Thursday, March 30, 2017

What works for you?

Everyone is always worried about how many carbs they are consuming. Figuring out how to decrease your intake while making sure your hitting your macro requirements for the day can be a simple switch. With summer around the corner, people are finding ways to trim and slim down for the bikini season. Try out some of these tricks that can save you carbs and calories !
Being gluten free ( not by choice) has given me an opportunity to really learn about new products. Flour has been an issue because normal flour contains gluten. However, there are many flour alternative to use in your baking. Almond flour and coconut flour are two that have less carbs than regular flour. Coconut flour tends to have more coconut flavor so I lean more toward almond because the flavor is more neutral. If you use too much coconut flour, it can make the coconut flavor overpowering. The trick is knowing the conversion between regular flour and the other alternatives because they are not equal parts.
Speaking of baking, using oil can increase your fat and calories but what can you use to make it healthier? Believe it or not, pumpkin puree is the swap out ! I used to use apple sauce but it has almost double the amount of carbs. Pumpkin is about 8 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup which really decreases the macros for your treat. You can now have your cake and eat it too!
Have you ever tried Lily's Chocolate? Lily’s chocolate is perfect because it’s sugar-free, and they sweeten their chocolate with stevia. Craving sweets is sometimes super hard to pass up all the time. Try this healthier swap out for your normal chocolate fix!
And my ALL TIME favorite, protein mug muffins ! Yes I make these almost daily because they are just that good! I mix 1/2 scoop protein, with 2 egg whites, 2 tbs coconut flour and a splash of water to make like a pudding mix. Spray a mug and pour it in, then microwave for 2 minutes. You got yourself a high protein little muffin treat that won't make you feel guilty after !
Low carbs don't mean you can't eat. You just need to think a little bit harder for some treats that fit into your meals ! Everything in moderation is key! Need help? Ask me and I will help you with meal plan advice and healthy substitutions that I use myself !

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