Welcome to day three of my summary of my experiences on Marco Borges’ 22-Day Revolution. To find out why I started this vegan diet challenge, and to begin with day zero, click here!
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Day three’s breakfast is Chia Seed Pudding, which you make a double batch of for the next day’s breakfast. You blend together the chia seeds with cinnamon, almond milk, vanilla extract and maple syrup, then store overnight. I like chia seeds, and this was okay, but I wasn’t keen on blending the seeds as I prefer the texture of them when they’re whole. Calorie count: 252.
The lunch recipe was Lentil Soup Garnished with Avocado and Tomato – you’ll soon get very used to chucking tomato and avocado on the top of everything in this diet! The soup is very basic, just a blend of spices with garlic, onion, green lentils and water. It makes four portions so I froze the extras. Interestingly, Marco often tells you to garnish your avocado and tomato with parsley – I wonder if he’s one of those people who doesn’t like coriander? To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by adding parsley to these fruits – it’s actually pretty good. The lentil soup would be pretty bland and awful without the garnish, but the addition of the tartness from the tomato, creamy avocado, and the sharp lemon definitely helped the lentils go down. The calorie count was 476.
I was looking forward to the Cauliflower Salad for a while, because I couldn’t work out how it would taste. You take a whole head of cauliflower and roast it on a low heat (I actually turned my oven up much higher than it’s recommended, and I think probably for the best, as this was cooked to crunchy, juicy perfection in the same amount of time listed in the recipe) with pine nuts, grapes, and lemon juice. No oil or fat whatsoever, and just a sprinkle of salt and pepper. I really enjoyed eating this, and it was just 316 calories for a big bowl that kept me full for the rest of the night. Whole day calorie count was 1045, but I did eat some dates (left over from yesterday’s juice), a spoon of almond butter, and my usual cup of hemp milk as well.
Even though it’s day three, I feel like I’ve been doing this forever – mostly because I’ve been researching about it, writing about it, tweeting about it, and taking photos of everything I’ve been making on the plan. I’m definitely not tired of the food yet, although last night (after eating the cauliflower salad) I did end up with some pretty unpleasant stomach aches which have only just gone away. On the other hand, I’ve lost 4lb – I can’t say my stomach issues are related to either the weight loss or the diet, but I pledged at the beginning to faithfully record all my experiences, so there you go!
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