GREEN ABE

Forward: This is my brother Abe’s post, but I have to say it was pretty cool to spend a week with him doing the Green Smoothie Challenge. Alcoholism runs in our family, so I can’t tell you how proud I am of Abe that he was able to kick drinking to the curb during the challenge (and hopefully forever). I think this awesome book helped him. No twitching on the bathroom floor involved.

Hiking the tram via Gad Valley and Peruvian Gulch Trails at Snowbird with Abe

Abe here, The green smoothie challenge rocked! The first few days where challenging, [um, yeah Abe, that's why it's called a challenge] but by about day 3 it felt awesome and natural.

Moose Butt

I felt an amazing amount of focus and a big boost in confidence. Also I felt a renewed natural energy that I have not felt in a long time.

As for alcohol – I am done. The only thing that stuff has ever done for me is gave me a headache and a fat ass. I’m even done with caffeine. For now on I’m only getting high on exercise and whole foods! [Abe exercised every day on the challenge, weights, hiking and running].

Menu for the week

Saturday – Green Smoothies with Spinach, banana, and mixed tropical frozen fruit. Raw Veggies and Hummus Dip. Moroccan Lentil Soup.

Sunday – Green Smoothies with Kale, Banana, Lemon and Blueberries. Salads. Leftover Moroccan Lentil Soup.

Monday – Green Smoothies with Kale, Beets, Ginger, Blueberries and Banana (Abe’s Favorite), Broiled Tofu Steaks and Stir Fried veggies

Tuesday – Green Smoothies with Spinach, Peaches and Bananas, Salad with Garbanzo beans, tomatoes, red wine vinegar, farm fresh tomatoes and basil, Cheezy Smoky Spicy Black Bean Soup.

Wednesday – Green Smoothies with Kale, bananas and blueberries, Lettuce Wraps with broiled Korean BBQ tofu, carrot, scallions, cucumber and mint.

Thursday – Green Smoothies with Spinach, Bananas and tropical fruit, Panang Curried Eggplant and Okra stir fry.

Friday – Green Smoothie with lots of beets and kale (Somer couldn’t get it down), and breaking the challenge over lunch at O’Falafel with our parents and our brother Curtis. [Amanda was right], just get the falafel sandwich in the whole wheat pita. It’s the best thing on the menu. Vacation was over for me at that point. But I’m back at home and still plant-based and sober.

Love your guts Abe.

-Somer

Green Smoothie Challenge with Abe at the Family Reunion

It’s Somer Saturday. Are you ready for a reboot?!?

I’m spending the week with family at Snowbird Ski Resort (AWESOME in the summertime!) and my brother Abe and I are doing the

Green Smoothie Challenge

Wanna join us? We’ll also be running at altitude while trading off with a jogging stroller, swimming and doing tons of hiking.

Abe is starting his final year of his Master’s Program in Printmaking. You can connect with him and see more of his work on Facebook.

Abe was hugely instrumental in my plant based journey. He was the one who first convinced me to watch Forks Over Knives. He is one of the most brilliant and compassionate people I know. He spends his summers working at the world renowned Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah in their “Wild Friends” program.

Here are some prints he commissioned for Best Friends.

Black Head

Western Screech Owl

Northern Sawitts

Here we are dressed as twin Nacho Libres for the Halloween Half Marathon last year. Sorry about the eyes closed Abe, it’s the only photo I’ve got ;)

I’ll check in on Tasty Tuesday to let you know how we’re rockin it. We may even have a guest post or Green Smoothie Challenge approved recipes for you from Abe the Babe. Send him special vibes in the comments below as he will be doing this week alcohol free and will need all the support he can get (no alcohol allowed on the challenge). Hopefully I won’t find him twitching on the bathroom floor….

Green Smoothie Challenge Winners

So the results are all in and I have the Green Smoothie Challenge Winners! I was originally going to pick 3 winners, but decided on 5 winners instead since their stories were all so awesome! Winners will receive their prizes within a week (allow time for personal or mail delivery)

Carolyn’s Story

I lost 3.2 lbs–the first weight I have been able to take off in a long time. I felt GREAT the entire time. Day 6&7 I cheated because it was my birthday and I pigged out at Sage’s, but all vegan. I also felt light-headed for a couple of days in the end,  but I am still eating plant based protein and whole foods (totally vegan) and the light-headedness is gone. I feel better than I have in months. I have had serious digestive problems and day 2 of the green smoothie they were totally gone. I like the taste of the smoothie so much I am still eating it for breakfast. My afternoon crashes have disappeared. 

