Yesterday I posted my six step strategy for how to eat for at least a few days before it's time to bare it all at the beach. Today I'm sharing 10 mini meals that follow the rules.
V = vegetarian
VV = vegan
Fill four large outer Romaine leaves filled with a total of one quarter cup hummus and one half cup each sliced mushrooms and chopped red Bell pepper sautéed in 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil - 270 calories (VV)
1 mini babybel cheese, 1 cup seedless red grapes, 1 oz (23) whole almonds - 290 calories (V)
Half of a can of chunk light tuna packed in water, rinsed and drained, mixed with 2 Tbsp light vinaigrette dressing, served with one serving (according to package) all natural whole grain crackers and 1 cup grape tomatoes - 291 calories
One cup vegetarian lentil soup garnished with one fifth of a Hass avocado, chopped and 1 Tbsp sliced almonds - 284 calories (VV)
Parfait made from 6 oz nonfat (0%) Greek yogurt, layered with one quarter cup dry whole oats topped with 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts - 287 calories (V)
2 plum tomatoes, sliced, drizzled with 2 Tbsp light vinaigrette dressing, sprinkled with one quarter cup feta cheese, served with a half cup cooked wild rice and 4 large grilled or broiled shrimp - 274 calories
One half cup seaweed salad and 1 cup steamed organic edamame in the pod, lightly dusted with sea salt and cracked black pepper, served with 1 medium juicy tangerine - 290 calories (VV)
On the stovetop, pop one quarter cup popcorn kernals in 1 Tbsp sunflower oil and sprinkle with 3 Tbsp freshly shaved parmesan/romano cheese blend - 300 calories (V)
1 medium pear, sliced, served with 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter for dipping - 300 calories (VV)
Smoothie made from 1 cup organic vanilla soy milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries and 1 Tbsp sunflower seed or cashew nut butter - 270 calories (VV)
Choose 5 of the above meals per day, spaced about 3 hours apart. If you missed yesterday's post, check it out to read about the overall strategy and what to drink.
If you try any of these meals or the overall approach, please share your thoughts and results!
P.S. I took the tomato photo at a Farmer's Market in the US. The citrus photo is from my trip to the Central Market in Athens, Greece