FACT – “Meat Sticks are the new protein bar!”
Let’s be clear- I was not born a jerky lover. Or even the banana with almond butter type. You could find, in my hyperglycemic moment, noshing on a granola bar everyday at around 3PM. But, I like to eat what I preach and mimic successful recommendations I give my patients. During my last few Whole30s, I’ve even tried to embrace change and open my close-minded tastebuds to new things. Now, I hide meat sticks from my husband. Please don’t tell.
Use my tips to improve your snack habits. If I can do it; so can you!
Tip 1: Your protein bar should contain protein.
As a dietitian, I’m likely more aware of the fierce American food marketing out there than you are. Let’s change that. How often does your grocery cart filled up with attractive and sugar-laden protein bars you’ve seen on the news/magazine/new ad with your favorite dancer. Gotcha! Most protein bars don’t have a significant amount of protein. Meaning, the amount of carbohydrate or fat is actually greater. This is where my meat-stick obsession began. I was struggling to find a real-food bar that actually contained what the label touted. Plus, they’re versatile for snack pairing. I would rather add my own source of sugar; an apple, some berries, a date, than a company to do it for me. Call me an elitist.
Tip 2: Real nourishment comes from real food.
Rotisserie Chicken + an apple? A great snack, but a little awkward and dangerous in this Texas heat. But, jerky + cashews? This nutritious travel option will keep you satiated better than a sugar-laden energy bar.
Feeling snacky while traveling? TSA doesn’t care about meat sticks! They stop me for everything, including my collagen that looks just like cocaine?, apparently.
But, these 50 calorie protein-rich snacks are easy to pack and I doubt anyone is going to steal your sticks. You’ll be a jet-setting trendsetter, expect conversations to arise. Otherwise, I suggest you bring silencing headphones.
My granola bars days are long gone. Try my new favorite snack pairings below–
- Avocado and smoked salmon on toasted sweet potato.
- The New Primal’s peppered turkey meat sticks with an iced coffee.
- Zucchini slices topped with guacamole and rotisserie chicken
- Greek yogurt with flaxseed and berries.
- Apple with almond butter and hemp seed sprinkles.
FOOD- the better for you frap. Don’t go to Starbucks. Seriously. Stop right there and blend this up!
FAITH – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
My Translation: Your Google Calendar can be a friend, but also a foe. Do you use it to dwell on the to-do list of tomorrow? Look up and embrace today, my dear. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, but right now, is.
WWWO- Harvest, Park City UT
This adorable farm to table eatery was the first meal I had in Utah.
Maybe I’m biased, but that chicken salad was incredible. And the people, so friendly. This was a great example of “modify a dish without the waiter spitting in my food.” Although most of the menu items would have to be modified for my allergies, I chose the one easiest to change. Sandwich –> just the inside of the sandwich.
Whitness Nutrition – 3723 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
About: Whitney is a holistic nutritionist; she’s a real food master and loves whole vegetables along with pronounceable and minimally modified ingredients that fill the stomach and satiate the soul! Her practice is currently accepting local and distance patients. You can also join her and Whole30 Dallas Duo this September for a social & interactive month of group coaching.