The Easy Way to Eat Right!

January 03, 2017

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Sneal® your way through 2017!

Lets refresh,  sneal® is a term created by Dr. Ray Powell. It is not just one food. It is a concept that he teaches on how to increase satisfaction, decrease hunger, protect muscle mass, stabilize blood sugars, insulin levels, increase energy level and ultimately lose weight all at the same time through what you are eating. A Sneal® ranges from 60 to 250 calories, it has to be: quick, convenient, portable, single-serving, taste great, have an equal protein to carb ratio and as lean as possible. Here are a few sneal® ideas from Dr. Powell’s “The Sneal® Recipe Book”.  

Vanilla Blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 pkt. CarbEssentials Vanilla Pudding/Shake Mix*

1 pkt. CarbEssentials Golden Delicious Pancake Mix*

1/8 tsp. Cinnamon 1/4 cup Egg Whites International*

1/3 cup Fresh–or–Frozen Blueberries 1 cup Water

Lets Cook :

Combine pudding & pancake mixes; add egg whites, thawed blueberries, & water; stir until moistened. Coat a pan with non-stick cooking spray & place over medium-high heat. Spoon 1/4 of the batter at a time onto the heated pan, cook until slightly brown & flip to cook opposite side. For thinner pancakes, add 1 tbsp. water to batter until you have reached desired consistency.

Buffalo Chicken Chop Salad Wrap

Ingredients:

-1 La Tortilla Factory Low Carb Tortilla

-1/2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast, cooked & chopped

-1/2 cup Romaine Lettuce, shredded 2 1/2 tsp.

-Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce 2 tsp.

-Reduced-Fat Parmesan-Style Grated Topping

-1 1/2 tsp. Fat Free Sour Cream

Lets Cook:

Place cooked chicken in a microwave-safe dish,top with parmesan topping & cayenne pepper sauce; toss to coat & cook for 45 seconds on medium-high heat. Microwave the tortilla until slightly warm (approx. 5–10 seconds); lay tortilla flat and spread sour cream down the center, lay the romaine & chicken mixtures on top. Fold tortilla like a burrito around filling.

Baked Cod w/ Tomatoes & Olives

Ingredients:

-4 oz. Fresh Cod Fillet 1/2 can (7oz.)

-Itallian-Style Diced Tomatoes, drained

-1 tbsp. Pitted Black Olives, chopped

-1/2 tsp. Galic Glove, minced

-1 tbsp. Fresh Parsley

Lets Cook:

Preheat oven to 400ºF; coat a 8x8 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; lay the cod fillet in the pan & season with salt & pepper if desired. Spoon tomatoes, olives, and garlic over the fish. Bake 20 minutes or until fish flakes when tested with a fork; garnish with parsley.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Ingredients:

-1 pkt. CarbEssentials Chocolate Pudding/Shake Mix*

-1 bag Kay’sNaturals Cinnamon Pretzels*

-1/2 cup water

Lets Cook :

Prepare pudding according to package directions with 1/2 cup water. Dip pretzels into pudding & place on a tray covered in parchment or wax paper; freeze for 40 minutes–1 hour.

 

Enjoy!

 

November 30, 2016

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December Sneal® Deals!

Don's miss out on our December Sneal® Deals! 

Annual Stocking Drawing!

CarbEssentials Annual Stocking Drawing

Our gift to you...Win a stocking stuffed with delicious CarbEssentials Sneals® (a $250 value)! Starting December 1st through the 23rd, get one drawing for every $100 spent at CarbEssentials retail or online stores. We will announce the winner on Christmas Eve!

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12 Days of Giftmas!

Starting December, 12th Physician’s Plan & CarbEssentials will have a new special each day for 12 days. These savings will make it easy to shop for the holidays. Savings like these come only this time of year! Look out for our daily email on more information into each special! *Some restrictions apply. 

