How To ``Macro-Mize`` Your Meals

When you only have a limited amount of macros and your hunger is through the roof, you can easily eat your hunger away or you can create high volume meals to “MACRO-MIZE” or maximize the amount of food you eat. Making more high volume foods will help create bigger meals while still staying within your daily macro goals. Also, adding sauces and other extra toppings will help your appetite and give your meals a ton more flavor.

Sometimes certain foods can get boring or plain, so here are some ways that I amp up my daily meals.

Pasta, we all love it but we don’t want to spend 80-100g of carbs on a small serving of pasta (even if it is chicken alfredo). I have discovered 4 Carb Saving Options you can use to enjoy that spaghetti or fettucine meal you’ve been craving.

  1. Shirataki Tofu Noodles: These noodles are low to no carbs and full of fiber.

  2. Zucchini Noodles: You can use a noodle spiralizer to create “noodles” out of any type of zucchini or squash.

  3. Spaghetti Squash: Bake or microwave this squash for sweeter tasting noodles.

  4.  Broccoli Slaw: You can sauté up a full bowl of broccoli slaw for less than 10g carbs!

My favorite food is ice cream. If you even consider that “food.” I mean who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s creamy, delicious, and perfect for any time of the day! Yeah, it can be a little high in fats and carbs and have close to no protein, but I still want it! What if I told you I have found 3 Brands of Ice Cream that not only have protein in them, but are also low carb? You’re in luck, cause I can.

  1. Arctic Zero: This one’s a winner with ZERO fat, only 7g carbs, 3g protein and 2g fiber! So many flavors to choose from too. Vanilla maple, cookie shake, cookie dough, oh and yes, peanut butter chocolate too.

  2. Halo Top: 7g of protein? Thats right, and only 3g fat per serving!

  3.  Lucerne Watch’n Carbs Fudge Bars: Only 8g of carbs for a chocolate dessert!

Craving something fruity, but maybe you don’t have the extra carbs for your favorite fruit or smoothie. Try out these 5 Great Ideas to help that craving!

  1. Sugar Free Jello: Only 1g protein per cup!

  2. Sugar Free Popsicles: Yup, only 4g carbs for each popsicle.

  3. Walden Farms Strawberry Jelly Spread: How does ZERO everything sound?

  4. Fruity Low-calorie gum: Little to no calories!

  5. Crystal Light: 0 calories!

Tired of plain potatoes or basic pancakes? Here are 7 Tasty Macro Friendly Toppings to add to your meals to sweeten things up!

  1. Reduced Sugar Ketchup: Only 1g carb!

  2. Walden Farms Pancake Syrup: Yup, zero everything again! So many flavors to choose from too! Chocolate, caramel, blueberry, and so many more!

  3. Tapatio Hot Sauce: No fats, no carbs, no nothing, just simply spicy goodness!

  4. Can’t believe It’s Not Butter Spray: Spray this zero everything butter flavored spray on your roasted potatoes for some rich creamy potatoes!

  5. Fat Free Cool Whip: Only 3g carbs. Add to your pancakes, coffee, or even on some rice cakes!

  6. PB2: This powdered peanut butter mixes up with a water to give you a creamy texture and it saves you more than 10g of fat compared to regular peanut butter!

  7. Cocoa Powder: I love chocolate. And when I can find anything chocolaty with fiber, it’s a winner in my macro book!

At some point in your fitness journey, it will be time to cut back on your macros in order to lose a little bit of that extra body fat or reignite your metabolism during a reverse diet. But this time doesn’t have to be miserable, and it definitely shouldn’t leave you starving.

Next time you want to rev up your diet and add in some variety, remember these tips! Not only will you still stay on track with your goals, you’ll enjoy it too!

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