When you’re trying to lose weight, calorie intake matters just as much as – if not more than – calorie burn. Most YouCoach personal trainers will recommend you track your daily meals and calories via a food journal or an app like MyFitnessPal. Having visibility into your calorie intake as well as your nutrient breakdown will help you lose weight the healthy way and then sustain your goal weight for the long term. A YouCoach personal trainer can help you make healthy swaps within your regular meal plan so you don’t feel deprived or like you’re on a strict diet.
During Countdown to Change, participants will periodically receive healthy recipe ideas to complement the hard work that’s being done in the gym. Here’s a filling and delicious meal that will keep you going strong:
Skinny Quinoa Stir Fry Recipe
This Skinny Quinoa Stir Fry Recipe by Skinny Ms is the perfect meal to maintain high energy levels and keep you full for hours. Each serving has about 10 grams of protein and complex carbohydrates, fiber, and tons of vitamins, which are all essential for a balanced, healthy diet.
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons sesame seed oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 stalks Bok Choy, leaves removed, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
- 6 Broccolini or 1 cup broccoli florets
- 2 tablespoons (low-sodium) soy sauce, more to taste (optional, Tamari)
- 4 cups cooked and chilled white quinoa (cook according to package instructions)
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame seed
In a large skillet add oils, turn to medium-low heat, sauté garlic until fragrant, about one minute. Add Bok Choy and Broccoli, cover and continue cooking approximately 5 minutes, or until slightly tender.
Remove broccolini and set aside.
Add soy sauce and cooked quinoa. Stir and cook just until quinoa is heated through. Turn off heat, place broccolini on top of quinoa, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Cover and let rest 5 minutes. Serve immediately.