November 30, 2016

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Healthy Holiday Hors d'oeuvres

Get the party started with these four must have healthy holiday party hors d'oeuvres! Your friends and family will be forever grateful if you serve or bring healthy appetizers at your next holiday party. Sure, we all like the usual eggnog and spinach artichoke dips, but the holidays are indulgent enough without the extra contribution. Offering healthy appetizer recipes will be a breath of fresh air during the holiday season. Protein on protein on protein! Jalapeno Poppers are easy to forget about, but always a welcomed addition. Whip up a batch of these Jalapeno Poppers, they are sure to surprise and delight whoever is lucky enough to give them a try!

CarbEssentials Healthy Holiday Hors d'oeuvres

Jalapeno Poppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Quest Cheddar & Sour Cream Protein Chips
  • 8 jalapeno peppers
  • 6 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 ounces sharp light cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 
  • Pinch of salt & pepper 
  • 1 egg white, lightly whisked 
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice each jalapeño in half and remove seeds and membranes.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together cream cheese, cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Hand crush Quest Protein Chips into crumbs and place into a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Spoon cheese mixture into each jalapeño half.
  5. Place egg white in a bowl that’s big enough to fit one of the jalapeño halves.
  6. Dip each jalapeño half in egg white and coat with chips.
  7. Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray.
  8. Add poppers to dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and serve.

Nutrition (2 Poppers):

  • Calories: 60  |  Protein: 7g  |  Net Carbs: 3g  |  Fat: 2g

CarbEssentials Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, add Quest Protein Powder®, cream cheese, almond milk, sweetener, and cinnamon.
  2. Mix ingredients until smooth.

Nutrition (2 tbsp):

  • Calories: 30  |  Protein: 2g  |  Net Carbs: 1g  |  Fat: 2g

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the bell peppers in half from top to bottom. Scoop out the membrane and seeds with a spoon. ( Leave the stem on the peppers for two reasons - They look pretty and it keeps the filling from running out of the end. Just don't eat the stem.)
  2. Boil peppers until skin has softened or to desired texture. Then set aside.
  3. While the peppers are cooking, combine the contents of one packet of CarbEssentials Vegetarian Sloppy Joe and 5 ounces of HOT water in a saucepan. Stir thoroughly. 
  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 6 to 8 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.
  5. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 
  6. Spoon sloppy joe mixture into the peppers. Top with a sprinkle of cheese and return to the oven for 3 to 5 minutes to until the cheese has melted.

Nutrition (1 stuffed pepper):

  • Calories: 239  |  Protein: 29g  |  Carbs: 30g  |  Fat: 3.5g

Bacon Wrapped Honey Siracha Chicken Bites

Ingredients:

  • 10 pieces of center cut bacon
  • 2 large chicken breast
  • ¼ cup sriracha
  • ½ lemon wedge
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 apple

Directions:

  1. First, preheat oven to 400ºF. Then, line a baking sheet with tin-foil and set aside.
  2. Next, prep marinade by mixing together sriracha, lemon juice, honey, and salt and pepper. Then, slice chicken breast up into bite-size pieces, making sure all of the pieces are relatively the same size. I got about 30 pieces out of the two breasts. Then, place the chicken pieces in the marinade and mix.
  3. Prep bacon by slicing into thirds. You should have a total of 30 mini strips to match the 30 chicken pieces. Then, place a piece of chicken in the center of a piece of bacon and roll. Place on tin foil seam down. Repeat.
  4. Bake at 400ºF for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is at desired texture.
  5. Serve with a thin slice of apple and a toothpick.

Nutrition (3 pieces):

  • Calories: 130  |  Protein: 13g  |  Carbs: 10g  |  Fat: 4g
October 31, 2016

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Holiday Eating Guide

1. Don’t skip meals. This backfires because you come to the next meal over hungry and eat more then intended.  

2. Fill up on lower calorie, nutrient dense foods such as veggies, and lean cold cuts.

3. Make just one trip to the party buffet. 

4. Eat slowly and enjoy each mouthful. Hold your glass in the hand that you normally eat with to make finger foods less accessible. 

5. Avoid grazing while you cook. Little nibbles can really add up! When it’s time to eat, sit down and savor. 

6. Don’t waste calories on foods you don’t like or foods you can have anytime. 

7. Eat only when you are hungry & not because food is near. 

8. Don’t buy candy or goodies too far ahead of an event. Once purchased keep it out of sight.

9. Beware of liquid calories; eggnog, beer, soda, wine. They go down so easily and often do not add much nutrition to your intake, but add a lot of calories. 

