Day 4: One-Month No-Groceries Challenge

The one-month no-groceries challenge is proving difficult, and not in the way I expected. Here it is, day four of the challenge and I don’t think my fridge is any emptier! After just a few days it’s clear that dinner is my downfall.

Once again breakfast started strong. I brought rolled oats from home that I heated when I got to work and stirred in two spoonfuls or Reginald’s homemade Apple Sin peanut butter with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on top. Delish! I love Reginald’s in my oatmeal because it's very smooth and mixes in really well. Plus, the fun apple cinnamon flavor means I don’t have to add any sweetener. 

At lunchtime things were still looking good. I brought in the remainder of my chopped Romaine lettuce and topped it with the leftover salmon, couscous, and root vegetables from my lunch out on day two. I don’t prefer reheated fish so I thought eating it as part of a salad was a good solution. Plus, throwing the super-buttery couscous on top of lettuce leaves made me feel less bad about all that added fat. And I didn’t have to add any olive oil—just lemon juice to dress the salad.

Dinner was, yet again my downfall. I met friends for drinks, which, before I knew it were accompanied by a wide array of tasty, if not unhealthy appetizers. By the time I got home I wasn’t hungry for dinner but the cocktails made me think I just had to have more of those chocolate covered cookies. Confession: I had six. That’s double what I normally allow myself! Looking on the bright side; at least I finished them and they are out of the house.

I’m headed out of town for the weekend so I won’t be making a dent in my food supplies for the next few days. Hopefully nothing goes bad while I’m gone. And hopefully I can use the time away to get back on track after a few days of dining out, drinks, and dessert.

Today’s produce status

Fresh Produce:
¼ head of Romaine lettuce
1/3 head of cabbage
1/2 a bag of carrots 
A few scallions
½ a bag of white baking potatoes
1 apple
1 (really large) butternut squash
1 acorn squash
1 ½ onions
Handful of roasted root vegetables
1-2 servings mixed greens with shredded carrot
Handful of grape tomatoes

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

How are you doing with the challenge? Leave a comment or tweet me @Shape_Magzine. I know my girl @wbiber is going strong—except she’s low on peanut butter! I feel your pain but I know you can hold out.

Day 4: One-Month No-Groceries Challenge-2As 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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