Keto Reboot + What To Expect (Update)

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If you’ve been with me for a while (at least a year) You would remember I did a 60hr fast and I tracked my progress (kinda).

In this Keto Reboot review, I’m going to tell you all about my experience so you can educate yourself and decide if it’s right for you. If you’d like to learn more about incorporating Ketones into your daily life. I’ve been drinking them 1 1/2 years.

Keto Reboot Review

When is the Next Keto Reboot?

Pruvit hosts the Keto Reboot on a monthly basis, and the next group start is February 10th, 2019. If you want to join the next reboot you have to wait 13 days for them to go on sale ( they usually sell out fast and you can only get the reboot kit right before the next reboot starts). And when they do go on sale they sell out fast. You can Click Here to get your reboot kit.

Keto Reboot Kit – What’s in it and what is the Goal?

Pruvit’s Keto Reboot is a kit that sells for $79 made up of various exogenous ketone powders you mix with water to make drinks or teas. This is a 60 hour “fast” or “cleanse” and all you need to complete the reboot is in the kit.

The goal of this 60 Hour Keto Kleanse is to reboot your system back to its “N8tive” state and get your metabolism reset and fired up! Whether you want more energy, to get in shape, eat a healthier “diet”, or simply want to feel better, the reboot will give you the optimal reset you need to get on track.

The Keto Reboot and Optimization post reboot is designed to keep your fat burning potential at its peak! There are no artificial colors or sweeteners in Pruvit products, and everything in the Keto Reboot kit is gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy free. The only product that’s not vegan is the Better Broths (bone broths).

What’s in the Keto Reboot Kit?

  • 2 Raspberry Lemonade Keto Max Charged
  • 2 Raspberry Lemonade Keto Max Decaf
  • 2 Caramel Apple Keto Kalm Teas
  • 1 Chocolate Keto Kalm Tea
  • 2 Better Broth Thyme flavor
  • 2 Better Broth Salted Caramel
  • 10 Signal-OS capsules (DNA repair)

What else do you need to complete the Keto Reboot?

  • Water, and lots of it. Pruvit recommends 1 gallon a day during the reboot
  • And of course your desire and commitment to better health!
  • My opinion is that you should have some Ketones on hand post reboot to optimize (optional)
  • If you made it this far I know you must be curious about getting rid of the bloat and some excess weight? Why not click this link to start on the road to better health.

Who Would Benefit from the Keto Reboot?

Anyone, male or female of any age, would benefit from this metabolic reset, so long as your at least 18 years of age and not pregnant or nursing.

Many people have asked me, why would you not want to eat for 60 hours? Are you nuts? Not nuts, but I’m into health and wellness, and I’ve done plenty of different fasts before and I know they are of great benefit to your health.

When you have a virus on your computer, what do you do? Reboot it right? Well, your body is the same, and it’s the most important computer you own!

The Keto Reboot was the easiest, and most effective cleanse I’ve ever done! And that is why It’s the only one I continue to do!

Keto Reboot Schedule

Keto Reboot products

The schedule and timing of drinking your Keto Kalm Tea, Keto Max, Keto Broth and Signal-OS is easy.

You can also adjust it to your schedule no problem! I happen to be on a very late schedule so I pushed everything back three hours.

It always starts on a Sunday night and ends on a Wednesday morning when you wake up to break your fast. People often ask me why it starts on a Sunday night and the reason is compliance. Generally, people cheat on the weekends.

Keto Reboot Instructions

Keto Reboot Day 1 – Sunday Night

Keto Reboot keto kalm tea

The Keto Reboot always kicks off on a Sunday night and that’s when you drink your first Chocolate Keto Kalm Tea, easy peasy.

Keto Kalm Tea contains ketones (BHB), magnesium, L-theonine, and other ingredients to help you relax and promote restful sleep.

It tastes really good and is sweetened with Stevia. Think hot chocolate more than a tea…it’s a powder you mix with warm water.

The Signal-OS is packed full of AC-11 for DNA repair and high levels of Vitamin B.

Note: they’ve optimized the reboot instructions so you don’t take the Signal OS your first night anymore, rather the morning you break your fast. 

It’s best to eat a light meal Sunday night. Don’t go binging on pizza and cookies before fasting, instead eat a sensible meal, preferably one lower in carbs.

Get a good night’s rest Sunday night, as Monday will be your first full day without food.

Don’t panic at the thought of this…ketones are a fuel source and provide energy. They are also filling and suppress your appetite. This is why you feel so good during the reboot!

Keto Reboot Day 2 – Monday

Keto Reboot schedule

When Monday arrives, you wake up and drink a Raspberry Lemonade Keto Max which tastes just like a country lemonade.

Making it is simple, you just add 12-16 oz of water and ice and shake, shake, shake!

Keto Max flavors are a mainstay of Pruvit’s line up, and the only ketones on the market bioidentical to the ketones your liver makes naturally. I drink Keto Max on a daily basis and it comes in many flavors.

If you have other Keto Max flavors on hand, or Keto Amped  (not a pruvit product I got mine through Amazon).you can drink any of these in place of the Raspberry lemonade if you prefer! I drank the Keto Max Heart Tart to switch things up!

A couple of hours after drinking your Keto Max, you take your Signal-OS capsules. During my experience during the reboot, some people preferred taking their Signal-OS with the broth, which is perfectly fine.

Lunchtime consists of Keto Thyme Better Broth which contains 7 grams of protein (it’s real bone broth with ketones). I’ll be honest it’s good when made into a slush. I took ice cubes and blended the bone broth and ice cubes together and made it into a slush.

Afternoon you drink a decaf Raspberry Lemonade and then dinner is the Better Broth Salted Caramel, which tastes just like caramel popcorn!

While I drank my Better Broth Salted Caramel with warm water as directed (not boiling), some people really enjoyed drinking it cold with ice. It doesn’t make a difference. It’s on the sweet side so diluting with more water is fine to suit your taste.

I also had no problem taking my Signal-OS separate from the broth, I followed the Keto Reboot instructions to a “T.”

Your last drink of the day on Day 2 is the Keto Kalm Tea Caramel Apple flavor, which is a bit sweet for my liking but easily drinkable.

Pruvit does a great job with their flavors but remember, ketone salts are just that…BHB salts (beta-hydroxybutyrate)…. so masking the salts is necessary. If you don’t like the taste, suck it up and know it’s all worth it!!

Don’t forget – drink LOTS of water during your reboot! It’s very important. You’re detoxing and you need to give the toxins a way out, or you could wind up with headaches or other unwanted side effects.

If you do get a headache, up your water intake and add a pinch of Himalayan salt to increase your electrolytes.

Keto Reboot Day 2 – How I Felt

I am used to intermittent fasting….every day I start my day with coffee and Pruvit’s MCT//143 oil and then drink Keto Max a couple hours later. I usually don’t eat my first meal until about 2:00pm. So how did I feel on Day 2? Pretty awesome! I wasn’t hungry at all.

They recommend depleting your glycogen stores on Day 2 to shift your body into ketosis more quickly. This isn’t the day to break any personal records at the gym, just doing a light workout is good, just do something! If you don’t feel up to working out It is okay to skip the gym. Remember you aren’t intaking that many calories.

It was also the evening of Day 2 that I starting really detoxing and making frequent trips to the bathroom. Yes, you’re gonna poop…this is a CLEANSE. You’re emptying the tank! I think I went about 6x.

It’s not a big deal and it’s not uncontrollable. You feel it coming on and you go to the bathroom. Some people are hesitant to do this while they’re at work but don’t be! You’ll be fine.

Some people didn’t have this happen until day 2, or even day 3. I guess it depends how backed up you are and how regular you are normally.

I think for some people, day 2 may be the hardest, especially if you’ve never done a cleanse before. So if you can just get through day 2, you’ll be fine come day 3.

By Day 3, you’ll be burning your love handles for fuel and you will feel a metabolic “shift.” You will be in a deep state of ketosis! 

Keto Reboot Day 3 – Tuesday

Keto Reboot review

Day 3 of the Keto Reboot is your second full day of not eating, and is a repeat of Day 2’s schedule so I won’t rehash it, but I will tell you how I felt as I was using my own fat for fuel!

Keto Reboot Day 3 – How I Felt

I wasn’t hungry at all by day 3. By this time, you’re in a deep state of ketosis and you’re body is tapping into its fat stores for fuel.  This is what they mean by a “metabolic shift.”

I did go on a walk, but only lapped my block in case I needed to go to the bathroom, which I didn’t until later that night. For me, it was always the dinner time broth that kicked that part in. Everyone’s different.

I didn’t experience ANY hunger “pangs” or pains.

But the ketones in all the products really do keep you feeling full and your hunger suppressed. Once you do start to feel a little hunger, it’s time for your next drink.

Even though I wasn’t feeling physically hungry, come evening time there was the thought of food…and being so accustomed to eating at certain times.

This is also why the reboot can really help break bad habits when it comes to food and snacking! Fasting is very empowering!

Testing your Ketone Levels

 

Post reboot I tested my ketone levels on a Keto strip and it was super dark! By this point, my liver was breaking down fat into ketone bodies and being used for energy!

By the way, don’t get too hung on peeing on stuff, blood ketone tests are far more accurate than urine strips but they’ll give you an idea. 

The Keto Mojo is a good one if you’re looking for a blood ketone/glucose meter and they offer free shipping.

