I know it’s been a minute. Let’s catch up.
We have been doing even more traveling, but that’s the purpose of summer, right?! We drove to West Texas last weekend, and if you’ve ever seen Fievel Goes West for all my ’90s kids, that’s the kind of landscape I’m talking about: roadrunners, cactus, and real life Tumbleweeds. I capitalized “Tumbleweeds” because they can get as big as your car, and they deserve a capital letter level of respect. If your car has ever been hit by one, you know what I’m talking about.
Zack’s family is full of multi-generation West Texans, so we headed out to celebrate his Grandmother’s 91st birthday.
A struggle that I had after my diagnosis and deciding to change my diet for the better was finding snacks. I have since learned that Starbucks protein bistro boxes are a go-to if I’m in a pinch (I just omit the PB and bread when I’m Whole 30ing). I avoid fast-food at all costs, and this requires some planning. But we’re living in a cool time where a health-conscious population is on the rise, and companies are paying attention. There’s more choices than ever to stock up on wholesome snacks that actually taste GREAT!
You don’t have to stress about snack-planning if you’re trying to make dietary adjustments, and I’ll give you three reasons why:
1. Epic products.
I was bummed about saying goodbye to beef jerky once I gave beef up, and many kinds of gas station turkey jerky were just TOO salty and really tough to chew. These chicken bites are a life saver. I fully believe that snacks should provide protein and energy, and these have exactly that. If you’re wondering where to find them near you, mouse on over to their website here.
Oh yeah- we even took them on our honeymoon.
2. RX Bars– worth the hype.
Full discretion: I HATE DATES. LOATHE. gag. But these don’t taste like dates, at least not the mint chocolate, chocolate chip, peanut butter, or coffee chocolate flavors. They’re also not a bad pre-workout situation, and they’re full of healthy fats, protein, and some fiber to boot, sans B.S.
3. Jackson’s Honest sweet potato chips.
I thought it was only appropriate that Jaxon help me model the brand for his [misspelled] namesake. When meal prep gets tough and you don’t feel like peeling sweet potatoes and sticking them in the oven, these are a solid back-up with only coconut oil, a little salt, and sweet potatoes as the ingredients. They taste great, too. I don’t believe in food that doesn’t taste good though; I won’t steer you wrong.
Speaking of Whole30, I’m on that train again, Day # 27 Days Left. My breakfast:
I’ve been craving COLD coffee in this hot summer, so I blended my coffee up with a banana, some cinnamon, and a bunch of ice (pictured above). SO GOOD. I won’t call it a smoothie, because it’s not. It’s just a creative iced coffee thing for these blazing hot summer mornings that require a caffeinated intervention.
Why another Whole30, Stacey? I’ve been feeling…off. It’s like I know that my inflammatory markers must be spiking- I’ve been having piriformis/sciatica stuff which I know is inflamed thanks to a recent visit to the doc who mandated that I take two weeks off from running *rolls eyes and sits down*. So I’m worried about my UC flaring up and taking measures to decrease inflammation. I’ve had the best results when I’ve done Whole30 in the past, so here goes another!
“Let food be thy medicine and they medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates
Hope your week is going well. Let me know what you think about these convenient snack options if you’ve tried them! Always open to suggestions or other recommendations, so holler at cha girl!