Day 16: Eliminating The Crap

Breakfast: overnight oats with blueberries and fresh raspberries. 1/2 cup of fresh oatmeal bought from the farmer’s market yesterday, 1/2 cup no fat Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries. Shake in a jar and put in fridge overnight. Topped off with fresh raspberries in the morning.

My husband and I always put artificial, dairy free creamer in our coffees and when I started this clean eating experiment I took a look at the ingredients in said creamer. So many chemicals! I decided that if we were going to start eating clean it was time to start purging our fridge and cupboards of all the crap and so I sought out recipes on beloved Pintrest for replacements. First up the coffee creamer/sweetener. This recipe is so simple. I noticed in the grocery store there were two kinds of sweetened condensed milk: regular and low fat. A quick look at the nutritional information yielded interesting results: there isn’t that much difference between the two. Only 1/2 g of fat per serving! You know what the replace that fat with? Sugar! One more gram of sugar in the low fat variety. I got the full fat. My husband approves.

For lunch I made a veggie sandwich with hummus on multi grain bread. I sliced up a half an avocado, one slice of a beef steak tomato, a little leftover romain and an ounce of goat feta.

Two peeled and cut carrots with two tablespoons of hummus rounded out my afternoon snack.

For dinner I decided I was going to make pizza. I found a bunch of recipes for whole wheat crust online but they all called for all purpose flour in addition to whole wheat flour. Their reasoning behind the mixture is that the whole wheat flour doesn’t contain as much gluten as the AP and would make a cardboard tasting crust. I found one recipe that was 100% whole wheat and you know what? It was great! It made 2 portions of dough so I froze one for next week. To my pizza I added my own tomato sauce (crushed tomatoes, garlic, shallot, Italian spices), roasted eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes, feta and parmesan. I baked the crust first to get it nice and crispy before I added the toppings.

For desert I bought an organic dark chocolate bar that is 80% cocoa. It tasted like bakers’ chocolate and was very bitter. I decided to wash it down with a glass of red wine. The two paired quite nicely!