10. Write a list of things to do other than eat (such as taking a walk, calling a friend, or housework), to have available when you feel bored, angry, frustrated, lonely, depressed or any way that leads to cravings. 

11. Choose only the foods you really want & keep the portions small. 

12. Don’t hang out near the food-socialize a distance away. This will prevent unconscious nibbling.

13. Use a plate for even the smallest snack - you’ll eat less. 

14. Contrast flavors, textures, and temperatures for more satisfaction in your eating. 

15. Be realistic. Trying to lose weight during the holidays may be a self-defeating goal. Instead, strive to maintain your weight. 

16. When you arrive at a party, avoid rushing to the food. Greet people you know - conversation is calorie free! Get a zero-calorie beverage and settle into the festivities before eating. Overall, you may eat less. 

October 31, 2016

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Protein-Packed Thanksgiving Favorites

Eating healthy shouldn’t mean missing out on Thanksgiving. Your Thanksgiving menu can be healthy without sacrificing amazing fall flavor. Whether it's a roast turkey, a protein-packed side dish or a heart-healthy dessert, these recipes take classic holiday dishes and give them a healthy spin. Try some of these lightened-up versions of your favorite classics instead. This is the year Thanksgiving isn’t going to kill your diet. 

Turkey may be the centerpiece, but good stuffing is the heart and soul. In this healthy stuffing recipe, we show you how to take one of the most eagerly anticipated dishes at the Thanksgiving table and transform it into a dish you won’t feel guilty about indulging in. Fantastic by itself, we guaranteed that your guests will be requesting seconds.

 Healthy Thanksgiving recipes-Protein Packed Stuffing

STUFFING

Bread Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp zero-calorie sweetener
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 bags Quest Sea Salt Protein Chips, crushed
  • 1/3 cup Quest Multi-Purpose Mix Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt Non-stick cooking spray

Stuffing Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 bag Quest Sea Salt Protein Chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry thyme

Directions:

Bread: Preheat oven to 375° F. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together water, sweetener, butter, eggs and baking powder. Add crushed Quest Sea Salt Protein Chips and mix with wet ingredients. Add all-purpose flour, Quest Multi-Purpose Mix Protein Powder and salt. Mix everything together until incorporated. Form into a smooth ball of dough. (Note: dough will be sticky). Spray a sheet pan with non-stick spray and place dough in the middle of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes; cool for 10 minutes. Slice the loaf in half. Reserve half for another use. Cut remaining half into ½” slices, then cube the bread into small pieces; set aside.

Stuffing: Heat a sauté pan over medium heat and add butter. Once butter is melted, add carrots, onions, salt and thyme; cook about 5 minutes. Take cubed bread and place in medium-sized bowl; whisk 1 egg and toss cubed bread pieces in egg. Add chicken stock to sauté pan and bring to simmer. Add bread and crushed chips to pan and incorporate with other ingredients; simmer for an additional 3 minutes or until bread begins to absorb chicken stock. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and add stuffing mixture into pan. Bake for 20 minutes uncovered or until golden brown and crispy on top. 

Nutrition (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 210  |  Protein: 22g  |  Net Carbs: 12g  |  Fat: 8g

 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes - Garlic Mashed Potatoes

GARLIC MASHED POTATOES

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cauliflower (340g)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or soy milk, rice milk, cow milk, hemp milk, etc.)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste

Directions:
Microwave cauliflower in a bowl and cover for 5 minutes, then blend all ingredients together.

You can add any other spices you like.

Nutrition (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 110  |  Protein: 9g  |  Net Carbs: 6g  |  Fat: 4g

Quest protein packed sweet potatoes recipe

Sweet Potatoes 

Ingredients:

Potatoes

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 Cinnamon Roll Quest Bars
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder 
  • ¼ cup sugar-free maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons zero-calorie sweetener
  • ½ teaspoon butter extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Topping
  • 1 tablespoon zero-calorie sweetener
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons crushed pecans
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Poke several holes in each potato and wrap each in tin foil.

