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Day 29 – LAST DAY OF LEVEL 2!

TGIF!

Found via Google.

Found via Google.

I feel like celebrating – because it’s Friday AND because today was the last morning workout of 30 Day Shred Level 2.  While I know that Monday I may be posting an image of tears – as I previewed Level 3 yesterday and it looks killer – I’m happy to be done with Level 2.

Some thoughts on Level 2:  Level 2 is definitely a step up from Level 1.  While I don’t know if I’d say it gets “easier” as you go through it, you do at least get accustomed to it.  For a while, I was dreading all the planking, but the last couple of days, I knew I could power through it because it only lasts 30 seconds at a time…except those plank twists at the end, when sweat is dripping on to my yoga mat like I’m doing Bikram yoga.  Okay, maybe not quite that bad.

Yesterday’s food:  unexpectedly went out to lunch with a friend and didn’t make the best decision (chicken and rice smothered in teriyaki sauce) – so I at least tried to control how much of it I ate.  Last night, we had Slower Cooker Thai Chicken and Vegetables, which was fabulous.  I probably would have sopped up all the extra sauce with rice, but I felt I had already had my share of rice for the day during lunch.  Used 2 Weekly Points (33 remaining).

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This weekend, a few friends and I are going out of town for a ladies’ weekend.  This could be dangerous for the diet, but at least one of the friends is also doing the Dietbet, so we can try to watch it together.

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Smoothie Recipe

I’m not the type of person to wake up early in the morning and cook breakfast, though I love breakfast foods.  During the week, I need easy breakfasts…other than cold cereal, which I don’t mind, but I’m looking for something Zone friendly.  When we started the Zone, I also started making the husband and myself smoothies for breakfast.  I didn’t find a recipe I liked, so I played around until I got the smoothie the way we wanted it – thick, creamy, and fruity.  To me, it’s a lot like a smoothie you could get from one of those chain smoothie places that charge $5+ per smoothie.

 

Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

1.5 C 2% Milk

1 C plain Greek Yogurt (I prefer Oikos)

1.5 C unsweetened Frozen Fruit

1 banana

1 scoop protein powder

 

Directions

Place all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth.

Makes 2 smoothies.

 

1 serving (1/2 recipe):  296.8 calories, 39.7g carbohydrates, 27g protein, 4.8g fat, 4.5g dietary fiber

 

I, personally, don’t divide up the smoothie equally though, because I try to stay around 250 calories for breakfast, and the husband needs more.

 

I’ve used all kinds of frozen fruit – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, raspberries, and mixes.   I’ve enjoyed them all, though the raspberry banana is my favorite.

 

The Best Chili Recipe

Tuesday night, I set out to make a chili recipe that I found in a Crossfit Journal issue about the Zone Diet. They conveniently listed how to make this for both the 3 block diet (me) and the 5 block diet (my husband). Unfortunately, it just says “3 servings” for each – so I didn’t know how big a serving was. This meant if I wanted us to have the right proportions, I was going to have to cook them separately. So I did.

As I started adding the ingredients, the “chili” looked more like meat for sloppy joes than a soup, which is what I associate with chili. It needed more liquid. Since I had not added all the ingredients yet, I decided to swap some of the beans for canned tomatoes. The Zone sees these both as carbs, so in my opinion, equal swap. It ended up being really delicious!

This is the total chili recipe, not separated, since I can tell you how much a serving is.

Modified Chili Recipe
Makes 9 servings; 1 serving = 2 cups

1 onion, chopped
3 green peppers, chopped,
3 cloves garlic, minced
31 oz ground beef (or turkey, venison, whatever your prefer)
1 large can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste, mixed w/ about 8 oz of water
2 cans canned tomatoes (can use flavored)
cumin (try 2 tsp)
chili powder (try 1.5 Tbsp)
crushed red peppers (try 2 tsp)
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
50 black olives, chopped
Add fresh cilantro to taste
Serve each helping with 1 oz cheese, grated

In a large pot, saute onion, peppers, and garlic; at the same time, in a separate skillet, brown ground meat.
Cook veggies until onions are transparent.
When meat is cooked thoroughly, add it to the veggies, along with the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste mixed with water, and spices.
Bring mixture to a simmer, and add beans and olives.
Reduce heat, cover, and cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Garnish with cilantro and top with 1 oz cheese (if preferred).

1 serving = 2 cups: 378 calories, 20.4 g fat, 25.8 g carbs, 24.6 protein.
This does not include the cheese.

(If you’re following the Zone, 2 cups is the 3-block serving; 3 cups is the 5-block serving. To compare: 1/3 of the Zone Chili Recipe = 445.8 calories, 24 g fat, 34.8g carbs, and 24.6 protein; this also does not include the cheese).