Some of us can’t wait to attend our high school reunions. And some of us make a weight loss plan immediately upon receiving our invitation! It’s understandable to want to look good for the big day, but making the event the primary focus of a healthy eating plan can be problematic. First, it can obscure the important fact that weight management is part of a healthy lifestyle, not just an aesthetic matter. Second, it renders you susceptible to slipping off your plan once the reunion has come and gone. The following high school reunion menu plan is designed not only to help you lose weight for the event, but to reunite you with the health and vitality you felt when you were in a teenager! Pick and choose from the options below.
Fountain of Youth Smoothie: Have a hard time getting enough vegetables in your diet? Green smoothies are an excellent way to increase your intake of leafy greens. This smoothie combines kale and spinach with kiwi, honeydew, banana, and avocado to give you a low-calorie, high-nutrient, high-fiber breakfast in one glass.
Breakfast Yogurt Parfait: This low-calorie breakfast option includes low-fat Greek yogurt, which is high in protein and vitamin A, the latter of which helps maintain healthy skin. The antioxidants in berries protect skin and other cells.
Avocado Breakfast Pizza: Healthy fats from avocados and olive oil are kind to your skin as well as to your waist. This morning “pizza” made with tortilla, egg, and avocado is a delicious and satisfying morning meal.
Crustless Vegetable Quiche: This very low-calorie egg recipe will give you vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients from a variety of vegetables. It’s high in protein, too.
Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad: Low in calories and high in antioxidants, this salad makes for a healthy lunch.
Clean Eating Chicken Salad: Whole wheat pitas contain selenium, a mineral important to healthy, youthful skin. This low-calorie sandwich is easy to pack for work.
Greek Turkey Wrap: If you like Mediterranean flavors, you’ll love this low-calorie wrap with feta and sundried tomatoes. Selenium-rich turkey and whole wheat wraps will show your skin some love.
Asian Salad with Crispy Chicken: This salad has only 173 calories, but protein-packed chicken will help fill you up and fuel you through the afternoon.
Slow Cooker Spicy Three Bean Turkey Chili: This hearty chili combines turkey with beans, spices and vegetables for a low-calorie, flavorful dinner. Plus, spice is great for your metabolism!
Orange Glazed Salmon with Wilted Kale: The omega-3’s in salmon will help keep your skin radiant and your heart healthy.
Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Roast: This recipe keeps the calories low and packs in a variety of vegetables.
Three Cheese Ziti with Turkey: Comfort food still has a place in your healthy eating plan. Skin-healthy turkey rounds out this low-calorie pasta dish.
Low-fat Cottage Cheese: Rich in vitamin A with only 100 calories per half cup. Add in berries for an antioxidant boost.
Walnuts: While 1.5 ounces of walnuts come with 278 calories, these calories count for something. Walnuts are rich in omega-3’s as well as protein and fiber. Health Magazine calls walnuts one of “America’s Healthiest Superfoods for Women.”
Slow Cooker Fudge: Dark chocolate is good for your skin and your heart due to high antioxidant content. This indulgent low-calorie fudge recipe is also good for your weight!
Clean Eating Almond Butter Fudge: Made with just four ingredients, this low-calorie treat won’t wreck your waistline.
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