Voome Challenge -$10 A Day Healthy Dinners

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Do you just want to be inspired by new healthy food ideas?

That’s what I love about Voome, it’s designed to target individuals that already have a bit of a grasp on their nutrition and fitness and just need a little motivation maintaining it. With their meal planners, great recipe collections and workout tools, Voome are able to accommodate a whole range of individual appetites and lifestyles.

As a busy working mummy, I love the convenience of the meal plans and shopping lists they have to offer, plus the variety and ability to change recipes and ingredients around if you dislike anything on the plan..

Back to the challenge. On the weekend I hit the supermarket with my printed shopping list (argh thanks Voome for having this tool, it’s seriously the best) and started shopping. I found everything I needed in most of the outside aisles and a few extra bits in the health food aisle.

My goal was to spend just $10 per meal. Depending on what ingredients the meal required, some cost only $8 per dinner and some were nearly $10. My total shopping for the five meals came to $46.40. I am extremely happy with this, David and I eat pretty simply, so we were super excited that it was kind to our bank accounts but we got to try new foods. Plus, we were still sticking to our clean eating goals!


The five dinners that were chosen were – 

Soba Noodle, Tofu & Cabbage Salad with Ginger Dressing 


Rainbow Vegetable Salad


Chicken Rice Bowl


Quinoa, Feta, Lemon & Chilli Stuffed Capsicum 


Burghul & Chickpea Salad with Egg


My favourite was the Chicken rice bowl and David’s was the Soba Noodle, Tofu & Cabbage Salad with Ginger Dressing ( I think that was Cruzies too).

As you can see all the recipes (listed above) from the meal plan have a good mixture of protein, carbs and good fats. This is really important to me so I can acheive my nutritional goals. Each recipe provides you with tips on how to change the recipe up a little, for example if the recipe is made with chicken and you want to change it up, it gives advice as to what other meats will be best suited to the flavours in the dish. It also provides you with tips on how to create the dish in a fast timely manner, this is great for the days when you finish work and the whole family is sitting there “HANGRY” waiting for dinner.

Living on a budget and still creating delicious healthy meals from the Voome fitness and nutritional program was totally achievable for our family. Sticking to our budget definitely will help us financially as we are saving for our family home. So it’s another win for us. Proud to say that I have completed another challenge proving that you can eat healthy yummy foods and easily afford it! Looking forward to meal prepping and planning next weeks meals. My healthy eating habits are back in action!

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dinner

Day 3 + 4 + 5 of living clean for $10 a day

Day 3 – 6th July 2016

Still going strong, I was a little tired today. I think it’s the no coffee thing and my 3rd day of weight training.

Rest day tomorrow. Only a walk.

Meal 1 – oats, coconut water and a grated Apple

Meal 2 – stuffed capsicum, with mince, cottage cheese and greens

Meal 3 – green smoothie

Meal 4 – cucumber and tuna

Meal 5 – omelette and sweet potato



Stuffed capsicum and greens

Capsicum

1oog cooked mince 

1/4 tin tomatos

Chilli flakes and chives

Cottage cheese

2 tbsp Sweet potato mash

1. Cut the top of a capsicum and scoop out the seeds and inside. 

2. Place in 3 tbsp sweet potato.

3. Place the mince mixed with the tin tomatos and chilli flakes on top. 

4. Top with cottage cheese and chives.

5. Place in the oven for 30minute on 180degrees. 

6. Steam greens to serve. 

Cucumber with tin tuna on top. 


Omelette with greens, zucchini noodles, cottage cheese, mushroom, chives, chilli flakes and salt. 

Serve with home made sweet potato chips.

 Day 4 -7th July 2016

Today my meals were adventurous to start of with and ended with a boring meal. I’m used to having more food to work with, though this  is the challenge I have set out to do. I will succeed, I have too. Feeling great that I haven’t spent much money this week.

Meal 1 – breakfast cake

Meal 2 – rice cakes with peanut butter and 1/2 a cucumber

Meal 3 – tuna a rice and broccoli

Meal 4 – tofo, greens and brown rice


Breakfast cake

40g oats

1/4 Apple grated, 1/4 roughly chopped

1 egg

1 tbsp sweet potato mash 

30ml coconut water ( can use milk if you prefer )

Pinch of cinnamon 

I would normally add 1 tbsp of rice malt but it’s not on my challenge this week. 

1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees

2. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon, can blend if you prefer. 

3. Top with 10g blueberries. Place into muffin tray. 

4. Bake for 30min. 

I made this last night and had cold but you can eat warm if you wish. Nice with yogurt too. 

Was nice today to not train, I just took my dog for a walk with a friend.

Day 5 – 8th July 2016

Glad it’s the last day of eating limited foods as I really haven’t  got that much left. Today I went on a picnic with friends and their babies. I ate before I went and straight away when k got home. Was fine. Side tracted myself with the cute babes!

