"Do a winter cleaning and replace everything with healthy snacks in the refrigerator," she says. "If I'm hungry I'll be in the Taco Bell drive through. I will go green—like The Hulk. This charming lovely person you see…I swear it gets bad! My dad is like, 'Jenny. I need you to just hang up the phone and eat a sandwich and call me back.'"
Here are her top snacks that keep "The Hulk"—and bulk—at bay:
"I'm a huge fan of algae; it's one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. I get chlorella and spirulina from watershed.net and take a handful of tablets with a piece of fruit or peanut butter, or an apple and almond butter."
The rice stuff
"Organic brown rice cakes from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods with a little butter on it—it's like my bread and butter."
"I'll take water crackers, melt a little Muenster cheese on them and sprinkle on red chili flakes, so it's like a mini pizza. I'll get five crackers out and set them up like a little treat."
The most super healthy meal you can think of is…salmon.
"Any time I can get omega 3's in my body I'm obsessed! It goes beyond the beauty aspect of hair, skin and nails to your joints and cholesterol. I sprinkle a special Tunnel Bar-B-Q seasoning from Canada on there with a little lemon and bake it for 13 minutes. And on the side, I have a lightly sautéed kale with garlic, a little oil and roasted pine nuts, and I'll slice a sweet potato [into rounds] spray a little coconut oil on top, and bake them on a pan with Himalayan sea salt until I just brown the bottom. It's like chips but a little thicker. That’s my go-to dinner."
|Jen Widerstrom, a trainer on The Biggest Loser, has a holistic approach to health and wellness that incorporates nutrition, fitness, and mental well-being. Check out her Health cover story, Jen Widerstrom's Shape-Up Secrets. She'll be taking over the @HealthMagazine Instagram account on Wednesday, January 14. Follow along at #JenWiderstromforHealth.|
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