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Xtend BCAA Watermelon Jello Recipe

Enjoy this fresh, summery sugar-free dessert chock full of BCAAs!

Jello Recipe
Photo from: www.scivation.com/xtend-watermelon-jello-2015-09

The only thing better than dessert is dessert that you can eat without worrying about putting on slabs of body fat. This BCAA watermelon jello recipe does just that. It actually goes one step further by providing 7 grams of branched chain amino acids to help curb hunger, burn fat, and build/maintain lean muscle. Here’s what you need:

Ingredients
1. A large watermelon rind.
2. 8 scoops of watermelon Xtend.
3. 1/2 cup unflavored gelatin mix.
4. 8 cups of boiling water.

Instructions
1. Cut a large watermelon in half and scoop out the pink flesh leaving only the green-yellow bowl-shaped rind.
2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Pour the mixture into the watermelon rind.
4. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
5. Slice and serve.

Nutrition Info
Protein: 7 grams of BCAAs
Fat: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams

Full Disclosure: I did not create this jello recipe, I got it off of Scivation’s website. It looks awesome though and I’m definitely going to try it. I thought it was worth sharing with anyone looking to do fun new things with their BCAAs besides just drinking them.

Xtend BCAA Soda Recipe

This BCAA Soda recipe has 0 calories, 0 grams of sugar, 0 mg of caffeine, and is super easy to make!

BCAA Soda Recipe
Xtend Watermelon BCAA Soda

My BCAA soda recipe is so easy to make I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner. You only need 3 or 4 ingredients to make a delicious, healthy soft drink loaded with amino acids to curb hunger, burn fat and build muscle. This is all you need:

Ingredients
1 scoop Xtend BCAAs
8-12 oz. Seltzer
1 cup of ice
1/2 lemon, lime or small orange (optional)

Instructions
1) Fill a shaker bottle with 1 cup of ice (or more if desired).
2) Add 1 scoop of any flavor of Xtend BCAAs.
3) Pour 8-12 oz. of ice cold seltzer.
4) STIR, don’t shake.
5) Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon, lime or small orange into the drink and drop in the rind (optional)
6) Stir again and serve.

Nutrition Info
Calories: 0*
Protein: 7 g amino acids
Carbohydrates: 0 g*
Fat: 0 g

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Scivation makes Xtend BCAAs in over a dozen flavors, with more on the way! Some of your options are:

  • Strawberry Kiwi
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Grape
  • Black Cherry (Xtend Perform BCAAs)
  • Mango
  • Fruit Punch
  • Watermelon
  • Pink Lemonade

And more! I’ll definitely be trying them all out, potentially mixing them with Polar flavored seltzer and adding fresh lemon or lime.

* 0 calories and 0 grams of sugar without fresh squeezed fruit juice.

Memorial Day Giveaway with Nine Line Apparel, 6 Pack Bags & Scivation (Info)!

I reached out to Nine Line Apparel a few weeks ago with my fingers crossed that they would be interested in contributing towards a huge Memorial Day giveaway contest exclusively for veterans. For those of you who don’t know or haven’t seen the Facebook ads, Nine Line Apparel is a veteran owned and operated military lifestyle and fitness apparel company that makes badass streetwear, accessories, backpacks, and more. They generously decided to donate a tank, tee shirt, gym shorts, water bottle and hat to the lucky winner. Once they were onboard I recruited 6 Pack Bags and Scivation (as you know I work with them) who were also excited about the idea and together are contributing an Innovator 300 and a tub of Xtend Perform. Here’s how this Giveaway works:

1) Follow me and Nine Line Apparel.

Follow me and Nine Line Apparel on Instagram. Check out Scivation and 6 Pack Bags on Instagram also! You won’t be disqualified if you don’t follow them but they’re two amazing companies that also do giveaways, contests, and provide great content for anyone who loves health and fitness.

2) Like the post.

Double tap. Make that heart appear. Show some love. It isn’t an ego thing, when you like the post it makes it visible to the people who follow you therefor more people can enter.

3) 
Tag a friend or family member in the military.

Tag someone that you know in the military to nominate them for the prize. The contest is open to men and women!

4) Nominate yourself (if you’re in the military).

So what if you’re in the military and nobody nominated you? You can nominate yourself! Comment on the post shouting out your branch to nominate yourself. You can keep it simple and just post “Army” or you can be creative and post “#armystrong”.

