What sounds better to you? Suffering your way through a diet consisting of massive amounts of fish and asparagus, or enjoy the foods you love? Like ice cream. Who doesn’t love it year round?
These days I really have no understanding why people hire “gurus” to give them an excessively restricting diet made up of 10 different foods. Day in and day out that sounds terribly boring! Not to mention what happens when we restrict ourselves of certain foods and food groups- we binge because we don’t love our food. There should be no “on plan” or “off plan” – instead we should aim for moderation year-round.
Well it’s about time you love your food and reach your goals. No more of the obsessive strict diets in your life. Seriously, would you keep up something like that the rest of your life? I’d feel for you if you did!
There is a better way. Your Food Doesn’t Have to Suck and you can achieve your best you! How you ask? Splurge in moderation, don’t force yourself to eat things you don’t like and create healthy substitutes of your favorite foods. (note: there is nothing wrong with asparagus, but eating it for breakfast and every meal is just gross). Bonus: the odds are you will stick to healthy eating so much better than living a life of restrictions.
What about the ice cream I mentioned you ask? Well here’s the shocker- I eat it a few times a week as a snack! Gasp!!! I just recreated a healthy version that fits my nutrition plan and tastes just as good. And because I want you to get off the fish and vegetable diet and start living a balanced life, I’m sharing it with you!
Peanut Butter Protein Ice Cream
- ¾ cup (100g) non-fat greek yogurt (plain)
- 1 tbsp (6g) powdered peanut butter (I use PB2)
- ½ scoop (15g) peanut butter flavored protein powder**
- 1 pack Stevia sweetener
Mix the ingredients until smooth. You can proceed in two methods. The first is using an ice cream maker/frozen yogurt machine. Takes less than 5 minutes to make the mixture set and you have ice cream. OR you can simply freeze in the freezer for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes to ensure it stays smooth and prevent it from turning into a frozen rock.
**I use Cellucor Cor-Performance whey protein in peanut butter marshmallow
Note: With this snack, I include a fat source. I generally will do either natural crunchy peanut butter that I drizzle over the top of the ice cream OR I add chopped nuts (walnuts or almonds) to the mixture before freezing. In the above I used walnuts. This fits my plan and is of course optional.
Nutritional information: 185 calories, 2g Fat, 11g Carbs, 32g Protein
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