Welcome to the GetLean Challenge Diaries! This blog series will follow one GLC participant during the inaugural Challenge this fall. Carmen’s GetLean Challenge journey will be accompanied by delicious recipes and helpful nutrition tips that are GLC-approved!
Here we go! The first GetLean Challenge step was orientation. I found the meeting to be a great way to connect with other participants and know I’m not alone. I also got some supplies like protein bars, protein powder, and a food scale.
I started the challenge on Sunday and all I wanted to do was snack. You are supposed to eat every four hours, which isn’t that long in theory, but I desperately wanted something to nibble on between meals! My biggest challenge was having family over who brought all sorts of treats. It was really hard not to just grab a cookie and eat it! But I made it through and was proud of myself for sticking with it. By the fourth meal I, surprisingly, wasn’t that hungry so had a pumpkin smoothie, like this one here. (link: pumpkin blog post) It was really good! I had never tried almond milk before and between that and the banana I didn’t feel like it needed sugar, which I often add to my smoothies. So far, so good. One day at a time!
Blueberry Bonanza Smoothie (3 BLOCKS)
1 cup blueberries (2 BLOCK carbs)
2” banana (1 BLOCK carbs)
2/3 cup Non-fat Greek yogurt (2 BLOCK protein)
7 grams of protein powder (this is protein quantity, not weight!) (1 BLOCK protein)
9 cashews (3 BLOCK fat)
- Combine the blueberries, banana, and Greek yogurt in your blender. Puree the ingredients until smooth.
- Add your protein powder and cashews to the mix. Liquefy until cashews are no longer visible.