For almost the entire 2nd half of my time on the SlimGenics (SG) diet, the counselors put me on a modified version of what they called “Plan 2”.
Without going into laborious details about their plans and exactly what was modified, the end result was that I started drinking a lot of smoothies for breakfast using their pudding & shake mixes, along with fruits and veggies.
This experience is serving me very well right now with my hybrid diet! On SG, I was supposed to consume a specific amount of fruit and veggie servings each day; no more and no less. Therefore, I would put 1 serving of fruit in each smoothie, and I would sneak in a veggie serving or two by blending in some raw spinach (it looks gross, but you absolutely CANNOT taste it; I promise!).
But now, on Weight Watchers, fruits and veggies are ZERO points and I am not restricted in the same way. I am supposed to aim for 5 combined fruit and vegetable servings a day and the smoothie I made this morning knocked out 4 of them! (Also, adding to the hybrid nature of my diet, I also took a multivitamin, an SG Alpha-Slim tablet and an AdvoCare ThermoPlus capsule before breakfast). 😀
Now, I do try very hard to not consume my 5 servings only in the form of fruit. More veggies = more weight loss! So, while I didn’t throw any spinach in this particular smoothie because we don’t have any right now, I absolutely could have. But, I did have some frozen rhubarb on hand, so I did include that, which is a veggie, not a fruit. 😉
I am still using the SG pudding & shake mixes for the base, as they are only 2 points a packet (I call them SG snacks, but they are NOT specific to them; I buy them online from Family Bariatric and a fellow blogging friend on a diet plan called “Lindora” uses the same snacks with their name on them) and go from there.
Dark Chocolate Fruit & Veggie Smoothie – 3 points!
- 1 packet Dark Chocolate Pudding & Shake Mix (can use other flavors such as vanilla or strawberry, other protein powders, AdvoCare meal replacement shake packets, etc.)
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used Silk Pure Almond – Original – 1 point)
- 10 oz water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened frozen dark cherries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened frozen fruit medley (pineapple, mango & papaya)
- 1/2 cup frozen rhubarb
- Optional: 1/2 – 1 cup fresh spinach
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This will make A LOT of smoothie – I put mine in a very large cup and still had some extra left in the blender. 🙂