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Getting Great Exercise on a Busy Schedule in Addition to Whole Nutrition

May 18, 2016

It seems that everyone these days has a very busy schedule. Between work, family, and home commitments, many people find themselves struggling to get in their exercise time and to eat well. Exercise is just as important for kids as it is for adults and with the onslaught of video games and other online distractions getting kids to be active can be a challenge. It is very possible to get in a little bit of exercise every day with little to no interruption in your busy schedule. While you’re researching good nutrition for adults and healthy children’s eating habits for your children, consider checking for more information on some of the great tips included in this blog post.

If you’re looking for tips on how to get your kids to eat  and snack healthy, check out our previous post on healthy children's eating habits.

There are a few things you can do to improve your health through exercise in your daily routine that you may not realize. Some are great when you’re very short on time, while others take a little longer and may be more suited to your routine on your days off. We’ve put together some great ideas for busy adults that we think you’ll love.
  1. Short Sprints + Walking
    Too busy for a full hour-long walk? Cram in the same amount of cardio in twenty minutes by doing short, 2-minute bursts at a full sprint, then cool off with a slow walk. Repeat that process as many times as you can in twenty minutes, and you’ll get the same cardiovascular benefits as an hour-long walk.
  2. Fast Morning Workouts
    No one wants to wake up an hour earlier than their usual time just to work out. There are a lot of ways that you can cram in a great workout in twenty minutes. Walking in place is a great way to boost your steps and get yourself warmed up. Try doing it for five minutes before a brief workout. In the remaining fifteen minutes, mix up what you feel you can do without stressing your body too much. Most quick workouts work best with ten reps, and only one or two sets. Crunches, push ups, reverse crunches, and planking are all great exercises to do in the morning. Couple that with a quick ten- to twenty-minute walk after work, and you’ll have gotten in the recommended 30 minutes of exercise for your whole day.
  3. Lunch Break Stretches
    It may not seem like it, but doing deep breathing while stretching actually activates your cardiovascular system the same way a brief walk does. No matter what kind of job you have, there is always time for a 5 or 10 minute stretch session. Not only is it great for your heart, it helps your body relax and staves off aches and pains associated with your job.
  4. Evening Walks
    Most of us are too tired after a long day at work to have a heavy sweat session at the gym or go for a long run. Even a relaxing, slow walk can do wonders for your body, minimize your mental stress from your workday, and can be done alone, or with your spouse or your children. The point is to go slowly for 45 minutes to an hour to keep physical stress low and get those steps in!
  5. Hatha Yoga
    Hatha yoga focuses most on deep stretching and relaxed breathing. Because yoga requires focus on your breath and technique it allows you to get out of your head, release the days stress and relax your mind. Classes usually take an hour, so if there is one available near you, check the schedule to see if one coincides with your days off. If not, Hatha yoga DVDs are available at many stores as well as online, and can be done at home. Some beginner’s routines only take half an hour. (For more information on yoga and health, visit the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a government branch related to the National Institutes of Health - Yoga for Health is a great introductory article!)
There are plenty of other ways to integrate exercise into a busy schedule, but these are some of the simplest, most commonly used ideas. A good exercise plan is only one-half of the total equation for great health. It is important to pay attention to your nutrition as well. Supplement your daily diet with our no sugar-added, non-GMO and totally natural Froozer frozen fruit bars. They are perfect for adults and children alike, and they’re a quick, easy, great-tasting way to make sure you get your recommended servings of fruit each day. Scroll over to our products page to check out the great flavors we offer. Buy online or check for our bars at your local grocery store! 
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Froozer® Becomes Official Sponsor of 1st Annual Colorado Cup To Be Held in Colorado Springs on July 13

Des Hague of Froozer® is delighted to announce Froozer® partnership with Funding Ones Freedom to support world soccer community in combination with young CO athletes

May 17, 2016

"The Colorado Cup is a perfect event for Froozer® to get behind as it underpins the values of our brand, mainly, that we do good for the body, environment and communities we serve." -- Des Hague, Froozer® Chairman of the Board.

