Day 15: Beginning of the End

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Today marks the first day of our final week of the 21-Day Challenge.

Last night, Emma and I created the menu for our last 7 days of clean eating, keeping some of our favorites and adding a couple of new recipes to the list. Having done this for 14 days already, we’ve all gotten pretty savvy about our various food likes and dislikes and the nutrients our bodies crave at various times of the day. For instance, after a tough morning workout, I need a high-protein lunch then several small protein-based snacks throughout the afternoon – Emma’s chickpeas, apple slices with almond butter, a handful of cashews. On our lighter workout days, I’m good with a big salad at lunch, little protein necessary, and maybe a piece of fruit or some berries mid-afternoon.

If we all take away this type of understanding of our body’s needs, then the 21-Day Challenge can be deemed a huge success in my mind. It’s not about losing weight, though I suspect that’s going to be a nice little perk, but rather about feeling more energetic and just overall healthier because of the foods we’re using to fuel our bodies.

Day 15 Menu

Pre-Breakfast: 8-12 ounces of water plus 8-12 ounces of Green Juice

Breakfast: Smoothie (for my husband: gluten-free toast spread with fresh almond butter & sliced apple)

Mid-morning snack: Organic blackberries

Pre-Lunch: 4-6 ounces of Green Juice

Lunch: Emma’s Sauteed Chickpeas with Kale

Afternoon snack: Apple slices with almond butter

Pre-Dinner: 4-6 ounces of Green Juice

Dinner: Spicy Grilled Chicken Breast with Super Food Power Salad

Helpful Links
Click here for Chef V’s website
Click here for the Queen of the Kitchen website
Click here for a Google list of Green Juice recipes

Workout of the Day
Core Cycling at Exhale (Lisa & Emma)
Myofascial Yoga at Mystic Lotus Yoga (Lisa & Emma)
Cardio (Matthew)

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