My go-to low carb snacks and treats

I have been super open about my postpartum weight loss journey and how the F-Factor diet helped me lose the baby weight. Since I lost the weight, I have found myself still living the f-factor lifestyle but sort of taking the tools I learned from it and creating a plan that works for me. I am no longer actively trying to lose a ton of weight. I am not against losing weight, but it is not at the forefront of my mind and I feel really good in my body right now. That said, I have learned SO MUCH about food this past year. I no longer just eat the f-factor way. I like to describe the way I eat as, low-carb, with a combination of lean proteins and high fiber but the focus being low carb. By eating low carb most of the time, I find it so easy to indulge once in a while with absolutely NO guilt or change in my body. For example, yesterday I had Shake Shack with Charlee for dinner. I ordered the shack burger no bun, and a side of french fries. I had eaten a super low carb breakfast and lunch so I was in fat burning mode all day. I ate the side of fries and enjoyed every single bite because for the other 90% of my day, I focused on choosing low carb, high fiber options! With low-carb becoming a very common way of eating, there are so many amazing new products I have found that help me stay on track. I thought I would put together a list of my go-to low-carb products in case you live that low-carb lifestyle too!

Brooklyn Bites: I must say that Brooklyn Bites is my FAVORITE brand that I have found for treats. They make this incredible cookie brittle in all kinds of flavors. My go-to is the chocolate with sea salt and Matt’s favorite is the cinnamon. All of their brittle is Kosher, non-gmo, contains no soy, no white flour, no gluten, no white sugar, no preservatives and they are dairy free. Not sure what the heck they put in it haha but it is AMAZING. I found their cookies at a random bodega in Brooklyn and contacted them immediately. They sent me the whole line of flavors and I just think their product is fantastic and can’t speak more highly of it! 3 pieces of cookie brittle have only 100 calories and 9 net carbs.

Paleo Bakehouse: I discovered this company on Instagram and I was immediately intrigued. They market themselves as low-carb, keto and paleo friendly sweets. I decided to try a few of the products and give a review for you guys. I purchased the April box and have tried every item in the box. I must say the treats are AMAZING! They are all low carb and natural and totally fill my sweet-tooth craving. I love the blueberry cake the best but you really can’t go wrong. I highly recommend!

Catalina Crunch: If you follow me on Instagram you know that I love this product! I love it so much that I accidentally ordered 8 bags of it this week ha! It’s ok though since I’ll have enough to last me for two months! I can honestly say that this is the BEST low carb cereal I have ever tasted. It tastes almost exactly like cinnamon toast crunch and is such a wonderful replacement for high sugar and carby cereals.

Wanu Water: I actually partnered with Wanu Water a few months ago and I still love this water! You can read all about why in this blog post.

Smart Sweets: I guess I was living under a rock because I only just discovered these. These amazing gummy bears have 28 grams of fiber and 33 grams of carbs and 90 calories per bag (only 5 grams net carb). Which is insane because they legit taste just like gummy bears! They also have a Swedish fish treat but I am not a huge fan of Swedish fish in general. That said, if you are you should totally get them!

Whisps: These are more savory and a great snack and low carb of course. I like to pop a few in a salad for added crunch, or use them to use as a scoop into a healthy dip.

Califlour foods no carb crackers: I am obsessed with these crackers. Everyone that comes to our house for drinks and appetizers always asks what they are and are excited when I tell them that they are zero carb crackers!

Choc Zero Chocolate bark: I use the Choc zero chocolate syrup on my F-factor pancakes and until a friend of mine mentioned that the bark was on Amazon I had no idea they made this! I LOVE this chocolate and can tell zero difference between this high fiber, low carb chocolate and your typical dark chocolate. LOVE!

Low sugar frosting: Ok this one is so weird but I have to share haha. I have this weird obsession with frosting, and I have had this obsession forever. I was getting into a weird habit of eating a small scoop of vanilla frosting every night which is super bad for you as it’s high in sugar, fat and carbs! I found this no sugar frosting and it tastes JUST as good. Now to be clear, this is sweetened with splenda so it’s not really good for you, but if you are looking for a frosting substitute that has less carb and no sugar, this is the one for you!

