Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Day 2 Clean Eating Challenge

Bonjour à tous!
Non, on ne parle pas Francais? D'accord....
Bienvenue a Day 3 of the Clean Eating Challenge.

Before I even start, let me just put this out there, I did not succeed today. I got super hungry today and didn't have anything besides ritz and peanut butter....I gorged man. It happened but it's okay, at least I didn't eat it just to eat it but because I was hungry and there was nothing else.

Everything else I stuck to, it was nice.

Breakfast? It was the overnight oats and I was kind of hesitant but it was delicious!!!
I prepared it the night before (aka I finally learned to follow directions)
I made it in the container, it looked like this 

I put it in the bowl and added at tad bit more honey.

Then lunch was the salad, sadly, I didn't have fennel so I just had the chickpeas, kale, quinoa, I added a tad bit of chicken to compensate :) and mint with the orange vinaigrette. It was delicious!!!!

My snack was amazing, again no feta so I just had tomatoes, balsamic and basil.
Pro-Tip 1: Buy in bulk at Whole Foods. It's much cheaper and better quality.
I spent 12 bucks at whole foods and bought all my grains/seeds/nuts (quinoa, lentils, flax, almonds, pistachios, chia seeds etc.) and my honey and vinegars.

Did you know whole foods sells balsamic vinegar, I only bought what I need and it was like $.50 
you fill up the jar with what you need and buy it!
But yes, that was my lunch, the balsamic was 12 years old and viscous and amazing.

Dinner was the napa cabbage wraps, super fresh and amazing. I used the frozen mango that was supposed to be for breakfast because when BF gave prep directions, they left 1/4 of the mango unaccounted for, so I ate it.....not knowing it should have been used for this meal. So I'll head to the grocery and pick myself another mango before Saturday!
Again, I had all the ingredients, the dish was super fresh and amazing.

I will say that I did use a previous pro-tip. I put the lime dressing ingredients in the mason jar and shook, I also did not use 1/4 of a cup of oil, I used maybe 2 tablespoons.

and it was yummy in my tummy like this

I didn't have my 2 clementines, this is when I had the ritz and peanut butter. I was out and I have a ton of excuses but it is what it was.

See you tomorrow. (Also, I just uploaded a youtube video about a cool thing, check it out here)

Thanks for keeping up with Shamoya

Monday, June 9, 2014

Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge-Day 1


-I made it through day 1, no struggles? was super easy and affordable.
Buzzfeed made it so that the challenge (not diet) starts on a sunday, not a monday but I started on a monday, so for every day, I will be one day behind or ahead, you know what I mean.

Day 1: Buzzfeed Post Here
   this includes all the recipes I followed and steps that I took. Make sure you read through the original blogpost and do the prep first. Then move on to day 1!

This morning I had to go to work, so I woke up at 6:30 and prepared my breakfast and lunch (you won't have to do this, if you start on a sunday, trust me, starting on a sunday makes it that much more easier) it took me a total of 30 minutes.

First thing to prepare was lunch!

Just putting this out there, I didn't have feta (forgot to buy it) or a vegetable peeler. So I skipped on the feta (obviously) and for my asparagus, I bought really thin ones, so I just split them in half and they were really thin. I do recommend using a peeler if you have one. (I later found out that I have a vegetable peeler and I should probably check my drawers for equipment before I make assumptions)

Pro-Tip 1: Double check for a vegetable peeler, it will save you some time but
Pro-Tip 2: if you don't have one, buy one or opt for the skinnier asparagus when shopping and split them in half or thirds, you'll pretty much get them same result. (thicker ones if you have a peeler)
Pro-Tip 3: This doesn't really travel well, so start this on a sunday, therefore, you won't have to travel with a salad and eggs.
Pro-Tip 4: Use olive oil! I used coconut oil thinking it would be a better choice, nope. Follow their instructions, they work and create yum yumms.

Here are some photos of my prep.

Okay breakfast. I made this second so I could have it on the way out. However, forgetful me forgot to buy almond milk and almond butter, so again, I had to skip on those.
Pro-Tip 1: check your grocery lists before you leave the grocery store :P

So I used regular milk, the kale, and the was not pleasant. I did not consume, instead, I had a big bottle of water and a banana (same thing right?)

*when I got home, I made the smoothie properly and it was f***** delicious!*

Snack was the carrots and hummus, simple enough and yummy! Didn't take photos of that.

Then I made dinner! THE BEST PART!
I had all the ingredients for once and made everything to the tee, it was perfect!

I loved this. The kale was amazing and mildly addictive, the quinoa was perfect and the chicken was juicy, seasoned, and flavorful. This is big for me because as an island girl, I love adobo and seasoning, so seasoning something with just salt and pepper, I was hesitant but it turned out amazing!!!!

Pro-Tip 1: Follow the instructions, it will make for a yummy dish.
I roasted my chicken breasts and it looked like this:

I made the vinaigrette and the tip
Pro-Tip 2: Put the ingredients into a mason jar and shake, emulsifies really quickly without breaking and when you're done, air tight storage.
Pro-Tip 3: Put the vinigrette on the hot quinoa, it will absorb it and have amazing flavor
I didn't have any other storage, so I'm storing everything in mason jars. Here are the leftovers for tomorrow

Finished Plate. Delicious

That;s it for now. I will be having my snack later, I don't have almond butter, so I'll just have a pear and some water, maybe a grapefruit but I hope you enjoyed this and that this tips are helpful!

I know I didn't stick to every detail but I worked with what I had, I didn't go hungry and I didn't opt out for a chicken biscuit (which crossed my mind multiple times). In my head, this is a success!
Now excuse me, I have 7 more episodes of OITNB to finish and 2 seasons of GoT to catch up on.

See ya tomorrow for Day 2!

If you don't know what this post is, refer to this post, take the challenge with me.

Eating Clean Challenge

Hey All!
-Long time no blog right? Well, I've been a tad bit busy (check my youtube channel for an update video) but I'm dedicating myself to you for the next 14 days.

One of my favourite websites, a site I hold near and dear, BuzzFeed has put out an eating clean challenge. A 14 day, realistic (YUMMY) challenge where they plan your meals for the next 14 days. It's tag lined as "This is a two-week detox plan that’s actually realistic. You’ll learn to eat healthy, feel awesome, and stay that way." Clean Eating Challenge Post

They stupidly planned out every detail for you/me/whomever and even made grocery lists separated by the week. It's perfect and the best part is that it's really realistic. It's not one of those plans that has you cooking something different for every meal (which gets expensive and time consuming) but rather understands that people have real lives and are busy.

Anyway, with all that said, I'm doing it and everyday at the end of the day, I will create a quick blog post letting you know how the day went, how successful it was, as well as, tips that Buzzfeed might not have included that makes everything easier.

I embark on this challenge as I sign my name and I encourage you to join me, if you'd like to, comment down below and let me know! p.s. If you're already doing this, feel free to leave tips/comments or nice things that can help me and your other fellow humans successfully finish this challenge.

I, ShamoyaKelly pledge myself for the next 14 days to complete this challenge to the best of my ability.


I encourage you to join me and check back daily for tips and tricks to making a better you. Check out Day 1 Here