Want some (keto) cookies??

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Changing your diet is hard. One minute you’re devouring bowls of chicken alfredo pasta with a side of warm, crusty garlic bread, and the next you’re munching on cucumber sticks wondering if there’s more to life than this. (Kidding! I actually happen to enjoy cucumber sticks with a little sea salt, I swear.)

But seriously, it’s tough to make changes, especially ones that last more than a few days.

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My typical lunch – chili (protein), veggies w/ avocado (healthy fat), and dessert!!

Recently, I made the decision to stick to a diet that is keto/paleo-friendly. What does that mean, exactly? I understand that paleo and keto are, in many ways, very different, but I decided to take the best features of both and unite them.

  • High Fat, Veggie, and Protein (keeps me full)
  • Low Carb & Sugar (reduces cravings)
  • Moderate Dairy (reduces bloating)
  • Gluten & Legume Free (better for my gut)

I know what you’re thinking – that cuts out a lot of the good stuff. Well, it definitely eliminates things that my body doesn’t like. You see, I’ve been known to demolish cartons of Peeps, bags of Sour Patch Kids, tubs of mint chocolate chip ice cream, and oh, don’t get me started on peanut butter cookies. I. Want. Them. All.

I can’t say for certain whether it’s because I’m getting older, or because my body’s just tired of being fed crap, but I was feeling really run down, bloated, lethargic, and heavy. Then, as soon as I got serious about eating healthier and working out harder, I noticed immediate changes. (Cue angelic/heavenly music.)

I knew this wasn’t going to be a month-long thing, but rather a life-long journey, so I started focusing on all of the things I could eat.. Turns out, there are a ton of paleo and keto recipes, resources, and ready-to-eat products on the good ol’ internet.

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That’s how I stumbled upon Nui, a company that makes delicious keto cookies with full-fat ingredients and only 4 net carbs. Amazing. Of course, my favorite is the peanut butter!

Grab a Glass of Milk

Nui cookies are gluten-free, low glycemic, and don’t have any added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or GMOs. Ingredients like heavy cream and grass-fed butter make these cookies so rich and satisfying, you won’t even know they’re good for you. Eat them on the go or pack them with lunch – we could all use a little afternoon treat. However you choose, feel free to indulge that sweet tooth of yours – hope is not lost.

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When you visit eatnui.com, you’ll find recipes and a comprehensive guide to beginning a keto lifestyle. If you’re considering it and want to know more, I suggest you check it out!

I can’t recommend these cookies enough. Game changer!

Get snacking!

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Austin Banach, Culinary-Trained Private Chef and Independent Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle Coach, is here to talk about all things snacking (my favorite subject!). And who would know better than a professional? See what Austin has to say about finding healthy snacks, avoiding office vending machines, and looking at snacking in a whole new light. Enjoy!

You can’t out exercise a bad diet. I sneer at this saying – because it’s right. I love snacking. I used to say to myself, “its ok if I eat this (insert sweet or salty snack of choice here), I’ll just do 10 extra pushups tomorrow.” Well, that didn’t work out very well!

I learned a couple things along the way:

  1. The word “snacking,” alone, is getting a bad rap these days.
  2. Healthier snacks can actually improve your overall energy, health, and nutrition.

I recently created a poll on Facebook and asked my friends to call-out the first things that came to mind when they thought about the word “snack.” Most of the answers included pizza, cake, cookies, Cheez -Its, Goldfish Crackers, and other salty, decedent, or seemingly guilty pleasures. I only saw three healthier options: carrots (with no cake at the end), mangos, and castor oil (uhhh..ok).

But, what if instead of the word “snack,” we retrained our minds to use the word “energy”? Would it then be possible to think: “Man, if I eat this, I can do 10 fewer pushups tomorrow”?

Now I know what you are thinking: “Healthy snacks aren’t as fun or enjoyable.” Just as I would never completely give up a cookie, cracker, or piece of cake every once in a while, I wouldn’t expect anyone else to stop snacking. That’s just absurd!

Let’s face it, we can’t get rid of snacking, we just need to rethink the choices. It is a known fact that most humans can’t go 4-5 hours at a time without a snack or meal because our bodies start to fatigue and crash. Boost it up with a trifecta of nutrients to keep you going even when the toughest slump or temptation hits!

Fail to plan and plan to fail.

It’s true. You’ll need to make an effort to pack these snacks ahead of time because there’s a slim chance that your office or break room will have a big plate of carrots and hummus or a smoothie fountain (at least not where I work). I know that when I’m stranded with a growling tummy and no back-up plan, I’ll eat the first treat in sight. I always put aside an extra 15 minutes or so in the morning to get a few snacks ready for the day ahead of me. When the snacking alert goes off in my body, I’m super pumped that I took the time to prepare for it!

