Animal Style Healthy Hack In-N-Out Burger

Animal Style: A Healthy Hack For The Awesome In-N-Out Burger Sauce

Animal Style… you’ve heard of it. It’s the off menu sauce that can take your plain old burger and fries from In-N-Out Burger and turn them into something out of this world!

I know you’re thinking, “Hey Dr. Carrie, how can you promote healthy living and eating and talk about a burger and fry joint in the same breath?”

Excellent question.

I am a big fan of In-N-Out Burger. They are located primarily on the west side of the US but on a family road trip to Texas is where I tried it out for the first time.

Yes, I ordered my single burger bunless in a lettuce wrap. In-N-Out calls it, “Protein Style” and it’s about 150 calories less than the original burger. It’s a good burger. My husband went for the secret menu ‘Animal Style Burger & Fries’. Animal Style is a sauce and caramelized onions with cheese.

Animal Style is a whole different level of good (I chalk it up to the onions).

Last week one of my kids brought up our road trip and he said that he would love to go to In-N-Out again. Since a road trip back to Texas (the closest location to us from Florida) isn’t on the books right now, I went to work to bring In-N-Out to us.

Animal Sauce Hack Time
animal style fries and burger

This recipe was made live on Facebook which you can watch here:

I love taking recipes and hacking them to figure out how to make them healthier and still stay true to the taste and this one nails it!

Animal Style Sauce Ingredients
1/2 cup mayo – (see my homemade mayo recipe below)
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp dill relish or chopped dill
1 tsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sweetener

Mix well and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.
I like to make mine a couple of hours ahead of eating and allow all the flavors really blend together.
Caramelized Onions
Chop 1 cup of white onion
In a frying pan or skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of avocado, coconut or olive oil, butter or ghee. Once hot, add in the onion and sauté for about 15 minutes. It can be done faster, but when you take the time and do it slow, there is a noticeable flavor difference.
Homemade Mayo
1 egg at room temperature
1 cup light olive oil or avocado oil
2 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar – room temperature
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dry mustard
In a mason jar or glass mixing bowl mix together the egg and lemon juice then add in the salt and mustard. Very…I mean very slowly add in the olive oil. You’ll be bored pouring when you do it right, that’s how slow you need to pour.
I’m telling you, you’ll be happy you made this.


We are not talking burgers and fries as a regular part of you healthy nutrition plan. This is a one-off, once in a while treat. Oh, and in the Facebook live, I show an alternative to conventional potatoes for your fries… it’s ‘sweet’!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I really appreciate it! Thoughts, questions, ideas for future recipes? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Make sure you are the first to know when I create new recipes, share health and fitness related information by signing up for my newsletter here!
rainbow wrap

Rainbow Wrap: Gluten Free, Paleo And Delicious!

Rainbow wrap snack time has become a new top request in my home! Either as a great little snack or an awesome lunch choice. They are so easy to make and incredibly versatile.

I know, when you hear ‘Rainbow Wrap’ your mind immediately sends you a picture of a typical wrap with some colorful insides or maybe even a roll from your favorite sushi restaurant.

Hopefully that will all change when you try this Rainbow Wrap because this wrap is made entirely from veggies with an option for protein and of course a few dipping sauces that I know you’ll love!

You start with ditching the conventional wrap and replacing it with a hearty Collard Greens Leaf!

That’s right… a collard leaf!

Now, I was a little hesitant at the thought of using a raw collard leaf. Don’t get me wrong. I love collard greens when they’re cooked, but a big old raw leaf? Absolutely! [Video Below of Both Original & Vegan Version]

Carrie’s Rainbow Wrap


  • Collard Leaves
  • Red Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Rice / Quinoa
  • Cucumber
  • Red Pepper
  • Chicken
  • jalapeño (optional, but gives a nice kick and a great taste)


  1. Select collard leaves that are large without any holes. Using a paring knife, trim the spine of the leaf to make it about the thickness of the rest of the leaf. This takes some time and practice but it allows the leaf to bend without breaking.
  2. Cook your rice or quinoa and allow to cool.
  3. Cook your chicken the way you like. I used left over grilled chicken breast.
  4. Julienne the carrot, cucumber, red pepper and red cabbage.
  5. Lay your collard leaf, spine down and add a couple of teaspoons of rice / quinoa, your chicken and the vegetables.

Fold and roll.


Sauces… I had three sauces for the video.
1) Sriracha & Garlic Aioli
2) Liquid Aminos & Sesame Oil with Green Onion
3) Thai Peanut Sauce

Go ahead and make these for yourself! They are a great recipe to add to your collection, especially with summer and fresh vegetables upon us!

