DAY 2 BUZZFEED CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE

I made it to day 2…5 more to go!

Breakfast

Carrot Cake Oatmeal mmm! I quite enjoyed this bowl of hearty goodness, never thinking to put carrots in my breakfast! It created a heaping bowl of oatmeal, with 1c. of milk and 1/2 c. of yogurt (which I chose to buy 0%). I didn’t let the oats soak overnight in the milk which I think would have evaporated more of the liquid. As well, I am LAZY so I just microwaved the bowl, 1 minute stirred it then another 40 seconds, worked just as fine as supposed to dirtying another pot on the stove.

I also wanted to share one of my favourite teas right now, the Numi Mate Lemon. It’s a fantastic green tea without an over powering lemon taste, plus higher caffeine which makes for a great alternative to coffee in the morning. Great breakfast, I’m much happier with this morning’s meal than yesterday’s, perhaps because I could eat much sooner with less prep required!

Lunch

Lunch was easy! Leftover frittata from yesterday’s breakfast plus an apple. I cheated (if you could call it that) and sprinkled a little extra salt and pepper while heating up my lunch because I had known from yesterday the taste needed to be enhanced. I also ate my apple second to leave me with a sugary taste I am always craving!

Afternoon Snack
It was supposed to be fancy ants on a log with dried cranberries, but I got lazy (again). I just dipped 3 stalks of celery into my peanut butter jar (taking less than I normally would) for snack!

Dinner

I did not follow the suggested dinner and instead put my own spin on things. I only had 1/3 cup of barley using black rice to equal the 1/2c. serving suggestion to cook in vegetable stock, this provided a much richer flavour. For the chicken, the only suggested seasoning was salt and pepper…which is getting pretty boring already at day 2. Instead I used approx 1 tsp. coconut oil, salt, pepper, basil and red pepper flakes to cook with the chicken. After about 25 minutes I added broccoli and asparagus (because I couldn’t find brussel sprouts). These were also cooked next to the chicken for the remaining 5 minutes with coconut oil, salt and pepper.

This meal was DELICIOUS. Super satisfying meal with protein, carb and vegetables. I also appreciated learning a new method of cooking meat with vegetables in the oven.

Evening Snack

This evening’s snack was supposed to be Pumpkin Yogurt Bark, but I put a little twist on things. First off, I do not like the taste of pumpkin, I’ve never even baked a pumpkin pie. I was trying to think of substitutes that could be added for the same texture consistency of the puree, a mashed banana! I included one finely mashed banana in replacement of the pumpkin puree.

As well, Abby had suggested for cost and availability reasons to purchase grapes instead of pomegranates, I did as suggested and used 3/4 c. of grapes on the bark. I’ve never eaten grapes and bananas on their own together but I am very happy with how dessert turned out! Just the right amount of sweetness with a touch of salty from the pistachios satisfied my after dinner cravings for dessert!

Day 2 Observations
I enjoyed today’s meals more than yesterday. I think this was because they were more similar to what I’m used to eating, as well as making my small adjustments allowed me to enjoy the food better. As well, meal prep was not as intensive today which makes me look forward to the rest of the week as school has restarted. I need to go buy another Acorn Squash for tomorrow’s soup as I accidentally only bought one. Cheers to day 3!

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