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Ultra-Longevity Meal Plan with Pics


Sunday, June 12, 2011


I recently read a book called ďUltra-Longevity Ė The seven-step program for a younger, healthier you.Ē



I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone interested in optimizing their health.
As you can imagine, one of the steps in the book involves nutrtion. And in that chapter, the author provides an 8-day sample meal plan, complete with recipes for the meals and snacks. The dishes contain a variety of healthy ingredients, including spices which are an important part of the plan. The dishes sounded so good that I was inspired to try as many recipe as possible! Here are the meals I have tried so far:

BREAKFAST

1. First is a simple veggie-egg white omelet. I have seen many Spark members discuss similar dishes on the message boards, but I had never tried it before. You can use any veggies you have on hand. I used zucchini, onion, bell pepper, mushroom, spinach, and tomato.



Saute the veggies in a little canola oil. Once they are soft, add four egg whites. Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese in as well. Hereís what it looks like while cooking:




I served it with Thomasí Light Multigrain Muffin and some fresh berries. It looks a mess, but it was very, very good. This is going to be a go-to meal for me Ė especially when I need protein but donít have a lot of calories to spare.



The omelet itself has 130 calories. The entire meal clocks in at around 300 calories.

2. The next breakfast was blueberry pancakes! I didnít really think of this as food for a healthy eating plan, but I guess when you use whole wheat flour and practice portion control, it can work! These pancakes are served with a glaze of maple syrup, walnuts, orange juice, and zest of orange.



They were so delicious, and only 195 calories per serving. I had mine with the rest of the orange. By the way, these were a big hit with my dogs as well!



3. Another great breakfast idea: chicken sausage.



These are made with one pound of ground chicken (for 6 servings), diced apple, dice onion and garlic, sage, salt, and pepper. Olive oil and maple syrup are also added directly into the mixutre. Form into patties and brown them in a skillet. No additional oil is needed. I had mine with eggs and a fruit salad with peach, kiwi, and blueberries. I froze the remaining sausage patties and canít wait to try them again!





Lunch and Dinner:

1. First up is a grilled veggie wrap with eggplant, portabella musrhoom, pineapple, and bell peppers.



Here are the veggies getting their nice grill marks:




Chop up the veggies and toss them with some balsamic vinegar and seasonings, roll it up in a wrap and add a ton of romaine, and thatís lunch!




The addition of the pineapple was really nice. However I canít say I would make this exact meal again. I really donít like eggplant. I try it periodically because I treat myself like a toddler Ė keep introducing new foods multiple times. Who knows, I may learn to like it at some point.

2. Another great wrap was the grilled chicken quesadilla. Here you see it served with avacado salad, and ďcreamĒ of broccoli soup:



The broccoli soup of course had no cream in it. Instead it was pureed after cooking to give it that creamy texture. It tasted so fresh! A surprising ingredient in this soup was pistachios! That really added to the depth of flavor.

3. This dish is Horeradish Crusted Salmon with Cranberry Dill Catsup. For this dish you actually grate fresh horseradish and coat the salmon with it before sauteing. This is so good, I may learn to like salmon. I highly recommend trying this method the next time you make fish.



I served this with a bag of frozen vegetables. The meal plan called for serving it with gingered carrots, but I dd not have all the ingredients on hand.


SNACKS

1. The book included a recipe for trail mix bars. Iíve never made my own bars before, but these were really, really tasty! These bars are chock full of wholesome ingredients:




One of the things I liked was the use of Quinoa Flakes in the recipe. I have been trying to include quinoa in my diet, but I havenít really liked it as a side dish. But I loved it as part of this baked dish!



Each bar has 130 calories in it. I took a bunch with me on my recent trip, and they were perfect to eat on the plane. I will definitely be making these again as well.

All in all, there are 55 recipes listed in this book for the 8 day meal plan. I have tried 10 of them so far, and 9 of the 10 I will make again. Iím really excited about trying the rest of the recipes. Gosh I havenít even started on the desserts yet! For lunch today Iím going to have tortilla soup and a cranberry chicken wrap. Iíd better get busy!!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FATBUSTINMOM 6/27/2011 2:33PM

    Looks good! Might have to get that book for sure :-)

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JUDITHROXANA 6/14/2011 9:49AM

    Thanks for sharing! Looks so healthy and delicious! Very cool blog! emoticon

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JONNYJETPROP 6/14/2011 12:30AM

    Looks Good!

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SOULOFADANCER 6/13/2011 8:28PM

    yummuy

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RIKKI572 6/13/2011 6:01PM

    Sounds fantastic, and the recipes sound delish. Thanks for sharing.

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SAMI199 6/13/2011 3:04PM

    Delicious! Thanks for sharing!!

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ROSEMAID 6/13/2011 7:52AM

    Yum, yum!

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2HAMSDIET 6/12/2011 9:30PM

    It all looks so good thanks for sharing.

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/12/2011 8:34PM

    MY GOODNESS! Do they ever sound great, and you've given me so many great ideas!! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 6/12/2011 8:05PM

    Everything here looks absolutely delicious, except, perhaps, for the eggplant. I'm not a big fan either.

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SILENTE8 6/12/2011 4:48PM

  Wow! Thanks for sharing your review of this books, as well as the pictures and reviews of the recipes you tried. I have been looking for ways to make healthier breakfast items for my husband, how is a big breakfast eater. He is not a picky eater, and I bet he'd enjoy these healthy options, as opposed to the old pork sausage and white flour pancake standbys. I really like this blog. ~Erin

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HILLRUNNER 6/12/2011 4:40PM

    Thanks for the recipe ideas and the pics are great! Best to you with the book!

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LOPEYP 6/12/2011 3:06PM

    Great blog! I'll have to check out that book. All the meals look yummy! emoticon

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VTSKIER805 6/12/2011 2:43PM

    Yum that all looks so delicious! I have been relying on SparkRecipes to find healthy, delicious, and low-cal recipes but it would be nice to have other sources as well!

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TWNOMWE 6/12/2011 2:37PM

    Great recipes. The fun part is that today I made a veggie omelet (0.25 cup of egg whites,1 cup of spinach and 0.5 cups of tomatoes with 1 tsp of olive oil and for spices i added in 0.5 ts of coliander) and had 0.5 cup of fiber one cereal with 0.5 cups of fresh strawberries and 1 cup of unsweetened soy beverage (275 cal) and was very full.
I am sure going to look for that book (can I find it in Indigo /chapter?).
thanks for sharing.

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/12/2011 1:15PM

    Wow - I want to come to your "restaurant!"
YUMMY!!!

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ZANYGIRL1 6/12/2011 12:56PM

    The meals looked very tasty, sounds like a book I want to get! (for all that's in it)
Karen

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KIBAISREADY 6/12/2011 12:31PM

    I love it! Thanks for sharing... and those meals look very yummy enjoy! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 6/12/2011 11:57AM

    Wow! Eventually after seeing everyone posting all these delicious, healthy, low-calorie meals, I am actually going to start cooking! These all look and sound fabulous!

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SOCIALWORKERBEE 6/12/2011 11:24AM

    that was a fantastic blog! those pictures were great. i never would have even taken a peek because i dont' cook but that looked so awesome that it even inspired me to make the omelette! thank you for that informative post and how exciting to get healthy and be creative at the same time!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/12/2011 11:16AM

    Sounds like a very interesting book! Love the meal plan....the pics are making me hungry and it isn't even lunch time yet!!

Have a great day!
Rhonda

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PICKLEDGINGER2 6/12/2011 11:10AM

  Good work. Thanks.

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