Pesto Tilapia with Red Potatoes and Green Beans

You Can’t Eat What You Want

The best thing about being an adult is that you can eat whatever you want whenever you want.  If you want to order and devour the entire left side of the McDonald’s menu, you can do that. And though people might look at you in a funny or frightened way, nobody will stop you.  When you’re finished, or more specifically, about two hours after you’re finished, you will wish that someone had stopped you. But you’re an adult, right? It’s your job to say when. You make the decisions; that’s the best thing.

 

The worst thing about being an adult is that you are responsible for the consequences of your decisions.  As a kid, you don’t have much choice about what you’re going to eat, when you’re going to eat, or how much you’re going to eat.  Your parents buy and prepare the food; they put it on your plate, and tell you to eat every morsel of it because, if you don’t, you’re somehow affecting the lives of children in a far-off, disadvantaged country.  You think, “I’m pretty sure kids halfway around the globe aren’t going to want this liver anymore than I do, no matter how hungry they are.” So you sit there, spread the gross food around your plate, feed it to the dog, throw it behind the fridge…anything to get up from the table and go play with your friends.

 

But you’re not a child—you’re an adult, and it’s like Halloween, Christmas, and Grandma’s house all rolled into one.  You can have sweets, pastries, pizza, ice cream, etc. whenever you want them, and depending on your financial situation, the supply is nearly limitless.  This becomes a serious problem when you can’t help yourself. You know you shouldn’t eat the way you do, but no one is there to tell you no, except you, and you don’t know how.  That’s where Live in Fitness can help.

 

First things first, so that you don’t stop reading and start eating: When we say you can’t eat what you want, what we mean is, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, you can’t eat the things you eat now in the quantities that you eat them.  We’re definitely NOT saying that you can’t eat the foods you like. Granted, those foods have caused you a lot of pain over the years, but they have also given you a lot of pleasure. Food is one of the greatest pleasures there is; we have no intention of removing that pleasure and making your life miserable.  On the contrary, we’re going to teach you how to eat in a way that allows you to enjoy food in a responsible healthy way…with no guilt and no regrets.

 

When you come to our fitness retreat in Rainbow Harbor Long beach Ca  , we are going to, of course, help you get thinner. We’re also going to teach you how to stay that way.  This does not include starving yourself. Thinner is great, but healthier and happier are much better. That’s why we have a proven program that can make you this way, and it has three primary elements to it: Behavior, Exercise, and Nutrition.

 

Making behavioral changes is vital, because whatever you’re doing now isn’t working.  You’ve probably tried countless fad diets and/or exercise equipment that promises to make you look the people selling them, and they haven’t worked.  That’s because the magic isn’t in whatever they’re selling—it’s inside you. We help you delve into the underlying issues that have kept you from succeeding in the past.  Once they’re discovered, we address them and teach you to deal with them in a healthy way.   

 

Exercise is also vital.  It’s no secret that regular exercise reduces your risk for serious diseases.  The operative word is regular. When exercise becomes a habit, you not only feel better and have more energy, but you also look better…which in turn makes you feel better and have more energy.  It’s like a snowball rolling down a hill, but instead of the ball getting bigger, you’re getting smaller. Not to mention, you have to eat. And when you eat, you’re taking in calories, a.k.a. fuel.  Your body is a machine that needs to burn that fuel. If it isn’t burned, it’s stored.

 

This can’t be emphasized enough: FOOD IS FUEL.  If you want to feel and look your best, exercise and attitude aren’t enough; you need the best fuel.  That’s why we have professional chefs and nutritionists on staff. They’re here to create a diet and prepare the food specifically for you.  This doesn’t mean you’re going to be eating tiny, tasteless meals; you can still eat the foods you like. Only here, you will learn how to make healthier versions of them and eat them in smaller, but still satisfying portions.

 

How we’re going to change your life isn’t rocket science, but it is science: psychology, biology, and physiology.  Our program is not only three-pronged, it’s proven to work, and we don’t mean only while you’re here. It’s going to work for the long-term.  When you get here, you can’t eat what you want. When you leave, you can, because what you want (especially how much you want) will change for the better.  You will change for the better.

Dinner

Pesto Tilapia with Red Potatoes and Green Beans

Prep: 15 min; Cook: 30 min; Ready In: 45 min 

Pesto:

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 small cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives
  • Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil

Tilapia with Potatoes and Green Beans:

  • 2 cups red potatoes, quartered (or halved if very small)
  • 3 cups fresh green beans 
  • 4 (4-oz) tilapia fillets
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • For the Pesto: Combine all of the pesto ingredients in a blender, and process until 
  • smooth and combined. (Turn off the motor, and scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed while processing.)  
  • For the Tilapia with Potatoes and Green Beans: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Place the potatoes in a saucepan covered with cool water;  cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. (Hint: A fork inserted into the center of a potato should slide in and out with ease.) 
  • Meanwhile, place the green beans in a steam basket set over a pot of boiling water. Steam the beans until crisp-tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Hold warm.
  • Place the tilapia fillets on a baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread 1 tablespoon of pesto evenly over the top of each fillet. Bake in the preheated oven until just cooked through (flakes easily with a fork), about 15 minutes. 
  • Serve the tilapia with 1/4 of the steamed green beans and potatoes; drizzle 1 tablespoon of sour cream over the potatoes, and garnish each plate with a lemon wedge. Serve immediately.______________________________________________________________________________________________

SERVES 4 (Serving Size: 4 oz tilapia, 1 Tbsp pesto, ½ cup red potatoes, ½ cup green beans, and 1 Tbsp reduced fat sour cream)

CALORIES  304.5; FAT 11.04g (sat 2.25g); PROTEIN 29.37g; CARB 26.03g (sugar 5.54g); CHOL 60mg; CALC 10%; SODIUM: 736mg