Raw Rev Bars: I have talked about these before, but they really are so good and a great source of fiber. I love the sea salt and peanut butter, and to be honest, so does Charlee! It’s a great breakfast on the go or afternoon snack.

I hope you guys found this list helpful. I figure I’ll keep updating this post as I find more yummy low carb options. What do you think? Anything I missed?!

xoxo-J

 

My go-to Crockpot Mexican Chicken

Hi Guys! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. I have been posting this recipe a ton on my instagram stories and realized I never typed it up! As all of you know, I am all about convenience when it comes to cooking. I have a small crock pot that I like to cook chicken in and one of my go-to recipes is my Mexican chicken. You can use this chicken mixture in tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, or over a bed of lettuce for lunch. It’s SO tasty and delicious. Not to mention EASY to prepare!

 

Ingredients:

-Chicken breast (I use about 3-4 medium chicken breasts)

-1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth

-1/2 cup salsa of your choice

-Taco seasoning mix (at least half the package) The more you add, the spicier it becomes

Directions:

-Add all ingredients to the crock pot.

-Coat the chicken and flip over so it is fully coated

-Cook on low for at least 3.5 hours. You can cook on low for longer but it will be done after 3.5 hours

-Devour

Once the chicken is cooked, I love to make enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas or even a taco salad. It’s so delicious and easy!!

xoxo-J

 

Mornings with Charlee

Photography by Shadi Garman

Coat: Canada Goose Leggings: Spanx Sneakers: Golden Goose Charlee’s Coat: Amazon (Only $30 and has been our go-to all winter long! It runs a little big. She is wearing a 12-18 month size)

The last few months and I guess the toddler stage in general can be super crazy and at times have made me feel a little out of control. On one hand, I love this age because Charlee is learning new words daily, communicating more and just being the cutest thing on the planet. On the other hand, she is also going through a frustrating time because sometimes she can’t communicate what she wants and gets really frustrated herself resulting in meltdowns and tears. She also just got all of her molars AT ONE TIME which was so painful for her, poor baby. It’s all typical toddler behavior but at times I find it hard to navigate.

One thing I think I actually have down pat is our morning routine. Charlee is a dream to be with every morning, and I think it’s because of the structure and schedule I have set up for us. I thought I would share a little bit about it with you guys!

I wake up before Charlee (around 6:30ish) and get myself and the apartment ready for the day. I like to get myself ready, make the bed, unload the dishwasher from the night before and just start the day with a clean apartment.  Charlee usually wakes up around 7:30 A.M. which gives me plenty of time to prep for my day. Matt has to be at the office by 7 A.M. so I do the mornings solo. I have found that my mornings with Charlee are pretty seamless, because Charlee knows exactly what to expect. We have a routine and schedule we follow pretty much to the t every single day. As soon as Charlee wakes up, I change her diaper and get her dressed for school. Then we do her hair. I take her into the bathroom and prop her onto the toilet lid (I just bought a stool to eliminate this but for now this has worked for us.) I do Charlee’s hair and give her her toothbrush and she brushes her teeth while I do her hair. She is SO patient, it’s incredible. After that, we go to the kitchen and I pour her milk and give her a snack. I usually let her snack on berries, bananas, a smoothie pouch or yogurt (she eats her breakfast at daycare.) After snack we play in the playroom together and just hang out until it’s time to go. Around 7:55 A.M we leave the apartment and walk down to school. It’s my favorite walk :). Charlee LOVE to walk and I can tell she feels like such a big girl. When Charlee was about 18 months old, I decided to skip the stroller and start walking her to school. We are lucky enough that our daycare is leased out of the same building as our apartment so this walk doesn’t take too long. She walks almost the whole way! We stop in front of the elevator bank to look out the window and say “hi” to all the birdies. Then we try and guess which elevator is going to come, which has become Charlee’s favorite new activity. Then we walk together outside and she knows to hold my hand. It’s just so cute and I love our little walk together.

It can be a bit tough to navigate the mornings by myself with Charlee but by introducing the same schedule every single day, has really helped keep mornings predictable and enjoyable. I really love this special time with my girl and look forward to seeing her smile up at me when I go in to get her in the mornings.

What does your morning routine look like?

xoxo-J