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What I Ate Wednesday || All New, Plant-Based and Gluten Free

Welcome to Week 10 of What I Ate Wednesday! Memorial Day marked Day 1 of my Plant-Based and Gluten Free 30-Day Challenge. In June of 2011 I completed a 30-Day Clean Eating Challenge. Followed by a Personal Juice Challenge and then a 30-Day Vegetarian Challenge in March of this year. All in all I’ve been challenging myself with a goal of finding optimal health and life long wellness. That brings me to today. What feels right, the most logical and the nature progression of things is to try a 30-Day Plant Based and Gluten Free Challenge. It’s only 30 days and my diet has been lacto vegetarian for about 3 months so, really, the only difference will be no dairy and no gluten. How hard can it be right? We’ll see.

The first week is tweaking my menu so that 1. I’m eating enough calories to sustain running and workouts and 2. the timing of meals and snacks prevents me from feeling overly hungry.

My morning started with a Fat-Burning, Metabolism-Boosting, Detox “Special Tea” while the coffee brewed. An interesting combination of lemon, cinnamon and cayenne.

My not-new morning coffee.

Overnight oats, my new breakfast favorite! I finally tried Oh, She Glows’ Green Monster Vegan Overnight Oats. After an early morning 5 mile run I showered, went outside and enjoyed a leisure breakfast on the deck. I should start every day like this 🙂

Then a small snack of Mary’s Gone Wild Crackers with Almond Cheddar Style Cheese.

Along with my search for tasty vegetarian mexican recipes I am a huge fan of Tony Horton and his philosophy behind health and fitness. So, when I saw this recipe by Karma Chow, Tony Horton’s Famous Vegan Burrtios, I had to try it. It’s one of the best vegetarian burrito recipes so far! I didn’t hesitate to have last night’s leftovers for lunch.

I won a box of Larabar at the Flying Pig Marathon Expo! I eat Larabars often and was excited to try the Uber products. The Uber Bananas Foster was the perfect snack.

Another recipe that I’ve wanted to try for months is the Healthy Foodie’s Raw Cauliflower Detox Salad. Sonia is one of my favorite foodies and she has out done herself with this recipe. The fact that my anti-almost-anything-green daughter eats it is a surprise and a bonus!

Visit Peas and Crayons for more delicious eats.

What’s on your menu this week? Have you ever challenged yourself to change your eating habits? Do you have a favorite plant based recipe to share? 


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  1. Good luck on your new challenge…I hope it works for you! Being vegan for over a year now, I find it easy to eat plant based now. I’ve been experimenting with more gluten free recipes lately. I’ve also tried my hand at some raw ones too, although I love hot food, so raw doesn’t always work for me! I have some good vegan and GF recipes that I hope you will find helpful on my site!

    1. Hi Shelby. I know it’s only the first week but I’m not finding it too difficult. There are so many great recipes! The only thing is making sure products that you think are vegan really are. I just realized my protein powder is not vegan and all along I thought it was.

      Off to check out your recipes 🙂

  2. I have yet to try uber-bars. I can’t find any in my area. Grrr!

    Eating breakfast outside is one of my favorite things about summer. It’s the perfect way to start the day!

    1. Hi Angela, if you still can’t find them I’ll send you a few to try. My gift to you 🙂

      Eating outside makes food taste even better!

  3. Hey Jill this is me again. I saw the comment you left me about Rich Roll. I ♥♥♥ Rich Roll. There was an article about him in Triathlete Magazine around the New Year and I read his story. So inspirational how his life changed when he adopted a vegan lifestyle. I got his E-Cookbook and it is really awesome. Some recipes are a little out there for me but others are really good. And for $9.00 you can’t be it. From him is that I learned about vegan protein powders and so glad I made the switch! How did you like the book so far?

    1. Hi again. Love the book! I did think the few chapters that talked about how bad things got with drinking, etc. were a little long but as soon as I got to the chapters about how he changed his life I was hooked and staying up way too late to read. I’ve been debating the e-cookbook. You’ve convinced me to buy it.

      Same here about the protein powders. I though mine was vegan and just this week realized it’s not. Looking for a replacement.

    1. Chelsea, they tasted even better eaten outside 🙂 Now I’m on the search for more overnight oats recipes.

    1. Thank you Maria. The challenges keep me motivated and a fun way to mix things up a bit with workouts.

  4. The burrito sounds and looks amazing! Thanks for passing along the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Jessica, you won’t regret it. It’s so good and it’s great for leftovers 🙂

  5. Oooh, wow, Jill- so many great links! I’m really excited to try those veggie burritos, and that cauliflower salad sounds intriguing, too. Thanks for sharing, and good luck on your new 30 day challenge! I’m sure you’ll find lots of creative ideas along the way!

  6. Julia @ Pain, Pride, Perseverance says:

    im LOVING the uberbars! they are so delicious and the perfect combo of salty and sweet! the cauliflour detox salad looks super interesting and yummy. im going to check it out:)

    1. The detox salad is wonderful and the recipe makes enough for leftovers. I just ate it for the third time this week 🙂

  7. That stuff all looks great! I will have to try the green oats and the cauliflower soon! I love overnight oats! I am curious to see how it goes as far as getting enough fuel for running! I think now it’s a bit easier than say 10 years ago, since there are so many good gluten free products out there. In fact, I tend to eat quinoa and rice and GF pasta anyway because I like it!

    1. The overnight oats are amazing and save a lot of time in the a.m. What are your favorite recipes? The cauliflower is delicious!

      WIth this being my first week of the challenge the jury is still out about the fuel for running. The first few days have been fine. I already feel more energy [or is that in my head?]. From everything I’ve read fueling for workouts and running shouldn’t be a problem and the number the ultra athletes that are vegan was surprising.

      It may sound weird but this just feels like where I’m meant to be with nutrition. Does that make sense?

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