This page is for snack ideas, but check back often because the list continues to grow!
Here is a list of foods I found breezing through my local Safeway that would be acceptable for an emergency situation if you forgot to make your lunch or you are traveling without a kitchen handy:
- Pre-chopped veggies (and dip them in guacamole – red bell peppers is my fav).
- Pre-made garden salad with meat, cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette.
- Any organic cheese snack and string cheese.
- Valley Fresh 100% natural white chicken pouch.
- Bumble Bee chicken breast pouch or pink salmon steak pouch.
- Chicken of the Sea salmon pouch.
- “Organics” sliced turkey breast and “Organics” sliced cheese (roll them together for yummity goodness).
- free range hard boiled eggs.
- Organic beef jerky or another organic jerky meat (salmon, turkey, bison, etc.)
- Seeds and nuts (except cashews).
- Kale chips
SWAPS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
You don’t have to give up some of your favorite foods to get lean and fit! Here at the X Gym, we have found substitutions for you so your lifestyle can continue with minimal changes.
- Yogurt: Trader Joe’s plain Greek yogurt (or Chobani, Fage or Oiko’s brands) with a dozen organic blueberries and a few drops of liquid Stevia tastes just like full sugar yogurt (but is way better for you).
- Chocolate bars: X Gym fitness chocolate recipe baby! If you have time to make it yourself, that is definitely the way to go.
- Noodles: Check out these shirataki noodles and these black bean noodles to get back on the pasta wagon without the guilt! And for spaghetti, try zucchini noodles (AKA Zoodles). Use a vegetable peeler to make zucchini resemble spaghetti noodles, or use this spiralizer. Heat the strips in a skillet with olive oil and you’ll have a fresh pasta replacement that gives you a huge boost of vitamins A, C, and potassium.
- For jam and many other amazing sugar-free products, check out this website.
- To replace peanut butter, use peanut flour and just add water to make it peanut butter. Why this swap? Because the type of fat in peanuts can be inflammatory and the process of making peanut flour takes out most of the fat, so you get all the taste of peanut butter without the inflammation!
- Bread: We encourage people to phase out bread completely as soon as they can because modern wheat and gluten aren’t the same as they used to be (even as recently as 50 years ago). Back then, wheat offered some health benefits but even the cleanest organic wheat from Europe isn’t a very healthy option anymore. If you MUST have bread, go with a grain-free recipe that is also considered “paleo.” Just Google it and you’ll find plenty, most of which are usually almond meal based. And to make your own bread at home, there are several amazing recipes on this site! Just type the word bread in the search box to find them all!
- Ranch dressing “Follow Your Heart” brand rocks. PCC and Whole Foods usually carry it.
- For mayo, try this avocado-based mayo. Several health food stores (and even some Costco stores) carry it too.
- Swap rice for “riced” cauliflower. You can finely chop or “pulse” fresh cauliflower in a food processor and it will resemble rice. Then you can steam or sauté it and enjoy it just like you would any kind of rice. Or you can find riced cauliflower at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or Costco. Amazon.com also has a shirataki rice.
- For tortillas, try these.
- For crackers, try jilz brand crackers.
- For chips, try these resistant starch chips (up to 1 serving per day): Wai Lana and Siete.
- More ideas are being added to this page often, so check back often and be sure to visit this handy Amazon list of our favorite ingredients, snacks and more.
When away on a trip, the best idea is to avoid hotels and rent a condo or house instead. This allows you to have a kitchen to stay on track! You can find such rentals for the same price as a hotel (or cheaper) through www.vrbo.com or airbnb.com.
When eating in a restaurant, ask for grilled meat and steamed green veggies. That’s easier for the chef to make than what’s on the menu anyway, so you’re doing them a favor by ordering this instead! Most restaurants also make omelets or just scrambled eggs with cheese, even if it’s not breakfast time. Their salad bar often has protein sources as well, like eggs, nuts, cut meat, and more, so there are plenty of options!