Happy Sunday everyone! How has the New Year been treating you? Has anyone tried to follow along these meals plans? I know it will be much more helpful one I compile more days on here for guidance, but always just use these days as a guide for others! Example: mix it up by changing out the lean protein I call for, just be sure to use the same amount. Smart choices for protein include chicken breast (duh!), beans (use about 1/2 cup for every 3 – 4oz. of lean protein called for), shrimp, tilapia, extra-lean ground beef, lean ground turkey, lean beefsteak such as tenderloin or even flank steak, or even simple hard-boiled egg whites are packed with protein!
Eating healthy and having a low-calorie lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring. My main goal in sharing my day of eating with you all is to help you explore and have fun with what you eat, while still losing or maintaing your weight. I also think it’s incredibly important no one take it too seriously. I used to be incredibly regimented (read about my journey from fitness obsessed to just living a simple healthy lifestyle here) and it’s so, so important to be able to find that happy balance that works for you! Where you enjoy food, but you don’t live to eat. I used to base my days around what I would eat next, now I focus on other things such as yoga or reading, or working on this blog or my photography! Try and find what makes you happy and focus on it when you find yourself obsessing over food.
Onto the next day of meal planning. This is my most current go-to daily plan. I have recently found that starting my day with oatmeal or oat bran keeps me full for hours as opposed to an egg white sandwich or scramble. Don’t be afraid of oat bran, it reminds me of cream of wheat, and it’s loaded with fiber and protein. I use Trader Joes’, it’s cheap and lasts for weeks! Let me know if starting your day with oats/oat bran keeps you full longer. It’s truly one of the only foods that keeps me full for over 2-3 hours.
I totally have somehow forgotten to mention this before, but drink tons of water! I love putting lemon in mine to give it some flavor. I always have a huge cup at my desk with me and try to fill it up at least once and hour.
Have a great week everyone!
Day 3 – 1,295 calories
Meal 1 – 260 calories
Combine 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats, 1/4 cup oat bran*, 1 cup water, 2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed), 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract, dash nutmeg in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes (watch it like a hawk the last 45 seconds, sometimes it can bubble up and over the bowl). Stir in 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 2 tbsp. canned pure pumpkin. Microwave 2 minutes, until thick and creamy. (Again, I recommend watching it the last minute, to make sure it doesn’t bubble over.) Top with 1/4 cup blueberries (or any berry of your choice!). *If you don’t have or want to buy oat bran, substitute 1/3 cup oats instead.
unsweetened green tea, coffee with truvia
Meal 2 – 140 calories
2 large hard boiled eggs with salt and pepper
Meal 3 – 25o calories
1 can Progresso Light Chicken Corn Chowder (I am OBSESSED with this soup and it’s so cozy in the winter months!)
2 cups steamed veggies (like broccoli & cauliflower)
Mix veggies into soup or eat them on the side.
Meal 4 – 150 calories
1 apple + 1 stick light string cheese
Meal 5 – 355 calories
Simple recipe on my blog: Low Carb Chicken Parm
Meal 6 – 140 calories
6 cups air-popped or 94% fat-free microwave popcorn sprinkled with 1 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese