Good afternoon Fitties! Quick post about adding some schtuff into our diet during this Brazil Buttlift Throwdown. We’re workin’ hard, yes? If your booty is hurtin’ then you know that your body is rebuilding muscle tissue. So it needs excellent nutrition to rebuild properly and quickly. The quicker your body rebuilds after a workout, the quicker you see results (and the quicker you can workout again).

The trouble with dieting is that cutting calories reduces your options for nutrient-rich foods that provide your body the schtuff it needs to function under all this stress we’re inflicting on it. Usually the first to go in a diet: avocados, nuts, egg yolks and starchy fruits like bananas.

I tell you the troof: You will look and feel better if you eat real foods, even if they are relatively high in calories, than if you live off of fat-free, sugar-free cardboard chemical food.  If you’re dieting and watching your calories like a hawk and seeing little progress on the scale, take a look at your eating plan and see what percentage of your diet comes out of a box. I’ve mentioned it before but I once tried to live entirely off of Lean Cuisine and Diet Coke. I knew exactly how many calories I was eating each day and, for some reason, I wouldn’t lose weight. It wasn’t until I started eating real food that the pounds came off.

This week I am trying to eat a fruit or veggie with every meal or snack to make sure my body has the tools it needs to build a beautiful backside.  So for breakfast, I could have eggs, toast and sauteed mushrooms, spinach and onions.  Technically, I could have made a veggie omelette but mine always stick to the pan. Or I could do oatmeal with berries and a banana.

Snacks could be hummus with veggie sticks or plain yogurt with fresh fruit.  You could make a fruit smoothie and add some spinach leaves to the mix (you can’t taste it, I promise).

Below is a yummy dessert I made awhile ago. It’s an homage to the Dairy Queen’s Banana Cream Pie Blizzard.  Here’s what you need:

1 box vanilla wafers from the health food aisle. These cookies left Nilla wafers in the dust. And no HFCS! The glare from my camera flash is optional.

1 frozen banana, broken apart before freezing for easier blending

A food processor or blender

Blend the banana in the food processor. You may need to stop blending and scrape down the sides.  Once it is ice cream consistency, add the vanilla wafers and process. Leave the cookies coarse so you get Blizzard-like chunks.  Serve in a fancy dish:

Calorie-wise, my version is only about 80 calories less than the mini size at DQ. On the other hand, an 80 calorie deficit every day would lead to an 8 pound fat loss at the end of the year! 80 excess calories leads to…. well, you get the picture.  The best thing is the cookies I used were a relatively healthy indulgence. I wouldn’t eat the cookies every day, but this beats what the DQ puts in their desserts, I guarantee it.

Let me know if you try it!