Dig Inn Seasonal Market – Spicy Meatballs!
About two years ago I battled a serious addiction to meatballs – Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs. I had to have them every day for months. Can’t tell you why but let’s assume my body craved the protein. I ate them so often that at some point I couldn’t even look at them anymore in my freezer without feeling a bit turned off. Recently that addiction resurfaced, but has changed over to Dig Inn’s Spicy Meatballs. I’m a huge fan of Dig Inn Seasonal Market because not only is their food delicious, but they offer only clean choices of lean proteins and fibrous veggies and good grains. One of my favorite dinner choices is a big plate of Spicy Meatballs on a bed of spinach with the Kale Apple Salad and Cauliflower Salad. The wild salmon salad is also insanely good with the broccoli/garlic’/almond salad or ratatouille. I don’t eat the rice or quinoa because I don’t do well with grains, but they can provide the base for your meal. These sell out often, so I can only assume I’m not the only fan. Anyways, go meatballs!
Dig Inn has several locations and they deliver, so you might want to give them a go for lunch or dinner and see how good the food makes you feel. A few weeks ago I presented a nutrition workshop at a financial firm and Dig Inn catered the lunch for the event. When I saw several employees a few hours after the lunch time presentation, they remarked how they didn’t experience the typical afternoon crash at their desk. What do I always tell you? Protein and veggies rock!
Al Fresco Chicken Sausage:
On one of my recent health food store discovery tours (when I have some spare time I don’t just go in and grab my regular items, but I look around and see what’s new in the lean protein refrigerated section.Hey, this gal is busy and doesn’t cook 5-course meals). I stumbled upon these chicken sausages. These were a hit at the BBQ to which I brought them. The ingredients are all super clean, they taste delicious and they’re pre-cooked and just need to be heated or pan-fried to some crispiness on the outside. I love them on my salad or with a bunch of roasted veggies. My favorite flavor is the Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage, but they have tons more.
Gerolsteiner Mineral Water:
I’m super excited about this find because not only did I grow up with this mineral water in Germany, but I think it is the perfect post-workout drink. This particular brand is full of minerals that your body needs after a strenuous workout. It’s a really good source of calcium, magnesium and potassium, and doesn’t have the sugar you get in coconut waters (They are touted for their electrolyte benefits but they do come with quite a bit of sugar and it’s the type of sugar you don’t want when your goal is to get and stay lean). I’m also excited to be telling you about this awesome mineral water because I’m now a spokesperson for the brand. It’s the perfect match because all good things German should find each other And, even better, you can grab it at Trader Joe’s next time you buy your turkey meatballs! See for yourself why you want to refuel with Gerolsteiner after I kick your butt in Boot Camp class! Here’s a cool calculator where you can compare your go-to water with Gerolsteiner and see how it stacks up in terms of the minerals.
This eatery openen up shop a few months ago in my neighborhood (55th & 8th Ave) and being the healthy foodie that I am I couldn’t wait for it to open. Reviver offers very balanced meals that actually taste delicious. They combine lean proteins with veggies, good fats and a little bit of starch from either sweet potatoes or whole grains. I’ve had breakfast there several times on the run. The Butternut Squash Scrambowl is delicious, as is the sausage omelet sandwich.
I’ve had the Mahi Curry for dinner and it’s out of this world. The Caroline BBQ Chicken also hits the spot. I’m not a big fan of grains and don’t recommend them for people in fat loss mode or with certain digestive issues and Reviver includes them in most dishes, but the amount is so minimal that it doesn’t contribute to a big starch load, so don’t be deterred by the mention of certain grains.
I love adding lemon to my water or NutriBullet shakes. Instead of squeezing my lemons, I buy it in a bottle. Lemon juice helps you stay more alkaline (eating too much sugar, processed food or meat can shift your pH balance more towards an acidic environment, which can create a breeding ground for disease). It also adds a fresh flavor to my green smoothies and loads of antioxidants. Lemon juice is high in Vitamin C (taking it in naturally is better than pill form!) and as antioxidant it helps to neutralizes free radicals (the little cells that age you faster and can damage your healthy cells, promoting inflammation). As a result it can keep heart disease at bay and prevent arteriosclerosis and boost your immunity. Note that you want to buy the Lemon JUICE, not the LEMONADE by the same company. Lemon juice does not contain sugar, but their lemonade contains 22 grams per 8 oz (that’s more than 5 teaspoons of sugar!).