Keto Reboot – Breaking the Fast

When my 60-hour reboot was complete, I woke up and I wasn’t hungry at all, but I felt a little weak so I knew I was ready to eat something. I actually went about 65 hours before breaking my fast.

It’s recommended you break your fast with some bone broth (any brand) and some scrambled eggs. I just opted for a couple scrambled eggs in butter.

Eat light the remainder of this day…. your digestion has been resting, your stomach shrank, and you won’t feel as hungry.

Keto Reboot Results – Reboot #1

So let’s face it, some of you will want to do this fast to kick start your fat loss! Who are we kidding? My main goal of the reboot was for ABS. I did lose 5 lbs and my stomach was FLAT and I felt amazing! I said goodbye to all the bloat and I had crazy amounts of natural energy.

Sidenote: Results may vary. Not everyone will have the same results as me or maybe someone you may know.

It completely reset my diet and I went on to eat a more strict vegetarian diet easily in following weeks. When you accomplish something so huge, you really think twice about putting something naughty in your mouth.

Food tastes so good after fasting that you have a much greater appreciation for healthy, nutritious foods!

One huge thing I noticed was how my gut improved…without TMI, let’s just say I’m very regular now and everything looks good!

Post Reboot Optimization

Optimizing post reboot is so important! If you want to stay in this fat burning state of ketosis, you can do that by continuing to drink ketones daily and following a lower carb “diet”.

Don’t just do the reboot and then get upset if you start eating bad and the weight creeps back on – you have to keep at it and the Reboot is a great JUMP START.  Old habits, “diet” hard, and continuing to drink your ketones daily is KEY!

And if you’re brand new to ketones –  heed my advice to Keto adapt a little BEFORE the reboot. Even that just means drinking one Keto Max per day for a week prior or maybe have some fat coffee using Keto Kreme and doing some shorter intermittent fasting day.

Keto Reboot Results – Reboot #2

I did my second Keto Reboot in May and I lasted the whole 60 hrs. I had so MUCH energy! It felt good to rely on just ketones and not ketones and coffee for those days I needed a HUGE pick-me-up.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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Keto Coffee Creamer

Today I talk about some of the best keto coffee cream creamers that are on the market today. I’ve done quite a few Keto posts. I’m curious to know if you like these type posts or no? If you enjoy these keto posts I will continue to do them if you don’t then I will do them once in a while. Just comment and let me know what you think.

If you are interested In the ketogenic lifestyle or going vegan or vegetarian you can reach me at the links I mentioned In the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

Keto Coffee Creamer by Left Coast

Left Coast Performance started with the goal of bringing affordable, high-quality MCT oil to the market. Since then, they have grown to sell other supplements, such as bone broth and ketone powder. They aim to use just a handful of ingredients in each of their products for maximum nutritional benefit. Because their keto coffee creamer is oil-based, it must be blended before use to get the right consistency. (leftcoastperformance)

Nutritional Facts: ghee, MCT oil. Servings: 32 , Carbs: 0, Flavors: cacao, unflavored

Form: liquid

Let’s compare some of the other features:

This creamer is gluten-free and contains only five ingredients

Has zero carbohydrates

Comes in two different flavors

Each bottle has 32 servings, which is over a month’s supply if you drink one cup a day

This creamer must be blended before use or it will not mix with coffee

The Left Coast website is minimal, without any useful resources

 Bulletproof Coffee InstaMix Creamer

Bulletproof is a health brand that sells numerous coffee products and even has several cafes located throughout the US west coast. In addition to coffee, they sell protein and other supplements, including MCT oil. Their product line is even more wide-ranged, including vibration plates, books, accessories, and clothing. Their website is impressive, featuring an educational blog and podcasts. A nice benefit with Bulletproof Coffee InstaMix Creamer is it is in powder form and does not require blending.

Nutritional Facts:  butter, octane oil, Servings: 14, Carbs: 6

Flavors: unflavored, Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

This Instamix does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee

Made with 100% grass-fed butter

Their website has lots of resources

Bulletproof specializes in coffee products and appears to be a well-rounded company

This creamer contains six carbs

Only has 14 servings per canister

Doesn’t offer any flavor options

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 

 Laird Superfood Unsweetened Original Coffee Creamer

Laird Superfood is named after Laird Hamilton, a self-proclaimed “surfer, fitness guru and coffee connoisseur.” He founded the company with the mission of finding a keto coffee creamer alternative to butter. Laird has since expanded their product line to include hydration powders, mushroom powder, coffee and more. You can find an educational blog and a recipe database on their website. (lairdsuperfood)

Nutritional Facts: coconut milk powder, sea-algae, coconut oil

Servings: 227, Carbs: 1

Flavors: unsweetened, original, cacao, turmeric

Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

Available in many different sizes and flavors

One one-pound package has a whopping 227 servings

Is non-dairy, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and non-GMO

Does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee

Contains no artificial ingredients, no added sugar, no chemicals and no fillers

Only contains one carb

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 Coffee Booster Organic High-Fat Coffee Creamer

Ironically, Coffee Booster was inspired by its founder’s dislike of butter in coffee. The company’s mission was to create a keto-friendly coffee creamer that tasted good. They found the perfect recipe by adding in some cacao powder (and presumably some other techniques). So far their coffee creamer is their only product. You can learn a lot about the science of the ketogenic diet on their website. (coffeebooster)

Nutritional Facts: Carbs: 1

Flavors: cinnamon, naked, original, vanilla

Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

  • Does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee
  • Comes in several different flavors
  • Contains only three ingredients, which are all organic and non-GMO
  • Coffee Booster is solely focused on this product
  • Only contains one carb
  • Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 Omega PowerCreamer Butter Coffee Blend

PowerCreamer started developing their butter creamer in late 2014 and spent over a year in research and development before taking their product to market. Their Omega Power Creamer is their only product, offered in four different flavors. Their website features a blog and recipe database for using their creamer to make tasty and healthy coffee drinks. PowerCreamer’s founders, Greg and Nick, make an effort to respond to everyone who contacts them. (powercreamer)

Nutritional Facts:

organic grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil

Servings: 20, Carbs: 0

Flavors: cacao, cinnamon, original, vanilla

Form: liquid

Lets compare some of the other features:

Contains zero carbs

Available in several different flavors

Only contains four ingredients, including organic, grass-fed ghee

PowerCreamer is solely focused on this product

This creamer must be blended before use or it will not mix with coffee

Only 20 servings per bottle

PowerCreamer is a very young company without a proven record of success

 

 Biona Organic Creamed Coconut

Biona is the UK-based child company of Windmill Organics, an organic food company. Biona sells a wide range of foods from pasta to yogurt and everything in between. Their creamed coconut contains 24 carbohydrates per serving, so while it may not be completely keto-friendly, it is a 100% whole food, making it one of the healthiest and least processed options out there. If you are strictly keto, this may not be what you’re looking for, but if you’re simply going for a healthy, whole food-based “diet”, this is about as close as you’ll get. (biona)

Nutritional Facts: coconut, Servings: unavailable

Carbs: 24, Flavors: none, Form: liquid

Lets compare some of the other features:

Contains only one ingredient and no additives

Biona doesn’t use any herbicides or pesticides on their crops

All of Biona’s products are non-GMO

Contains 24 carbs and 7 grams of sugar

Meant for use in curry dishes, not necessarily coffee

Number of servings per container is unavailable

As a liquid, this will most likely require blending to mix well into coffee

Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone MCT Oil Powder by Divine Health

Colbert calls himself “America’s #1 doctor for faith & medicine.” He has office locations in Orlando and Dallas, and users can make an appointment with him right on his website for anti-aging treatments. He sells superfood mixes, MCT oil, ketone powders, collagen and a few books he has authored. His website is very transparent, including several contact email addresses and phone numbers. You can also find a database of recipes, challenges, and health-related articles. (drcolbert)

Nutritional Facts: Base ingredients: MCT oil, Servings: 30

Carbs: 3, Flavors: hazelnut, coconut cream, French vanilla, unflavored

Form: pre-blended powder

 

Lets compare some of the other features:

Available in several different flavors

Has 30 servings per container, which is about a month’s supply if you drink one cup a day

Does not require blending, just stir into coffee

This product is non-GMO, gluten-free, lactose-free, soy-free and vegan

Can be used in a variety of ways, including with coffee, baking products, shakes and smoothies

Contains three carbs

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

Buyers Guide Information

I know you were looking for what are the best options, but here is some more detail as to why we might need good low carb coffee creamer products and brands to help us easily get a creamy tasting coffee without a load of sugary carbs.

Does Coffee Creamer Make You Gain Weight

Regular coffee creamer is a non-dairy creamer that usually contains high amounts of sugar to add to the taste. It usually has more sugar but less fat than half-and-half, and also may contain many unnatural additives. For those on a ketogenic diet, or just following a balanced “diet”, coffee creamer is not the best choice. One serving of coffee creamer can contain over a teaspoon of sugar. It will be difficult to remain in ketosis or lose weight if you start your day off with a splash or two of regular creamer in your coffee.

Can You Have Half-and-Half on Keto

Half-and-half is a slightly better option. It is made by mixing heavy cream with whole milk, resulting in a creamy but reduced fat choice. It only has about 20 calories per serving, 10-18% of which is fat. While half-and-half may be a wiser option than regular coffee creamer, it still contains lactose or milk sugar. Butter or low carb coffee creamers are overall the best choices for those wishing to lose weight through ketosis.

