The P90X weight loss system, created by bodybuilding and fitness expert Tony Horton, is a 13-week program. It is designed to help anyone who is interested in getting as fit and healthy as possible to realize their goals in a shorter amount of time.
P90X is a holistic system, combining total nutrition and meal plans with daily workout plans, a tracking calendar and 24-hour online support. The program may be purchased online or at some nutrition and bodybuilding supplement stores. It includes full meal plans, healthy eating suggestions and tips, and 12 workout DVDs specifically tailored to individual parts of the body.
While the program focuses very heavily on the exercise and fitness component, no real progress is possible without a strong emphasis on nutrition and proper eating. The P90X diet suggests protein rich, low fat snacks as part of healthy eating and weight loss. Here is a list of 10 great snack ideas for any phase of P90X.
1. Almond Butter on Organic Whole-Grain Toast
Almond butter is full of healthy fats and Omega-3s and is a staple of the P90X diet. Combining 1 tablespoon almond butter with a piece of whole-grain toast forms a healthy, satisfying snack.
2. Organic Oat Bran Pretzels
Many people have difficulty leaving behind junk food when starting a diet. Organic oat bran pretzels are a tasty alternative to regular snacks with unhealthy carbohydrates.
3. Protein Shakes
When made with banana, frozen blueberries and strawberries, flaxseed meal, and protein powder, a protein shake is a great snack or meal replacement full of vitamins, antioxidants and protein.
4. Ezekiel Cereal
Ezekiel cereal is wheat-free, gluten-free cereal that is generally higher in vitamins and healthy carbohydrates than most premixed cereals. When combined with nonfat yogurt and blueberries it becomes a snack complete with carbs, healthy fats and antioxidants.
5. Raw Mixed Nuts
It’s important when eating this snack to choose only healthy nuts that are additive and sugar free, such as almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and soynuts.
6. Protein Bars
There are dozens of brands of protein bars on the market. Choose a bar that is relatively low in calories and added sugar, and high in natural ingredients and protein.
7. Dried Fruit
A quick and nutritious pick-me-up, dried fruits that are free of added sugar or trans-fats, such as blueberries, cranberries, apples, cherries and figs, are a great snack choice.
8. Turkey Jerky or Organic Deli Turkey
Turkey meat is very low in fat and calories, and high in protein. As a quick mid-morning snack, it’s a solid way to curb hunger cravings and get some extra daily protein.
9. Apple Slices and Cheese
By combining half an apple with a slice of low fat cheese, such as mozzarella, you’ll get the fiber, vitamins and protein needed to keep you energized throughout the day.
10. Banana and Peanut Butter
Using half a medium sized banana and 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter is a filling snack that satisfies both sweet and fat cravings.