What the heck are macronutrients?
Definition: a type of food (e.g., fat, protein, carbohydrate) required in large amounts in the human diet. Each of these macronutrients provides energy in the form of calories.
The bottom line is that it absolutely matters where calories are coming from vs. just relying on daily calorie counts. The way we balanced macros is important for our health, weight management, blood sugar control and many other body functions.
Use the plate method. With my clients I typically focus on half the plate consisting of nonstarchy vegetables, 1/4 protein and 1/4 carbohydrate. This is a great way to control portion sizes and measure visually vs. having to track every calorie. These ratios can be adjusted depending on the person’s goals and activity level.
Chicken: This lean protein source has key vitamins and minerals including niacin, B6 and selenium. One of proteins main function is do most of the work in cells and it is required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs.
Nonstarchy vegetables: Are a low carbohydrate option and are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals. These veggies have few calories and carbohydrate but are packed with nutrition! It’s important to have them on your plate.
Avocado and Pesto: Avocado is mainly unsaturated fat and linked to health promoting benefits. Pesto is a fat source containing garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, spices and parmesan cheese. Fat helps with vitamin absorption, is a source of energy and stored energy, supports cell growth and much more!
Plus you can mix the two to make avocado pesto which is great for toppings, salads and veggie snacks.
Avocado Chicken Pesto Macro Bowl
The Veggies (Carb)
- 1 Cup Chopped Broccoli
- 1/4 Cup Onion
- 1 Cup Brussel Sprouts
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots
- 1/2 Cup Bean Sprouts
- 1/2 Tsp Olive oil
Avocado and Pesto (Healthy Fats)
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Tbsp Pesto or dressing of choice
- 8 oz Chicken Breasts You can use tofu, beef, pork, shrimp etc
- Garlic, Salt and Pepper
- Grill chicken at 300 F, until throughly cooked (15-20 minutes) add seasonings as desired.
- Chop onion, broccoli and brussel sprouts. Heat in large pan on medium heat, add 1/2 tsp olive oil. Cook 20 mins.
- Shred carrots and add bean sprouts for topping.
- Dice avocado. Top with 1/2 Tsp pesto or dressing of choice.