Vegan, soy, non-GMO, sugar free, gluten free, dairy free... flavor free? With so many buzz words and fad diets floating around, picky eating is all the rage right now. And with all the hype surrounding quick fixes, like flat tummy tea (insert eye roll), it can be hard to figure out exactly what we should be putting into our bodies.
Let’s set the record straight
I do not have any of these answers for you. Honestly, there is no one-size-fits-all, so you have to play around with food choices and see what works best for you. If dairy makes you feel like sh*t, limit it or cut it out of your diet. If eating organic foods is important to you, educate yourself about which ones are worth the extra money and which ones aren't. If you're trying to build muscle (like me), add protein - animal or plant, whichever your prefer. Point being, do what works FOR YOU!
You know the old saying “abs are made in the kitchen”, well, unfortunately it’s true. Sadly, pizza, beer, and wings never gave anyone a washboard stomach. There is no “cheat” method or fast-track way around it. There are literally not enough stairs you could climb, miles you could run, crunches you could crunch, or burpees you could… burp… to out train a bad diet. The tried-and-true formula to achieve a lean and toned body is 80% diet and 20% exercise. 80%! That means that what you are fueling your body with is insanely important.
I am a disaster in the kitchen (I literally used my oven twice last year total and the crockpot once), but I can mix up a mean protein shake on my blender. If you are a chocolate lover or have a sweet tooth, this Reese's Pieces inspired shake is for you.
Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Cup Protein Shake
- ½ cup ice (crushed)
- 1.5 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 2 T chocolate PB2 powder
- 3 T milk chocolate cocoa mix
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk (light)
Blend well. Enjoy. You’re welcome. Macros: 305 cal, 30g carbs, 39g protein, 4g fat
If you are new to macronutrient tracking, check out this article for a good starting point: