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Inspiring Conversations with Z’mali Hodge of Flex N’ Bites

Today we’d like to introduce you to Z’mali Hodge.

Hi Z’mali, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
As a teenager, I was an at-risk youth without a care in the world. Everything changed the moment I received a phone call at the age of fifteen that my father had passed. It was as if the inner-city child who flew from LAX to the Caribbean Islands of Antigua returned as a man who had to find his purpose. My only passion at the time was playing football and working out at the YMCA; that’s when I knew health and fitness were my passion which awoke the inner fire of a hustler in me. I didn’t know how I would do it exactly, I just knew I wanted to share this with the world.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I anticipated that the road to success would not always be clear and filled with a lot of setbacks and challenges. The most challenging of all was finding a way to start; I would surf the web, watch a lot of YouTube videos and read published articles like the one I am featured in today in search for clues. I am a firm believer that although the road to success is very abstract, success always leaves clues.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Flex N’ Bites is a protein snack company specializing in healthy alternative snacks. Flex N’ Bites shares the same concept as protein bars but differs by striving to be the fresh alternative option. In today’s world the vast majority of foods in our homes include a large amount of preservatives, which have been linked to cancer etc… Whereas Flex N’ Bites uses honey as a natural preservative and sweetener. Flex N’ Bites is also one of the first protein snacks out in the market that uses watermelon seeds as its source for protein. Flex N’ Bites is more than a tasty snack; it is a snack that has whole natural ingredients unlike the ingredients on most packages that are hard to comprehend. It is easy to take on the go, does not require refrigeration and is not only intended for the bodybuilder but is intended for everyone including kids. I am proud to confidently say that this is the snack that can fit in anyone’s healthy lifestyle.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up, I was a bit of a comic and a rascal who gravitated toward playing sports. In addition to school and sports, I dedicated time towards helping my single mother who worked 2-3 jobs. Through the hardships, my family and I went through my mother taught me valuable lessons, one of which was the utter importance of hard work. These lessons served as corrections to the adolescent carelessness that could have steered me in the wrong direction. Despite the fact that I hadn’t always kept the best company when it came to friends, on the inside, I always felt the need to be great and successful to ensure that my family no longer struggled. In order to achieve that, I knew I would have to bear the weight of more responsibility and work. These hardships are what allowed me to escape the grips of immaturity and gravitate towards being the biggest and best I could become. In a few short years, the work I put in was realized in my physical appearance and my renewed interest for a fulfilling life.

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