Lean in 15 recipes: Joe Wicks' meal ideas

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Joe Wicks and his magic trees
Lean in 15 recipes have been developed by personal trainer and Instagram sensation Joe Wicks, also known as The Body Coach, in a bid, he says, to put an end to low calorie diets and meal replacement shakes.

His idea is simple, if you give your body plenty of what it needs at the right moments throughout the day and do regular bursts of high intensity exercise you'll never feel hungry and in theory, you should lose weight. Despite being packed full of carbohydrates Joe's Lean in 15 meals help to shift the pounds by playing a crucial role in helping to maintain your body's balance - because he says when you're working hard you need grains and good fats to sustain you throughout the day. In his words, 'you haven't got to come home from the gym an eat a salad.'

What can I eat when following the Lean in 15 recipe plan?

All of the Lean in 15 meals are healthy, nutritionally balanced recipes packed full of healthy carbs, good fats and are high in protein to make sure you never fall into the trap of binge eating after feeling hungry from a few days of calorie counting.

The trick, Joe says, is to tailor your meals to the amount of exercise you're doing, and his recipe book Lean in 15 is written under three different sections to make following the plan as simple as possible - training day meals, rest day recipes, and snack ideas. Joe says that it is 'a simple way of eating' where, 'you'll never go hungry'.

'You're just giving your body the right energy source at the right time', he adds.

On a training day, when you plan to exercise, he advises that you eat three carbohydrate-rich meals and two snacks (hello apple muffins!). On rest days, when you've not planned on going to the gym or working out, the advice is to eat three reduced-carbohydrate meals and two snacks.

If you're following his programme complete with exercises challenges then you'll build up the carbs as the intensity of your weekly exercise increases.

Lean in 15 recipes

Joe Wicks' naughty steak burritos with pineapple salsa

These deliciously zesty Mexican burritos are the perfect training day meal. Packed with double carbs and lean protein-rich steak they'll keep you fuller for longer while helping your muscles recover from their work out.
Get the recipe: Naughty steak burritos

Joe Wicks' big beefy meat balls

Using a few clever substitutes and shortcuts, like coconut oil and ready made meatballs, this recipe is ideal if you're looking to get fit and healthy. Packed full of greens it'll help towards your 5-a-day count and it can be on the table in just half an hour, too.
Get the recipe: Big beefy meatballs

Carrot and apple muffins

With no flour and no sugar these genius muffins are the perfect way to treat yourself without giving your body a blood sugar spike (and the inevitable crash!).
Get the recipe: Carrot and apple muffins

These three recipes are just to get you started, if you're keen to follow the plan more closely then keep checking back for more ideas, or buy Joe Wicks' book Lean in 15, which includes 100 recipes. Joe often shares recipes, hints and tips on his Instagram too, so keep your eyes peeled there, too!

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