Make sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can always be the first to know about what I’m sharing when it comes to your health, fitness and great recipes! Sign up here:

PS – Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the sauce recipes in my newsletter.

Rainbow Wrap

Vegetarian Rainbow Wrap

stupid fitness

Stupid Fitness S%*^ You See Online.

Stupid fitness sh, I mean most of the “advice” I see online I choose to just scroll by after a good long hard I eye roll where I get to see the grey matter of my brain.

Everyone is an expert.

Do this. Do that. Drink this. Don’t eat that.
I stopped getting upset when I would see magazine articles of “Walk Away The Pounds” or “This Special Diet Will Incinerate Fat While You Sleep!


Here is one “article” I want to rip apart.

20 Rules Fit Women Follow… aka (Stupid Fitness)

1. Exercise
Duh. Fit people don’t loathe exercise. Fit people make sure that exercise is a part of their day.
2. Thoughtful about meals
Fit people do put effort into planning their meals and planning their days so that they have the right food on hand.
3. Lots of protein
Yup, another no brainer here. Protein is necessary, but lots?! what does that even mean?
4. High fiber carbs
The article noted bread, pasta, rice. Whoa Nelly. Dem are fightin’ words. How about no, actually how about hells no. Higher fiber carbs should mean vegetables, not processed food. Please know this!
5. Fit people eat as soon as they wake up
So “fit” people eat as soon as they wake up?! I don’t.  I’m fit and I am not a breakfast person. This whole breakfast is the most important meal of the day garbage is old and tired. Here’s the thing, some people wake up hungry and some people don’t. ‘You do you boo’, BUT don’t start your day with pop tarts and bagels.
6. They eat before and after workouts
Wow, these special fit people are metabolic machines.
Must be awesome to have a wildly fast metabolism and iron gut #goals.
Again, I consider myself fit and if I eat before I workout I feel barfy and depending on when I workout sometimes I’m not hungry after. This whole DNA thing is crazy right?!

What The What??

The “article” said carbs before a workout and protein after … uuggghhhh, stop with this circa 1985 thinking. If you have fat to lose then you do not need to eat carbs before your workout.  And if you must eat before your workout, have some cucumbers.
7. They eat all of the time and have snacks
Bless their little hearts. <— Southern Snark.
*Cough* liars *cough
8. No junk at home but they indulge when they are out
I’m only half mad at this one. No junk at home, whew! Indulge when you go out, why? For what purpose? Rewarding yourself with food?  These “fit” people indulge? In what? Kale salad or onion rings? Context people, we need context!
9. They mentally order their meals before they get to the restaurant
Hey now, we can be friends again. Yes, know before you go!!!
10. Fit people recommend having a fit group
Our friendship is still in tact with this point. A fit group can be other fit friends, a workout class, etc. Fit friends motivate, encourage, support. Non fit-friends bring you down, guilt you into eating crap, criticize your lifestyle.
11. They do interval training
Yes!!! Doing the same tired old treadmill or elliptical workout you have done for the last 5 years isn’t cutting it…never has, never will.
12. Even if they can’t do a workout, They find ways to stay active
Fit people like to be active!! Truth!
13. They don’t let busy days turn into cheat days.
This is a big one and I am glad that some sense came from this article.
Their health and physique matters and they make it a priority.
So a couple of things to wrap up. Yes, I know it’s not 20, but I can’t be bothered anymore.
The “fit people” they interviewed were all people who have fitness jobs and are in the public eye. How they look matters to their bank account.
They all workout multiple times a day…

it’s their job.

To look a certain way you have to do a certain amount of work – understand that. If you come across an article or someone trying to convince you that it only takes minimal effort, that is a complete lie. Always has been, always will be.
Aside from one of them, they were all young and no kids.
They have their metabolism on their side, humming along like a sports car.

Hormones matter people <= NOT STUPID FITNESS

As we age, oh Lawd, hormones can and will mess you up.
Having a jacked up C-Section can make a mess of your abs or going through an illness (medications) can leave you on the wrong side of what you want to see on the scale.
I am not one for excuses but when you have a family and kids, it takes a real effort to make fit happen. Fit people with a family make it happen. When you are young and have no kids, the world is yours, your time is your time.
When I was in my 20’s and teaching 4 fitness classes a day I could eat whatever I wanted. After kids in my 30’s I had to be a little more careful. When 35… wait, what…hang on, I used to be able to eat that – why are my shorts so friggin’ tight?! OK, hello 40… why am I being punished?!
Why do I hate these Bull S&%$ articles?  Because they don’t tell you the whole story.
They tell you what they want to sell you.
They tell you what you want to hear…go ahead eat the pasta, these fit girls eat it – complete and utter BS
As you experience more of life (aging) you need to learn to pivot.
What worked for me at 20 does not work mid 40’s.
Complaining and having a pity party doesn’t give you your 20-year-old metabolism back.

