Last Sunday (as it was pouring rain all stinking day…) I spent a lot of time making some updates to the blog. Recipe posts will now have the recipe formatted so that you can easily print it with the click of a button, and you will also be able to save recipes into your own recipe box. It will take me some time, but eventually I will have all past recipe posts with these added features, but for right now, the new posts will definitely be formatted easily for you. For an example of what I”m talking about, check out my last post of this Cheesy Cauliflower Bake where you can see what the recipe feature looks like. Let me know what you think. I’m hoping this makes life easier for everyone. I also updated my Recipes and About Me pages, so be sure to check those out too if you’re bored and looking for things to read
Today’s post is a little different than the usual recipe post. I wanted to give you guys a peek inside my fridge to see what foods I’m really into right now. A lot of times when I’m working with a patient I get the question, “Do you really eat like this?” For the most part, I do try to practice what I preach, and overall I eat pretty healthfully, though I will admit that I sometimes I get a little carried away on the weekends… When that happens I take the opportunity to start the week fresh and get back on track on Monday. Let’s go on a little tangent for a moment. Walk with me. Something I always talk about with clients, is that every moment of every day is an opportunity to start fresh. Dietary setbacks are going to happen. No one can eat perfectly all the time, so you can’t beat yourself up about it or just throw up your hands and eat a whole pizza to make yourself temporarily feel better. A true test of someone’s commitment to their journey for better health is how they deal with setbacks. Just like if you were running a race and you fell, you wouldn’t just stay down, right? You would get back up and keep going. Same thing applies here. Being healthy is a marathon, not a sprint. As long as you pick yourself back up and keep trying, you’re never a failure. Okay, little tangent over. Let’s go peek in the fridge….
I just cannot get enough avocado right now. I’ve been eating about 4 a week for the past month. Avocados are filled with fantastic nutrients. They are packed with heart healthy monounsaturated fats, and and also loaded with fiber. A large avocado has about 17 grams of carbohydrate and 14 of those grams are fiber. Fourteen!!! That’s incredible. There’s half of your daily fiber needs right from one food. I’ve been eating an avocado on my spinach salad (which also has chicken and feta cheese with some light Greek salad dressing) which I pack for lunch most days, but if you want some other ideas for incorporating avocado into your diet, try this Avocado Chicken Salad, this Avocado hummus, or even these Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies.
2. Low Carb Wraps
As I’ve been mentioning it in most of my posts, regular readers know by now that I’ve been trying to keep to a much lower carb intake for the past few months. These wraps are a life saver!!! I really don’t eat bread, which doesn’t bother me because I don’t care for sandwiches all that much, BUT one sandwich I can’t live without is Peanut Butter and Jelly. Well, let me rephrase that, I can live without the sandwich part, just not the PB&J parts. So what I’ve been doing, is using this wrap, spreading peanut butter on it, and then throwing on a few tablespoons of sugar free jam (see the next food item) and rolling it up for a delicious and filling breakfast. These wraps also work great for making Low Carb Quesadillas, and for the crust of your own personal Skillet Pizza. There are lots of low carb wraps out there, I just happen to really like this brand. It’s 18 grams of carb for a large wrap and 12 of those grams are fiber, so Net Carbs is only 6 grams. Can’t beat that!
3. Sugar Free Jam
As mentioned above, peanut butter and jelly is one of my all time favorite foods. I knew when I decided to work on lowering my carb intake that I would have to find an alternative to this childhood favorite, as it is a staple in my diet. This jam is perfection. It’s sugar free and it has a good amount of fiber in it. Can you tell from all my food choices that I’ve been getting a lot of fiber lately. Like a lot, a lot. My GI tract is still adjusting to that….. anyways. I love the taste of this jam (blackberry and red raspberry are my favorite flavors). As mentioned, for me, it goes on top of a low carb wrap and a thick layer of peanut butter. Lately though, I’ve been kicking around the idea of trying to make a low carb version of one of my favorite indulgences – Baked Brie, and this sugar free jam might be just the ticket to “healthifying” this guilty pleasure…
4. Walden Farms Sugar Free Caramel Dip
I am a sucker for anything caramel. This caramel dip is actually pretty good. It does have some of that artificial sweetener aftertaste, but for the most part it doesn’t bother me. I’ve used this as plain old apple dip, and it’s not bad. But I also like mixing it into other delicious things. I really like a Tbsp of this mixed into plain Greek yogurt – delicious. I’ve also used it in my Caramel Chia Seed Pudding to create a low carb, low sugar dessert that still satisfied my sweet tooth. It was a success.
5. Dove Dark Chocolate Promise Squares
I love chocolate. It’s an instant pick me up and is also full of good-for-you flavanols that help to improve blood flow, and thus cardiovascular health. In fact, dark chocolate is what is called a “functional food” because it can help to lower blood pressure. How convenient for us that it is also delicious In order to get the most health benefits from your chocolate, cross over the dark side (yes, I’m
cool a super huge nerd). Dark chocolate (the higher the % cacao, the better) has more actual cacao, and thus more flavanols. I love these little Promises squares for 2 reasons: 1) perfect portion control. No thinking required, just grab one and unwrap (although if you go back for more than 1 square then this really isn’t working out ideally). 2) I like that each square has a little message for me. Way to go Dove. That was a brilliant marketing strategy. And of course it’s really excellent tasting. So I guess actually I love it for 3 reasons.
So there you have it. I have really been enjoying these foods as of late. I’m thinking I would like to make this type of post a regular occurrence. That way I can continue to share with you all the new products and ideas as I find them.
What do you think? Do you think it would be good to make this “Five Foods I’m Loving Lately” a series? Also, what foods are you loving lately?
Leave me comments and share the health!!!