It’s one week until the wedding and your to-do list looks something like this:
-Get last gown fitting.
-Adjust Table 8 because Sue and Don decided to cancel their trip.
-Make welcome baskets (Google what works with Hawaiian theme).
-Attend incessant spin classes.
-Prepare the apartment for guests.
-Shop for rehearsal dinner dress.
-Pack for honeymoon.
And on it goes…
In between all the madness, a girl’s got to eat, right?
For healthy options to keep you fueled and white dress-ready, we turned to celebrity chef Chef Ameera. This queen of the kitchen counts Rihanna, Regina King, Kyle Richards, Vivica A. Fox and Keri Hilson among her star-studded roster of clients, so we know we can trust her when it comes to stocking our fridge with tasty delights that won’t pad the waistline.
“I have consulted with a handful [of my celebrity clients] on losing weight, maintaining, and living a healthy lifestyle,” the chef, whose motto is “Everything Tastes Better with Love,” says. “My job is to simplify my clients’ lives when it comes to eating healthy so they can focus on other things.”
As a bride with a million things on her metaphorical plate, you could use some simplifying in your life, too. That’s why Chef Ameera kindly cooked up two example meal plans for the week before the wedding exclusively for you, our readers! The icing on the cake you’ll be forgoing is that you can lose up to 3 pounds by following her suggestions.
MEAL PLAN 1
Before breakfast every morning have a glass of warm water with lemon.
Omelet with 4 egg whites, 1/4 c minced asparagus, 2 Tbsp red bell pepper, Italian parsley, fresh garlic and 1 tsp shredded low-fat cheese, 1 cup plain green tea
1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt and 10 raspberries or 12 oz low carb, low sugar protein shake
6 oz grilled chicken breast seasoned with lemon juice, salt free seasoning, oregano and thyme
1 cup roasted broccoli with lemon zest, lemon juice, chili flakes and 1 tsp flax seed oil
12 almonds or celery with 1 Tbsp organic peanut butter
8 oz grilled chicken
3 cups romaine lettuce with 2 Tbsp lemon juice and flax seed oil, 1 tsp fat free feta cheese, ½ cup chopped cucumbers, 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced, Italian parsley and mint
1 apple sliced with lemon juice, cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg
MEAL PLAN 2
12 oz protein shake, 1 apple with 1 Tbsp almond butter
1 cup green tea
½ large grapefruit with ginger
6 oz grilled chicken, ½ cup Quinoa, ¼ cup steamed zucchini and carrots, Italian parsley, lemon zest and salt free seasoning
Carrot and celery sticks with 2 Tbsp hummus
6 oz mustard crusted grilled sirloin steak,1/4 cup steamed herb brown rice, and steamed carrots
1 large orange
Curious about what you should be eating the day of the wedding? Depriving yourself can send you to a moody place, Chef Ameera cautions. And let’s face it: no bride wants a pout for her pictures!
“Often in the past when I’ve had huge events, I forget to eat!” the chef candidly admits. “I was extremely cranky, unbalanced, and the smallest things would annoy me. Brides should take a lesson from me and make sure you give your body a few nutritionally balanced snacks.”
She suggests Think Thin bars, trail mix, crudités, fruit platters, popcorn, edamame, crackers and cheese, and warns against too much sugar.
We also just had to ask what big trends Chef Ameera is seeing in the wedding culinary world right now. It’s good to know that mini food and desserts, comfort classics, themed libations, and late snacks still reign supreme.
Now you’re all set to not only be bootylicious like a celebrity but foodielicious, too.
For more recipes, contact Chef Ameera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison Kornberg Walch can be reached via email at email@example.com