5) 48 hours.

The contest will be open for 48 hours. After that 48 hour window nominations will no longer be valid. The winner will be picked at random, then direct messaged by myself for a shipping address, a congratulations and thank you.

What’s the prize?

+ Nine Line Apparel Tank (Men’s or Women’s)
+ Nine Line Apparel Tee (M/W)
+ A pair of Nine Line Apparel Training Shorts
+ Nine Line Apparel Hat
+ Nine Line Apparel Steel Water Bottle
+ 6 Pack Fitness Innovator 300 Meal Management Bag
+ 44 servings of Xtend Perform


Scivation Xtend Perform Review

6 Pack Bags Expedition 300 (Review)

I really wanted to put together a campaign that says “thank you” to our friends and family in the military. It doesn’t even begin to pay them back but it’s a start. Hopefully more companies follow suit and every Memorial Day we can give more to our veterans.

Scivation Xtend Perform Review

The Scivation team sent me their brand new line of Xtend BCAAs, Xtend Perform. What separates this from their other line of BCAAs, and other brands’ BCAAs for that matter, is their new patented ingredient “Peak 02”. Participating in their 21 day challenge, I’ll be taking 2 scoops of Xtend Perform during my workout and recording the results over those 3 weeks. In addition, I’ll also be trying to achieve several personal goals: gaining 10 lbs, squatting over 400 lbs, and benching over 300 lbs relatively easily.

After using Scivation’s Xtend Perform this is what I’ve noticed:

1) 15 seconds less recovery time in between sets.

The buzz around this product is that their new patented ingredient Peak 02 is supposed to increase time to exhaustion by increasing 02 uptake. I generally take 45 seconds of rest in between sets supplementing with regular Xtend BCAAs. After taking 2 scoops of Xtend Perform every day for the past 2-3 weeks I’ve noticed that around 30-35 seconds I’m ready for my next set again. There are other factors that could potentially play into this as well though. I’ve significantly increased my calorie intake over the last 3 weeks, nearly tripling my carbohydrate intake which definitely has played a role in my increased energy.

4 Keys to Faster Recovery

2) Bigger pumps when stacked with my usual pre-workout.

Unlike point #1, which could be a result of my new diet, exercise routine, and then my new supplement stack, this point is undeniable. I’ve always stacked BCAAs with my pre-workout and never really noticed a significantly different pump. I’ve been taking 1/2 scoop of preworkout and mixing it with 1 scoop of Black Cherry Xtend Perform. The pump has been equal to or greater than the energy I typically feel with 1 scoop of preworkout alone. Less caffeine to me means less caffeine dependency come workout time.

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3) Overall better hydration.

Of course I could credit this to any BCAA product because they all require you to mix them in 16-24 oz of water and have hydration benefits. However, during my 21-day challenge, with my extra scoop of Xtend Perform, I’ve been taking in an additional 24 oz. of iced water that I can easily drink in about 2 minutes because the flavor is so good. As I’ve said in the past, many people find it easier to hydrate better when they drink cold flavored beverages rather than warm unflavored water.

6 Ways to Improve Hydration

4) Amazing Black Cherry Flavor.

I’ve tried Blue Raspberry, Lemon Lime, Mango, Fruit Punch, Grape, Pink Lemonade, Kiwi Strawberry, Fruit Punch, Watermelon, Green Apple, and now Black Cherry, and I can honestly say that Black Cherry Xtend Perform is on my top 3 favorite tasting supplements of all time. I had low expectations also because I’m not a fan of cherry flavored ANYTHING. If no other points made you consider trying Xtend Perform, if you’re skeptical of the new ingredient (Peak 02), if you think BCAA supplementation is all hype, then try Black Cherry Xtend Perform just because it’s the best tasting BCAA supplement I’ve had to date (rivaled only by Blue Raspberry Xtend).

5) Less sweet than regular Xtend BCAAs.

The only complaint I’ve heard from clients, friends, and family members that have tried my Xtend out of curiosity is that it’s too sweet. I mix Xtend with 24 oz of cold water and it’s still sweet. But again, Xtend is a product intended to increase hydration, recovery, reduce fatigue time, and so on. It’s not meant to go down in one shot like a pre-workout or capsule. Black Cherry Xtend Perform is definitely less sweet than the rest of the Xtend line though. 16 oz. of Black Cherry Xtend Perform is roughly as sweet as 24 oz. of other Xtend flavors.

