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Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge

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HI LOVELIES,

It has been forever since I last blogged, but that is all going to change! I swear to you. Especially because I just started this new healthy eating challenge created by Buzzfeed last year. Click here to read all about the BUZZFEED CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE that I’m about to undertake. I am extremely excited to venture on this journey because over the last few months I have been testing different diets and eliminating and adding new things to my food pantry. I was already a bit concerned when I saw what I had to eat on DAY 1 because the smoothie has spinach in it and I figured it was going to taste horrible, but it was actually super delicious!

After I made the smoothie, I wandered all over my apartment complex with my cute little cup showing off my green drink because I wanted to tell the world that green smoothies could actually taste good and still be under 300 calories.

So if you are new to Wanderlust Sam, WELCOME! I’m sort of all over the place with my thoughts and just decided I would start a fitness section yesterday so here we are 🙂 I’ve been reading fitness related blogs, books, and magazines since I was 12. I’m excited to join the world of fitness blogging because it’s really important to me to live healthy, even though I’m sometimes horrible at it!

But enough about blogging… Let’s begin the BUZZFEED CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE!

* I made lots of moderations to this challenge & made note of them below… I really should follow the rules better 😉 

MORNING TEA

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INGREDIENTS: Mark & Spencer Chai Tea w/ a splash of unsweetened almond milk and a teaspoon of aguva nectar

BREAKFAST

Banana, Spinach & PB

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 bag of spinach (around 3 cups), 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter, 1 frozen banana (don’t forget to peel the banana before you peel it), 4 ice cubes and 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

DIRECTIONS:

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and puree until smooth.

*I can’t seem to find Kale anywhere in the UK so I resorted to using spinach… TASTE GREAT!! Also didn’t have almond butter – peanut butter works just as well. I also ADDED 4 ICE CUBES to make it colder and more smoothie-like.

LUNCH

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INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 medium shallot diced, 12 extra thin asparagus, pepper for seasoning, 1/2 bag of spinach (around 3 cups), 1/2 oz lactose free cheese (Buzzfeed uses feta… but I’m dairy free), juice of 1 lemon, 2 large eggs

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium­ high heat, then add the thinly sliced shallot. Cook for 1 minute, until shallot has softened slightly. Add asparagus and freshly ground pepper. Cook until asparagus is cooked but not soft.

Transfer asparagus mixture to a medium mixing bowl, add spinach, cheese, and lemon juice and toss.

In the same nonstick skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Crack the egg into the pan, season with freshly ground pepper, and turn the heat to medium-low. Cook the egg until the white begins to brown on the edges and it should flip easy (This was so exciting for me! I’ve never been able to flip a fried egg before today #SUCCESS).

Transfer the asparagus salad to a bowl and top with the fried eggs

*I decided to not shave the asparagus and leave them whole since they were baby asparagus. I also didn’t use a tomato (aka not a fan of them) & I eliminated the parsley… I’m rather picky I know!

SNACK

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INGREDIENTS:

3 large carrots (like a bunny rabbit would eat them… What’s up doc?) & 1/4 cup hummus

DINNER

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INGREDIENTS:

½ cup Cooked Quinoa with 1 tablespoon Big Batch Orange Vinaigrette (recipe below) ½ bag of spinach & 4 ounces Roast Chicken Breasts

DIRECTIONS:

How to make the Orange Vinaigrette : Combine juice of ½ large orange (about 2 tablespoons), 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tsp of crushed garlic. Whisk them all together.

Combine the chicken, spinach and quinoa into a zip lock bag and shake them all together. Once shaken, add the vinaigrette to the mix. Dinner is served 🙂

NIGHTTIME SNACK

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INGREDIENTS:

1 pear, chopped up & 2 teaspoons of peanut butter.

Today’s meals actually satisfied me! If you happen to give this challenge a go, leave a comment below! I’d love to hear what you’re favourite meal was! I loved the smoothie! Can’t wait to make it again after this challenge is over.

