It’s Day 3 of the 7-Day Real Food Challenge…. how’s it going for you? I’m finding that I was in the habit of making a lot more “compromises” in my daily life than I really want to. I’m also finding that it’s easier to say “No!” to the yucky food when I have you all to keep myself accountable! So thanks for helping me out with this challenge!
If you’re curious about what in the world I’m talking about, you can find out more here (and join in on the fun, too! Better late than never, they say.).
If you’re struggling with eating real food for 7 days straight, I’ve got some ideas here to help you out. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, even Snacks. All covered! No need to go hungry even when you’re sticking to a stricter diet than you normally would – it’s actually a lot easier than it sounds.
Savory Oven Pancake – An egg-based batter with just enough whole wheat flour to hold everything together will keep your tummy full until lunchtime… and beyond! Pair it with some veggies for a super-charged breakfast.
Yogurt Pudding - Not a pudding exactly, but a fluffy yummy concoction that goes perfectly with almost any kind of fruit and tastes like it’s really dessert.
Muesli – Top it off with plenty of fruit, nuts, and seeds, and you’ve got the makings of the perfect start to your day.
Sausage Ring - Pull out all the stops and make this meaty breakfast, ideally with sausage from pastured pork that doesn’t have any nitrates.
Frittata Frittata - Eggs are great for breakfast, but I often get tired of plain old scrambled or fried. Here’s a fun twist – a frittata!
Garden Fresh Chicken Salad – So you probably don’t have anything growing out of your garden yet (unless you live down South perhaps), but this chicken salad is delicious with whatever produce you can scrounge up. Even dried fruits, nuts, and seeds can be thrown in here!
No-Cheese No-Sauce Pizza – If you’re avoiding dairy as part of the real food challenge, you’ll love this cheese-less twist on the pizza concept. It is surprisingly delicious!
Garden Fresh Meatloaf Balls – Once again, you might not be getting anything out of your garden right now, but don’t let that stop you from trying this yummy version of meatloaf. And again, it’s best to go for pastured beef (or turkey).
Brick Chicken – This method of cooking chicken makes the most amazing crispy skin and tasty flavor… try it with some pastured chicken!
Toasted Chickpeas – No sugar or fried potatoes involved – a guilt-free snack if there ever was one!
Gingersnaps – These cookies are sweetened with molasses, so if you opt out of the sugar topping, they’re completely refined-sugar-free. I bet you could make them with maple syrup for an even healthier choice.
Parmesan Crisps – Nothing is easier or more delicious than these super simple snacks. Nothing.
Orange Chocolate Macaroons – Macaroons can be some of the healthiest desserts around, since they’re made with mostly coconut and eggs. Opt out of the chocolate chips for a truly real-food snack.