Whatever you do, don't give up on the challenge entirely if you have one "bad day." These days don't define you. The beautiful thing is that you get to wake up the next day and start all over again. And honestly, allow yourself one "cheat meal" every week. It will just keep you sane and one bad meal won't negate all of your hard work throughout the week. Just don't turn one cheat meal into one cheat weekend if you know what I mean.........And never forget that at any time, you may inspire others to make the change to a healthier lifestyle. When people see you packing your healthy lunches for work, over grabbing a bite out or going through the fast food lane, they may just be inspired to do the same thing. So I urge you to get your friends involved in the challenge because I truly believe there is strength in numbers. Please have them subscribe to my blog or give me a big LIKE on Facebook at Fit and Healthy with Debbie Reichert.
YOUR favorite fruits and vegetables and LOTS of them. (Some of my favorite fruits include bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, oranges, watermelon and apples. Some of my favorite veggies include broccoli, celery, carrots, sweet peppers, cucumbers, spinach, bok choy and romaine lettuce.)
Garbanzo beans - For home made hummus b/c you will want to make this!!!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ground turkey breast - I do love my Southwestern Style Turkey Burgers and I'm sure you will too! Another favorite is my Italian Style Turkey meatballs.
Chicken breasts - we will do a lot with some grilled chicken but you will also want to utilize your slow cooker and try my Taco Soup! It's a family favorite!
Ground chicken breast (just ask your "meat guy" to grind up some chicken breast for you. You will want to definitely get this to try my Chicken Parmigiana meatball dinner.
White fish of your choice
Lean ground sirloin - because everybody loves TACOS!!!
Salmon - I can't wait for you to try my Asian Salmon Burgers!
All natural peanut butter and/or almond butter
Oats - oatmeal is GREAT for breakfast but you will also want to try my Pumpkin protein muffins.
Unsweetened almond milk - great for in your post workout smoothies!
Plain Greek Yogurt - perfect with some sliced berries on top and drizzled honey or to use in my most popular recipe on Pinterest, Banana Oatmeal Breakfast muffins. If you are craving some chocolate you will need to try my Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein muffins. They make a great pre or post workout snack as well.
Quinoa - you will definitely want to try my Southwestern quinoa salad for your next cookout!
Whole grain tortillas - especially if you have kids.....because according to my kids anything tastes good in a tortilla, especially my crockpot chicken burritos!
Whole grain bread
Ground flax seed and/or chia seeds
So this should give you a place to start! If you fail to plan, then just plan to fail. Make sure that after you go to the grocery store you clean and cut up your veggies so they are there and ready for quick snacking. It's always a good idea to hard boil some eggs to have readily available or even make up some turkey meatballs in advance to heat up throughout the week for a protein filled snack! I often make a big batch of oatmeal in advance and heat it up throughout the week because breakfast can sometimes feel so rushed in the mornings when you have to get up and get going. Preparation is the key to clean eating success!!
I love the way my refrigerator looks after I've done my shopping and food prep and am all prepared for the week ahead!!
Here's to a great month of clean eating and just making better food choices!
In Good Health,