Des Hague, Co-Founder of Hague Enterprises and Chairman of the Board of Froozer®, and Justin J. Rose, owner of Germany's JJR Consulting GmbH and Founder of Funding Ones FREEDOM, are teaming up to organize the first annual Colorado (soccer) Cup, fueled by Froozer®, to be held at Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO July 13. German Soccer Team Mainz 05 will battle Mexican Team Leones Negros for the Cup. As part of Colorado Cup 2016 there will be a “Celebration of Soccer Week” coming to Vail and Colorado Springs, July 11-15.

“Colorado Cup 2016 and Funding Ones FREEDOM will greatly benefit from Des' passion for giving back and helping others, his years of experience and know-how, and his attention to detail and making things happen successfully, said Rose. "We are particularly excited about involving lots of local kids who will greatly benefit from their training experience with professional German soccer coaches at the various clinics held during 'Celebration of Soccer Week'," concluded Rose.

Throughout the Celebration of Soccer week, there will be youths’ soccer camps taking place at Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and in Vail, a Youth All Star Girls Game followed by Mainz 05 vs. Switchbacks at Switchbacks Stadium in Colorado Springs, CO, on July 12, and a Youth All Star Boys Game followed by the Mainz 05 vs. Leones Negros Colorado Cup game at Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO on July 13.

"I am delighted to partner with Justin to bring this major soccer event to Colorado," said Hague. "It is not every day you get professional teams from Europe and Latin America playing in your backyard. This is special and I am glad to lend my support."

FUNDING ONE’S FREEDOM is a for profit, social enterprise which partners with businesses and people to raise funds needed to inspire the youth by instilling F.R.E.E.D.O.M. from within. Proceeds from events like the Colorado Cup 2016 go towards FUNDING ONE’S FREEDOM. The Colorado Cup 2016 will provide money to various soccer associations and clubs for their development and help sponsor youth soccer camps and international exchange programs. FUNDING ONE’S FREEDOM has helped foreign exchange students, youth soccer teams and individual soccer players and will continue to provide future funding for children and people striving for F.R.E.E.D.O.M. stands for Fitness, Responsibility, Education, Experience, Determination, Opportunity and "If it is meant to be, it's up to me "Mindset."

"The Colorado Cup is a perfect event for Froozer® to get behind," stated Hague. "Froozers are healthy and tasty, grab-n-go snacks for active people. We see soccer in the US as a growing sport and one that underpins the values of our brand, mainly, that we do good for the body, environment and communities we serve," concluded Hague. "Part of our commitment is that we will provide samples during clinics for the kids, sponsor kids in need to participate in pro-run clinics, and make available event tickets for folks who would like to participate but may not have the means."

Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to help by sponsoring a child for $400 per child to partake in this amazing opportunity of being trained by Mainz 05 professional coaches. For more information on how to get involved, please visithttp://www.coloradocup2016.com.
About Froozer® - "simple ingredients. real nutrition." 

Froozer® products, the official healthy frozen fruit and vegetable snack of US Speed Skating, represent the pure goodness of freshly harvested fruits & veggies picked at the peak of their ripeness, flash-frozen whole and blended for optimal taste, nutrition and digestion. Natural fruits and veggies in all their glory, nothing added or subtracted, not even a drop of water. Available in three delicious flavors - STRAWBANANA BLISS, TROPICAL SUNSET and BLUE ALOHA - in 6-pack boxes. Look for Froozer® in your local grocery store freezer at select retail locations in and around Denver, including Whole Foods and Alfalfa's, and various select retailers in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington State, Rhode Island and Alaska, or place your order at http://www.Froozer.com or http://www.Amazon.com to have your Froozer® delivered directly to your home or office.
For more information: http://froozer.com/ 
Contact: Rich Naha, CEO, Froozer® 
Phone:303-246-1957, Rnaha@froozer.com 
Connect with Froozer® on Facebook or Twitter
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No Sugar Added, Whole Nutrition for Active Teens

