out by several hours so you’re not dominating anyone’s newsfeed.

c) Post high quality, useful content. Learn how to use the filters to improve the quality of your picture instead of completely making them over.

d) Use relevant hashtags, and search relevant hashtags for people in your industry. ‘Like’ their content, follow them, leave genuine comments, etc.

e) Learn how to use all of the other social media sites as well. A simple YouTube search can show you how others have been successful building large followings on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. That’s how I originally learned how to get my following up on IG.

2. Build a genuine following.

As in keep your following as organic as possible. Don’t buy followers. I’ve done it and I definitely don’t recommend it. I bought about 5k followers on Instagram a couple of years ago and here’s why I condemn it now:

a) They’re either bots or inactive users. They won’t engage in any of your content.

b) Building your following organically is more fun, more challenging and more rewarding. It takes more time but you’ll have a legitimate community…do you really want to post content for robots?

c) It’s only fair that if a company is sending you free products to post about, that you do right by them and share it with REAL PEOPLE who might want to try their product as well.

d) Instagram and Twitter both remove inauthentic users from their sites so within a few months you’ll lose every fake follower that you bought. You’re essentially inflating a balloon that has a small hole in it already.

It felt like the right decision at the time as I had just finished reading about how big companies and celebrities do it. Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads, Twitter Ads, and Pinterest Ads weren’t an option at the time. I would recommend using those if you’re going to pay to play. $10 might get you 15 followers as opposed to 2000 followers but at least they’ll be real and engage in your content. The value in that is unlimited.

3. Network with the companies that you want to work with.

Now that you have a decent following (1000+), reach out to some of the companies that you’re dying to work with. When I wanted a supplement sponsor I reached out to dozens of companies I was interested in working with via email and DM. Here’s my advice on getting a company to work with you:

a) Offer them something by bringing something to the table.

b) Only work with companies that you believe in, trust, and have a good reputation.

c) Don’t jump at the first opportunity. Jump at the best opportunity.

e) Sometimes they’ll come to you. I signed a contract with 6 Pack Bags only after I had already been using their product for months, posting pictures of it and recipes with it. Kodiak Cakes sent me a case (6 boxes) of their Power Cakes mix after I sent them a DM saying “saw you guys on Shark Tank, congrats on getting a deal. Your product sounds amazing”. Nine Line Apparel agreed to work with me after I sent them a DM saying “I want to do a campaign to give back to veterans on Memorial Day”.

4. Don’t lose your authenticity.

People make this mistake way too often. The more ads you post and the less authentic the posts are, the less people will want to follow you. Even worse, they’ll just associate you as the guy who works for ___ instead of you having your own brand. Colin Wayne said that’s why he left Shredz. Posting 3-4 times a day about someone else’s product will make you lose your voice. Kevin Hart said he’ll never let Nike or his other sponsors tell him what to post, when to post or how to post because it’ll ruin his authenticity and his connection with his fans.

I hope this post helps. If you have any questions please post them in my comments. I’d love to answer some questions about this in another post.

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Top 10 Healthy BBQ Dishes

healthy bbq chicken

Make these 10 dishes at your next BBQ for a healthy, all-day eating frenzy with tons of flavor and variety. Each dish has it’s own unique twist and is a guilt free option to put on your plate.

1. Spicy BBQ Chicken Breast

Toss 3-4 oz. cuts of chicken breast in a mix of BBQ sauce and hot sauce and throw it on the grill. Rub it with more of the sauce mix when it’s just about done cooking. That’s it!

2. Pulled BBQ Chicken Thighs

Enjoy shredded meat heaven with Pulled BBQ Chicken Thighs. Cook your chicken thighs, then using a fork shred the meat into a pile of strands. Rub that pile down with more bbq sauce and serve.

3. Jalapeno Cole Slaw

Turn some heads and turn up the heat with jalapeno cole slaw. You can get the recipe right here!

jalapeno cole slaw

4. Spinach Pasta Salad

Carbs on carbs on carbs. That’s all BBQ side dishes every turn out to be. Mix in some raw baby spinach leaves, cooked quinoa, grape tomatoes, and dried cherries to your regular pasta salad for a healthier twist on your favorite side dish.

5. Shrimp Kabobs

Doesn’t get easier than this. Toss your shrimp in some smoky paprika & Cajun spices, stick them on a skewer with tomatoes, zucchini, steak, onions and peppers.

