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Healthy Weekly Meal Plan + My Goals for the barre3 Challenge

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Your Healthy Weekly Meal Plan is here: 5 quick and easy weeknight meals, all naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. Today I'm also sharing my goals for the barre3 Anywhere Challenge, so read on for the Plan and the goals!

This past week I've been enjoying reading many of your barre3 Anywhere Challenge goals on Instagram, which inspired me to share mine. If you're just looking for the Meal Plan, no problem. Go ahead and skip down and you'll find all the recipes, below.

My Goals for the barre3 Anywhere Challenge

1. Focus on Building Strength Instead of Losing Weight. I think I've done every single barre3 Challenge since they began and in the past my goal has always been to lose weight. I think the Challenge is the perfect time to kick it up a notch and focus on losing pounds and inches, and such a focus has worked really well for me in the past. Right now, however, I'm honestly a little burned out on the scale and the tape measure.

I eat well most of the time, workout regularly, and do the best I can. So my goal this time around is to worry less about weight and shift my focus to building strength. By the end of the Challenge I want to be able to hold a plank a little longer, do a few more pushups, and get a little lower in a sumo squat. 

2. Make this My Summer of Fitness. Speaking of strength, my second goal is to make this my "Summer of Fitness." In addition to my regular barre3 routine, I want to amp up my outdoor workout. My goal is to walk and hike a total of at least 28 miles per week. My day job is pretty sedentary so averaging 4 miles per day is definitely a challenge, but it's one I can't wait to take on.

3. Maximize Work Time in Order to Play Outside More. If I'm very focused and efficient during my workday I can actually carve out a half an hour or so in the afternoon for a quick walk outside. My goal this month is to to be as efficient as possible during my work time in order to play outside more.

Okay, those are my goals. What are yours? 

Now onto the Meal Plan!

Healthy Real Food Meal Plan

vg: vegan | v: vegetarian | gf: gluten-free | df: dairy-free | p: paleo | ff: freezer-friendly

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds, Apricots and Cauliflower "Couscous" from Against All Grain (gf, df, p, ff)

  • While this is not a super-fast chop and dump slow cooker recipe, the extra steps required yield delicious results. I like making recipes like this during the weekend so we can go outside and then return home to a meal waiting for us.
  • The cauliflower couscous is a tasty side, but any steamed veggie or fresh greens would work well.

Quick Sesame Noodles with Green Veggies from Real Food Whole Life (vg,v, gf, df)

  • This fast, fresh meal will be ready in the time it takes to boil noodles. It's one of our favorite weeknight staples!
  • I like to bump up the veggies to make sure at least half my portion is made up of green plants. This one is a hit with the family; check out the kid-friendly adaptations for tips on feeding resistant eaters.

Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowls from Gimme Some Oven (gf, df)

  • Use this recipe as a guide, making the parts you like and can manage. Swap the quinoa for greens to make these bowls lighter and grain-free.
  • Omit the cheese to make these dairy free, and ditch the processed taco seasoning for a mix of your own spices. Think cumin, mild chili powder, and garlic powder.

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos from Two Peas & Their Pod (vg, v, gf, df)

  • These tacos are a favorite in our house. If you haven't tried roasting cauliflower you'll be surprised at how delicious the process renders the vegetable. 
  • The yogurt crema sauce is a really nice way to top these tacos, but you can skip it to keep these vegan and dairy-free.

Mexican Shrimp Skewers with Corn Salsa from What's Gaby Cooking (gf, df)

  • Hello simple weeknight meal! Add an extra veggie side and dinner's ready in minutes.
  • Omit the cheese from the corn salsa to keep this dish dairy-free. If you want to use cheese and can't find cojita, feta will work as a substitute.

You can download the Real Food Whole Life Meal Plan Printable for free by clicking here. Customize your plan, then share it using the hashtag #realfoodmealplan.

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