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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)!

Healthy Living

How a Mindful Eating App Can Help You Lose Weight

How a Mindful Eating App Can Help You Lose Weight
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Maintaining a healthy weight is extremely important and can help you live an overall healthy lifestyle. While it is important to get exercise, most people will find that their struggles with weight management are due to their diet. For those that are struggling to stick to a diet and lose weight, using an online mindful eating app such as can be quite helpful. These applications offer a range of benefits that can help anyone learn to manage their diet and get to a healthy weight.

Discover What Causes Poor Diet Decisions

Anyone that is looking to lose weight and keep it off will know that they need to avoid overeating and to try and follow a healthy diet. While dedicated people may be able to do this the vast majority of the time, many will suffer setbacks and will binge eat due to cravings. When you use a mindful dieting application, part of the process will include figuring out what is causing your cravings to develop. Some causes of cravings can include changes in blood sugar, stress, exhaustion, or other factors.

Learn to Manage Cravings

While it is important to understand what is causing certain food cravings, you also need to learn to manage cravings going forward. The application will provide you with tips that can help you prevent cravings from developing. This can include creating a scheduled diet plan, which will ensure you are eating enough of the right food throughout the day. It will also give you alternative food suggestions to try if you are craving a certain unhealthy snack.

Personalized Approach

For the past couple of decades, it has become clear that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach that will work when it comes to dieting. What may work well for one person will be ineffective for another. When you use a mindful eating application, you will receive a personalized dieting plan that will be ideal for your situation. This will take various factors into consideration including your current height and weight, your goal weight, dietary restrictions, lifestyle restrictions, and other factors to ensure you receive a diet plan that will work for you and is achievable.

Support of Coaches and Community

No matter what type of diet plan you are on, you are bound to go through some ups and downs. This can end up being quite frustrating and lead to you getting off track. However, you can avoid this problem through the use of the mindful eating application. The application will give you access to a full community of people that are going through what you are. This will allow you to connect with others and see that you are not alone in your effort to get healthy. You will also have access to your own coach, who can keep you motivated and on track.

Functional Application

You will also enjoy being able to use the mobile application from anywhere in the world. The application can be used to connect with others, receive tips and meal ideas, and track your weight and progress. There are also many resources that you can use for exercise and motivation, which can be enough to keep you focused on your goal. This can make it a great aid and tool to use when trying to get to your goal weight.

If you are looking to lose weight and be healthy, following a proper diet continues to be very important. These online mindful eating applications offer a range of services that can help you better focus on your diet, lose weight, and keep it off in the future.

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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.

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

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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!