Day 1 Eat Clean Challenge: Banana Smoothie, Asparagus Salad with Eggs

A few friends shared this Buzzfeed’s Clean Eating Challenge article on Facebook and decided to click on it. The article is really interesting and what made me want to give it a try is because of the #ChallengeAccepted feeling I recently feel a lot of toxic inside my body, so maybe this eat clean can help detox. There are many ways to detox, but I quite like this 2 weeks plan from Buzzfeed.

So, I started the 2 Weeks Buzzfeed’s Eat Clean Challenge on Sunday (which was yesterday). Shopped for all the ingredients for Week 1 on Saturday at Tesco. The best part about the article is that they prepared a meal plan for the whole 2 weeks! And there’s even a shopping list for Week 1 and Week 2. I didn’t have to go study each day’s recipe to find out what I need to buy. #makeslifesoeasy

Week 1 Supplies

(Please ignore the Maggi Mee and canned foods! I bought them because there were under promotions and eating them when I’m free from the 2 weeks challenge. Just relax, people.)

Before I begin, I would like to include a disclaimer (haters just hate). I am doing this eat clean challenge/program because I want to try out clean eating which may or may not result in weight loss (but if it does, that’s a bonus). So, don’t go judge the ingredients I use as I won’t be following 100% according to the recipes in the article. The article is mainly used as a reference and guide. Anyway, some of the ingredients are hardly found in Malaysian supermarkets, plus some ingredients I find them unnecessary to purposely buy just for a dish (when you’re just going to use a teaspoon out of it, eg: vanilla extract).

#Day 1 (11.05.2014) Sunday Breakfast: Banana Smoothie

On first day of the challenge, I already fail making the complete recipe as I can’t find most of the ingredients from Tesco. Also I omitted from buying unnecessary ingredients such as Vanilla essence. Anyway, I tweaked  the recipe with whatever ingredients I have. So, I just blend 1 frozen banana with a cup of low fat milk.

BANANA SMOOTHIE
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 large ripe banana, peeled then frozen
1 cup low fat milk

Method:
Cut the banana into 1-inch chunks and add the milk into a high speed blender and puree until smooth (about 1 minute).

 

#Day 1 (11.05.2014) Sunday Lunch: Shaved Asparagus Salad with Shallots and Fried Eggs

A new way of eating asparagus (for me). Simple recipe but not Level 1 Easy to peripatetic because need to shave the asparagus using peeler and the asparagus we have in Malaysia are mostly skinny ones. The end result is quite close to the original recipe only omitted arugula, feta cheese & Kosher salt.

SHAVED ASPARAGUS SALAD WITH SHALLOTS & FRIED EGGS
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 medium shallot, thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 bunch green asparagus (about 8 medium stalks)
1/8 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
1 large beefsteak tomato, cut in 1/4-inch cubes
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 large eggs for women; 3 large eggs for men

Method:

  1. Trim an inch off the root end of the asparagus & using a vegetable peeler, shave the asparagus into thin ribbons (6-8 large stalks should yield about a cup).
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat, then add the thinly sliced shallot. Cook for 1 minute, until shallot has softened slightly. Add asparagus ribbons, season with salt and freshly ground pepper, and cook for 2 minutes, tossing occasionally, until asparagus is cooked al dente (should be crunchy).
  3. Transfer asparagus mixture to a medium mixing bowl, add tomato, lemon juice, and toss.
  4. In the same nonstick skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Crack the egg into the pan, season with freshly ground pepper, and turn the heat to low. Cook the egg 2-3 minutes, until the white is completely opaque and set and the edges are starting to brown.
  5. Transfer the asparagus salad to a bowl and top with the fried eggs.

 

Both the original recipes can be found here. I used the recipes as reference and tweaked them based on the ingredients I have in hand. There’s a snack of carrot in between lunch and dinner, but I skipped that as I was not hungry. Heehee.. As for dinner, it was TERGENDALA! HAHAHAHA

After my lunch, I thawed my chicken to cook for dinner. Then, around 4pm, my landlord say no need to cook my dinner because he’s cooking a big dinner and his parents are coming over. My landlady went and stored my chicken back into the freezer. I can’t reject the dinner because:

1) they so nice invite me join family dinner (plus, it’s for mother’s day);
2) they’re cooking from Jamie Oliver’s recipe book (CAN’T RESIST);
3) I will look very sombong to reject;

LOL. So, my Day 1 TERGENDALA in the end also. Well, nothing is perfect in life. At least I tried 😀 And something I spotted from the article 😯 :

6 glasses of water a day

One of the requirements in the 2 weeks clean eating challenge is to drink 6 glasses of water A DAY! I’m not a water person, so water intake of 3 glasses is like a lot already! What more to say 6!Plus, no coffee and alcohol consumption during the challenge. Omg. Everyday I sure drink more than 3 cups of coffee……….*stares at greentea* Yes, greentea is allowable but up to 3 cups a day.

#icandoit #just2weeks #eatclean

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