Benefits of Using a Low Carb (Keto) Coffee Creamer

~Avoiding the taste of butter or coconut oil

~Feeling satiated and alert for hours after consumption without needing to eat

~Avoiding the sugar and carbs of regular coffee creamers or milk-based creamers

~Enjoying a variety of healthy flavors

Some people are okay with using straight butter or coconut oil in their coffee, but not everybody can deal with the taste. That is the main reason people choose to use specially made low carb coffee creamers. (lowcarbyum)

Is Keto Coffee Creamer Bad for You

The short answer is probably not. The long answer depends on what creamer you are using. It’s always best to stick with the most natural form of food—which is why, technically, using straight butter or coconut oil is the healthiest choice. But what is not healthy is to force down something you hate the taste of. You have to enjoy your morning coffee—otherwise, what’s the point? That’s where low carb creamers come in. If you choose one that is processed with additives and artificial ingredients, then, of course, it’s bad for you. Instead, stick with whole food-based creamers with only a handful of ingredients.

And, Avoid These Other Ingredients

(If Possible)

Thickening agents

Preservatives

Artificial sweeteners and flavors

Added sugar

Hydrogenated oils

 

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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Vital Proteins’ Collagen Peptides

 

If you’re into the keto diet, looking for a way to build muscle, or simply just want to lose some weight, the supplementation of collagen peptides could do wonders to help you achieve your goals.

Collagen has been one of the most raved about structural proteins in recent times when it comes to skincare, beauty, health, and performance. But, with the sales pitches coming from almost every angle, it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not.


What Is Collagen and Why You Need It

Put simply, collagen accounts for approximately a third of your body’s protein composition. It plays an important role in the formation of your skin, bones, muscle, tendons, and ligaments and is found in your cornea, blood vessels, and teeth. It has so many scientifically proven health benefits which you can read more here.

In plain English, it’s the glue that holds everything together. It’s also why the word collagen derives from the Greek word “kólla” which means glue.

Those who are looking to build muscle or to increase mass and strength, a 2015 study showed that consuming collagen peptides while doing strength training increased muscle mass and strength .

For beauty purposes, consumption of collagen supplements helps improve skin elasticity, appearance, and minimize lines and wrinkles. Not only does it promote more youthful skin, but collagen also enhances the strength of your hair particles as well as your nails and joints (2)

For weight loss purpose, collagen also helps you reach your goals by helping you feel fuller for longer when compared to whey, soy, and even casein (4).

For keto “diet” enthusiasts, collagen peptides work very well when combined with the keto diet as it has a very low amount of calories and carbs.

For example, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (Unflavored) only has 70 calories for each serving (two scoops). So if you are looking for low carb protein powder to make your keto-friendly protein shakes, collagen powder is an excellent choice.


The Difference Between Collagen Protein and Other Types of Protein

The main difference between collagen and other proteins is the amino acid profile. Collagen has more essential amino acids such as alanine, arginine, proline, and hydroxyproline that make collagen unique in terms of how they benefit parts of your body such as hair, nail, ligaments, joints, tendons, skin, and digestion.


Vital Proteins’ Collagen Peptides

With so many collagen protein options to choose from, it’s common sense to pose the question of why you should choose Vital Proteins over other brands. What makes it one of the best collagen supplements out there?

In short, Vital Proteins’ collagen is grass-fed, pasture-raised, gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO. It’s Kosher and Whole 30 approved as well as being keto friendly.

It is unflavored and versatile so basically, you can use in any drink, dish and recipes that you wish to without destroying its taste and flavor. Another bonus is that this collagen is super soluble and easy to mix in both hot and cold liquids.

Many women in the keto community love this product and they use it every day and notice incredible results with their hair, nail, and skin. They experience healthier hair with less breakage and split ends.

If you are experiencing hair loss on a low carb ketogenic “diet”, maybe it’s not because of the diet itself, but could be due to many factors. One of the factors could be because your body is craving collagen. As we mentioned earlier, collagen makes up almost 30% of the protein content in our bodies. If you don’t consume enough of it, you might experience skin, hair and nails issues.

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Based on our experience coupled with facts gathered from the manufacturer themselves and the reviews from the health and fitness community, here’s a list of Pros and Cons of going with Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.


The Pros

 Grass-Fed Cows

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides “are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides”. I’d like to draw emphasis to the fact that the cows are grass-fed which always triumphs over grain-fed cows based. Grass-fed beef contains more cancer-fighting antioxidants and is also higher in Vitamin A and E (5).

To put it simply, grass-fed cows contain up to five times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed cows which is the key to reducing inflammation and aids in lowering the risks of chronic diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids are also critical in improving cognitive and behavioral function which impacts your overall well-being and physical abilities (678).

The fact that Vital Proteins’ Collagen is derived from grass-fed cows definitely wins a thumbs up from us in that arena.


 Bioavailability

If you don’t know what bioavailability means, it’s essentially the ability for your body to digest and absorb a solution quickly in order to maximize the benefits obtainable from that solution.

Based on my experience, I found it extremely easy to dilute the powder with cold water without leaving any nasty powder clumps in the mixture which goes to show how soluble it is.

The recommended dosage is 1 to 2 scoops of Vital Proteins into 8 ounces of any liquid to be consumed twice a day.

Having gone with the unflavored option, our liquid of choice to mix the powder with is coffee in the morning and a smoothie in the afternoon. The powder dissolved quickly and smoothly and there is no noticeable taste difference in both coffee or smoothie, which is a huge perk.

You can make your milkshake or protein shake by simply adding  1-2 scoops of this to your milk (or milk of choice). If you’re on keto, add 1 scoop of collagen in your coconut milk or almond milk. Optional choices are ice, sweetener, etc…

The unflavored collagen makes it so easy to add it to any other liquids without a noticeable change in flavor. If you like your coffee black, adding this wouldn’t change your coffee’s taste at all.


 Free from Gluten, rBGH, GMO, Dairy, and Ractopamine

If you’re looking to lose weight or to build a leaner and more toned figure, gluten is not your best friend. The fact that Vitals Protein is gluten-free makes this supplement highly attractive from all angles be it weight loss or muscle building.

It’s also nice to know that a collagen peptide supplement that derives from bovine hide does not contain artificial hormones that can be damaging to our health!


Contains Arginine and Alanine

If you’re looking to build muscle mass, the fact that this product contains Arginine and Alanine is a huge plus compared to other collagen proteins.

Arginine is critical in protein synthesis which supports the development of muscle mass and acts as a treatment for several health issues such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and erectile dysfunction (9).

Alanine is crucial as an aid to increasing carnosine in your body which acts as a powerful antioxidant. The more alanine in your system, the higher your acid-buffering capacity becomes thus allowing your muscles to push your workouts and training harder due to a slower lactic acid release in your muscles (10).


The Cons

The only downside to Vital Proteins I can think of is it’s a little bit more expensive compared to other collagen products. It is understandable because Vital Proteins use the best quality bovine hide collagen peptides to make their products. If you value quality and the amazing benefits of this product, I think the price isn’t an issue.

Also, if you are a vegan or vegetarian, collagen peptides are not for you unfortunately because they are sourced from grass-fed bovine.


How To Use Collagen:

Stir into hot/cold water or other beverages.

Add to coffee for extra creaminess and frothiness.

Add to smoothies and shakes as a protein booster

Add into any desserts and baking recipes


The Conclusion

If you’re looking for a high-quality collagen peptide supplement, we highly recommend Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. If you’re like many people, you will notice its benefits when you commit to a consistent intake of the supplement over a period of 6-8 weeks. You will appreciate the results witnessed after. Give it a try today!


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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How To Reduce Bloating

I just want to take a moment before I get into today’s post to wish everyone A Happy New Year’s Eve. I also want to take a moment and say thank you to every and each one of you for being on this journey with me. I set out to blog every single day and I have. For 2019 I want to include all of you (my followers) (read below). I hope you all have fun and let’s have fun. Remember to have fun but also drink responsibly.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND I WILL SEE YOU ALL IN THE NEW YEAR!

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

If you have missed #Blogmas all the links are listed in the section titled Blogmas which will be in right under this.

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 30! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 30 Days of #Blogmas

Blogmas Days 1-30

*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

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Most people experience bloating at some point. Exercises, supplements, and massages can all help to reduce bloating quickly, and simple lifestyle changes can prevent it from reoccurring.

Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight. It commonly occurs due to a buildup of gas somewhere in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Bloating causes the belly to look larger than usual, and it may also feel tender or painful. Fluid retention in the body can also lead to bloating.


 Tips to get rid of bloating

Bloating usually happens when excess gas builds up in the stomach or intestines. When bloating occurs right after a meal, it usually resolves itself, but it is often possible to speed up this process.

The best way to tackle bloating is to determine its cause. Common triggers for bloating include:

  • Digestive issues. Constipation, food allergies, and intolerances can lead to bloating. When stool becomes backed up in the large bowel, it can cause bloating and a feeling of discomfort. Excess gas may also build up behind the stool, making the bloating worse.
  • “Diet”. Fizzy drinks, too much salt or sugar, and not enough fiber in the “diet” can all cause bloating.
  • Hormonal changes. Many people experience bloating before and during their periods due to hormonal changes and water retention.

Walking

Physical activity can get the bowels moving more regularly, which can help to release excess gas and stool. Getting the bowels to move is especially important if a person is feeling constipated. A walk around the block can provide fast relief from gas pressure.


