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True Bites + A Giveaway!

21 Sep

JWD and I are professional snackers.

At any given moment, we have at least one snack each in our possessions. We have snacks stashed in every bag, glove compartment, suitcase, desk drawer, and even a few jacket pockets. Our elite-level snacking habits recently resulted in what is now referred to as “The Epic Ant Invasion Of 2014”.

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The reason for our snack obsession is simple: neither of us enjoys being hungry. We also don’t enjoy being caught somewhere, snackless and faced only with the dismal offerings of a vending machine. Or worse… a “hangry” and snackless person is too easily persuaded by the alluring smell of cinnamon buns and pretzels at the mall or even by yesterday’s stale donuts in the office kitchen (you know you’ve been there).

Snacking between meals isn’t right for everyone, but it is something to consider if you feel ravenous on a 3-squares-a-day plan (me, me!). When hunger kicks in, sensibility flies out the window. We’d all like to forget that time we dove head-first into that basket of bread or tortilla chips before we even ordered dinner (guilty as charged).

Snacks keep hunger at bay (and sensibility in check) and they can provide an extra boost of nutrition… when done right.

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Snacking has a dark side. Between-meal snacks are singlehandedly blamed for the sharp increase in American calorie consumption since the 1970’s. So where does snacking take a wrong turn? In 2 places: 1) when you eat “snack foods” rather than “whole foods”, and 2) when you simply add snacks in without subtracting from your main meals. So skip the chips, cookies, and candy bars. Snack on whole foods like fruit, veg, nuts, edamame, and hummus. Adjust the portions of your meals and snacks so you feel ready to eat (but not ravenous) when you begin and satisfied (but not stuffed) when you end.

At our house, we dig whole food, easy, and portable snacks.  Here’s our current favorite:

True Bites

Why “True”? Because customizing a snack that is true to you and your taste buds is what it’s all about!

Ingredients:

  •  1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (I used sunflower butter)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Sunwarrior Protein Powder (optional; simply increase the amount of another dry ingredient if you omit)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (honey works well too)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • Customize: use your favorite nut butter, add shredded coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit… whatever makes you happy!

How-To:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well-incorporated. If the mixture is too wet or too dry, simply add more of the wet or dry ingredients until you have a not-to-sticky mixture that will hold together.
  • Wet hands, and roll about 1 tbsp. of the mixture into a bite-sized ball. Repeat.
  • Pop in the freezer for 10-15 min. to firm up. Store in a covered container in the fridge.

 

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When batches of bites don’t happen on Sundays, we reach for another favorite: LARABAR. This is one of the only bars I will buy because the ingredients are whole and simple. My favorite flavor, Cashew Cookie, has just TWO ingredients! Simple snacking at its best.

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It’s GIVEAWAY time! As a LARABAR Ambassador, my kind friends at LARABAR sent me samples to share with you!

What you get if you win: 20 LARABARs of 5 different flavors, including a few of my favorites: Cashew Cookie and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip; and a super cool LARABAR sticker so that everyone knows you too are an elite-level snacker.

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Here’s how you enter to win:

  1. Sign up for our True Food Co. mailing list (first newsletter is out today!).
  2. Share a link to this post on at least one of your social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

I will randomly choose the lucky snacker in two weeks, go!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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What’s It Like To Be a True Foodie?

18 Jul

True Food Co. is officially ready to feed you! Wondering what it’s like to be a True Foodie? Here’s what you need to know!

{P.S.- If you haven’t signed up for our email list, there is no time like the present. We’re cooking up some exciting stuff (think giveaways, simple recipes, and motivation). We believe in “less, but better” so we promise not to clutter up your inbox.}

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True Food FAQ

How does it work?

First, our registered dietitian will get to know you- your likes and dislikes, your health concerns, your goals, and your day-to-day desires. Next, we will craft a menu with your uniqueness in mind and determine a cooking and meal schedule that fits with your life. On the agreed upon day, our dietitian-chef will come to your home and prepare all of your meals for the week, leaving behind a fridge stocked with True Food and simple reheating instructions.

