Sunday, February 15, 2015

#wholelifechallenge: oh we're halfway there

I am officially halfway through the Whole Life Challenge - time is flying! I'm sort of shocked by how good I'm feeling these days. I have had a few little indulgences -- honey nut cheerios (awww yea), some homemade peppermint ice cream and apple pie during a Super Bowl party, french fries from Shake Shack, and some movie theater popcorn. What this challenge is helping me remember and realize is that treats should be just that -- something that is eaten and enjoyed occasionally. It's a mindset that I am going to try very hard to keep with me at the end of the eight weeks.

I wasn't as ambitious with my cooking as I had hoped to be, but I did try a few good recipes over the last few weeks:
  • Coconut Squares: I read in the comments that these came out dry so I followed the advice of some readers to add in a banana. In place of the chocolate chips, I included some chopped dates. I have to say -- they came out amazing. I even had a coworker try them and she loved them just as much. They have a great consistency and are plenty sweet between the dates and the ripe banana.
  • Banana Oat Smoothie: I added in some natural peanut butter because, well, why not? I made this for breakfast, so I thought I could use the added protein to keep me full through until lunch.
  • Sweet potato soup: I couldn't find a recipe that I liked so I made it up as I went along. I added in some butternut squash and ginger. After everything had been cooked, I threw it in a blender and added some coconut milk. It's delicious and I'm pretty darn proud of myself. 
  • Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffins: These came out alright. They're REALLY dense and were kind of blah. If I were to do it again, I probably would have added some dates or raw cacao to give it a little more flavor. 
  • Overnight oats: Again, I went with my own recipe creation -- I combined coconut milk, rolled oats, plain greek yogurt, a banana, and some almond butter. Yum yum. Perfect breakfast.

  • For Valentine's Day, since we were in the midst of yet another blizzard, j2 and I decided to cook at home. We made bacon-wrapped, salsa wrapped chicken breasts. For sides we had some brussels sprouts (with some bacon because.. bacon) and cauliflower/turnip mash. No actual recipes were used because it all seemed simple enough. It was delicious, filling, and a Whole Life Challenge compliant meal!

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