The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge: Day 27

Hey folks! We are on day 27 of  The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge and I’m feeling great! I’m eager to see the results next week but I’m definitely noticing them and that’s even better! Aside from feeling thiner and more energetic, somehow I think that exercise and a balanced meal plan have also improved my skin’s complexion. I’ve always suffered from oily skin and acne, and even though it’s not all gone, it has definitely cleared a lot.

So how are you feeling so far? I’d love to hear your comments about your experience with this meal plan! I bet you are doing an amazing job and the results are outstanding. 😉

If you want to know a bit more about this challenge and the meal plan we are following to loose some extra pounds in a healthy and balanced way, check out The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge and The Balanced Meal plan, or subscribe to Be.Daze.Live’s mailing list (colored bar atop of your screen) to keep yourself in the loop.

Forget about extremely restrictive and boring diets! This is the way to go for a healthier lifestyle!

Ok! So what are we having today?


Day Meal Plan


Today will consist of 3 meals and 2 snacks. The recipes below are intended for a woman following The Balanced Meal Plan.

*Remember, if you are a man, increase the fruit intake by 1 unit, the veggie intake by 1 unit, the cereal intake by 1 unit and the meat intake by 2 oz. For more information on the unit allowance per day, check out The Balanced Meal Plan.


Breakfast: Refreshing Breakfast Oatmeal

Refreshing Breakfast Oatmeal

Servings: 1


  • 1/2 sliced Peach
  • 1/3 cup Raspberries
  • 1/3 cup Blueberries
  • 1/4 cup steel cut Oats (or regular oats)
  • 3/4 cup Skim Milk
  • A dash of Cinnamon
  • A dash of ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Splenda packets (or sugar substitute of your choice)
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon


  • In a bowl, mix milk, ground ginger, cinnamon and 1 Splenda packet.
  • Stir in steel cut oats and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  • Give it a quick stir and microwave in intervals of 30 seconds for 1 to 1:30 more minutes (stirring once each interval) or until softened and thick.
  • Top with fresh fruit, squeeze lemon and sprinkle with 1 Splenda packet. Enjoy!

Nutritional Breakdown:

Units Consumed: 1 fruit unit, 1/2 dairy units

Calories: 297 kcal

Fat 3 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 4 g, Sodium 99 g, Potassium 259 g, Carbohydrates 53 g (Dietary Fiber 9 g, Sugars 22 g), Protein 13 g, Vitamin A 12 %, Vitamin C 40 %, Calcium 24 %, Iron 13 %


Snack 1: Strawberries with Chocolate Yogurt

Strawberries with Chocolate Yogurt

Servings: 1


  • 1 1/2 cup Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Yogurt
  • 1 tsp 100% unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 2 Splenda packets (or sugar substitute of your choice)


  • In a small container mix yogurt, Splenda, cocoa and a pinch of salt.
  • Slice strawberries.
  • In a bowl add chocolate yogurt mix and top with strawberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Breakdown:

Units Consumed: 1 fruit unit, 1/2 dairy units, 1/3 of limited condiments

Calories: 138 kcal

Fat 0 g (Saturated Fat 0 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 3 g, Sodium 112 g, Potassium 300 g, Carbohydrates 32 g (Dietary Fiber 5 g, Sugars 22 g), Protein 8 g, Vitamin A 5 %, Vitamin C 3 %, Calcium 26 %, Iron 9 %


Lunch: Easy Shrimp Salad

Easy Shrimp Salad

Servings: 1


  • 4 oz cooked Shrimp (frozen works fine)
  • 3/4 cup diced Cucumber (deseeded)
  • 1 medium Tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat Mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutritional Breakdown:

Units Consumed: 1 meat unit, 1 fat unit

Calories: 197 kcal

Fat 6 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 147 g, Sodium 764 g, Potassium 212 g, Carbohydrates 12 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 8 g), Protein 26 g, Vitamin A 49 %, Vitamin C 64 %, Calcium 7 %, Iron 25 %


Snack 2: Brussels Sprouts Chips


Brussels Sprouts Chips

Servings: 1

Get the recipe here

Nutritional Breakdown:

Units Consumed: 2 veggie units, 1 fat unit

Calories: 182 kcal

Fat 15 g (Saturated Fat 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 10 g), Cholesterol 0 g, Sodium 35 g, Potassium 533 g, Carbohydrates 12 g (Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sugars 3 g), Protein 4 g, Vitamin A 26 %, Vitamin C 174 %, Calcium 6 %, Iron 11 %


Dinner: Lightened Up Croque Madame

Lightened Up Croque Madame

Servings: 1


  • 1 medium Egg
  • 2 whole wheat bread slices (1 oz. each)
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 oz. sliced turkey breast
  • 1/2 oz shredded Gruyère


  • Spread half of the butter over one side of each bread slice.
  • Spread mustard on the other side of each bread slice.
  • Layer a slice of bread (mustard side up), turkey breast, shredded cheese and top with the remaining bread slice (mustard side down).
  • Place sandwich on an oven safe dish and broil for a minute or two or until bubbly and golden brown (careful not to burn).
  • Heat remaining butter on a skillet over medium heat, coat skillet evenly with butter. Crack the egg (avoid breaking the yolk) and cook for about 2 minutes or until desired doneness.
  • Top sandwich with egg and enjoy!

Nutritional Breakdown:

Units Consumed: 2 cereal units, 2 deli units, 1 fat unit

Calories: 338 kcal

Fat 23 g (Saturated Fat 11 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2 g), Cholesterol 208 g, Sodium 540 g, Potassium 65 g, Carbohydrates 19 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars2 g), Protein 15 g, Vitamin A 12 %, Vitamin C 161 %, Calcium 17 %, Iron 10 %


Exercise Plan

Today is day 7 of the  Zumba Total Body Transformation suggested 10 day schedule, and it’s Cardio Party! I totally love dancing and this workout is so fun!

If you want to know a bit more about this program, check out the Zumba Total Body Transformation: Trial and Review. In this post you’ll see the workouts included and their descriptions, the approximate calorie burn per routine and the results obtained after the 10 day trial (complementing with The Balanced Meal Plan).

All right then! Lets keep the healthy habits and see you tomorrow!

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