It is hard to believe that almost a week has passed since I’ve written about our clean eating challenge! While we are still doing well, it has been a lot of work keeping up with photographing everything I eat. Jay suggested I do some highlights and I thought that was a great idea!
After all, how many bowls of the same cereal can you stand looking at?
So come on, let’s take a look at the “best of” clean eating.
Corn tortillas with cheddar cheese, an egg, bacon, peppers and onions, topped with cilantro.
Grilled chicken over cous cous fried rice. I sautéed some onions, carrots, garlic and ginger, then added it to the cous cous and served it over spinach.
A sweet potato. Simple but tasty.
Corn tortillas with cheddar cheese, grilled chicken, and tomatoes.
Quinoa, grilled chicken, mushrooms, scallions and goat cheese.
Pineapple & mango smoothie.
Carrot, apple, cucumber, celery, lemon and ginger juice.
I am also going to be putting up a post from my sister, so be on the lookout for that. Only one more week of our challenge!
On Friday I started off with a big bowl of oatmeal! It has been quite some time since I have had oatmeal and I definitely missed it.
The oats I bought are organic quick oats so all you have to do is add hot water. It reminded me of oatmeal I used to eat when I was little. Minus all of the extra ingredients. I did add a banana, a splash of milk, brown sugar, and some flax seeds.
Because I was off I decided to do a little cooking. Not only did I make some grilled artichokes, but also homemade hummus!
I do intend to write about both of these recipes so stay posted!
For lunch I snacked on some of the artichokes as well as the hummus with some pretzel crisps that I found at Trader Joe’s.
Later I headed to my Carrie and Ryan’s for dinner.
I brought the artichokes with some fresh veggies, the hummus and some pistachios to snack on before dinner.
We enjoyed homemade pizza and a delicious salad.
And for dessert we had a red white and blue dessert!
Funny that it was flag day!
On Saturday morning Carrie and I headed out for a run called Run or Dye.
But before I started off with some cereal and coffee.
We did a little shopping the night before so I bought some fancy drinking containers. A new coffee mug and water cup!
The top photo is from last years Color Run and the bottom is from Run or Dye.
When I got back from the run I was pretty hungry so I made a quick snack.
Some hummus, goat cheese, and pretzel crisps.
For lunch I made a big smoothie!
First, I juiced 2 apples, celery, carrots, and half a lemon. Then I added frozen pineapple and mango, spinach and ginger.
An epic (and not very photogenic) smoothie was born!
I was really in the mood for something Asian inspired so I looked up a few stir fry recipes and came up with this tasty creation.
I sautéed peppers, a mixed veggie bag that had broccoli, carrots and cabbage, green onions, and garlic. I found a marinade recipe online that I soaked sliced beef in. In the meantime, I cooked some buckwheat noodles. Once all the veggies were cooked, I added the beef until cooked, topped the stir fry mix on the noodles and added some fresh cilantro. Yum! It was really good and hit the spot.
Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and all Dads! We went to my parents house to celebrate. I slept in and did not have breakfast prior to heading over. I know, not a good thing to do, but I promise it is not a habit.
At my parents we snacked on cheese and crackers, asiago artichoke dip, homemade bruschetta, and chips and dip.
My Mom then brought out lobster and steak! I had some lobster and it was delicious. Because I had to leave for work, I didn’t get to enjoy the entire feast but what I did have was quite tasty!
Today I took the time to make another epic smoothie for breakfast. I included all of the same ingredients and added a banana.
For work I packed some blackberries, mangos, and pistachio nuts to snack on.
I also packed some of the stir fry, though the photo is not as pretty as the first one.
It is hard to believe that we are already half way through our clean eating challenge! Thank you for reading and I hope I have been able to give you some ideas of how you can make better choices!
I apologize for writing these posts in clusters, but it seems easier this way! Some nights I get home from worked and just want to relax
I started off with the Ezekiel cereal, organic skim milk, and fresh blueberries. I’m just loving this cereal and think I will continue to eat it. It has such great texture and density, and then combined with the cool milk and squishy, sweet berries… yum! Perfect morning combo.
