Vedged Out Green Smoothie Challenge Day 5

Peppered Veggie Stir FryPeppered Veggie Stir Fry: Because it’s too freaking cold out to eat another salad today.

So, it’s confession time. I’m down 3 lbs, 2% body fat and a pair of jeans that I haven’t been able to wear in a month fits again. Some of you are killing the challenge! Congrats to my friend Larry who is down 12 lbs, to his wife who is down 8 lbs and to Aleese who is down 5 lbs as of this morning!

Frozen WastelandView from my back deck. Frozen Wasteland. Much more snow expected today.

I have THREE new recipes for you today! Don’t want you to get bored! Anyone else craving chocolate as hard as I am? Here’s your solution:

Chocolate Covered BluesBreakfast: Chocolate Covered Blues.

Inspired by Nick and his evil tempting ways at Frugal Feeding

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. packed spinach or kale
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 C. frozen blueberries
  • 1 C. unsweetened almond milk (35 calorie variety)
  • 1 C. water
  • 2 T. raw cacao powder (or regular cocoa powder)
  • 1 T. ground flax seeds
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • stevia to taste

Peppered Veggie Stir Fry 2Lunch: Peppered Vegetable Stir Fry

Ingredients for Stir Fry Sauce (this makes 2 servings):

  • 1/4 C. Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 1/4 C. rice vinegar (unsweetened variety)
  • 4 chopped dates
  • 1/4-1 t. red chili flakes (depending on how much heat you like)
  • 1/4-1 t. ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 inch piece of ginger, chopped (about 3 T.)
  • 1 T. arrowroot

Method: Blend til completely smooth. Those without power blenders may need to soak your dates first

Ingredients for Veggie Stir Fry (makes 1 serving):

  • 1/2 head roughly chopped cabbage
  • 4 bok choy leaves or 2 C. baby spinach
  • 1/2 C. shelled edamame
  • 1/4 C. julliened carrots
  • 2 stalks celery cut diagonally
  • 2 C. frozen stir fry veggie mix (mine’s from Costco)

Method: Put all veggies and 1/2 of the sauce in a lidded frying pan. Cook over medium high heat for 5-10 minutes with lid on, stirring every minute or two so it doesn’t burn.

Disassembling a Pomegranate

Dis-assembling a PomegranateI grew up eating pomegranates, one house we lived in even had a pomegranate tree. How come I never knew about this method before? I used to stain my hands and fling pomegranate seeds and juice everywhere every time I attempted to disassemble a pomegranate. Thanks Pinterest!

Method: Slice ends off pomegranate, slice pomegranate in half. Put pomegranate pieces in a big bowl of water. Pull apart. Seeds fall to the bottom and peel and clingy filmy stuff floats to the top.

Pomegranate ArilsEasy Peasy!

Orange Pineapple Pomegranate BlissAfternoon Meal: Orange Pineapple Pomegranate Bliss

  • 2 C. packed baby spinach or kale
  • 1 banana
  • 1 navel orange (use zest too! I forgot this round)
  • 1/4 C. frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 – 1/2 pomegranate arils
  • 1 T. chia seeds
  • 1 C. water
  • 1 1/2 C. ice
  • stevia to taste

I’ve increased calories today within my meals so I probably won’t be snacking and haven’t really needed too between meals. Add snacks for sure if you’re hungry!

run snow1-001I’ll be running 3 miles easy today, then doing interval hill/speed-work on the treadmill for my workout.  I decided to stop being a pansy and I ran for 60 minutes outside in 17°F while it was snowing. That’s what fleece lined running tights are made for.

morrocan lentil soupI have Moroccan Lentil Soup bubbling away in my slow cooker right now for my dinner. Please ignore that delicious looking flat bread… recipe here

I want to know who the biggest loser is, let me know how much weight you’ve lost on the challenge so far!

love, -Somer

Stats for the day:

Target:
Eaten:

