As part of the 8-week challenge, one of my goals is to satisfy my sweet tooth with fruit-sweetened desserts. I’m hoping this will re-set my taste buds after testing 20+ pans of vegan brownies over the past month! (Luckily, that recipe finally turned out perfectly, so I’ll be sharing it by the end of the week, once I get all of the photos edited.)
Because of all those recipe experiments, I was accustomed to eating two, or more, brownies a day. (Sometimes even having one for breakfast!) As we all know, what we consistently do becomes a habit… and that’s one habit I don’t exactly want to keep up. So, I’m hoping this new goal will help me to satisfy my sweet cravings without the need for a brownie every single day.
Here’s how it’s going so far:
9:30 am: I usually want something sweet for breakfast, so I’ve been enjoying my usual Chocolate Superfood Shake (recipe will be in the preorder bonus pack later this month). It’s loaded with healthy fiber, protein, and fat, and tastes like a decadent chocolate milkshake… so I don’t need a brownie for breakfast!
Noon: For lunch I was craving something savory, so I mixed 3 heaping tablespoons of raw tahini with the juice of a whole lemon, a minced garlic clove, and salt and pepper, making a thick and creamy dressing. I tossed that with an entire head of chopped romaine, which resulted in a vegan Ceasar-salad like creation. It tasted SO good! And after I snapped that photo, I added a handful of chopped bell pepper for some extra crunch, too.
2:00 pm: I’ve gotten used to having something sweet after lunch, so I made another smoothie. This time, it was the Chia Chocolate Shake from my cookbook. (Which is also naturally sweetened with only fruit!)
5:00 pm: This is my son’s dinner time, so I usually snack on something that he’s eating. He only ate a 1/4 of a large banana, so I ate the rest as my pre-dinner snack.
6:30 pm: Daylight savings has shifted my son’s bedtime routine– we start it at 7 pm now, which is normally when I’m starving for dinner. So, I’ve started splitting my meal up into two parts. I now eat my salad before starting bedtime, and then I eat the rest of my dinner when my son is asleep and I can sit down with my husband. Last night, I started off with a large mixed green salad topped with a generous helping of raw goat feta, bell peppers, and a lemony olive oil dressing.
7:30 pm: When I got to sit down for the rest of my dinner, I enjoyed three eggs scrambled in butter with sautéed onions and peppers, and more raw goat feta sprinkled on top! (I used the same bowl that I had eaten my salad in– I avoid extra dirty dishes as much as possible.)
9:30 pm: Bedtime. (Because I’m an old lady whose workday starts at 6am every morning.)
Reader Feedback: What are YOU eating this week? If you’re working on an 8-week challenge, how’s it going so far?