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Day 1: One-Month No-Groceries Challenge

 

Well, if we want to get technical I haven’t food shopped since Sunday, January 8th making yesterday my seventh day without buying food. But considering I often go from Sunday to Sunday without grocery shopping and I didn’t decide to take on the challenge until this weekend when I was out of town, yesterday was sort of day one. 

How’d I do? Clearly day one is the easiest and no real challenge at all.  

Breakfast consisted of a peach Chobani yogurt (sadly my last one so no more of that!) with Kashi GOLEAN Crunch and walnuts on top.

Lunch was a large bowl of ham and bean soup that had a little bit of spinach and celery. A family friend made the soup over the weekend and sent me back to New York with a tupperware-full. There is some left but not enough for a meal on it’s own. When the late afternoon snack-attack hit around 4 o'clock I grabbed a LUNA mini out of my desk drawer supply for a slightly sweet protein-boost.

Dinner is where the freezer exploration began. I pulled out a package of oddly large frozen chicken breasts and threw one on the George Foreman Grill with a little Montreal steak seasoning (yes, I prefer the steak seasoning to the chicken seasoning on EVERYTHING). I also chopped half the remaining lettuce. Finding salad toppers was a little challenging but I went with carrots, dried cherries, and cheddar cheese. Maybe not the most low-calorie options but tasty nonetheless. I also had two slices of baguette with cheese on the side. When dinner was over I still had half a chicken breast and a good deal of cut lettuce leftover.

For dessert I had three chocolate covered mini-pretzel rods. Another family friend makes them and, as you will see, I eat some of her chocolate covered creations nearly everyday! It’s indulgent but it keeps me satisfied and I never overdo it because I want to savor every bite!

So that’s it. Day one was a pretty easy, fairly well-balanced success. I wish I could have had more fruit then the tiny pieces of peach in my yogurt but all I have is that apple!

Today’s produce status

Fresh Produce:
1 head 3/4 head of Romaine lettuce 
1/3 head of cabbage
1/2 a bag of carrots (minus ½ a carrot)
a few scallions
½ a bag of white baking potatoes
1 apple
1 (really large) butternut squash
1 acorn squash
1 cup of broccoli (already cooked)
1 ½ onions

Frozen Veggies:
1/2 a bag of corn
1 bag of broccoli
1 bag of spinach
1 bag of Brussels sprouts

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.

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