Thursday, February 20, 2014

Engine 2 Challenge - Beyond the Salad!

I have friends {you know who you are} ;) that think I'm eating only lettuce and cardboard for this 28-day challenge.  And I totally get how some people could think that eating whole, plant-based foods wouldn't be enjoyable.  But you have to look beyond the salad!!

So let's talk about what I can eat:

Bread:  Whole grain, low fat, low salt bread.  I have been purchasing Food for Life bread that's found in the freezer section.  It's very hearty and filling and tastes great too.



Cereals:  There are some approved brands {and thank goodness for that}!  Every other morning I make a big bowl of mixed cereals like Shredded Wheat, Grape Nuts and Oatmeal, mixed with fruit, honey, and other yumminess.


Whole Grain Pasta:  I'm still working on finding the best tasting one for our family, but there are several out there.  :)

Soups:  We love soups over here!  We usually add beans and vegetables but with the right mix and seasonings, there are so many varieties.


Salads:  And, yes, there are salads.  But I make mine large and put pretty much everything I can find in them, including fruit and beans. 


Brown Rice:  Rice can be used as a side or used to make the meal.  My bean burger below is held together with rice.



Whole Grain Flours:  You can make a ton of yummy desserts with whole grain flours but still not use any dairy, eggs, or oil!!




And there are a ton more approved foods like dried fruit, certain jellies, sauces, condiments, and even crackers and chips!!  So I'm definitely not starving myself, and I'm actually more full than I am just eating a bunch of junk.  And I'm making my inside healthier, while losing a little weight too!

If you'd like to get recipes for some of these dishes, visit my Engine 2 Challenge thread for the links.  And visit the Engine 2 Diet for more information on the Challenge.  



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