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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Lean for Life Food Plan

By Jude Buglewicz

Lean phasing in ChaLEAN Extreme has its place in the eating plan, too. As you progress through the Burn, Push, and Lean phases of your workouts, you need to fuel your body with the right foods in the proper proportions for each stage of muscle building and fat burning. You need protein for muscle, bone, and tissue growth, and healthy carbohydrates and heart-smart fats to supply you with the energy and nutrients you need to Get Extreme! But don't worry—Chalene's got you covered. Besides packing her Fat-Burning Food Guide with tips and eating guidelines to help you form lifelong healthy eating habits, she's included over 80 delicious recipes that are simple to prepare and laid out for you in an easy-to-follow plan that you can customize for your caloric needs. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside—a scrumptious lunch recipe and a light chicken dish for dinner. Buh-bye to the days of fat-filled fast food. As Chalene says, "Nothing tastes as good as lean feels!"

Cajun Fish Tacos
o5-oz. fish filet, white flaky fish
Cajun seasoning
4 leaves butterleaf lettuce
1/2 cup cabbage, shredded
1/4 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
1 plum tomato, diced
1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed of brine
1/4 cup store-bought salsa
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Coat fish with Cajun seasoning, place onto a baking pan, and bake for 12 to 18 minutes or until done. Drain excess juice and transfer to clean plate before cooling. Wrap fish in lettuce leaves with cabbage, cheese, and tomatoes. Serve with a side of black beans and salsa.

Calories: 368 Protein: 50 g Carbs: 24 g
Fiber: 8 g Fat Total: 11 g

Chicken Bruschetta
5-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, butterflied
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. olive oil
1 plum tomato, diced
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, thinly sliced
1 tsp. garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups steamed green beans
Season chicken with onion powder and chili powder, and grill or broil with olive oil until done, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. To make bruschetta, combine tomatoes, basil, and minced garlic, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top chicken with the bruschetta and serve with steamed green beans.

Calories: 377 Protein: 48 g Carbs: 22 g
Fiber: 3 g Fat Total: 10 g

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