 Try Yoga Poses

Certain yoga poses can position the muscles in the abdomen in a way that encourages the release of excess gas from the GI tract.

Child’s Pose, Happy Baby Pose, and squats can all help people to relieve a buildup of gas quickly. Learn more about yoga poses for flatulence.


 Peppermint Capsules

Peppermint oil capsules may also be helpful for indigestion and related gas. Manufacturers usually market them as a treatment for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but people without IBS can also use them to relieve bloating.

Peppermint works by relaxing the intestinal muscles, which allows gas and stool to move along more effectively. People should always follow the instructions on the packet. Anyone who is prone to heartburn may need to avoid peppermint.

Peppermint capsules are available to buy over the counter (OTC) at drug stores or online.


 Gas relief capsules

Simethicone pills and liquid are anti-gas medications that can help to move excess air out of the digestive tract. It is essential to always take medication according to the instructions on the label.

People can find gas relievers in drugstores or online.


 Abdominal massage

Massaging the abdomen can help to get the bowels moving. A massage that follows the path of the large intestine is especially helpful. People can follow the steps below to do this:

Placing the hands just above the right hip bone. Rubbing in a circular motion with light pressure up toward the right side of the ribcage. Rubbing straight across the upper belly area toward the left rib cage. Moving slowly down toward the left hip bone.


 Use essential oils

A study from 2016 tested the effectiveness of supplements containing a combination of fennel and curcumin essential oil in 116 people with mild-to-moderate IBS. After 30 days, people reported an improvement in their IBS symptoms, including bloating and abdominal pain.

People should not consume essential oils without speaking to a doctor first. This is because some formulations may be toxic or can interfere with medication, and there is no regulation of dosages.


 Take a warm bath, soaking, and relaxing

The heat of the bath can provide relief for a sore abdomen. Relaxation can reduce stress levels, which may allow the GI tract to function more effectively and help reduce bloating.


Long-term solutions for bloating

Quick fixes are not always effective for some causes of bloating. However, people who have frequent bloating may find that certain lifestyle changes can tackle the causes and reduce bloating over time.

People can use these simple steps to try to prevent bloating in the long-term:


Increase fiber gradually

 

Increasing fiber intake may help to treat bloating.

 

Eating more fiber helps to prevent constipation and bloating. Most people in America do not get enough fiber, with only 5 percent of people meeting their recommended daily fiber intake of 25 grams (g) for females and 38 g for males.

However, it is important to bear in mind that eating too much fiber or increasing fiber intake too quickly can cause even more gas and bloat. People may notice adverse effects from eating more than 70 g of fiber a day.

When increasing fiber intake, it is best to start slowly and increase the intake over several weeks to allow the body to adjust to this change in the “diet”.


Replace sodas with water

Fizzy, carbonated drinks contain gas that can build up in the stomach. The carbon dioxide that makes soda and similar beverages fizzy can also cause bubbling and bloating in the stomach.

Sugars or artificial sweeteners in the diet can also cause gas and bloating. Drinking water eliminates these issues and helps to treat constipation as well.


Try to avoid chewing gum

The sugar alcohols in gum can cause bloating in some people. Swallowing air while chewing also may lead to bloating and gas pain. People can use ginger mints or peppermints to freshen their breath instead.


 Get more active every day

Exercise helps your body move stool and gas out of the colon and may make bowel movements more regular. Exercise also releases extra sodium from the body through sweating, which can help to relieve water retention.

It is vital to drink plenty of water before and after exercising to stay hydrated, as dehydration can make constipation worse.


 Eat at regular intervals

Many people experience bloating directly after a big meal. It is possible to avoid this by eating several smaller meals each day, which can help to keep the digestive system moving.

Swallowing food quickly can introduce air into the digestive tract. Drinking from a straw can also lead to people swallowing more air, which in turn leads to gas and bloating. People who have bloating should avoid using straws if possible and try eating slowly to avoid swallowing air during meals.


 Try probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria that live in the intestines. Taking a probiotic supplement may help to regulate the colon bacteria that can produce gas and cause bloating.


 Cut down on salt

An excess of sodium causes the body to retain water. This can cause a swollen and bloated feeling in the belly and other areas of the body, such as the hands and feet.


 Rule out medical conditions

In some cases, bloating may result from a medical condition. To get rid of this bloating, a person may need help from a doctor to diagnose and manage their condition.

Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, may cause people to experience bloating. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can also cause this symptom.

Gynecological conditions, such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts, can also cause pain, swelling, and feelings of bloating in the abdominal area.

People with these symptoms should discuss them with a doctor, who will also want to know about any relevant family medical history and other medical conditions. The doctor may order diagnostic tests to look for any problems. These may include an X-ray, ultrasound, colonoscopy, or blood tests.


Consider a low-FODMAP diet

FODMAPs are a type of carbohydrate that occurs in many different foods. A 2012 review article of multiple studies concluded that a low-FODMAP diet might improve symptoms in at least 74 percent of people with IBS. Typical symptoms include bloating, flatulence, and abdominal pain.


Keep a food diary

Food intolerances are responsible for many cases of bloating. They can lead to excessive gas in the digestive tract.

Bloating is common in people who have lactose intolerance and are unable to digest the lactose sugar in dairy products. Autoimmune intolerance to gluten, known as celiac disease, is another potential culprit.

For people whose bloating happens after meals, keeping track of food and drink intake for several weeks should help to determine whether specific foods are responsible.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offer tips for keeping a food diary and provide a template for people to get started.


 Look at supplements and medications

Some supplements, such as iron, can cause constipation and other symptoms of indigestion. This can increase bloating. Potassium, on the other hand, may reduce bloating by helping to balance the body’s sodium levels.

Medications may also cause side effects that affect GI function or cause indigestion. If this happens, a doctor or pharmacist can suggest alternatives that are more gentle on the digestive tract.


When To See A Doctor

 

Although it is not common, bloating and swelling of the abdomen can signify a severe medical condition. Liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, heart failure, kidney problems, and some types of cancer can cause bloating.

Bloating that continues for days or weeks may indicate a health issue that needs medical attention. It is advisable to speak to a doctor about ongoing bloating that does not go away over time.

People whose bloating occurs alongside these symptoms should seek medical advice

appetite changes or trouble eating, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, fever, severe abdominal pain, bright red blood in the stool, black or dark maroon stools.


Ultimately, the outlook for bloating depends on the underlying cause. Most of the time, bloating is due to minor issues that lifestyle changes or OTC treatments can resolve.

People should see a doctor if bloating is ongoing or occurs with other symptoms. Determining the underlying cause of bloating and other digestive issues is the first step to getting treatment and feeling better.


 

Final Thoughts

Bloating depends on the underlying cause. Most of the time, bloating is due to minor issues that lifestyle changes or OTC treatments can resolve.

People should see a doctor if bloating is ongoing or occurs with other symptoms. Determining the underlying cause of bloating and other digestive issues are the first step to getting treatment and feeling better.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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The Best New Year’s Resolutions

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how that I would be extending blogmas until December 31st. These posts won’t be holiday related as Christmas has since passed (Yesterday) Happy The Day After Christmas. What I will be doing Is adding some New Year’s related content to help you continue to stay on track and I will slowly be adding more of my normal content over the next week or so.

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

If you have missed #Blogmas all the links are listed in the section titled Blogmas which will be in right under this.

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 25! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 22 Days of #Blogmas

Blogmas Days 1-25

*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

Blogmas Day 1 Blogmas Day 2 Blogmas Day 3 Blogmas Day 4 Blogmas Day 5 Blogmas Day 6 Blogmas Day 7 Blogmas Day 8 Blogmas Day 9 Blogmas Day 10 Blogmas Day 11 Blogmas Day 12 Blogmas Day 13 Blogmas Day 14  Blogmas Day 15  Blogmas Day 16 Blogmas Day 17 Blogmas Day 18  Blogmas Day 19 Blogmas Day 20 Blogmas Day 21 Blogmas Day 22 Blogmas Day 23 Blogmas Day 24 Blogmas Day 25 Blogmas Day 26 Blogmas Day 27 Blogmas Day 28


It’s the perfect time to reflect on the year and start planning how you can become a healthier you in 2019. We’re not just talking about the first two weeks of January, either. Year after year, countless positive resolutions are made, but by the end of the month, they may no longer be at the forefront of your mind—because, well, life.

Oftentimes, resolutions die out after the first few weeks in the new year because they’re simply not sustainable. Start thinking of your New Year’s resolutions as a lifestyle change, not a crash-course diet. We asked doctors to share resolutions that they and their colleagues would consider the best New Year’s resolutions you can make for long-lasting results in 2019. Also, be sure to check out the simple, healthy habits you can change for 2019 to maximize your healthy results!

Make A Plan That You’ll Stick To Throughout The Whole Year

Don’t plan to do everything in January and don’t pick behaviors that are nebulous like ‘I’m gonna start working out more. Instead, create a plan and add behaviors, as needed, in stages throughout the year. Habits take time to form and you may feel overwhelmed, or coerced if you overload yourself. Start with one, get comfortable with it, and then add another.


Start Making Exercise Fun So You Actually Do It

Move your body. I don’t care if you walk halfway around the block or if you get on the bicycle and bike 50 miles, or go to the gym—you’ve got to keep your body moving. You either move it or lose it.

For exercise, do things that are fun. Meanwhile, schedule these to be done with a friend, so that you actually show up. For example, walking in the park and shopping are good exercises.