Prize – Natural Body Lotion

Donna’s Story

I lost 4 pounds and 1 inch in my waist. Didn’t really have that much to lose so 4 pounds was pretty cool and people have noticed that. I thought it was a great detox and definitely better than other “fast diets” that I have tried. I was more full than I thought I would be and with your ideas for meals I got variety instead of just salad every night for dinner. I will definitely choose this one again for a quick weight loss method if I need it!

Prize – Norwex Cloth

Heidi and Neil’s Story

Neil and I began the challenge on 3/19/12 and ended the challenge on 3/25/12.  Neil lost 6.0 pounds, and I lost 5.4 pounds.  We both discovered that the green smoothies tasted much better than we had anticipated.  Thanks for the tip about adding fresh lemon to the kale smoothies!  To our delight, we discovered two of our three boys also love them, and during the challenge begged us for our portions.  I think the best part of the challenge for me was the exercise!  I was able to exercise 6 hours during the week, and that is incredible for me!  It was so good for me to have that alone time and clear my head.  I began to feel quite light-headed about halfway through the challenge, and that was a struggle.  I joked with my sister that if this is how skinny people feel all the time, forget it!  We have always loved salads at our home, but we discovered great salad dressing recipes and great combinations of veggies and beans that we had not tried before.  I love the Take 5 Dressing recipe you posted on your blog, and Neil loved the House Dressing recipe you posted on your blog.  We have never been to the store so much in one week (or should I say stores: Walmart, Harmon’s, and Good Earth)!  I tried the hummus recipe on your blog, but added one red pepper in our Cuisinart, and that was such a delicious dip for veggies.  My oldest son even commented on how much he loved the “red stuff” on his plate.  I felt so much better about my diet, and the diet of my family during the challenge, because we drastically reduced the amount of fat and all of the processed sugars and flours from our diet.  In general, I felt much better-physically and mentally.  I am proud to say that I successfully completed the challenge.  The weight loss was a bonus, but the recipes and the ways in which to incorporate better eating  and exercise habits into my schedule was vital.  Thank you!  Neil continues to make a green smoothies every day for breakfast, and my kids and I make them a few times a week for a meal.  The grocery stores love us, as we are there 2-3 times a week loading up on fresh smoothie ingredients.  I have continued to make fresh weekly batches of the dressings, and the soup recipes are keepers!  I love the Moroccon Lentil Soup recipe to the tune of making it four times in one month!  Now, if I can only be as disciplined in my “regular” life and incorporate more green vegetables, eat less fat and sugar, and exercise more, I will be set. Neil also added “I have never lost so much weight, so painlessly, in such a short amount of time!”

Prizes: Natural Mascara and Norwex Cloth

Carol’s Story

This story is based on a phone conversation, rather then email so it will be in my words ;) Carol said that she had never thought of eating veggies for breakfast (I don’t think any of us do!) But loves the green smoothies since she feels like she is getting more nutrition every day. She enjoyed the hummus and still snacks on veggies and hummus often. Carol Lost 7 lbs during the challenge and loves it so much she is still following the basic format of the challenge with variations only at dinner time!

Prize: Natural Mascara

Congratulations to all of you!

Love,

Somer

Week-long Green Smoothie Challenge Synopsis

So the moment of truth…….. Drum roll please…….. I lost my own bet! Girls, we are going to Cafe Rio! I’m down 4.2 lbs instead of the 5 lbs I hoped to lose. But am I disappointed? Not one bit. Let me explain:

Losing 4.2 lbs in one week is more than I lost in the last 3 weeks combined, so the Green Smoothie Challenge is super-turbo charged weight loss! I also missed 2 workouts in the last week and probably didn’t reach my goal because of that. I wish I would have done my measurements in inches before and after because I know it’s a considerable loss, especially around my waist, hips and thighs. My body fat went from 22.5% down to 20%. My jeans that fit great last week are a bit baggy and I tried on several pairs of my “skinny” jeans and to my delight, most of them fit.

I am also all ready fairly slim at this point after being on a plant-based diet for more than 3 months. So losing that amount of weight for my current size is a pretty big deal. I would expect that people who are doing this that have more to lose will have even more success then I did.

