Jump Start Clean Eating Meal Plan! (Month 1)

Chris Powell Stax System

Chris Powell Stax System (Photo credit: mrcd@sbcglobal.net)

This meal plan is designed to either get you accustomed to a cleaner way of eating but can also help you drop some unwanted weight as well. Since I know starting something new can be scary, I made it so you will still feel full throughout the day, and it will also be lighter on your wallet.

Before you start :

  • Make sure you drink 3-4 liters of water a day, if not more, depending on activity level! Stay hydrated!
  • Make sure your getting a good nights sleep, you cant feel healthy or be healthier when your constantly drained and tired.
  • Stay Positive!

Month 1

  • (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

Wake: Drink 8oz water!

Meal 1: Mixed Egg White Scramble!

1/2 cup egg whites, with whatever veggies you want to add! ( I like peppers, spinach, mushrooms, black olives, and Italian spices! )

Top with 2 tbsp. of Salsa (optional)

Snack: 10 Almonds (natural, unsalted), 1 low-fat string cheese

Meal 2: Grilled Chicken Salad. (can substitute for steak or fish if wanted)

Grill 3oz lean Chicken breast and serve over…

2- 3 cups of mixed greens

1/4 cup black beans

Diced tomatoes (about 1/4 cup)

Shredded carrots (1/4 cup)

Cucumber slices (6 slices)

Chopped bell peppers  (About 1/2 of a whole bell pepper)

* Feel free to substitute or add/take away any veggies, but make sure you add some in their. (Pick 3 of choice)

Top with 2 tbsp. of a oil based dressing like Balsamic Vinaigrette , or 1/2 of an avocado.

Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs, 1 large apple with 1 tbsp. of Almond or Peanut Butter. (Dip apple in butter!! YUM)

Meal 3: Clean Eating Chicken Dinner 

 6oz Lean Chicken Breast (grilled or baked with spices and olive oil)

1 Sweet potato with cinnamon sprinkled on top (cinnamon is optional)

2 cups of steamed broccoli

Snack:  Pick one!

  • Protein Shake made with 12oz Almond Milk
  • 1/2 low-fat Cottage Cheese with peach slices
  • 5 sticks of celery or bell peppers dipped in hummus
  • 1 oz Plain tuna in water (drained) with 10 unsalted almonds.

Before bed: Drink 8oz water!!

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  • ( Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

Wake: Drink 8oz water!

Meal 1:  Oatmeal Mix

1/2 cup oats (made with water) Mix in 1 tbsp. flax meal

Top with 1 tbsp. honey or agave nectar (if needed) and 1/2 cup berries.

1 hard boiled egg.

Snack:  Make a smoothie (any in my recipe index are ok) w/ 1 scoop protein powder -OR- Protein shake with 12oz Almond Milk.

Meal 2: Chicken Lunch

4oz Grilled Chicken

2 cups of steamed veggie of choice (get creative and try things you haven’t tried before)

1 cup Brown Rice or Quinoa

Snack: 1 Greek yogurt cup with 1/4 cup low-sugar granola on top.

10 strawberries

Meal 3: Fish Dinner!

5oz Fish of choice (Tilapia, Salmon, Flounder, Trout)

Steamed Green Beans

1 Sweet potato with cinnamon (cinnamon optional)

Snack: Pick One!

  • Protein Shake made with 12oz Almond Milk
  • 1/2 low-fat Cottage Cheese with peach slices
  • 5 sticks of celery or bell peppers dipped in hummus
  • 1 oz Plain tuna in water (drained) with 10 unsalted almonds.
  • Handful of nuts and seeds (unsalted)
  • 1 All natural, low sugar fruit strip

Before bed: Drink 8oz water!!

** Helps if you make meals in advance to help you stay of track. =) ***

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My Nifty Salad Holder!!

Isn’t this like the coolest little thing?! It collapses too! ahaha! The top green piece get put in the freezer and it will be like a mini cooler and then it even comes with a little dressing holder too. LOVE this thing!

A few other things I’ve done with it.

  • Put carrots or baby tomatoes and hummus in the top.
  • Put chicken strips on the top, salad on the bottom the leafs stay fresh
  • Put Meats, cheese and crackers on the top.
  • Put meat and potatoes in the bottom and steamed veggies on top ( leftovers from night before).

PhotoGrid_1372610713020P.S. I got it at Wal-Mart …

Red Lobster Healthy Options

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LOVE SEAFOOD!!! ok. So what’s the good? what’s the bad?Lets figure it out my friends!!! 🙂

So since America is kind of catching on that we eat kinda crappy.. (sorry but its true).. they have this new Lighthouse Menu that is supposedly healthier options to choose from.

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Oh the delicious signature biscuit they have…….. Yea…. you already know what I’m going to say. One biscuit has 150 calories, 8g fat, and 16 carbs… Nope! resist the urge! (if you  have one, make sure your dinner is healthy- that’s usually what I do, since sometimes I like to enjoy life a little…Then, take the basket away of make sure they aren’t close to you on the table otherwise they will stare at you in the face!)

So any of the grilled or broiled fish are wise choices (including the grills shrimp skewers). Add a nice steamed veggie like the asparagus or broccoli and Voilà!   Types of fish they have is salmon, flounder, rainbow trout, catfish and tilapia.

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The wild rise pilaf is alright, but a plain ol’ backed potato will do just as good too.