 

1DAY 2 of the BUZZFEED CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE – CHECK IT OUT HERE!

Let me start off by saying that if you actually make the overnight oats the night before, they will be the most amazing thing you have ever eaten! Seriously, I’ve attempted to just make them morning off and never been a huge fan. But this morning I had them and I couldn’t handle its deliciousness. I never wanted them to end! SO GOOD!!!

BREAKFAST

INGREDIENTS: PREPARED THE NIGHT BEFORE!!!!!!!! 1 Instant Oatmeal Bag, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup alpro yogurt, 1 T Chia Seeds, 1 t honey & 1/2 cup blueberries

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DIRECTIONS: Mix all the ingredients together & store overnight so that the chia seeds have time to soak.

*THIS IS DELICIOUS 

LUNCH

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 bag spinach, 1/4 cup chickpeas (rinsed), 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, 2 Tablespoons of the Big Batch Orange Vinaigrette, 1 oz lactosefree cheese, ground pepper

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DIRECTIONS: Combine everything together and you are good to go!

SNACK

INGREDIENTS: Grapes, Cantaloupe & Honeydew Melon

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DIRECTIONS: Store bought.. Buzzfeed suggested sliced tomato w/ basil, feta and balsamic… but I don’t like tomatoes and I can’t eat feta so I just went with so good old fashioned fruit 🙂

DINNER

INGREDIENTS: 4oz Chicken Breast, 1/4 small mango, 1/4 avocado, 1 large tomato, 2 Tablespoons of Lime Vinaigrette and 4 large lettuce leaves

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DIRECTIONS: Chop up the chicken, mango, avocado & tomato into 1/4-inch cubes and mix together. Then mix in the vinaigrette. Divide the chicken mixture among the lettuce leaves

*I dropped the basil leaves and used lettuce instead of cabbage

NIGHTTIME SNACK

INGREDIENTS: 2 clementines

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I almost forgot about the clementines! These meals are seriously filling and I feel great! Loving this challenge!

 

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DAY 3 of the BUZZFEED CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE – CHECK IT OUT HERE!

So I never really expected to lose much from this challenge, but man the weight is just falling off and I am LOVING IT! While other reviews online of this challenge have stated that they are starving all the time, I feel the complete opposite. I have felt very full from this challenge and I am very happy with this how this challenge is going. This mornings parfait was delicious! I sort of messed up with the lentils though… I’ve never made lentils before… I definitely over cooked them. Oops!

BREAKFAST

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup alpro yogurt, ½ cup blackberries, 2 tablespoons raw almonds, 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds

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DIRECTIONS: Layer 1 cup alpro yogurt, ½ cup blackberries and 2 tablespoons raw almonds. Then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds. ENJOY 🙂

*THIS IS DELICIOUS 

LUNCH

INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons Big Batch Lime Vinaigrette, 1 teaspoon tamarind, bag of spinach, thinly sliced 1 medium carrot, 2 tablespoons raw almonds, chopped 4 ounces Roast Chicken Breast, 1 clementine

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DIRECTIONS: Combine everything together and you are good to go!

SNACK

INGREDIENTS: Avocado & Juice of 1 Lemon

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DIRECTIONS: Mix together in bowl

DINNER

INGREDIENTS: 1 head cauliflower, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, freshly ground pepper & 1 cup Big Batch Cooked Lentils

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DIRECTIONS: Chop up the chicken, mango, avocado & tomato into 1/4-inch cubes and mix together. Then mix in the vinaigrette. Divide the chicken mixture among the lettuce leaves

*I dropped the basil leaves and used lettuce instead of cabbage

NIGHTTIME SNACK

INGREDIENTS: Hot Chocolate… Not Pictured – made with almond milk and dairy free chocolate square 🙂

If you decide to try out this challenge let me know! I’m definitely no chef, but these meals have been amazing!!

Sam xx

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