Seek Out Healthful Foods That You’ll Actually Want To Eat

Find healthy whole foods that you enjoy adding into your diet, instead of cutting out things you enjoy. For example, resolve to add a handful of berries to your breakfast every morning. The antioxidants have multiple health benefits. Instead of cutting things out, substitute one pleasurable thing for another. Soda and fruit juices each have three-quarters of a teaspoon of sugar per ounce, and neither is healthy. Instead, substitute with tea and sweeten with Stevia. Or add in vegetable juices.


Practice Mindfulness In Every Facet Of Your Life

Mindfulness in our behavior will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals. Mindful eating will automatically find us gravitating to health-promoting food—savoring each bite will slow down the speed with which we eat and cut down portion size. Being mindful of physical activities that are enjoyable will let us meet our fitness goals without the sensation of torture. If extended to all aspects of the day, mindfulness makes life more complete. We may just stop saying, Where did the last year go?


Stay Hydrated Throughout The Day

Drink More Water! I usually recommend four 16 ounce bottles of water consumption daily for my patients. It helps to flush the urinary tract of bacteria and also prevents stone formation. First line therapy in UTI prevention is hydration and the most common cause of kidney stones is having concentrated urine, so please drink up in 2019.

 


Limit Red Meat Consumption To Once A Week

It’s not just the fat in red meat, it’s the chemicals in red meat that increase the incidence of certain cancers. Stop eating red meat more than once a week.


Make An Effort To Reduce Your Stress Levels

Stress produces chemicals in your brain which damage every organ in your body and it impairs your immune system. For a healthy immune system, keep your stress levels low. For low-stress levels, exercise daily.


Start Eating Foods In This Order For Better Digestion And Nutrient Absorption

The order of your food intake may also be of benefit in your efforts to get healthy. As you strive to establish good habits, you may find it does your gut good to eat in this order:
 1. Start each meal with fibrous carbs such as a salad, mixed vegetables, etc. 2. After you have consumed about 1⁄2 of your fibrous carbs, start eating your proteins and fats (meat portion of the meal) along with the rest of your fibrous carbohydrates. 3. Then slowly start on healthy carbohydrates, such as quinoa or amaranth. 4. Add jalapenos, habanero, and cayenne peppers to your meal. These all contain capsaicin (gives peppers their “kick”), a chemical shown to help increase metabolism.


Get Tested For Food Sensitivities So That You Can Eliminate Discomfort And Become More Energized

Ninety-five percent of Americans suffer from food sensitivities, yet they’re among the most commonly under-diagnosed areas of clinical medicine. This is because unlike food allergies, food sensitivities are usually limited to digestive problems (like bloating, inflammation, lethargy) and the symptoms don’t always show up immediately, making it even harder to pinpoint which ingredients are upsetting your body.

When I finally decided to get tested for food sensitivities It was one the best and scariest decisions I have ever made (at that time). I found out from taking a food intolerance/sensitivity food test that my body reacted to so many different types of food. I recommend everyone to take a food intolerance/sensitivity test. You’ll be surprised at what the test may say.


Don’t Let Your Resolutions Consume You

Don’t let resolutions become chains. Instead, take them somewhat lightly. Yes, stick to them as much as possible, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You need to find the balance that works. After all, these changes are supposed to make your life better and not worse, right?


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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The Best Christmas Products That Come Out Every Year

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 19! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 18 Days of #Blogmas

Blogmas Days 1-18

*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

Blogmas Day 1 Blogmas Day 2 Blogmas Day 3 Blogmas Day 4 Blogmas Day 5 Blogmas Day 6 Blogmas Day 7 Blogmas Day 8 Blogmas Day 9 Blogmas Day 10 Blogmas Day 11 Blogmas Day 12 Blogmas Day 13 Blogmas Day 14  Blogmas Day 15  Blogmas Day 16 Blogmas Day 17 Blogmas Day 18

 


Just because you can’t always bring yourself to say “no” to the limited-edition gingerbread cookies and holiday candy you see at the store, it doesn’t mean your belly must start resembling Santa’s. It’s totally possible to get in the spirit of the season while maintaining your trim waistline; you just need to know which packages to grab and which ones to leave at the grocery store.

Since no one wants to spend time reading nutrition panels in the supermarket’s overcrowded holiday section (seriously, it’s a scary place to linger), I’ve done all of the research for you. Commit some of my top picks to memory so you can get in and out of the store unscathed. Or better yet, snag them online!


LÄRABAR Snickerdoodle & Gingerbread

 

Nutrition: 1 bar, 190 calories 8-9 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0-30 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 17-18 g sugar, 4 g protein

Thanks to Larabar, you can finally indulge in your favorite holiday cookie flavors without a massive sugar rush. While there are 17 to 18 grams of the sweet stuff per bar, the sugar is all the naturally occurring kind from things like dates and raisins. Plus, these things are beyond tasty—nab ‘em while you still can!


Birch Benders Gingerbread Spice Pancake Mix

 

Nutrition: 1/4 cup mix (two 4” pancakes), 120 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 390 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 3 g protein

While this ginger-infused pancake mix is a bit high in sugar, thanks to the addition of cassava starch there’s a bit fiber and protein, too. To even the fiber to sugar ratio a bit further, go light on the syrup and top your hotcakes with finely chopped pecans or walnuts and enjoy a scrambled egg or two on the side.


Goldfish Fun Holiday Colors Baked Cheddar Crackers

 

Nutrition: 55 pieces, 140 calories 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 240 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, <1 g sugar, 3 g protein

While these cute little crackers don’t offer much in terms of nutrition, they won’t do your body much harm, either. To give their tiny fish their vibrant holiday hues, Pepperidge Farms used things like turmeric extract and watermelon juice concentrate—not chemicals. With that in mind, this is definitely a salty snack that gets the green light. To boost its staying power of your snack, mix the fishies with some raw nuts and pair the mixture with a small piece of fibrous fruit.


KIND Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spice

Nutrition: 1 bar, 200 calories, 15 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 15 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 5 g protein

With so many delicious, low sugar bars on their roster, it’s easy to see why—and this seasonal snack is no exception. Flavors of hazelnuts, cashews, chocolate, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon join together to create a snack bar that will delight your taste buds while fueling your body right. Get a box for you and a second one to use as healthy stocking stuffers. The gift of health is one that everyone on your list is sure to love.


Enjoy Life Foods Gingerbread Spice Cookies

Nutrition: 2 cookies, 120 calories, 4 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 95 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 1 g protein

The healthiest gingerbread you’ll have this season will likely be homemade. But in the packaged food realm, these come pretty darn close. Despite the fact that most of these cookies are filled with sugar (as is the case with almost every cookie), they still have less than 5 grams of the sweet stuff a pop—which is pretty impressive. I also love that Enjoy Life uses ingredients like millet and buckwheat flour to sneak in a bit of nutrition.


Tic Tac Christmas Candy Cane

Nutrition: 1 piece, 1.9 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein

Since you have to constantly chomp, gum can make your tummy bloat. I  rely on mints to freshen my breath. These super-cute candy cane Tic Tacs are sure to brighten your day and your smile every time you pop one into your mouth. And for less than 2 calories each, they can’t be beat—so long as you don’t down too many at once, at least.


BoomChickaPop White Chocolate Peppermint

Nutrition: 1 1/4 cup, 140 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 75 mg sodium 18 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 1 g protein

Compared to things like candy and cookies, this peppermint and chocolate topped popcorn isn’t half bad. And the divine flavor makes it totally worth its not-exactly-low sugar count. This is definitely a must-try but probably not something you want to go back for seconds of.


Walkers Shortbread Festive Shapes Pure Butter Cookies

Nutrition: 2 pieces, 150 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 85 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2 g protein

The only things that go into these low-sugar cookies are wheat flour, butter, sugar, and salt making them an obvious Eat This!


Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

Nutrition: 1 tea bag, 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein

The only thing better than a cup of belly fat-incinerating Tea? One that’s infused with orange peel, peppermint, cinnamon, and vanilla bean, that’s what! The super cute box is definitely a bonus, too. Just look at those bears hard at work in Santa’s workshop!


Califia Farms Pure Almond Milk Egg Nog

Nutrition: 4 fl oz, 50 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 90 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 1 g protein

 It does have about fifty percent fewer calories than the typical eggnog, I can’t deny that eggnog in general just isn’t a great pick. Sip it if you must, but know that you’re better off eating your calories than sipping them.


Final Thoughts

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Christmas Foods That Have Common Food Allergies

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 17! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 16 Days of #Blogmas

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If you have food allergies, you know allergens hideout where you’d least expect them (peanut butter can be in chili; wheat in soy sauce). But for the 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, the holidays pose a particular challenge From homemade jams and cookie swaps to office parties and holiday dinners, there are more opportunities to accidentally eat the wrong thing and have an allergic reaction, which can progress to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening situation.

Trust me I know Holidays can be tricky for anyone with food allergies. You are often not in charge of the food, because you’re eating out or at someone else’s home.

On top of that, you’re exposed to dishes you don’t usually have. Bread pudding? Bûche de Noël? You may wonder: What is in those things? Even if a food doesn’t contain ingredients you are allergic to, there is always a risk of cross-contamination. While many restaurants have procedures for separating cooking utensils and cooking spaces to prevent cross-contact, home cooks tend to not think about whether a cutting board or cookie cutter contained a food allergen prior to re-using it.