Give any of these a try and see what happens to your mood and energy:

  1. Trail mix (avoid sugar if possible), dried fruit, nuts, seeds
  2. Fruits or vegetables with almond butter (Ants on a Log – that’s fun, right?)
  3. Protein bars – there are a lot of good ones to choose from, just watch the added sugar
  4. Fruit!
  5. Greek yogurt (with nuts, honey, fruit)
  6. Avocado
  7. Smoothies

You can’t out exercise a bad diet, but your body can make that exercise easier with a good diet.

This post was written by Austin Banach. For more information, tips, or to sign up for health coaching, visit austinbanach.com.

Let’s get wild!

I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to trying new foods that claim to be both healthy and great tasting. My taste buds get fooled a lot. I once tried a meatless jerky, which literally looked like a coffee-stained paper towel. How did it taste? Just wrong.

You won’t find any of that weirdness with Wild Zora. The meat and veggie bar is made with 100% real food, including about a serving of certified-organic vegetables. Beef is grass fed, turkey is free-range, and lamb is 100% all-natural. The product is allergen-friendly and doesn’t include any chemical additives or sugar. It also has the Whole30 stamp of approval (on products not containing cheese).

Wild Zora promises a “great taste” and I have to say – I completely agree! I was pleasantly surprised when I took my first bite. This is NOT your typical store-bought jerky – it is soft and easy to chew and has a rich texture. The flavor of the Chili Beef with kale, cayenne, and apricot is savory, spicy, and slightly (naturally) sweet. A moment of pleasure for the senses.

This high-protein snack is perfect to bring hiking, traveling, or when you’re in a hurry.
My order came with a pretty awesome product information card that shares some of the highlights of the meat and veggie bar AND a sticker that I can add to my collection. I LOVE stickers!

For more product information and to order, visit wildzora.com

Happy Snacking!

Graze on this

Have you heard of Graze?

It’s a subscription box (I love those) company that sends 8 hand-picked snacks straight to your home or office on a schedule you determine.

The company was started by a group of friends who were looking for a healthier way to snack.  They developed over 100 different snacks that are void of high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial flavors and colors, and genetically engineered ingredients.  In other words:  they are pretty good for ya!

Get started by setting up your taste profile – looking at a list of snacks and rating them with “trash,” “try,” “like,” or “love.”  The company aims to fill your box with “love” items.  This is an important part because you CAN’T select your own snacks – you can only customize by taste preferences.

Graze admits that the company “is not suitable for those with allergies, as all of our food is packed in the same place.”  BUT they make the extra effort to allow customers to choose snacks that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut free.  That’s pretty great!  You can also take it a step further and cut out raisins, spicy food, chocolate, or a few other ingredients.  This is definitely not a one size fits all company!

As far as delivery, you can choose to receive a box every week, two weeks, or once a month.  You can also “snooze” a month in case you go on vacation or take a break from snacking.  Yeah right!

There are also a TON of box types to choose from.

  • 8 Snack Variety Box ($11.99) – the taster that lets you try all of Graze’s snacks
  • Sharing Box ($25.00)– 5 bags with 20 portions each; good for a classroom of office
  • Flapjack Box ($6.99) – 4 pack of family recipe rolled oat bars
  • Popkern Box ($11.99) – 8 pack of popcorn & half-popped kernels
  • Sweet Treat Box ($11.99) –8 nutritionist-approved sweet-tooth indulgences
  • Savory Box ($11.99) – 8 snacks inspired by tastes found around the globe
  • Top 20 Box ($11.99) – 8 snacks selected from the top fan favorites
  • Breakfast Box ($11.99) – 8 tasty delights to start off your day
  • Carb Count Box ($11.99) – 8 low-carb snacks for you to enjoy
  • Protein Box ($11.99) – 8 snacks that will sneak a little extra protein into your day
  • Calorie Count Box ($11.99) – 8 snacks under 150 calories that won’t break the bank
  • Sugar Count Box ($11.99) – 8 tasty snacks under 5 grams of sugar

Snacks include fun things like:  snickerdoodle dip with cinnamon pretzel sticks, butterscotch popcorn flapjacks, chili honey almonds and peanuts, garden of England fruit medley, and Chinese shitake soup.  Yum!

And, the best part?  You can try your first box for $1.  I’m not kidding.  You can sign up for Graze’s 4 Snack Variety Box for just a $1 for shipping.  Try it and see what you think.  You can cancel any time after receiving your first box.

You can also go one step further and use code:  LV6LK3Y9B to get your 1st & 5th Graze Box for FREE.  No commitment and cancel anytime.

Happy Snacking!