 

What’s on the menu?

This is what makes True Food so righteous. Your menu is just that- your menu. At True Food, we don’t believe in cookie-cutter anything (unless, of course, we’re making healthy cookies). Your menu will be developed based on where you are and where you want to go. Are you hoping to improve your high blood pressure? There’s True Food for that. Are you a busy, working mom trying to lose weight and feed your family? There’s True Food for that. Are you an athlete wanting to fuel your sport? There’s True Food for that too.

 

Plant-based… huh?

True Food Co. has a plant-based food philosophy. Plant food is the medicine for whatever ails you- better heart, better body, better athlete, better sleep, better life. Because of this research-based philosophy, most of the food we serve is created using the wonderful world of plants. However, we are not extremists and we don’t discriminate against our omnivorous friends. Do you want your True Food served up with a dash of meat or dairy? Consider it done.

 

What do I get?

True Food’s goal is to give you what you need to take you where you want to go. Whether you need lunches for one, snacks for your wee ones, or dinners to feed your whole hungry crew, we can craft a service that gets the job done. We love crazy, off-the-wall requests. So if you have one, just ask. After all, no one knows what you need better than… well… you!

Bonus: when you join the True Food family, you get your own personal registered dietitian to guide you through the murky waters of nutrition on your path to realizing your health goals.

 

What does it mean to work with a dietitian?

A registered dietitian is qualified to provide you with nutrition therapy targeted at your medical diagnoses and health goals. At the initial meeting, your dietitian will help you build the framework of your nutrition action plan and continue to provide expertise for as long as you choose to be a True Foodie. In the end, the choice is yours. Feel free to utilize our nutrition therapy service as much or as little as you wish.

 

What if I need a True Food vacation?

We think vacations are rad. With one week advanced notice, we are happy to pause your meal package free of charge. So go relax, we’ll be here when you get back.

 

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 Have more questions? Cool, we love your curiosity!

Ready to become a True Foodie? Right on, let’s get cookin’!

Drop us a line at kayli@truefoodco.com

Thanks for reading!

 

Simple, True Food

29 Jun

For many (maybe all?), food is a battle. What to eat, what not to eat, when to eat, where to eat….. these are the questions of our time and the topics of many prestigious research studies.  I have a new question to add to the list: how? How did we get so out of tune with feeding ourselves? Eating is one of the most basic pieces of being human, yet it’s gotten so complicated. I have seen this first-hand through my work with those who have eating disorders, who are trying to lose weight, who are trying to run faster, who are trying to restore the health of their hearts/kidneys/digestive tract/etc. To take us back to simpler times with a simpler relationship with food is a big job, but it’s one I’m willing to chip away at. Why not start right now? There is no time like the present.

Here are 3 food-related notions to start letting go of today:

1. Food is just fuel. No it’s not. And if you go through life trying to convince yourself of this, you will be flooded with guilt every time you enjoy a slice of your own birthday cake or find yourself warm with comfort as you break bread with friends. Food is fuel, but it’s also enjoyment and connection. This is called “feeding the soul”. It’s a real thing, not just metaphysical nonsense.  IMG_1704

2. Food should be cheap, fast and easy. No it shouldn’t. Think about it: you have ONE body and it relies on food to carry out all of its miraculous functions. This is a hard one to grasp because our food society says quite the opposite. As a nation, we spend less of our income on food than anyone else. Respect yourself, respect the body you reside in, and respect the food you eat. This process is truly one of the most incredible in the world.  IMG_1498

3. “Superfoods” are mandatory. No they aren’t. We don’t need acai berries and cold-pressed green juice from a fancy health food store to be healthy. This is clever marketing, not hard data. Instead, try apples, sweet potatoes, spinach, walnuts, watermelon. Back to the basics.   IMG_1656

One way I’ve decided to contribute to the task of health simplification is by starting a healthy meal delivery company. Instead of just telling you, I want to start showing you. Check it out and get on our mailing list, it’s exciting stuff. True Food Company True Food logo IMG_1391

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

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