If you know my story, you know that weight loss has been something I’ve had to become a bit of an expert about while losing nearly 100 lbs several years ago. But in the past I always had to meticulously count calories and watch portion size like a hawk. I always felt starving and deprived. Not this time!

With the Green Smoothie Challenge I tracked calorie and nutrient intake for the purpose of proving stats on the blog, but it is not something others need to do. Most days I could not possibly have consumed more food while on the challenge. Others can consume as many approved foods as they like on the plan without tracking it and will be sure to still lose weight.

If you are doing the challenge, I would love to hear from you and hear about your success, how you stuck with it, how much weight you lost, things that were the hardest for you and more. I will be sending a natural product  give-away at the end of the month to 3 people with the most interesting green smoothie challenge story. Note: not necessarily those who lose the most weight! Please post your stories in the comments section of this blog post.

Here are some thoughts I had for myself and others while doing the challenge:

I read somewhere that on the very popular HCG diet that you can only consume 400 calories a day consisting of lean meat and very limited veggies. Not really a very nutrient dense choice for weight loss if you ask me. Those who wish to continue to turbo-charge their weight loss can safely do the green smoothie challenge for as long as they like, or even do it in phases like adding small servings of whole grains like brown rice, millet, or quinoa to a stir fry. Then adding back in healthy fats like nuts, seeds and avocado. Because you are providing your body with tons of nutrients instead of starving it, you will not do any damage to your body, this is very unlike the HCG diet or many “fad” diets which are dangerous to your heart, your bowels, and your overall health.

I wish I had eaten more salads, the days I consumed them I was less tired and more full than the days I ate soups or steamed veggies instead. I also noticed that my iron and calcium stats were closer to what they needed to be because leafy greens provide large amounts of both nutrients.

Your food input will generally be the same color as your food output (as in #2), if it’s green that’s because you are eating copious amounts of green foods!

If the above statement is true for you and you are spending too much time in the bathroom with your food output (the opposite of constipation), I suggest you take a good probiotic to help slow things down!

Hydrate! Even though there is plenty of liquid in your green smoothies, you need to add at least an additional 4 glasses of  water a day. This will also help to flush any toxins out of your body that you are eliminating while on the diet.

If you find the Green Smoothie Challenge just too hard to stick with, still try to eliminate as many animal products, refined products and oils from your diet as you can. Drink green smoothies, incorporate more vegetables, fruits and whole grains into your diet. If you do that you will lose more weight naturally then if you had stuck with your previous eating habits. Eating a whole-foods plant-based diet is proven to reduce cholesterol, improve or eliminate diabetes and reduce your risk of almost all types of cancer. Through eating a whole-foods plant-based diet I have cured myself of my autoimmune diseases and disorders. I believe you can too.

Another truth: if you go back to your previous eating habits, you will eventually regain any weight you lose. Eating healthy is a lifestyle change, not a diet and this challenge should help you to make some of those necessary changes.

And finally since today is the first day post green smoothie challenge, guess what I ate to celebrate? A bowl of oatmeal with almond milk, sprinkled with some cinnamon………Followed by? You guessed it! A green smoothie. Best of luck-

Somer

Week-long Green Smoothie Challenge Day 7

Final Stretch! A clairvoyant ;) yoga teaching friend of mine visited yesterday and brought me a lovely bag of Spectrum Chia Seeds! (Something she says she would never think of giving someone as a gift). How did she know that I had been out of chia for weeks, but hadn’t wanted to make a special trip to the health food store? Gotta love good Karma! Thanks Carolyn!

I first learned about chia seeds when I read “Born to Run” last year by Christopher McDougall. In the book he describes them almost as a magical energy source consumed by the Tarahumara Indians who live in Copper Canyon in Mexico and run 100 miles at a time while barely breaking a sweat. Scott Jurek, a vegan ultra-runner joins them in an amazing race at the height of the story. Love the book, it’s a hoot and totally worth a read for runners and non-runners alike!

I didn’t sample them however, until my brother Curtis gave me a taste of his chia seed drink while we were running Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back last year. I thought, hmmm, interesting!  It’s incredibly good for athletes as a source of fuel in the form of healthy fats and protein. It also aids with retaining hydration. Nutritionally, chia seeds pack a similar punch to flax seeds in the form of essential fatty acids (omega 3′s), but they don’t have to be ground in order for your body to absorb the nutrients.

Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast: 5 C. packed organic baby spinach, 2 medium bananas, 2 C. frozen berry blend and 4 C. water. Notice no flax, that’s because I added 1.5 T. of chia seeds to my smoothie after I blended it. The chia seeds absorb water and expand. The best way I can describe the effect is they are like a little poppy seed inside a granule of cooked tapioca after they are soaked in liquid, kinda like little frog eggs! If the texture bothers you, you can always blend the chia seeds into the smoothie!

Again, this made 2 quarts, I drank one for breakfast and saved one in the fridge for later.

Mid Morning Snack: 1 cup of remaining leftover veggie soup (I froze it earlier in the week in 1 C. portions)

Lunch: Second green smoothie

Afternoon Snack: 3 C. steamed zucchini seasoned with a dash of red pepper flakes and 1 T. bragg’s liquid aminos.

Dinner: 2 C. of my favorite Morrocan Lentil Soup. I all ready posted it on the blog, but here is the challenge approved recipe (few minor adjustments!) You can use any lentils you like, but the red ones really give it a beautiful color.

Morrocan Lentil Soup

2 large onions, chopped

2 C. carrots, chopped

4 cloves minced garlic

1 heaped t. ground coriander

2 heaped t. ground cumin

1 t. turmeric

2 t. smoked paprika

1 t. ground cinnamon

1/2 t. ground black pepper

1/2 to 1 t. crushed red pepper flakes

8 C. water

2 T. better than bullion’s vegetable base

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

2 C. dry red lentils, rinsed and picked over

1/2 C. chopped fresh parsley

1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro

juice of one lemon

Directions: Cook all ingredients except last 3 on stove-top for 30 minutes in large saucepan or in crock-pot on low for 6-8 hours. For texture variation you can pulse it a few times with a stick blender. Add lemon, parsley and cilantro just before serving. This recipe is adapted from my husband’s sister. She made it at our house one time, it was utterly divine. It is one of my favorite meals, I could eat it at least once a week. I really like sticking it in the crock-pot because it saves kitchen time and it thickens really beautifully, just make sure you use a really big crock-pot so it doesn’t boil over the edges! This makes 6 two cup servings and keeps really well in the fridge for leftovers.
Here are the stats for my final day:
Target:
Eaten:

Calories

under 1,400
1003x

Carbohydrate

under 245 g
206 g 76%x

Protein

under 63 g
46 g 17%x

Fat

under 19 g
8 g 6%x

Water

over 8 glasses
8-1/3 glassesx
Target:
Eaten:

Dietary Fiber

over 25 g
56 gx

Saturated Fat

under 16 g
1 gx

Trans Fat

under 2 g
0 gx

Cholesterol

under 300 mg
0 mgx

Sodium

under 1,500 mg
1405 mgx
Target:
Eaten:

Sugars

under 100 g
73 gx

Vitamin A

over 2,333 IU
6623 IUx

Vitamin C

over 75 mg
135 mgx

Calcium

over 1,000 mg
651 mgx

Iron

over 18 mg
18 mgx

Week-long Green Smoothie Challenge Day 6

So the good news is, the longer I do this, the less I am tempted to cheat. I feel revitalized and refreshed for the most part. My workouts have definitely been tougher this week as my body is tapping into my fat stores to burn energy instead of what I ate that day, which is why I’m losing weight, but also makes it harder for me to push with my cardiovascular or strength training. That’s ok! I’m still getting results. Now if only I could get more sleep I think I would be on top of the world!

I wish I could measure the amount of antioxidants I am getting every day so that I could show you the insane amount of free radical busters and cancer fighters I am consuming…. I might have to look into that!

Here are my meals for the day:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie with 5 C. packed spinach, 2 medium bananas, 2 cups mixed frozen berries, 2 T. ground flax seed, 4 C. water and stevia to taste. This made 2 quarts. I drank on and put one in the fridge for later.

Mid-Morning Snack: 1 C. Cherub Tomatoes. Those little babies are tasty!

Lunch: Still snowy and cold outside! I had planned on having a veggies only stir fry, but needed the leftover cheezy-smokey-spicy black bean soup. Mmmm!

Afternoon Snack: Second Green Smoothie

Dinner: Updated Garbanzo Bean Salad (I have another garbanzo salad recipe on this site, but it’s not green smoothie diet approved) I served the salad over 2 C. Steamed Spinach. Here is the recipe (photo taken before I had the genius idea to serve it over steamed spinach).