Stay clear away from anything fried .. OMG . That goes for all food lol…. common, if you want to loose weight and be healthy, do you honesty think fried food is on that agenda? No!

And as much as I LOVE scampi, its a no-go too since its basically just chilling there in butter with garlic.

Now you’d think that salads wouldn’t be a bad choice right? Wrong! Ha! Seafood Caesar Salad – the thing is DRENCHED in enough creamy dressing to drown a horse. So don’t even bother.

Now the Garden Salad they serve you at the beginning of the meal (before they put the dressing on it… ) is a good choice! So ask for an oil based dressing such as Balsamic Vinaigrette on the side. Dip your fork in the dressing so you don’t have much on your fork and then stab the salad so its not drenched. Works pretty good!

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So in a nutshell… Stick to fresh veggies, avoid the butter laden foods and have a nice piece of grilled fish! , oh yeah and remember to get your dressing on the side 😉

My Everyday Grocery List!

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So I get a lot of questions on what to buy at the store. How do I know how to pick out produce, and such. So without further ado.. Here is my “everyday grocery shopping list”.

  • Most of the things like condiments I already have stocked up so you’ll only have to buy things like that every so often.
  • Also when buying produce keep in mind that this stuff goes bad fast, so only buy what you think your going to eat within that week. (Learned that lesion the hard way!)

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VEGGIES – feel free to add other favorites!

  • Spinach
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Any other “salad” Mixes you’d like
  • Baby carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes (baby ones, and big ones)
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Bell Peppers (Red, Yellow, Green, and Orange)
  • Radishes
  • Green Beans
  • Chives and Onions
  • Corn
  • Asparagus

Fruits -Feel free to add other favorites!

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Oranges
  • Lemons (for cooking with and water)

Lean Meats and Protien  ***grass-fed and hormone-free is ideal**

  • Shrimp
  • Tuna (in water)
  • Skin-less Chicken Breasts
  • Ground Turkey
  • Low- Sodium Lunchmeat
  • Turkey Bacon
  • Salmon (wild caught)
  • Lean Beef
  • Eggs and Egg Whites
  • Other fish is good too.
  • *** Any kind of Game meat is awesome for you as well because its in its natural environment and its “grass-fed”. (Antelope, Deer, Bison, Elk, Pheasant etc. )

Carbs

  • Brown Rice
  • Baby red Potatoes
  • Quinoa ( this also comes in a noodle form-by far the best gluten-free choices)
  • Whole-wheat Bread (or Gluten-free)
  • Yams
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • OLD-Fashion Oats
  • Low-Sugar and Low-Carb Cereals

Dairy

  • Skim or Low-Fat Milk
  • Almond or Coconut Milk (Dairy Free)
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Low-Fat Cheese (string cheese options are available in this too)
  • Low-Fat Cottage Cheese

Healthy Fats!

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado
  • Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews and Pistachios

Condiments

  • Stevia (liquid and sugar form )
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Salsa
  • Balsamic Vinegar (almost any “clear” type of dressing is better than the creamy kind)
  • Mustard
  • Agave Nectar
  • Flax-Seed Meal (to put in oatmeal and any baking goods)

Drinks

  • Water (obviously) -try to get a BPA free glass container then your saving the environment too!
  • Coffee
  • Green tea (not pre-made, but the tea bags)

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes (WW)

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You’ll Need: 1 1/2 Pounds of Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks (I left some of the skins on..better fiber that way)

4 garlic cloves , peeled (I used like 6 haha, I’m a garlic fan)

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (I used Earth Balance)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

1/3 cup low-fat (1%) Milk . (I used Almont milk)

Put potatoes and garlic into large sauce pan, add enough water to cover potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer and cover. Let cook until potatoes are tender (about 15 min)

Meanwhile, combine milk, butter, salt and pepper into pot and set over medium heat. Bring to a boil. remove sauce pan from heat and set aside.

Drain potatoes and garlic , return them to the pot and mash until smooth. with spoon, slowly stir in milk mixture until creamy. And serve!

SERVES 5 : WW points: 3  per serving: 2/3 cup

(Note: I took this out of a Weight watchers cookbook, I did not make this recipe up on my own…. besides recipes are meant to be shared 🙂 )

Grilled Pork Chops with asparagus and baby potatoes

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(Serves 4)

You’ll need:

4 Pork Chops

Seasoning or marinade of choice (I used a little natural BBQ sauce, garlic powder, oregano, rosemary and cilantro)

1 container of sliced mushrooms

1 group of fresh asparagus

2 lbs.  of baby potatoes  (like Yukon or red potatoes)

2 tablespoons of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Preheat oven to 450. And light your grill!

Marinate or spice the meat according to directions of as preferred. and place on grill.  (Grill till centers aren’t pink anymore)

Wash, trim the ends and place the asparagus into a steamer bowl above a pot of boiling water and cover. (steam till tender)

Sauté mushrooms in small skillet till tender. (I like to  use olive oil or a dairy and soy free butter called Earth Balance. You can find it at any grocery store pretty much)

(Put potatoes into large bowl, and mix with EEVO, a dash of salt and pepper, oregano, and a little garlic if you like into the mix, and toss potatoes around till they are covered with mixture. Transfer potatoes to large baking sheet and spread out evenly. Roast potatoes will they are nice and golden and soft in the center.

Once all is cooked .. serve!. And top your Pork chop with the mushrooms! YUMMMMMM