To Do List:

Drink water everyday.
Do some kind of exercise/movement/activity – daily
Eat real food – no labels
Stop reading bullsh$% on the internet or in magazines.
Want some information that isn’t stupid fitness s%$^?
Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter. I give you the straight goods… not the stupid fitness…
ASIAN Chicken Salad Recipe

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian chicken salad is so versatile and delicious.

Like any recipe I put together, I like to think that you can add your own flair and flavor to it so get creative and have fun with what you’re making.

After all, the more you make things to your liking, the more likely you will be to eat them.

Asian Chicken Salad can be part of a healthy lifestyle eating plan regardless if you’re doing a paleo plan, keto, high protein, low carb… whatever. You will LOVE this recipe as is or by adding your own mix.
[Video Below the recipe on how to put it all together like a boss!]

Asian Chicken Salad

3-4 cups of shredded cabbage (or bagged cole slaw without the dressing)
3-4 mini red peppers thinly sliced or a red bell pepper
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup chopped of shredded chicken breast ( a great use for leftovers from the night before)
1/2 cup of arugala
1/3 cup chopped onion (green or white – I like to combine them)
1/2 cup of carrot ribbons (use your peeler to make the ribbons)
1 tbsp sesame seeds

1/4 cup of aminos (liquid or coconut)
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp avocado or extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp fresh ginger
2 tsp sweetener

Combine all of the ingredients and whisk to combine

Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and toss to combine
Mix the dressing into the salad when you are ready to eat.

I hope you love this as much as me and my family do!

For more great recipes make sure to subscribe to get all the updates when they happen:

cobbler gluten free paleo vegan healthy

Cobbler: Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, HEALTHY!

Cobbler is a great dessert anytime at all but when summer rolls around it seems to be even better!  But if you’re trying to maintain a healthy eating plan it is never part of your diet.

Just a four ounce serving of one of the most popular recipes there is breakdown with:
250 calories
10 grams of fat
25 grams of sugar

That isn’t part of any healthy diet.

I love cobblers but you won’t catch me eating one with those kinds of nutritional breakdowns.

So the answer to a enjoying cobbler is to have a recipe that is healthier… and here it is!

cobbler gluten free paleo vegan healthy
Carrie’s Cobbler

Fruit Mixture

3 cups of fruit
3 tablespoons of sweetener  (coconut sugar, sugar free maple syrup, granulated sweetener)
1 tsp tapioca flour
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Cobbler Topping
1/3 cup almond flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp melted coconut oil or grass fed butter (ghee or avocado oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp of sweetener –  I used coconut sugar
  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • If you are using smaller dish servings like a mason jar or ramekin, grease them with coconut oil
  • In a bowl mix together your fruit, sweetener, tapioca flour.
  • In another bowl mix together your cobbler ingredients.
  • You want the cobbler ingredients to be clumpy. If you find it is too dry, you can add 1 tbsp of non dairy milk at a time to get to the right consistency.
  • Pour your fruit mixture into your baking dish or individual serving bowls and then top it with your cobbler mix.
  • You can sprinkle an additional tablespoon of sweetener and 1 tsp cinnamon over the top of the cobbler before baking. #extra
  • Bake for approx 20-25min for a larger baking dish.
  • Bake 17-19 min for smaller ramekin size dishes

cobbler gluten free paleo vegan healthy

– for the fruit mixture you can swap out tapioca flour for Xanthan Gum – 1/2 tsp
– you can use a gluten free flour blend instead of almond flour if you have allergies
– you could add in some lemon zest for another layer of flavor
– a couple of drops of maple or butter extract could be added to the topping
– if you wanted more of a texture topping, you could add in some chia seeds, finely chopped pecans, etc
You could serve this with coconut milk whip cream or our version of healthy ice cream!
Here is the best part… this recipe is simple to make, fast and easy!
I made this Live on Facebook just so you can see how simple it is to have a great cobbler that is Vegan, Paleo and Gluten Free!
cobbler gluten free paleo vegan healthy
Never miss the great recipes I make for you by signing up to my newsletter here which will ensure you are the first to know.