02 Sep HOW TO CUT 300 CALORIES A DAY & lose a pound of fat every 12 days!
Simple tips to cut extra calories from your daily routine-I promise these tips are so good you won’t even notice!
I love pasta as much as the next gal, but I have to say that this is one food that I can very easily overdo and then immediately go into a food coma. The average “American” sized pasta dish is actually pasta for 4 people. Yikes!
One cup is an appropriate serving size of pasta. When dining in a restaurant and you need to estimate the serving size of your entrée-use your fist! Your fist is almost a perfect cup and it’s sized for your body. Meaning, the bigger you are the bigger your hand; so if you’re a big (or small person) you dose it down to fit your body type.
300 Cal Cut: Swap out regular pasta for zucchini noodles. Using a spiralizer is a fantastic way to “fake” a pasta meal and add more veggies to your diet at the same time. By swapping out the pasta and swapping in the zuke noodles, I’ve just saved 300 calories and added a nice dose of fiber and nutrients to my meal.
- 2 cups of spiralized Zucchini noodles (it will take at least 2 large zucchini to make this amount)
- Protein source: this is a great opportunity to use your leftovers! In my recipe I used ¼ cup of turkey pepperoni. Other options-rotisserie chicken, garbanzo beans or you could even use pumpkin seeds.
- ¼ cup chopped garlic (but we like a lot of garlic around here ☺)
- Chopped parsley, at least two tablespoons.
- 1 Tbs. of olive oil
In a sauce pan, warm up the olive oil. If using precooked (for ex: leftover rotisserie chicken) meat as your protein source go ahead and add that in and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in the chopped garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes until garlic gets a tiny bit browned. Add in the zuke noodles and cook until warmed through.
Sprinkle with parsley and add salt & pepper to taste. Dinner is served!
STAY HYDRATED! Half the battle in weight loss is making sure you have both food and drinks prepped for your day. After spending 27 years of my life teaching people how to lose weight, one of the areas where I see people blow it is with “surprisingly” sugary drinks. I think most of us know that soda is full of sugar and other potential toxins so what I’m talking about are the surprising sources of sugar in the daily diet. The two most common culprits: canned ice tea and juices. I picked up a can of iced tea last week and discovered that there were 21 packets of sugar in it!
300 Cal Cut: Pack your drinks before you leave the house! Here is my favorite new drink: CORE Hydration. It tastes great and is ultra-purified and balanced with electrolytes and minerals to achieve the body’s perfect pH balance of 7.4
Eat more beans!The trick to eating fewer calories in a day is to eat foods that stick to your ribs — remember that old saying? What does it make you think of? Beans! Beans are a perfect balance of protein and fiber that your body digests slowly giving you sustained fullness and energy throughout the day. I don’t think you need to read a research paper to realize that the more fiber you eat the fuller you will feel. If you feel fuller, longer, you will be less likely to graze on junk-end of story.
When we eat white carbs or sugary fruits (as good as they are for their antioxidant benefits) they pass through our systems quickly leaving us hungry soon after we have eaten. Beans are complex carbohydrates with both soluble and insoluble fiber (which have tons of other benefits form balancing blood sugar to removing bad cholesterol from your system)
300 Cal Cut: Add beans to your breakfast. I use a brand of beans called Better Beans. If your local health food store doesn’t sell them try any canned bean (black beans are my fav) and place the canned beans in a strainer and run water over them for about 20 seconds. This little tip will help to knock the sodium content down.
I add black beans to my scrambled eggs for a high protein breakfast. I also add them to my salads and then use salsa as my dressing-yum!