A lot of women assume that when you're in weight/fat loss mode that you'll have to cut out all carbs, eat bland and boring food, and restrict your fave foods👎🏼. And while you certainly COULD do all those things to see quick results, you'll likely also be really grumpy and quit as soon as a small roadblock comes your way (because roadblocks will come!). But I'm here to tell you that you ABSOLUTELY CAN DO THIS, all while LOVING the foods you're eating, feeling satisfied, enjoying some treats along the way, and you'll be able to keep your results long term if you take a more balanced approach.
My clients have been doing just this - seeing results, albeit maybe a bit slower than the all-or-nothing approach, but they've been LOVING the process and feel like it's doable. And this helps you win long-term.
One of the ways we approach weight/fat loss is through nutrient-dense meals - which means, foods that fill you up physically and come with all the important vitamins, minerals and healthy macros (yes, even carbs!), but without the high & empty calories. Because yes, caloric restriction matters, but not to a point where your body is starving.
That's why we also talk A LOT about hunger and fullness, and I teach you how to start listening to these cues so that you start eating more intuitively. Because at the end of the day, when we finish our coaching together, I want you to be armed with a set of tools that you can use anywhere, anytime, meal plan or not 🙌🏼
This is just one of the many things we also cover inside The FitMama Method, my signature group 12-week program. I not only teach you all these concepts, but I also give you 12 week's worth of recipes, meal plans, and shopping lists to make your life easier when it comes to what & how to eat. I seriously can't wait for our next round to start in September, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, I'm hooking you up with one of my new fave recipes! This healthy bowl can be made quickly and you can pair it with any of your fave proteins - think pan-fried tofu (used here), grilled chicken, lean meats, or yummy salmon. YUM!
Give this recipe a try, let me know what you think in the comments below, AND make sure you're on my mailing list because next week I'll be giving my insiders a very special promo *HINT HINT!
Now go get your GLOW ON! ✨
Summer Glow Bowl with Sweet Sesame Vinaigrette
Prep time: 20min | Cook time: 10min | Total time: 30min
Makes: 4-6 servings
2 romaine hearts, washed and chopped
2 carrots, peeled & julienned
1/2 cucumber, washed & sliced/quartered
1 cup cherry tomatoes, washed & halved
1 bell pepper, washed & chopped
1 avocado, pit removed & chopped
400g package extra firm tofu*
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons garlic hummus
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
Sweet Sesame Vinaigrette
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or Tamari
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Press the tofu to remove excess water: remove tofu from its package, cut in half length-wise, and place on a cutting board. Fold 4-6 paper towels and place on top, alternatively you could use a tea towel. Place another cutting board on top and then stack some heavy books on top to press the tofu for 10+minutes while you prep the veggies.
While tofu presses, prepare all the veggies: wash, peel, chop, hoorah!
Once the tofu has been pressed, remove the paper towel and cut into bit-sized pieces.
Heat olive oil over medium/medium-low heat in a large frying pan, then add the tofu, and season with salt and pepper. Let them fry up to get crispy, turning every so often so they don't burn.
Make the sesame vinaigrette in a small bowl or mason jar by adding all the ingredients and shaking/mixing to combine. Set aside to drizzle a few tablespoons over your own bowl.
While tofu pan-fries, arrange the veggies nicely over the lettuce. Add the fried tofu once it's complete. Finish the glow bowl by placing the hummus in a dollop in the middle, and sprinkle generously with the seeds.
Serve it up: place 2 large fistfuls salad in a bowl, along with 2 tablespoons of the sesame vinaigrette. Enjoy!
If you don't like tofu, you can absolutely substitute for any protein you like! Just note that cooking time will vary as a result.