There are two things I am bringing back into my diet: bread (multi-grain or whole wheat) and coffee. Here is my reasoning:
1. Multi-grain bread. I am not afraid of gluten nor am I allergic and I believe you should get a serving of grains with every meal. Whole grains are loaded with B vitamins, fiber, and iron. During the last two weeks, I believe I was missing iron in my diet as I would bruise easily. I had literally 50 bruises on my legs. Multi-grain toast is a perfect way to get some whole grains in your diet.
2. Coffee. Caffeine has some beneficial properties. You can find out what they are here and here. As for the risks listed there, I am eating loads of leafy greens, almond milk, and Greek yogurt so I am not too worried about osteoporosis, I do not suffer from diabetes and am watching my sugar intake anyways, I am drinking plenty of water during the rest of the day, and I only ever have one cup a day, usually with breakfast.
So today was my first day on my own without any planned menu or shopping list. Using the previous clean eating challenge as a guide, I set forth to the farmer’s market near my husband’s work after I dropped him off this morning. I got strawberries (better than the last bunch), raspberries, radishes, snap peas, zucchini, egg plant, big beefsteak tomatoes, fresh oats, and a healthy, gluten and dairy free brownie for a snack! I even picked up a tin of locally made camomile and lavender loose leaf tea. If I weren’t on a budget, I would have bought a $9 raw chocolate bar (made with organic cacao, no soy, refined sugar, or any other junk and is fair trade!), and some natural mineral makeup. There’s always next week.
Here’s what I ate today:
Breakfast at my husbands restaurant: two poached eggs, hash browns, fruit and multi grain toast. 1 1/2 cups of coffee, black. I had strawberry jam on my toast and ketchup (it’s a vegetable right?) on my hash. If you wanted to watch your sugar intake, you should leave out the ketchup and the jam.
Lunch: two slices of multi-grain toast (from a well known island bakery: Portofino), one tablespoon per slice of natural peanut butter, half a banana sliced on top and dotted with fresh raspberries.
My four o’clock snack was the brownie I picked up at the farmer’s market this morning. It had almond flour, coconut oil and dark chocolate chips. I’m not sure what else was in it but definitely no gluten and no dairy. It was so soft and moist, just melted in my mouth. I wish I could remember the vendor because these may be a weekly thing.
For dinner I returned to the black bean vegetarian chili from the 14 day challenge. The recipe can be found here in case you weren’t following along. I added one pound of ground turkey breasts to give it more substance and chili powder, red pepper flakes and cumin to give it more of a chili flavor. Much better. Note: most chili powder you find in the stores contains salt, so leave out the kosher salt the recipe calls for.
For my evening snack, I cut up one golden delicious apple and drizzled with one teaspoon of honey. Very light, but sweet.
I couldn’t tell you how many calories I consumed, nor the amount of fat but, all in all, it was a successful clean day.