Day Twenty-One ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 21
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Kale With Tomato Risotto 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have an apple or celery with 2 Tbsp of nut butter (I like almond or peanut butter) 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Easy Stir Fry 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

For exercise I continued on to Day 2 of the Five Day Workout Plan with some 10 lb weights.

Five Day Plan Day 2

And then I made sure to stretch really well afterwards.

Day Twenty ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 20
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR Vegan Pancakes 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Roasted Spaghetti Squash with a side of steamed broccoli 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have some Baked Zucchini Chips OR an apple/celery with 2 Tbsp of nut butter (I like almond or peanut butter) 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Kale With Tomato Risotto (it should make enough for two and lunch tomorrow) 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

The vegan pancakes are delicious! I had mine with sliced bananas. Next time I’d like to throw some strawberries or blueberries in them. If you don’t have all of the flours you can just use All Purpose (AP). I had AP flour and Spelt but no Flax Meal so I replaced it with Almond Meal. They turned out great! Check out my action shot =)

vegan pancakes

Up close and personal now.

Vegan Pancakes

Fluffy and oh so good!

Vegan Pancakes

Yeah, I’m pretty much an advocate for these babies now. Go Vegan Pancakes!

The Kale with Tomato Risotto was delicious as usual! I didn’t take a new photo so here’s the old one. I used white rice instead of Arborio again. Either one works but Arborio will make it creamier!

Kale with Tomato Risotto

And then it was time to start the Five Day Workout Plan all over again!

Five Day Workout Plan Day 1

Followed by some Yoga =)

Day Nineteen ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 19
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR Vegan Pancakes 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Black Beans and Rice 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have an apple or celery with 2 Tbsp of nut butter (I like almond or peanut butter) or a homemade Larabar 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Kale 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

Today was a rest day so make sure to still get at least 8 cups of water even though you’re not actively exercising. Go for a walk or do some light yoga =)

Day Eighteen ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 18
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Quinoa Pesto with Vegetables 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry at any time throughout the day have a handful of almonds and some grapes 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Black Beans and Rice from My Whole Food Life. This makes a huge amount so it should still give you plenty for two and lunch tomorrow(and possibly the next day!) 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

Now get ready to feast your eyes on my new favorite VEGAN DESSERT!

vegan chocolate chip cookie dough

It’s AHHHH-mazing. I’m working out the details still but recipe will come soon. I wish I could eat it every night. In fact, I’ve made it a few times already…

I’m not for sure how vegan the chocolate chips are though. I bought Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips that don’t have any milk or milk products in them but they are made in a plant that processes those items so the package said “may contain milk.” Use at your own discretion!

But I have a confession. I cheated. I was at a potluck and couldn’t resist trying some desserts….

My shameful dessert plate

I shared some of this with Daniel but I mostly ate it. It was amazing and I don’t regret it though I’m sure there’s some egg and milk in that cake doughnut and probably some in the lemon bar in the back. As for the Indian dessert up front, I have no idea what’s in it but it was tasty and probably the only vegan dessert out of the three. But everyone needs a cheat day. If you don’t, you’re my hero!

I actually didn’t make the Black Beans and Rice for dinner since we went to the Potluck but it was part of my meal plan for that day. So if you need a dinner idea, I highly suggest it.

For exercise I followed Day Five of the Five Day Workout Plan.

Day 5 Five Day Workout Plan

And I did more stretching! It’s SUPER important. So do it!

Day Seventeen ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 17
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Sandwich with whole wheat bread; spinach; slices of cucumber; tomato; yellow squash; and white bean pesto dip spread on each slice 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie or a larabar 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Quinoa Pesto With Vegetables from My Whole Food Life 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

We had our neighbors over for dinner so we went all out! Our dinner consisted of a spinach and fruit salad for an appetizer, the Pesto with Vegetables for the main course, and a homemade Larabar for dessert.

This time for the pasta we used the same macaroni noodles from before but we roasted the tomatoes first. We loosely followed this recipe. Well, we just added dried basil instead of fresh for the tomatoes, so I guess that’s the only difference. They were so good! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures from that night so here’s an old one.

pesto pasta and vegetables

It was a fun night! And luckily our guests enjoyed the dinner. I wish could have made a more spectacular vegan dessert, but those homemade Larabars sure are tasty.

For exercise I followed Day Four of the Five Day Workout Plan.

