Luna, Beyond the Bar

LUNA is all about good food and good nutrition, but let’s face it: You’re not ONLY what you eat. Here we take a closer look at what feeds your strength. Whether you’re an athlete, an artist, a foodie or just plain awesome, we hope you’ll find something here for you.

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Her Story: Melody Biringer of the CRAVEcompany
Her Story: Melody Biringer of the CRAVEcompany

From strawberry shortcake to home furnishings to a fitness business, Melody Biringer has trotted down virtually every entrepreneurial trail in existence. With 23 business ventures under her belt — a few of them even successful! — you might call her a lifelong “start-up junkie.” Her current entrepreneurial love-child is Urban Campfire, a movement to create a different conversation, produced by the CRAVEcompany. CRAVE connects savvy business women through networking events, symposiums and a series of smash-hit city guides. She’s always scouting for the next crop of start-up superstars, solopreneurs and socially-conscious capitalists. Melody is the author of CRAVING Success: a startup junkies path from passion to profits

In Melody's words:

1. What's the history behind the name "CRAVE/URBAN CAMPFIRE"?

I am a startup junkie and have had over 20 businesses.  I started The CRAVE Company 12 years ago with the idea to get girlfriends together, it has evolved over the years to be a big advocate of women owned businesses through events, books and online profiles. Urban Campfire is a project of CRAVE...an event that brings together women to tell stories, see each other in our stories, roast marshmallows and dance. The first event was held in August of 2013 in Seattle and 500 women came.  We are now taking it to cities nationwide.

2. What was your very first job?

I grew up on a strawberry farm so picking strawberries was my very first job. It only lasted one day because I saw a better opportunity to sell lemonade. 

3. Who was/is your mentor?

I have so many it is hard to list. I consider my friends my main mentors. They bring joy and perspective to my life like nobody else can do. 

4. Favorite LUNA Bar flavor?

S’mores of course!

5. What's your favorite spot in Seattle?

It’s a tossup between the Burke Gilman Trail for a bike ride or a walk around my Queen Anne neighborhood.

6. If you could have lunch with any female, past or present, who would it be?

Gloria Steinem to dish on style and authenticity.

7. Looking back, what advice would you tell your 15-year-old self?

Start thinking about who you are, what do you care about?  Start a 100 things you CRAVE list in all areas of your life and review it often. Spend time doing things you love and what you are good at and don’t worry about everything else. Seek out all kinds of different likeminded friends that share your passions. Here is a link with tips and inspiration to help you get started on your CRAVE list.

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The Power of Protein: Eat Protein to Get Lean
The Power of Protein: Eat Protein to Get Lean

Sarah-Jane Bedwell, RD, LDN, author of Schedule Me Skinny: Plan to Lose Weight and Keep it Off in Just 30 Minutes a Week

Protein is second only to water as the most abundant substance in the human body, so it’s easy to see why it’s an important component of a healthy diet. Protein is key to building muscle, which helps you look fit and toned. It also helps you stay full after a meal because it takes longer to digest than carbohydrates, and we all know that less mindless snacking means a smaller waistline. One study found that dieters who ate eggs for breakfast lost 65% more weight than those who didn’t, even though they ate the same number of calories, probably because the egg breakfasts were higher in filling, quality protein. That’s proof for the point that consuming a protein source at each meal is extremely important for weight loss. And if looking younger is on your wish list, protein will help by providing collagen to the connective tissues of the body and to the tissues of the skin, hair, and nails.

In my new book, Schedule Me Skinny: Plan to Lose Weight and Keep it Off in Just 30 Minutes a Week, I recommend that a good, lean source of protein be consumed with every meal and snack as protein promotes staying-power, lean muscle mass, and healthy weight loss.

When it comes to protein at meals, I suggest eating lean beef once a week, going for a meatless protein day at least once a week (enjoy beans, eggs and nut butters), and eating fish at least twice a week. On other days, enjoy lean poultry. Fish is an extremely important protein to consume on a weight loss plan, as studies have shown that women who eat fish, especially oily fish like salmon and tuna, two to four times each week have the lowest levels of body fat.

To give your snacks staying-power try to include a protein source with them as well. Snack time is a great opportunity to enjoy lowfat dairy sources of protein like milk or yogurt. Or you may want to try plant-based protein such as soy or nuts.

It is especially important to have a protein-packed meal or snack after a hard workout since protein helps lean muscle to rebuild and recover. Want some great protein-rich snack ideas? These snacks are all 200 calories or less, have a good source of protein and are perfect whether you are trying to refuel after a workout or quell the afternoon munchies:

  • ¼ cup nuts (like peanuts, almonds, pecans)
  • 1 small banana with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 LUNA Protein Bar (try the brand new flavors out this month: Chocolate Coconut Almond—my personal favorite healthy way to satisfy a chocolate craving-- and Lemon Vanilla!)
  • 8oz. lowfat chocolate milk
  • 6oz. Nonfat Greek Yogurt topped with ½ cup berries and a drizzle of honey

Need another reason to include protein in your regular eating routine? If your New Year’s Resolution involves getting lean and trim, protein is absolutely essential. In fact, in a recent study, dieters who cut calories over a month without increasing their protein intake lost 7 pounds, but the catch was that 58% of that was lean muscle mass—yikes! On the other hand, those who doubled their protein intake lost the same amount of weight with less than a third of it coming from muscle! That’s the power of protein!

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TODAY’S TOPIC- “The Skinny on Fat”
TODAY’S TOPIC- “The Skinny on Fat”

We believe that strong beats skinny any day of the week. So we asked women everywhere, “How do you Feed Your Strength?” And since strength starts from the inside, we began by taking a closer look at what we put into our bodies. Our “Debunking the Diet” video series weighs in on current eating trends and myths that we’ve all heard mixed messages about. Does eating fat make you fat? In our latest episode - "The Skinny on Fat" - our in-house nutrition guru Tara Dellolacono Thies shares key tips to remember when deciphering what are good fats vs. bad fats. 

After watching the webisode, be sure to head over to our Facebook page to share what feeds your strength. You'll also have a chance to enter our sweepstakes to win a LUNA Bar a day for an entire year!

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