Final Thoughts on the Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge

When I started this challenge, my goals were to:

1. lose a little weight

2. try out a “detox plan”

3. learn new recipes and try out new foods

4. increase my energy levels

2 weeks later,

1. I lost 2 pounds (negligible)

2. I don’t really feel detoxified

3. I did learn a lot of new recipes and try out a lot of new foods. I will be trying out a bunch of recipes from the challenge in the future and look forward to incorporating new foods like kale, almond butter, collard greens, and fennel into my diet.

4. I surprisingly did have more energy and felt more focused despite not having any caffeine.

Everything considered though, I didn’t enjoy the majority of meals each day, and it was incredibly time consuming to prepare all of the meals. In addition a lot of recipes (7+) had errors making it a little hard to follow and the grocery lists also had some inaccuracies so some ingredients were lacking and I have a lot of leftover produce. Therefore, I wouldn’t do this challenge again, nor would I recommend it to anyone.

I would however try out the following recipes again:

1. Kale and Banana Smoothie

2. Kale, Chickpea, and Fennel Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

3. Sliced Tomatoes with Feta and Basil

4. Cauliflower Steaks with Lentils

5. Napa Cabbage Wraps with Chicken, Tomatoes, Mango, and Avocado

6. Scallion and Feta Omelet

7. Mango-Banana Smoothie with Chia Seeds

8. Quinoa-Fennel-Blueberry Salad with Mint and Lime

9. Roasted Salmon with Green Beans and Lentils

10. Arugula Salad with Salmon, Green Beans, and Dijon Vinaigrette

11. Turkey-Basil Meatballs with Collard Greens

12. Apple Omelet

13. Arugula Salad with Eggplant, Avocado, Feta, and Chickpeas

That’s all for now, no more challenges for the next while 🙂