6. Sweet Potato Wedges

Bake your sweet potatoes first, then slice them into wedges and rub them down lightly with olive oil, sprinkle some parmesan cheese, a pinch of fresh garlic and some parsley.

7. Bison Burgers

Because no one ever got excited about a turkey burger. Bison burgers are a great way to enjoy a juicy burger but with a fraction of the fat, all of the taste, and none of the guilt. Put one on a toasted bun with melted reduced fat cheese, chili, roasted veggies, and/or the classic lettuce, tomato & onion.

8. Pulled Pork Tacos

You can get the recipe right here!

smoky pulled pork tacos

9. Grilled Veggies

Corn is good, but pile on some real vegetables by roasting zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, onions and peppers to add a wide variety of flavor to your BBQ platter.

10. Boneless Rib Sandwiches

Keep an eye out for this recipe because it’s coming! Boneless Rib Sandwiches on Texas Toast topped with Mac & Cheese… This was supposed to be healthy right? Don’t fight me on this. You know you want one.

Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

smoky pulled pork tacos

Turn heads at your next BBQ with these Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos.  To keep it simple, I’ll post the recipe as if you’ve already prepared your pulled pork but in case you’ve never made it before click this link here. This is what you need for one serving:

Ingredients
2 whole wheat or flour tortillas
6 oz. pulled pork
2 tbsp. cole slaw (shredded cabbage & carrots, lite mayonnaise)
2 tsp. spicy mustard
2 tsp. diced raw onions

Instructions
1) Place 3 oz. of pulled pork in the center of each tortilla.
2) Top with 1 tbps. of cole slaw per taco.
3) Add spicy mustard evenly over the top.
4) Top them off with raw diced onions.

Want to turn up the heat?

Use this Kickin’ Jalapeno Cole Slaw instead of regular cole slaw.

Why You Should Include Kettlebells to Your Workout Routine

 

There are a myriad of benefits of incorporating kettlebells into your workout routine every day. Kettlebells offer a change from the standard body weight, dumbbell, barbell and machine workout routines. You’re adding a new stimulus to your routine that can be used for resistance training, cardio conditioning, core prep, and grip strength

1. Resistance Training

The shape of the kettlebell allows you to train for strength and power differently than barbells and dumbbells where the weight is generally evenly distributed. Try adding kettlebells to the ends of your barbells when bench pressing and try to keep them balanced while you press. It’s a different game entirely.

Use them in your arm workouts to build your wrist stability and grip strength. One way to do this is to replace regular dumbbell hammer curls with kettlebell hammer curls. Another way you can do this is by doing tricep kickbacks with kettlebells instead of dumbbells.

Try replacing at least one dumbbell workout with kettlebells to add variety, and a new challenge to your daily strength routine.

2. Cardio Conditioning

Tired of running on the treadmill for 30 minutes a day? Change things up with kettlebell swings, kettlebell snatches, and kettlebell goblet squats. One way you can do this is by doing a circuit like this:

60 seconds kettlebell swing
30 seconds kettlebell snatches
30 seconds goblet squats
30-60 seconds rest

Do kettlebell HIIT circuits like this for 20 minutes instead of your usual cardio routine and you’ll see the difference in your core, arms, legs, and your metabolism will remain elevated for hours after your workout.

 

3. Core Prep

No more sit-ups, you can use a light weight kettlebell to shred your abs with only a few workouts. Try a core circuit like this for 4-5 sets:

Kettlebell V-Up: 15-20 reps
Kettlebell Turkish Get Up: 10 reps
Kettlebell Russian Twist: 15-20 reps
Rest: 45 seconds

4. Grip Strength/Wrist Training

Kettlebells are a great way to work on your grip strength and train your wrists to be less susceptible to injuries. Exercises like kettlebell turkish get-up will help train the stabilizing muscles in your wrist/forearm.

 

Loaded Apples Recipe

Salty, crunchy, sweet and healthy. Transform an apple from a boring, mid-morning snack into a gourmet, any-time meal with this Loaded Apples recipe. It only takes a few minutes to go from the average snack to bodybuilding cuisine. Here’s how you make these Loaded Apples:

Ingredients
1 medium gala apple
1 tbsp. almond butter
1/4 cup high protein granola
1 tsp. honey
A pinch of freshly ground sea salt

Instructions
1) Slice a medium gala apple.
2) Spread 1 tbsp. of almond butter over the flesh of the slices.
3) Sprinkle 1/4 cup of high protein granola evenly on top of the almond butter topping.
4) Drizzle 1 tsp. of honey over the apples.
5) Sprinkle a pinch of freshly ground sea salt over the apples.

