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 Five.
I actually completed this experiment from 27 December 2019 through 4 January 2020. When I first did this experiment, COVID-19 was just some abstract concept somewhere in China. Now? Oh it has become a daily part of our lives.
I struggled with whether or not I should continue to finish this series of blog posts. In the end, I decided to take a brief break. But I do plan on finishing out this series. The meals were delicious, and the lessons learned where insightful. May this series serve as a bit of a distraction from the world outside.
The menu for Day Five involved the following items, which I shall explain in further detail below:
- Breakfast Bowl With Quinoa, Avocado, and Tomato
- Power Salad With Roasted Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes
- Whole Wheat Pasta With Lemon Kale Chicken
Breakfast: Breakfast Bowl With Quinoa, Avocado, and Tomato
Please do not judge my soft boiled egg too harshly. As you can see, I struggled greatly with peeling it. However, that did not affect the taste of it at all. The meal was delicious.
Lunch: Power Salad With Roasted Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes
I will admit that I was not exactly thrilled to see the chickpeas on the salad. But I still used them!
Dinner: Whole Wheat Pasta With Lemon Kale Chicken
I actually used to cook chicken frequently in college, especially once I moved off campus and was feeding myself. Gradually, I just stopped. I have slowly been modifying my lifestyle to include more meatless meals.
Given the fact that I do not particularly enjoy cooking the chicken, I went ahead and cooked both chicken breasts tonight so that I would not have to cook another chicken breast again for the next day. It took the exact same amount of time, but will make dinner significantly easier for day six.
Concluding Thoughts for Day Five
Day five is finished! Today I made a Breakfast Bowl With Quinoa, Avocado, and Tomato, a Power Salad With Roasted Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes, and Whole Wheat Pasta With Lemon Kale Chicken.
It is somewhat surreal for me to believe that seven day journey is winding down. This becomes more apparent as I run out of items such as my pan roasted veggies or the chickpeas. I can tell a difference in how I am feeling (more energy) and I notice that I am craving healthier foods as well. While at the start of this week that piece of cake would have looked so much better than a salad. At this point, I find the colorful salad extremely appetizing.
I’ll give my standard disclaimer that this is not a diet. I want to create for myself a healthy, sustainable life-style. I want to remain Clearly Alive.