It’s Good Food Friday! Today I share the ultimate summer essentials roundup to stay healthy this season starting with a snack for crunchy lovers.
Low carb summer snacking
Switch up your traditional tortilla chips for a lower carb, keto-friendly option. Hilo Life is a keto & low carb friendly brand that knows Keto can be tough especially when you’re missing your favorite nostalgic snacks. These crispy, crunchy nacho cheese tortilla style chips are made with almond flour with only 3g net carbs per serving, 9 grams of protein and no added sugar. Enjoy them in walking tacos! Simply crush up your chips, cut off the top of the bag and add your fillings like black beans, salsa, cheese and lettuce. You can find these exclusive 12 oz. bags at Costco for a limited time only. Check the store locator at hilolife.com.
Save time in the kitchen this summer with easy sheet pan meals
Next, spend more time at the beach and pool and less time in the kitchen with sheet pan meals. A nutritious sheet pan meal is balanced with veggies, energizing carbohydrates, good fats and lean protein like chicken. The Cooks Venture chicken is pasture-raised, living outdoors in the Arkansas sunshine. Their hierloom chickens eat a diverse blend of Non-GMO feed in addition to plenty of insects and natural foliage on their regenerative farm that is good for the land and results in deeply flavored meat. You can order the cooks venture pasture-raised chicken at cooksventure.com. To make this salsa chicken and veggie sheet pan recipe, start by mixing garlic, onion, paprika, salt and pepper and tossing with two boneless skinless chicken breasts. Add veggies to a sheet pan and spray with avocado oil. Add your chicken and top with salsa. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 165F.
Healthy summer meal and snack essential
When it comes to adding flavor and nutrition to meals for not a lot of calories – salsa is a great option. I recommend refrigerated salsas over jarred like the Fresh Cravings Certified Organic salsas which you can find chilled in the produce section of Publix. They are made with a short list of clean, organic ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, crisp vegetables, zesty peppers and spices and is available in Chunky Medium Spice or Restaurant Style in Mild, Medium and Hot. Besides pairing salsa with tortilla chips as a snack or flavoring sheet pan meals for dinner, enjoy it at breakfast with baked egg salsa skillets. Simply add salsa to a pre-greased oven-safe skillet. Make a nest for an egg and season with salt, pepper. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 F and enjoy! Enjoy these salsa egg skillets with a slice of whole grain toast and fruit to build a balanced breakfast.
Kick your soda habit with a bubbly beverage with benefits
Poppi is a better-for-you prebiotic soda made with real clean ingredients and around 1 tablespoon of pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Prebiotics which are a type of fiber that help selectively nourish the good bacteria in the gut which can therefore help support digestion, immune health and skin. Unlike traditional soda, it’s low in calories and sugar with 20 calories or less and 5 grams of sugar of less per can and comes in delicious flavors like raspberry rose, grapefruit, and ginger lime.
Upgrade your supplements to stay healthy this summer
I am excited to be working with Life’s First Naturals this year which is a line of dietary supplements that feature cow colostrum (or what I call nature’s superfood. Over 6000 published studies have shown the benefits of cow colostrum for human nutrition including providing immune and digestive health benefits to adults and children over the age of 1 through it’s naturally containing immune factors, protective proteins and prebiotics.