I’ve finished my first full month of P90X and I am anxious to see what the second month has in store for me. I lost a ton of weight in the first two weeks, but now it is coming off at a crawl. On the other hand, I am down a clothing size and my body is already much stronger and more flexible, so I can’t complain about the scale. I must actually be building some muscle!
I am not following the P90X diet program, but I am using its principles in my own hybrid version of P90X/Weight Watchers. I am eating almost entirely fresh fruits and vegetables, with beans or low-fat or fat-free dairy (Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, etc) for protein. I used to rely a lot on soy products, but I am trying to stay away from any kind of packaged goods, so I am using those sparingly right now. I have dramatically reduced my consumption of processed foods. Most importantly, I have been very focused on eating to fuel my body, particularly with all this amazing exercise I am getting. I do closely monitor my points allowance, of course, but I splurge a lot less on treats and wine in favor of extra protein.
I shared my favorite new breakfast a couple of weeks ago. Now I have a smoothie recipe for you to try. I am sure you will read this and think it sounds awful. It really does sound terrible from the list of ingredients. However, if you give it a try, you will find that you don’t taste the kale at all and the banana mellows out the grapefruit. It is filling and invigorating. It is my new favorite pre-workout meal.
Ingredients (in order of how I place in blender):
- 1 cup chopped kale (I actually just rip it with my hands)
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup ice (here is a great ice recipe if you need one – be sure to read the reviews!)
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 small banana
- 1 grapefruit
I blend until it is completely smooth. You can still see little bits of kale, but it doesn’t give off any flavor. Instead, it has a light citrus taste that gives a real pick-me-up. This has enough calories to constitute a meal for me, but I sometimes split it in freezer ball jars to make it snack size. I also use those freezer jars for sweeter green smoothies that I send in Girlie’s lunchboxes. She loves them! I just use oranges instead of grapefruit. Here is a picture of a freezer jar ready to go:
What is your favorite work-out smoothie recipe? Do you use powders? I’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions. P
Here are the freezer ball jars on amazon if you’re interested in giving those a try: