Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge, Part 1

Against all past experience, BuzzFeed has actually published something worthwhile. It’s a comprehensive 2 week healthy meal plan, with a grocery list and exactly what you need to do each day to prep for the next day. You’ll have to forgive the BuzzFeed-y presentation (or just download the PDF summary with all the recipes but none of the pictures).

But it looks really well thought out, so I thought I’d give it a try. My thinking is that it’ll at least be a crash course in a few more healthy meals. I’m already eating things I’ve never had before.

Thoughts so far, 3 days in

  • The grocery bill on this was pretty high. To be fair though, much of that was on stuff that will outlast the 2 weeks of the challenge (almonds are expensive!)
  • I had started off with an almost empty fridge.

  • The meals are physically massive, but they’re mostly plants, so they’re not that bad in terms of calories. For example, Sunday’s lunch consists of 1/2 a bunch of asparagus, 2 cups of arugula, a large tomato, a little cheese, and 3 eggs (for men).
  • The recipes are pretty simple and the weekday lunch ones are designed for portability.
  • I like the variety of meals; I tend to cook one thing and then eat it until it’s gone
  • However, I am spending way more time than usual on food prep, which I like somewhat less.

The meals so far:

  • Sunday Breakfast: Kale and Banana Smoothie: This is not great. I’m sure it’s healthy and all but I hate the texture.
  • Sunday Lunch: Shaved Asparagus Salad with Shallots and Fried Eggs. This one will likely be making it into my regular rotation, although with one fewer egg and a bit less tomato I think. Was very tasty but a lot of liquid runoff.
  • My favorite meal of the challenge so far.

  • Sunday Snack: Carrots and Hummus: Didn’t eat, was too full
  • Sunday Dinner: Roast Chicken Bowl with Quinoa and Kale: Also likely to make it into the rotation, simple to make and tasty
  • Sunday Evening Snack: Pears with Almond Butter: Did not eat, too full.
  • Monday Breakfast: Overnight Oats with Blueberries and Chia Seeds: I liked the flavor but I think I used the wrong kind of oats, steel cut instead of the more traditional shape which I think has more surface area. Was very thick and dense, could not finish it.
  • Monday Lunch: Kale, Chickpea, and Fennel Salad with Orange Vinaigrette: SO MUCH FENNEL. But not bad, totally serviceable lunch.
  • Monday Snack: Sliced Tomato with Basil, Feta, and Balsamic: Ended up not eating this because work got too busy
  • Monday Dinner: Napa Cabbage Wraps with Chicken, Tomato, Mango, and Avacado: I liked everything but the cabbage here (but my grocery store didn’t have the Napa cabbage, only the ordinary kind, which I’m sure makes a difference, at least in shape and probably in leaf integrity).
  • Monday Evening Snack: Was at a friends house and ended up eating some cheese instead of the orange. But oranges are tasty too. :-)
  • Tuesday Breakfast: Blackberry Yogurt Parfait. Very good, I don’t know why I don’t eat more blackberries, will have to correct that.
  • Tuesday Lunch: Asian Chicken Salad with Tamari-Lime Vinaigrette: Tasty; an excess of cabbage though, but again, wrong cabbage.
  • Tuesday Snack: Lemony Avacado: Actually ate this snack. I like avacados.
  • Tuesday Dinner: Cauliflower Steaks with Lentils: This tasted better than I expected. You roast the cauliflower for half an hour which lets it carmelize. Had never eaten lentils before, very earthy flavor to them. I don’t know that I’ll ever eat this again, but it wasn’t the torture I expected (not a huge fan of cauliflower and was not looking forward to them as the center of the meal).
  • Cauliflower Steaks with Lentils

    Not as bad as expected!

  • Tuesday Snack: Hot Chocolate: I ended up eating the chocolate and leaving the almond milk out of it, it’s too hot for hot chocolate.

More updates, later in the challenge. I’ll have to actually take photos of the rest of the meals after I make them. Or, you could look at the professionally photographed ones in the article that look much better than mine! 😛

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June 3, 2014 11:09 pm
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One Response to “Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge, Part 1”


    I am doing the Buzzfeed challenge. I like some of the recipes. I did use spinach instead of kale and instead of cabbage I used lettuce. I noticed the fennel too! I can of had a feeling that it was just too much and ended up buying one fennel and used it for two of the recipes. What challenge are you doing next?

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