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Pumpkin Protein Loaf (Gluten Free & delicious)

Ingredients:

4 eggs

3 Tablespoons honey

2 Tablespoons Safflower Oil

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup water

2 Tablespoons chia seeds

1 cup brown rice flour

1 cup arrowroot flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3 scoops vanilla protein powder

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Beat together eggs, honey, oil, pumpkin puree and water.

Fold in chia seeds and remaining dry ingredients.  Once all ingredients are moist, beat again on low setting until batter is well mixed.

Pour into greased loaf pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

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Holiday Parties

So we are already in the middle of the Holiday Season.  Parties galore, happy hour specials, brunch with friends… it never ends… and if you are anything like me, sticking to “the diet” can be tough during this time.  Here are a few tips that might help you survive without packing on the pounds or losing momentum:

1. If you are drinking alcohol, alternate your adult beverages with club soda or ice water.

2. Go for the raw vegetables and/or salad first.

3. Don’t skip meals prior to an event because you know you’ll be going all out on the buffet.  This may cause you to really overdo it and eat way too much at once.

4. Have a plate full of colorful vegetables and a piece of protein… allow yourself some time to breathe before hitting the buffet for round 2.

5. Skip desserts altogether…. go for fruit, if that is an option.

6. If you do indulge, don’t stress about it or try to make up for it with “extra” cardio the next day… just drink a lot of water and get back into your routine.

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Grocery List

Here’s a quick list I put together, since I often am asked what I recommend people to put in their carts and take home, rather than frozen dinners and boxed macaroni & cheese….

GROCERY LIST

Proteins

  • Lean Red Meat/Wild Game
  • Wild Caught Fish
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Eggs
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Shrimp
  • Lentils
  • Black beans

Green/Fibrous Carbs (Fresh or Frozen)

  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Red/Yellow/Green Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Edamame (in the shell)
  • Spinach
  • Cucumbers
  • Romaine
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Eggplant
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Artichokes
  • Squash
  • All other veggies

Starchy Carbs

  • Oatmeal
  • Cream of Rice or Wheat
  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice, White Rice
  • Red Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yucca
  • 100% whole grain sprouted breads
  • Low Carb/high fiber tortillas

Fruit: Fresh or Frozen

  • Cantaloupe
  • Apples
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Melons
  • Raspberries
  • Bananas
  • Citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemons, oranges)

Fats

  • Coconut oil
  • Nuts (slivered or sliced), Nut Butters
  • Seeds
  • Olive oil
  • Avocado
  • Olives
  • Grass Fed Butter

Miscellaneous

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Herbs and spices (fresh and dried)
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Natural sweetener – truvia, stevia drops
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Stick to the Perimeter

It can be a daunting task trying to navigate the aisles at your local grocery, especially if you just started a new meal plan and are looking to implement some healthy lifestyle changes.  One simple rule of thumb (with a handful of exceptions depending on your plan) is to “Stick to the Perimeter” of the store.  When you first walk in to most grocery stores, you are greeted with vibrant colors and fragrances of fresh produce.  This is my favorite part of the store and I absolutely love taking my time to read where the fruits and vegetables I’m interested in purchasing are grown, harvested, imported from, etc.  I personally prefer organic produce and will go out of my way to find it.  Do I eat organic 100% of the time?  No, I do not.  But I make an effort, more so now than ever before.  Many grocery store chains offer organic options, if the market is not an organic market like Whole Foods, you just have to seek it out.

Pic below is from Mrs. Green’s Natural Market… this franchise carries 100% Organic Produce in their locations.  Takes the guessing work out of the equation when shopping there.

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Even Costco has a great selection of Organic products, and at very competitive prices.   You just need to be patient and take your time going through each aisle and reading labels in the produce, meat, and dairy sections.

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In many stores I’ve been to, the fish market and butcher are next in line, if you stay close to the outer perimeter of the store.  Just after that is the bakery, which may not be totally off-limits if you have multi grain or whole wheat bread in your program.  Some stores may even carry sprouted grain bread and/or rice bread here.  Again, you just have to take your time and read labels.  Try not to get too distracted by the muffins, doughnuts, and scones though… while they look delicious in the case, I’m fairly certain most programs will not have a pastry listed as an approved choice in the plan.  Deep breathe, put the blinders on, keep it moving!

Next up we have the dairy section, which in my local grocery store is huge.  There are so many different types of milk to choose from… cow’s milk, goat’s milk, coconut milk, soy milk, almond milk, lactose free milk, organic milk.  Don’t even get me started on all of the different types of yogurt, cheese, butter, orange juice, and last but not least eggs.

At this point, as you make your way around the perimeter, you might have a cooler or two with beer… and your right back near the registers.  Now, some of you might have things like brown rice, oatmeal, coffee, tea, seltzer, rice cakes… those are typically located within the aisles.  But I warn you… do not pull anything off the shelf that is not on your approved list of food choices.  It’s not even worth the aggravation of reading the label and facing the fact that you just can’t have it.  Stick to those aisles and most of your shopping, if not all of it, is done.

Hopefully this helps you WORK OUT some of the confusion of grocery shopping… Thanks for stopping by!