27 Mar 4 Tips to Make Your Meals At Home More Exciting
Imagine it’s the first day of your new diet. You’re wondering, “what type of meals am I supposed to eat?”
For months, you’ve been frustrated and confused about where to begin.
You can’t stand what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror. You lack energy and feel weak. Your wardrobe is limited because you don’t fit into most of your clothes. It’s time to make a change.
You take a glance at your nutrition plan and see the following:
- Dry chicken and broccoli
- Unseasoned tilapia and asparagus
- Bland cod and cauliflower
Damn! That looks boring. No carbohydrates (carbs) like rice or potatoes? There’s no room in your diet for a juicy steak and a glass of wine? What are you supposed to do?
You know it’s time to change your eating habits, but you quickly realize this plan is not sustainable.
Complete diet overhauls and rigid nutrition plans don’t work for busy people.
You have a ton of stuff to tackle each day. You’re tied up with important meetings, sales calls, and family time.
(my son Malcolm, my wife Kayla, and yours truly)
You need healthy meals at home that bring excitement. No one looks forward to chicken and broccoli after a long day.
The most important factor that will take those negative feelings about yourself and transform you into a strong, confident, and energetic person is adherence.
You can have the best nutrition plan in the world, but it won’t work if you can’t follow it. In the end, you’ll be exactly where you were when started, frustrated and confused.
So, what’s the solution? How can you enjoy life and shed fat?
If you want to shed fat and reveal a better-looking body, make your meals more exciting!
We’ll explore four ways to spice up your meals so you can flatten your stomach, dominate work, and enjoy life.
Tip #1 – Purchase A Mandoline Slicer
Do you want a meal prep game changer?
Do you want something that will save time and eliminate frustration in the kitchen?
Buy a mandoline slicer today.
(Here’s my mandoline slicer aka “Mad Max”)
It’s a cooking utensil used for slicing and cutting juliennes.
You’ll be able to cook an endless amount of delicious dishes without wasting your time using this essential meal prep tool.
- Fresh chopped salads will be a breeze with sliced vegetables and fruits.
- Stir fry and sautéed dishes can be prepped without the hassle of a knife and cutting board.
- Gourmet french fries or sweet potato fries will be made without the added oils and grease from a restaurant.
For ease and safety, purchase a mandoline with a stand, ingredient chute, pusher, container, and cleaning brush.
Tip #2 – Choose A Nightly Dinner Theme
When it comes to creating solid nutrition habits, so you can lose fat and live a healthier lifestyle, there’s a common misconception.
Most people fear that their nutrition plans won’t allow for any flexibility. A repetitive nutrition plan can be a nightmare for busy people.
It’s especially true with dinner. After a long day, who wants to eat the same thing every night? I don’t and I’m sure you don’t either.
Guess what? Your dinners don’t have to be boring and repetitive.
What You Should Do:
Break up the monotony. Plan a different dinner theme for every night of the week. We do this at my house and it keeps things interesting.
Here’s an example of a weekly dinner schedule that can mix things up:
Sunday – Big ass salad with veggies, a protein, and balsamic vinaigrette.
Monday – Burgers and fries. Use a mandoline for the fries and cook them on a baking sheet.
Tuesday – Homemade tacos
Wednesday – Spaghetti. Use zoodles or regular pasta because carbs are life.
Thursday – Salmon, Basmati rice, and a veggie
Friday – Takeout. Choose something you, your significant other, or family will enjoy.
Saturday – Homemade pizza. Throw on lots of veggies, a protein like chicken, and use mozzarella because it’s the cheese with the lowest fat.
You can have mouth-watering meals each night!
Tip #3 – Spice It Up
Food is loved and celebrated across the globe.
From the simple elegance of Italian cuisine to the refined and balanced flavors of French cooking, we embrace different cultures through our food choices.
Our sense of smell and vision are the driving forces behind our meal decisions. If a restaurant dish strikes your nostrils and is presented in a highly-appetizing fashion, you’re more likely to eat it.
If you want to create this atmosphere in your kitchen, vary the spices.
What You Should Do:
Embrace diversity, stimulate your taste buds and create your own restaurant atmosphere by cooking meals from different cultures.
Do you love Mexican food? It’s my favorite. If you’re like me, you have zero clue what your favorite restaurant uses to provide that enchanting mix of flavor, tantalizing texture, and rich authenticity that make you feel like you’re dining in the heart of Mexico City.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Stock your spice rack or cabinet with items you can regularly use.
Based on culture, these are the top spices you should keep in your kitchen:
- Italian – basil, garlic, onion powder, oregano, parsley
- Indian – bay leaves, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, coriander, nutmeg, mustard powder, garlic
- Mexican – cinnamon, chili powder, coriander, cumin, garlic, oregano
- Chinese – cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, garlic, ginger, red chili pepper
- Thai – basil, cumin, cardamom, curry powder, garlic, ginger, turmeric
- Mediterranean – bay leaves, basil, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, rosemary, oregano, ginger, thyme
Do this twice per week. Not only will your cooking skills improve, but you’ll save time and money.
Tip #4 – Pair Your Meal With Wine or a Cocktail
Have a drink. For real. Take the edge off after a long day.
Wait a minute? A fitness coach is telling you it’s fine to enjoy your favorite classic cocktail or a rich, oak-flavored glass of red wine?
If you enjoy alcohol, your fat loss diet should allow for you to include it. However, don’t take advantage of it.
Moderation is key, but there’s a tradeoff.
You can lose fat and enjoy a cocktail, but monitor your weekly intake.
Precision Nutrition provides the following guidelines for alcohol consumption based on your target body fat percentage:
|Alcoholic Drinks Per Week||Men||Women|
|5 to 7||15-20%||25-30%|
|3 to 5||13-15%||23-25%|
|1 to 2||10-12%||20-22%|
|0.5 to 1||6-9%||16-19%|
What You Should Do:
Make it interesting. Pair your favorite beverage with your choice of protein at dinner.
For the best pairings, use the following recommendations:
- Chicken and turkey pair well with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or Pinot Noir
- A big juicy steak pairs well with Cabernet Sauvignon
- Fresh succulent salmon fits nicely with Pinot Noir.
- Pork fits nicely with Merlot
- The depth and smokiness of bourbon can enhance the flavors of barbecue. Malbec works too.
- Light seafood dishes should be paired with Pinot Grigio
If you repeatedly eat the same old boring tasteless meals, you won’t stick to your diet.
Chowing down on chicken and broccoli every day will lead to poor food decisions. You’ll get frustrated, throw out anything remotely healthy in your kitchen, and drown your sorrows in fatty foods like greasy pizza and oily restaurant french fries.
Keep your diet flexible. Use these tips so you can torch annoying stomach fat, dominate work, and enjoy life with your loved ones.
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Let’s eliminate your frustration, lose stubborn fat, and improve your health today.