Along with all the cross training I am doing, I am also working hard at following the Zone diet. Based on my age and body size and amount of training I do daily, I theoretically should be eating 12 blocks a day. That means that I should be eating a 3 block breakfast, lunch, a second lunch and then dinner (basically 4-3 block meals is what’s working for me now). So for example, for breakfast, I could eat 3 slices of turkey bacon (1 protein), 4 egg whites (2 proteins), 1/2 Avocado (3 fat blocks), and 1 cup of grapes and 1/3 mandarin oranges (3 carbs). I usually eat about 1 cup of cooked vegetables in my egg omelet. That’s a lot of food to choke down in a hurry! My second meal is usually a greek yogurt with mixed frozen fruit and nuts. And, the third meal is my hardest to plan– that’s the one between lunch and dinner. Anyhoo….I’m still learning all the in’s and outs of the zone diet, but, I’m here now to share about the high protein products that you can buy on the Dr. Sears Zone diet website.
At 7 grams of protein per scoop, it makes it easy to add to smoothies and yogurt. I think this is one of the best high protein products of the zone diet. Make your usual smoothie and add 3 scoops of protein powder for a perfect 3 block meal.
High Protein Pasta offered by the Zone diet. One small bag of pasta offers 30 grams of protein and 42 grams of carbohydrates! Simply mix in with your favorite vegetables and you have a meal. I used two bags for one meal for a family of four and everybody loved it! Note: it does have a slightly gummy flavor but if your a pasta lover looking for a high protein pasta, this one is a good one.
Multigrain Pizza Crust with a higher protein content. Pizza lovers get ready for this one. It’s fabulous. One entire pizza crust yields 30 grams of protein and 42 grams of carbohydrates. We made 2 small pizzas for our family and I just piled on the veggies and ate two small pieces and was completely satisfied.
Bagels for breakfast! One entire bagel yields 14 grams of protein and 21 grams of carbohydrates. I saved these for my children and husband who all loved them!
For those of you who are interested in dropping body fat and following the Zone diet , these products will make it incredibly easy to stay in the zone. Although, I’d still prefer to stay away from bread products, I was happy to try these products and save for a weekly treat. My favorite of course is the protein powder and the pizza crust!
P.S. Thank you, Zone Diet friends for providing me with these samples!