This is when the fun begins! While we asked you to focus on foods that score 50 or more for week 1 – now it's time to pair them with other foods.
During week 2 your mission is to create meals scoring above 75, which can be done by incorporating foods scoring less than 50 as well if you'd like! At first, a higher number may sound harder to achieve, but hold tight while we talk about the power of combining foods to increase the scores of your meals.
What does combining foods do to my body?
Research shows that food combinations are powerful. The right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and fiber from the right foods for you can have huge effects on your metabolic responses. Take a look at the example below, where adding fats can help stabilize blood sugar levels. The right food combination can even affect your hunger and energy levels, helping you feel more satisfied and fending off fatigue.
The power of combining foods
Remember this chart from our introduction to food scores? Now you can create meals in your ZOE Insights app and explore how to boost your scores. Consider how you combine fats with carbs, as well as their quality and quantity.
Goals for week 2
1. Master a meal swap
Take two of your regular or favorite meals and create a set of swaps to improve its score until it has a score of 75+.
2. Build a new go-to snack
Find a snack that you enjoy and has a meal score of 75+. It is helpful to have these in your back pocket, literally!
3. Create a new breakfast
Breakfast is usually a habitual meal. Test out one new breakfast that scores 75+ and works for your lifestyle. Sweet or savory, we have you covered - read our articles about building great sweet and savory meals.
If you don't eat breakfast, try to experiment with your lunch.
Enjoy experimenting with new foods, adding more foods to your 50+ foods last week, and observe, how does it affect your ZOE scores?
Notice any difference in your overall hunger or tiredness after meals?
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us in the chat!