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    I work with a lot of amazing and motivated clients, especially around this time of year.

    I am thankful that many of my clients are so motivated to make a change – makes my job a little easier ;). We know that motivation is a key ingredient to making a lifestyle change. However what I do need to work on with these clients is goal setting. It’s fine to have goals for weight loss or for feeling more energized, but you have to ask how exactly are you going to do this? What are your action-able steps? There is no magic formula for weight loss or feeling more energized, but there are behaviours that will likely lead to these outcomes.

    I try to reframe my clients goals to be around behaviours. Weight loss and feeling energized are simply outcomes. These behaviours can range from mindful eating to strategies to manage food cravings, to meal planning and meal prepping.

    One behaviour goal I want to highlight today  is – choose food products with a small ingredient list. The smaller the better. Why? Often the food products with minimal ingredients are less refined, less processed and are more wholesome. They often aren’t just ’empty calories’ and have some nutritional substance to them. This is a better concept to focus on, instead of counting calories, as counting calories or points can cause you to have a negative relationship with food. Counting ingredients reinforces the notion that your body only deserves the most nutritious and wholesome foods.

    I’ve partnered up with Canada Bread to develop and showcase 4 easy, real-food recipes that work perfectly across many diets. Sanissimo Salmas crackers are wholesome, gluten-free and are made with 4 ingredients! Sanissimo Salmas crackers contain Non-GMO whole grain corn flour, salt, hydrated lime for flavour and plant sourced tocopherols to maintain crispiness, a form of Vitamin E found in vegetables and other foods. To receive $1.00 off your next purchase of these crackers, get access to a coupon here. I can’t get enough of these crackers. I hope choose to enjoy them with some of these recipes listed below!

      1. Avocado with Red Chili Flakes

        Avocado with Red Chili Flakes

        • Servings: 2
        • Difficulty: Easy
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        Ingredients

        • 1 avocado, peeled
        • 1 tbsp lemon juice
        • 1 tsp red chili flakes
        • 2 packages of Sanissimo Salmas

        Directions

        1. In a small bowl, mash avocado with fork. Mix in lemon juice.
        2. Spread mashed avocado on crackers and top with red chili flakes.
      2. Coconut Mint Lime Tzatziki

        Coconut Mint Lime Tzatziki

        • Servings: 2
        • Difficulty: Easy
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        Ingredients

        • 1/4 english cucumber, diced
        • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt
        • 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
        • zest of 1 lime
        • 2 packages of Sanissimo Salmas

        Directions

        1. In a small bowl, mix together all of the above ingredients together until will combined.
        2. Spread mashed avocado on Sanissimo Salma crackers.
      3. Almond Butter and Banana Mashup
        • Difficulty: Easy
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        Ingredients

        • 1 banana, sliced
        • 4 tbsp almond butter
        • 2 packages of Sanissimo Salmas

        Directions

        1. Spread almond butter on each cracker. Top with sliced bananas.
      4. Mango Salsa

    Mango Salsa

    • Servings: 4
    • Difficulty: Easy
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    Ingredients

    • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
    • 1 medium red pepper, diced
    • 1/2 red onion, chopped
    • 1/4 cup of mint leaves, diced
    • 1 large lime, juiced
    • 4 packages of Sanissimo Salmas

    Directions

    1. In a medium bowl, combine diced mango, red pepper, mint leaves and lime.
    2. Spread mix on crackers and enjoy!

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