Clean Eating Challenge – Sample Day
Okay, so yesterday was my day to record all the clean food that I consumed and to take pictures, so I could share my healthy experiences with all of you. Wow, it was a busy day. I do not know how food bloggers do it. Without further preamble, here was my clean day…
For breakfast, I typically eat steel-cut oatmeal (with dried fruit on top), but for the challenge I decided to go with a more protein and veggie oriented breakfast. A few years ago I was briefly on the South Beach diet and I loved the Spinach Quiche Cups. They are very easy to make and the leftovers keep well in the fridge, so you’ll have breakfast for the next couple of days.
♦ 1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach
♦ ¾ cup of liquid egg substitute
♦ ¾ cup of shredded reduced fat cheese
♦ ¼ cup diced green peppers
♦ ¼ cup diced onions
♦ 3 drops of hot-pepper sauce (optional)
I don’t like egg substitute, so I use real (organic) eggs. Four eggs, beaten, to be precise. Also, I sometimes use chopped broccoli. When I was made this batch I didn’t have cheddar, so I used Swiss and it was delicious. I skipped the hot pepper sauce.
Thaw the veggies (organic, of course) in the microwave or by using hot water and a strainer. Make sure you thoroughly drain the veggies.
Line muffin cups with foil liners and spray with Pam. I didn’t have foil, so I skipped the liners and it was fine (but don’t forget the Pam).
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
Pour evenly into the muffin cups (it says you should be able to fill all 12, but I usually only get 10 or 11).
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Oh boy – gotta clean the oven. Sorry!
With organic strawberries – but of course!
Sliced organic Gala apple with all-natural peanut butter.
Mixed salad with homemade vinaigrette. I don’t have a dressing recipe, because I switch it up every time. I usually do 2/3 cup of olive oil and 1/3 cup of vinegar as a base. For my local peeps, I always use oil and vinegar from Gabby’s Olive Branch. The Tuscan Herb Olive Oil is my favorite and yesterday I used the Pomegranate White Vinegar. Things to add: fresh garlic, grated parmesan, spices, salt, pepper. Sometimes I use mustard in the dressing (Grey Poupon), but only when I use unflavored vinegar.
My all-time favorite healthy snack is from the Clean Eating cookbook – Black Bean, Corn and Tomato Salsa with corn chips. I can, unfortunately, devour the whole bowl in one snack. Accountability has its rewards (or limitations), because I only ate about ¾ of a cup – and no chips.
Seriously – tons of great recipes in the book!
I used three garlic cloves, because I love garlic. I also used a red and a yellow tomato, because I love the added color. Always best to eat the colors of the rainbow!
It’s some times a pain to chop fresh spices, but oh so worth it.
The pretty finished product.
It was beautiful, and bad weather is moving in, so we grilled out. I got a small filet from Publix (Greenwise Organic) and marinated in espresso flavored vinegar(from Gabby’s) and two tablespoons of chopped garlic (love my garlic). The steak was accompanied with grilled asparagus.
I grill the asparagus in a aluminum pan on the grill. Minimal clean up!
I had two cups of coffee with breakfast, with the bad stuff I refuse to give up (see yesterday’s post). I drank a pitcher of “Sassy Water” throughout the day and two additional bottles of water. I discovered Sassy Water a few years ago, on the Flat Belly Diet. I LOVE it! It gives your boring water a nice healthy zing. With dinner, I did have a glass of chardonnay, my first in four days of clean eating (I started a little earlier, because we’re leaving for Spring break on Thursday).
Sassy Water Recipe:
♦ Fill a pitcher with filtered water (ounces will vary)
♦ 1 sliced lemon
♦ 1 sliced, peeled cucumber
♦ 1 inch cube of ginger, grated
♦ 10 mint leaves
Add the fruit, veggies and spices to the water and chill overnight.
Overall, I had a good day. I was hungry after lunch, but admittedly, my lunch was light. I felt pretty good, but was a little tired of being in the kitchen:).
Share your comments, please. How’d I do? Do any of the recipes appeal to you? Do you have any recipes to share? How are you doing with your Clean Eating Challenge? #cleaneatingchallenge