Updated Garbano Bean Salad Recipe

4 C. diced tomatoes (I used cherub tomatoes, man they are good!)

1 can low-sodium garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (removes even more sodium this way!)

1 C. diced english cucumber

1 C. diced celery

1/3 C. chopped fresh basil

1 t. italian seasonings

4 T. balsalmic vinegar

1 T. tahini

salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Toss veggies, herbs and beans together in a big bowl. Put the balsalmic vinegar, tahini and minced garlic in a small lidded jar. Shake until combined. Pour over salad. Season with salt and pepper if desired, Toss and serve over steamed green spinach if desired. This recipe makes 6 servings at about 1.5 cups per serving. I cheated and had 2 whole cups ;)

Here are my stats for the day:

Target:
Eaten:

Calories

under 1,400
1187x

Carbohydrate

under 245 g
223 g 68%x

Protein

under 63 g
61 g 19%x

Fat

under 19 g
19 g 13%x

Water

over 8 glasses
8-2/3 glassesx
Target:
Eaten:

Dietary Fiber

over 25 g
65 gx

Saturated Fat

under 16 g
2 gx

Trans Fat

under 2 g
0 gx

Cholesterol

under 300 mg
0 mgx

Sodium

under 1,500 mg
1449 mgx
Target:
Eaten:

Sugars

under 100 g
75 gx

Vitamin A

over 2,333 IU
8250 IUx

Vitamin C

over 75 mg
230 mgx

Calcium

over 1,000 mg
838 mgx

Iron

over 18 mg
24 mgx

Week-long Green Smoothie Challenge Day 5

So it’s snowing and it’s cold and I really, really just wanted to eat something warm. Don’t worry, I didn’t bail. I just put room temperature fruit into the smoothies today instead of frozen fruit today and got room temperature smoothies, which was weird I know, but better than freezing my keister off while drinking cold smoothies all day. I also had stir fry (warm) veggies today instead of cold with hummus dip. Ahhh, I’m holding on!

Oh and did I mention I’M DOWN FOUR LBS SINCE LAUNCH OF CHALLENGE.

Here is what I ate for day 5:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie (room temperature) with 5 C. packed spinach, 2 bananas , 2 small diced mangoes, 5 strawberries, 1 orange, 2 T. ground flax and stevia to taste. This made 2 quarts.  I saved one quart for later in the day.

Lunch: Bok Choy stir fry. Recipe below.

Bok Choy Stir Fry

 1 giant head of bok choy, green parts only chopped, saved the white parts for another use

2 carrots julliened

10 button mushrooms

2 diced green onions

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

1 T. organic heinz ketchup

1 T. low sodium soy sauce

1/2 t. garlic powder

1/2 t. ground ginger

1/4 t. ground black pepper

stevia to taste

Combine all ingredients in large saute pan. Do not add oil, it’s not necessary. Saute all until bok choy is wilted.

This recipe made 3 cups of stir fry. I planned to eat the whole recipe myself, but my husband decided to join the challenge at the last minute, so we split it. It was a WHOPPING 60 CALORIES PER SERVING. Holy crap plant based diet!

Afternoon Snack: This is where the diet gets interesting, my husband and I each had a our second quart of green smoothie in the afternoon and neither of us was hungry come dinnertime- He said, why am I so full!?! Ha Ha.

Dinner: Long story short, I thought it would be ridiculous to only consume 600 calories for the day and we started to get hungry around 9pm so I busted out the amazing cheezy-smokey-spicy black bean soup recipe here. Love it!

Here are the stats for the day:

Target:
Eaten:

Calories

under 1,400
957x

Carbohydrate

under 245 g
203 g 75%x

Protein

under 63 g
39 g 15%x

Fat

under 19 g
13 g 10%x

Water

over 8 glasses
9-2/3 glassesx
Target:
Eaten:

Dietary Fiber

over 25 g
44 gx

Saturated Fat

under 16 g
1 gx

Trans Fat

under 2 g
0 gx

Cholesterol

under 300 mg
0 mgx

Sodium

under 1,500 mg
1109 mgx
Target:
Eaten:

Sugars

under 100 g
91 gx

Vitamin A

over 2,333 IU
4307 IUx

Vitamin C

over 75 mg
369 mgx

Calcium

over 1,000 mg
548 mgx

Iron

over 18 mg
13 mgx

Cheezy-Smokey-Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup

This soup is so good it deserves its own blog post even though it’s Green Smoothie Challenge approved! Yes, it’s cheezy, smokey and spicy. Oh yeah. If you want to limit the spice, switch anaheims for green peppers and don’t add the cayenne. If you want to maximize the spice, switch anaheims for jalepenos and double the cayenne. If you are really trying to up the greens, add 4 C. chopped spinach or kale to it when you add the black beans.

