Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fourth of July Clean Eating Recipes and Staying on Track with Weight Loss Goals

So with the holiday weekend upon us, we want to remember to stay on track and enjoy but in moderation! A few of these recipes are a great addition to any party or BBQ, they are cleaned up so you know you can count on something to be approved for your waist line! Portion control is key:)

Watermelon Salad

Servings: 2-3 

1/2 a medium sized watermelon, cubed (seeds removed)
1 scallion spring, sliced
2 springs of mint, roughly chopped
1 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup feta cheese

In a bowl combine watermelon, scallion, and mint, stirring to combine.  In a separate small bowl, whisk together lime juice, apple cider vinegar, and honey.  Pour over top of watermelon.  Add in the feta and stir well to combine all ingredients.  Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Zesty Grilled Chicken

6-8 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 Tbsp minced garlic
1.5 tsp Weber Grill Seasoning - Chicago Steak (I know what you're thinking...steak seasoning on chicken?  Trust me, it's delicious!)

1. Combine chicken breasts, ACV, garlic, Chicago Steak seasoning in a large Ziploc bag and shake until ingredients are evenly mixed and seasonings are coating all chicken breasts. Marinating in a pan works just as well.  Shake bag or turn chicken after a couple of hours for best results.  Let marinate for at least 6 hours.
2. On an indoor grill, cook on high heat for about 10 minutes in the closed position or about 5-7 minutes per side.  On a large outdoor grill, cook on medium-high for about 7 minutes per side or until chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sweeter Sweet Potato Fries

3 Sweet Potatoes
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
Cinnamon, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Slice sweet potatoes into "fries" (we use a vegetable chopper)
3. Place sliced sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet (in one layer)
4. Melt coconut oil in microwave
5. Drizzle sweet potatoes with coconut oil and cinnamon
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes
7. Flip sweet potatoes and bake for another 15-20 minutes

And of course here is a little, 20 minute, no equipment workout to keep you sweating all weekend! No excuses!

Perform each exercise for 1 minute and repeat the set 2x. Take breaks and modify as needed!

While we would love to be able to control what we are served, that is not always the case when we are guests! Like I always say, indulge, but in moderation! Here are some tips on to stay on track at parties and bbqs this weekend!

1. Eat before you go. This will help you feel full and decrease your appetite so you won't be starving around junk food!

2. Drink a LOT of water! Staying hydrated will allow you to feel fuller for longer and will keep you from constantly drinking liquid calories. I suggest having one alcoholic beverage followed by a glass of water, this will help with the hang over too!

3. Don't stand by the table. I know if I am in front of food, I will eat it. So just avoid it:)

4. Take your own snacks. Throw a bag of almonds and a piece of fruit in your purse and you will have something healthy to snack on!

5. Get your workouts in!

6. Focus on lower calorie, alcoholic beverages. Avoid artificial sweeteners, fruit juices, and soda.

I hope that these tips, workouts, and recipes help you all survive this amazing holiday! Remember the real reason we are celebrating on the 4th and enjoy your friends and family!

Sometimes, no matter what, we are all human and have trouble staying in moderation. I am starting the 3 day refresh on Monday and I am looking for 5 people to join me! Please fill out the application below if you are ready to join me for 3 days of EATING and DETOXING, without starving. A 30 day Shakeology and clean eating informational group will follow!!

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