In this episode I’m answering the question “what do you eat for fat loss” and identifying the best foods for fat loss. We talk about meal ideas, recipes and how to adjust your meals to combat hunger, cravings and low energy. However, it is important to emphasize that the best foods for fat loss are fat loss friendly foods that YOU love. My favorite fat loss foods are irrelevant if you don’t love them. So while we’re talking about my favorite fat loss foods, this is only meant to be a starting point for you to cultivate your own list of fat loss foods so you can identify your unique best foods for fat loss.
Coconut milk (I used the boxed stuff, not the canned)
Chicken thighs (you can use breasts but thighs are more moist)
Chilis in adobo (canned)
Green chilis (canned)
Extra virgin olive oil
The first thing you need to do is marinate your chicken. I marinated mine for about 6 hours but nex time I’ll do it overnight for even more intense flavor. So, minimum: 6 hours. Maximum: overnight.
To create your marinade: Put the following ingredients in your food processor or high powered blender:
1 can of chilis in adobo
1 small can of green chilis
1/2 red onion (I sliced it a few times before adding it in)
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
Blend well. Once it is blended, add to the mixture 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil and blend again.
Place your chicken in a baking dish (or you can use a gallon size ziploc bag) and add the marinade. Let sit for AT LEAST 6 hours while refrigerated.
Alright – before chow time you need to make your cauliflower rice. Add your cauliflower florets to a food processor and pulse until it is shredded and a small, rice-like size.
In a large saute pan, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. When the oil is melted and the pan is hot, add your riced cauliflower. Let that sit over medium heat, stirring occassionally for about 3-5 minutes. Then add:
The juice of 1/2 a lime
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup coconut milk
Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occassionally.
While your cauliflower rice is cooking, remove your chicken from the marinate and chop it into bite-sized pieces. Heat 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a large saute pan and add the chicken, cooking thoroughly.
Top the cauliflower rice with your chicken, some of the sauce from the pan and garnish with avocado or guacamole! Enjoy the heck out of it! I certainly did!
PaleoIceCream– This one is so good I reserve it for once every couple of months
1 can of full fat coconut milk
5 pitted dates
1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 vanilla bean (slice in half and scrape out the insides. Discard the pod)
1/4 cup enjoy life chocolate chips (or fruit/topping of your choice)
Place coconut milk, dates, almond milk and vanilla bean seeds into a high powered blender until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Place mixture in refrigerator for a couple hours. Once it’s cold, add it to an icecream maker and follow machine instructions. (I usually let it churn for 20 minutes). You can do this without an icecream maker by putting it in the freezer and stirring a couple times an hour, it just won’t be as creamy. It will still be delish!
Chocolate Avocado Mousse – I enjoy this a few nights every week!
1 ripe avocado (peeled and pitted)
2 teaspoons cacao powder (unsweetened cocoa powder is fine, too)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon stevia extract
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
Using an immersion blender, blend the avocado, cacao, vanilla & stevia. Top with raspberries. Feel free to add stevia or cacao until it meets your tastes. Some people prefer it richer/sweeter – these measurements are what works for me.
Baked Apple with Pecans – I enjoy this several nights each week!
1 large apple
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp stevia
1 tbsp butter
1 once pecans
Chop your apple into bite size pieces. Toss with cinnamon, vanilla & stevia. Put in small baking ramekin. Top with butter and pecans. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Chocolate/Nut/Banana Chia Pudding – This could be breakfast or dessert, depending on what you add. If you do it for breakfast, omit any fruit if you’re looking for maximum fat loss.
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup almond or coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 tsp cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/2 ripe banana
1 tbsp almond or cashew butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Add all ingredients to a blender and mix well. Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate overnight or for at least several hours. Don’t skip this step! The chia seeds need time to absorb the liquid.
(You could make this a mocha breakfast treat by skipping the banana and doing 1/2 cup coffee and 1/2 cup almond milk instead of the full cup of almond milk).