Eat This, Not That

Every summer, many of the same goals creep back on everyone’s list: get fit, lose weight, and achieve the ultimate beach bod, but it is easier said than done (case in point: average American consumes 3000 calories at a summer BBQ). Why not beat the odds this summer and set yourself up for success? By making some small tweaks to a typical day’s worth of meals and snacks, you will be able to drop the winter weight in no time, and look and feel fabulous.

BREAKFAST: Replace sugary cereals with good-for-you granola

· Sugary cereals act as empty calories, with no nutrition benefit. Fortunately, Viki’s Foods to the rescue! Viki’s granola is a blend of gluten-free oats, honey, almonds, pecans and unsweetened coconut. It is simply, the best tasting, good for you granola. Viki’s Foods never adds refined sugar, fillers, or preservatives, and its unique baking process results in a taste and texture that is different, healthier, and tastier than other granolas on the market. Better yet, Viki’s is available in “Grab-n-Go” Single-Serve Pouches for automatic portion control. Add to protein rich Greek yogurt for a substantial breakfast that will hold you over for hours.
LUNCH: Swap Mayo for Mustard

· Full fat mayo is a dieter’s disaster, but fortunately, there is a healthy alternative to take its place…mustard. However, true foodies know that all mustards are not created equal, and when it comes to the crown jewel of mustard, Colman’s Mustard of Norwich certainly takes the prize. Available in the traditional liquid form, Colman’s is unique because it also comes in a dry powder, which is great for spice rubs and other BBQ essentials. Established in 1814, Colman’s has been recognized widely as the iconic English mustard in the U.K. With just 10 calories per serving, you can start off the summer creating healthy recipes that not only are good for you, but taste great as well.
SNACK: Replace processed snacks with an organic better-for-you alternative
· Step aside chips and cookies, now kids can snack on the go and mom can feel good about it! These bite sized snacks from Go Organically® are available in three delicious flavor assortments, and unlike other fruit snacks on the market, have a soft texture and no artificial aftertaste. Fruit Medley features Strawberry, Orange, Apple, Peach, and Cherry flavors, Mixed Berry consists of the refreshing flavors of Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry and Blackberry, and Tropicalcontains a delectable mix of Mango, Kiwi-Strawberry, Pineapple, Pink Grapefruit, and Mandarin Orange. Made from real fruit purées and fruit juices, Go Organically® is USDA Certified Organic, non GMO, gluten free, and contains no preservatives or artificial flavors.

BEVERAGE BREAK: Swap iced coffee concoctions with a zero calorie alternative

· While fancy lattes from coffee shops can wreak havoc to both your waistline and wallet (think 470 + calories and around $4 for a standard Frappuccino),Carrington Organics is a zero calorie beverage that will give you bang for your buck and won't harm the environment, as its packaging is made of renewable wood pulp and can be composted. One box is just $3.99 and includes 20 tea bags. Zero calories and $0.20 for a cup of tea – what could be better! Simply steep, pour over ice, add a squeeze of lemon, and you have a delicious afternoon pick me up that won’t disappoint.

DINNER: Skip the takeout and let a healthy meal delivery service do the work for you

· Taking out from your favorite restaurant can be dangerous and will certainly add more calories to your dinner. Instead, consider investing in a healthy meal delivery service, like Veestro, which makes eating healthy a cinch. Created by a brother and sister duo who recognize that healthy eating is hard, Veestro prides itself on its whole-foods, plant-based approach to healthy living. You can eat Veestro meals knowing that you're enjoying all-natural, preservative-free food that's high in protein and fiber, packed with nutrients and simply delicious — straight from your refrigerator or freezer. Veestro is part of a movement that proves you don’t have to sacrifice taste and convenience for health-conscious, nutritious food. And the best part? Veestro is delivered directly to your door, simply heat and eat! A variety of program options are available including meal packs for weight loss, gluten free options, and a juice cleanse program.

DESSERT: Replace full size desserts with a portion controlled sweet treat

When it comes to dessert, portion control is essential (lets face it- does anyone just have ½ cup when scooping from a pint of ice cream?) Fortunately, BauliMini Croissants are a fun and irresistible way to enjoy the full sweetness and delicious taste of Bauli croissants in a smaller, bite-sized snack. A favorite, tasty snack in Italy, the Mini Croissants come in handy, easy-to-pack bags which make for a great snack at home or on-the-go. Oven baked and ready to eat, making it the perfect portion controlled treat! Available in vanilla custard and chocolate cream; MSRP: $1.99 for 2.64 oz (6 mini croissants per bag).

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