To stay safe, consider hosting, so you control the food. Or, bring your own food to gatherings. And don’t forget to check labels, even if it means digging through your host’s trash. By FDA law, if a packaged food contains one of the top eight most common allergens—peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, or soy—that ingredient must be listed in plain English on the label (for instance, it will say “milk” not “whey”). Still, companies are under no obligation to tell you if a food could have had cross-contact with a top eight allergen; to find out, you have to contact the companies. Here are some unexpected foods that may contain the most common allergens, so you can eat, drink, and stay safe. And remember, Always bring your EpiPen with you.

Hot Chocolate

 

Watch out for: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Milk, Soy, Egg, Wheat

Before you warm up with a cozy cup of cocoa, check to make sure you know what’s in it. Chocolate, in general, is dicey for people with peanut and tree nut allergies, because they tend to be in chocolate or made on the same factory lines with it. Also, consider the topping: If your winter drink is underneath a bed of marshmallows, you know there’s egg white in it. (Eggs are also used in some homemade hot cocoa recipes, FYI.) Better bet: Have hot cocoa at home where you can carefully read the package.


Iced Sugar Cookies

 

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Milk, Egg, Nuts

Did you know royal icing—the hard glaze on top of many Christmas cookies—is made from egg whites, and it sometimes contains milk, too? Cookies also generally pack wheat, and they can contain finely ground nuts hidden in the dough, that is why I  advise caution around baked goods outside of your own home. Steer clear of foods you would otherwise assume are safe if they are homemade unless you know all of the ingredients and how the person prepared it.


Holidays Breads

 

Watch out for: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Egg, Milk, Soy

Breads are another danger zone for people with food allergies. Of course, there’s wheat, but that’s not all you’ll find in that hunk of carbs. Festive, special occasion breads may be studded with walnuts, pecans, or other nuts. Some loaves are made with milk or buttermilk. And if you see a shiny coating on bread, you know it was brushed with an egg wash glaze. Meanwhile, commercial loaves tend to contain soy, in the form of soy flour or a stabilizer to extend shelf life.


Worcestershire Sauce and Other Sauces

Worcestershire sauce

 

Watch out for: Fish, Shellfish, Soy, Wheat

This classic sauce is made with anchovies, but it can also contain shellfish. Salad dressings and dips tend to be the place where fish and shellfish are inadvertently hiding out. (Incidentally, shellfish allergies are on the rise in adults, according to 2017 research.) Sauces, in general, require extra vigilance, especially at someone else’s home or a restaurant, because you can’t tell what is in them.


Restaurant Steak

Asparagus, Steak, Veal Steak, Veal, Meat

Watch out for: Milk, Soy

You’d think a steak would be safe for those with a milk allergy, but that juicy porterhouse or New York strip may have butter in it. That’s because back in the kitchen, chefs often melt a hunk of butter on top to make it extra tasty. The other potential pitfall is soy because some chefs glaze a steak in an Asian-style marinade. Be sure to tell your server about all allergies and ask them to ensure you get your beef without oil, butter, or marinade.


Gingerbread Houses

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Soy

Whether it’s a kit you make yourself or a ready-made creation you pick up from the bakery, gingerbread houses spell trouble for many kids with food allergies. Both the cookie walls and the candy decorations may harbor wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, and soy. If you’re crafty, the safest bet is to make it yourself and decorate with safe items (like Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are made in a peanut- and tree nut-free facility.) The good news is there are a growing number of nut-free and gluten-free bakeries, so kids with food allergies don’t have to miss out on the holiday fun.


Cocktails

Cocktail cheers

Watch out for: Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Shellfish

Don’t let down your guard at the bar. Vodka is made from fermented grains, which means it can contain wheat or soy (as well as corn, a less common allergen). And did you know that trendy vodkas are sometimes infused with peanuts and various tree nuts? Or that many gins are flavored with almonds? Also be alert for frothy cocktails, which often get their bubbles from egg whites, as well as ones mixed with liqueurs such as Frangelico (made from hazelnuts), Amaretto (almond liqueur, though it often gets its flavor from peach pits and not nuts), and Nocello (walnut liqueur).


Seafood and Fish

Salmon, Dish, Food, Meal, Fish, Seafood

 

Watch out for: Milk

You know to avoid seafood if you’re allergic, of course. But even people with milk allergies have to be careful when ordering the salmon or shrimp scampi out. Sometimes fish and shellfish are dipped in milk to help with the fishy smell.  It’s mainly restaurants that are guilty of this, but some fish markets do it, too. How can you be sure? Do your research and make sure you’re buying from a market that doesn’t de-stink their catch of the day.


Rugelach

Cinnamon rugelach

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Milk, Eggs, Nuts

You might expect these cookies to have wheat, but they often also have milk (in the form of sour cream or cream cheese, as well as butter), eggs, and a layer of walnuts or other tree nuts. Also, watch out for marzipan on the Hanukkah or Christmas table—it is almond paste.


Caponata

Eggplant caponara

 

Watch out for: Shellfish, Fish

This Sicilian ratatouille-like appetizer made with eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes sometimes serves up a surprising ingredient: anchovies or other forms of seafood. And if you buy a jarred, imported-from-Italy version, keep in mind that imported foods are not subject to the FDA law. That means you can’t necessarily trust the label to keep you safe.


Latkes

Potato latkes

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Soy

Warning if you have peanut or soy allergies—this Hanukkah favorite is sometimes fried in peanut or oil. Soy can also sneak in when latkes are made with teriyaki sauce. And while potato latkes are not likely to be made with tree nuts, some recipes call for almond flour, so always ask the chef. Latkes generally contain egg, too, though you can find egg-free recipes online.


Asian takeout

Chinese noodles takeout

 

Watch out for: Peanuts, tree, nuts, soy, wheat, egg, milk, shellfish, fish

All partied out and ready to order in? Be super careful with Thai, Chinese, and Indian cuisines. You may encounter top eight allergens, as well as sesame, which is the ninth most common allergen (just behind soy). Thai and Indian joints thicken dishes with a paste derived from cashews or other nuts. It depends on your own comfort level and past history of reactions, but some people with food allergies steer clear entirely. Other people order only from trusted restaurants that take food allergy seriously.


Eggnog

Holiday eggnog

 

Watch out for: Milk, egg, tree nuts, peanuts

OK, so you’d expect egg and milk warnings for this holiday staple. But those with peanut and tree nut allergies should also be careful, particularly with store-bought eggnog, because there’s a cross-contact risk. And if there’s booze in that eggnog, you could get exposed to tree nuts, peanuts, or other allergenic ingredients that way. What about that nutmeg sprinkled on top? It’s not a nut, so it shouldn’t bother you—unless you’re allergic to it.


Bûche de Noël

Buche de noel

 

Watch out for: Wheat, egg, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, soy

Alas, that beautiful French chocolate cake may look heavenly, but it’s got some bad ingredients if you have food allergies: milk, tree nuts like hazelnuts or almond paste, eggs and wheat, and possibly soy if it’s from a commercial bakery (soy is sometimes used as a flour and a stabilizer in packaged breads and baked goods). And anything with tree nuts has a possibility of cross-contact with peanuts. Think of it this way: Passing it up saves you about a zillion calories.


Hot pretzels

Soft pretzel

 

Watch out for: Wheat, egg

Tempted by the hot pretzels at sporting events, the circus, and holiday vendors? If you have an egg allergy in the family, stay away. Pretzels may be dipped in egg before being dipped in salt. And any snacks from vendor carts are risky to all people with food allergies, due to the chances of cross-contact with other ingredients.


Deli Meats

Deli turkey

 

Watch out for: Tree nuts, milk, wheat, soy

Sure, that antipasto spread of deli meats or Italian combo sandwiches look tempting, but be careful if you’re allergic to pistachios, milk, or soy. That’s because deli meats can contain any of those allergens. Mortadella is an Italian pork that is sometimes made with pistachios. And soy is used in filler in some processed meats. And because the same meat slicer is used for cheeses, even a plain piece of sliced ham isn’t safe if you have a milk allergy. Fortunately, there are packaged cold cuts free of allergens (check labels).


Beer and Ale

Beer mugs table

 

Watch out for: Wheat, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts

Allergic to wheat? You know to skip wheat beers, naturally, but even a barley-based brew can be a problem due to cross-contamination and cross-reactivity among grains. Surprisingly, some microbrews are infused with peanuts and tree nuts (in restaurants, avoid anything advertised as having a nutty taste). And some malt beverages even contain soy, so it’s buyer beware.


Coffee Drinks

Latte

 

Watch out for: milk, tree nuts, peanuts, egg

Another drink to avoid if you have an egg allergy: frothy coffee concoctions. These products also sometimes rely on egg whites to create a frothy topping. Lattes and the like are also a potential hazard for those with peanut or tree nut allergies because nut-flavored flavored coffees and syrups introduce a cross-contamination risk.


Wreaths

Holiday wreath

 

Watch out for: wheat

Surprisingly, “non-food items are the biggest issue for wheat-allergic patients. Wheat derivatives are found in wreaths, ornaments, and other decorations, as well as soaps and cosmetics, and can cause a reaction when they touch the skin of someone who is allergic. Play-Doh also contains wheat and may trigger a reaction if it comes in contact with skin or if a child with an allergy puts it in their mouth (as little kids tend to do with everything). Non-food items don’t have to abide by FDA labeling rules , so it’s important to be alert to the kind of products wheat lurks in.


