One week ago I began and shared about the 40 plant foods challenge.
Today I’m coming full circle to talk about the variety I ate and my general thoughts on the challenge. Here’s a list of and look at the plant foods I ate.
Monday: rolled oats, banana, sunflower seed butter, apricot, raisins, celery, apple, kale, green onion and grapes
Tuesday: chia seed, avocado, brown rice, broccoli, white onion, carrot and tofu
Wednesday: swiss chard, red potatoes, russet potatoes, cucumber, strawberries, peas and black beans
Thursday: nothing new that day
Friday: pear, tomato, pickles (homemade!) and peanut butter
Saturday: cocoa powder, coconut oil, poppyseeds, nectarine, green bell pepper, chickpeas, olive oil and peanuts
Sunday: white beans
Final count: 37/40
So close! Personally I think I did great.
A closer look breaking what I ate down into three categories: vegetables, fruit and all other plant foods
- green onion
- white onion
- swiss chard
- red potato
- russet potato
- green bell pepper
All other plant foods
- rolled oats
- sunflower seed butter
- chia seed
- brown rice
- black beans
- peanut butter
- cocoa powder
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- white beans
Thoughts and conclusion
It was tough getting tons of variety in! I know everyday I eat veggies, fruits and other plant foods, but I tend to rotate through the same things. I had the challenge on my mind more than I had planned to… like one morning I was making oatmeal and instead of just going for my normal banana and peanut butter, I added in cocoa powder and subbed the PB for coconut oil. Just a little change that helped me get a little more variety in.
When the fridge is getting more bare and I need to go to the grocery store (how Thursday was) getting a lot of variety in turns into more of a challenge, hence nothing new that day.
I’m so glad I did the challenge. I’m hoping that I can stay mindful of changing foods around a little more. One trick I’ll use is to just buy more variety, just smaller amounts at the store. Really it comes down to what I have in the house… if I have it around, I’ll eat it!
A big thank you Maryea for the challenge. I had fun with it and would totally do it again!
Did anyone else take it on? I’d love to hear how you did! How much plant food variety do you think you get in during a week?