Calories

under 1,400
1198x

Carbohydrate

under 245 g
241 g 74%x

Protein

under 53 g
53 g 16%x

Fat

under 23 g
14 g 10%x

Water

over 8 glasses
8-5/8 glassesx
Target:
Eaten:

Dietary Fiber

over 25 g
64 gx

Saturated Fat

under 16 g
1 gx

Trans Fat

under 2 g
0 gx

Cholesterol

under 300 mg
0 mgx

Sodium

over 1,500 mg
x
Target:
Eaten:

Sugars

under 100 g
95 gx

Vitamin A

over 2,333 IU
5188 IUx

Vitamin C

over 75 mg
337 mgx

Calcium

over 1,000 mg
1211 mgx

Iron

over 18 mg
22 mgx

Click here to view Day 6 of the Challenge

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36 responses to “Vedged Out Green Smoothie Challenge Day 5

  1. I am down 5.5 pounds as of yesterday morning! WOO HOO!!!!

  2. Down two pounds. Need to drink more water. I keep forgetting.

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  4. Waw! That’s a lot of snow! Congrats on losing the pounds! I am losing weight too, I lost 5 kg over 2,5 months! Yeah!! xxx Have agreat weekend with less snow!

  5. Yay :D – lookin’ good, Somer… you have impressive will power, by the way.

  6. Well done to everyone, I shall just hang my head in shame for not even trying and just eating all the things i probally shouldnt, good luck to everyone!

  7. I skipped my salad yesterday for the same reason. I forget I can do a stir fry without oil.Thanks for keeping me inspired. I have been looking forward to your posts every day! My pants are looser and my face is thinner. I noticed my face a few days ago. I seem to lose weight from the top down. :)

  8. foodaddictionrecovery

    Lol watch out for snow flakes! When i jogged in heavy snow I kept choking and coughing when I sucked them in my mouth lol. For some reason I never thought to put my scarf over my mouth lol.

  9. I forgot to weigh myself today but feeling great and with heaps of energy. Good to see so many people getting into this wonderful plan. I bought some peaches, cubed them and froze them so that I would have something a bit different to put into my green smoothies and I used some fresh watermelon at other times. Love the flexibility and the hummus is a lifesaver :)

  10. Wow! So inspiring! A little late but I am starting from today!

  11. Somer,
    I’m wondering if you can tell me about how much produce I need to start with….My kids and I are starting this and I need it times 4? Any suggestions? They are 23, 19, and, 16 so they eat soooooooo much.

    • Oh, wow. That’s a tricky one. I have a family of four and although my children aren’t following the challenge specifically with us (they’re small), we’re all eating the soups and smoothies. Do you have a warehouse membership to somewhere like Costco? I headed there for several bags of organic greens, a giant multipack of lettuce, apples, oranges, 6-8 bunches of bananas, several bags of frozen fruit and so on. I’m not really sure which recipes you’d be making to your preference so I don’t know what advice to give you beyond that. Even I’ve had to go back to the store for bananas, oranges and more this week….. Hope that helps.

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  13. I love cocoa powder in my smoothies, especially my banana split smoothie. Yum.

  14. Brrrrrr! I’d die! But that Moroccan soup looks like it would make me feel alot better rather quickly! :)

  15. I survived day one :-) Truth be told I wasn’t too hungry. I did not have a single snack. And I probably had less portion size as well. Remarkably I thought all the recipes tasted damn good! I started late (from yesterday). But hope to log my progress for the next 7 days.

    Thanks for all the great recipes and inspiration mainly!

  16. wow.. awesome to hear everyones progress.. i think i might just make that chocolate blues into a popsicle !:)
    no snow here unfortunately, even with below freezing temps.. but hey its sunny after a bunch of weeks.. we get all crazy out here whenever it gets sunny.. hubbs took chewie along for a run and the last half mile he was like dude, please look at my tiny legs and give me a rest. i think we might have to get doggie stroller for chew if hubbs keeps on with his runs:)

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