No Crap Allowed Diet

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I’ve really been making an effort lately to cut the crap out of my diet. Some days I win and some days I fail miserably. But the important thing is that I try. I’ve found that I’m much more successful when I think ahead and prepare. This blog by one of my favorite healthy living bloggers is what inspired me.

Yesterday I made the snack balls, brown rice patties, baked “boiled” eggs and clean fudgesicles. I also pre-cut a bunch of fruit to store in tupperware for the week.

Today I’ve been in the kitchen again working on a few more things. I found this device at Publix a few days ago, which happens to be something I also saw on Ashley’s blog:

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It was so easy to make my own Balsamic Vinaigrette that I actually threw away all my other salad dressings …

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I had a hard time letting go of the Green Goddess, that shit is delish after all but after I checked the ingredients lists it was an easy choice.

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Yellow 5, Blue 1? … No thanks.

The verdict on the Brown Rice Patties from last night is a big thumbs up. A lot of work, but worth it. For dinner I had them on a gluten-free bun hamburger style.

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Today for lunch I re-purposed them as croutons on my big salad.

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This next bit is going to surprise some people.

I threw away my ketchup today.

But not until I made sure that I could make a cleaner tasty version of it on my own. So I got in the kitchen and started experimenting.

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The winning combo ended up being 16 oz tomato paste, 1 cup water, 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 4 tablespoons agave nectar, a pinch of allspice, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne and about a tablespoon each of garlic powder and onion powder.

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I used a funnel to fill up a squeezable plastic bottle for the fridge and froze the rest in ice cube trays for later use.

All this preparation has definitely been time consuming, and not totally necessary … but I happen to love this stuff so no skin off my back. A couple hours in the kitchen is a trade off for easy quick meals the rest of the week.

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4 responses to “No Crap Allowed Diet

  1. I’m definitely going to have to try your ketchup recipe! Such a great idea.
    I spent the other night a good solid hour if not more cutting up all this fresh fruit I bought & put it in containers for the week. It makes life so easy to just grab & go!
    Keep it up – this is fantastic!

  2. Eileen Shaughnessy

    What’s in the brown rice patties? I’m still looking for a pattie I can make easily that I really like. Thanks!

  3. Melissa Dean

    I am totally in awe of you Amanda! What you’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish everyday is so inspiring to me! Has anyone suggested that you make a cookbook? It would be amazing to say the least! Congratulations on all your achievements!

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