Hi there! Today is day 14 of The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge and I’m feeling energized because today I start packing 😉 I know that some of you must be thinking energized? for packing?, Yes! I love organizing (and packing is more or less the same, I think), so I’m going to give it a 110%. Besides, I’m not much of a hoarder… mmm… let’s see about that ha.
So I’ll be having breakfast and lunch at home (which is good). Later this afternoon, we are meeting some friends that are coming to town and have a nice dinner with them to celebrate their arrival.
So how are you doing? How have you been feeling with the program? Tell me all about it! I’d love to hear your experience (good times and bad), remember that this is a team effort!
The following days since my schedule is going to be crazy, I’ll start including some takeout, restaurant, or coffee shop meals that I consider could fit in The Balanced Meal plan so that you can also find inspiration in “out of your kitchen” situations and see that there is no excuse for not keeping ourselves on the line 😉
If you wan’t to know what this challenge consists of and the meal plan we are following to slim-down in a healthy and balanced way, check out The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge and The Balanced Meal Plan to get you started. We’ve been doing it for 14 days with great results so far. And tomorrow is the moment of truth for this second week, so keep yourself in the loop!
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So what’s in today’s meal plan?
Day Meal Plan
Breakfast: Quick Tea Infused Peach Oatmeal
- 1 1/2 medium Peaches
- 3/4 cup Skim Milk
- 1/3 cup steel cut Oats (or regular oats)
- 1 Chai Tea Bag
- 2 Splenda packets (or sugar substitute of your choice)
- Steep the chai tea bag in boiling milk for about 3 minutes.
- Place infused milk, Splenda and oats in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Give it a stir and microwave in intervals of 30 seconds for 1 to 1:30 minutes (stirring once each interval) or until softened and thick.
- Top with sliced Peaches and enjoy!
Units Consumed: 1 fruit unit, 1/2 dairy units, 1 cereal unit
Fat 3 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 4 g, Sodium 98 g, Potassium 450 g, Carbohydrates 52 g (Dietary Fiber 9 g, Sugars 28 g), Protein 13 g, Vitamin A 18 %, Vitamin C 20 %, Calcium 24 %, Iron 13 %
Snack 1: Banana
- 1/2 medium Banana
Units Consumed: 1 fruit unit
Calories: 52 kcal
Fat 0 g (Saturated Fat 0 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 0 g, Sodium 0 g, Potassium 225 g, Carbohydrates 14 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 7 g), Protein 1 g, Vitamin A 0 %, Vitamin C 0 %, Calcium 0 %, Iron 0 %
Lunch: Sautéd Brussels Sprouts with Cheese
Since I know we are having dinner out, I’d rather have a wholesome dinner than a wholesome lunch this time. In order to “save” cereal and fat units for dinner, I’m going to make use of the veggie and dairy units I have left and this is what I came up with. The combination actually tastes very good! Yum!
- 8 heads of Brussels Sprouts
- 2 oz. shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
- 2 tsp Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp water
- Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder to taste
- Clean and thinly slice brussels sprouts (about 1/8-inch slices) with a sharp knife or a mandoline.
- In a bowl add brussels sprouts, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Mix well and place on a previously hot skillet over medium heat. Sautée until brussels sprouts are caramelized (about 5 to 8 minutes).
- Add water and cook until evaporated.
- Sprinkle cheese and give it a final stir until melted. Serve and enjoy!
Units Consumed: 2 veggie units, 2 deli units, 2/3 fat units
Calories: 340 kcal
Fat 25 g (Saturated Fat 11 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 7 g), Cholesterol 60 g, Sodium 360 g, Potassium 463 g, Carbohydrates 11 g (Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sugars 3 g), Protein 18 g, Vitamin A 17 %, Vitamin C 120 %, Calcium 43 %, Iron 6 %
Snack 2: McCafé Latte
Since I was out of home and it was time for a snack, I thought it was a great idea to have a coffee at the Mc place, which was the nearest one at the time. So I ordered the smallest latte they had (remember I saved 1/2 dairy units? great!), sweetened it with Splenda and with no syrup added. Yum! 😉 I still carry some nuts in my bag, just in case, but I’ll try to save those fat units for dinner.
- 6 oz. non-fat milk
- 2 oz. shot Espresso
- 1 Splenda packet
Units Consumed: 1/2 dairy units
Calories: 100 kcal
Fat 0 g (Saturated Fat 0 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 5 g, Sodium 98 g, Potassium 0 g, Carbohydrates 11 g (Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars 11 g), Protein 7 g, Vitamin A 8 %, Vitamin C 3 %, Calcium 23 %, Iron 0 %
And because I saved a bit of fat units, cereal units and the meat unit, I had to had a wholesome dinner, right? So this is what I chose from the menu: UP Hamburger (without cheese and lemon vinaigrette salad instead of french fries)
These are the ingredients I believe the dish had and the approximate nutritional breakdown:
- 1/2 cups of sliced Cucumber
- 1 cup Arugula
- 1 cup Spinach
- 1/2 cups Cherry Tomatoes
- 1/4 cu sliced onion
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
- Juice of 1/2 Lemon
- 4 oz Ground Beef
- 1 Hamburger Bun
- 1 tbsp Tomato Sauce
Units Consumed: 2 cereal units, 1 fat unit, 1 meat unit, 1/2 veggie units
Calories: 571 kcal
Fat 35 g (Saturated Fat 10 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 19 g), Cholesterol 101 g, Sodium 336 g, Potassium 686 g, Carbohydrates 27 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 4 g), Protein 37 g, Vitamin A 86 %, Vitamin C 96 %, Calcium 17 %, Iron 35 %
Today I thought should have a “rest” day. Besides, the whole packing thing is tiresome and I felt good that I wasn’t going to be idle all day, right? And it’s Sunday! Haha for me Sundays are usually my chill out part of the week, so yes, it was fair 😉
Check out my review on the 30 Minute Dance Party workout if you want to give it a try and tomorrow I’ll try out some other exercise that looks interesting, all right?
Ok! So see you tomorrow and have an amazing Sunday!