Body for Life Diet: 3 Easy Dinner Ideas

The Body for Life Diet was created by Bill Phillips to help individuals make over their life. Phillips designed this diet as a lifestyle change that incorporates a healthy meal plan with an extensive exercise program. While on this diet, which is based on a well balanced diet, no foods are considered off limits; instead, Phillips promotes a diet based on moderation and portion control. Below are several easy dinner ideas to help prevent boredom and make it easy for dieters to stay on the Body for Life Diet:

Dinner Idea #1: Zesty Italian Chicken

  • 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp fat free Italian dressing
  • 2 oz fettuccine noodles, uncooked
  • ½ cup low fat pasta sauce
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat parmesan cheese, grated

Marinate the chicken breast in the Italian dressing for at least 30 minutes. Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Preheat broiler or grill. Cook the chicken for about 6 minutes a side or until no longer pink in the center.

In a small saucepan, warm pasta sauce. Top a dinner plate with spinach leaves, then fettuccini and then chicken breast. Serve with pasta sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Dinner Idea #2: Mediterranean Halibut

  • 6 oz halibut fillet, skin removed
  • 7.5 oz cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, sliced
  • ¼ tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • ½ lemon, sliced

This quick dinner should take less than 25 minutes to cook. Simply preheat a grill or an oven to 450 degrees. In a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil (12” X 18”) coated with nonstick spray, add the beans, tomatoes and basil. Add the halibut and top with the lemon pepper seasoning and lemon slices. Fold the foil over the halibut leaving room for steam to escape. Roll up edges of foil. Place packet in grill or oven and cook approximately 14 minutes or until halibut is opaque.

Dinner Idea #3: Buffalo Burger

  • 4 oz lean ground buffalo
  • 1 medium white potato, cut into wedges
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp hot pepper sauce
  • ¼ tsp thyme, ground
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 1 cup prepackaged coleslaw mix
  • 1 tbsp onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fat free mayonnaise
  • ½ tbsp vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sugar substitute to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, pepper sauce, thyme, paprika, pepper and cumin. Add potato wedges and toss to coat. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, turn after 15 minutes.

In a separate bowl, combine coleslaw mix, onion, mayonnaise and vinegar. Add sugar substitute to taste. Cover and refrigerate.

Preheat a grill or skillet. Form a patty out of the ground buffalo. Add to grill or skillet and cook for 5 minutes; flip and cook for another 5 minutes, or until burger reaches desired doneness. Serve the dinner with the buffalo burger, potato fries and coleslaw. Enjoy!

According to Phillips, by following this simple meal plan, dieters will learn how to nourish their bodies the right way. This will lead to greater health, reduce body fat and increase energy. Unlike so many other diets, on the Body For Life Diet, individuals will get to feed their body, not starve it!

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