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Now that we have learned the importance of eating every two to­­ three hours in Element 08, let's focus on what you should be eating.

OPTAVIA Fuelings are integral to most OPTAVIA Plans and are designed to help you reach optimal health and wellbeing in a safe and easy way. Our scientifically proven plans and products were developed by physicians, dietitians, and scientists, and have been used by more than two million Clients.

Each OPTAVIA Fueling is scientifically formulated with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat which helps promote a gentle, but efficient fat-burning state. Check out these additional benefits:

  • Fuelings are lower in fat and nutritious, providing essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates.
  • OPTAVIA Fuelings contain high-quality protein, which helps retain lean muscle mass, and GanedenBC30®probiotic cultures, which help support digestive health, as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
  • They may be used interchangeably. Each Fueling has a nearly identical nutritional profile.
  • They are portable or easy to prepare, making them convenient for a busy lifestyle or traveling.

Connect with me, your Independent OPTAVIA Coach, for additional information on how Fuelings are one component of OPTAVIA and help you meet your goals on your transformation journey.

Join this week’s Habits of Health® Webinar, Your LifeBook— Element 09: Why Fuelings Rock!, on Wednesday, May 5th at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. PT, hosted by Independent OPTAVIA® Coach Jenny Dykstra featuring OPTAVIA 's Director of Clinical Nutrition Jennifer Christman, MHA, RDN, LDN, CPT.

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Whether you are celebrating with your mother, or with your immediate family or friends, here are some ideas to ensure you stay on Plan while enjoying your special day.

  • Have a Lean & Green lunch or dinner. The key to a great day is a healthy and nutritious lunch or dinner. Check out the OPTAVIA Pinterest page for tons of delicious Lean & Green recipe options.
  • Host a lawn-game. Spring is here – it’s time to take advantage of the nice weather by getting outside for a game of croquet, corn hole, outdoor Jenga, or horseshoes. Split into teams and drum up some friendly rivalry while soaking up rays with a backyard challenge. Make it a yearly tradition and pass around a trophy to the winner each year.
  • Take a flower arranging class. Mother's Day arrives just as spring is in full bloom. Take advantage of the season by going to a flower arranging class with Mom or surprising her by sending a fresh bouquet.
  • Set up a scavenger hunt. Get the kids involved to make mom feel extra loved. Split the family into teams to complete tasks like, "take a video of yourself saying how you like to spend time with mom” or, "find a flower outside and present it to your mother." 

For more ways to celebrate Mother's Day, reach out to other moms in the OPTAVIA Community!

Yield: 4 servings

Complete Lean & Green Meal: 1 lean, 3 green, 3 condiments

Total Time: 20 minutes


3¾ lb. extra-firm tofu, drained

2 tbsp taco seasoning or chili powder

4 cups chopped leafy lettuce

3 cups cauliflower rice, cooked

1 cup diced tomatoes

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Using your fingers, crumble the tofu to resemble ground meat.
  2. Toss the tofu with the taco seasoning or chili powder.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet on medium heat and brown the tofu crumbles.
  4. For each serving, place 1 cup of lettuce, ¾ cup of cooked cauliflower rice, ¼ cup of tomatoes, ¼ cup of cilantro, and 15 ounces of tofu crumbles.

Nutrition Facts:  Per serving: 310 calories, 10g fat, 20g carbohydrate, 34g protein


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


Rosaleen has been overweight most of her adult life, gaining and losing weight depending on her extracurricular activities she's participated in her hometown of Oahu, Hawaii.

"I've played football, volleyball, paddled, hiked, and done CrossFit throughout my life but have never been consistent. So my weight would go up and down constantly."

When she celebrated her 40th Birthday, she noticed that her weight had been the highest in her life, and she needed to make a change.

She reached out to an old neighbor who was on Plan and started her health journey at 315 pounds.

"I needed the change. I did not tell my extended family, friends, or co-workers what I was doing. I got through the holidays on the Optimal Health 5&1 Plan®. I stayed diligent and did not succumb to temptations because I was losing weight dramatically."

She is now down over 100 pounds, and decided to become a Coach to help her family and friends feel as great as she does now.

OPTAVIA has been the catalyst in my life, it has opened up my mind to so many more possibilities."

Rosaleen loves sharing her energy, passion, and health with everyone around her. “My household is bustling with vibrancy, OPTAVIA has changed my life, and now I am spreading that 'OPTAVIA Aloha!’”

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


Rebecca Lange
Independent Certified OPTAVIA Coach
P.O. Box 38941
Greensboro, NC 27438

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