When it comes to diet and fitness, there is no bigger guru than Jillian Michaels. The Biggest Loser coach and fitness mogul is well known for her training methods and for her amazing physique. We have some tips for you if you want to get through your Labor Day weekend Jillian Michaels style.
Labor Day food can be scary to navigate, especially if your goal is healthy eating. With endless food choices lining the buffet-style tables, finding food that’s high in nutrition and is low in calories may seem difficult, but it’ll be easier with these Jillian Michaels– inspired tips.
Jillian Michael’s Labor Day Weekend Eating Tips
First up, Michaels says you should always plan ahead. Even if your friends and family aren’t on the same healthy eating plan that you are, a good tip is to bring a healthy option for yourself, if not for everyone to enjoy.
Veggie trays, fruit salads, hummus, or even quinoa salads are all easy options to put together and have less calories than the typical holiday meals.
Her next big tip is to not attend the festivities hungry. This will only lead to you over-eating and making unhealthy food choices. Stick to your normal eating schedule or have a healthy snack prior to attending the party to ensure you don’t overdo it.
Lastly, Michaels suggests you stay clear of alcohol, as it’s full of empty calories and weakens your willpower. When you start consuming too much alcohol, you may find that chips and dip combo looking pretty appealing, or you could end up downing five slices of pizza. You’ll definitely regret it in the morning.
If weight loss is your ultimate goal, than avoiding alcohol altogether is crucial. You don’t want to end up unnecessarily cheating on your diet. If you can’t resist, Michaels suggests to stick to a two drink maximum and to remember to drink lots of water before and after.
Jillian Michaels’ 200-Calorie Summer Salad Recipe
Now that you have tips from the pro, here is a 200-calorie summer salad that you can easily make for all to enjoy, and it comes highly recommended by Jillian Michaels. Not only will it keep your diet on track, but it’s also loaded with a lot of nutritious ingredients. Check out the recipe below!
Raspberry, Avocado, and Mango Salad
- 1 1/2 cups organic raspberries, divided
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 clove fresh garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black ground pepper
- 8 cups organic mixed salad greens
- 1 ripe mango, diced
- 1 small ripe avocado, diced
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped, or sliced almonds (optional)
Purée 1/2 cup raspberries, oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender until combined.
Combine greens, mango, avocado and onion in a large bowl. Pour the dressing on top and gently toss to coat.
When serving, top each with the remaining raspberries and sprinkle with nuts, if using.
This dish has 215 calories, 16 grams of fat, 7 grams of dietary fiber, and 3 grams of protein per serving, and can feed five people. If you need more than just increase the ingredients accordingly.
You now have the tips and the recipe to get through your Labor Day weekend Jillian Michaels–style. Be smart about your food choices—opt for foods high in nutrition—and take it easy with the alcohol, and you’ll have yourself a healthy Labor Day.
Michaels, J., “Stay healthy this Labor Day,” Jillian Michaels web site; http://www.jillianmichaels.com/fit/labor-day-weekend, last accessed August 30, 2016.
Michaels, J., “A 200-calorie lunch: Try this refreshing summer salad,” Jillian Michaels web site; http://www.jillianmichaels.com/fit/lose-weight/refreshing-summer-salad, last accessed August 30, 2016.