Neeks Tip – Being Perfect is not REALISTIC. REMEMBER, Partial Credit Counts!

We all know that being “perfect” in the world of meal preparation and nutrition is never realistic. I like to remind my followers that partial credit always counts and can go a long way in helping you reach your goals! In fact, it’s often those small adjustments that make a big impact in the long term! 

I like to rank food options in three categories:

GOOD – options that are acceptable, especially when you are in a time crunch.

BETTER – BETTER, CLEANER INGREDIENTS LEAD TO BETTER (MEDIUM-TIER) OPTIONS.

BEST – YOU DA REAL MVP.

I used this ranking system to give a few “good, better, best” options for common food types. Take a look below and keep it in mind next time you prepare your meals!

And for even more instructions on how to incorporate these adjustments into your daily meals, don’t forget to check out my Ebook!

Proteins

chicken breast

good option - Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Fully Cooked Pulled Chicken Breast

better option - Trader Joe's Grilled Chicken Strips

 

best option - you made it at home! (organic-free range)

USDA ORGANIC: “FREE RANGE” or “FREE ROAMING”:
Producers must demonstrate to the Agency that the poultry has been allowed access to the outdoors.

steak

good option - Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Beef Steak Strips

 

 

BETTER OPTION - John Soules Beef Fajitas

best option - You made it at home! "Grass Fed & Finished"

 

“Simply put, grass-finished beef comes from cattle that ate nothing but grass and forage for their entire lives. Grass-fed, on the other hand, may be used to label meat from cattle that have that were started on a grass diet but have either received supplemental grain feed or are finished on a fully grain-based diet. Many “grass-fed” cows spend the last few months of their lives eating grain in feedlots to help them quickly gain weight before going to slaughter.” –VERDE FARMS 

 

Carbs

rice

GOOD OPTION - Uncle Ben's® READY RICE® - Whole Grain Brown Rice

 

BETTER OPTION - Minsley - 100% Organic Brown Rice (AS GOOD AS HOME-MADE!)

 

 

BEST OPTION - You made it at home!

 

POTATOES

okay option - crystal farms simply potatoes

 

best option - you made them at home!

fats

nuts and/or seeds

Okay option - Planters Sweet 'N Crunchy Peanuts

 

 

**Notice Carbs- 15g

best option - raw, unsalted peanuts

 

**Notice Carbs- 4.6g

Ingredients: Peanuts 

 

okay Option – Blue Diamond Almonds – Sweet Thai Chili

 

best option - Kirkland Signature Supreme Whole Almonds

 

nut butters

okay option - skippy creamy peanut butter

 

 

**HATE: Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

 

best option - CB'S Nuts Organic Creamunchy Peanut Butter

 

best option - SunButter - Organic Sunflower Butter

Have you been able to upgrade any “good, better, or best” ingredient options? Do you have a go-to favorite that I didn’t include in my list? Please tell me about them in the comments!

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