In my last blog I talked about putting some toning in your morning routine while packing lunch. But what about what you put in that lunch? I have found a successful recipe that keeps me full, healthy and slim, just by choosing the right foods at the grocery store and when eating at a restaurant.
I want to share the health so here is my grocery list. (Hint: ordering online stops the unplanned, unhealthy purchases. If going to the store yourself, print this list to take with you and eat beforehand.)
Produce Aisle: Sweet potatoes, lemons, oranges, apples (the perfect portable snack that hydrates, hits the sweet tooth, ads crunch, and fiber, I almost never go a day without an apple) bananas, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, plums, pears, red grapes, red and yellow bell pepper, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, basil, parsley, carrots, avocado (good fat), oranges (not OJ) leaks, low sodium V8.
Bread and Pasta Aisle: Whole grain English muffins, blueberry whole grain waffles, fiber cereal, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pitas.
Calcium: Chocolate soy milk for chocolate cravings, fat free milk, yogurt, if you have to eat cheese choose skim mozzarella.
Protein: Free-range brown eggs, tofu, salmon, tuna, misc. white fish filets, chicken, lentils and beans, almonds, walnuts and sesame seeds.
Other: Honey, black tea, green tea, balsamic, ginger, garlic, red wine in moderation, olive oil in moderation, cinnamon, fat free Italian dressing.
You’ll notice that these foods also show up in healthy eating articles about fighting diseases, increasing energy, helping your complexion, hair health, and a number of other benefits. If you have to miss a workout you won’t ruin your summer beach body plan because the fiber and real natural foods like fruits and veggies will keep your belly flat. Eat small portions and 5-6 meals a day, never skip breakfast but stop eating your last little meal at least 2 hours before bedtime. Shop to drop and the pounds will follow.
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