Ten people are doing the vegan challenge and fifteen people are doing the vegetarian challenge! Two students (that I know of, there might be more) are also getting their family members to do the vegan challenge with them! How cool is that?! And, the challenge has spread out of the EGR veggie club! At least a little bit. To one person. To my best friend who goes to a different school. So it hasn’t really spread much… but it’s awesome that there are SO MANY people doing the challenge!
A super earthy picture that goes well with the “Veggie Challenge.” Found on Google Images.
Also, there are five vegans already in veggie club, and some of them (including me) are trying out “Raw Until Four.” However… I already failed the first day. Because chocolate. You can’t have chocolate until 4 PM with “Raw Until Four.” (!!!!!) I have an addiction to chocolate so I can’t do that. I tried to restrict myself from the dark, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness but utterly failed as I ended up eating half a (vegan) chocolate bar and a bowl of (vegan) ice cream (which was delicious, so I don’t regret eating it at all). Yup. I can’t do restriction, which is ironic because I’m vegan so I’m already restricting a bunch of food. So I guess I can sort of do restrictions? I don’t know. I DO know that I don’t want to deprive myself of chocolate so I AM NOT GOING TO. But I do need to eat less of it. My mom and I eat a bag of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips in three days. There are twenty-three servings in a bag. Whoops (#sorrynotsorry).
It’s okay though, because chocolate is basically salad.
Sorry for the side note about my chocolate addiction. I just thought you should know that chocolate rocks and you shouldn’t deprive yourself of it.
Back to the challenge.
I think it’s going really well so far for everyone that is doing it. I think it is difficult for people to not eat meat, but I BELIEVE IN THEM!
Emma is doing the vegetarian challenge and shared her meals with me:
- Breakfast: Potato pancakes from Trader Joe’s (Side note: I didn’t even know that potato pancakes were a thing, but they sound so good! Also, we got a Trader Joe’s in our town this fall and it’s SO NICE.)
- Lunch: Rice and bean enchiladas
- Dinner: Vegetable pizza from Sbarro
Great job, Emma! I’m so proud of you and everyone else that’s doing the challenge. Way to go for trying something new and possibly difficult!
Emma’s drool-worthy veggie pizza from Sbarro. It’s topped with cheese, kale, and tomato.
Emily is doing the vegan challenge. She followed the meal plan for the first day so she had a strawnana smoothie for breakfast, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, and “Orange You Glad I Made Crispy Tofu?” for dinner. YUM! I had orange tofu for dinner too so we were meal twins!
Emily and I were tofu twins!
Sarah also did the vegan challenge and made some absolutely delicious meals! I’m so impressed. Just look at them- they’re so vibrant and pretty!
Here’s what she had:
- Breakfast: oatmeal with raisins, almonds, and almond milk.
- Lunch: veggie taco with hummus, zucchini, broccoli, onions, spinach, and salsa.
- For snack she said she attempted to make homemade granola bars, but they turned into granola. She said it was still delicious!
- Dinner: quinoa with herbs, garlic, onions and roasted broccoli with peppers.
Sarah said she’s feeling great which is awesome! Her meals look great too. Especially the taco.
I don’t have any feedback from the “Raw Until Four” girlies (all the vegans in the club are girls). I do know that “Raw Until Four” is very challenging, especially since the meal plan includes 7 bananas, dates, and 2 oranges for breakfast. Yes, you read that right. SEVEN FREAKING BANANAS. For ONE MEAL. Craziness. It sounds yummy, but I just don’t think I could eat that many bananas in one day, let alone in one meal.
I had two bananas blended up with spinach, chia seeds, and cinnamon for breakfast so I was raw but not insane. Then I had falafel for lunch because my mom made them for me. I broke the raw-ness. I’M SORRY. But I had the falafel in a salad with spinach, colorful raw carrots, cauliflower, and hummus so it was mostly raw (?). Then I ate chocolate so I totally broke the rawness but it’s all good.
My colorful and delicious falafel salad.
I think from now on I’m just going to cut my sugar intake, eat healthier, and do “one dessert a day” (a handful of chocolate chips would equal one dessert). I’m also going to continue to drink smoothies for breakfast because 1) they’re tasty, 2) they’re filling, and 3) they’re good for you!
I hope you liked this vegan challenge round-up! Send me pictures of your food if you’re doing the challenge so I can add it to the round-up. I’ll post a day two round-up tomorrow so be on the lookout!