October Unprocessed 2016: 31 Days of Real Food – The Results


The Results

This year was my 4th attempt at this October Unprocessed “real food” challenge.  I certainly did not stick to this challenge 100% of the time, but I feel like I did better than my previous 3 attempts at the challenge and I learned more than ever this time around!  I also participated in a few Clean Eating challenges throughout the month, so that helped me to stay on track.  My weight did not change at all as a result of this challenge, but I didn’t expect it to and that wasn’t one of my goals, so that is completely fine with me.

I did find myself feeling exhausted a few weeks into the challenge because I was having to make 2 completely different meals much of the time – one for me and my husband, and then something completely different for the kids.   The last few weeks of the challenge, I just decided to compromise and make something I knew the kids would eat, and then I would make a healthier version for me to eat (for example, when the kids had tacos in taco shells, I just had the taco meat over rice.)  I let go of my need to have everything 100% unprocessed for simplicity (for example, the first time I made our favorite meatball recipe this month, I modified it to use oats instead of breadcrumbs.  As a result, the kids didn’t like it.  I didn’t feel it was worth the effort to make it 100% unprocessed and have the kids not eat it, so the next time I made it, I used the usual breadcrumbs, and I ate it.)

This year, my husband decided to join me in the beginning of the challenge, and that made it so much easier because he wasn’t bringing unhealthy foods into the house.  I think the first step to clean eating begins in the grocery store.  If you don’t buy it and you don’t bring it into the house, then you’re not going to eat it.  If you can get other family members on board, then that is a huge help, but I am not a believer in forcing anyone to take the challenge with me, especially the kids.  I believe they will learn by example and be more open to trying new foods the more they see me eating them.

This year, I’m in no rush to go back to eating junk food.  I actually WANT to continue on with the challenge and continue to find some new, healthy recipes.  Right now, I don’t even crave the Halloween candy that has filled my kitchen, and that is a big deal for me and my sweet tooth.

What Did I Learn?

I found some AMAZING new recipes this month, and I’m so excited to add them into our meal rotation and share those recipes in this post!  

I would have to say I’m most excited about the taco seasoning recipe I found.  Our family enjoys “Taco Tuesday” every week, and I finally found something that everyone loves!  The best part of all is, it’s unprocessed!  Click on the Taco Meat image below for the recipe!


Taco Meat







The next recipe I discovered that I’m super excited about is Honey Balsamic Sheet Pan Chicken.  It is SO tasty, and everyone in the family liked it!  Best of all, you can customize it to your own tastes by using the vegetables you love most (as you can see I added broccoli and sweet potatoes)


Another recipe I tried this month and really loved was Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper soup!  Although my kids didn’t love it as much as I do, I will definitely be making this one again.


I updated my Haddock Chowder recipe this month, and I’m excited about that, too.


My daughters love this peanut butter ball recipe, so I will be continuing to make that healthy snack throughout the year from now on, not just in October. 🙂


These are just a few of the many new recipes I tried and loved this month.  If you care to know everything I ate over the past 31 days, including recipes, see below.

What Did I Eat?

For those who care to know what I ate over the past 31 days, here is the complete list.  As you can see, I started out really great, but the last few days I gave in to the sweets.  Links are provided for the recipes that I loved and will be making again soon!  I hope you will join me in the challenge next year!

Saturday, October 1

Breakfast: Omelet with Peppers, Onions, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Snack:  Grapes ,cashews, raisins
Lunch: Salad (Romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, raisins) w/balsamic
Dinner: Honey Balsamic Sheet Pan Chicken


Sunday, October 2

Breakfast: Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes
Snack:  Celery Stick, Raisins, Grapes, Cashews
Lunch: Leftovers from Dinner and  Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Dinner:  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili


Monday, October 3

Breakfast:  Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
Snack: Plain Greek Yogurt w/1 T honey & 1T cchips, Popcorn
Lunch: Leftover Chili
Dinner: Mozzarella-Stuffed Slow Cooker Meatballs


Tuesday, October 4

Breakfast: Leftover Banana Pancakes/Kiwi/Slice of BH Turkey
Snack: Fuji Apple, 5.3oz Greek Yogurt, ½ T Honey & 1T cchips
Lunch: Leftover Chili
Dinner:  Taco Meat w/Jasmine Rice, Lettuce, Tomato.


Wednesday, October 5

Breakfast: Leftover Banana Pancakes with Grapes
Snack:  Grapes, Chocolate Chips
Lunch: Raspberry Peanut Butter Green Smoothie (I used grape juice)
Dinner:  Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup (w/brown rice noodles)


Thursday, October 6

Breakfast: Scrambled Egg w/Diced Tomatoes;grapes
Snack:  Peanut Butter Cookies, cashews
Lunch: Leftover Chicken Soup
Dinner:  Pate Chinois


Friday, October 7

Breakfast: Leftover banana pancake, PB cookie
Snack: Yogurt w/honey & cc; apple; cucumbers,celery,dip,chips,salsa
Lunch: Leftover Tomato Soup
Dinner: Leftover Pate Chinois


Saturday, October 8

Breakfast: Leftover chicken soup
Snack: Kettle corn; Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Lunch: Strawberry/banana/yogurt/milk smoothie
Dinner: Baked Haddock,rice pilaf, and Roasted Broccoli


Sunday, October 9

Breakfast: Apple cider donut; pumpkin seeds
Snack: Cherry Soda (Kassi made) from Joy Food p.234
Lunch: Leftover chicken soup; leftover tuna
Dinner: Crock Pot Chicken Salsa, rice & broccoli; salad w/balsamic; homemade pizza for the kids


