Raise your hand if you have shamelessly splurged this holiday season…
Me TOO !!
And there is no reason you shouldn’t treat yourself to a ~THICC slice of Portillos chocolate cake or a red velvet Bundtini with your family and friends.
Because, ya know, is it really a Chicago Christmas is you don’t have a Portillos cake??!
When the cake is served during our family Christmas party, I wait for everyone to get a slice of cake so I can scoop the leftover icing off the platter and onto my own slice of Portillos heaven. I am the icing QUEEN! And not just the cake icing, I also snuck a couple Smirnoff ices in our family white elephant exchange, but that’s besides the point…
Anyways, the Gorski gang is spending the rest of their holiday season in Cancún. Cancún is not the ideal place to show off our Portillos dad bods, but I brought some of my healthy snacks to help the gang and myself get back on our feet. One of these snacks are my GG crackers.
Recently, I’ve been obsessed with these GG crackers. These crackers are all 👏🏼the 👏🏼rage 👏🏼.
They are fiber crackers and yes, they are EXACTLY how you would imagine a fiber cracker to look, taste, and feel. But in a weird way, I’m kinda into it.
I don’t use the crackers as a snack, rather I use them as a “vehicle” – as Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential would say.
Instead of eating the crackers plain, I like to jazz them up with banana, peanut butter, and cinnamon for breakfast or as a snack. Another simple breakfast idea is mashed avo on a GG cracker with scrambled egg and capers. If I’m having the GGs for dinner, I add a spoonful of marinara sauce, Mexican cheese, and shredded chicken on top of the cracker and microwave until the cheese is melted and gooey.
My all time favorite way to eat the crackers is by breaking them up and using them as a crouton in my salad. It adds a nice crunch with the additional benefit of fiber and the absence of refined carbs. Thank me later. 😉
So get this – in ONE cracker, and the crackers are pretty big, there is only 20 cals, 25 mg of sodium, 6 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of fiber… And that is why I LOVE these crackers.
Here is the nutrition breakdown.
Most crackers are loaded with sodium and can leave you feeling puffy and bloated, but these crackers won’t. Additionally, one of these crackers has 4 grams of fiber. FOUR !! The American Heart Association recommends 25 grams of fiber for women, but most women don’t get their recommended daily dose. If you have just three crackers, you are already halfway there. If you mash a medium sized avo to your three GG’s, you’ve added another 5 grams.
The crackers also have a low new carb count. When calculating “net carbs” – ie. the carbs your body absorbs and uses for energy – you subtract the grams of fiber from the total grams of carbohydrates. For example, if you subtract the 4 grams of fiber from one GG cracker from the total 6 grams of carbohydrates, you have a net of 2 grams of fiber. That’s it.
A high fiber diet has been associated with weight maintenance and loss, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and a healthier gut. There is much more research to be done on a gut health, but gut health has correlation to obesity, immune health, inflammation and more.
For this trip, I will be treating myself to some nachos and guac. When in Rome – err, Mexico – am I right? But, I will be including GG crackers in my meals, whether it be with eggs for breakfast or guac as a snack, to stay “regular” when traveling and keep my gut healthy and happy.
How do you recover from the holiday treats?!