Q: What was your motivation or the idea behind Juti Bar?
The Juti Bar was inspired by both my mom's healthy cooking habits and my desire to have a healthy on-the-go breakfast. I was working at a startup with a long commute several years ago and I was eating a bagel with cream cheese on the way to the office every day. I wanted something healthier but I didn't have time to sit down and have a bowl of oatmeal. When my mom first made the original Juti Bar, it was love at first bite! My on-the-go breakfast every day soon became a Juti Bar and a banana and I immediately noticed that I felt a lot more natural energy and clarity of mind after eating my Juti breakfast each day. Since then, my "Juti Bar A Day" habit has become a very happy and healthy addiction for me.
Q: From your perspective what are the nutrition highlights of Juti Bar?
Each Juti Bar is very nutritionally dense without any fillers or preservatives or anything that the body doesn't need. If you look at the nutrition label, you will notice that each bar contains a well-balanced mix of healthy fats, protein and fiber. That combined with the superfood of chia seeds helps make the Juti Bar the most satisfying snack or meal replacement available today. Each ingredient in the Juti Bar is certified organic and gluten-free and the bar itself is certified organic and certified gluten-free. As the company founder, I went through the extra steps for the certifications and invested the extra time and money and energy in those because I want to make sure that each Juti Bar is the very best food that you can put into your body. We continue to get rave reviews from nutritionists and other health experts from across the country. So if you're not sure if the Juti Bar may be good for you, I encourage you to ask your nutritionist or the healthiest person you know to read the Juti nutrition label and let you know their honest opinion.
Q: What do you suggest these bars are used as - snack, meal replacement, part of a meal, etc.?
I personally eat the Juti Bar as either a small meal replacement or as a snack to fill one of the hunger gaps in my day. Since it is so easy on the digestion, it serves as a great pre-workout snack or post workout recovery food. Many of our customers eat a Juti Bar a day as part of their normal routine and they typically eat it at the time of day when it's most challenging for them to have a healthy food option at their fingertips.
When the Juti Bar was first created, my favorite way to eat it was to have one with a banana for breakfast and that easily held me all the way until lunchtime and beyond. Some of our customers who are teachers choose to eat a Juti Bar at lunch time so they can have a good breakfast and dinner at home with their family each day, and they can continue to work at their desk during the afternoon when they are busy with their students.
Q: Besides eating the bars, are there other tips you can share on how to incorporate Juti Bar into an eating routine?
"Routine" is a very good word when it comes to eating Juti Bars because I recommend incorporating a Juti Bar a day into your routine so you can start to see both short-term and long-term health benefits as a result. If you want to really put Juti Bars to the test in your life, I suggest you think about your typical day and your typical week and identify the most challenging time of day for you to eat healthy food. That could be your breakfast or your lunch or your mid-afternoon snack or your food right before your workout. Whichever time is most challenging for you, that is the time to start to eat a Juti Bar and see how your body feels during the first several hours after you eat one.
I hear from customers all the time that they got addicted to how good their body feels after eating a Juti Bar. For the customers who eat it before they work out, they typically have better workouts and aren't concerned anymore about running out of fuel while they are exercising. Other customers have told me that knowing that they're going to eat at Juti Bar for breakfast in the morning allows them to sleep more soundly the night before because they're not stressed about how they're going to prepare a healthy breakfast and the time and energy that it takes to do that. Knowing that they can just grab a Juti Bar out of their fridge or freezer is very comforting to them. So to sum it up, you want to pick a time of day that you think will work best for you and then give it a shot and see what results you get. Because results and feeling good are the name of the game!
Q: If you could give one tip to parents, athletes, and coaches, what would it be?
If I could give one tip to parents, athletes and coaches, it would be simply this... get comfortable making small changes and observing what results those changes bring into your life. This applies to the parents, athletes and coaches as well as all the individuals who they influence. Each of us are at different stages of health and we each have different levels of sustained energy throughout our day.
If you want more healthy energy so you can feel better throughout the day and perform better in school and in competition, my best advice is to identify one small change that you can make, then make that change today and consistently make that change every day for the next one to two weeks or more. You just need enough time to observe the results that that change brings to your life and your energy levels throughout the day. This tends to be great advice for parents, athletes and coaches because they can help observe the results that the individuals making these changes are starting to see in their lives and in their athletic performances. And once you've implemented one small change and notice positive results, move on to the next change and then the next and the next. It's as simple as that.