Monday, October 10

Breakfast: Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Snack: Peanut Butter Energy Balls; chocolate chips
Dinner: Roast Chicken, Roasted Potatoes &Carrots, Leftover Cherry Soda, Salad w/Balsamic, Green Bean Casserole


Tuesday, October 11

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie; Watermelon; Pineapples;BH Turkey
Snack: celery and peanut butter
Lunch: Leftover Salsa Chicken & Green Bean Casserole
Dinner: Tacos; Salad w/Balsamic


Wednesday, October 12

Breakfast:  Leftover Pumpkin Pie Smoothie;BH Turkey;Pineapples
Snack: Peanut Butter Balls; yogurt w/2tsp honey & 1 T pecans
Lunch: Leftover Salsa Chicken
Dinner: Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki; GB Casserole; Rice/Quinoa;Salad


Thursday, October 13

Breakfast: Broken Cookies/BH Turkey
Snack: Peanut Butter Balls
Lunch: Leftover Teriyaki chicken
Dinner: Turkey w/Gravy


Friday, October 14

Breakfast: Chocolate Tart Cherry Smoothie
Snack: Peanut Butter Balls; OJ; Pineapple
Lunch: Leftover Teriyaki Chicken
Dinner: Tuna Sandwich w/lettuce (leftover from Kaitlin)


Saturday, October 15

Breakfast: Chocolate Tart Cherry Smoothie
Snack: Peanut Butter Balls; Banana Bread from neighbor
Lunch: Haddock Chowder
Dinner: Leftover Haddock Chowder; Breadstick



Sunday, October 16

Breakfast: Avocado Smoothie; Banana Bread
Snack: Peanut Butter Balls; Orange Glorious
Lunch: Leftover Haddock Chowder
Dinner: Balsamic Honey Chicken w/broccoli & sweet potato; salad


Monday, October 17

Breakfast: Banana Pineapple Raspberry Smoothie
Snack: Banana Bread
Lunch: Chowder Leftovers
Dinner: Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup


Tuesday, October 18

Breakfast: Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
Snack: PB Energy Balls; Broken cookies; Raspberries; Cashews
Lunch: Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki
Dinner: Taco Tuesday (with brown rice)


Wednesday, October 19

Breakfast: Chocolate Tart Cherry Smoothie
Snack: Apple; PB Balls; Buffalo Chicken Dip w/chips
Lunch: Leftover Balsamic Chicken
Dinner: Leftovers – I made homemade pizza for the kids


Thursday, October 20

Breakfast:  Chocolate Tart Cherry Smoothie
Snack: Peanut Butter Balls
Lunch:  Leftover Stuffed Pepper Soup
Dinner: Leftovers



Friday, October 21

Breakfast: Pineapple-Strawberry-Yogurt-Banana Smoothie
Snack: Peanut Butter Balls; chocolate chips
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Taco meat w/onion roasted potatoes


Saturday, October 22

Breakfast: Apple
Snack: Cookie Pizza that the girls made
Lunch: Leftover taco meat w/rice and pineapple
Dinner: Rotisserie chicken w/rice


Sunday, October 23

Breakfast: Cookie Pizza pieces
Snack: Apple; Reese’s
Lunch: Busy day – skipped lunch
Dinner: Angel Hair pasta w/meat sauce


Monday, October 24

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs w/salsa
Snack: Energy Bites; Reese’s; grapes; turkey rollup
Lunch: Smoothie – Banana/yogurt/straw/pineapple
Dinner: Clean Eating Challenge: Balsamic Chicken


Tuesday, October 25

Breakfast: Raspberry PB Green Smoothie; Hard-Boiled Egg
Lunch: Leftover Balsamic Chicken; Roasted Broccoli; salad
Dinner: Angel Hair pasta w/Meatballs; salad; roasted vegetables



Wednesday, October 26

Breakfast: Raspberry PB Banana Smoothie; Apple
Snack: Energy Bites; Pomegranate Seeds
Lunch: Balsamic Chicken; Roasted Vegetables
Dinner: Salad; Pizza


Thursday, October 27

Breakfast: Raspberry PB Banana Smoothie
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Leftovers; vegetables
Dinner: Crock Pot Beef Stew (CE challenge); mashed potatoes


Friday, October 28

Breakfast: Eggs w/Salsa
Snack: Cannoli from Mike’s Pastry; vegetables; chips&salsa
Lunch: Apple
Dinner: Turkey w/gravy & Mashed Potatoes


Saturday, October 29

Breakfast: Blueberry Oatmeal w/Honey (CE Challenge)
Snack: Energy Bites; Donut
Lunch: Haddock Chowder
Dinner:  Leftovers; Cheeseburger Pie for kids


Sunday, October 30

Breakfast: Rasp. Banana Apple smoothie
Snack: Brownies; cookie
Lunch: Chowder Leftovers
Dinner: Spaghetti & Meat Sauce; Roll; Salad


Monday, October 31

Breakfast: Apple Cobbler Oatmeal from Joy Food p.32
Snack: Energy Bites; Halloween Candy
Lunch: Leftover Haddock Chowder
Dinner: Homemade Pizza






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One thought on “October Unprocessed 2016: 31 Days of Real Food – The Results

  1. Congratulations Stacy, i’m not surprised you completed the challenge with great success. You always finish what you started.

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