Bake for 45 minutes or until soft and tender. Remove from the oven.

Peel off the skin of the potatoes and place them inside a large food processor.

Unwrap and break up the Quest Bars into small pieces and place into a small microwave safe bowl with the almond milk and butter. Heat for 80 seconds.

Stir until the bar is soft and melted. Heat longer if needed.

Add the melted bar to the food processor along with the Greek yogurt, Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, 1/3 cup syrup, zero-calorie sweetener, butter extract and cinnamon. Pulse several times as you incorporate all of the ingredients. Don’t over-process or the potatoes will become smooth and thin. Simply pulse to achieve a mashed sweet potato consistency.

Topping

Heat the tablespoon of zero-calorie sweetener and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Stir in the pecans and coat. Sweetener should begin to melt and caramelize in 3-4 minutes.
Remove when the pecans have become candied. Sprinkle in the salt.
Scoop the potatoes into a medium serving dish. Sprinkle pecans on top.
Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons syrup. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 120  |  Protein: 9g  |  Net Carbs: 6g  |  Fat: 5g

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes - Protein Packed Dinner Rolls and gravy

DINNER ROLLS & GRAVY

This is the time of year that we get to spend the most time with the people we love, which is a wonderful feeling as the year comes to an end. But don’t forget to continue to love yourself and continue with your healthy eating habits.

Nothing brings a smile to the Thanksgiving table like the sight of dinner rolls and gravy.

In this healthy holiday recipe, we show you how to recreate one of your holiday mainstays. Pouring gravy over your biscuits has never been so guilt-free. Your smile will be even bigger.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup warm water (100°F -115°F)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active yeast
  • ½ cup all-purpose baking flour
  • 1 ½ scoops Quest Multi-Purpose Mix Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons zero-calorie sweetener
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened plus 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butternut squash puree (baby food jar)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour the yeast into the warm water for about 10 minutes or until it gets bubbly and activated. (Be sure the water isn’t too hot or too cold). 
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, Quest Multi-Purpose Mix Protein Powder and Quest® Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, coconut flour, zero-calorie sweetener and salt. With a hook attachment on the mixer, pour in the yeast, 2 tablespoons softened butter, egg and squash puree. Mix about 5 minutes or until well combined. Mixture will be sticky.
  • Coat your hands with more Quest® Multi-Purpose Mix Protein Powder. Form the dough into 8 even balls and place on parchment paper. Bake for 8 minutes. 
  • Brush the tops with the remaining melted butter and return to oven for 3-4 minutes or until no longer doughy inside. 

 

GRAVY

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sweet yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free syrup
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons Quest® Multi-Purpose Mix Protein Powder

Directions:

Heat butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 8 minutes, or until caramelized.
    Add in the broth and syrup and simmer for 2 minutes. Sprinkle in the cayenne and remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes.

      Pour into a mini blender and add the cornstarch and protein powder. Blend a few seconds until smooth. Serve immediately or reheat.

      Nutrition (Per Serving):

      • Calories: 150  |  Protein: 13g  |  Net Carbs: 7g  |  Fat: 6g

      Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes - Protein Packed Pumpkin Pie

       PUMPKIN PIE 

      Who says you can't have your pie and eat it, too? Cut carbs and fat—and keep the taste—with this healthy take on traditional pumpkin pie. The best part? If you whip it up for Thanksgiving, you can help yourself to a guilt-free serving of seconds.

      Ingredients:

      Base:

      • 1/2 cup ground almonds
      • 2 1/2 tbsp almond sesame seed, peanut butter
      • 2 tbsp agave syrup or regular honey

      Filling:

      • 1/2 can pumpkin puree
      • 1/4 cup quest vanilla protein powder
      • 3/4 cup liquid eggs
      • 1 tsp cinnamon
      • 1 tsp toffee flavoring

      Directions:

      Make the base by blending the base ingredients until you get compact dough. Press the dough down into the bottom and along the sides of a pie mold. Remember to use a mold with a removable bottom that allows you to unmold your pie easily. 
      Bake the crust at 360 F (180 C) for 10-15 minutes, and then remove it from the oven. This step is optional, but it ensures your base cooks a bit longer than the pie so it's nice and crispy.
      Make your filling by blending the filling ingredients together using an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor. Pour this onto the base.
      Bake at 320 F (160 C) for 45-50 minutes, or until the filling has cooked through. Be careful not to over bake it. To ensure a creamy center, remove your pie as soon as it's cooked through—you'll know when an inserted knife comes out clean.
      Let the pie cool before slicing and … that's it! Eat with abandon!

