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Day 5: One-Month No-Groceries Challenge


Day five landed on a Friday and I've rounded out the first work week of the one-month no-groceries challenge without too much of a challenge.

Breakfast was my go-to winter meal but with an added boost. I had oatmeal with Chia Chargers Tribeccah nectar peanut butter. It was great! Chia Chargers is peanut butter with, you guessed it, chia seeds! They add a great crunch plus the added omega-3s, protein, and fiber of chia. And the Tribeccah nectar flavor is prefect for adding to oatmeal. It's sweetened with agave nectar so there's no need to add sugar to your morning meal.

For lunch I finished up the ham and bean soup I ate on day one of the challenge and used the salad greens from Murray's to make a side salad topped with the rest of the chicken I had grilled on day two. Now this meal was a success! I finished the soup, finished the grilled chicken and used up half the mixed greens.

It's no surprise I went out for pizza on a Friday night but I did my best to stick to the goals of this challenge, in this case, eating right. I had two slices of veggie bomb pizza which included spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, red, and green peppers, onion, garlic, (hold the olives) with red sauce, grated cheese and no mozzarella. All those veggies really fill you up and there is so much flavor I never miss the cheese.

Dessert was a few squares of dark chocolate with banana chips and almond slivers and a little bit of milk chocolate with Sour Patch Kids. Sounds like a strange combination but somehow it works. Your mouth waters from the sour patch clearing away the creamy milk chocolate!

How are you doing after a week without grocery shopping? Now would be the time I usually head to Chelsea Market to pick up some produce. As you can see from the list below I still have quite a bit left thanks to a few unexpected midweek additions and root vegetables that last so long. I'm still making balanced meals and am feeling good. Hope you are too! Let me know how your kitchen clean-out is going in the comments below or tweet me for support at any time at @Shape_Magazine.

Today’s produce status

Fresh Produce:

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

1 serving 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

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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