If you’re on the search for new veggie ideas or helpful Profile tips, you’ve come to the right place! We recently asked 3 questions in our Facebook Profile by Sanford Member Group and our members delivered some great advice. Here is what they had to say:
Incorporating veggies into your meal plan:
1) Starch Swap:
- I put frozen cauliflower rice in EVERYTHING! Soups, stir fry, taco meat. I also roast it or make it mashed. – Justine S.
- Portobello mushrooms in place of bread or taco shells. – Jaclyn B.
- ZOODLES! – Anne E.
2) Add veggies to your Profile soups:
- Steam cauliflower and mix with creamy chicken soup. Delicious and SO filling! – Mary C.
- Profile Vegetarian Chili cooked per package instructions then add in sautéed zucchini, onions and red peppers. Yum! – Alisha R.
3) Power-packed Profile Smoothies:
- Spinach and zucchini in the vanilla shake. – Julia S.
- Spinach goes well in any of the shakes. You can't taste the flavor at all! - Jill W.
4) Smart Snacking:
- Pickles to munch on during the day. – Jill W.
- I eat my veggies raw with a flex dip! – Heather D.
5) Pizza with a Punch: Roasted veggies on the Profile pizza crust. – Tracy H.
6) “Rhubarb is a Veggie?!” Rhubarb made with sugar-free jello. I am on sustain, so I add raspberries some of the time. – Alvina M.
Staying on track when you go out to eat:
1) Carb Smart:
- When my husband and I go out to a restaurant we ask the server not to bring us bread. – Sherri S.
- Have the sandwich made into a salad. – Susan B.
2) Check the Menu Before:
- Look at the menu before you go and choose your meal ahead of time. – Michele S.
- I look at menus online so I’m able to find restaurants that my family enjoys that also have profile friendly options. If I go in with a plan, I’m less tempted to go off plan. – Mischa L.
3) Don’t Go Hungry:
- Eat before you go. Even if it’s just a shake or bar. If you’re not starving, you’re more likely to stay with your decision. – Tracy H.
- I’ve found that if I drink 32 ounces of water before I go to a restaurant, I’m not hungry for appetizers. – Jen S.
4) Fuel Up on Half:
- My husband and I will share an entrée. Most places will gladly split it for you. We order an extra salad. – Elizabeth S.
- Get a to-go box as soon as your food comes and pack half your meal up. – Michelle S.
5) Lighten Things Up: I like to add water to my dressing and mix it up. It tastes the same and goes way further, especially if they don’t have a lighter option available. – Kayla J.
6) Take the Focus off Food: Can’t fight a craving? Call a friend and catch up! – Ariana M.
Best travel advice:
1) Pack It Up:
- I pack each day’s shakes, snacks and bars in its own bag and choose what I will eat or drink from the bag. Label them Monday – Sunday. – Michele S.
- Separate your days. Put each day’s allotted shakes, bars and fiber drinks in sandwich-size plastic bags or separate them by binder clips and put in a large zip-top bag. Flatten boxes and put them in the bottom of your suitcase. I reuse my bags at home during the week. It’s easier to keep track of what you’ve eaten/not eaten if you can actually see it. – Chances C.
- Pack healthy alternatives always. I pack a cooler with water and packs of shakes, bars and veggies. – Jen S.
2) On-the-go Convenience:
- Put your shakes in a baby formula container to make it easier to put in a water bottle on the go. – Rachelle W.
- When traveling, bring denture cleaning tablets (like Efferdent). Use a tablet with water to give your shaker bottle an on-the-go cleaning. It will help keep your shaker bottle odor-free until you get home! – Jodi K.
- Pre-fill empty water bottles with the shake mix. At shake time, all you need is to add water and shake vigorously. – Cathy R.
3) Making Things Ahead of Time:
- When possible, I premake all my meals and freeze them to easily bring through TSA (easier if packed in a separate bag) and then I know I have everything I need. – Jennifer B.
- Make muffins ahead of time. They travel well, refrigerated or not. If you have access to a fridge, protein balls work well. – Bonnie P.
4) Hotel Room Selection: I try to stay in rooms with a fridge and microwave. – Jennifer B.
5) Ice, Ice Baby: For the actual trip, fill your cup with ice chips. Keeps your mouth busy without snacking. – Dorene V.
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