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Last week, we discussed how a healthy meal or OPTAVIA Fueling can optimize your nutrition and create a healthy weight. This week, we’ll dive into the Nutritional and Behavioral Science behind OPTAVIA Fuelings.  

OPTAVIA Fuelings are designed based on our bodies’ three main sources of fuel:

  1. Carbohydrates
  2. Fats
  3. Protein

Each Fueling has a nearly identical nutritional profile, designed by our team of food scientists and refined by our Registered Dietitians and Nutrition Team.

Check out the following nutritional facts behind each Fueling:

  • OPTAVIA Essential and Select Fuelings do not contain colors, flavors, or sweeteners from artificial sources and OPTAVIA Select Fuelings do not contain colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives from artificial sources.
  • Each Fueling is a good source of high-quality complete protein and is full of essential vitamins and minerals.
  • OPTAVIA Fuelings also contain proprietary GanedenBC30® probiotic cultures, which survive in your gut 10x more effectively than probiotics found in yogurt. GanedenBC30®; helps aid in the digestion of protein and helps support digestive health as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Our proven assortment of Fuelings support people on their journey to optimal wellbeing. OPTAVIA Fuelings are designed to provide the right nutrition at every stage of your weight loss journey.

Remember that having your lean and green meals and Fuelings set for you, especially while we are at home, will make it much easier to reach a healthy weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Ask me, your OPTAVIA Coach, any other product-related questions you may have about OPTAVIA Fuelings during your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®.

Join this week’s Habits of Health® Community Time, The Secret Behind Fuelings: Nutritional and Behavioral Science, on Wednesday, May 6th at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. PT, hosted by Independent OPTAVIA® Coach Amber Smithson.

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With most of us spending the majority of our time at home, we may find it difficult to manage a healthy weight.

Even though our world is in a major state of flux that does not mean our healthy habits have to change as well.

The following tips can help you manage a healthy weight while keeping you on track at the same time:

  1. Modify your surroundings to support your goals (ex: rearrange your kitchen so your healthiest food options are at eye level).
  2. Write out a grocery list before safely heading to the store or ordering groceries online. Avoid grocery shopping when hungry or feeling stressed.
  3. Meal prep! Batch cook healthy lean & green options so they are readily available instead of waiting until you are already hungry to eat.
  4. Set reminders on your phone so you are continuing to eat small, frequent meals every 2-3 hours.
  5. Identify the difference between psychological and physical hunger. Psychological: intense, increases quickly, usually involves specific cravings for foods high in sugar, fat, salt. Physical: gradually increases, body cues (stomach growling, feeling a reduction in energy), without strong cravings. Use Stop. Challenge. Choose™ to help with psychological hunger and temptations.
  6. Stay hydrated! Drink 64 ounces* of water each day. Spice up your water with lemon slices or cucumber slices and a few mint leaves.

Ask me, your OPTAVIA Coach, about other ways to keep your Healthy Habits intact during your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®.

*Consult with your healthcare provider prior to changing the amount of water you drink as it can affect certain health conditions and medications.

1 Leaner | 1 Healthy Fat | 3 Green | 1 Condiment

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 25 minutes


12 oz. shredded, cooked chicken breast

1½ cups reduced-fat, shredded sharp cheddar cheese

¾ cup low-fat, plain Greek Yogurt

4 tbsp reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

1 cup diced tomatoes with green chilies

½ cup chopped cilantro (optional)

1, 1-lb. bag mini sweet peppers, halved lengthwise, stems and seeds removed

2½ cups celery sticks (about 13 oz.)


  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except the cilantro and bell peppers in a bowl, and pour into a lightly greased casserole dish.

Bake for 20 minutes until heated through. Serve hot with halved mini sweet peppers and celery sticks

Per Serving: 380 calories | 45g protein | 15g carbohydrate | 15g fat


Visit our OPTAVIA Pinterest page for an extensive assortment library of Lean & Green meals.


“Before starting the OPTAVIA program, I was hopeless. I struggled with weight my entire adult life.”

Sophia had gained and lost weight many times prior to getting on an OPTAVIA Plan, but she struggled to keep it off. As a result, she didn’t feel comfortable in her own skin.

“I hated getting dressed. I avoided social situations. I was embarrassed to do just about anything.”

Sophia also felt like a horrible example to her daughter. She didn't want her to experience the same struggle she did.

“My breaking point was when I was 39 and I was desperately trying to lose weight before I hit 40. Instead of losing weight, I gained it all year long, to the point where I weighed what I weighed when I was pregnant with my son.”

Sophia was devastated. She figured this was just the way her body was meant to be, and she felt she was always going to be an overweight sister, friend, wife, and worst of all, overweight mother to her child.

“Then I found the OPTAVIA Program and I felt so much better about my health, I didn't care how much weight I lost. I had hope for the first time in 20 years!”

To date, Sophia has lost more than 90 pounds* and she finally feels comfortable in her skin.

“I love spending time with family and friends! The best thing is I finally feel like I’m a positive example of health and confidence to my daughter.”

Now, as an OPTAVIA Coach, Sophia pays it forward and helps anyone who fills the same shoes she did. She doesn't want anyone to continue feeling hopeless for one more day.

*Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.


Kathy Glazer
3 Washington Circle N. W. #303, Washington,D.C. 20037, Also Falls Church,VA

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