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#FOGR NewsletterApril 6, 2021
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What you eat will make or break your fitness results so if you aren’t happy with your current body then I’ll bet that your diet could use some improvement.

Case and point: how many of your meals are being delivered in a paper bag to your front door?

I realize that finding the time to cook and eat healthy meals is a challenge for many of my clients and so I’d like to introduce you to the Nourish Bowl.

What is a Nourish Bowl? It’s a simple meal that consists of greens, protein, healthy fat, veggies, healthy carbs and various flavor adds.

A Nourish Bowl could be enjoyed for any meal of the day, is quick to assemble, and is the perfect alternative to high calorie take-out meals.

Build Your Own Nourish Bowl

Below are the ingredient categories that make up a successful Nourish Bowl. Select one item from each category to customize your very own meal.

Start with Greens: A healthy serving of daily greens is essential for good health, and so our Nourish Bowl always begins here. Your greens may be cooked or raw, whichever you are in the mood for. Choose from:

Spinach
Kale
Collards
Arugula
Romaine
Micro Greens
Sprouts
Mustard Greens
Swiss Chard

Add Protein: Protein is important for supporting your fitness progress, in addition to providing you with usable energy to power your day. Be sure to vary the protein that you choose from time to time. Choose from:

Egg
Beans
Lentils
Fish
Chicken
Beef
Pork

Add Healthy Fat: It’s vital that your diet be rich in healthy fats so don’t skip this category! Healthy fats help to keep you satiated, a benefit that will pay off in fewer calories consumed over the long haul. No more energy crashes in the afternoon! Choose from:

Avocado
Nuts
Seeds
Olive oil
Olives

Add Veggies: Colorful, vibrant, organic, seasonal vegetables become the star of this meal. Take time to chop or dice your fresh veggies into a pleasing size before adding to your bowl. Choose from:

Zucchini
Bell peppers
Cucumber
Tomatoes
Cauliflower
Radish
Snap peas
Cabbage
Carrots
Parsnips
Any other veggie of your choice

Add Healthy Carbohydrates: Wholesome carbohydrates are important for maintaining that pep of energy in your step, so be sure to include a serving of one of the following in your bowl. Choose from:

Quinoa
Sweet Potato
Brown or Wild Rice
Beans
Corn
Peas

Finish with Flavor Add-Ons: Here’s where you could really let your creativity shine by adding your favorite fresh herbs or dressings to increase the flavor and enjoy-ability of the bowl. Choose from:

Chopped fresh herbs
Dried herbs
Homemade dressing
Homemade sauce
Vinegar
Hummus
Lemon juice

I’ve posted an example Nourish Bowl below for you to enjoy and to get your creative juices flowing as you begin to design and enjoy your Nourish Bowls of your own creation.

Don’t forget to get your fitness on by exercising 3-5 times each week. Remember that for your workout to be effective it must be challenging, progressive and consistent.

If you aren’t yet one of my amazing clients, but you’ve thought about it, reach out to me today. I’d love to hear from you and to get your fitness routine dialed in for maximum results!


Say NO to Sugar

Here’s the easiest way to drop unwanted fat: Eat Less Sugar. You’d be surprised at how many of the things that you eat on a consistent basis contain added sugar. It’s the accumulation of all these added sugars that create unwanted pounds to show up, seemingly out of nowhere.

When in doubt eat less sugar. You’re sweet enough already!


Quinoa Nourish Bowl

​Here’s a Nourish Bowl that’s a great recipe to model! Once you’re ready, get creative and add your own favorite greens, protein, healthy fat, veggies and healthy carbs to a bowl and dive in. Enjoy!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 2

¼ cup uncooked quinoa
½ cup chicken broth
1 Tablespoons spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon water
1 cup fresh spinach
2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half
½ avocado, pitted and chopped
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Combine the quinoa and broth in a small pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the spaghetti sauce.

2. In a small skillet place the water over medium heat. Add the fresh spinach and sauté until tender.

3. Divide the quinoa between two bowls and top each with one of the eggs, and half of the spinach, avocado and tomatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals: 323 calories, 15g fat, 33g carbohydrate, 286mg sodium, 8g sugar, 10g fiber, and 15g protein.

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