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Melissa EastwoodMelissa


As she expressed on her testimonial, Melissa came to LIF terrified and scared didn’t think she was going to accomplish her goal. But soon Melissa found a family among her trainers, teachers and classmates. Today, after loosing more than 195 pounds she doesn’t recognize the woman who she was before coming to the program ” I feel like a complete different person” she says. “Today I feel  confident, strong, I feel I can do anything. I was working out next to a guy who came with a cane and could barely walk and on the other side to me was a professional baseball player” A life time transformative experience.


Favorite Recipe

Chicken Breasts with Steamed Veggies and Butternut Squash Soup


Prep: 15 min; Cook: 20 min; Ready In: 35 min


Butternut Squash Soup:

  • Nonstick cooking spray 
  • 1 lb butternut squash
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil 
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp thinly sliced fresh chives
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper 

Chicken Breasts with Steamed Veggies:

  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 (4-oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, divided
  • 2 basil leaves, torn
  • 3/4 cup broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup zucchini slices (1/2-thick)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  • For the Butternut Squash Soup: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees; coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.  Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds, and place the squash, cut-side down, on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until completely tender, about 30 to 40 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Scoop the squash into a large bowl; cover and set aside until needed. 
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; add the oil and heat through. Add the onions, and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Stir in the roasted squash, vegetable broth and bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard the bay leaf. 
  • Puree the soup in a blender until completely smooth. Do not fill the blender bowl more than halfway full. If necessary, puree in batches. 
  • Heat the soup in a saucepan over medium until thoroughly heated. Stir in the parsley, chives, sage, honey, salt and pepper. Hold warm. 
  • For the Chicken Breasts with Steamed Veggies: Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high; add the olive oil and heat through. Sear the chicken in the hot oil until dark golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip the breasts over, and add the garlic, tomatoes, thyme, oregano and lemon zest. Cook until the chicken is just cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Stir in the basil leaves during the last minute of cooking.
  • Meanwhile, place the broccoli, zucchini, carrots and bell pepper in a steam basket set over a pot of boiling water. Steam until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Hold warm.
  • Place 1/4 of the steamed veggies on each plate along with one chicken breast; top each breast with 1/4 of the tomato sauce.  Serve with a cup of soup on the side. 


SERVES 4 (Serving Size: 4 oz chicken breast, 1/4 of the veggies, 1/4 of the tomato sauce, and 1 cup soup)


CALORIES 381; FAT 11.9g (sat 1g); PROTEIN 39.5g; CARB 30.5g (sugar 8.5g); CHOL 96mg; CALC 23.8%; SODIUM 603mg 


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