Nutrition
Protein: 11 g
Carbohydrates: 25 g
Fat: 9 g

Make it a meal
Mix 1 scoop of whey protein with 8 oz. of ice cold water and drink on the side to make your total protein intake 35 g!

Get more recipes on my Instagram!

Announcement: Website Upgrade to alexcurtisfitness.com

Hello everyone,

By June 4th 2016 this domain, acurtisfitness.com, will automatically redirect you to my new and improved website, alexcurtisfitness.com. My new website is still under construction but will have a lot of great advantages to you including:

1) Easier, faster navigation.

This website is through a different host which will allow you to click through and load content much faster and easier. I’ll also be able to provide more content to you even easier.

2) Access to more content both internal and external.

Relevant posts, mine and others, will be located along both sidebars so when you’re done reading my new posts you can find something else that may help you.

3) Relevant ads.

No more random ads popping up under my posts. Only ads that are relevant to your shopping history, my content, or great deals that I find and put up for you to access.

4) Newsletter subscription.

You’ll have the option as soon as you go to alexcurtisfitness.com to subscribe to my newsletter which will provide several recipes directly to your email every week. I’ll never spam you or trick you with misleading headlines.

5) And more…

A lot of big things are happening over the next several months. They’re top secret for now. Bare with me while my new website is under construction for now and be on the look out for the new updates!

Make sure you follow my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for live updates on everything!

Raspberry Lemon Smoothie Recipe

This Raspberry Lemon Smoothie is a refreshing, summertime smoothie that has a full serving of vegetables, fruit, 30 grams of protein, green tea antioxidants and a lemon twist. This is all you need:

Ingredients
1 cup of raw spinach or kale
1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup raspberry sorbet
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 scoop Scivation Vanilla Whey Protein
1 tsp. Green Tea Matcha
8 oz. of cold water or coconut water
1 lemon wedge

Instructions

1) Add the ingredients from softest to hardest to a blender: yogurt, spinach/kale, sorbet, whey protein, green tea matcha, frozen raspberries.
2) Add 8 oz. of cold water or coconut water and blend until the ingredients are evenly distributed and smooth.
3) Pour into a large glass and squeeze a lemon wedge over the top of the smoothie.
4) Serve.

Nutrition Info

Protein: 30 g
Carbohydrates: 35 g
Fat: 3 g

Check out these other delicious smoothies made with fruit, vegetables, coconut water and/or green tea matcha!

Green Tea Matcha Green Smoothie Recipe

BCAA & Superfoods Recovery Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie (Recipe)

I stacked this Raspberry Lemon Smoothie with Enlightened Mesquite BBQ flavor Crisps for a well rounded meal loaded with protein, fiber, complex carbs, and vitamins. If you want a break from the good ol’ Green Smoothie recipe, then try out this Raspberry Lemon smoothie this summer and let me know how you like it!

MEMORIAL DAY GIVEAWAY!

Today (May 29th, 2016)  is the official launch of my Memorial Day Giveaway with Nine Line Apparel, 6 Pack Fitness, and Scivation exclusively on my Instagram and exclusively for U.S. Veterans. These are the rules:

1) Follow me and Nine Line Apparel on Instagram.
2) Like the post.
3) Tag a friend or family member in the military in the comments section.
* If you’re in the military you can nominate yourself by shouting out your branch in the comments section (#army, #navy, etc.)

That’s it! A winner will be chosen and sent a direct message by myself to get shipping info, a congratulations and of course, a thank you for your service.

Here’s what they’ll win (or you if you nominate yourself):

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+ A Nine Line Apparel tee, tank top, shorts, stainless steel water bottle, and hat.
+ 6 Pack Fitness Innovator 300 Meal Management Bag
+ Scivation Xtend Perform 44 servings

Scivation Xtend Perform Review

6 Pack Bags Expedition 300 (Review)

Go on Instagram RIGHT NOW and nominate a friend or family member so they have a chance to win this awesome prize pack!