Today I had a personal trainer and just did a light walk with Cruz.

Meal 1 – pre workout was 1/2 a banana

Meal 2 – oats, egg and Apple pancake

Meal 3 – rice cakes with cottage cheese, broccoli, Tuna and rice

Meal 4 – 1 tbsp peanut butter

Meal 5 – tofo curry with greens

Tofo curry

Today is the last day of #livingclean410aday and to celebrate I used all the ingredients I had left to make this curry (which wasn’t much 😂). Tofo & spinach spicy curry.

150g organic tofo

1 mushroom chopped

Greens (a whole heap – kale, Pak Choy, spinach leaves, chard, all picked from the garden)

2 tbsp chobani

1/2 tsp peanut butter

1 tsp curry powder

Sprinkle of chilli flakes

Coconut water ( as much as you like to thin out the paste )

Brown rice to serve. 

1. Heat non stick wok or pan

2. Fry tofo and mushrooms lightly 

3. In a bowl mix the peanut butter, Greek yogurt, curry powder, chilli flakes, and coconut water

4. Add in the greens and any other vegetables you wish to use

5. Pour the sauce over the tofo and veggies

6. Allow to simmer on low heat for 10minutes

7. Serve with brown rice.

Yes I ate this all to myself as I was #hangry. This tops all meals this week! My favourite.

Cannot wait to have a coffee tomorrow.

On Saturday with my coffee in hand! #happy

How I felt about the challenge!

To be honest, I thought it was pretty easy to do, I think sometimes we are very spoilt for choice. It made me plan all my meals, be more creative, I minimised wastage and enjoyed and appreciated my food a bit more.

It was a nice break from coffee too. It made me more aware of the money I was spending too.

I did get a little hungry sometimes on the challenge,but I think that came down to laziness more than anything and I just needed to create something, rather than just snacking on raw treats, quest bars or protein smoothies.

I have decided to do it again this week, but I will be able to use any left overs from last week.

I can also have 1 coffee mid week and am allowed protein powder after my weights sessions.

Anything is possible if we put our minds to it.

Pictured above is this weeks (Sunday 10th June 2016) food shop.

It came to 46.50 but I also went and spend $6 at the fruit barn. Total 52.50. A little over but still very close to my budget!   Won’t be blogging about this weeks journey but I will share recipes on @aliceinhealthyland (Instagram account).

Thanks again for following my journey.

Alice

Xoxo

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Living clean 4 $1o a day or $50 in 5days. 

Hi everyone, 

So this is my $50 haul for my food from Monday to Friday. So $10 a day. I actually could not believe how quick my money went. But I do love a challenge. 

The rules are over on my previous blog post  LIVING CLEAN FOR $10 A DAY

Food was purchased from Woolworths and a Fruit and Veg Barn. 

I spent 39.40 in Woolworths and 10.10 at the Barn. 

Total- $49.50 for all this. 

I can use whatever veg or herbs I have growing in the garden (I will tell you what I get from the garden as per recipe) as this challenge is about minimising wastage of food and saving $$.


 I first looked at organic food but f#%k my bill was over $120 easy. 

Goodbye eating at healthy cafes and hopefully hello $. Im not allowed free handouts either. 

Wish me luck. 

Staring Monday 4th July 2016

The shopping haul

Sunday 3rd July 2016

So I’m meal planning, and pre prepping some of foods to make life a bit easier time wise for my #livingclean410aday or #50in5days challenge. 

I have decided to include Cruz and my meals in this cost price too. I didn’t include Dave as he is on a challenge.

All my shopping I completed yesterday. 

The prep I have completed so far is 

🌟 I pre spirilised a large zucchini.

🌟 pre cooked 300g brown rice in the cooker for the next 3 days.

🌟 I cooked the 500g of heart smart mince with 1 tin of basil and oregano tin tomatoes and separated into a meal for tomorrow for Cruz and I. 


🌟I then put the remaining 2 servings of mince for us both in the freezer for a different recipe.

 🌟 I picked the kale and spinach leaves from the garden. 

fruit & veggie patch


This is plated up for lunch for Cruz and I for tomorrow. 

Healthy Spag Bowl with Zoodles

Recipe for the Bolognese 

150g heart smart brown mince

1/4 garlic

1/4 of the tin of basil and oregano organic tin tomatos

1/2 large zucchini shredded or spirilised.

1 tbsp cottage cheese.

1. Brown mince in the pan until cooked (about 10mim)

2. Mix in garlic and tin tomatoes. Allow to simmer for another 10minutes.

3. Spirilise or grate the zucchini.

4. Serve mince on top of Zoodles (cooked or raw), top with cottage cheese.

Note – this serves Cruz (my baby) and myself.

You can double, or triple the recipe depending on how many servings you wish to make.

I sprinkled a little sea salt on mine.



I look forward to sharing this challenge with you. 

Thank you for reading.

#showmehowyouhealthy

Alice xoxo 

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