When I received my first delivery on Monday, it felt like Christmas. I stumbled out of bed and opened the front door to find a cooler filled with prepared meals for the next two days, and it was all completely healthy. DeliverLean provides drop-offs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The meals are 250 – 400 calories each, containing lean proteins, low-glycemic carbohydrates, high-fiber organic fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. DeliverLean also brews up raw, cold-pressed OnJuice juices which may be added to a meal plan as well. Aside from my meal plan, I also track daily consumption on an app called MyFitnessPal which allows you to record everything consumed with nutritional information included.
Let’s get to the good stuff, my meal plan…which has been incredibly delicious.
A typical two-day delivery under my meal plan includes:
Gluten-Free Caramel Apple French Toast with Coconut Yogurt
Southwestern Tofu Scramble with Peppers, Onions and Sweet Potato Latke
|Gluten-Free Caramel Apple French Toast with Coconut Yogurt|
Brussel Sprouts & Kale Salad with Toasted Sunflower Seeds and Coconut Dressing
Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Shallots Quesadilla with Vegan Cheese and Tomato Bruschetta
|Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Shallots Quesadilla with Vegan Cheese and Tomato Bruschetta|
Vegan Panang Curry Tofu with Winter Veggies and Brown Rice
Pescatarian Balsamic Snapper with Wild Rice Pilaf, Broccoli and Onions
|Pescatarian Balsamic Snapper with Wild Rice Pilaf, Broccoli and Onions|
Desserts may be added to a meal plan, and range from 90 to 300 calories per dish. Let’s just say I almost died after trying the Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Cake.
Raw Vegan Chocolate Mint Tart
Low-Fat Strawberry Cheesecake
Prior to beginning my summer meal plan, I measured and weighed myself so I’ll be sharing results on my social networks. For those who are looking to join the slim down for bikini season challenge with me, sign up for one month and receive two free days here!
For more information about DeliverLean, visit www.DeliverLean.com
My 3-Day Cleanse with Love Grace Foods (per day):
16oz Purify (green juice)
4oz Ginger Bomb (a great wake-up)
16oz Super Cider or Longevity Tonic (similar to the master cleanse)
16oz Green Sunshine
16oz Green Protein Smoothie or Chocolate Superfood Smoothie or Probiotic Smoothie
To purchase the same cleanse that I used, go to www.LoveGraceFoods.com.
Who doesn’t love snacks? It has been highly requested to feature my son in more blog posts and/or videos, so we filmed how to make some of his favorite healthy snacks in the little amount of time that is available in a day to make them. Feeding children nourishing food is important, as they burn off plenty of energy throughout the day. Most of the items used in this video were all purchased from Trader Joe’s, but any natural food store will do.
- Apples with Peanut Butter and Raisins
- Crunchy Fro-yo Banana Bites
- Cheesy Pizza-Dilla
- Pick-One Snack Tray
As Labor Day approaches, many relaxing cookouts and R&R with friends or family comes to my mind. Today’s look features the combination of print-mixing and minimalistic white heels that creates an effortlessly chic outfit for any occasion.
As many of you may know, I am quite obsessive when it comes to fitness and keeping a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy appearance both inside and out is important in building self-esteem or confidence. I receive a lot of inquiries regarding my diet or fitness routine, so today’s post features a few of my top tips for shedding stubborn belly fat along with a quick abdomen workout. Let me know if you would like more “healthy habits” videos!
Happy Friday guys and dolls. Although eating healthy is not always the most exciting for some, it doesn’t have to be dreadful. There are a number of substitutions that you can utilize when you have a special craving for comfort food, whether it is sweet or savory. Next time your stomach is screaming for something comforting, keep these in mind. Enjoy 😉
1) French Fries
The thought of fried potatoes sounds delicious in your head, but it doesn’t always agree with your body. Therefore, a quick and easy swap for this common comfort food is to exchange it for sweet potatoes that have been soaked in cold water and baked at 375 degrees until crispy and golden.
2) Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese has been instilled in the minds of everyone ever since they were children. No? Maybe that’s just me. The trick to swapping this one is to opt for whole wheat pasta (penne or shells) and incorporate butternut squash mixed with a little fat free half-and-half and Laughing Cow low-fat cheese. Butternut squash has a rich flavor and consistency that gives that added touch.
3) Ice Cream
Ice cream is a girl’s go-to breakup dessert or the end all to flat abs. Ben & Jerry’s came out with a delicious swap for the fat packed original version, which is low fat frozen GREEK yogurt. It has over half the calories and it still tastes delicious.
4) Spaghetti and Meatballs
Rather than adding all of the oil and carbohydrate packed pasta in your typical spaghetti and meatballs, a great swap is to make meatballs with ground turkey breast and mix it with whole wheat spaghetti and your favorite marinara sauce. I tend to make my own sauce, rather than the store bought kind.
Pizza is my all time favorite comfort food…or food, ever. A few things to keep in mind when consuming pizza is to make sure the crust is whole wheat or gluten free and very thin. You can make it at home using a whole wheat tortilla, some marinara sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese and your favorite vegetable toppings (or turkey pepperoni).
Along with the fall season upon us comes all of the tempting foods and delicious desserts throughout the holidays. Although it can be difficult to avoid stuffing your face with all of the yummy foods, I have some of my favorite slimming secrets that will help you fit in your favorite skinny jeans during the fall season. I’m not doing this because I am some sort of fitness expert, but more so to give you some insight on what worked for me in losing weight and keeping fit. Taking care of your body is imperative to your health and I believe it promotes self-confidence and beauty as well.
Tip #1: Begin your day with a lean protein shake.
Rather than bulking up on a heavy breakfast loaded with carbs, like pancakes, choose to drink a lean protein shake (like Beachbody’s Shakeology or GNC Lean Shake). It will keep you satisfied until lunch time and boosts your protein intake. Add a small fruit serving as well (i.e. a small apple or banana).
Tip #2: Eat slowly.
When you’re consuming a meal, it’s always helpful if you chew your food slowly because it gives your brain enough time to realize that you really are full. Trust me, it works. When you’re eating during the holidays, choose foods that have less oil/butter and stay away from fried foods.
Tip #3: Drink a glass of water before and after each meal.
Believe it or not, drinking a glass of water before and after each meal will also help with your “sense of hunger” and it’s great for your skin!
Tip #4: Go fishing.
Instead of eating red meat consistently, opt for fish because it’s lower in calories than other protein selections. I typically go for grilled tilapia or salmon and fill my plate with bright vegetables.
Tip #5: Soup, soup, soup.
Eating soup is beneficial because it helps you feel full longer and regulate calorie-intake. However, don’t get confused with cream-based soup which is full of fat and calories. Choose a broth-based soup and put a cap on the broccoli and cheese or clam chowder.
I hope these tips have helped you, and remember to stay away from the Halloween candy (okay, maybe a little is acceptable).
A prime factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is learning to prepare meals that are good for you; however, this doesn’t mean that you have to be a superior chef to do so. When I am preparing healthy meals for myself, I tend to focus on portion control and including plenty of colorful fruits or vegetables. One of the most recent meals I prepared was so delicious that I had to share the recipe(s) with you!
|The complete dish: Chicken breast in a Sauvignon Blanc sauce | Sweet potato mash in a bell pepper cup, honey-glazed pistachios and Brie cheese on top | Zucchini cups filled with asparagus spears and shredded carrots | Apricot relish|
|1) For the chicken breast, I sauteed garlic and onions in chicken broth with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc wine. To thicken up the sauce slightly, I added a dash of cornstarch as well.|
|2) The apricot relish was quite simple to prepare, as I chopped up some cherry tomatoes and mixed it with diced zucchini along with a splash of lime juice and apricot preserves.|
|3) To make the zucchini cups, I hollowed out blocks of zucchini with a melon-baller and threw in some cooked asparagus spears. I shredded up some carrots and placed the zucchini cups on top.|