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Healthy Eating Challenge~ Phase 3

26 Apr

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd

Phase Two Recap:

I went off track during Phase Two, but I am ready to do better for Phase 3. I still haven’t been eating as badly as before, but I had too many sweets. I also haven’t improved my water intake enough.

My Phase Three Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly homecooked meals for the second phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on adding more fruit and vegetables into my meals
  • I will eat breakfast every day

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  • I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • My many cookbooks
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

Also, join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team on SparksPeople

NR Healthy Eating Challenge~Recipe Contest

14 Apr

We are in the second phase of the NR Healthy Eating Challenge . It’s time for a contest. One person will win  a copy of the cookbook Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy.  A Step-by-Step Recipe Collection for the Home Cook.

To enter:

Deadline: April 28th

Thanks to  Swarthy Daisy for donating this prize.

NR Healthy Eating Challenge~Phase Two

27 Mar

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd
  • Each person will need to set specific goals to adhere to. Those goals can change for each month-long challenge
  • We will have a few fun contests throughout with prizes of course (only for active participants)
  • Check back regularly for recipes, updates, announcements, and other fun things. There will be a new post for the challenge at least one a week.

Phase One Recap:

I had my ups and downs in Phase One, but overall it went well. I am feeling more energetic, my skin looks better, and I am paying more attention to what I eat. The part that I really need to focus on is my water intake. I didn’t meet that goal during the last phase. I am adjusting my goals for part two.

My Phase Two Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly homecooked meals for the second phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on adding more fruit and vegetables into my meals
  • I will eat breakfast every day

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  •  I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

 My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • My many cookbooks
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

Also, join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team on SparksPeople

Four Bean Vegan Chili Recipe

19 Mar

 

Photo Credit

Melisha writes:

VeGAn&MeliSHOUS

 
Four Bean Vegan Chili
serves 6-8
15 min prep
50 min cook time
 
Ingredients:
 
1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz can chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 15oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz can whole kernel corn, drained
2 jars of medium chunky salsa
2 4oz cans of chopped chili peppers (optional)
 
1 medium sized green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium sized yellow pepper, chopped
2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 jalepeno peppers, coarsely chopped
 
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1/4 chili pepper
1 tablespoon of ground black pepper
 
 
Directions
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chile peppers (optional). Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.
Mix the salsa into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, white beans and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 40 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.
You can also add vegan sour cream such as Tofutti as well as vegan cheese such as Daiya.  It gives an authentic and pleasing taste to this healthy spin on traditional chili.  Feel free to experiment and make it personal.

Thanks to Melisha for sharing this recipe. If anyone else has a healthy recipe to share, please send them to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com.

NR Healthy Eating Challenge~Week 1 Update

7 Mar

Recipe: Morningstar Chick’n Strips Salad

It’s the end of the first week of the NR Healthy Eating Challenge.  It went smoother than I expected. I think a few key things that helped me to do better this time around:

  • I cut back before I started the challenge. (Example: Since I knew I wanted to do vegetarian for the first phase, I added more vegetarian meals and cut back on meat before I started. I also cut back on unhealthy snacks. )
  • I planned ahead and filled my fridge and cabinets with healthy food
  • I kept some quick options in the house for when I didn’t feel like cooking
  • I did my best to avoid temptation as much as possible. I felt some temptation when I went to the grocery store, but that’s mostly because I made the mistake of going when I was hungry. I will avoid that on my next trip.

I’m looking forward to next week and pushing myself even more. I hope everyone else is off to a good start too.

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Lentil Soup Recipe from Eating Beautiful

1 Mar

 

Dalia of Eating Beautiful submitted this recipe. This is great for those of you who are participating in the NR Healthy Eating Challenge. Even if you aren’t, you could still try this healthy meal.

Dalia writes:

This one is for the pressure cooker.

Lentil Soup
Serves 6
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium carrots (5 ounces), diced
1 onion (3.5 ounces), diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup (225 ml) crushed or pureed tomatoes
2 cups (450 ml) water
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup (7 ounces) lentils
1 bay leaf
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to garnish
Preheat pressure cooker to saute setting. Add carrots, onions and garlic. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the tomatoes and water; season with salt and pepper. Add the lentils and bay leaf.
Set the cooker to high pressure for 8 minutes.

Follow Dalia on Twitter @eatingbeautiful and check out her website Here.

Thanks for the recipe! If any of you have a recipe you would like to share, please send it to naturalbyl@gmail.com.

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NR Healthy Eating Challenge

19 Feb

Welcome to the NR Healthy Eating Challenge!

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd
  • Each person will need to set specific goals to adhere to. Those goals can change for each month-long challenge
  • We will have a few fun contests throughout with prizes of course (only for active participants)
  • Check back regularly for recipes, updates, announcements, and other fun things. There will be a new post for the challenge at least one a week.

My Phase One Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly vegetarian/vegan for the first phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on cooking fresh meals at home
  • I will eat breakfast every day
  • I will have green smoothies no less than 3 times per week

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  •  I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

 My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • Vegetarian Times Magazine
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

 Join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team SparkPeople (Thanks, V for that idea).

Registration is free. Join and keep track of your food and water intake.

If you have recipes, updates, experiences, idea, tips, etc… to share with the challenge participants, send them to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com. I’ve already received some great recipes that I will post soon. Leave your Phase 1 plan/goals in the comments section.