May 11, 2016

Teens often participate in extracurricular activities, either at school or on their own time. Some teens join teams outside of school, or spend a lot of time skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and a whole host of other activities with their friends. A lot of teens gravitate toward school-based team sports because sports are a great outlet for energy as well as a way to learn the value of hard work and discipline. Plus, many sports players that play on school teams have a better chance at being accepted to college. If you are the parent of an active teen, you may be concerned about their nutrition and their eating habits. Most teens are known for chowing down on junk food, but they need to make sure they get their share of whole foods in if they want their activity performance to be at the optimum level.

We want to educate parents on the calorie needs of active teens, as well as recommended nutrition for both active boys and girls. If your teens want to stay active, they need to stay healthy.

Very active boys, such as those participating in sports full-time, or who get some kind of exercise several hours each day, need between 2,800 calories and 3,200 calories. Boys who are moderately active, such as those who exercise on their own for one or two hours per day, need between 2,400 and 2,800 calories. These numbers seem high, but it’s due to the fact that boys grow significantly between the ages of 14 and 18. They need more calories to ensure healthy physical growth, including healthy muscle development.

Very active girls need 2,400 calories, especially girls who participate in team sports or other forms of exercise for two or more hours per day. Moderately active girls, including those who exercise one to two hours per day, need 2,000 calories per day. These numbers are lower than those for boys because girls go through less physical development between the ages of 14 and 18 than boys do. Many girls are done growing by the time they are 16. Girls also have different hormones than boys do, and estrogen can cause weight gain in girls, where teen boys have to worry less about the issue of weight gain during the same age range.

Active teen girls need about 3 servings of fruit per day if they are on a 2,400 calorie diet, and 4 servings of vegetables, where active teen boys need about 4 servings of fruit per day on a 2,800 calorie diet, five if they are on a 3,200 calorie diet, and 5 servings of vegetables.

You can read more about sport nutrition for young adults on the government’s National Institute for Health website, which discusses the roles of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and macronutrients needed for healthy teen athletes, as opposed to fruit and vegetable servings.

Now, even 3 servings of fruits or vegetables sounds like it may be a bit much to get your teen to eat, especially at the height of their junk food cravings. However, a standard serving is less than you may think. A standard serving of vegetables is equivalent to one cup of raw, leafy greens; one-half cup of other vegetables, raw or cooked; or ¾ of a cup of vegetable juice. One standard serving of fruit is equivalent to one medium apple, banana, orange or pear; a half cup of canned or chopped fruit; or ¾ of a cup of 100% fruit juice.

You can see that it could be easy to get teens to consume the correct amount of servings per day, if they could get some of those servings in a way that they enjoyed. For instance, many teens enjoy protein shakes, smoothies, or fruit juice. It is easy to put both fruits and vegetables in a smoothie without negatively impacting the taste, and the same goes for many fruit juices. Protein shakes taste much better with fruit than without.

Still, if your teen is struggling to get the right amount of fruit into their diet, consider buying them one of our Froozer frozen fruit smoothie bars. Our fruit bars are 100% natural, non-GMO, low in calories, and contain a full serving of fruit (minimum) per bar. (Read more about GMOs in our article What Does Non-GMO Mean for Your Frozen Fruit Smoothie?) Froozer bars are a delicious snack or dessert that contributes to your active teen’s dietary needs. They’re guaranteed to love it, so look for our products at your local grocery store, or buy Froozer on our website or in a store near you!
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Froozer® Gets Go-Ahead on Nationwide Distribution

Froozer® is now available for purchase across the US on Amazon.com

May 5, 2016

Des Hague, Froozer® Chairman of the Board and Froozer® CEO, Rich Naha, announced today that, effective immediately, 48-count boxes of Froozer® are available on amazon.com in the individual flavors of STRAWBANANA BLISS, TROPICAL SUNSET and BLUE ALOHA. A variety pack with all three flavors is also available. 

"We are thrilled to be part of the Amazon program and delighted that Froozer® customers are but a click away from having the healthiest frozen food snack available to them on the market," stated Hague. 

"Froozer®’s availability on Amazon is an important step forward as it gives everyone across the country easy access to Froozer®," said Naha. 

About Froozer® - "simple ingredients. real nutrition." 
Froozer® products, the official healthy fruit snack and frozen smoothie partner of US Speedskating and United Fight Alliance, represent the pure goodness of freshly harvested fruits & veggies picked at the peak of their ripeness, flash-frozen whole and blended for optimal taste, nutrition and digestion. Natural fruits and veggies in all their glory, nothing added or subtracted, not even a drop of water. Available in three delicious flavors - STRAWBANANA BLISS, TROPICAL SUNSET and BLUE ALOHA - in 6-pack boxes. Look for Froozer® in your local grocery store freezer at selected retail locations in the Denver Area including WholeFoods and Alfalfa's, and various select retailers in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts (Including Fenway Park), Oregon, Washington State, Rhode Island and Alaska, or place your order at froozer.com or amazon.com to have your Froozer® delivered directly to your home or office.

For more information: froozer.com
Contact: Rich Naha, CEO, Froozer® 
Phone:303-246-1957, Rnaha(at)froozer(dot)com 
Connect with Froozer® on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

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Why Frozen Fruits Are Important to Whole Nutrition

May 4, 2016

Frozen food often gets a bad reputation for being less healthy and nutritious than fresh fruits and vegetables. You may find yourself asking “Is frozen fruit healthy?” every time you hear someone advertise a frozen fruit bar or promote adding frozen fruit to your morning smoothies instead of fresh fruits. The truth is, frozen fruit is just as, if not more, healthy than fresh fruit.

The most important reason that frozen fruit is actually more nutritious than fresh fruit is that the concept of “fresh” is relative. In order to ensure that the fruit and vegetables presented in the supermarket are ripe despite being harvested often thousands of miles away from the store you visit to buy them, many growers harvest the fruit before it is completely ripe. If they harvested it at the peak of freshness, it would be spoiled by the time it reached most areas of the country.

Therein lies the key difference between so-called “fresh” fruits and frozen ones. Frozen fruits are picked after they have had the chance to fully ripen. Fruits that are left on the tree, vine, or bush that they grow on naturally have more time to absorb all the nutrients that we so desperately need in our diet. If a fruit is picked before it is fully ripe, it is lacking many nutrients that it would have had if it had been allowed to ripen naturally.

If a company is picking fruit to freeze, they often pick it during the perfect season, under the perfect conditions, because it does not have to travel a thousand miles or more to a supermarket - it simply has to be flash frozen as is. Freezing the fruit keeps all of its nutrients intact, and since it had more nutrients than a fresh fruit you’d have picked up at the grocery store to begin with, you are actually getting more of the wholesome goodness you desire.

Potentially the greatest part about frozen fruit, all nutritional information aside, is how easy it factors into healthy children’s eating habits. Some children love bananas and peaches, others refuse to eat any fruit at all. Disguising frozen fruit as a smoothie, or likening it to a popsicle, significantly increases a parent’s chances of getting their children to willingly eat fruit. If you’re the parent of a picky eater, adding frozen fruit to your freezer’s stockpile is a great way to keep the nutrition going around the whole family, for yourself, your kids, and anyone else who lives with you!

If you're looking for the best frozen fruit bars on the market, ones with few calories and no added preservatives, then Froozer bars are a good choice for you. Our most popular choice among children is our Strawbanana Bliss bar -- a fusion of strawberries and bananas, arguably the two most popular fruits, with only 4 ingredients and 40 calories. Contact us with any questions, and you can order from us online or look for us at your local grocery store!
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