The Bridal Bootcamp Diet was created by Cynthia Conde to help women acquire their best body for their wedding day. This diet incorporates an exercise program that Conde adapted from the U.S. armed forces that helps brides build up muscle, lose fat and tone up all over. In addition to the exercise program, Conde has created a meal plan that focuses on eating five small meals per day. These meals should incorporate a ratio of 50% carbohydrates, 30% fats and 20% proteins. Dieters are advised to follow a 1300, 1500 or 1900 calories- a-day meal plan based on body type and goals. Below are several snacks that are perfect for brides on the Bridal Bootcamp Diet.
Pita Chips with Mexican Chickpea Dip
- ½ whole wheat pita
- 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
- ½ tsp cumin
- 4 oz garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- ¼ garlic clove
- ½ tbsp bell pepper, finely chopped
This snack is packed with filling fiber from the pita and beans and includes a host of nutrients and vitamins. Begin to make the snack by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the pita into small triangles. Place the pita on a baking sheet and sprinkle with 1 tsp olive oil. Bake until crisp and golden, approximately 10 minutes. Let cool.
In a small skillet, add cumin and stir constantly over medium-low heat for 30 seconds. Remove from heat. In a food processor, add the garbanzo chickpeas, lemon juice, remaining olive oil, garlic, bell pepper and cumin. Puree until smooth. For a smoother consistency, slowly add water or garbanzo bean liquid until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy the pitas with the chickpea dip.
Avocado and Chicken Cups
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp onion, minced
- ¼ garlic clove, minced
- 1 oz broiled chicken, chopped
- 1/6 avocado, peeled and chopped
- ½ tbsp lemon juice
- 2 vine-ripened tomatoes
- ½ tbsp feta cheese
Begin this snack by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes or until browned. Reduced heat to low and add the chicken. Cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
In a bowl, combine chicken mixture and avocado. Mix well and set aside. Cut tomatoes in half and scoop out the centers. Spoon the chicken mixture into the center of the tomatoes. Place the tomatoes in a baking pan. Sprinkle the tops with cheese and bake for 10 minutes.
Yogurt with Granola
- 6 oz fat free or low fat yogurt (any variety)
- 2 oz low fat granola
- 1 tsp honey
Enjoy this portable snack by simply topping the yogurt with the granola and stir in the honey for an added sweetness.
Above are three very different snack options for women on the Bridal Bootcamp diet. Enjoy these snacks with your balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner and you will quickly see the pounds fall off. Remember to avoid skipping meals and to drink plenty of water while on this diet.