We are quickly approaching the “less clothing” season and I know many of you have set fat loss goals culminating in a bikini (or speedo??
) on the beach sometime very soon. So I thought this might be an appropriate time to offer a few ways to spice up your fat loss program, to help you stay focused and put some spunk back into your meal plans.
Here’s 3 of my favorite ways to add some fun back into your food
1. Try some new combinations
Salmon and cilantro should be best friends. They are so good to each other.
Add some spunk tip:
Rub bottom side of a salmon filet with olive oil and top with salt and pepper. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-9 minutes.
Throw together a bunch of colorful greens, cilantro
, red, yellow, and orange peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery into a salad and top with a little salt and pepper and 1-2 tbsp of homemade dressing
Top with 4 oz salmon. Enjoy! Its also fun to change up your salads in other ways like adding a chopped omlette on top, ground turkey, smoked chicken, or using fun veggies like endive, beets, apples, dried fruit, and grilled veggies too.
2. Change up the menu with what’s in season
Speaking of salads, it’s springtime, so we have all kinds of new fruits and veggies coming into season. Why not put together a fruit salad, for example, with all kinds of different colored fruits, ready to go when you need a quick snack. I like to do this, and use it as a topping for a yogurt
Add some spunk tip:
Here’s a great recipe for a quinoa yogurt fruit salad
. This would be a great alternative dish to bring to a spring/summer barbecue instead of one of those multi-layered calorie loaded fruit, cake, and whip cream parfaits.
Even better if you can get the produce from your local farmers market. It really is true, the fresher the produce, the better the flavor.
3. Spice up your water with… fruit!
You would be amazed at the flavor a few slices of fruit can add to water. Try adding:
- Sliced strawberries
- Cucumber (not a fruit, but still great)
Your hydration quota
will become a treat instead of something you dread!
Bonus Fat Loss Tip
Don’t skimp on your pre and post workout nutrition
I used to think that pre and post workout nutrition was for bodybuilders only, but I really noticed a difference in fat loss and my overall hunger throughout the day when I made sure to get in a meal with protein
, and fat
2-3 hours pre-workout and followed up my workout with a meal consisting of mostly protein and carbs. I’ve learned to never underestimate the importance of nutrient timing.
And… if you are looking to put some F-U-N back into your fitness, check out these articles: