This is your year to finally lose the weight and get fit…and it all starts with a healthy dinner.
You may be exercising hard, getting plenty of sleep and staying diligent in your hydration, but if you’re eating the wrong food for dinner then sadly you will never reach your goals.
Most dinners are too high in calories to allow you to steadily lose weight and progress towards your ideal body. This goes for restaurant dinners as well as home-cooked meals.
However, the good news is that it is possible to enjoy wholesome, fitness dinners that support your fat loss results whether out-to-eat or cooking at home.
I want to make this as simple as possible for you so that you’ll actually use it to transform the way that you select your nightly meal. Rather than worrying about calories and measurements simply ask these 3 questions before you sit down to eat your next meal and visualize a clock…
Fat Burning Question #1: Is there Lean Protein?
Your meal should start with a lean source of high-quality protein that’s cooked in a healthy way. Choose protein that has been grilled, baked, broiled or steamed. Fish, chicken, turkey, egg, lean red meat and beans all make great choices.
Picture your plate as a clock and fill it from 12 o’clock to 4 o’clock with your choice of protein. This is roughly 1/3 of your plate.
Fat Burning Question #2: Is it mostly Fibrous Veggies/Greens?
Next comes fibrous veggies and greens. Fiber is a huge part of eating healthy and being lean. Fibrous foods will fill you up while delivering vitamins and nutrient in a low-calorie package. Salads and seasonal vegetable make perfect choices for your fat burning meal. Just be sure to watch out for heavy dressings or fattening cooking methods that may add additional calories to the dish.
On your plate fill between 4 o’clock and 10 o’clock with these fibrous veggies and greens. This is roughly half of your plate.
Fat Burning Question #3: Is the Starch in Moderation?
Are you gaining weight or not able to lose weight? Chances are your meals are filled with too many starches, including potatoes, pasta, rice, grains and bread products. To make these starches more fattening, they are often cooked with added fats that increase the calorie count. For your starch stick with wholesome, complex carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice, sprouted grains and legumes.
On your plate fill between 10 o’clock and 12 o’clock with these wholesome starches. This is the smallest portion on your plate for a reason, as these starchy carbs are calorie-dense and just a little goes a long way. Fight the urge to push the line by allowing yourself to eat more starches than you need.
I hope that these 3 simple questions make it easier for you to choose your next fat burning meal by cutting through some of the confusion. While there are certainly more specific, measured meal plans that lead to body transformation success, this guide is meant to keep you on track when you aren’t sure what you should be eating.
For the most effective results, pair your clean eating with a challenging exercise routine. That’s my specialty!
Keep Calories in Check While Eating Out
The 3 Fat Burning Questions above are meant to keep the content of your meal on track…however eating out brings up additional challenges! Here are some tips to help you keep your calories in check while eating out…
- Forget the Extras: Ask for the bread basket or chip basket to be removed from your table and stick to eating only what you ordered.
- Don’t Drink Calories: Stick with water or unsweetened iced tea in order to avoid a few hundred extra calories.
- Get Dressing On the Side: Ask for sauces and dressings on the side to cut down calories.
- Order Healthier Sides: Just because the grilled fish comes with a side of potatoes doesn’t mean you have to get it that way. Ask for a side of steamed veggies instead.
Guilt-Free Pizza Crust
Who knew you could make a high protein pizza crust that tastes this good?!
We all love pizza, but we also want to be fit and healthy. Traditional pizza crust is loaded with processed ingredients and simple carbs that promote weight gain, BUT THIS PIZZA CRUST is different!
This pizza crust is made with CHICKEN, QUINOA and EGG!
It’s incredible that ingredients that are this full of protein and wholesome nutrition can come together to create a legit pizza crust! You’ve simply got to try this recipe if pizza and protein are two things that you love.
Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com
What you need
For the Pizza Crust
500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs
½ cup uncooked quinoa (Soaked for 8 hours)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ cup pesto
½ cup baked, sliced chicken breast
½ cup Fresh mozzarella in water, grated
1. Combine all of the ingredients in the food processor until the chicken is fully ground and the ingredients are fully combined.
2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Place the chicken dough in the center of your pan and spread into your desired pizza crust shape. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheat oven. Increase the oven temperature to 260 degrees.
4. Load up your crust with your favorite sauce and toppings. Place back in the oven for 5-8 minutes, until your cheese has melted and toppings are warmed. Serve immediately and enjoy!
One serving equals: 326 calories, 12g fat, 598mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 2g fibre, 0g sugar and 39g protein.