Follow These Two Golden Rules of Grazing:
1. Keep Healthy Food Close By.
This ensures that when you grab a snack, healthy options are the closest thing, and are often too easy to pass up. Keep celery, broccoli florets, cauliflower, cucumber, and radishes sliced and readily accessible. For example, create a pretty crudité plate. Make sure it is the first thing you see when you open your fridge.
Pack containers of sliced veggies to take to the office. If you graze on vegetables until lunch you won’t be riding a blood sugar rollercoaster all morning and you are less likely to overeat during your meal.
2. Eat protein in the afternoon.
It is tempting to reach for the energy quick fix that carbs or caffeine provides, especially if you find yourself feeling sluggish or foggy after lunch. Protein is a better option because otherwise, you are simply delaying the crash. I like to drink half a serving of an All-In-One Protein Shake because it delivers a nice combination of vegetable-based protein, low glycemic carbs, fiber, and digestive probiotics.
My Favorite Packaged Snacks (That Won’t Pack on the Pounds)
If I am being honest, there are some days (weeks, months…), where spending an hour to prep veggies ahead of time just isn’t going to happen. When the kids go back to school, during long car rides, and traveling, it can feel impossible to find fresh, organic vegetables. I stock up on my favorite smart snacks:
These are great for potato chip lovers! I recommend Rhythm Superfoods Organic Kale Chips, which are so delicious and you won’t believe that they are actually non-GMO, Vegan, and raw!
Grass-Fed Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is an amazing snack! It’s filling, packed with protein, and keeps your mouth busy gnawing away for a long time. I like to keep a bag of Steve’s Paleogoods PaleoJerky in my car for emergencies (i.e. when I’m stuck in traffic with hungry kids in the car).
Raise your hand if you could finish off a jar of peanut butter or Nutella with a spoon. If this is you, you need Nuttzo in your life- immediately! This spread is low sugar, high protein, vegan, gluten-free and now available in dark chocolate.
Spread some on sliced apples or grain-free crackers, and stash a few of their single-serving pouches in your purse for emergency chocolate cravings. You’ll be getting all the health benefits of dark chocolate, plus 7 grams of protein and a healthy serving of omega-3s.
Super Power Bars
Speaking of chocolate, I love the Reset360 Cacao, Nuts + Seeds Super Power Bars! Nothing is more elusive than the perfect protein bar. Most grocery stores now have an entire aisle devoted to bars, still, most are laden with sugar and other non-organic and possibly GMO ingredients.
The Reset360 bar is totally organic and crafted from ingredients that you can pronounce and visualize– i.e. cinnamon. We know what that looks like. What about soy lecithin? None of that in here, but it does pack 8 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber. Plus (and most importantly if you ask my kids), it tastes great!
It sounds too good to be true, but all of this deliciousness can be a part of your plan for detoxing and weight loss. That’s because the secret to dropping pounds and boosting metabolism is not about starvation.
It’s about simple daily actions that, over time, create big results.