We are almost halfway through the October Unprocessed Challenge (eating only REAL food for the entire month of October)! This is my 4th year taking the challenge, and I am still learning so much every day!
My greatest accomplishment so far this year was finding a recipe for taco seasoning that my whole family loves!! Taco Tuesday is so much better now, and I feel great knowing exactly what is in the seasoning! If I get nothing else out of this challenge, I will be happy about my new taco night discovery! 🙂
This year has seemed the easiest so far of all the years I’ve attempted the challenge (last year I only lasted a few days, and then I gave up!). This blog is what is keeping me accountable this year, and knowing that I’m going to post everything I eat is one of the main reasons I haven’t given up. Although it seems easier than previous years, this challenge is still a LOT of work and takes a lot of planning and prep, since I often have to make 2 meals for dinner since my kids will not eat some of these new foods (although I do make them try everything.)
Below is a list of EVERYTHING I have eaten for the first 8 days, along with links to many of the recipes. It’s not 100% unprocessed (chocolate chips are my weakness), but I am happy with my progress so far. I am surprised that I have not really had any cravings for sweets, and I have not felt hungry at all.
For more real-food recipe ideas each day, check out the Journey To Complete Wellness Facebook page.
If you have any favorite real-food recipes, please feel free to share them in the comments on this post or on the Journey to Complete Wellness Facebook page! I’ll take all the help I can get! 🙂
October Unprocessed 2016
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
This is delicious! I will be making this again (maybe a few more times this month)! 🙂
Sunday, October 2
|Breakfast: Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes
I love these, and my 12-year old daughter does, too!
|Snack: Celery Stick, Raisins, Grapes, Cashews|
|Lunch: Leftovers from Dinner and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
The soup is so tasty! My 13-year-old daughter loves it as well!
|Dinner: Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili
This was good, but my family was not crazy about it. I had a lot of leftovers that I froze in individual portions to use later in the month.
Monday, October 3
|Breakfast: Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
|Snack: Plain Greek Yogurt w/1 T honey & 1T chocolate chips, Popcorn|
|Lunch: Leftover Chili|
|Dinner: Mozzarella-Stuffed Slow Cooker Meatballs
This is a favorite in our house!
Tuesday, October 4
|Breakfast: Leftover Banana Pancakes/Kiwi/Slice of Boar’s Head Deli Turkey|
|Snack: Fuji Apple, 5.3oz Greek Yogurt, ½ T Honey & 1T chocolate chips|
|Lunch: Leftover Chili|
|Dinner: Taco Meat w/Jasmine Rice, Lettuce, Tomato. Taco Seasoning
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