5 Reasons You Should Supplement BCAAs

Check out my Instagram for updates on my 21 Day Challenge. Try it for yourself and use the hashtag #Perform21 and I’ll check out your progress!

5 Reasons You Should Supplement BCAAs

If you’ve ever taken a lap around the weight floor of your gym then you’ve probably seen a sea of shaker bottles filled with mysterious, colorful beverages. There’s a high probability that these fitness enthusiasts are drinking BCAAs during their workouts. BCAAs and other amino acid supplements offer a helpful boost on the weight floor, track, field, court, etc. Here are 5 reasons you should consider including BCAAs into your supplement circulation:

1. Regenerate lean muscle tissue.

The purpose of BCAAs is to help regenerate muscle tissue damaged by the stress of exercising. Sipping BCAAs continuously throughout your workout provides a steady, continuous drip of quickly absorbable leucine, isoleucine, and valine directly to the muscle for repair. The BCAAs I take, Scivation Xtend or Scivation Xtend Perform, also include Glutamine, Citrulline, and Peak02 (Scivation’s patented ingredient for their Perform line).

2. Maintain lean muscle while burning fat on a diet.

Preservation of lean muscle is critical when embarking on a fat loss diet. Sacrificing your hard earned results in order to burn a layer of belly fat is counter intuitive. BCAAs help you maintain lean muscle while you burn the layer of fat on top of the muscle.

Advice: drink BCAAs while you perform High Intensity Interval (HIIT) Training, Sprintervals, or Cardio Acceleration workouts to decrease your chances of burning muscle in the name of burning fat

3. Decrease fatigue time.

Needing 60 seconds to recover versus needing 45 seconds to recover is sometimes all it takes to spark significant changes in your physique. BCAAs help by buffering lactic acid build up and instantly repairing muscle tissue micro-tears. Amino Acids like Beta-Alanine, Citrulline, and Agmatine help buffer lactic acid and increase blood flow through vasodilation. Look for a Pre-Workout with Beta-Alanine and/or Agmatine, and an Intra-Workout with BCAAs & Citrulline.

4. Improve hydration.

Studies show that people generally drink more water when it’s ice cold and flavored (hence the explosion of water flavoring products over the last several years). Fill up your shaker bottle with ice, 1 scoop of BCAAs, and water and sip throughout your workout. Most BCAA supplements include a proprietary blend of electrolytes to help replenish what you sweat out.

Click here for more tricks to improve hydration. 

5. Decrease recovery time.

BCAAs help decrease the amount of time needed to recover following a workout so it may take 1-2 days to fully recover as opposed to 2-3/4 days. I generally enjoy a scoop of BCAAs with 24 oz of ice cold water on my rest days to help my body stay hydrated and repair beat up muscle tissue. I also follow my 4 keys to faster recovery and my 4 ways to heal sore muscles.

For more advice, recipes, and awesome workouts check out my Instagram and Facebook page! Follow me on Twitter now too: @acurtisfitness.

About Me

After completing my Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics I went to work as a Personal Trainer at my local NYSC and quickly became the highest selling trainer for several months before eventually leaving to work at PepsiCo as a Health & Fitness Specialist. During my time at PepsiCo I earned my EXOS Performance Specialist Certification as well as several marketing related certifications including Google AdWords, Google Analytics, and HubSpot Inbound. After a few years of dishing out fitness, diet, supplementation and health advice on my Instagram, eventually leading to sponsorship deals with Scivation and 6 Pack Fitness, I decided to start this website as a means to reach as many people as possible with answers to their questions. I’ve also had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing companies for Instagram giveaways.

Collaborations include:
Scivation
6 Pack Fitness
Sweet Spreads
Nine Line Apparel
Modus Apparel
Kodiak Cakes
Vienna Watches

Sponsorship Deals:
Scivation
6 Pack Fitness

Certifications
ACE Personal Trainer
EXOS Performance Specialist
HubSpot Inbound
Google Adwords
Google Analytics

Education
B.S. Human Ecology: Dietetics
Related Courses: Biochemistry, Advanced Nutrition I & II, Community Nutrition, Food Science, Kinesiology, Principles of Personal Training, Exercise Psychology, Medical Nutrition Therapy I & II.

Work Experience
NYSC Elite Personal Trainer
EXOS/Medifit Sr. Health & Fitness Specialist @ PepsiCo
Health Content Writer