So now we are hearing about shortages of meat. Well the problem isn’t the meat per se. It’s that the workers that work in the plants are getting sick. So with no one to process the meat, there are shortages. Farmers are trying to halt the growth of some of their animals so they aren’t backed up with meat that will end up being destroyed.
Along with this shortage you can expect to see higher prices. Many meat aisles are empty in grocery stores. Like toilet paper, they are most likely as short as they are already because of people over-buying. You will see stores limiting how much you can buy.
So what can you do? How about finding meat alternatives (while they are still available). There are things like Impossible Burgers, or you can go to beans or tofu as a protein source. Even eggs are short in some markets. Incorporate less meat into casseroles and you might not even miss it. Try other proteins like powdered shakes, yogurts, frozen meals that already have meat.
There are two kinds of basic protein: complete and incomplete.
Complete or whole protein have all nine essential amino acids. Some examples of foods with this type of protein are red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, soybeans, hempseed, and quinoa. These foods vary in the amount of protein but are all sources of complete protein.
Incomplete proteins can be combined to form complete proteins. Some incomplete proteins are nuts, seeds, legumes, pasta, and lentils. Some combinations can be nuts or seeds along with whole grain bread (like peanut butter on whole wheat). Whole grains with beans (like beans and rice or refried beans and whole wheat tortillas). Beans with nuts or seeds (like a salad with chickpeas and sunflower seeds).
You should aim to get about 50-60 grams protein per day.
So there appears to be a spin-off of the Keto diet called Dirty Keto.
Keto is a diet where you want your body in a state of ketosis to help burn fat. It is a very low carb, high fat diet similar to the Atkins diets. You are replacing carbs with fats. You can have reduction in blood sugar and insulin with this diet, while increasing ketones. Within this, there are a few different modifications you can make.
A standard keto diet is about 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs. A cyclical version would have you follow this for 5 days with 2 high carb days. A targeted keto diet allows you to add carbs if you are working out. A high protein keto diet drops the fat ratio to 60% and ups the protein to 35%.
So back to the dirty keto diet. It does follow the 60-75% fat, 15-30% protein, and 5-10% carb that keto diets do. However, instead of relying on good, healthy fats and protein, go for the fast food burger (bunless) or egg and sausage sandwich (biscuitless) and go ahead and have ice cream for dinner. Veggies? Nah. Pork rinds, bacon, whatever you want. Think of it as a keto junk food diet. Not very healthy. Higher in calories most likely.
Sometimes we feel a craving for something “bad” like a doughnut. Fear no more! The Victor crew found a doughnut you can eat and still be good!
So what makes these doughnuts so special? For one, they baked instead of fried. So they are minus the fats you find in regular dougnuts. They use a yeast-based dough made of healthy flours. You order them and come to your door unadorned with the toppings separate.
Each doughnut is about 150 calories. They have 4g fat, 3g sugar, and 11g protein.
These doughnuts are not cheap. Right now you can get 8 flavor variety pack for $29.99. Packs of 4 go for $15-16, and a 12 pack is about $39. Shipping will run anywhere from $5.99 to $8.99 depending on where.
Each flavor has its own glaze and topping. The doughnuts are basically the same with different flavors of glaze and toppings: there’s cake batter with sprinkles, Reese’s peanut butter glaze with mini chocolate chips, and apple pie glaze with streusel crunch for example. You also get the hole.
Their shelf life is 9 days from shipping date. They can be frozen up to 3 months.
Oh, and did I mention the makers got a deal on Shark Tank?
The Victor crew found some suggestions for healthy snack for weight loss on health.com. Here are some of their suggestions:
Greek yogurt with raspberries and honey – it’s good to have snack with some protein so you will feel full longer
Grapes and walnuts – this will add fiber as well as protein
KIND Healthy Grains Bar – sometimes these are in the health section or even at the checkout stand of your grocer.
Edamame – or soybeans, this will provide fiber and protein as well.
Wheat Thins and cottage cheese – you can use the cheese like a dip – this will give you protein and fiber.
Mediterranean hummus tray – this might include cucumbers, olives, hummus (1/4 cup), tomatoes
Oatmeal and blueberries – Think outside the cereal box and eat this anytime you need a pick-me-up.
Banana with peanut butter – One tablespoon of peanut butter spread onto a small banana.
Popcorn – go easy on the additives. Use a hot-air popper.
Apple slices with cheese – a small apple with a half-inch slice of cheese fits the bill here
Cheerios and soynuts – mix half-cup of Cheerios with 1/4 cup roasted salted soynuts
Turkey rolls – roll up five slices turkey breast with two roasted red peppers and you have a bread-less sandwich
Pear slices with almond butter – Dip your pear in a tablespoon of almond butter, add some cinnamon.