Some days getting the right amount of macros into your diet can be tricky. You have a lunch date, or someone brings you a treat and you feel rude turning it down. Whatever the reason or occasion we have those days and interruptions. Some days we can have the best plan, best of intentions, and then something comes up to make our plan suddenly shift.
I think it’s SUPER important to plan and pre plan to hit your macros. However, I believe it’s even MORE important to live life, to pursue friendships and relationships, to bless people, and to create memories. In doing so there will be days when you will be playing “macro tetris” trying to hit your macros. For example, you might get to the end of your day needing to eat 50 grams of carbohydrates, but you have met your fat and protein limits. Or you need 30 grams of protein but no fat or carbohydrate.
It’s nice to have a general knowledge of foods that will help you to meet those macros. I am going to give you some of my personal favorites. I am only listing foods that I actually eat all the time.
For carbohydrates I love cereal, bread, rice cakes, rice, fruit (fresh and dried), hot cereals (Cream of Rice or Coco Wheats), poptarts, oatmeal, pasta, popcorn, and pretzels. All of these carbohydrates I have listed are generally low to no fat, and low in protein. Specifically these are some of my favorite products that I consume on the daily.
Pumpkin Pie Pop-tarts are the bomb right now!!! Otherwise, when it’s no longer pumpkin season, brown sugar and strawberry have my heart.
For sources of protein I love protein powder/shakes, chicken, tuna, salmon, shrimp, turkey/deli meats, low fat cottage cheese, non to low fat greek yogurt, and liquid egg whites.
For fat sources I ideally like to stick to fats that are mono and polyunsaturated fats rather than trans fat and saturated fat (if I can). I come from high cholesterol genetics, so I try to be careful of these lesser fats. The good sources of fat I like to eat from are EVOO, chia seeds, hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, nuts, nut butters, and avocado.
Protein and Carbohydrates
How about if you need protein and carbohydrates but little to no fat? Beans are awesome, hummus, peas, protein powders with sweetener or cereal topping, veggie burgers, nonfat milk, quinoa, pastas, sweetened greek yogurt (or plain nonfat greek with cereal topping), and last but not least – Built Bars. Built Bars are fantastic sources of protein and carbohydrate while low in fat (some flavors are lower than others). fitfoodie10 to save on Built Bar.
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Or warmed for 20 seconds. YUM!
Protein and Fats
My favorite sources of protein and fats are bacon, cheese, whole eggs, greek yogurt with fat, nut butter (American Dream Nut Butter especially has a higher amount of protein than regular nut butter), red meat, dairy with fat, and sausage. FITFOODIE10 to save on American Dream Nut Butter.
Carbohydrates and Fat
For carbohydrates and fat (my favorite combination! 😁), my favorites are chocolate, sweet treats or baked goods, pasta with EVOO, oats and nut butter, chia seeds or hemp seeds, nuts and dried fruit.
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