week 1 with no sugar
This past week was week 1 of 4 without any refined or processed sugar. You can read about why I am doing this personal challenge here. First let me start off by saying that this wasn’t a typical week since it was New York Fashion Week and I was attending shows and presentations. I think because I was running around the city all afternoon Thursday and then literally all day from Friday through Sunday, it kept me from thinking about food and craving anything. So week 1 went pretty smoothly but week 2 is going to be a little calmer so let’s see how that goes (especially with Vday candy around the office). Below I am sharing some of the foods and snacks I was eating this week. If you have any suggestions and recipes of your own, please do share with me!
Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Oatmeal Packet
1 apple (cut into small cubes)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Follow directions on oatmeal and then mix all together!
2 cups kale (i like to cut the kale into small strips)
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced in halves)
5-10 kalamata olives (cup in half)
sweet potato (see recipe here and cut into cubes)
1/4 cup quinoa (i use this one and i make more for the week and then portion it out)
artichokes (3-4 chopped)
pumpkin seeds (sprinkle a couple on top)
goat cheese (optional)
**add whatever other veggies you like- cucumbers would work well in this salad too
dressing- i mix the juice from 1/2 lemon with 2-3 tablespoons of olive or walnut oil
gluten free spaghetti (i like this one because it cooks well and tastes the most like regular pasta)
cherry tomatoes (1/2 cup cut in halves)
basil leaves (handful)
parmesan cheese (exclude if you are dairy free, sprinkle nutritional yeast at the end instead)
red pepper flakes (as much as you like)
olive oil (as much as you like)
hard boiled eggs (i will bring 1-2 to work for the day)
sugar free apple cookies (see recipe here)
almonds (make sure to eat suggested serving, it is very easy to overeat them!)
These were just some of the foods I made myself! Since I was on the go and ate out a couple of times I opted for clean foods with any sauces on the side. My rule is ALWAYS ask for sauce or dressing on the side!
Poke Bowl from Maui Onion– lettuce, brown rice, seaweed salad, cucumber, edamame, avocado and raw tuna.
Salad Bowl from Baba– lettuce, quinoa, cabbage salad, tabouli with hummus and tahini on the side
VERY hard to buy snacks that don’t contain some form of processed sugar. I wanted to have pretzels and these “healthy” baked quinoa chips but both contained rice sugar or cane sugar. So far I have found the only bar that I will eat (that I actually love because it tastes good) is an RX Bar which has wholesome ingredients.
Stay Tuned for more clean eating recipes next week!!