Saturday, May 25, 2013

Developing a game plan for your holiday weekend is going to help in so many ways!!

I love this! Before you go and get yourself all worried about the weekend temptations, picnics and beer, EXHALE!!! Yes there will be times when it's a struggle to make the right choice and there will be times when you give in and that is ok! It means you are HUMAN! The point is this, the more you practice that will power the less of a struggle it will be each time!
So exhale, clear your mind, press play, get your workout in, drink your Shakeology, pack a cooler of clean foods for the road and don't let yourself get so hungry that you eat everything in sight! Aim to eat every 2 1/2 to 3 hours and mind your portion sizes!

You got this....I BELIEVE IN YOU!!

So here is how I do it:

I lay it all out. For example this weekend we have a wedding on Saturday night. I will drink my Shakeology before and try to make the best decision from what they have to offer at the wedding. I plan to stay on track with one beer or wine to one water. This will be my cheat so I will not be having cake. I have my cooler packed for the day and the hotel with lots of snacks if I get in a jam!!

Sunday is our day at home so I'm going to be sticking to our usual meal plan and heading out to our  pool with the family and friends if the weather is warm enough.  People just know and expect that when you show up at my house that you will get healthy food. If you don't like it then you can bring your own. I can honestly tell you that I have had people bring their own food, stop at Dairy Queen before they came and not eat at all! Sorry, this is my life and I never apologize for it! You don't apologize when you feed me pizza, fried food, and pasta salad, do you!?! (a little off topic)
I am making the Edamame, Feta, Tomato and Basil Salad for my contribution! (see recipe below).
Monday we have a picnic to goto with friends so I will drink shakeology and bring a healthy side dish since I already know since I asked that they will be having chicken on the grill. Again I will pack a little cooler of snacks and/or even bring a fruit tray.

I then stock up on fruit, veggies, some lean protein and lots of water. My job at any gathering is not to get socially sucked into mindless eating. I make each social gathering about the people that I get to spend my time with. I socialize, I help set the table, wash dishes and keep tabs on the kids. My mind is busy so it keeps me from thinking about how much I would like to eat that chocolate chip cookie.

In the end I feel accomplished and I don't feel guilty. While everyone else is going home feeling bloated and made for eating so much I am sleeping at night, fitting into my shorts and full of energy. Don't think of forgoing food as depriving yourself, think of it as treating your body the way God intended it to be! Each decision that you make brings you closer to your ultimate health goal or farther away.

I also want to note that it is OK to have a sweet treat! I firmly believe in the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time you want to stick to your healthy eating routine and then 20% of the time you can have what you would like within reason. This boils down to one meal per week. Not one entire day of indulging but one meal!! Eat what you would like and do not feel guilty about it! You earned it because of your hard work and you deserve to enjoy without reservation!!!

So now here are some of my favorite healthy recipes that you can take to any picnic and not a single soul would ever even know that it is healthy!!! When they ask for the recipe this is your time to share the ingredients and let them figure out the rest!!!

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, or to taste
    Feta, tomato, edamame salad
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pound edamame (shelled) cooked
  • 10 medium plum tomatoes seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup basil, fresh, cut into ribbons
  • 1 small uncooked red onion finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
To make dressing, in a small bowl, combine oil, vinegar, water, garlic, salt and pepper, set aside.
In a large serving bowl, combine edamame, tomatoes, basil and onion; toss with dressing and sprinkle with cheese. Yields about 1 cup per serving.


  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
    Black Bean Burgers
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or granules
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 6 green leaf lettuce leaves
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced


Put beans in a large bowl and mash well with a fork. Add egg, yellow onion, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Mix well to combine then shape into 6 patties.

Heat the grill and cook each burger until cooked through and golden brown on each side. Transfer to buns, top with lettuce, tomatoes and red onions and serve.
Here is the link to their website where the recipe is.

Grilled  Chili Chicken Kabobs
  • 5 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp mrs. dash
  • 1 cup of bell peppers any color cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup green zucchini cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • sea salt to taste
  • metal or wooden skewers
  • Marinate the chicken in the olive oil, lemon juice, red onions, and paprika for 30 minutes. Then season the chicken with Mrs. Dash; skewer the chicken cubes with the bell peppers and zucchini onto the stick. Grill or broil until cooked through about 8 minutes. I served over a bead of brown rice! It was very delicious!!!
Here are even more amazing Memorial Day Picnic Recipes for you to try!!!

Need a desert  then try this cookie dough dip!

Clean Eating Cookie Dough Recipe

Have a very safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend!!  ~ Sara Stakeley

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