Created by Dr. Pamela Peeke, the Body for Life for Women diet is specifically designed to help women transform their physical and mental composition. This diet is curtailed towards women; Peeke takes into account the unique hormones and physique that form a woman. When on the Body for Life for Women diet, Peeke recommends that women eat 5 to 6 small meals a day. Peeke breaks foods down into five different groups: smart proteins, smart carbohydrates, smart fats, smart snacks and junk food.
On this diet, nearly all foods are allowed, but in moderation. Junk food is only to be eaten sparingly and this includes all processed foods, processed meats and foods high in saturated fats or trans fats. Below are several quick dinner ideas that fit into the Body for Life for Women meal plan.
Meal Idea #1: Salmon with Mixed Vegetables
- 5 oz salmon
- 4 asparagus spears
- ½ cup carrots
- ½ cup red bell pepper
Enjoy this easy meal by simple broiling, grilling or baking the salmon. Salmon can be seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon juice, if preferred. While salmon is cooking, steam or sauté asparagus, carrots and bell pepper together.
Meal Idea #2: Chicken with Mixed Vegetables
- 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 4 asparagus spears
- 1/2 avocado
- ½ cup tomatoes
Season the chicken with salt, pepper and oregano, if preferred. Bake until the center is no longer pink. While chicken is baking, boil the carrots. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes and avocado. You can season this mixture with salt, pepper and lime juice. Top the chicken with the tomato mixture, and enjoy the carrots on the side.
Meal Idea #3: Catfish and Broccoli
- 4 oz catfish
- 1 cup broccoli
- ½ medium sweet potato
To make this quick meal, simply broil, grill or bake the catfish. To speed up cook time, consider microwaving the sweet potato. Enjoy the catfish and sweet potato with a cup of broccoli, cooked however you prefer.
Meal Idea #4: Shrimp with Brown Rice
- 4 oz shrimp
- ½ cup brown rice
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup green beans
Steam the shrimp until pink throughout. While shrimp are steaming, cook the rice according to the box and boil the green beans until they reach desired tenderness. Once rice is done, toss with olive oil. Combine the shrimp and rice and enjoy with the side of green beans.
Meal Idea #5: Hearty Pasta
- 1/2 cup whole grain pasta
- 3 oz lean ground turkey
- ½ cup tomato, chopped
- ½ cup zucchini, chopped
- ½ cup carrots, chopped
- ½ cup mushroom, chopped
- ½ tbsp safflower oil
For a hearty pasta dish, begin by cooking the pasta according to the directions on the box. In a small skillet, heat the safflower oil over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until turkey begins to brown and is no longer pink. Add zucchini, carrots and mushrooms. Sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Add tomatoes and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Top a bowl of pasta with the turkey mixture.
Enjoy any of the above dinner ideas when on the Body for Life for Women diet.