Of course there was coffee on the side!
For lunch I munched on triscuits, some goat cheese, and a peach.
I packed several things for dinner! Jay made pizza dough again so I made a pizza, as well as a cesar salad.
1 garlic clove
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 pasteurized egg yolk
splash of water
I very rarely make caesar salads at home, but I really feel like I will start from now on. I chopped up some romaine lettuce, added grilled chicken, homemade dressing and fresh parmesan cheese.
To make the chicken I used a chicken breast, seasoned with salt and pepper, and finally some Essence of Emeril seasoning. I cooked the chicken on the George Forman grill for about 7-8 minutes, let it cool, then added it to the salad. I was actually disappointed when the grocery store didn’t have thin chicken cutlets (weird right?!) but the chicken came out perfect for the salad.
For the salad dressing I followed the following recipe:
1/2 cup low fat greek yogurt
1 garlic clove
juice of 1 lemon
1 TBS parmesan cheese
1 TBS water
1 TBS olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Then, slowly add 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
There is also another lower fat recipe:
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
I tried both recipes and I prefer the first one. The second one is tasty, but definitely not the real thing. I also used anchovy paste instead of actual anchovies, and it came out great. Thank you Rachael Ray for that tip. Where it said to use 4 anchovies, I used 2 tsp.
I hate to be dull, but I had the cereal again.
I was headed to work so I was packing everything that I ate for the day. For snacks I brought a sliced cucumber, a plum, and a peach.
For the rest of my meals I packed the remainder of my pizza and chicken caesar salad.
When I got home I did have some ice cream. Turkey Hill has a natural line, though I found most of the other flavors aside from chocolate and vanilla contained unnatural ingredients. In the plain old chocolate and vanilla the ingredients are: cream, nonfat milk, sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and vanilla bean. It sure is tasty!
Today was a day off!
This morning I had an egg with fajita mix and a slice of bacon. I also tried something new in my coffee… unsweetened cocoa powder! It really added some extra flavor and I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy any kind of chocolate coffee beverage.
For lunch I had another caesar salad. I did add some avocado and tomato this time.
For dinner we had organic burgers on tortillas that I bought at Trader Joe’s. I was really excited to see that the only ingredients in the tortillas was corn, lime and water!
We topped the burgers with cheddar cheese and then I added lettuce, tomato, avocado and onion to mine. I also had some organic ketchup that I also bought at Trader Joe’s . And most importantly, Jay made wedge… yum!
For dessert I had a small bowl of ice cream with organic milk. I later met up with my friend Nichole for drinks.
We visited the Ranstead Room, a fun, intimate, cozy place for drinks! I had 2 drinks and then we shared a cheese plate and some popcorn. While it was not clean eating, it was my indulgence for the week, we had a lot of fun and it was great to catch up!
On Friday I had a slice of banana bread with natural strawberry jelly and a little organic butter.
Before heading to work I went to the gym, then snagged a small piece of pizza from the night before.
Then, on the way to work I bought a green smoothie from Whole Foods. I picked: spinach, kale, avocado, pineapple, apple, ginger, and water.
I made Skinny Taste’s pumpkin crockpot chili the night before.
I topped it with a little greek yogurt and some fresh parsley. Mine actually came out a little thicker than the recipe called for because I used 30 oz. of pumpkin instead of 15 oz. Whoops! Even though I goofed, it was still delicious.
For breakfast on Saturday I had a homemade whole wheat tortilla with mozzarella cheese, and an egg with fajita mix.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it yet, but I have also been having my coffee with sugar in the raw instead of the creamed honey. I found that I like how it sweetens it more evenly, instead of just on the bottom.
For lunch I had the last slice of the pizza and a salad. In the salad was mixed greens, cucumbers, carrots, chickpeas, beets, and goat cheese with homemade vinaigrette.