High Protein Snacks

I'm experimenting with some new diet foods over the summer. They're not really diet foods, but I'm trying to control my insulin spikes. So my new rule is that every carb I eat must have some protein with it. I actually started this BEFORE I saw nutritionist/trainer Mark MacDonald say the exact same thing on Dr. Oz this past week, but it's nice to get confirmation from a professional that I'm doing the right thing.

I have a minor sugar craving -- usually for just a bite of something sweet after a meal, but that's not my major problem. My downfall is chips, crackers, and sunflower seeds. I like crunchy snacks in small pieces that I can mindlessly graze on while I work on the computer, watch TV, etc. Something about the rhythm of picking things up and popping them in my mouth is relaxing to me and helps me concentrate while I work. The sunflower seeds aren't so bad, except for the sodium and the fact that I eat a whole bag in one sitting. But the chips and crackers are pure carbs that my metabolism can't seem to burn off anymore.

I know better than to try a deprivation-based diet. I crave snacks the act of snacking way too much for that. But offsetting the foods and snacks I love with a bite of protein is something I can handle. So, what am I eating for my new protein quest? Here goes:

Diet to Go Review | Please Deliver Me from Bad Diet Food

As my work pants got tighter and tighter, and my work schedule got busier and busier, I realized I needed a fresh food diet plan that worked on autopilot. I wanted grab and go diet meals that I knew were healthy and in proportion so I could just eat without putting too much thought into it. I'll tell you exactly why Diet-to-Go works well for this.

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Travel to Paris

trip to paris

It's that time of year again. Time to plan and book a spring or summer vacation. Paris is always a popular destination, and for good reason. The weather is great in May and June, and there's lots to do.

If you don't know where to start, I found this helpful guide for how to plan your trip to Paris.

As for me, I've already been to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Versailles, so I'm more inclined to do something off the beaten path. The French Bakery Tour and Macaron making class look really cool.

Banana Almond Butter Fiber Wrap for Breakfast

I'm dragging this morning and really need an energy boost, so I'm about to make one of these banana almond butter fiber wraps for breakfast. The bananas will be filling, and the protein in the almond butter will give me some much-needed energy. Whole Foods' 365 almond butter is my favorite. It tastes great and it's affordable, unlike most almond butters. Off to the kitchen I go...