We rounded up some of the best fitness and nutrition experts we know. Last week we spotlighted Pro Bikini Model, Lisa Marie Vazquez. This week, Cynthia Spenla, a fabulous Fitness & Lifestyle Coach is sharing her tips and recipes with us. Next week, we will have our friend Bianca Meehan, a Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist.
We asked them, “What are your ‘Go-To’ Meals for Breakfast, for Lunch and for Dinner?"
So here it is, Part II of the “Real Life” series, and we’re bringing you 9 more tasty yet healthful meal ideas. Each fitness expert is sharing three recipes for each meal of the day; 3 for Breakfast, 3 for Lunch and 3 for Dinner. These meal ideas are their “Go-To” meals that can help you with your weight loss efforts (and also help you maintain your weight once you’ve reached your goal!).
I know it’s hard to figure out what to eat and when to eat it. When you search the internet for a good diet plan, you fall prey to information overload. Also, you most likely have no idea what will work and what won’t work. After searching the web for a weight loss diet and workout program, you probably just give up!
To help you out, we’re giving you some "Real Life" examples of the types of meals that work for our fitness experts. Everyone’s DNA is different, so remember that what works for someone else may not work for you. So you may have to tweak it to your liking and for your DNA…but, when it’s all said and done, if you’re looking to drop the LB’s, incorporating some of these meal ideas will really help you get there! Read on for the Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Fat Burning Meals that our health & fitness fanatics include in their daily diet!
Fitness & Lifestyle Coach, Cynthia Spenla:
Cynthia Spenla has a passion for empowering women to be confident, beautiful, and fully alive through yoga and strength training. Spenla has education and experience in psychology, eating disorders, personal training, and teaching yoga. Cynthia provides an approach to fitness that extends beyond the physical and into the mental and emotional aspects of training for women. In addition to guiding women on a path of beauty through physical strength, Cynthia’s priority is to help women develop a healthy mindset, a healthy relationship with food, and a healthy self-love! Her take on nutrition is similar to the paleo diet, so all of you paleo enthusiasts out there will love her recipes!
Cynthia’s #1 Vital Tip:
"I choose what I eat based on what makes me feel good in my body. I avoid foods that tend to cause inflammation, digestive, and cognitive problems such as gluten, dairy, corn, & soy."
Cynthia’s Reality Check:
"Since these foods (gluten, dairy, corn & soy) make up the majority of the American diet, I have to get creative in the kitchen. I make staple meals using alternative ingredients. They are always yummy and delicious. I like to play around with my Vitamix and explore Pinterest for different ways to make my favorite meals."
Cynthia’s Top Three Go-To Breakfast Recipes:
Breakfast Recipe #1: Green Smoothie
- protein powder of choice: (Pure Paleo Protein Vanilla)
- 1 cup kale or spinach
- ½ cucumber,
- 1-2 tbs coconut oil
- ½ apple or ½ cup pineapple
- ¼ avocado
- coconut water or unsweetened almond milk
Breakfast Recipe #2: Buckwheat and Sausage
- ¼ cup dry cream of buckwheat (1 cup cooked)
- 1 Serving Nitrate Free chicken or turkey sausage
- Season with salt and pepper and Kerrygold butter
Breakfast Recipe #3: Quinoa Oatmeal
- 1 cup cooked quinoa,
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- fresh berries
- raw nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
- ½ serving meat of choice
Cynthia’s Top Three Go-To Lunch Recipes:
Lunch Recipe #1: Quinoa Salad
- 4 oz. Chicken/ salmon/ Ahi tuna
- Chopped Kale
- Walnuts or pepitas,
- Oil based dressing (mix Dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper)
Lunch Recipe #2: Bunless Burger
- 4 oz Ground Turkey, Beef, or Buffalo
- Homemade sweet potato fries (See Pinterest for Recipe)
- Serving of Steamed Green Vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts)
Lunch Recipe #3: Collard Wrap
- Collard leaf
- Cucumber slices
- ½ Avocado
Cynthia’s Top Three Go-To Dinner Recipes:
Dinner Recipe #1: Beet Avocado Citrus Salad
- Steamed golden beets
- Mix and Serve with protein of choice
Dinner Recipe #2: Alternative Pasta
- Spaghetti squash or Zucchini Noodles
- Ground Turkey, Buffalo, Beef
- organic tomato sauce
- veggies of choice
Dinner Recipe #3: Cauliflower Mash
- Steam a head of cauliflower
- Mix in food processor with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper
- Serve with any protein of choice
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