I honestly cannot believe I got through all 28 days and that I actually continued to blog the whole time. No, I will not be stopping. Tomorrow will be a leftover day and then I've yet to decide whether I will continue by either:
- repeating days I liked
- repeating days I didn't do right the first time
- using meal plans from the Clean Eating Magazine (available online)
- making my own meal plans
- trying new healthy meals, muffins, cookies, etc. from the rest of the clean eating cookbook
But that will be after a few days of leftovers anyway. I'll also write another post with things I've learned, the best meals, and the worst meals.
Now without further ado, Week 4, Saturday!
Breakfast: 1 cup quinoa with 1 sliced banana; 1 cup low fat milk
Although I was a fan on quinoa for dinner, I can't say that I'm a fan of quinoa for breakfast. This kind of reminded me of oatmeal, only very different. I couldn't stomach the thought of adding a banana into the quinoa, so I ate that separately. I got though maybeeee half of the quinoa. I'll try it again another time.
When I got to work I ate one minimini (very tiny) blueberry muffin and one bigbig (very needed) coffee.
Snack 1: 8 multigrain flaxseed crackers, 2 tbsp natural almond butter, 1 apple
Shockingly, I messed up this snack. Very fitting for the last day, right? I packed peanut butter without realizing until right now it was supposed to be almond butter. The peanut butter with the flaxseed crackers was a great combo. I highly recommend it.
The apple was refreshing and light as always. I realize that I only really like bites with skin. I also like apples 1000 times more if they are cold (aka straight out of the refrigerator).
Lunch: 3 oz shredded lean
I looked high and low in my grocery store for a "low-sugar" BBQ sauce to no avail. I was going to settle for regular bbq sauce when I found this great Jack Daniels pulled chicken (precooked) mix. The calories for one serving was really low and I knew that 3 oz was going to be way less than what they consider a serving. Plus it saved me the convenience of having to buy both pulled chicken and a BBQ sauce. Plus it was delicious. I microwaved my sandwich when I got to work and when a co-worker saw me eating it she asked if I purchased it! That's how good it looked! Unfortunately I didn't have my camera at work, or else I would have snapped a photo for you. If/when I make this sandwich again, I'll be sure to take a picture!
I ate the strawberries with my afternoon snack, mostly because it was easier to package all the fruit together in one container!
Snack 2: 1 oz goat cheese; 1/2 cup blackberries
1) goat cheese is not portable
2) goat cheese is not meant to be ate without crackers
3) I forgoat (pun intended) to pack the goat cheese.
Instead, I intentionally replaced the blackberries with blueberries and ate them with my strawberries. Delish!
Dinner: Spinach Salad (2 cups spinach, 3 oz tuna, 1 chopped hardboiled egg, 1/2 cup mandarin oranges and 1 oz chopped walnuts with 1 tbls balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp dijon mustard); 3.4 cup low-fat plain yogurt with 1 tsp honey.
This was a very simple, light, easy meal to put together and a great way to end my 28/65 days of meal plans. I liked not having to really chop up anything. MJ doesn't like tuna, so I used some of the Jack Daniels chicken in his salad, which he really enjoyed.
Here's a picture of my salad without the dressing, which was served on the side.
As per usual, I forgot to eat the yogurt. I now have a huge container of yogurt that was supposed to be eaten a number of times this week, and managed to get skipped each time. I'm not sure why - I really do like yogurt, especially when I have some berries throw in. I was interested in trying the yogurt with honey as well. And granola. These all sound like good ideas for my future meal plans :)
So that's it. 28 days completed. MJ and I poured minimini glasses of wine as a toast to how far I'd come, even if it did take 9 weeks to get there!