Welcome to the GetLean Challenge Diaries! This blog series follows one GLC participant during the inaugural Challenge this fall. Carmen’s GetLean Challenge journey will be accompanied by delicious recipes and helpful nutrition tips that are GLC-approved!

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of Week 3! The GetLean Challenge has gone by really fast these past two weeks. I’m feeling good about myself and how much I’ve accomplished so far. Feeling more proactive and positive about my health and fitness was my main goal going into the challenge and I believe I have achieved that. I think the GLC this is a program I can definitely stick with long past the end of next week. It has curbed that almost constant craving for something sweet or salty for the first time in a long time. Before the challenge I felt like I “had” to have something sweet everyday. Now I feel like I have a choice.

The success journal has been very helpful so far. The success journal is a great way to keep track of all my meals. One day I found that I had forgotten my healthy fat in one of my meals and I noticed I was irritable soon after. It really helps to see the correlation between my habits and my state of mind. Check out the list below for five healthy fats that you can quickly add to any meal!

Five Quick & Healthy Fats

  1. Olive Oil. (1 tablespoon per BLOCK) Oh olive oil, the ever-present condiment that we often take for granted. There are so many types of olive oil these days, from Extra Virgin to Jalapeno, that splashing a bit on your cooked vegetables, fish or salad is an easy way to liven up any meal!
  2. Pine Nuts. (1 tablespoon per BLOCK) Pine nuts are a very versatile topping for all sorts of dishes. They can be cooked with meat or vegetables and make a very good crusted topping when crushed. Check out this list of 10 fish recipes with a crushed pine nut crust!
  3. Pumpkin Seeds. (1 tablespoon per BLOCK) ‘Tis the season for pumpkin seeds! When carving that jack-o-lantern tomorrow, save your seeds and roast them. They make a delicious addition to your third meal as something crunchy and savory to munch on.
  4. Peanut Butter. (1/2 tablespoon per BLOCK) Peanut butter, in it’s purest form without any extra sugar or oil, is a great accompaniment for both sweet and savory bites. The traditional apple or celery is always good, but peanut butter also makes a great addition to stir fry for a Thai flair.
  5. Macadamia Nuts. (1 nut per BLOCK) These nuts are some of the fattiest (in a good way!). With only one per block, the large and sweet macadamia nuts are a great end to any meal.

Have a favorite healthy fat? Share in the comments!


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