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Menu Planning and a Vegetarian Challenge

7-Day Vegetarian Challenge

Vegetarian Challenge

Join Jen (Marathon Mom) and I and become a vegetarian for 1 week. If you’ve ever considered a vegetarian diet this is the perfect opportunity to try it and experience the benefits of a plant based diet. To make this as easy as possible we will share recipes, tips and menu ideas throughout this week with the challenge officially starting on April 22.

Something to think about. The benefits of a plant based diet include:

  • reduce body fat and maintain lean muscle,
  • increase energy without coffee or caffeine,
  • increase strength,
  • increase endurance,
  • improve sleep quality,
  • improve mental clarity,
  • reduce sleep requirements,
  • improve resistance to infection,
  • quicken recovery from exercise,
  • reduce or eliminate sugar cravings,
  • increase desire to excel.

Source: Thrive. The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life by Brendan Brazier

Check out my personal experience of changing to a vegetarian diet at Benefits of A Plant Based Diet. And if you’re still thinking about it, read the Vegetarian Spectrum and find what will work best for you and your family.

This is a low key and no pressure challenge. An more importantly no guilt.

Watch for blog posts this week and final challenge details to be announced on April 21. Did I mention that we have prizes? Yes, a little extra motivation generously provided by out sponsors.

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If you have any questions feel free to email me at jillconyers@gmail.com or Jen at marathonmom28@gmail.com

menu planning

For the past 2 weeks or so I’ve noticed that my menu planning feels boring and the meals aren’s satisfying. That means I’m more tempted to snack mindlessly. I don’t think it was so much that I didn’t like the meals I planned. I think I got into a menu rut and the fact that when I find a new recipe that I love I repeatedly add it to the weekly menu…over and over and over. That can quickly become a boring menu. So, to beat boredom and the snacking, this week I planned all new meals for the lunch/dinner, new smoothies for breakfast and a new salad dressing.

Protein Smoothies
Overnight Oats

Basic Tacos with Seasoned Tofu
Panini with Hummus, Mushrooms and Spinach
Vegan Polenta, Kale and Eggplant Casserole
Vegan Veggie Enchiladas
Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry

Quick Bran Muffins
Edamame Hummus and Crispbread
Dried Edamame and Cranberries

Do you ever feel like you’re in a menu planning rut? When you find a meal that you like do you have it so often that it becomes less satisfying?

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  2. Like those posting above me, I already eat a mostly plant-based diet. Except for the occasional fish. But I can go a week without! No problem. Ever since I started down this track, I’ve found it much easier to be plant-based without thinking too hard about it. I don’t buy meat at the store (I do have carnivorous roomies), and rarely even cook it for them. If they want what I’m making, they’ll have to do it the vegetarian way! Thanks for this prompt to “clean things up” as you’ve said. I’m looking forward to pushing myself to be completely veg for the week! Might even extend that to full time.

  3. Hi Melissa. I know I’m doing it but I don’t stop until I’m sick of it haha! My new recipe for dinner last night was AMAZING!

  4. Oh, I do the whole “eat a food until I’m sick of it” routine all.the.time. I ate the same oatmeal for breakfast for at least 3 months, and now, I can’t even think about oatmeal! Currently also eating the same salad for lunch all the time–hopefully I won’t tire of this one anytime soon! Your eats sound great to me–I need to mix it up a bit, too!

  5. Question that I’m hoping you might know the answer to. My husband is disabled and he can’t have certain foods including eggs, dairy, beans, or soy. He’s even mentioned going veg but I’m worried about protein since he can’t have beans.

    I want to make that panini! Sounds relish!

    1. Hi Carli. I think you forgot to post the question. I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.

      And the panini was amazing! We had it for dinner with fresh fruit last night 🙂

      1. Haha! I did forget the question. I’m concerned about giving him enough protein since he can’t have eggs, beans, or soy. When I was vegan I ate a lot of beans for protein but they will make him very ill. So just trying to think of enough protein sources for him if I take away his fish and chicken. So the question is…where else can you get protein sources on a vegan diet? And no, I don’t subscribe to needing tons of protein but some of it.

  6. Sounds like a fun idea! I went vegetarian for a month last fall and really enjoyed it. After reading Scott Jurek’s ‘Eat and Run’ I definitely started questioning whether I should be eating meat. I’m excited to learn some new vegetarian recipes!

    1. Eat and Run is one of my all time favorite [fitness/nutrition] books! Tomorrow I’ll be posting the ultimate veggie post with recipes, resources, etc.

      Happy to have you join!

  7. Sounds like a fun challenge! I’ve actually been swinging back the other way- adding in small amounts of very high quality animal products and it seems to have helped me finally conquer my sugar cravings! But I don’t eat much meat, so I can handle one week. 🙂

    1. Does that mean you’re joining us? That is interesting about the sugar cravings.

  8. I am so in this challenge & glad we havea little while til it begins. Funny that just today I put in my blog about plant based protein instead of whey!
    Where do you hold on fish?
    I do like the occasional piece of fish, however, it’s fine to do without as well for a week :).
    Thanks for hosting.
    This will be wonderful.

    1. Great! Happy to have you join us Debbie! The fish is up to you. The purpose of the challenge is to get everyone thinking “more plant based nutrition” and for some that might not mean 100%. Mega post coming tomorrow with resources, recipes and more!

  9. What a great challenge! I already eat a mostly plant based diet except for eating fish at least once a week. Maybe I’ll do this as a way to clean things up a little bit more and possibly try to go vegan the whole week.

    1. You should try vegan Angela. I’d be curious to hear how you like it and if you notice any differences in how you feel.

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