Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Slow-Carb Sample Menu!

For anyone ready to jump into the Slow-Carb Diet here is a one week sample menu to get you started with at least brainstorming and creating your shopping list!  Of course, it be tweaked to your own taste and preferences!

Some tips:

  1. On the slow carb diet you are supposed to refrain from fruit...I always make an exception for Shakeology mix-in's.  I like to have my Shakeology in the morning and almost always a banana is mixed in!
  2. I use salad dressing.  It's true.  I figured if I wanted to create a realistic meal plan I could stick with I needed dressing.  A big difference for me is that I now MEASURE my use.  I use 1 to 1.5 tablespoons and squirt some lemon juice in there and stir all around.  I don't just pour on the dressing!
  3. I try to keep my weekly dinner menu pretty balanced and it usually end up being: 2 chicken meals, 1 meal turkey (ground turkey, turkey sausage, or turkey bacon), 1 meal white fish, 1 meal vegetarian and 2 beef. 
  4. Snack suggestions:  We all know to eat 5 small meals per day!  Well, my menu calls for 3 major meals, because that is just the pattern of my life.  But I do try to keep portions smaller and eat throughout the day!  Some suggestions for Snacks: handful of almonds, raw carrots (occasionally with hummus), bell pepper slices, occasionally an apple (don't tell!), celery with a little but of almond butter

Breakfast- Chocolate Shakeology (blended with banana, almond milk and ice)
Lunch- Greek Salad  (Romaine with bell peppers, a few kalamata olives, banana peppers and grilled Chicken-- sans feta!)
Dinner- Baked Spinach & Tilapia Packets

Grocery List:
Bell Peppers
Romaine Lettuce
Banana Peppers
Kalamata olives
Chicken Breast
Almond Milk
Red onion
Grape tomatoes
Lemon (or lemon juice) and a little salad dressing

Breakfast- Greenberry Shakeology (blended with banana, ice, strawberries and almond milk)
Lunch- Cucumber & Tomato Salad
Dinner- Naked Chicken (or grass fed steak) Fajitas served with salsa and black beans

Grocery List:
Almond Milk
Lemon (or lemon juice)
Bell Peppers
Black Beans, rinsed & drained
Yellow onion
Fajita mix
Fresh Salsa

Breakfast- Chocolate Shakeology (blended with almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ice and almond milk)
Lunch-  Sliced avacado with some salt & pepper sprinkled over
Dinner- Taco Salad

Grocery List:
Almond Butter
Vanilla Extract
Almond milk
Haas Avocado
Lean fed ground beef
Taco mix
Romaine Lettuce
Diced onion, bell pepper
Fresh Salsa

Breakfast: Greenberry Shakeology (blended with lemonade, ice and basil)
Lunch- Tomato slices with a little olive oil, Salt and pepper. Carrots with hummus and some almonds!
Dinner- Breakfast Bake for dinner!

Grocery List:
Misc. Garden Veggies (carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, celery, etc etc-  whatever is around!)
almond milk
10 eggs
breakfast turkey sausage

Breakfast- Chocolate Shakeology (blended with banana, almond milk & ice)
Lunch: Garden Salad (any toppings!  tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, hard boiled eggs, etc)
Dinner:  Grilled chicken Breast with asparagus and sweet potato

Grocery List:
Almond Milk
Romaine lettuce mixed with spinach (and any garden veggies you would like!)
Chicken Breast
Sweet Potato

SATURDAY!  The long-awaited cheat day!

CHEAT MEAL YOUR HEART OUT!   This for me would be Shakeology for breakfast, maybe BBQ for lunch, Ice cream for a snack, a cheese-stuffed pasta for dinner with garlic bread and brownies for dessert!  YUM!

Breakfast- Greenberry Shakeology (blended with banana, ice, strawberries and almond milk)
Lunch & Dinner- I firmly believe in not meal planning one day a week.  This is the day you use all of your leftover veggies before they go bad!  For me, this is usually a major egg bake or massive salad galore!  Take the time to clean out your fridge, replenish and plan for the next week and food prep!  (Get veggies cut, etc)!

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