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Easy healthy eating plans

Alyssa Sparacino's pictureWhether you want to lose weight, curb cravings for sweets, or just feel better, this detox week and month of healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will satisfy your stomach while ditching the junk that's been on your plate.


Eating right, prepping meals, avoiding all the bad (but tasty) stuff you know you shouldn’t eat, and oh yeah, staying committed to a healthy diet can be difficult—duh. But it can be even more daunting right after the holidays when you’ve spent the last four or five weeks eating more rich, creamy, heavy, belly-clogging foods than you normally would. And let’s not forget about the cookies, pies, treats, and chocolates you’ve treated yourself to. All those savory winter foods and holiday treats should be enjoyed (I mean, we’re all about balance here at SHAPE.com), but not at the expense of your health, fitness, or frankly, mood.

So in the spirit of starting fresh with a new year (but if you’re reading this and it’s, oh, say, June 5…who cares? Start now!), we wanted to make things easier on you with an entire month of healthy meals planned out for you. That’s right—the Shape Up Your Plate Challenge requires no guesswork, no research. Just recipes, tips, and yep, even treats to get you back to yourself in no time.

If you’re asking, "Will this plan help me lose weight?" or "Will eating these foods give me more energy to get to the gym?" the answer to both is likely yes, but that’s not why we worked with registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner to create this 30-day meal plan. "Shaping up your plate can be easy and taste great, so I wanted to prove that, " says Jackson Blatner. "This challenge spends time on food prep only once a day, and I’m not a gourmet chef, so I made sure the dinners are things you can do, even if you’re new in the kitchen or tight on time."

And before you roll your eyes thinking that a nutritionist created a bunch of bland recipes filled with "diet food, " think again. This month you’ll enjoy things like fried rice, meatballs, lemon chicken, and stuffed sweet potatoes. You’ll never go hungry either: Each day, you’ll have three balanced meals plus healthy snacks and sweets. See? Doable and enjoyable! (We're not leaving you hanging when it comes to fitness goals this year either. In fact, we teamed up with none other than Anna Victoria to create this FBG x Shape Fat-Burning Workout to start 2017 off right.)

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