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SkinnyMe Chocolates are a guilt-free Keto snack full of delicious flavors

SkinnyMe Chocolates are a guilt-free Keto snack full of delicious flavors

So many brands are listening! We want snacks that taste great but aren’t loaded with sugars and other harmful ingredients. Brands like SkinnyMe want us to know we can still indulge and do it in a better way without compromising taste. The macros is what I love about SkinnyMe besides their incredible flavors that make these chocolates unique. Flavors like Birthday Cake and Banana Split are not typical from other sugar free chocolate brands.

More than just a chocolate bar, it is a chocolatier bar that has the flavors really come out in the aftertaste of that first bite. They are sweetened with stevia leaf and offer about 50 calories a serving. Because these chocolates are rich, one serving gives plenty of satisfaction. They are a great zero sugar, Keto snack.

The ingredient list is clean. I do not know what the Natural Flavors are and they, but at the bottom of the ingredient list and based on the other ingredients it is obviously a fantastic choice for a better chocolate brand by far! You can order your chocolates on the SkinnyMe website and I have them in Ross stores near me. Fingers crossed they come to more stores or to Thrive Market as well!

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Ella’s Flats Vegan, All-Seeds Savory Crisps are the perfect keto snack

Ella's Flats Vegan, All-Seeds Savory Crisps are the perfect keto snack

I was introduced to a very convenient keto snack that is vegan and loaded with gluten-free fiber. Ella’s Flats are an all-seed snack that are great when on-the-go or with dips and cheeses or just by themselves. With multiple flavors, seed crisps have never had such great flavor!

Look at the ingredient list! Nothing but seeds and some spices, that’s it! I love such a clean nutrition label and these are the snacks I am always looking for in my day. Because they are loaded with seeds, they also offer great Omega benefits along with the fiber and little to 0 carbs. The Everything Flats have the most carbs at 4g net per serving. Other flavors have as low as 0g net carbs. I love this!

Ella’s Flats are vegan, gluten-free, paleo, keto and preservative free. So delicious and crave-worthy! Shop for these now at Ella’s Flats website and on Amazon.

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My Top Two BetterBody Foods Staples because the oils you choose matters

My Top Two BetterBody Foods Staples

It is tough to know what foods are truly healthier and why. Learning to read a label and decipher ingredients is so tough and brands know this so they hope we can just believe those bold announcements they put on the front of the box highlighting some benefits to ignore the nastier additives. It is because of so many unhealthy additives, we have diet-related epidemics in this country from obesity to diabetes. One category – OILS – is a fairly easy one to get through when learning to look at nutrition labels. Let me help you out here!

Oils are a staple in our homes. We use them to cook with, make dressings and in baking recipes. The oil you purchase absolutely matters! The most processed, therefore, inflammatory oils you can buy are palm oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, peanut oil, grapeseed and safflower oil. Look at the ingredient list of just about anything you eat – granola bars, cereals, dressings and look at the oils they are using. Most likely, they use the cheapest yet most processed oils like these that are bad for our bodies.

You can start with nutrition labels by simply beginning with oils. If you see these processed oils I listed keep looking. You are looking for the quality, high benefit oils. These are extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil. There is a small, middle-ground exception that if you do happen to see the high processed oils, but they say ‘expeller-pressed’ then it is at least ‘better’. I typically go for the top 3 unprocessed oils in the labels of foods I choose.

BetterBody Foods has great Avocado Oil products we use everyday. I use their 100% Avocado Oil Spray for cooking and the 100% pure Avocado Oil Mayonnaise. We use cooking oils and mayo everyday in our house between dinners and lunches so I only buy avocado oil-based from quality brands.

Olive oils and avocado oils are absolutely ok to cook with despite arguments! I spent years in the food industry and promise you that EVOO and avocado oils are safe in standard cooking heat recipes. Olive oil is a monounsaturated which means it is actually much more stable than canola oil. I use olive oil for cooking with low to medium heat, and use EVOO for finishing, just a drizzle at the end. If you are doing high heat cooking, use avocado oil instead.

High heating the highly processed oils is bad because in the process, the molecular structure is changed from a polyunsaturated fat to a trans fat! Our bodies don’t recognize this type of fat any more so it stores it as a trans fat. Also, they use a chemical called hexane to help get every last bit of oil from the plant. Hexane is claimed to be removed by bottling time, but not sure how accurately they are able to do this so it is a hard NO for my body!

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BetterBody Foods is a brand you can absolutely trust from oils and dressings to sugar alternatives and baking supplies. Some other favorites I use are their Organic Coconut Palm Sugar (cheapest at Walmart), Organic Chia Seeds and Organic Coconut Aminos that I use instead of higher sodium and gluten-filled soy sauce. Visit BetterBody Foods and stock up on better options! Most found in stores as well as on Amazon (and I have my fingers crossed I can see them on Thrive real soon)!

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Coyotas grain-free, vegan, and Paleo tortillas

Coyotas grain-free, vegan, and Paleo tortillas

A clean label and only 5 ingredients. Made in small batches and gluten & grain free. Coyotas grain-free, vegan, and Paleo tortillas are what you have finally been waiting for in a clean tortilla with low allergen ingredients. They are delicious! Just a minute on a hot pan and they are ready to fill and eat.

coyotas tortillas

My breakfast burritos are simple with some protein and I can get out the door quickly and feel less guilt because they are wrapped in Coyotas tortillas. They meet various dietary needs and food allergies and only contain a few ingredients – Cassava flour, water, coconut oil, salt and xantham gum (in that order). Not only do I love the cassava base, but instead of high carb starch they use xantham gum and they are not using high inflammatory oils. It’s as legit as tortilla ingredients can get, made to order.

paleo tortillas

The macros are just as exciting – 1 tortilla is a serving and each serving is only 11 net carbs (better carbs than other tortillas) and 0g sugar, 90 calories. Just add your protein and you have a much better quesadilla or burrito meal. In a standard flour tortilla brand you may be used to picking up at the store, you can count on about 150-200 calories per serving and over 30 grams of net carbs.

gluten free tortilla

It is easy to order Coyotas via Amazon and they come 8 count packs. Bonus, they use environmentally-friendly packaging!

breakfast taco

They really are delicious. They do have that cassava grit you may be used to if you use this flour, but I am used to it for the benefit of the ingredient. The taste is so fresh and with an ingredient label that Coyotas provides, you can just taste that homemade touch. Visit Coyotas to learn more and find great recipes and order in their Amazon store!