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Mix & Match Snack Combos… with no Afternoon Crash

 

Do you struggle with an afternoon slump? 

Can’t seem to break your cheez it addiction? 

Always reach for the office candy dish at 3pm? 

If this is you, it’s not your lack of willpower, we just have to tweak your choices.

One of the biggest problems I see with typical ‘snack’ options is they’re mainly fast digesting carbohydrates. The problem is, we digest them quickly, they spike our blood sugar, and we crash shortly after, leaving you reaching for more snacks.

Problem solved.

Try out this perfect snack formula to be sure you keep your blood sugar stable, and your afternoon snack monster at bay. 

  1. Pick a protein or healthy fat or both from the first list (they’ll slow down digestion and help keep you full longer) 
  2. Pick a fiber filled carbohydrate from the second list (the fiber makes them digest more slowly, and will help to keep you full).

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Protein & Healthy Fat Options: 

  • Antibiotic Nitrate & Nitrite Free Organic Turkey Breast Slices
  • Hard Boiled Eggs (eat the yolk for healthy fat & nutrients too)
  • Greek Yogurt (I love Fage or Two Good)
  • Cottage Cheese (I like Good Culture)
  • Tuna or Salmon Packets
  • Organic String Cheese
  • Protein Powder (look for all clean ingredients – always happy to recommend the one I use and love)
  • Chomps Turkey Sticks
  • Natural Nut Butter
  • Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds
  • Flaxseed
  • Nuts
  • Hummus
  • Yogurt Based Dips
  • Avocado

Fiber Filled Carbohydrate Options: 

  • Any Fruit fresh or frozen with no syrup/sugar added (bananas, apples, grapes, berries, etc… all travel well)
  • Freeze dried crunchy fruit (only ingredient should be the fruit)
  • Snackable Veggies (cherry tomatoes, snap peas, baby bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, etc…)
  • Brown Rice Cakes
  • Whole Grain Cereal (I love three wishes for a little extra protein) with at least 4 grams of fiber
  • Siete Tortilla Chips
  • Lesser Evil Popcorn
  • Lesser Evil Power Curls
  • Whole Grain Crackers (I love Simple Mills)
  • Oats
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Chickpeas
  • Granola or Protein Bar with at least 4 grams of Fiber
  • Birch Benders Pancake Mix
  • Whole Grain Bread (at least 4 grams of Fiber)

Mix & Match Ideas 

  • Snackable Veggies & Hummus or Greek Yogurt Dip
  • Cereal with a Scoop of Protein & Unsweetened Nut Milk
  • Apple Slices with Nut Butter & Lily’s Chocolate Chips
  • Oats with a Scoop of Protein Powder & Nut Butter
  • Hard Boiled Eggs & Dried Chickpeas
  • Brown Rice Cakes topped with Hummus, Cottage Cheese, Nut Butter, or Protein Frosting
  • String Cheese & Popcorn
  • Whole Grain Crackers with a Tuna Pouch
  • Greek yogurt with Fruit & Flaxseed
  • Cottage Cheese with Sliced Tomatoes and Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
  • Lesser Evil Popcorn with Pumpkin Seeds & Nutritional Yeast
  • Whole Grain Toast with Avocado or Nut Butter

P.S. Still want to reach for the cheez its too? Add in a handful or a hershey kiss if you’ve got a sweet tooth, but portion out and consume it last having your healthier snack combo first 😉

No foods off limits around here! What’s your favorite snack?

Food for Thought…

𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲. ⁣

𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯. ⁣

We know our daily Starbucks addiction isn’t getting us closer to our weight loss goal, but we continue to cling to that habit. ⁣

𝘞𝘩𝘺? ⁣

Because in some way it’s serving you. ⁣

Whether it’s your morning wake up jolt. ⁣
The one reward you treat yourself with. ⁣
Or the one time you feel warm and cozy all day. ⁣

It has a purpose and in order to get to the bottom of how to change that behavior we need to first figure out how it is serving you.⁣

Then we can start to seek to gain that same benefit in some other, healthier way. ⁣

We’re very quick to judge ourselves for doing the things we shouldn’t be, but it’s rare we actually stop to look at why they’re actually serving us. ⁣

When we choose observation over judgment we can start to make positive steps towards actually changing the not so positive behaviors that are serving us in some way. ⁣

Little mindset hack for your Tuesday and reminder to show yourself compassion and grace instead of constant grit, judgment and negativity. ⁣

𝘋𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘯𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰? 𝘈𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘵 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶?

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How to make peace with your trigger foods…

Have you ever had that food that you just can’t seem to control yourself around? 

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You do well all day and your nighttime sugar fix is your weakness? 
You can’t keep M & Ms in the house cause you’ll eat the whole bag? 
You know a jar of peanut butter never lasts long because you’re supposed to be an adult, but you’re eating the jar with a fork for dinner on a Tuesday? 

Want to know one of my favorite hacks to help my clients “gain control” around these foods?

Foods in fact, they typically deem “off limits”, “bad” or feel like they can’t keep in the house… 

Actually eat them. 

Now I know that sounds crazy, and trust me that doesn’t have to mean that you’re ready just yet to grab a handful of m&m’s from the bag in the pantry, but here’s what I want you to try doing:

  1. STOP labeling your foods as good or bad. Foods are just food. Some are better for our bodies and some are better for our souls, but they are literally just nutrients we consume. 
  2. Allow yourself to have these foods in a manner that you can feel more in control around them. 

