This post is a little more than my typical What I Ate Wednesday post…
Last week, I was involved in a 5-Day Clean Eating Challenge. We were provided with meal plans (breakfast, lunch, dinner), snack ideas, and general guidelines to be involved with the other participants. While the meal plan called for different meals each day, my meal prepping nature made up one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner option to have ready to go for the week. I had it in my mind that if I got bored with it, I could always go back to the master list of meals and make something else…but I just pushed through with flying colors!
[workouts] morning runs + afternoon runs
You can check out my workouts for the week on my Weekly Workouts post!
[breakfast] toasted english muffin (or WASA cracker – when I ran out of muffins) + egg + avocado
This is a super simple breakfast that I have been known to eat for a while now 🙂 I am no stranger to this meal!
[lunch] sliced turkey + mixed greens + tomato + hummus
I slightly prepped these wraps by slicing the tomato, spooning some hummus on the turkey, and then wrapping them up with the fresh greens when I was ready to eat 🙂 One of the pieces of this meal that changed day to day was the flavor of hummus – the multi pack had original, garlic, jalapeno, and red pepper hummus. This minor change helped me on my toes 🙂
[dinner] chicken + roasted broccoli + roasted brussles sprouts + roasted sweet potato + hot sauce (on a couple nights to mix it up)
Meal prep on point for dinner for the week!! I ate this same meal each evening…and I LOVED it 🙂 I added hot sauce a couple nights to change it up…but overall, this is always a meal that is welcome in my plans!
[snacks] The plan calls for 2-3 snacks a day – mostly between meals. Each of my snacks varied a little more than the meals day to day. I had carrots with hummus, apple with almond butter, banana with almond butter, protein drink, etc.
[overall] This week was a great test of will and determination! I did eat a little more than what was “prescribed” on the plan (extra avocado for breakfast, double the snack size some days, etc.), but I didn’t stray from the planned meals/snacks!
[results] We sent our pictures (I will spare you) and measurements/weight to the coach at the beginning of the week, again at the end of the week, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results! While the weight I lost was probably mostly water weight, I still was able to lose a few inches – mostly in my chest (why there?!), waist, and hips!
Lost inches : -7.5 inches between arms, chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves, and neck
Lost pounds : -8.6 lbs
[long term] While this is not a plan that I will be able to continue as-is, I could totally eat similar meals but bump up the calories, and keep my eating a little cleaner overall 🙂 I am always striving to find a good balance of eating with my training. Eating cleaner, more whole sources of food, is always on my mind (not obsessive), and I now have a couple new recipes to try to keep me on track!
Just another day in the life! Check out the other WIAW posts with Jenn and her gang of foodies – Arman and Laura. I enjoy checking out the other link ups for meal inspiration!
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4 thoughts on “clean eating challenge |WIAW”
Looks delicious! I like the banana with almond butter, much cuter than how I do it (dunking it in the jar…)
Ha!! 😂😂 I totally would too, but the almond butte I get is just runny enough that I can dip a fork in it and drizzle it over pretty easily. If it were more of a “standard PB consistency”, I would totally be dipping!
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Your dinner looks like something I’d eat. And it looks delicious! I need to up my training and maybe start running outdoors again now that the weather is getting warmer.
Warm weather is the perfect time to get back into running!