Over the course of a few months, our family had been feeling the effects of having busy lives where we felt like we had no control over what we were eating. We didn’t have time to cook and when we went out to eat, we, of course, went for our go to Jamaican and Trinidadian food! YUM! But, as a family of 3, that can get pretty costly eating out all the time and we really needed to settle down in our eating habits. So, we decided to do an eating reboot for 60 days. We are no strangers to fasting (we had previously done a 40 day fast) so we decided we would tweak the Daniel Fast/Diet to fit our everyday eating needs. Therefore, the goal is to stay away from meat and eat fish only. We will eat little to no sugar, no bread, no dairy, no fried foods, and no frozen microwave meals.
Since I like to blog from time to time, I will be posting every now and again on how the journey is going, what foods (and recipes) we are using, any hiccups along the way and the groceries we bought to make it all happen!
We decided that because we would be buying fresh vegetables that we would go grocery shopping once per week. That way the vegetables are less likely to spoil. To be cost-effective but still get healthy produce, we split our grocery list between two places: Nutrition Smart and Aldi. We get our fresh fruits and vegetables from Nutrition Smart (organic) and we get our other food goods from Aldi. The great thing about these stores is that they both have organic and gluten-free options. The picture to the left is all of our groceries that we bought. And the picture to the right is the water that we buy from Nutrition Smart. We no longer drink any tap or faucet water. Only purified water! Le Vai Alkaline Ionized Water has been working really well for us and 4 gallons only cost $9.99! In total, for a weeks worth of groceries for 3 adults we spent $170 even though our weekly goal was $200. So that breaks down to $24 per day and $8 per person.
Day 1 and Day 2: BREAKFAST
Acai Primo Bowl (modelled after Jamba Juice) and Ruby Sipper Smoothie
Our NutriBullet Rx (which is AMAZING and highly recommended purchase!) comes with its own recipe book so we used a recipe in it called Ruby Sipper. It is a recipe based off of swiss chard. As far as taste goes, it is definitely a different taste from what we are used to but it surely is healthy! Our acai bowl’s base was made from a handful of blueberries, strawberries, bananas, dates, honey, and acai juice. For our toppings, we did granola, banana, strawberries, and blueberries. You can also add unsweetened shredded coconut and a swirl of honey to it. Because of the nature of the fruits, the base tends to be sour but the honey and dates do a great job of masking it. You cannot go wrong with an Acai Bowl! It was delicious!
Acai Primo Bowl Recipe: https://www.cleaneatingmag.com/recipes/guest-blog-3-must-try-acai-bowl-recipes
Day 1 and Day 2: LUNCH
We tend to not even bother with lunch but I had lunch planned out for the week anyways. Welp, we didn’t eat it so we are going to leave lunch as a snack option. Unfortunately, we are so used to eating only 2 meals a day (at most) that we automatically skip over lunch. However, we had planned for our lunches to be very small so we opted for a simple celery and grape tomatoes lunch. It is very easy to put together and take to go which is perfect for us. You can accompany it with a store bought salad dressing or make one from scratch at home!
Day 1: DINNER
Potato Wedges, Broccoli, and Stewed King Fish
The idea of this recipe was just to do something simple and easy. So we did potato wedges (seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil, paprika, oregano, and 21 salute seasoning), broccoli (seasoned with garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper), and the sauce (a mix of ketchup, mayo, and sriracha). After cooking the wedges and broccoli, I realized I had forgotten the fish in the freezer, so we went out and bought 3 pieces of stewed king fish from Donna’s Caribbean Restaurant just to complete the meal.
Wedges and Sauce Recipe: http://www.tasteslovely.com/crispy-oven-baked-potato-wedges/
Day 2: DINNER
Once again, I had so much school work to do that I didn’t have any time to cook for the day (which happens often) so we decided to get dinner outside. Opting to keep on the healthy side of life, we decided to go to Pollo Tropical and get a TropiChop Bowl (a very inexpensive meal). A TropiChop bowl in our area is no more than $5 because we opt out of the drink and we take the small size rather than the large. Not to mention it is actually quite delicious! We chose the vegetarian path (no meat), brown rice, black beans and all the toppings!
For us, the biggest challenge is snacks and sweets. We all have sweet tooths and we tend to overdo it when it comes to cakes, cookies, ice cream, you name it! We have to have a sweet snack with every dinner meal. So of course, the biggest challenege was finding snacks that would satisfy our sweet tooth but still be healthy for us. We found 2 great options.
- Jovial Organic Einkorn Cookies: I LOVE LOVE these cookies. I get them from Nutrition Smart and they are a bit on the pricey side BUT they are well worth it. They contain no soy, no milk, no excessive preservatives and additives, and it is vegan. Best of all, the flour used to make them have never been hybridized!
- Simply Nature’s Lightly Salted Organic Popcorn: For a salty snack, popcorn is really one of the better options. We get ours at Aldi and the best news of all is that it is not pricey!
Aside from our every day drinks (orange juice and apple juice), we LOVE this energy drink. We get ours at Nutrition Smart. They are inexpensive and delicious! They also come in various flavors like Ginger, Apple, Grape, Orange, and many more. My favorite seems to be Apple although the Ginger is becoming one of my favorites as well. The best thing about this drink is that it contains Ginseng extract as one of its ingredients. Ginseng is a well-known herbal remedy that helps with boosting energy, treating diabetes, lowering blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, promoting relaxation and reducing stress! It really doesn’t get better than that!
Till next time and a Happy Healthy Eating!