Mediterranean Diet

chicken and dill

Easy to prepare Chicken and Dill recipe is sure to be a hit with the family.

Everything I’ve read over the years about a healthy diet always leads back to one place, the Mediterranean style of eating. And, quite frankly, it’s not that hard to take part in this healthy way of life. Basically it includes everything I preach about eating on a regular basis to slim down and stay healthy and fit.

“Mediterranean-type diets highlight whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats from fish, nuts, and healthy oils.” – Harvard Medical School

Another fun fact I learned from HealthBeat, Harvard’s on-line medical journal, is that it has been proven to decrease risk of heart disease as well as dementia and Alzheimer’sdisease.

Here’s a recipe I served up tonight from EatingWell.com. Quick, easy, low cal and perfect if you’re trying to follow a Mediterranean style of eating. Chicken breast is a great form of lean protein and lemon is chock full of anti-oxidants. I served this with broccoli but any side of greens is a great addition to round out your meal with nutrient dense foods that will make you stay fuller longer.

Lemon and Dill Chicken

  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, or canola oil, divided
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1½ teaspoons oil to the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth, flour, 1 tablespoon dill and lemon juice in a measuring cup and add to pan. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan; reduce heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill.

8 week slim down initiative…

I’m calling this fitness “plan” (or more like suggestions) “8 to Great!”. I want this to be a collaborative effort so please email me any thought or suggestions on how we can make this initiative really work for everyone.

I will officially start 8 to Great in 2 weeks, March 1, mark it on your calendars! That will give us 2 months to get really fit before the weather starts to get nice and we want to put on those short skirts and bathing suits.

Here’s how to get started, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1) Follow my blog to get the weekly workouts, grocery lists and healthy recipes. I will also be creating challenges and contests where you will be entered to win prizes to help keep you motivated.

2) Like U Go Baby on Facebook for motivation and fit tips to keep you inspired. And feel free to post any fitness related comments, questions or pictures of your progress!

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3) Join the U Go Baby Fitness Meetup.com group by clicking the icon below.  I want to foster and grow more U Go Baby Fitness meetup communities in your area to help you achieve your goals! Meetup.com is a place where you can meet people with the same goals as you, you can create meeting times to either workout or just talk about your fitness goals. It’s a great way to create a support system in your neck of the woods.

Please  email me any thoughts, suggestions, workouts or recipes to help make this an effective fitness initiative. Thanks everyone and I look forward to working out with you!

Xx,

Hilary Ann Lambert

Curbing the post workout munchies…

I took the summer off from my gym. I ran a lot and did some pilates a few times a week, I wasn’t doing much strength training. Now I’m back to the gym and working out much harder, pushing myself on the cardio machines with some Tabata training and weight training. It’s great, except that I am starving!! Not just post workout but all day after my workout. I decided to research some tips on how to eat healthy, lite and feel full all day long. Here are some ideas:

1) Mornings. Have a high fiber breakfast, it takes your stomach longer to metabolize fiber so you in turn feel full longer. Try shredded wheat with skim milk and strawberries or plain oat meal with blueberries.

2) Make sure to eat before your workout. This is a good idea to curb hunger during your workout and prevent post workout binging. Don’t eat much, just half a sandwich will do. Try whole wheat bread and tuna, substitute a little mustard instead of mayo to lighten it up.

3) Post workout. Eat something at least 30 minutes after your workout. Carbs, electrolytes and potassium are depleted post work-out. Eat things like a bananas, low-cal Gatorade, dried fruit with nuts, fruit and yogurt smoothies and protein shakes.

4) Dinner.  Keep it simple. Protein; like fish, chicken, tofu. Veggies: my favorites are spinach, broccoli and kale. Add some starch to give you that full feeling longer, sweet potatoes and brown rice are a good healthy low cal option.

We love hearing from our readers, what do you suggest to suppress the workout munchies?