2015 Skinny Jean Challenge

Happy New Year Everyone!!! 

Well, the holiday season has come and gone, and the New Year is in full swing! If you have family and friends like mine the past week (or month) has been filled with amazing get togethers that have been packed with delicious and savory food accompanied by amazing wine and other adult beverages.  While it was ALL fantastic in the moment- you may now be left with that pesky voice in your head asking, “OK girlfriend…just how do you plan on getting back into your sexy skinny jeans?!”

While getting back into your “skinny jeans” (or whatever clothing item you’re striving to feel good in again) can be different for everyone, I have found that there are a few meals I always go to when trying to shape back up.  Below, I have created a list of potential meal options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and one snack throughout the day.  All you have to do is pick one meal  from the list for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner each day for the next 6 days. On the seventh day those skinny jeans should be fitting better than ever!.  The meals are meant to provide you with fat burning nutrients that will keep you full and satisfied. If you want to kick up your challenge a notch try and add in 3 days of strength training and 2 days of cardio. Your jeans and your confidence will be thanking you on day 7 🙂 Are you ready?! You can do it!!

Breakfasts:

Egg White Veggie Scramble: One cup egg whites, 1/4 cup chopped peppers and 1/2 cup chopped spinach. Sautee the veggies and then pour the egg whites over the mixture. Let the eggs cook completely and enjoy with 2 slices turkey bacon

Oatmeal: Cook one serving of old fashioned oats ( I use Red Mill Gluten Free Oats).  Drizzle with one tbsp. raw natural honey or coconut nectar and then top with 3/4 cup blueberries or strawberries- or a mix of both!

Greek Yogurt Parfait: One cup Plain (or Vanilla) Greek Yogurt with 3/4 cup berries of your choice and 1/4 cup sliced almonds.

Everything Smoothie: In a blender combine 1 cup almond milk, 3/4 cup frozen blueberries, 1 handful chopped spinach or kale, 1 scoop (about 1 1/2 tbsp.) all natural peanut butter or almond butter. If you find yours is too thick add a tiny bit more almond milk until you reach your desired consistency.

Lunches:

Turkey or Tuna Wrap: In the middle of one Whole Wheat or Brown Rice Wrap place either 5 oz. of tuna fish (prepared with a squeeze of lemon juice, 1 tsp. mayonnaise and a sprinkle of dill) or 5 oz. low sodium turkey breast in the middle of your wrap.  Top with lettuce, tomato and 1/4 of an avocado. Enjoy with sliced apples.

Super Salad: Enjoy 5oz. of your favorite protein (chicken breast, tuna, turkey taco meat, hard boiled egg etc.) and unlimited veggies on top of your favorite lettuce, spinach or kale mixture.  Use 1 to 2 tbsp. of light dressing to top. Enjoy with sliced apples.

Turkey or Veggie Burger:  Prepare your 5 oz. turkey burger the night before so you will only have to reheat it (make with ground turkey and spices of your choice- I like cilantro, pepper, and garlic powder, and chili powder)  If you are using a veggie burger, I recommend the Morning Star brand. Wrap the turkey or veggie burger in lettuce wrap and top with mustard, tomato and avocado and any other veggie you like. Enjoy with 1/2 baked sweet potato

Warm Thai Wraps: see recipe at ToneItUp.com

Dinners: (The lunch options can also be used as dinners if you would like)

Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp: Prepare spaghetti squash as the sticker on the squash says or follow these steps: Cut squash in half long ways. Remove seeds.  Place hollowed squash flesh side down in a microwave safe dish with 1/4 cup water in the bottom. Microwave for about 12-14 minutes.  Heat your favorite marinara or arabiata sauce in a sauce pan and sautee the shrimp in a skillet (about 5-6 shrimp per person) until cooked through.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza: Find the recipe here: ToneItUp.com

Salmon with Roasted Brussels and Broccoli:  Lightly coat the salmon (about 6-7 oz. per person) with lemon juice,  1 tsp. garlic powder, and 1 tsp. pepper.  Bake in the oven at 400 for 20-25 minutes depending on how you like your salmon cooked. In the mean time cut brussels sprouts in 1/2 and cut broccoli florets to bite size pieces.  Place brussels and broccoli in a large baking pan.  Coat with 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 a lemon juice, 2 cloves of garlic- chopped, sprinkle with pepper and red pepper flakes.  Bake the brussels and broccoli for 15 minutes at 400.

Chicken Salad: Recipe courtesy of Kalyn’s Kitchen: Here it is!

White Chicken Chili with Salad: Enjoy ONE serving of this delicious south beach phase one friendly chili from Kalyn’s Kitchen.  Serve it with salad so that you get an extra dose of veggies.  I love making a big mixed green salad with tomato, peppers, chopped carrots, and caramelized onions (cook thinly sliced onions in a tiny bit of EVOO until they brown a little).

Snacks: 

– One Banana

-One apple sided with 2 tbsp. all natural PB

– Fruit Smoothie: 3/4 cup berries, 1 cup almond milk, 1 handful spinach

– One cup of baby carrots with 1/3 cup hummus

– 4 pieces of celery with 2 tbsp. all natural PB

3 Ingredient Cookie from Tone It Up

Potential Work Outs:  All of these workouts are from ToneItUp.com.  I absolutely love these ladies. They are my inspiration day in and day out.  When I first started looking into a healthy lifestyle their website was my guide. Check them out!!

Inner and Outer Thigh 

Total Body

Abs

Booty

Cadio

Remember to always listen to your body- feed it for success and lead with your head held high and shoulders back- ready to take on the day!

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One thought on “2015 Skinny Jean Challenge

  1. I may not have skinny jeans anymore but I will use these recipes to get back on track after all that feasting. Thanks for the reminder… This week I’ll try spaghetti squash too!!!

    Love you Liv,

    Dad

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