The key to staying in shape isn’t starving yourself for 4 weeks before a competition or photo shoot. It’s making the healthy choices and switching to healthy habits. You think eating good is eating chicken and tilapia and brocoli everyday. You can eat those things if you prepare it right, and it doesn’t have to be miserable dieting. For example, I like to saute garlic in olive oil with lemon then toss fresh rosemary with my chicken breast and broccoli. All of a sudden my mundane and blase’ meal became a little more flavorful. You could even throw some whole wheat pasta in it to make it a full meal. A small portion of fresh parmesan tops it off. Be careful with dairy products and cheese. Some can be high in fat. But I switch to skim milk, greek yoghurts, low fat cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella, and frozen yoghurt icecreams. Also run down to Fresh and Easy or Whole Foods and look for whole wheat, oat and/or brown rice flour. Experiment cooking with these instead of regular flours. I tried making chicken with whole wheat flour instead ofr frying it, baked it.
in this case… chicken sausage from Whole Foods
Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Whole Wheat Pecan Banana Pancakes with Sugar Free syrup.
Whole Wheat Penne Caprese
Brown Rice Fried Rice (with coconut oil) (:
Greek Yoghurt with Berries
Grilled Chicken Breast with Fresh Mango Salsa
Fish Tacos with Whole Wheat Wrap
TUrkey Meatloaf with Sweet Potato Mash
Quinoa and Fetta Stuffed Peppers
Brown Rice Sushi
Green Tea (Cha) Soba
Shiritaki (carb free calorie free) pesto
I just discovered Muscle Egg egg whites!
zero fat zero sugar low in calories
Jazz up your oatmeal!
Life is too short to eat egg white omelets with spinach and feta.
If this is boring at some turkey sausage, salsa and add a whole wheat wrap.
Miso Garlic Ginger Tofu
Fresh Soup. You can put any beans, veggies or meat that you like and season it to your liking. I like bouillabaisse, esp. if you have a lot of leftovers you need to cook. Just throw it in before it goes bad. Fish makes a wonderful stock.
Egg White Casserole
I hated lentils growing up because my mom cooked it all the freakin time, but now I see how you can take a simply bland food and spice it up with fresh peppers and spices or change the flavors up with a classic American flavor with herb and mustard with salmon.
I’ve been spicing up eggs and turkey burgers with fresh chopped jalapenos.
TUrkey bacon wrapped asparagus
Okinawan sweet potato mash with coconut
Coconut Milk Tapioca with Chia Seeds
I order it at Raku in Las Vegas. It’s $1.50 for a piece of Yakitori. They cook it for 12+ hours until it becomes a gelatinous piece of “mochi like” blubber, similar to the gelatin in osso bucco. High in protein (38 grams) and virtually FAT FREE. Don’t be fast to judge it like I was, after I tried it, it was amazing with a teriyaki glaze and became my favorite menu item.
Banana Nut Protein Bread
Italian chicken or turkey meatballs
Vietnamese Lemon Beef Salad
Low Carb Lobster Boats (use low fat mayo)
anytime you want to replace a bun like on a burger for example, use a lettuce leaf.
I also love to cook with fresh herbs from my garden. It’s cheaper to buy $1.99 herb plants at home depot than it is to buy dried herbs (or fresh herbs at that matter) at the grocery store. I always cook with himalayan pink salt and I found cracked smoked black pepper I really enjoy from Whole Foods.
Experiment in the kitchen.
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