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tips & tricks

One thing I'm excited to pass along is some tips & tricks I've discovered while thriving on a Hoxsey compliant diet! I hope I've found at least some things to help you avoid the trials I've gone through so far and make being committed to the protocol and little easier.  Below are some pointers for quick meals, dining out, and a few recommendations for my go-to restaurant choices!

quick meal ideas

One of the hardest things for me to get used to doing Hoxsey – the schedule! 

If you’re anything like I was when I first started the protocol, I felt like all I did was eat.  I take my tonic about every three hours, and before this I was never a breakfast eater. Over time I've found some quick and easy options for all times of the day.   Here are some of my favorites:



  • Toasted, sprouted-grain organic bread with homemade cashew butter and fruit. I prefer strawberries or bananas on mine, but you can use whatever you like.

    • I found the original recipe for homemade cashew butter on the food blog Inspired Taste. Give it a try, or click here to see my own tweaked version of this great recipe!​

  • Homemade Smoothie Bowl – my personal favorite uses strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and half of a banana blended together, then I add some Greek yogurt (no sugar) and lightly blend again.  Pour into a bowl and add your toppings.  I usually top mine with blueberries, shredded coconut, and pecans. Don't be afraid to play with different fruits and toppings.

    • EXTRA TIP:  For a dairy-free option, you can substitute in one of the dairy free yogurts – again, just be sure to read the ingredients and avoid added sugar. 

  • Good old-fashioned eggs scrambled or over easy with toast!  I lived on this when I first started Hoxsey because it was easy, gave me good protein, and didn’t require too much thought or effort.  Feel free to add more goodness into your scrambled eggs like spinach, onions, mushrooms, or roasted sweet potatoes! 

  • Frittata – much like the scrambled eggs above, you can add all kinds of good stuff to it!


  • The original classic - Leftovers!  When I cook dinner, I always make extra so I have leftovers the next day.  

  • Sandwich – sprouted-grain bread, homemade mayo, Applegate brand turkey, Whole Foods brand organic Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack sliced cheese, baby spinach, sliced Bubbie’s pickles, broccoli sprouts, sliced cucumber, Applegate brand turkey bacon, and avocado.  Feel free to skip the meat and cheese to make a delicious veggie sandwich!

  • Salad – spring mix or baby spinach, walnuts, strawberries, roasted pepitas, and a simple dressing made with oil, lemon, and garlic. Another great topping option includes shredded cheese, cucumbers, Applegate brand turkey bacon, walnuts and any Hoxsey compliant dressing.

  • Egg salad – boiled eggs, homemade mayo, pickles, and just some salt and pepper to taste. 

    • I make my eggs in an Instant Pot! It only takes 15 minutes and they come out perfect every time!


  • Easy Alfredo Sauce for your favorite pasta - Primal Kitchen Brand Cashew Alfredo Sauce, Bilinski's Brand Italian Chicken Sausage, fresh broccoli florets, and fresh basil. Just brown the sausage in a little oil and heat with the other ingredients. Voila!   

    • Another delicious option from this Louisiana girl – crawfish tails sautéed with onions and garlic in the sauce instead of sausage!

  • Pizza!!! - I love pizza.  A LOT.  So, when I started Hoxsey, not being able to have tomatoes really bummed me out because for me that meant no pizza.  WRONG! I just make my own! I have discovered that I can use many other sauces and still have my pizza!  

    • I like to use a cauliflower crust for a healthier option.

    • My go-to sauces – Pesto, Olive oil, Primal Kitchen Brand Cashew Alfredo Sauce/White Pizza Sauce, or Artichoke and garlic sauce – this stuff is amazing, but use it sparingly because it is quite stout in flavor and also is higher in sodium.  The good news is a little goes a long way! 

    • Mozzarella – try to buy organic and be sure to read the label!  They like to put vinegar in some of these.  

    • Toppings:  Bilinski's Brand Italian Chicken Sausage, Applegate brand turkey bacon, grilled chicken, onions, mushrooms, spinach, fresh pineapple (not canned), and fresh basil. The sky is the limit!

general tips for dining out

Obviously, dining out can be a challenge when you have to scrutinize every ingredient the way we do on the Hoxsey protocol.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions!  Here are a few go-to food options to keep in mind:

  • Burger, no bun – while the meat is most certainly not organic, and provided the meat is not prepared with anything out of compliance (like bacon grease, cheese, etc.), this is a simple option. I always ask the server how the meat is prepared. If acceptable, I usually order this with grilled onions and avocado on the side.

  • Grilled steak – ask if it’s marinated and, if so, in what ingredients.

  • Grilled fish – the key here again is to ask the server how the fish is prepared.  “Grilled” can mean anything from grilled on an actual grill to “grilled” in a pan with oil or butter and finished with wine.  I also make sure it has not been marinated in any way.  I order my fish simply grilled with just a little olive oil, salt, and pepper (or if concerned about how much salt, I get it with no salt). 

  • Grilled shrimp – confirm if they are marinated beforehand. 

  • Steamed veggies – again, ask how they are prepared and finished, but usually you can always order at minimum some steamed broccoli.  

  • Baked potato – this one is a fail safe!  While the restaurant will likely not have unsalted butter, just use it sparingly and add safe toppings like green onions. 

  • Breakfast is always easy – scrambled eggs or an omelet with veggies.

  • Salads – while we usually always can’t have the dressings, we can bring our own!  I have a small cooler bag I take with me, and it’s easy to bring a small container of a Hoxsey compliant dressing to enjoy with a salad. 

  • Mexican – veggie fajitas and tableside guacamole (because you can customize the ingredients).  Sometimes you can ask for ingredients used in the rice and beans, but most of them tend to contain something like lard or cheese that we can’t have.


  • Chipotle – they do a great job of listing their ingredients.  Best part, their guacamole doesn’t have tomatoes in it!  Many other dishes are Hoxsey compliant there too except their meats due to being marinated in vinegar.  

  • Chick-fil-A – this one is a BIG NO.  So sad.  I loved CFA, but they must use Apple Cider Vinegar in their marinades. Boo!

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