3 Nutritionist Approved Fast Foods

Ok folks, here is it, the question that I know you are dying to have the answer for- ‘where can I get healthy(ish) fast food?”

Before I answer, I feel compelled to preface my suggestions with this:
• fast food is ‘fast’ for a reason… just stew on that for a minute
• you can’t control the quality of ingredients in these products, so if you are the type who really cares about this, like I do, buyer beware.
• Nothing and I mean NOTHING, can replace home cooked meals…so with that said, here are 3 go-to fast foods you could grab in a pinch…key word here is ‘pinch’.

1. Starbucks Protein Bistro Box. I like this because it is simple. Hard boiled eggs, cheese, fruit and a pita. It’s nothing fancy or overly processed; it’s effortless ingredients for a quick and easy snack.

2. Opa! If you haven’t jumped on the Greek train than I highly recommend you start now. The Mediterranean flavours will whisk away your taste buds to warmer climates- hopefully inspiring you to cook more of these flavours at home. For now, Greek fast food restaurants are easily found in every town. Choose a chicken or lamb, rice and a beautiful Greek salad and enjoy knowing you have kept French fries and nuggets off your waistline.

3. Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad. My suggestion here is to skip the dried cranberries (and the pecans if you are up to it) and only use one of the two packs of dressings they give you. What is left? Fresh salad, chicken, blue cheese and apple; quick and easy for those on the road or crunched for time

Remember, fast food can pack on the pounds or if chosen smartly can be a quick go-to once in awhile. The trick is to not let yourself get too hungry, otherwise you will end up making a poor choice out of desperation.

So if you are like me and want to learn some mad skills in nutrition or want to lose some of that unwanted fat, check out my new book Your Weight Loss G-Spot!

Creamy Green Dreamer Smoothie

Detox your body, mind and soul with this beauty. It’s packed full of super healthy ingredients that will have your body begging for more! Enjoy

Want more Green in your life? Check out this recipe for more green goodness!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or water)
  • 2 cups or about 2 large kale leaves, stem removed
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 an avocado, frozen or 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 serving protein powder of your choice
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened dried, shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup or more water to desired thickness
  • Honey to sweeten if using avocado

Directions

Add all ingredients into your blender.
Pour into a fancy glass and enjoy!

Simple Snacks for September

If you haven’t said it, then you have certainly heard it- “I’ll get back on track in September.”

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Many of us use the summers to indulge just a little more; to be more relaxed when it comes to our lifestyles and eating plans. While this is ok, it’s important to make sure that you refocus as busy months are upon us and eating well will help keep us energized and ready to handle anything!

In addition to keeping our bellies full and fueled for our hectic days, great snacks help to keep us asleep at night, reduce cravings, keep our minds sharp and motivated and of course fuel our metabolism so continue to burn calories all through the day! Trust me, quality snacks are a key part of a healthy lifestyle.

One of the most common issues clients seem to have is coming up with new, delicious, yet simple snacks. So I thought since we’re all planning on refocusing this September, why not get you started with some ideas:

  • Cloud Bread topped with eggs or shaved turkey and tomato
    • Tip: double the recipe so you have this option all week long!
  • Kale chips paired with an apple and nut butter. This salty and sweet snack will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters!
  • 2 Minute Berry Muffin. Yes! You read that correctly, it takes just 2 minutes to make this muffin; it’s fast and packed with protein to keep you feeling satisfied.
  • Island Alive Smoothie. Blend this up in the morning, pack into a tightly sealed mason jar and sip away at this cool beverage for a morning or afternoon pick me up!
  • Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas. These crunchy pearls of flavor will get your taste buds soaring! Pair a ½ cup serving with fruit or a 1oz slice of mozzarella cheese.
    • Tip: add to your favourite salad for a change of pace.

Enjoy!

I’d love to hear your favourite snack suggestions- simply post at the bottom of the blog and I’ll be sure to share your suggestions!

For more healthy snack ideas, check out this article from the Huffington Post