      Nutrition (Per Serving):

      • Calories: 162  |  Protein: 10g  |  Carbs: 11g  |  Fat: 9g

       

        August 12, 2016

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        From Snacks To Sneals®!

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        August is officially here which means summer is coming to an end and the back-to-school madness is right around the corner. It’s back to the lunch-packing grind for parents; many may be wondering what’s new in healthy options for their children?

        It’s an important question, as each lunch offers an opportunity to improve your child’s diet. These choices can make a big difference toward the daily and weekly totals of calories, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sugar, and sodium your child consumes.

        How your child eats today will have a large impact on their health throughout childhood as well as adulthood. Consuming nutritious food helps children and teens develop, grow, do well academically, and feel good about themselves. Child and teen eating disorders, obesity, dental cavities and iron-deficiency anemia can be prevented with good nutrition. 

        Twenty-five percent of all children between the ages of 2 and 18 years old are overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children who are overweight and obese have a greater risk of developing major health issues such as; high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, joint pain, and heart disease. We need to teach our children good nutrition habits to decrease the likelihood of them becoming overweight. Helping your child choose nutrient-dense foods over empty-calorie foods, such as cookies and sodas, can help prevent childhood obesity, and provide your child with a higher quality of life.

        Parents must find a balance between packing healthy lunches and lunches their children will actually eat. Getting your child involved in preparing, choosing and packing his own lunch will make him more likely to eat it–so it’s great to let him lend a helping hand. CarbEssentials offers lots of healthy alternatives to the usual snacks you might be packing in your kids’ lunch.

        Dr. Powell’s Sneals® increase satisfaction, decrease hunger, protect muscle mass, stabilize blood sugars and insulin levels, all while increasing energy levels. A Sneal® is a single serving food that ranges between 60 to 250 calories, that is quick, convenient, portable, great tasting, and has an equal protein to carb ratio and is as lean as possible.

        So what's in your child’s lunch when they go back to school? Here are a few ideas;

         Carbessentials IPS chips

        IPS Chips

        • A chip that is so incredibly light, crispy, and delicious, you won't believe you're getting healthy egg white protein in every bite. In fact, each one-ounce serving of IPS Chips contain 7 grams of protein, the equivalent of two egg whites. How's that for a satisfying SNEAL? And with half the fat of leading fried potato chips and fewer carbs than the leading baked potato chips. IPS Chips are the first chips that you don't need to feel guilty about giving to your children. IPS Chips come in four delectable flavors that will leave your kids reaching for more! BBQ, White Cheddar, Cinnamon and Sea Salt and Black Pepper.

        Carbessentials Quest Protein Bars

        Quest Protein Bars

        • Quest protein bars were designed for anyone who cares about good nutrition and weight management. These protein packed bars are irresistible, with 20-22 grams of protein. They will keep your kids feeling full longer.

        Carbessentials Simply Snackin'

        Simply Snackin’ Jerky

        • High protein, low calorie Simply Snackin' gourmet dried meats are the preferred choice. Simply Snackin’ products deliver an experience unlike any conventional jerky bite after bite of moist, lean, savory chicken breast, beef sirloin or venison paired with flavorful mangos, apples, blueberries and other artisan ingredients. Both lean, tasty and with no MSG or trans fat.

        Carbessentials Nuero

        Nuero Drinks

        •  Each Neuro is Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher, and offers you the best ingredients to help your body get what it needs. All at only 35 calories per bottle. It’s time to exchange those sodas and high sugary drinks for beverages that serve a specific purpose, to help you nurture your body, mind and overall well-being.

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