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
Afternoon snack: Apple slices with almond butter
Pre-Dinner: 4-6 ounces of Green Juice
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