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Sizzling Summer Meal // by Christine Flores

By June 8, 2016Recipes

When most people think of getting fit for the summertime, they may think of spending more time at the gym and doing more cardio. But, I have found that by incorporating more fresh foods into your diet, it will help you get the results you want!

I used to be that person who spent 2 hours at the gym and was only maintaining my weight instead of losing it, like I wanted to. It wasn’t until I started eating better that I started seeing the results I was looking for.

Don’t believe me? I’ll tell you about a little (involuntary) experiment I did almost 2 years ago that proves it:

I am prone to back issues, and one time, I injured it to the point of not being able to exercise for 2 months. I had been planning on doing a new 3-week workout program at that time, and I was worried I was going to gain all kinds of weight by being inactive. Instead of completely ditching the program, I decided that I would still follow the nutrition part of it; I viewed this as a “warm up” to the program as a whole.

That little “warm up” helped me drop 6.5 pounds in 21 days, something I hadn’t been able to do during the 9 months prior to my wedding! I was SHOCKED! I didn’t work out ONCE during that time, nor was I able to walk for very long.

That experience was what completely changed my mindset in regards to fitness and nutrition. That was when the phrase “Abs are made in the kitchen” finally made sense to me!

So if you are trying to prep for summer, start in the kitchen. I recommend buying more veggies and fruits for starters. And good news – most of those are now in season! Also, fill your plate up with lean meats like chicken and fish.

Don’t fret, because incorporating these foods into your does not have to be boring; here is a yummy recipe you can fix on the grill that combines all of them:

Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken Kabobs, adapted from Apple of My Eye.


Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger, roughly diced
  • 3 tbsp fresh garlic, roughly diced
  • 3 lbs chicken, cubed
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple squares
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into squares
  • 2 bunches of green onion, cut into pieces

Instructions

  1. Mix together the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic.
  2. Place the cubed chicken in a large baking dish and mix with the sauce. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  3. Using skewers (if wooden, make sure to soak them in water to keep them from burning), add pieces of chicken, pineapple, red bell pepper, and green onion.
  4. Cook on a hot grill until chicken is done. Serve with rice, and!

This makes a yummy summer meal that will help you get closer to your goals if you are pairing it with other healthy meals! If you have questions about what those might be, feel free to reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram.

XOXO,

Christine

 

Photo courtesy of: Christine Skari

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