Sunday, April 21, 2013

Vegetarian Challenge & Weekly Menu Planning


So, you’ve taken on the challenge to go meatless for 7 days. Now what?
Classic Vegetarian eats a diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts; no meat, poultry or fish. The vegetarian challenge for you may mean a Lacto Vegetarian, Pescetarian or maybe Vegan.
The Vegetarian Spectrum defines 8 different types of vegetarian diets. With the goal of the challenge being to eat more fruits/veggies and eat meat free, what type of vegetarian diet will work best for you?
How this works:
  1. Meatless for 7 days.
  2. Follow the daily challenges listed below.
  3. Enter to win!
Simple enough right? Remember this is a low-key no pressure and guilt free challenge. It’s an opportunity to try new foods and to see if after one week you experience some of the benefits of a plant-based diet that we read so much about.
Of course we have to include prizes and photos in the challenge. Take pictures throughout the week including your daily challenges. Using the hashtag #vegchallenge share them on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for one entry each day (make sure to follow Jill and I so we can see the great things you are doing). There will be a Vegetarian Challenge Page tab in the menu bar above that will include a link-up (open all week) to link your photos and blog posts or you can leave a comment including the link to your challenge photos.
For more chances to win, at the end of the challenge, share a wrap-up post on your blog of Facebook page. No worries if you don’t have a blog or Facebook. Instead of linking up post a comment for the point and to share your experience of eating a vegetarian diet for one week.
By the way, we have great sponsors lined up!

Daily Challenges

Day 1: Try a new fruit or veggie.
Day 2: Have a green smoothie for breakfast or a snack. This recipe is my go-to favorite for breakfast.
Green Protein Smoothie
Ingredients
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1 scoop protein powder
1/2 cup chopped mango (frozen)
1/2 cup chopped peach (frozen)
2 large handfuls of spinach leaves
3-4 ice cubes
1 tbsp flax seeds
2 tbsp almond milk yogurt (or Greek yogurt)
Day 3: Try a quinoa recipe. Check out the recipe section on my blog for ideas.
Days 4-7: The remaining Mini Challenges, sponsors and recipes will be posted on Wednesday.
If you have any questions leave a comment or feel free to email me at marathonmom28@gmail.com or Jill at jillconyers@gmail.com
That’s it. Will you challenge yourself to go vegetarian or vegan for 7 days?
There is still time to sign up! Go to 7-Day Vegetarian Challenge to access the sign up form.
menu planning
Now on to my weekly menu, Linking up with Jill and Laura for menu planning. We did go back to a few older recipes this week to break things up a bit but now this week I am recycling a few and adding in a new one. 

Breakfast
GF Flax Muffin with Almond Butter
Smoothie

Lunch/Dinner
White Bean Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Black Bean/Sweet Potato Burger & Roasted Potatoes/Cauliflower
Veggie Bean Crockpot Meal (Based on Recipe)
Quinoa Fried Rice

Snack
Veggies and Hummus
ProBar
Apples with SunButter
Brown Rice Cakes with Almond Butter
Granola with Almond Milk Yogurt

What's on your menu this week? Any new or favorite vegetarian meals?


4 comments:

  1. A few new recipes this week that are carry over from last week.

    Let's plan a meet-up for the summer :)

    Do you have a favorite brand of granola or do you make your own granola for your snack?

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    1. For sure we should plan a summer meet up.

      I make my own granola most of the time, just make a big batch and it last all week :)

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  2. I'm trying to think of a new fruit or veggie for tomorrow. This is going to require a trip to the store.I eat green smoothies for breakfast five days a week so that's easy peasy. I'll have to get some quinoa. It's been some time since I've had it.

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    1. I might have a tough time with the new fruit/veg thing too. Hitting the co-op tomorrow and grabbing something fun!

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