Following along with Hoda as she takes on J.Lo’s no-carb, no-sugar 10-day challenge?
I’ve been helping Hoda with her menu, and I know many of you are looking for tips and tasty suggestions, too (I've seen all your posts on social media!). To help everyone stay on track, I’ll be sharing manageable ideas and a new recipe every day to help you cross the finish line.
Disclaimer: This is not my plan. I’m simply helping my girl make it through a tough challenge. In fact, I’m hoping to negotiate for the inclusion of fresh fruit, dairy, beans and legumes (feel free to cheat with these foods!). If you are going to give this plan a shot, keep in mind it's meant to be a short-term "reset" and it's always a good idea to check in with your doctor first, particularly if you have an underlying medical condition.
If you’re IN, here's a meal plan to guide you. When you're feeling hungry between meals, reach for nuts, seeds, nut butters, plus any non-starchy vegetable (think cauliflower, mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, celery, sugar snap peas, carrots, broccoli, etc.).
2 low-carb quiche biscuits with bacon and chives (omit cheese) + sliced avocado or tomatoes
Scrambled eggs with sautéed onions, mushrooms, peppers, spinach and tomatoes
3-minute microwave eggs with salsa and a side of turkey bacon
Celery sticks with nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, soy nut butter or sunflower butter without any added sugar)
Raw or roasted walnuts, try this tasty recipe for rosemary roasted walnuts
Guacamole deviled eggs: hard-boiled egg whites sliced in half (yolk removed), and stuffed with guacamole in the center; add an optional squirt of hot sauce
Avocado sprinkled with "everything but the bagel" seasoning
Turkey roll ups: sliced turkey rolled around bell pepper sticks or pickles dipped in mustard, salsa or hot sauce
Carrots and celery dipped in guacamole or salsa or salsa-mole (equal parts guac and salsa mixed together)
Grilled chicken salad: an entrée salad with grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, artichoke hearts, carrots, optional pumpkin seeds and walnuts dressed with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar (balsamic or red wine vinegar)
Chicken, shrimp or egg salad: in lettuce wraps with a side of crunchy sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices drizzled with vinaigrette dressing
Bread-less turkey sandwich: turkey wrapped in lettuce with tomato, onion, spicy mustard and sliced cucumber or a side salad dressed with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar (red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar)
Chicken skewers with peanut sauce and a side salad dressed with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar (red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar)
Bun-less burger: lean burger (sirloin or turkey are best bets) topped with tomato, avocado, sauteéd onions and mushrooms and wrapped in large lettuce leaves
Spanish paella with cauliflower rice (*omit green peas during this challenge)
Baked fish with green beans and kale chips
Grilled salmon with rosemary-roasted vegetables
Check back tomorrow for more advice and tips!