What I Ate: Fruit Sweetened Treats

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.)

chewy brownies

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:

two chocolate shakes, banana, and salads on plates

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? 

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Melissa

Where do you get raw goat cheddar? My Whole Foods doesn’t carry it.

    Megan Gilmore

    You can ask them to start carrying it at your local Whole Foods, but if they won’t you can also order directly from the company– I like Redwood Hill Farm, Mt. Sterling, and Alta Dena brands. I think they all have online ordering available (and most of the expiration dates are pretty long!)

Jill S

I love your 8 week challenge! My goals are 10,000 steps at least 5 days a week and to eat a salad as one of my meals everyday. So far so good! Can’t wait for your cookbook to arrive, yes I pre-order

    Megan Gilmore

    Thanks, Jill! Look forward to hearing how the challenge goes for you!

    Laura @ RYG

    8 week challenge going well. Eating a big salad everyday like Jill. Cutting potions sizes too, just a little bit with each meal. And not eating a half of can of peanut butter everyday which put 12 pounds on me.

Katie G

Both those salad dressings sounds amazing- could you by chance post the recipe or have you already? Looking for good home made dressings, the store bought ones have so much junk in them

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Katie! Check out my “Creamy Tahini Dressing” and “Greek Salad Dressing” for the recipes– they’re both so good!

    Cindy

    All of Megan’s dressings that I’ve tried & that’s almost ALL of them – are DELICIOUS!

Brenda

Where do you get raw goat feta? I live in PA and it’s so difficult finding goat milk products, let alone raw goat milk products. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

    Megan Gilmore

    They sell it at my local Whole Foods. You can ask them to carry it if they don’t already, or you can order online from Redwood Hill Farms– that’s the brand that makes the feta!

Laura

Hhahahahaha. I go to sleep at 9:30 too…and get up at 5. I think maybe that’s WHY i feel old.

I do a chocolate shake often too. I tell myself it’s for the magnesium. 🙂

Meanwhile, hit us with that brownie recipe! We’re all waiting….

chrissy joy

What is the pre-order bonus pack?

    Megan Gilmore

    It’s a bonus that will be sent out as a “thank-you” gift to everyone who preorders my cookbook before June 2nd– it includes a week’s worth of exclusive recipes that can’t be found anywhere else, plus a special surprise from one of my favorite companies! My publisher will release it in about 4 weeks, but you can order anytime before June 2nd to receive it (just save your receipt!). More info at https://detoxinista.com/cookbook

Cindy

“Because of all those recipe experiments, I was accustomed to eating two, or more, brownies a day. (Sometimes even having one for breakfast!) ”
Brownies aren’t for breakfast!?! 🙂 I want a job like that! From the picture, those brownies look ooey, gooey, delicious! Looking forward to that recipe – We love chocolate in this household!!

Amy

I know this isn’t a parenting blog, but I would love to hear about your son’s bedtime routine! My little guy is almost a year and it takes us almost an hour to get him down for bed.

Sheena

I am SO ready for your shake recipes!!! I LOVE my daily shake/smoothie and those look so good. I am patiently awaiting the arrival of my cookbook:):)

Kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

Recipe tasting can have that affect on you – it becomes normal to eat a grain free cupcake everyday:) It a fun problem to have!!

Joyce

I have signed up for your eight week challenge. 🙂 I have a terrible habit of eating after 9:00. I can eat more then than I do all day. Thank you for putting this chart on your website so I can try to be accountable!

Also – thank you for sharing your recipes!

Chau

Your 8-week challenge is such a good idea – I’ve had 2 friends join me, and just eating a big salad everyday, drinking more water, meditating and exercising has made such a HUGE difference in the quality of our lives in the last 3 days. My achilles heel is the sweets, so this post is perfect to readjust that, thanks!

Andi

Love these blogs! Would be great to see what you feed your son also! Always nice to hear new ideas on toddler feeding 🙂

barb

I love fruit only sweetened treats! Do you have a list of recipes of them anywhere?

Caterina

Hi Megan,

That Chocolate Superfood Shake is superb. I received the recipe as part of the pre-order bonus (can’t wait for your book!!!!) and have made the shake two mornings in a row. Its dessert for breakfast and healthy to boot!

Liz

Hi there… really appreciate your recipes! Did you ever publish the fruit-sweetened brownie recipe? I’d love to try it!

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