over the course of the last week or so, i’ve eaten out probably 5 times. each time i ate out, it was because i had made plans with a friend.. and my plans almost always involve food.
see for yourself: nopa… in pictures.
and probably 3 others that i forgot to immortalize with a photo.
after yet another meal out the other night night (no complaints about the food or company!) i woke up feeling a little dehydrated, a little hungry and a lot inspired.
here’s the thing… not only is eating out more expensive, but you have no control over what exactly you’re putting into your body. restaurant food generally contains more salt, more oil or butter and way bigger portions than you would have at home!
which means that you are ultimately eating more calories, consuming more sodium, and spending more money…. for less nutrition!
so here is what i propose:
an eat-in challenge!
for one week (7 consecutive days) i will be eating only food i prepare myself and buy at the grocery store.
here are the rules for the challenge:
1. any restaurant meal or snack is off limits.
2. snacks bought during regular grocery trips (ie. granola bars and hummus) are allowed.
3. coffee doesn’t count…. coffee is a non-negotiable in my book.
4. creativity is encouraged, but not necessary. (ie. pb&j for lunch all week long is totally valid.. but let’s try and get out of the box a little!)
I will be beginning this challenge RIGHT NOW. For the next week, I will only be eating food I prepare at home (or someone shares with me from their home). I will do my best to take pictures of my meals, and encourage all of you to share yours with me!
Here are a few meal/snack ideas for the next week:
Check out a few of my favorite recipe sites for inspiration, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll hook you up with some ideas!
What are you planning on making this week? I’ve got my eye on some banana bread recipes, kale salad and a fun get-together to make homemade pizza!