I really don't have much problem staying "in the zone" so to speak with any of the meals in the fat flush section of the formula book, even the smoothies!...and the cheesecakes which are to die for... For me, these recipes are great! I don't have any problem with the low-medium glycemic fruits, either, as long as they're balanced with appropriate amounts of protein and healthy fat.
I do occasionally have a zoneperfect or balance bar. These work o.k. and taste great, IMO, but don't seem to last me as long as other recipe choices. I haven't yet tried the OmegaZone bars...the price has been holding me back...have you tried them? Are they tasty in your opinion??? Also, some of the regular meals in the formula book don't last me quite as long...almost but not quite anyway... (more higher glycemic carbs and less fiber in them)...but I do still enjoy them occasionally.
Probably my best (in terms of keeping me in the zone and lasting, etc.) and quickest to prepare meal recently is an approx 3 block meal I put together for lunch occasionally. It is comprised of 3 pieces of "Farmland" deli ham with one slice of reduced fat provolone cheese (Sargento), also 4-5 black olives and a small apple. I take the provolone cheese and break it into 3 pieces. I then make little ham and cheese rollups and eat the black olives and the small apple on the side. Very quick and simple and works very well for me. It may or may not be perfectly zoned but it's at least close and works for me!
Have a great day, Sue!