Nutrition Tips & Recipes For Women!

Check out these great nutrition tips and recipes for women. Learn what foods to avoid and what to eat. Start eating healthy today.

Nutrition Tips

These are just a few tips that might help you develop or adhere to an effective nutrition plan. Feel free to email me with your specific questions and I'll be happy to help.

Refined Sugar

A good rule of thumb is to avoid anything processed or that has refined sugar. These are typically not your most quality foods and could impede your efforts to improve your health and/or fat loss goals. This includes the obvious foods as well as regular soft drinks and fruit concentrate based drinks. Diet soft drinks and other non-calorie/low-calorie drinks (i.e. crystal light) are fine.


Bottle of Water Drink LOTS of it. It will flush your system and hydrate your skin, muscles, etc. Your muscles are comprised of 70% water, so you NEED water if you are trying to build muscle. Get used to having at least 1 Gallon of water per day and more if you are leading up to a competition. Contrary to popular belief, drinking more water, does not make your body retain it. On the contrary, your body will learn to process it and help speed your body's ability to lose fat.


You definitely need a good multi-vitamin. Also, depending on how serious you want to get with weights, you may want to incorporate antioxidants to help in muscle recovery.


Fruit is great, but if possible, try to have it sooner in the day rather than later due to the generally high carb content in most fruits. Carbs are a primary energy source, so if you eat them earlier in the day, they will be efficiently used during your daily activities and/or training.


Alcohol is full of empty calories, so if you are adhering to a strict competition or fat loss diet, you will want to avoid it. If you are maintaining your weight you will also want to limit it in order to avoid weight gain.

Monitoring Your Progress

Don't get too wigged out about scale weight. I get on the scale about once a week just to see where I am. However, weight becomes somewhat irrelevant if you're trying to add muscle at the same time that you're trying to lean out. The best monitor for fat loss is your clothes. Also, depending on how aggressively you're cutting calories it may take a little while for your body to adjust to the decrease. Once your body starts burning efficiently you will begin to see more rapid loss. Have patience and above all be consistent!


Egg White, Oatmeal Pancakes

  • 3/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 7-9 egg whites
  • 3 Tablespoons Splenda (sweetener)
  • Cinnamon to taste (usually about a 1/2 teaspoon)
  • Vanilla Extract to taste (usually about a capful)
  1. Blend all ingredients in blender or with hand blender on a low speed just until everything is blended.
  2. Pour in med/large pan (heated to medium with Pam spray).
  3. Let cook until bubble form on top and start to pop to form open holes (usually 5 minutes).
  4. Flip and let cook another 3 minutes. Makes one large pancake.

Chicken Cacciatore

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomato
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 3 pressed garlic cloves
  • 1/4 t. thyme
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. oregano
  • 1 T. parsley
  • Dash of pepper
  • Cooking spray
  1. Spray pan with cooking spray and heat.
  2. Brown chicken and set aside.
  3. Add chopped onion, green pepper and garlic.
  4. Cook until the onion is tender; about 5 minutes.
  5. Add crushed tomatoes, parsley, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper.
  6. Cook over low for 15 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  7. Add browned chicken, cover and cook on low for 45 minutes.
  8. Uncover and cook an additional 15 minutes, Serve.
  9. Top on whole wheat pasta or brown rice if desired.

Tortilla Wrap

  • 1 Whole wheat tortilla
  • 5 oz. Fat free or 99% fat free deli meat
  • 2 T. salsa
  • Sliced green or red peppers
  • Fat free cheese (if desired)
  • Roll up and eat hot or cold


  • 1 lb lean ground beef (browned)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 diced yellow/gold onions
  • 1 diced bell pepper
  • 3 chopped carrots
  • 2 stalks chopped celery
  • 2 cans pinto beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2-3 T. chili powder
  • 1 t. cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup fat free, low sodium chicken broth
  • Makes Approximately 6 servings
  1. Brown the ground beef in large pan.
  2. Remove from heat and drain.
  3. Set ground beef aside.
  4. Saute onions, pepper, carrots and celery in pan until tender.
  5. Add browned ground beef and remaining ingredients; simmer 30-45 minutes.
  6. If additional liquid is needed, add the chicken broth to achieve desired consistency.

Fast Chicken Fajitas

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 Whole-wheat tortilla
  • Low sodium fajita or other seasoning to taste
  • Salsa to taste
  • Fat free cheese (if desired)
  1. Lightly spray skillet with cooking spray and saute chicken breast.
  2. Season with low-sodium fajita seasoning or Ms. Dash.
  3. Remove from heat and slice chicken breast.
  4. Heat tortilla in skillet.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add chicken, fat free cheese and salsa.

Pan Broiled Fish

  • 1 lb. Fish filets
  • 1 14 oz. Can diced tomatoes w/ basil, garlic & oregano
  • Makes 4 servings
  1. Pre-heat oven 350-degrees.
  2. Mix raw beef and uncooked oatmeal in large bowl.
  3. Add egg whites, diced onions and diced green peppers.
  4. Add 2 t. Worchester sauce.
  5. Mix with hands until firm.
  6. Put mixture into loaf pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  8. Pour excess liquid from pan.
  9. Top with tomatoes and serve.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef Approximately 2/3 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 can diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup diced green pepper
  • 2/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 t. Worchester sauce
  • Makes four servings
  1. Pre-heat oven 350-degrees.
  2. Mix raw beef and uncooked oatmeal in large bowl.
  3. Add egg whites, diced onions and diced green peppers.
  4. Add 2 t. Worchester sauce.
  5. Mix with hands until firm.
  6. Put mixture into loaf pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  8. Pour excess liquid from pan.
  9. Top with tomatoes and serve.

Broiled Fish Dijon

  • 6 fish filets
  • 1 1/2 lbs small zucchini, cut lengthwise into halves
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • 2 T. low-calorie Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 T. drained capers
  • Makes 6 servings
  1. Rinse fish and pat dry.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together mustard and garlic.
  3. Arrange fish and zucchini in a single layer in a large pan.
  4. Drizzle with lemon juice.
  5. Broil on top rack for 5 minutes.
  6. Turn fish over, spread with mustard/garlic mixture.
  7. Continue to broil for 5 minutes or until zucchini is lightly browned and fish is cooked.
  8. Sprinkle with paprika and capers.

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