Thursday, July 22, 2010

Trainer's Tip from Christina

A very helpful principal when trying to shed or regulate weight is to minimize carbohydrates in the evening. As long as you have had adequate healthy carbohydrates to fuel your body during the day (starting with a healthy breakfast ASAP in the morning) cutting carbohydrates in the evening when our activity level tends to drop helps trim calories while still keeping your body fueled during the day when you need it.

So for this weeks trainers tip, we are going to focus on eating at home. A great option for people on gluten free diets or trying to cut down on carbohydrates in the evening is to substitute head lettuce or large romaine leaves for wraps, taco shells or bread.

Here are a few examples:

Chicken Lettuce Wrap
1. Pan fry chicken breast with sliced peppers, onions with garlic and Mexican style seasoning (my favorite is Chipolte).
2. Separate the leaves of a head lettuce, fill with the chicken, pepper mixture, a sprinkle of cheese, some salsa or diced tomatoes, cilantro. The crispy lettuce is an extremely light and refreshing compliment to the spicy mix.

Turkey Lettuce Wrap
1. Separate and clean large outer leaves of romaine lettuce, pat dry.
2. Spread with grainy mustard, olive tapenade or hummus (if having vegetarian wrap)
3. Fill with lean turkey, chicken, sliced vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, pickles, diced olives, and sprouts! Wrap up with a second of lettuce and enjoy.

Tofu Stir Fry Wrap
1. cook up mushrooms, diced snap peas, onions, peppers, and grated carrot in a sauce of orange juice, soy sauce, hoisin (1-2tbs max), rice wine vinegar, grated ginger and garlic.
2. When vegetables are close to done, I crumble in firm tofu and cook until heated through.
3. Using the separated leaves of head lettuce, you scoop up the stir fry into little wraps and top with a bit of crumbles peanut and fresh lime.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, the possibilities are limitless so don't be afraid to experiment! Enjoy!

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