We are so not into diets, but we’re also not ones to ignore good info and facts when it comes to fitness and nutrition. After all, we’re all about making ya’ll and ourselves as healthy as we can while still living a real (wine- and chocolate-filled) life. The Zone Diet—which emphasizes a balanced ratio of protein, carbs and fat in every meal—is a pretty decent way to eat.
Yes, it’s highly complicated and it does have that dreaded four-letter “diet” word in it, but over the course of the last few years, I’ve found that when all of my meals and snacks have a mix of protein, carbs and fat, I feel better and easily maintain my weight. Do I follow The Zone Diet to a T? Heck no. There’s a lot of counting involved, but the general principles make sense, especially when you’re eating really nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts.
The Zone Diet has been popular for years, but it has recently gotten even more buzz as many CrossFit coaches recommend this—7 grams of protein, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fat per “block”—way of eating. (For the more serious CrossFitters, it’s all about going Paleo.) I don’t want to get into the specifics of how to follow The Zone Diet (plenty of that out there), but I do want to bring your attention to a new protein powder we recently were sent and tried: Perfect Blocks.
Review: Perfect Blocks Protein Powder
The major pro to this protein powder is that every serving of it provides a Zone Diet balanced ratio of protein, carbs and fat, making eating breakfast or a snack a breeze. All-natural with no sugar, artificial flavors or preservatives, it also has 24 vitamins and minerals, prebiotics, probiotics and fiber. Each scoop is a “block,” which has 90 calories in it. (Full nutritionals here.) While the $59.95 price tag seems high, that breaks down into about a buck a scoop, which isn’t terrible for quality protein powder.
I personally tried the Vanilla Oat Flavor and loved it. Nicely oat-y yet sweet (be warned that it does have that slight Stevia aftertaste), it’s good mixed with water and ice or—my favorite—two or three scoops of the stuff with water, ice, kale, frozen spinach, fresh ginger and a little cinnamon. When you add the greens in, it makes the smoothie awesomely green, which makes my veggie-loving heart go pitter-patter. (If you’re a Zone Diet die-hard the greens will bump up your carb count, but like I said earlier, I use the ratio loosely…)
Again, while we’re not into “diets,” if you are looking to balance out your mix of protein, carbs and fat, and need a protein powder that does the balancing work for you, trying Perfect Blocks is a no brainer. And if you aren’t concerned with following The Zone Diet principles, know that this protein powder is darn good for whatever kind of smoothie you want to make—oooh—or oatmeal for double oat-y goodness!
Do you try to make a nice mix of protein, carbs and fat with every meal? Try to do the same with your smoothies? Tell us about it! —Jenn