Eat Your Daily 10 Challenge: Week 1

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Megan outside sitting on the grass holding baby girl

In case you missed it, this month I’m challenging you to #EatYourDaily10. That’s 10 SERVINGS of fruits & veggies per day! It is my hope that by focusing on eating an abundance of fresh produce, you’ll naturally “crowd out” foods that don’t leave you feeling as good– without any restriction.

You won’t eliminate ANY foods (really!!), because in my experience, restriction leads to feelings of failure and deprivation… and that often leads to binge eating and yo-yo dieting. (Trust me, I’ve been there too many times to count.)

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, so if you keep finding yourself on a diet or detox rollercoaster, please do yourself a favor and GET OFF. Remember, your body already has the organs it needs to detox effectively, we just need to feed them lots of nutrients to keep running smoothly. 


We’re keeping each other motivated and accountable over in our Facebook Support Community. If you’d like to join in, simply share how you’re eating your “Daily 10” by using the hashtag #EatYourDaily10 so I can find you and cheer you on!

If you don’t have social media, you can find the Daily 10 Guidelines here and check-in by leaving a comment here on my weekly “What I Ate” posts, where I’ll be sharing a peek at how I’m meeting my own Daily 10 goals.

Let’s get to it!

What I ate this week including shake, date energy balls, hummus and cucumbers, cauliflower rice risotto, broccoli, and a piece of dark chocolate with almond butter

Morning: As usual, my family started our day off with a green smoothie. This is the Chocolate Superfood Shake (from my first preorder bonus), which we enjoy several days a week. I’d say this shake only has 2 servings of fresh produce per serving– from dates and spinach– but it’s also loaded with healthy fats, protein, and fiber. My son is a little smoothie thief and tries to drink mine most mornings, too! (2 servings)

Snack: The shake kept me full until 11am, but I needed a little something extra to get me to lunch so I reached for a banana and a couple of my Date & Oat Lactation Energy Bites. (1 1/2 servings)

Lunch: I experimented with a vegan Cauliflower “Rice” Risotto recipe loaded with onion, mushrooms, and asparagus for a veggie-packed meal. (Recipe to come!) (3 servings)

Snack: I didn’t have time to make my own salad dressings or dips this weekend, so I grabbed a HUGE tub of roasted red pepper hummus on a visit to Costco. The ingredient list isn’t perfect, but overall it’s pretty good. I’ve been keeping a glass container of sliced cucumbers in the fridge as an easy alternative to crackers. (1 serving)

Dinner: I made a HUGE batch of Lentil Chili (from Everyday Detox) this weekend, so I’ve been enjoying the leftovers all week long. On Monday, I baked a few sweet potatoes, so that I can easily pull one from the fridge, slice it in half and top it with leftover chili. It reheats in the oven in just about 15 minutes for an easy and comforting dinner. We bought a 3-pound bag of broccoli from Costco, too, so I’ve been roasting it as a side dish. My son actually prefers to eat broccoli raw, so I save some on the side for him before I cook the rest. (3 servings)

Dessert: I felt the need for something sweet later in the evening, so I dipped a piece of 73% dark chocolate into some cashew butter for a make-shift “peanut butter cup.” Pretty delicious!

Overall, I think I ended up with roughly 10 1/2 servings of fruits and veggies for the day! So far, I’m really enjoying this challenge and hope it will continue to feel pretty easy for the rest of the month, while also keeping me mindful of choosing vegetables, particularly when I’m in a “snacky” mood. Having cucumber slices ready-to-go in my fridge has made it really easy this week, and I love that I haven’t eliminated anything from my diet so that it doesn’t feel like a “diet.”

Reader Feedback: What are YOU eating this week? Are you joining in on the challenge? 


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Your baby girl is getting so big! Cherish the moments. My baby girl is already 10. Time sure flies. I have been doing the challenge also. I made your pasta detox with cabbage. This was an easy way to get several servings of vegetables. I love the picture of your son stealing the smoothies. I feel for you. When I make your chocolate date balls from your latest book, I have to tell my 16- year-old, please leave me some! I am happy she is getting such a healthy treat, but Mom would like at least one!

This challenge is great. It really is energizing.


Megan, Your son & daughter look adorable! So happy for you! The challenge has been great! It really isn’t hard if that’s what you focus on. We had your Tuscan bean soup for 3 meals! So delicious! My husband kept ranting about it. That cauliflower rice looks good. I have been doing a lot of combos w/ the cauliflower rice – so delish & easy to make. I love it w/ asparagus. Really enjoy your recipes!! They are always right on with flavor!! Thanks again!

Nicole Millette

I’m on day 2 #eatyourdaily10. I am totally enjoying the morning smoothies!! I don’t usually reached for a smoothie in the morning, but thought I’d give it a try!! I am surprised at how fulfilling they are!! Looking forward to your new chocolate superfoods smoothie recipe?
I love to spiral zucchini and summer squash and came across frozen spiraled carrots at Trader Joe’s. Great alternative to past? .
Thank you for throwing this challenge out there!!


Such a beautiful baby.

Megan, thank you for the wonderful cauliflower southwest recipe. I made it for my husband and I, and we both loved it. Tomorrow he is getting a tooth pulled, so , I will make it again. Glad to have this recipe.


Thank you for the great motivation. Yesterday i roasted squash, and cut up veggies for my kids, and made your basil vinagrette AND your lentil chili for the first time! I guess you could say I am a fan! I hope I can keep it up, thanks again.


Love that! I’m always trying to get inn more fruits and veg. I made my own chia seed jam to go on toast (it’s really all u can eat jam) and I’ll do things like mix in apple sauce and raisins in with oatmeal. U inspired me to order a waffle maker so I can make your waffles from ur cookbook!

Mary Verdi

I’m in. Great idea! Thanks so much. I think I’m pretty close to ten now, so we shall see! Thanks so much.


Great pictures! I am super happy with my results so far. I’m traveling this weekend until Tuesday so I’m hoping it will not turn out to be a big setback but I already have my snacks in mind for the flight.
I highly recommend this challenge to anyone considering it.


Week 1 was inspired by No Excuses Detox. Sampling of 1 day:
Breakfast broccoli cheddar egg muffin, cup of grape tomatoes
Lunch fresh salsa mixed with lime and an avocado over chickpeas and lettuce
Dinner pressure cooker vegetable korma, dry roasted carrots tossed in Harissa
Snacks cup of celery, orange, banana, Frosty Chocolate shake

Your latest cookbook is wonderful! As are the first two.

    Megan Gilmore

    I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the recipes in the new cookbook! Keep up the good work!! 🙂

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