Kayla Itsines’ Daily Diet and Her Healthy Twist on Junk Food

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Fitness guru Kayla Itsines is one of the first fitspo girls who took social media by storm over fitness and healthy diet. With a fantastic fan following of over six million, the Australian personal trainer is quite popular on Instagram. Kayla Itsines’ claim to fame is her Bikini Body Guide workout and diet plan.

Itsines usually posts her workout sessions and her daily life experiences on her Instagram account. These days, the young fitness and health expert, trains celebrities as well. So what does the diet plan for a professional fitness trainer like her consist of? Let’s take a peek at Kalya Itsines’ healthy and unique diet.

Kayla Itsines’ Diet Plan

The Instagram fitness star follows a strict and balanced diet. She never skips her breakfast. Every morning, she prepares her own breakfast. Kayla Itsines usually starts her day with a poached egg and a slice of wholewheat toast.

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After hitting the gym with her clients, Itsines prepares the rest of her breakfast. It consists of another two slices of wholewheat toast and a poached egg. Along with it, she eats avocado with a hint of lemon juice, tomatoes, and a baby spinach salad.

For lunch, she goes for green salads, which generally include cucumber, pepper, mint, basil, onion, and bocconcini with some lean protein, like chicken or tuna. Itnsines also incorporates some complex carbohydrates to provide her body with the required energy. Hence, she also includes quinoa or sometimes wholewheat croutons in her salads. When not in the mood for salads, she either opts for wholewheat wraps or an Acai bowl to keep herself full.

As for dinner, the celebrity personal trainer keeps it interesting by changing the menu daily. Her dinner mostly includes a lean protein, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. Itsines loves green chicken vegetable curry with brown rice, roast beef with vegetables and a chili quinoa, or salmon with a summer salsa salad (brown rice, cucumber, tomato, red onion, and avocado). Sometimes she even eats something fancy like seafood marinara at her favorite restaurant in her hometown of Adelaide, Australia. To destress her mind, she wraps up her day with a warm cup of chamomile tea.

After gathering much admiration on Instagram, Kayla Itsines published a book of healthy recipes called, “The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide.” The book includes a number of recipes where Itsines has added a healthy spin to homemade and junk foods. Here’s a simple and healthy pizza recipe from Itsines’ book. Enjoy!

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Healthy Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Oil spray
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 1/4 ounces lean ground lamb
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 whole wheat pita breads
  • 2 3/4 ounces tomato puree
  • 1 large handful baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 ounce salt-reduced low-fat feta cheese, crumbled
  • Yogurt sauce (in directions below)
  • 3 1/2 ounces low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 garlic clove, crushed
  • Lemon juice, to taste

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take a saucepan and spray it lightly with oil spray. Keep it on a medium heat.

Next, add the ground lamb with garlic and cook for five to seven minutes until the meat gets slightly brown and tender. Season with salt and pepper (optional). Drain off excess oil from the meat.

Spread tomato puree on the pita breads. Add spinach, lamb, onion, tomato, olives, and feta as toppings. Place it on the lined baking sheet.

Bake the pizzas for eight to 10 minutes. Check the toppings and edges. Cook until the edges become golden brown.

While the pizzas are cooking, make the yogurt sauce. Simply whisk yogurt, garlic, and lemon juice in a bowl. Serve the pizzas with yogurt sauce poured on the toppings.

 


Sources:

Dawson Hoff, V., “What Instagram’s Biggest Fitness Star Eats Every Day,” Elle web site, September 28, 2015; http://www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/a30624/kayla-itsines-food-diary/, last accessed January 1, 2017

Astorino, D., “This Is the Healthy Pizza Kayla Itsines Makes at Home,” Popsugar web site, January 15, 2017; http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Healthy-Pizza-Recipe-From-Kayla-Itsines-42996206, last accessed January 1, 2017