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Some tricks I use to eat healthy and stay away from junk.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 by  
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Yesterday for meal #2 I prepared my usual: grilled chicken breast, brown rice and broccoli (sometimes I have salad instead of broccoli). I’ve been eating chicken and brown rice for so long you’d think I’d be absolutely sick of it, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, as I’m tying this I’m actually craving chicken and brown rice!

So I started thinking about why I enjoy this meal so much, and why I’ve not grown tired of it. I think there are a few reasons why I love chicken and brown rice so much. First of all, I grill my chicken and I really enjoy the flavor of grilled chicken. Also, chicken is incredibly versatile. You can eat it plain, you can jazz it up with stuff like Sriracha (this is personal favorite–I just put a large dollop on my plate and dip the bites in it as I eat) and you can use all kinds of different herbs and spices on it.

Of course you can also eat chicken in a salad, you can make soft tacos, you can use it in a healthy stir fry… the possibilities are practically endless.

The nice thing about chicken is you can prepare it in large batches and keep it in the fridge for several days. I usually grill 6 or 7 chicken breasts at once, and I keep them in the fridge in a large zip lock storage bag. 6-7 chicken breasts tend to last me 3-4 days, depending on how many dinners I prepare using chicken (I eat chicken for lunch every day). I think five days is the absolute maximum you’d want to keep cooked chicken in the fridge, but I try to never exceed four days.

As for the brown rice, I love it with just salt and pepper, but I also like to chop up a green onion and a tomato and mix it in. The green onion and tomato also goes great with the chicken.

I also prepare my brown rice in very large batches and then freeze the individual 1/2 cup servings. 60 seconds in the microwave and I’ve got my rice. Preparing my brown rice in large batches saves a lot of time! For details and easy instructions showing exactly how I prepare my brown rice in bulk, please see my January 5, 2011 blog.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. The trick is to invest some time into thinking about the things you enjoy, and then preparing those foods in advance. The temptation to fall back on fast food is much stronger when you’re faced with cooking when you don’t feel like it. When you have healthy food that can be plated and ready for consumption in a few minutes, it’s a whole lot easier to stick to your planned diet.

If you want to be healthier and drop fat, it all starts with your diet. Remember, there is nothing more important to reaching your fat loss goals than a healthy diet! You can do all the cardio and lift all the weights you want, but if your diet is not tight you’re spinning your wheels.

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One Response to “Some tricks I use to eat healthy and stay away from junk.”
  1. Chicken … you can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, chicken-kabobs, chicken creole, chicken gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple chicken, lemon chicken, coconut chicken, pepper chicken, chicken soup, chicken stew, chicken salad, chicken and potatoes, chicken and rice, chicken burger, chicken sandwich …

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