This biggest challenge I find with the Body For Life program (or any diet for that matter) is working around Odd Days. On a typical working day, it’s no problem to eat everything I should and avoid everything I shouldn’t (or at least, it’s easier). But on the weekends or when friends want to get together, suddenly it seems ridiculously hard to keep up with your meal plan. TEW and I try to plan our cheat days to coincide with social events to avoid this problem, but it doesn’t always happen. While most restaurants frown on the whole “bringing-your-own-BFL-approved-food-in” thing, if you’re hanging out at a friend’s house, we try to offer to bring food (or suggest making it a potluck). Will it be a bit of a pain? Yes. Will you be tempted by the tasty things your host or fellow guests provide? Undoubtedly. But it can make the evening less about what you can’t have and more about having fun.
Food to Bring:
- Veggie platters
- Vietnamese-Style Fresh Spring Rolls with Salmon. I love this recipe – I usually make half with salmon, half with shrimp. They are even gluten and lactose free!
- Whole wheat buns (what dinner party doesn’t need buns?)
- Roasted green bean “fries”
- Turkey chili – just watch your portion size, and bring low-fat cheese if you’re going to top it
- Pre-made grilled chicken burritos – these look really good although I would personally probably drop either the sour cream, cheese, or both
- Healthy Shepherd’s Pie – it honestly tastes really good – I like it more than the traditional recipe!
- Fruit platters (just avoid the dip yourself if you’re buying one pre-made)
- Protein pudding
What are your food tricks of the trade?