Don’t know what to eat as you begin your macro journey? Here are some ideas

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Since starting my macro-tracking journey more than a year ago, several people have asked me what I eat. Disclaimer: I have been a vegetarian for 15 years, so I have always eaten foods that weren’t considered mainstream. But since starting to track my protein, carbs and fat, I have been introduced to many new products that weren’t on my radar previously. These are foods that I would consider “macro friendly” for my own nutrition needs.

I define “macro-friendly” as foods that have a balanced breakdown of carbs, fat and protein OR those that are high protein, since this is the macro that most people find the most difficult to hit. My Get Gritty Nutrition Guide features a comprehensive list of macro-friendly swaps you can make for traditional food options, but here are some of my staples:

Riced cauliflower, broccoli or sweet potatoes
Joseph’s brand flatbread or pitas
Bada Bean Bada Boom
Flex protein crisps
Simply 60 salad dressings
Better Oats oatmeal packets
Kodiak Cakes pancake mix
Nutpods coffee creamer
Walden Farms pancake syrup

Fage plain Greek yogurt
Powdered peanut butter
Egg whites
Cookie thins
Stevia sweetener
Vegetable or lentil pasta
Shirataki noodles
Halo Top or Enlightened ice cream
Built Bars

Although I can’t vouch for the taste of these items, here are some ideas for my meat and fish-eating friends:

Starkist Tuna Creations
Turkey bacon
Canned salmon

Beef/chicken/turkey jerky
Deli turkey or roast chicken

You will notice that many of these items are packaged foods, and that’s because I feel that for macro tracking to be sustainable, you must find a balance. Not everyone has time to meal prep every week or prepare meals from scratch every day. Having some convenient, grab-and-go foods available will help you to stay on track and hit your targets. You can find most of these foods at larger-chain grocery stores (think Publix, Walmart, Target, Giant, Kroger, etc.). Some of these are located in the natural foods section. 

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