Cheezy-Smoky-Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup

1 very large or 2 small onions, finely diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 diced carrots

4 diced anaheim peppers (mild to medium heat) or 2 jalepenos depending on your heat-o-meter

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 diced roma tomatoes

3 cans low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed

4 C. water

1 T. better then bullion’s low sodium vegetable base

2 T. ground cumin

1 t. oregano

1 T. chili powder

2 t. smoked paprika

1/4 t. cayenne pepper

2 T. tahini

1 C. nutritional yeast

Salt to taste

Directions: Place anaheims, red bell peppers and onions on a large foil lined baking sheet and broil for 5-10 minutes until a little bit charred, watch carefully so they don’t burn to a crisp! Add peppers and onions to a large Saucepan and water saute with garlic, carrots, tomatoes and spices until onions are translucent and soft. Add water, black beans and vegetable base.  Simmer for around 10 minutes more. Add nutritional yeast and tahini. Pulse a few times with a stick blender to make a smooth/chunky consistency. Top with diced tomato and chopped cilantro if desired. For those of you not on the Green Smoothie Challenge, feel free to add avocado, or tofu sour cream. MMmmmM! So good!

Makes 6 two cup servings. Those on the challenge limit it to the serving size!

Here are the stats:

Cheezy-Smokey-Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup
Serving Size 2 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320.74 Calories from Fat  45
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.87g 7%
   Saturated Fat 0.46g 2%
   Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 661.52mg  28%
Total Carbohydrate 56.25g 19%
   Dietary Fiber 17.94g 72%
   Sugars 5.26g
Protein 25.08g  50%
Vitamin A (IU) 234.33 5%
Vitamin C 28.44mg 47%
Calcium 134.41mg 13%
Iron 6.36mg 35%

Day 4, Week-long Green Smoothie Challenge

So I cheated today, but it’s not exactly what you think! You see, I am training for a half marathon at the moment and when I do my longer runs, my calorie and nutrition requirements go up. So Saturday I did an 8 mile training run and I had a Clif Shot at mile 4 and in my Fuel Belt water bottles I had Crystal Light Pure Fitness (not the regular artificially sweetened, artificially colored Crystal Light!) I also added an extra banana to my kale green smoothie! Nice cheating, I swear!

Here is what I ate today:

Pre-breakfast (during my run): Mocha Clif Shot, Tropical Crystal Light Pure Fitness

Breakfast: Kale Green Smoothie with 5 C. packed Kale, 3 Bananas, 2 C. frozen mixed berries, 2 T. flax, 4 C. water, stevia to taste. Again, this makes 2 quarts, I put one quart in the fridge and have it later in the day.

Lunch: 1 C. veggie soup, yes, it keeps going and it is still very tasty.

Afternoon Snackage: 2nd Green Kale Smoothie leftover from this morning.

Dinner: Big romaine salad with 4 C. chopped romaine, 1/2 C. frozen green peas, 1 julliened carrot, 1/2 sliced red bell pepper, and 1/2 orange (supremed) and the remainder of Chef A.J.’s amazing Take 5 dressing. Sorry for the crappy photo, need to use a real camera instead of my phone! At least you get the visual idea!

Here are my stats for the day: I’m over on sugars because of the necessary cheats!

DIET SCORE CARD  ( Edit targets )
Target:
Eaten:

Calories

under 1,400
1150x

Carbohydrate

under 245 g
242 g 80%x

Protein

under 63 g
34 g 11%x

Fat

under 19 g
12 g 9%x

Water

over 8 glasses
12 glassesx
Target:
Eaten:

Dietary Fiber

over 25 g
46 gx

Saturated Fat

under 16 g
1 gx

Trans Fat

under 2 g
0 gx

Cholesterol

under 300 mg
0 mgx

Sodium

under 1,400 mg
861 mgx
Target:
Eaten:

Sugars

under 88 g
116 gx

Vitamin A

over 2,333 IU
4623 IUx

Vitamin C

over 75 mg
695 mgx

Calcium

over 1,000 mg
763 mgx

Iron

over 18 mg
13 mgx