This Clean Challenge is something I developed a few years into being a long-term vegan. When I initially made the switch to veganism, my diet was 100% clean and slowly over time, I began adding in more processed foods, sugar, gluten, etc. I do this challenge not to lose weight but to get back to basics, fill my body with whole, clean foods, and to help remind myself how wonderful this lifestyle can be even without all the amazing cheese substitutes.
And this time, I thought I'd give you a recipe to start you off on the right foot!
My challenge will begin Monday, March 7th and end Sunday, April 3rd.
- 100% vegan aka no meat, dairy, fish, eggs (this is the way I always eat)
- 100% gluten free
- No sugar, agave, or syrup
- No processed foods*
- No soda or processed drinks (duh!)
- Limit alcohol to Red wine only
- No fried food
- Limit cooking oil
A few notes: When I say "processed" foods I am not eliminating foods that only contain their main ingredient or no added ingredients ie. canned black beans or raw nut butters. I AM eliminating all processed vegan cheese/sour cream/cream cheese, vegan mayo, salad dressing, ketchup, salsa, fake vegan meats such as sausage, veggie burgers, etc. Also note that I will not be purchasing any "gluten-free" processed bread substitutes. This challenge is not about tricking your body into think it's eating the "real" thing. It's about streamlining and allowing yourself to experience the amazing taste of whole foods.
I am NOT eliminating soy and thus will still be eating tofu and tempeh. These are processed foods, yes, but will not contain any sugar or added unnecessary ingredients.
So what WILL I be eating? Whole fruits and veggies, bean and legumes, gluten free grains such as quinoa and brown rice. For recipe inspiration, check out my Clean Eating Food Diary with 20 Gluten Free/Vegan Recipes!
Want to join? Leave me a comment below and I will contact you with exclusive recipes + tips + more! You can also join along on Instagram and Facebook by using the hashtag #ChristinasCleanChallenge
And don't forget to check out my latest clean eating recipe below!
Black Bean, Quinoa, Avocado Salad Recipe
COOK TIME: n/a
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
YIELD: 2 large servings
1.5 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup black beans
2 small Roma tomatoes
1/2 cup raw red onion
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper to taste
1. Chop avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro.
2. Combine veggies in a large bowl and stir with the juice of one lime. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Serve avocado salad over black beans and brown rice or mix all together.
The lime juice will keep this recipe fresh for up to two days. I recommend making ahead of time and splitting into 2 servings for a quick lunch on the go!