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The Healthy Living April Challenge: Week One

OKAY. You with me, folks? Let’s kick off this April Challenge. First up – take a walk today. Get some Vitamin D. Then call your parents and tell them you love them. For more daily tips in between weekly posts, follow QLC on Twitter – I’ll be posting multiple times a day, all month, with the hashtag #AprilChallenge!

Below, you’ll find a meal plan, inspired by the way cool Little Runner Girl, that will keep you full and on the ‘diet,’ (hate that word). If there’s one thing I’ve learned about trying to keep to a strict, healthier eating plan, is that the meals still have to be interesting, or else you’re setting yourself up for failure.

Since I’m just a single gal on a budget, cooking for one, I’ll be repeating meals. If you’re cooking for a family, or *need* to mix it up, you may want to check out some additional recipes to sub in for repeats. If you want to save even more money; pick two recipes you like and eat ’em for varying meals all week. The grocery list at the bottom of this week’s meal plan is if you make every one of the meals suggested.

If you’re still unclear on what ‘clean’ eating is, I highly recommend this great article from Health.com by dietician/nutrition scientist Cynthia Sass.

Now, here is your food plan for the week! Remember – these are definitely healthy meals, but only if eaten in moderation.

Day one:

  • Meal one: Green smoothie. Get used to this, cause it’s gonna be your breakfast a lot. Perhaps think about investing the NutriBullet or something similar, although a good old-fashioned high-powered blender will do the trick.
  • Meal two: 1 hard-boiled egg, a banana. Go ahead and make a batch of hard-boiled eggs for the week – they’re a great, easy source of protein.
  • Meal three: Protein-Packed ‘Detox Salad
  • Meal four: Handful of (unsalted) almonds
  • Meal five: Slow-cooker turkey chili. This can be frozen to thaw out and eat later. I’m a huge fan of freeze-able cooking. Note: I will be making this without cheese, and using water instead of broth.
  • Meal six: Herbal (NO CAFFEINE!) or detox tea. I like this Peach Detox tea, available at Whole Foods.

Day 2:

  • Meal one: Green tea (add a little raw honey if you need sugar), Green smoothie.
  • Meal two: Handful of (unsalted) almonds
  • Meal three: Lentil and Vegetable Salad (I’m using a basic oil & vinegar vinaigrette) 
  • Meal four: 1 hard-boiled egg, carrot sticks.
  • Meal five: Radish & Edamame salad, grilled chicken breast
  • Meal six: Herbal or Detox tea.

Day 3:

  • Meal one: Green tea (add a little raw honey if you need sugar), Green smoothie.
  • Meal two: 1 handful berries, 1 handful unsalted almonds.
  • Meal three: Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad (If you want to add protein, sub lean chicken for the bacon. I will also be skipping the cheese.)
  • Meal four: 1 sliced tomato, carrot sticks.
  • Meal five: Lemon Roasted Chicken & Cauliflower
  • Meal six: Herbal or Detox tea.

Day 4:

Day 5:

Every day you should also be drinking as much water as possible! That means a glass with every meal if you can. If you’re like me, and hate the taste of water (…I know), add a tiny splash of lemon.

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By Liza Nedelman

2 thoughts on “The Healthy Living April Challenge: Week One

  1. Pingback: The Healthy Living April Challenge: Week Two | Q L C

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