We can do this in a few ways: 

For some it’s consuming them at a time when you feel more in control of your choices. Maybe this means adding some chocolate chips in your morning oatmeal because you rarely overeat early in the day. Or, adding your chips to the end of your very filling lunch salad packed with protein and fiber for lunch so you feel more satisfied. 

For others, it’s going and purchasing a single serving of your favorite food one day at a time, or going out for that food (like ice cream) instead of keeping it in the house, until you build up more confidence around that food.

Reality is, the more we actually normalize the foods we claim to “struggle” with the more in control we’ll feel around them, BUT one of the biggest things I’ve learned is we need to do it in the approach that’s right for you. 

Because reality is, if you told me to just intuitively eat from a bag of peanut butter cups in my cabinet, they’d be gone in a day. So for me, the best approach may be to get a single serving of peanut butter cups every day for two weeks. Most likely, by the end of the two weeks I may not even want it. 

When it comes to weight loss…

Mindset matters. Habits matter. The stories we tell ourselves matter. 

Let’s focus on normalizing all foods. Removing the judgment and giving ourselves grace. I’m working on it too, wanna join me?!

Trader Joe’s Shopping List

I get it, grocery shopping can be overwhelming, especially with all of the options. The one thing I always get asked about is what I buy at Trader Joe’s so I wanted to give a breakdown of my go-to staples, especially for our ladies diving in to round two of Gut Protocol.

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Here is my go to list currently:

Frozen Fruits & Veggies:

  • Organic Riced Cauliflower ⁣
  • Bell Pepper Trio ⁣
  • Mexican Cauliflower Rice (It’s SPICY) ⁣
  • Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry
  • Colorful Carrot Coins ⁣
  • Rainbow Cauliflower Florets ⁣
  • Fine Green Beans
  • Organic Green Vegetable Foursome
  • Shakshuka Starter
  • Organic Wild Blueberries
  • Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries
  • Organic Frozen Strawberries
  • Organic Mixed Berry Blend

Fresh Vegetables: 

  • Jicama Wraps ⁣
  • Jicama Sticks
  • Fresh greens (Organic 𝘣𝘢𝘣𝘺 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘤𝘩 & 𝘣𝘢𝘣𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴) ⁣
  • Organic Broccoli Slaw
  • Kohlrabi Noodles
  • Ready Veggies
  • Sprinkles Teeny Tomatoes
  • Murasaki Sweet Potatoes
  • Petite Rainbow Carrots ⁣
  • Persian Cucumbers
  • Organic Mini Bell Peppers
  • Butternut Squash Zig Zags
  • Teeny Tiny Avocados
  • Hearts of Palm Noodles (in the pasta & sauce section)

Proteins:

  • Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage
  • Organic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Pre-Cooked Just Chicken
  • 93% Lean Ground Turkey
  • 96% Lean Ground Beef
  • Organic Chicken Breast
  • Cage Free Organic Eggs
  • Frozen Turkey Burgers
  • Egg Wraps

Dairy & Non Dairy:

  • Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt (not GP approved)
  • Silver Goat Cheese (not GP approved)
  • Shredded Light Mozzarella Cheese (not GP approved)
  • Vegan Cashew Cheddar Slices
  • Vegan Shredded Parmesan Cheese Alternative
  • Coconut Whipped Cream

Grains:

  • Frozen Brown Rice or Jasmine Rice
  • Organic Tricolor Quinoa
  • Hearts of Palm Noodles
  • Organic Rolled Oats with Ancient Grains (these are certified gluten free)
  • Mini Corn Tortillas (only ingredients are corn, water, and lime)
  • Almond Flour Tortillas

Canned, Spices & Baking Aisle :

  • Organic Pinto Beans with Sea Salt
  • Organic Garbanzo Beans
  • Diced & No Salt Added Tomatoes
  • Miso Ginger Broth
  • Seasonings (I love their seasoning blends, the taco mix, chili lime, cheesy, and everything but the elote are my faves)
  • Sea Salt
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Just a Handful of Pitted Salted Manzanilla Olives
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Organic Avocado Oil Spray
  • Trail Mix Section
  • Organic Unsweetened Coconut Chips
  • Organic Completely Cacao Chips (these are sometimes in the frozen section)
  • Freeze dried fruit (the blueberries & apples are my faves)
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds

Extras: 

  • GT’s Kombucha (I love the gingerade)
  • Cauliflower Gnocchi ⁣
  • Frozen Shrimp Stir Fry (𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘩) ⁣
  • Plantain Chips (fair warning I cannot keep these in the house)
  • Grainless Tortilla Chips
  • Candy Coated chocolate peanuts

⁣𝘔𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘣 𝘯𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦: always check the ingredients list. The shorter the list the better, and try to go for ingredients you understand & can pronounce. ⁣Everything listed is gluten free (I have Celiac) and will all be Gut Protocol approved unless noted. ⁣

Here is my updated go-to list 📚 save & for your next trip 🛒

⁣ 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐠𝐨-𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐉𝐨𝐞’𝐬?! 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐟𝐮𝐥? ⁣

 

Skillet Shrimp Stir Fry

Easiest Skillet Dinner ever!!!!

In a skillet you’ll cook up 1 bag of frozen cauliflower rice, add in 200 grams of shredded carrots (about 2 cups), and coconut aminos.

Mix in 2 servings of precooked shrimp, and 1 cup of black beans.

Once everything has combined, you’ll crack one egg in the middle and let it scramble.

Super easy fried rice without the rice! Gluten free & so good! It made 2 servings for me!

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