A Crackling Fire

Crackling fire with holiday socks

 

Watch out for: peanut, tree nuts, and seeds

Engineered fireplace logs are not a food, but they’re still bad news for some people with food allergies. The reason: They can get their crackle and pop from the shells of seeds and nuts. While not everyone with nut and seed allergies reacts to this type of environmental exposure, some people do. Bottom line: Skip the fire with sound effects and instead snuggle up in front of a gas fireplace, or one made from pure old-fashioned logs.


Final Thoughts

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Cool Christmas Cookies

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 11! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 10 days of #Blogmas

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Also, yesterday besides posting my #Blogmas post day 10 I also posted a fun little Christmas Quiz don’t forget to check out and comment so I can get to know you better.


Besides decorating the house and wrapping endless presents, the holidays are all about indulging. And right after you’ve forked into that last bite of herb-roasted Turkey or juicy brisket, you know you’ll need a sweet bite to end the night. That’s why I’ve rounded up a list of the most fun holiday cookies on the internet that you and your kids will enjoy baking together.

DISCLAIMER: As with any recipe you can alter the ingredients to your needs. Just Google to make sure you get the ratios right. I always make my cookies vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free they don’t always turn out but I am always up for a challenge. 

From coconutty Santa’s Whiskers to chai-sprinkled-snowmen to oversized ginger cookies, you’ll want to try your baking skills at these irresistible holiday cookies. Whip out the cookie cutters and baking aprons and get to decorating!


Eggnog-Frosted Chai Snickerdoodle Snowmen

Eggnog frosted chai snickerdoodle snowmen

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Snowmen bodies are molded with snickerdoodles and topped with a chai-scented eggnog frosting. Enlist the kids’ help to craft the snowmen’s hats out of mini Reese’s cups. The best part? They’re ready in just a half hour.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.


Death by Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Death by chocolate peppermint cookies

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Think of this confection as devil’s food cake meets Starbucks‘ peppermint mocha latte. The decadent cocoa base makes for a tasty foundation for crushed peppermint candies and sweet white chocolate.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.


Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies

Chocolate chip christmas cookies

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Spruce up your tried-and-true chocolate chip cookie recipe with white chocolate chips and holiday sprinkles. This recipe begins with a quick and easy Betty Crocker mix, so you know you won’t be spending too long in the kitchen.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna.


Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Mini chocolate thumbprint cookies

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

With a crunchy shell that houses gooey, oozing fudge, these will be a hit at any holiday party. They’re super indulgent and chocolatey, so you’ll want to pair them with a tall glass of milk.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.


Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies

Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

The ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg lend this dessert a warm and robust flavor while scenting your home with the most comforting aromas. These decorative cookies benefit from orange zest, which pairs perfectly with cinnamon.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.


Grinch Heart Cookies

Grinch heart cookies

Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything

You may remember this line from the 1996 film, “Well, in Whoville, they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.” Dyed green and heart-shaped, these creative cookies might as well be the edible embodiment of Christmas spirit.

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.


Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog cookies

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Rather than sipping on eggnog during Christmas dinner, why not bake up the dessert version of this creamy beverage? The holiday-staple-turned-cookie is crafted with a delicious combo of nutmeg, cinnamon, butter, eggs, vanilla, and—you guessed it—real eggnog.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna.


Santa’s Whiskers Cookies

Santa's whiskers cookies

Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

This green-and-red-studded confection may look holiday-esque, but it tastes like the ultimate tropical retreat. These rounds are rolled in coconut flakes and peppered with chopped maraschino cherries and almond.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.


Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Big soft ginger cookies

Courtesy of Flour on My Face

Whether you’re baking something up for a holiday potluck or looking to leave Santa something a little extra special, these ginger cookies go a long way. Drizzle the cookies in a thick sugar glaze, or try dipping one half in melted chocolate for a festive flair.

Get the recipe from Flour On My Face.


Maple Glazed Sugar Cookies

Maple glazed sugar cookies

Courtesy of Creme de la Crumb

Who doesn’t love a good maple-infused dessert? These traditional sugar cookies get a double dose of holiday flavors with gingerbread spices laced into the dough and a rich maple glaze.

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.


Santa Claus Cookies

Santa claus cookies

Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything

Nutter butter cookies make up Santa’s face while white chocolate and sprinkles make for Mr. Claus’ hat and beard. Semi-sweet chocolate chips and M&Ms act as the eyes and nose. Too cute!

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.


Peppermint Bark Cookies

Peppermint bark cookies

Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

A rich chocolate cookie is coated in peppermint white chocolate for a truly mouthwatering treat that can be served on both Hanukkah and Christmas tables alike. Consider these thin mint’s prettier and more fun cousin.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.


Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies

Courtesy of Lil Luna

These fluffy, six-ingredient cookies are laced with chopped pecans and dusted with a generous helping of powdered sugar. Not only do they melt in your mouth thanks to the butter, but they boast a nice crunch due to the sweet nuts.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna.


4-Ingredient Hot Chocolate Cookies With Toasted Marshmallows

4 ingredient hot chocolate cookies

Courtesy of Your Cup of Cake

Transform your favorite wintry beverage into a portable, post-dinner treat. These four-ingredient cookies start with Pillsbury cake mix and swap traditional frosting with a toasted marshmallow. You can even add some crushed graham crackers to the cake mix for an s’mores twist.

Get the recipe from Your Cup of Cake.


Butter Cookies With Orange and Chocolate Ganache

Orange butter shortbread cookies

Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

Get in a festive spirit with these butter cookies stuffed with orange and chocolate. The added citrus pairs perfectly with the subtle-tasting butter base and complements the cocoa. The dough bakes to a delicious crumble, while the ganache boasts a velvety richness.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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Healthy Christmas Cookies With Recipes

Welcome back to another day of #Blogmas ladies and gentlemen we are on day #8. Here are the links to days 1-7.

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Cookies! You set them out for Santa, bake them as a fun quality family time activity, and pass them around at neighborhood holiday parties. I’m not going to ask you to give them up. Really. You should be able to participate in your standing holiday traditions and cut calories, too.

I scoured the blogosphere for the best of the mouthwatering best healthy holiday cookie recipes to bring you 15 healthy cookie recipes that you’ll be psyched to serve your friends and fam. These cookies are not only delicious, but they also boast some nice superfoods (like coconut oil and almonds) and cut back on the naughty ingredients like butter and white sugar. And remember The easiest way to cut calories on the cookies this season is sharing them with friends and family. That’s a holiday tradition we can all feel good about. For a warm beverage to go along with your creative treats, try, one of the best weight-loss teas around!


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Per cookie: 108 calories, 4.7 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 8 mg sodium, 1.6 g fiber, 10.9 g sugar, 1 g protein

And you thought all there was to love about pumpkin was the pie and those lattes. Well, think of this cookie as the no-fork-required version of the classic pie, with an upgrade—chocolate chips! Between the warm, winter spices and the gooey chocolate, none of your holiday guests will guess these are nut-, grain- and egg-free.

Get the recipe from The Detoxinista.


Sugar Cookie Energy Bites

 

Per cookie: 23 calories, 1.6 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 1.9 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0.9 g sugar, 0.6 g protein

Don’t let the name throw you; a couple of this energy bites won’t give you anywhere near the sugar high – and crash – of the classic cookies they’re named after. Calling for just three ingredients and a matter of minutes, these bites can easily be prepped on the weekend for a week’s worth of healthy snacking for the entire family. Cover a quarter of them in sprinkles for a low-sugar way to get kids interested in the cashew-powered treats.

Get the recipe from Better with Cake.


Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

 

Per cookie (using almond milk): 85 calories, 4.3 g fat, 0.8 g saturated fat, 40 mg sodium, 1.3 g fiber, 3.5 g sugar, 2.9 g protein

Crisp on top with a gooey middle, these cookies have something for everyone to love. Flax gives them a boost of omega 3 fatty acid and a healthy dose of fiber. It gets better; you’ll get that rich, indulgent peanut butter taste with a fraction of the sugar count as other cookie recipes. Now you don’t have to worry about little ones overloading on sugar if they grab two instead of one.


Almond Butter Lace Cookies

 

Per cookie (using unsweetened almond milk): 150 calories, 10.3 g fat, 1.0 g saturated fat, 3 mg sodium, 0.9 g fiber, 7.0 g sugar, 4.0 g protein

These classic, diaphanous cookies are usually loaded with butter to achieve that light-but-crisp texture, but this version packs them full of protein without weighing them down. You’ll get a satiating dose of healthy fats from the almond butter base, but all you’ll really care about is the rich, indulgent taste. Just remember to share!

Get the recipe from The Simple Veganista.


Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

 

Per cookie: 89 calories, 7.3 g fat, 2.4 g saturated fat, 29 mg sodium, 1.4 g fiber, 2.3 g sugar, 2.1 g protein

We know exactly what you’re thinking: grain-, dairy- and gluten-free cookies? They must be dry. Wrong! These upgraded classics are not only not crumbly, but they also crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. That’s right, the perfect cookie combo. They’re so good, in fact, you won’t even miss the icing.

Get the recipe from The Roasted Root.


Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Per cookie: 86 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 38 mg sodium, 9.6 g carbs, 1.3 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2.3 g protein (calculated with traditional mini chocolate chips)

Whether you’re looking for a simple cookie recipe or a healthy one, this low-sugar option is the perfect fit. The majority of the dough is comprised of chickpeas and peanut butter while maple syrup, vanilla extract, and mini chocolate chips play a supporting role and add a hint of sweetness. The best part: they’re free of eggs so that you can lick the spoon — and the bowl, too.

Get the recipe from Begin Within Nutrition.


Pumpkin Pie Cookies

 

Per cookie (without chocolate chips): 68 calories, 5.4 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 57 mg sodium, 1.5 g fiber, 2.8 g sugar, 2.4 g protein

68 calorie cookies. Read it again: 68 calorie cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I love the low-calorie count that I can get behind, but what I love about this recipe is the list of healthy, wholesome ingredients that go into it. Nothing processed here, folks, just cookies you can feel good about passing around the holiday dinner table.

Get the recipe from The Detoxinista.


Damn Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Per cookie: 161 calories, 8.3 g fat, 6.4 g saturated fat, 55 mg sodium, 2.1 g fiber, 7.8 g sugar, 2.6 g protein

(Calculated using spelt flour, unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and coconut sugar)

If you’re used to slice-and-bake cookies, oats mixing with your chocolate chips might be a shocker — in a good way. Chewy, hearty and satisfying, these cookies will show you that one damn delicious chocolate chip cookie is enough to satisfy even the most stubborn sugar craving. Plus, with absolutely no butter in sight, you can just nix that guilt before you take your first bite.

Get the recipe from The Simple Veganista.


Peppermint Chocolate Macaroons

 

Per cookie: 74 calories, 4.9 g fat, 4.2 g saturated fat, 1.5 g fiber, 6.6 g sugar, 1.0 g protein

(Calculation based on unsweetened coconut milk and without salt or additional chocolate dip)

These sweet little indulgences take you to the tropics with a good dose of coconut before they bring you back into the winter spirit with the classic combo of chocolate and mint. And at 74 calories a pop, no one can fault you for giving them a little dunk in some melted chocolate.

Get the recipe from Against All Grain.


Quinoa and Almond Flour Cookies with Chai-Spiced Almond Butter

 

Per cookie: 159 calories, 9.6 g fat, 1.6 g saturated fat, 24 mg sodium, 1.4 g fiber, 9.1 g sugar, 2.3 g protein

These cookies combine two of our favorite things about the holiday season: cookies and warm baking spices. (Plus, I’ll never turn down a dessert that manages to pack some protein.) These cookies are also a delicious introduction to the world of alternative flours. If you like almond butter, you’ll love the subtle nuttiness almond flour adds to your cookies.

Get the recipe from Farm on a Plate.


Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Per cookie: 97 calories, 6.5 g fat, 4.8 g saturated fat, 68 mg sodium, 1.1 g fiber, 6.0 g sugar, 1.6 g protein

Light, fluffy and cake-like, these cookies are like the top of a chocolate chip muffin—without all the unnecessary sugar, fat or calories. Don’t let the saturated fat scare you off; it comes from all-natural ingredients high in good fats, like coconut flour and coconut oil. A touch of maple syrup and some mini chocolate chips are all you need to sweeten these little indulgences.

Get the recipe from The Detoxinista.


Paleo Samoas

 

Per cookie: 142 calories, 9.0 g fat, 5.0 g saturated fat, 26 mg sodium, 1.5 g fiber, 11.7 g sugar, 1.9 g protein

Forget all about the trans fats and chemicals that are packed into typical Girl Scout cookies and make wholesome versions at home with your little ones. You’ll get their hands involved in the mixing and feel good knowing exactly what they’re eating. This recipe keeps all the nice ingredients (unsweetened coconut and dark chocolate) and swaps those naughty ingredients like sugar for healthier alternatives. They’re sure to make the whole family happy.

Get the recipe from Elana’s Pantry.


No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites

 

Per cookie: 123 calories, 6.7 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 23 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 7.2 g sugar, 4 g protein

Energy bites are perfect for days when you’re not hungry enough to commit to an entire granola bar or when you’re simply craving something sweet that won’t blow your “diet”. Whip up this recipe and you’ll be prepared for either scenario. They only take 15 minutes to make and are filled with superfoods like flaxseed, chia seeds and almonds — oh, and of course, ooey-gooey peanut butter, too!

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.


2-Bite Breakfast Cookies

 

Per cookie: 53 calories, 1.4 g fat, 0.7 g saturated fat, 1 mg sodium, 0.8 g fiber, 6.1 g sugar, 0.5 g protein

Let’s be clear about this: sometimes even we want to start the day with cookies. ‘Tis the season, right? But the last thing we want when we wake up is a sugar rush that’s going to leave us dizzy and unfocused an hour later. These little cookies use bananas and oats as the base, giving you a solid nutritional foundation (so you can add some mini chocolate chips, of course).

Get the recipe from Begin Within Nutrition.


Healthiest Cookies Ever

 

Per cookie: 178 calories, 10.7 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 103 mg sodium, 2.6 g fiber, 15.0 g sugar, 4.9 g protein

Using a base of walnuts and dates, these cookies are free of added sugar and are also dairy-free. Dark chocolate chips ensure they still taste decadent — after all, you are eating a cookie — but the walnuts give you a nice additional boost of protein so you’ll feel satisfied with one cookie (instead of sneaking back into the kitchen for rounds two and three).

Get the recipe from The Detoxinista.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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Gluten Free Gifts

#Blogmas Day 1 (officially) starts today December 1st.

Believe me, I understand that going gluten-free can be tough. A “diet” without fluffy bread, decadent desserts, and slurpable pasta sound sad enough, but the only thing worse for those with Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity (like myself) is the belly pain that follows eating a mere crumb of the stuff. Luckily, we live in a time where many food brands are rolling out gluten-free alternatives left and right. This holiday season, I’ve rounded up a list of essential gluten-free gifts you can snag for your loved ones to instantly make their lives that much easier and day-to-day meals way tastier.

Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day Cookbook

Gluten-free artisan bread book cover

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One of the biggest things you miss as a gluten-free eater is biting into a crusty French baguette. Just strolling by a bakery or bagel store triggers immediate feelings of longing for the baked goods. Gift the gluten-free gal or guy on your list a handbook to making whole-grain loaves, brioche bread for thick French toast, delicious doughnuts, or even sticky pecan caramel rolls that they’ve been skipping out on. Plus, this cookbook from Jeff Hertzberg, MD, and Zoë François is pretty enough for them to leave out on their kitchen countertop or coffee table as a decor piece! Seriously, who wouldn’t want to look at those perfect loaves?


Sweet Laurel Cake Kit

Sweet laurel cake kit

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If your gluten-free pals aren’t quite the bake-from-scratch type, opt for a cake kit instead. They can throw together a dessert for the group that they can dig into without checking labels for traces of gluten. This kit by Sweet Laurel is both dairy-free and gluten-free, and it’s clad with vegan caramel, chocolate cake mix, and homemade vanilla extract. While most vanilla extracts are made with vodka, which is made with fermented grains, Sweet Laurel’s is made with tequila for a grain-free alternative.


Meal Delivery Service Membership

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Among the sea of meal delivery services out there, a few, in particular, tend right to gluten-free eaters. Freshly is one to keep on your radar, because their entire meals are gluten-free and you can pick from three different meal plans. Depending on how much you’re looking to spend, the weekly cost ranges from $49.99 to $107.99. Green Chef is another national meal kit and one that’s received the Gluten-Free Food Service certification through the Gluten Intolerance Group. Each recipe is chef-crafted, and there’s a new menu every week.


Vegetable Spiralizer

Spiralizer with cucumber

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If gluten-free folks have to skip piling pasta on their plate (Hello GF Pasta), gift all your GF friends a vegetable spiralizer or a spiralizer ( I have a spiralizer that is a kitchen aid attachment Williams-Sonoma. They’ll be so busy eating pesto zoodles, sweet potato carbonara, and butternut squash noodles in sage brown butter, they won’t even miss the carbs!


Instant Pot

Instant Pot 7-in-1 pressure cooker

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It’s no simple task eating out when you’re gluten-free because there’s always the fear of cross-contamination in the back kitchen you can’t see. Skip the restaurants and encourage them to cook at home in their own safe space (plus, you can lend a hand and have a fun night together!). Cooking in an Instant Pot is an easy way to whip up hundreds of wholesome slow-cooker recipes such as rice bowls and desserts, whether they’re hosting dinner parties or meal prepping for the week.


Mary’s Gone Crackers Gift Basket

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These popular whole-grain crackers are insanely good AND packed with sesame, quinoa, and flax that lend them a seriously wholesome crunch. Of course, you’re not going to just buy your gluten-free love a box of crackers wrapped in paper for the holidays. Instead, we suggest putting together a gift basket of these bad boys, along with a bottle of wine, nuts, and an assortment of cheeses. During the holidays, there are plenty of charcuterie boards being passed around, and they often quickly become off-limits to gluten-free folks. Gift them a worry-free evening where they can pass around good wine and a gluten-free vessel for Gouda and brie with loved ones.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? Today officially starts #blogmas. During #blogmas I will be posting different type of content. I mainly will be sticking with health, nutrition, and fitness related content that I normally post.#Blogmas will give me a chance to post different content that might be related to what my blog Is already about or different things. If you have any Ideas that you would like me to post please don’t forget to leave me a comment or you can always contact me through all of my links which I provided In the “Thank You” section and “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to help you achieve your fitness and nutrition goals.

Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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