When the crisper gets empty it’s time to get creative
It’s been four days since I’ve updated the one-month no-groceries challenge and it’s been almost as long since I’ve had a home cooked meal!
Aside from a few 5 a.m. crackers on Saturday night/Sunday morning and a grilled cheese sandwich at a more appropriate hour Sunday a.m. I did not eat at home all weekend, which was a mix of healthy options and indulgences.
The no-groceries challenge did influence my food choices though! I ordered a salad with pulled chicken for brunch Saturday morning, something I normally wouldn’t do. It was actually easy to pass up brunch favorites like French toast and breakfast burritos (despite unlimited mimosas!) knowing I only had one serving of past-it’s-prime mixed greens at home and then it’s no more salad for me! I ate the whole thing even though the portions were huge—just to be sure I got as many vegetables and as much protein as I could.
The middle of the day got a little dicey when I had cheddar caramel kettle corn and a hot chocolate to hold me over from brunch until dinner. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling great after that and ordered a meatball appetizer thinking I couldn’t handle a full meal. Next thing I know I’m sopping up the sauce with a few slices of Italian bread and stealing French fries off my date’s plate. Turns out a little real food was just what I needed after my afternoon sugar shock. Saturday ended with a few bites off a friend’s slice of pizza and a handful of crackers before crawling into bed. I know it doesn’t sound great but at least I didn’t get my own slice!
Sunday morning I made a quick grilled cheese sandwich before heading to the Chinese New Year parade. While there I just had to have some noodle soup with pork and I split curly fries with a friend and fellow SHAPE staffer (yes, we had curly fries in Chinatown). I’m not sure this lunch had any redeeming nutritional qualities. Thank goodness another friend had me over for dinner and served a super-healthy baked salmon with carrots, and Brussels sprouts in mustard sauce. We each had three chocolate covered wafer cookies for dessert. Despite getting back late—12:50 a.m. I’m proud to say I prepared a healthy breakfast and lunch to take to work on Monday.
Breakfast was the standard oatmeal with peanut butter. Lunch was the same as Thursday and Friday, chicken with a cheese and spinach stuffed baked potato. I ate out again Monday night but before leaving work I snacked on Cacao Goji Super food Power Snack so I wouldn’t overdo it.
No, I haven’t done much to empty my fridge, freezer, or cabinets in quite a few days but at least I didn’t add any food to my fridge like I did last week! How are you doing with the challenge? Are you seeing more space in your cabinets yet? For the first time I’m starting to get nervous considering I have one serving of salad left! I need to eat healthy and be healthy for my trip to Venice, which is in T minus 11 days! Tell me how you’re fairing in the comments below or on twitter @Shape_Magazine.
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.