The interaction I have with the members of Nutriliving continues to be an exciting part of my job here at NutriBullet. Discussing nutrition with people across the country keeps me on my toes and motivates me to continue to learn more information as a dietitian.
After doing this for a little while, certain trends begin to appear. Some of the most common questions I receive include questions about weight loss. Everyday, there are multiple questions about the best foods for weight loss, the best Blasts for weight loss and the best overall diet. As we get closer to the holiday season, this topic becomes even more prevalent.
A lot of our customers have made incredible healthy changes to their diet using the NutriBullet and once they start to see changes, they want more! The questions have been pouring in about physical activity and the best foods to fuel an active lifestyle.
As physical activity increases, food selection becomes important to ensure the body can power through a workout, build muscle and boost brain function. With all the information out there, unfortunately, confusion becomes a common consequence.
So here it is, a basic meal plan and guideline of what a typical day of eating would look like in the life of an active person*.
*We are defining active as someone who engages in physical activity for 30-60 minutes, 3-5 days per week. This would be an appropriate meal plan for someone following a 1200-1500 calorie diet.
1/2 cup raw oats
1 cup of coconut water
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup raspberries
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp turmeric (optional)
1 tbsp of hemp seeds (optional)
1 small baked Sweet potato
2 Tbsp hummus
2 scrambled eggs (or 8 ounces of grilled chicken)
1 cup of sauteed kale
1 small beet
1 tsp. cacao
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup edamame
1 tsp flax seeds
Vegetable stir fry with Tahini sauce
Add Tofu, chicken, fish, ground turkey
Salad - mixed greens, cucumbers, pomegranate seeds (or raisins), olive oil and salt
Complex carbohydrates are the main focus of breakfast for good, steady sources of fuel throughout the day. They are also an important part of a Blast and lunch, but typically should be decreased by dinner time. Dinner time is perfect for veggies and lean proteins. A clean source of protein will help repair muscles and stabilize appetite.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day; you can even add a slice of lemon to your water to make it extra tasty. As physical activity increases, many people report a decrease in mindless snacking and a better idea of when they are hungry and full.
If you are thinking about incorporating exercise into your life or just cleaning up your diet, this is a great template to start with. Making changes should feel good, improve your quality of life and most importantly, be fun!