Day 13: A Confession

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Breakfast was strawberry overnight oats. I liked them better than the overnight oats from last week + I added a little extra honey and some vanilla essence to the yogurt. Even so, I don’t think I would make this again because the oats are still a little too bland for me.

Confession time: this morning I may have stopped by a hot fries stand. I only had one fry, but the entire time I was thinking about the roasted eggplant/chickpea salad that I had a few days ago. I love fries, but the one fry wasn’t really THAT good. One thing this challenge has shown me is that there are a few foods that taste really good (roasted eggplant) and happen to be good for you. Key word: FEW. I’m determined to find these foods so that I can enjoy delicious food guilt free 🙂

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Lunch was a quinoa, beet, and arugula salad. I didn’t really like it. The only good thing about this salad was the balsamic vinegar. It kind of reminded me of the roasted eggplant/chickpea salad from a few days ago.

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The afternoon snack was carrots and hummus. I always like carrots and hummus.

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Dinner was lettuce wraps. I didn’t really like them. The shrimp and tamari sauce were good, but it was a little hard to eat and just wasn’t worth it for me.

The afternoon snack was apples and honey (not pictured). Who doesn’t like apples and honey?

Final thoughts: One more day of this! I’m planning on making my own meal plan for the next week starting Sunday. It’ll incorporate some of the recipes I liked from this challenge and other healthy recipes that I’ve come across.

Day 10: Hot Sauce and Chickpeas

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Breakfast was “fried eggs” and “hash.” I like my eggs fried so that the yolk turns a little pink on top, and cracking some eggs on a nonstick pan with barely any oil doesn’t really provide that effect. I didn’t really like the hash because it was too onion heavy for my taste. I would have preferred more cauliflower and half the onion. The only thing that made that hash somewhat ok was hot sauce.

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Lunch was a roasted eggplant, chickpea, and arugula salad. It was the best meal of the day. The roasted eggplant and chickpeas still taste amazing and I enjoyed them much more in this salad than in the previous dish. I usually don’t like arugula, but the balsamic vinegar really masked the bitterness of it.

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The afternoon snack was hummus and red pepper. I like hummus better with carrots, and after having chickpeas for lunch, I would have preferred a sweeter afternoon snack.

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Dinner was shrimp on a kale and collard green salad with mushrooms. I didn’t really like it. The shrimp were good, but the wilted vegetables tasted pretty gross. The only thing that made me finish it was the hot sauce flavour.

The night snack was blackberries (not pictured). I like plain  fresh fruit as a snack.It’s much easier to prepare than some of the other snacks in the challenge, and it’s delicious.

Final thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by today’s lunch meal. I never realized how delicious roasted eggplant was. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s smoothies and perhaps one of the other meals will pleasantly surprise me like today.

Day 6: Vegetarian Chilli

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Breakfast was a mango pistachio “pudding.” I don’t think mine set properly because it tasted more like a dessert soup.  The flavours were good, but the texture was pretty unappealing.

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Lunch was a a salmon salad using the leftover salmon from last night. It was the best meal of the day. The dressing (dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon…) was especially delicious. The only thing I didn’t like about this dish was the arugula because I don’t particularly like arugula.

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The afternoon snack was vegetables and hummus. We were supposed to use carrots and cucumbers but we didn’t have any left so we used cucumbers and celery. Hummus tastes way better with carrots.

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Dinner was “chilli” with a side of zucchini strips. When I think of chilli, the words wholesome and hearty come to mind. This chilli wasn’t either. Although it looks really pretty, it tasted like a bunch of vegetable tossed into a bowl and heated for an hour. I don’t know if I would ever enjoy a chilli without beef in it. The zucchini strips weren’t particularly great either. I prefer to have zucchini coated in lemon and salt and fried. Speaking of lemon, the recipe didn’t state how much lemon to put in the yogurt, so I put the juice of a whole lemon in (I make two portions of everything) and it didn’t taste too lemony. The yogurt didn’t really taste like anything except… yogurt.

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The night snack was blackberries and pistachios. Not much to say here.

Final thoughts: today’s food was pretty underwhelming. I was really looking forward to the pudding and the chilli and I didn’t particularly enjoy either of them. I was also really excited for tomorrow’s menu, so hopefully it will not be such a letdown.