The 48-Hour Weight-Loss Jump Start
Day 2: DietBreakfast
Almond Toast with Blueberries (roughly 300 calories)
- 2 slices of toasted whole wheat bread
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
Spread almond butter on toast, and eat with side of blueberries. Not only is are blueberries low in calories, but they're also a good source of fiber and rich in vitamin C. Plus, the blue color comes from the antioxidant anthocyanin, which might protect against diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and heart disease, says Blatner.Lunch
Chopped Spinach Salad (roughly 400 calories)
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 large hard-boiled egg, chopped
- 1 medium baked potato, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 2 tablespoons vinaigrette salad dressing
- Add chopped ingredients to spinach and toss with dressing.
Forget iceberg or romaine lettuce. "Spinach is a leafy green, and these contain a powerful trio of antioxidants called ACE -- vitamins A, C, and E -- blood builders such as iron and vitamin K, and bone builders such as calcium and magnesium," says Blatner.
As far a salad ingredients go, eggs are good sources of protein that are still low in fat, which makes them great for building muscle while you lose weight. Having protein in every meal will help keep your metabolism up while your body burns off fat. And don't toss the yolk out of the hard-boiled egg, either; it's rich in vitamin D, which fights diseases like cancer and diabetes.Snack
Celery with Sunflower Butter (roughly 100 calories)
- 1 tablespoon sunflower butter
- 2 medium celery stalks
Enjoy celery spread with sunflower butter, which has more vitamin E than peanut butter.
Chicken Vegetable Stir-Fry with Brown Rice (roughly 400 calories)
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 3 ounces grilled chicken breast, diced
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup mixed vegetables
- Top chicken with almonds and cilantro. Eat with side of rice and mixed veggies.
As a whole grain, brown rice is very filling and easy to digest. Also, compared to dry whole grains like crackers, brown rice consists of mostly water so it'll make you feel full, says Blatner.
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