Day Four Five Day Workout Plan

I used 10 lb weights. Feel free to bump it up if it’s starting to get too easy. And remember to hydrate afterwards!

I followed this video for stretching. She does a lot of my favorites which have recently been hamstrings, shoulders, and neck.

Baked Zucchini Chips

These are so good, I could munch on them for days. Weeks. Months. Years. Mmmmmmm. I’ve made them three times in the past week. Yeah, you heard me! Don’t believe me? Try them for yourself! =)

Baked Zucchini Chips

I was inspired to make them from the Krunchers Kosher Dill Chips. If you don’t have all of the dry ingredients, don’t worry about it. Pretty much any of these seasonings will taste good on the chips!

Ingredients:
1/4 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup of Nutritional Yeast or 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese for non-vegans
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon dill weed
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Zucchini cut into thin slices (1/8-inch thick)

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Mix first eight ingredients in a medium bowl. Place milk in a shallow bowl. Dip the zucchini slices into the milk, then into the bread crumb mixture, coating each side. Place coated slices on a baking sheet covered in foil or non-stick spray (foil makes clean up quick and easy). Bake for 30 minutes, flipping slices over halfway, until they’re golden and crispy. Enjoy!

bake zucchini chips

baked zucchini chips

Day Sixteen ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 16
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Black Bean Veggie Burger with rice 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie or an apple with 2 Tbsp of nut butter 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Spinach salad with cucumbers; tomatoes; yellow squash; and balsamic vinaigrette 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

For breakfast I had toast again. Then for lunch I crumbled a veggie burger over rice.

For dinner I went with a simple spinach salad with lots of fresh veggies.

Then I followed Day Three of the Five Day Workout Plan. Up the weights if you need to! Then followed Jillian Michael’s yoga video below. It’s a great stretch while working the muscles.

day 3 of five day workout plan

Day Fifteen ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 15
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Easy Stir Fry 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have Zucchini Chips or fresh veggies and 2 Tbsp hummus 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Black Bean Veggie Burgers from My Whole Food Life 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

For breakfast I opted for toast with peanut butter and banana slices and lunch was left over stir fry.

The black bean veggie burgers were so good I had to make them again. They turned out delicious! I ate it with some ketchup and a side of steamed broccoli (my new favorite).

Black Bean veggie burger

For exercise I did the second day of the Five Day Workout Plan.

Five Day Plan Day 2

 Afterwards I made sure to have another good stretch and followed this video.

Day Fourteen ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 14
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Sweet Potato Surprise 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have Zucchini Chips or an apple with 2 Tbsp of nut butter (I like almond or peanut butter) 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Easy Stir Fry 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

For breakfast I had oatmeal with dried cranberries, cinnamon, and banana slices.

The Sweet Potato Surprise tastes just as good the next day. I will definitely be making it again.

For a snack I came up with the idea to make Zucchini Chips. I’ve seen recipes floating around the internet before but I added my own mix to it. Recipe to come!

zucchini chips

Let’s just say, they turned out so good, I ate them all by myself and made them again the next day. Two whole zucchinis in two days. Oh yeah.

For dinner I returned to the old favorite.

easy stir fry

Stir fry never gets old, and it’s so easy to make!

For exercise I started the Five Day Workout Plan all over again.

Five Day Workout Plan Day 1

If 5lb weights are too light bump it up a bit! I use 10 lbs to get a better workout.

Day Thirteen ~ Vegan Challenge

I know I’m way behind on updating the Vegan Challenge. Get ready for a bunch of updates!

Day 13
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Sandwich with whole wheat bread; spinach; slices of cucumber; tomato; yellow squash; and white bean pesto dip spread on each slice 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have an apple with 2 Tbsp of nut butter (I like almond or peanut butter) 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Sweet Potato Surprise from Love and Lemons 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

Breakfast was toast with almond butter and banana slices.

For lunch, I felt like I needed some fresh veggies so I spread the white bean pesto on a sandwich and stuffed it with lots of greens, cucumber, tomato, and yellow squash.

Dinner time, we got a lot more creative. Sweet Potato Surprise! I found it while searching for vegan recipes. It’s delicious!

sweet potato surprise

I was expecting it to be chunks of sweet potato and noodles, but blending the sweet potatoes into a sauce was a nice spin (pun intended).

sweet potato surprise

The white flakes are the Panko. They didn’t brown much but they add a nice crispy texture to the dish.

For exercise, it’s a rest day! I did some stretching and relaxed. Make sure to drink lots of water still!