A Balance Diet

A Balance Diet

The Balance program is a complete approach to weight loss and improving overall health. The combination of fitness and proper nutrition with education is so important in not only meeting your goals, but also maintaining them. Let’s look at what a typical day of meals looks like according to the Balance guidelines, and you may be pleasantly surprised!

First, start your day with a simple breakfast that includes protein, fiber, and healthy fat.  The smoothie featured here is made with unsweetened almond milk, protein powder, frozen mango, spinach, and chia seeds.  This can be made quickly to take on-the-go, and is an easy way to get some vegetables in!

The lunch meal is a combination of grilled chicken, black beans, corn, coleslaw, bell pepper, avocado, and salsa, providing protein, complex carbohydrates, and fat.  If you like, make several bowls on the weekend to keep in the fridge for busy days.  You can use leftover chicken, and try substitutions like pinto beans instead of black beans, or quinoa instead of corn.

Including a snack or two during the day is a good way to keep hunger levels in check, and provide energy to get you through a busy day.   Keep snacks simple, like this apple with peanut butter, or try other combinations of carbohydrate and protein, like grapes with cheese, or whole grain crackers with a boiled egg.

Complete your day with more protein, vegetables, and grains, like this dinner of salmon and vegetable kebabs with brown rice.  Include a variety of vegetables along with lemon, herbs, and olive oil for a flavorful and satisfying meal.

As you can see, Balance is more of a healthy lifestyle approach rather than a restrictive “diet”.  Find out more by contacting 225-924-8313 or email balance@womans.org.