Make Protein Taste BETTER!

P90X Fat ShredderAre you in the P90X Fat Shredder phase of your workout program?  I was in the Fat Shredder phase for two whole rounds with P90X, and believe me, if you stick with it, you will be AMAZED at how the body fat melts away.

For a lot of people (including myself), going into “P90X Fat Shredder” mode required some serious changes to what I was putting down the hatch.  I didn’t want to feel like I was starving all day long, so I needed to find foods to keep me full, give me the nutrients I needed, and keep my metabolism going strong.

If you’d like to see the 7 day example of my P90X Fat Shredder Diet that I used to drop 60lbs of body fat, CLICK HERE.

 

TRUTH – P90X Fat Shredder Foods Can Get Old Real Quick!

You can guess that much of my diet consisted of lean meats, complex carbs, dairy, veggies, fruits, and a of course whey protein to help meet my daily protein intake requirements. The trouble is that I was eating these foods consistently on a daily basis and after a while…grilled chicken, tuna, whey, and cottage cheese got old REAL QUICK!

Unless you are Paula Deen and butter, cheese, and a deep fryer are foundational to your nutrition, it can be difficult to come up with various ways of preparing high protein foods in a healthy way that isn’t going to botch all the progress you have made so far.

So I wanted to provide you with a list of P90X foods and how you can spice them up and prepare them in different ways so that your taste buds dont get board!

Sound fun?

It is!!!

I encourage you to be creative and experiment with your foods as you learn to prepare these protein packed food items. My one giant piece of advice though is to carefully plan out your nutrition using a program like myfitnesspal.com to track your daily macros (proteins/carbs/fats). If you haven’t watched my video on how to use myfitnesspal with the P90X Fat Shredder diet, then CLICK HERE to watch.

 

How To Make P90X Fat Shredder Foods Taste BETTER!

arrowChicken – mccormick spicesThis is probably one of the biggest staples in the Fat Shredder plan as a lean protein source. The problem is that because its lean, it can lack flavor. So here is what I do to “spice” it up a bit.

I only cook chicken two ways; both methods allow any fat that cooks off the chicken to separate, but mostly its just water.

  1. On the Gorge Foreman Grill
  2. On a baking stone in the oven

To add flavor I use spices and/or light condiments. Here is what I use personally

  • McCormick’s Salt Free seasonings
  • Mrs. Dash Salt Free seasonings
  • Hymilayan sea salt
  • Mustard
  • Light honey mustard
  • Sweet relish
  • Salsa

Try to avoid cream based sauces since they are usually packed with fats and nasty junk that will not help you in meeting your goals!

arrowTuna – Tuna is one of the most lean proteins available and was a huge part of my Fat Shredder plan. One of the characteristics with tuna though is how dry it is. Usually people end up adding mayo and a bunch of other junk to make it easier to swallow.

tuna saladHere are some ideas that I employed that add nearly no calories, but a ton of taste!

Instead of using mayonnaise to add moisture to you tuna, add plain non-fat greek yogurt. I also like to add mustard, dill or sweet relish, and mustard. And if you REALLY want a ton of flavor then add some red/green/yellow bell pepper, onion, celery and pepper – then sandwich that between two big leafs of iceburg lettuce for a super high protein, virtually no-carb meal!

arrowGround Turkey & Chicken – One word…TACO SEASONING! Almost no calories, not too much sodium, and it tastes like Taco Bell!

Add some fresh salsa, black beans, fat free shredded cheddar and Tapatio…HEAVEN!

arrowDairy – My suggestion on choices for high protein dairy products would be plain non-fat greek yogurt and fat free cottage cheese. Milk (even skim) has around 11g of sugar per serving, and you need to watch out for this with all dairy.

greek-yogurtBut here is how I make my plain dairy snacks into gourmet creations!!!

For both the greek yogurt and cottage cheese I add fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries) along with a single packet of all natural Stevia sweetener. I get the berries in the frozen food section at Costco (Radar Farms brand). If you do not have Stevia, then agave nectar is a great option to sweeten up your non-fat dairy items.

One recipe I tried that surprised me with cottage cheese was adding hot sauce and pepper…You would never think that this could taste good, but its an awesome snack between lunch and dinner!

arrowWhey Protein – Drinking whey every single day can get old real quick so one way to add some variety aside from buying all the flavors available is to add extracts.

One of my favorite combos is chocolate whey and peppermint extract. Tastes almost like a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie, lol. You can also add a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon to your whey for a pumpkin pie taste.

 

Fat Shredding Foods Should Be Fun!

The key to making your diet fresh and interesting is by constantly trying new things. If you are unsure if an item is complient with your nutrition plan, just post a comment below and we can point you in the right direction! I hope this article has given you some new options to try out!

BRING IT! And inspire others to do the same…

Coach Todd

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PS – If you want see EXACTLY what’s in my fridge and in my cupboards, along with the simple step-by-step method I used to lose 60lbs and get the body I WANTED…CLICK HERE!

PPS – Make sure to LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE this post. What challenges are you struggling with? What have you learned here today? How can I best help you produce the results you are looking for? How have these P90X Fat Shredder food tips helped you?

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3 comments
Jpjay13
Jpjay13

Hey Todd, I started your 1900 calorie diet/meal plan using MyFitnessPal.  I was curious, should I be targeting "net" carbs as opposed to "total" carbs?  MyFitnessPal counts fiber and sugar alcohols as carbs but I normally subtract them out when I'm calculating my macronutrients.  Any advice?  I'm trying to stay close to the P90X 50/30/20 ratios.  

Thx! 

Jon

coachtodd
coachtodd

@Jpjay13  I dont do the whole net carb thing...I like to keep it simple

DerekOHara
DerekOHara

Thanks for the tips coach Todd! It has been difficult for me to add so much protein to my diet. For three months leading up to P90X I had drastically cut my meat protein intake in order to lose weight. Going from about 20% protein to 50% has been hard but I know my body needs it with all the muscle building workouts in P90X. This post was just what I needed to add some variety to my protein menu.

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