Zone Diet: Day 1
As promised, for the next four days, I'll be providing you with recipes to some of my favorite meals on The Zone Diet.These three meals are easy to put together and taste really good!
Believe me, I had never eaten cottage cheese in my life, but this is really really good.
Breakfast: Fruit Salad
3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese
(Horizon Organic is what I use)
1 cup fresh or canned pineapple in it's own juice
1/3 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained
3 macadami nuts, crushed
*Place cottage cheese in a bowl. Fold in pineapple, oranges and nuts.
Lunch: Chef Salad
1 cup green-leaf lettuce, washed, dried and torn into large pieces
1/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup button mushrooms, washed, dried and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup celery, washed, dried and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil and vinegar dressing
1-1/2 ounces deli-style ham, cut into strips
1 ounce reduced-fat Swiss cheese
*Toss lettuce with chickpeas, mushrooms and celery. Dress, toss and add meat and cheese.
Snack: 1/2 Chocolate Peanut Butter Zone Bar
(whatever flavor you prefer)
Dinner: Spiced Lamb with Vegetables
4 1/2 ounces lean ground lamb
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup scallions, finely chopped
3/4 cup red onions, cut in chunks
2 cups mushrooms
1 1/2 cups tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup green beans, diced
1 tablespoon cilantro
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
*In a small glass bowl, combine lamb, rice, vinegar and spices.Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.Heat the oil in a medium nonstick saute pan.Add meat mixture and vegetables.Cook, breaking meat up as it cooks, until lamb is cooked through and vegetables are tender.Spoon onto plate and serve.
Snack Before Bed:The other half of your Zone Bar
P.S. A little red wine in the evening never hurt a girl! Just balance with a little protien! (My kind of diet)
19 Days of Cleansing...
So approximately 13 days ago I wrote to you about the cleanse that I was doing..."The Clean Program." At that point, seven days into this cleanse, I was slightly discouraged but still hopeful. I kept waiting for that moment that everyone says will come where the weight just "all falls off"! Speaking to you after 19 days, I feel like our friend Barbie up there, drowning in thousand island dressing. I endured 456 hours of drinking shakes that tasted not so good, all to lose a whopping (drum roll please...) ONE POUND. That's right, I'm a measely 16 ounces lighter. So, I've thrown my salad dressing covered hands up in frustration and decided to go back to my tride and true method of eating on the Zone Diet and continuing my daily workout at Soul Cycle.
That being said, there are two exciting things I want to share with you all:
1. My 9:30am spin class at Soul Cycle is being filmed this morning for The Today Shows. I'll post the video once it's aired!
2. I'm going to be sharing my favorie Zone recipes with you all week long so buckle up, and prepare to enter the Zone.