This is a continuation of my My Experience with a “7-Day No-Added-Sugar Meal Plan That’s Actually Doable.” Today’s post shall focus on Day One, with a little bit of the neglected meal prep thrown in (I’m looking at you Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce). My goal was to also make a few of the snacks so that I would have them available for when I returned to work after the holidays.
After the hours of work I devoted to the shopping and meal prep the day before (which ended up being around six), I was hoping that the morning would start of much easier. Thankfully, it did. The menu for today involved the following items, which I shall explain in further detail below:
- Strawberry Balsamic Toast with Greek Yogurt
- Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce – I was actually suppose to make this the day before, but was too fatigued to complete it.
- One Pan Vegetable Frittata With Fresh Greens
- Almond Butter, Date, and Coconut Energy Bites – This was a bonus snack and not on the original menu.
- Cilantro-Lime Turkey Meatball Bowl With Peanut Sauce
Breakfast: Strawberry Balsamic Toast with Greek Yogurt
Remember the previous day’s panic with breadcrumbs? Well, that actually meant I had two extra slices of already toasted sourdough bread ready for breakfast this morning! I was thankful for that little shortcut, as I do not necessarily enjoy creating big ornate breakfasts.
Delayed Meal Prep: Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce
As the night wore on the day prior, I had zero desire to quickly “whip up” two “simple” sauces. During that moment, I glanced ahead and knew that I could easily make this Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce during day one and still have time for it to chill in the fridge. With sauces such as this, the flavor deepens as they rest. I knew that I still needed to make it in advance, but a day delayed would be perfectly acceptable.
Lunch: One Pan Vegetable Frittata With Fresh Greens
In Buzzfeed’s original plan, they picture you creating lunch while eating breakfast. I did not do that. Instead, I rested after breakfast knowing that my schedule was light for the day. I ended up making this while I was creating the tzatziki sauce described above.
Also, in full disclosure, I modified the recipe. I have another breakfast casserole that I make that is absolutely amazing. It includes veggies, sweet potatoes, spinach, breakfast sausage, and cheese. This was my go to breakfast casserole while I was gluten free and I was craving it hard! The recipe below is my modified version. And it was delicious.
Snack: Almond Butter, Date, and Coconut Energy Bites
These almond butter, date, and coconut energy bites were one of their “no added sugar” snack recommendations that I wanted to be sure to make before I headed back to work. I figured these would work well for my 10AM pick me up.
I do want to point out that they are very relaxed with their definition of “no added sugar” because they also list these No-Bake 5 ingredient granola bars as an option. Personally, I would have excluded those because it calls for 1/4 cup of honey, and honey technically is sugar. This highlights a very important point: Please do not obsess over food to the point that it controls you. That is orthorexia and it is a recognized eating disorder.
Food is supposed to be used to fuel you so that you can remain Clearly Alive.
Food is NOT to be used to control you, or to be used by you as an attempt to control your environment. If either of these sound like you, please look at this screening tool for more information and resources.
Dinner: Cilantro-Lime Turkey Meatball Bowl With Peanut Sauce
Dinner can actually be broken down into two steps:
- Make the peanut sauce in the microwave.
- Assemble everything together.
So far I have found this process to be very much a “choose your own adventure” type book. You start out on the website, which directs you to a recipe on page six that looks simple enough. BUT WAIT! That recipe cannot be completed until you flip to page eleven. And if you are wondering, yes, I did end up numbering all pages on my printed pdf of all recipes.
Don’t worry. I am putting the recipes on this site in the order that I have used them. I am also correcting the typos that I find along the way.
Once that is done, you can assemble everything together for dinner!
Concluding Thoughts for Day One
Day one was a success! I was able to create all three meals they recommended, get caught up on the meal prep from the day before, and make an additional snack. This included Strawberry Balsamic Toast, Tzatziki Sauce, Vegetable Frittata, Energy Bites, and Cilantro-Lime Turkey Meatball Bowl.
This process is also forcing me to remember previous eating habits that I have neglected over the years. When did I start reaching for M&M’s instead of dates in order to get my sweet fix? Why did I stopped subbing simple vinaigrette dressings for those salad dressings loaded with sugar? How can I return to these absolutely delicious foods and make that a sustainable habit?
This is not a diet. I want to create for myself a healthy, sustainable life-style. I want to remain Clearly Alive.