I was recently contacted and asked whether I would be interested in trying the 14 Day Activia Challenge . I do love a foody adventure so of course I said yes! I was given some vouchers to enable me to get a few packs of Activia for free, and signed myself up for the plan.
First impressions, the site is easy to use and I really like how you can change the meals they have suggested to something else you may prefer. There are good, varied choices for each meal and I love how it's all home cooking and home baking - it's really suited to me as I love to cook everything from scratch. On paper the meal plans look balanced and filling with an emphasise on fresh recipe ideas and healthy snacks.
There are yogurts included of course, but not every day and you can even change the meals and snacks so no yogurts are included at all. When I first heard of the plan I wasn't sure I wanted to follow it as I felt it would be a bit too 'diety' or restrictive, but really my meals look fabulous for the next 2 weeks and I'm enjoying it already! I've even picked some meals that my fussy hubby can eat too :D
I am going to TRY and update the blog everyday that I do the plan, starting today with Day One.
I bought lots of yogs yesterday! I would have liked to have found the natural pots (no flavours/sugar etc) and the new pouring yogs but couldn't find either. I did pick up some Intensely Creamy's, prune layers (love these! used to have them as a teenager) and a fruity multi pack.
These yogurts don't match 100% those suggested in the plan, but I had to go with what my local supermarket had.
So, away I went! Firstly, I baked some muffins for breakfast I've not baked muffins for so long!!
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Place 12 paper muffin cases into a muffin tin. Place 150g of plain flour and 150g of wholemeal flour in a bowl with 2½ tsp of baking powder, a pinch of salt, 50g of brown sugar, 75g of blueberries and 50g of chopped walnuts. Lightly whisk together 1 egg, 225ml of semi-skimmed milk and 50g of melted butter, then stir all this into the dry ingredients, and mix well until everything is blended together. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 25 minutes.
These were yummy, I used all wholemeal flour and they turned out really well. I had it with a prune Activia yog And orange juice The plan also suggested having a banana, which I didn't think I'd need...but I did in the end so I grabbed that before heading out Snackies at work were a Intensely Creamy Vanilla Activia yog and 4 brazils (though I had 6 brazils in the end!)
The yog was really tasty - very creamy texture, almost like mouse. And I have brazil nuts every day without fail anyway so was pleased to see this included.
I did get a bit hungry again before lunch so went off the plan (ooohh rebel) and had some Bakey Bakies and a box of mini raisins.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Cut 1 courgette, 1 red and green pepper, 1 small aubergine and 20 cherry tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. Place in a roasting tin, drizzle over 2 tbsp of olive oil and roast for around 20 minutes ,until the veg are soft and brown. While the veg are roasting, prepare 400g couscous according to the packet instructions. Mix the couscous with the roasted vegetables, 100g crumbled goats cheese, fresh coriander and black pepper
Loved this. Goats cheese is amazing, who knew!
I also had an apple & two more boxes of mini raisins (was super hungry for some reason!)
Afternoon snacks before leaving for my walk home was ANOTHER box of mini raisins. When I got home I fuelled up for my workout. These pre and post workouts are not included on the Activia plan, but I obviously need them so will eat them every day as well as what the plan suggests.
I had 3 dates straight from the freezer You HAVE to try this. They turn in to toffee, I'm not kidding!
And a square of Ani Phyo's Raw Chocolate & Raisin Bark from her Raw Desserts Book . I made this last week and have been scoffing it like there's no tomorrow.
First, you make raw liquid chocolate using raw cacao powder and coconut oil Then pour this into a tin and sprinkle with dried fruit. The recipe suggests just raisins but I used a fruit mix with raisins, sultanas, goji berries and dried strabs, delicious!!
Stick in the fridge until hard and then break into bits
It is dark, bitter, delicious and crazy good for you! Fab for workout fuel too.
After my workout I made a green monster with the usual mix of banana, ground flax, spinach and milk (I used rice milk today) I also added a tablespoon of coconut oil and....wheatgrass!
It has grown SOOOO much in just a week!
I loved the taste - very fresh and green!
For our evening meal, I cooked me and hubby spaghetti bolognege.
Crush 2 garlic cloves, chop 1 onion and 2 carrots, and slice 200g of mushrooms. Heat a non-stick frying pan and dry fry 450g of lean minced beef until brown. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 1-2 minutes. Next add the carrots and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, adding a splash of water to stop the mince drying out. Add 1 large can of chopped tomatoes, 2 tbsp of tomato purée, 100ml of red wine, 150ml of beef stock, mixed herbs and black pepper. Bring to the boil then simmer for around 30 minutes, adding extra stock if needed. While the Bolognese is simmering, cook 350g of wholewheat spaghetti according to the pack instructions. Drain and divide amongst 4 plates. Top with the Bolognese and serve with 1 tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese for each plate.
Hubz stirred it for me It was really lovely, I'll certainly make this again.
Pud was ace, Strawberries and melted dark choccy! Another Activia recipe idea Melt 25g dark chocolate and dip in 7 strawberries.
And my plan today suggested I have a 'little tipple' so I happily obliged with a glass of red
What a fab day of food, I've loved it! The whole 14 days look just as good and I'm really looking forward to it all. I have found myself quite hungry during the day today though so will have to make sure I have healthy snackies in my bag and at work so I don't get too peckish.
Oh, and as I have been having belly/digestion trouble for months now (sad face) I'm hoping all the Activia will do me some good!