I’m not one for strict diets and obsessive calorie counting. Life is all about balance. I believe that if you can stay healthy for the most part then you can let loose every now and again– because pizza and fries are pretty much essential for living… and cheese curds… and spin dip.
I just booked a trip to Cabo so I decided to try a meal plan before the trip. I’m not necessarily trying to lose weight but I am trying to stay healthy and get all the nutrients I need to power through my boxing and spinning classes after work!
I found this meal plan online from Brett Hoebel linked here. I liked that the food wasn’t too restrictive like some diets. I also liked that these meals were easy to shop for (I used Prime Pantry) and fast to prepare because I don’t like wasting my Sunday’s meal prepping all day. I made all of my lunches for the week in under a 1-hour episode of the Kardashians 🙂
Note: I don’t take any of the supplements suggested in this program and you should consult with a medical professional before using those. Also, I don’t follow the plan exactly- like I don’t count how many berries I put in my oatmeal. I just try to do whatever makes these meals taste good while still being healthy!
Here’s how I’ve been tackling this plan
Room temperature lemon water
Wow— delish. This is honestly tough for me because I usually wake up and immediately go for the coffee. Supposedly this is meant to boost your metabolism so thought I’d give it a try for the next 30 days.
Multigrain oatmeal with berries, cinnamon, and chopped almonds
I personally love oatmeal. I load this up with whatever berry is on special at the grocery store. The flaxseed in this oatmeal sounds scary, but it doesn’t really have any flavor, it just adds some extra fiber to help you feel full. I did some additional research and found the fatty acids in Flaxseed are also good for helping heal skin and acne scars- so that’s a bonus!
These individual packets from Better Oats make it easy to take breakfast on the go, and prepare at work.
Brown rice cake with almond butter and crushed blackberries
They call this an open-faced PB&J. Going to be honest, definitely not as tasty as an Uncrustable but it’ll do for a little snack before lunch.
Spinach salad with red peppers, carrots, tomatoes, baked chicken, and a baked sweet potato on the side
To prep this on Sunday, I lay out 4 thinly sliced chicken breasts on a baking dish and drizzle some Light Zesty Italian dressing over them for added flavor. Then, I bake the chicken on 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes (depending on the thickness). I slice the chicken and lay a few pieces on top of the salad. Once I get to work I drizzle a little bit of EVOO with salt and pepper or any kind of light dressing you prefer.
Apple with almond butter
Honeycrisp or get out! Almond butter isn’t that great on it’s own but with the apple it ain’t bad.
Some variation of ground turkey, chicken, or white fish with cooked vegetables, and a baked sweet potato with a sprinkle of cinnamon
This is my go to because I’m usually too lazy to cook up anything that exciting after work and exercising, but it’s filling and you can flavor it with garlic, onion, or red pepper.
I personally need something a little sweet before bed, so for “dessert” I snack on a few berries or Brett suggests baking an apple with almond butter.
I already have a few cheat days planned out (upcoming resy at RPM Steak!!) where I know I won’t be able to follow this and that’s okay! Again, it’s all about balance! What are some healthy habits you implement to create balance in your life? Share below!
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