So for the past year or so I’ve been wanting to participate in the Fit Girl’s Challenge, but for some reason I couldn’t commit to taking the plunge. I love pasta and bread, and the thought of not being able to eat that when I want and how I want was a little nerve wrecking. And as much as I wanted to begin, I didn’t want to start something I couldn’t finish. I was scrolling through Instagram last week when I saw that the next Fit Girl’s Challenge was going to begin mid-to-late April, and I decided that this time around I’d participate. I’m starting my Fit Girl’s Challenge on April 16.
What if I don’t like the recipes they provide? Yeah, I had the same worry as well. But inside the manual, they provide you with substitutes for everything! So if a recipe calls for brown rice and you absolutely hate brown rice, there will be a list of substitutes/alternatives for you! If you don’t like to eat gluten, or you’re a vegetarian/vegan, don’t worry, there are options for you too! They break it down week by week and provide you with a shopping list so that you know exactly what to get.
For the first week I had to prep what the guide calls Cherry Pie Fridge Oats. It’s basically just a parfait that you prep for a few days at a time, and when you’re ready to eat it you mix it up and chow down. This recipe calls for:
1/3 cup of old-fashioned or rolled oats
1/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1t of chia seeds (optional)
1/2T of almond butter (optional)
1/2 cup of chopped or frozen cherries
They have you make 3 servings of this for your first three days of the challenge, and then you’ll make another batch in a few days (so that it doesn’t go bad). As you’ve probably noticed, the chia seeds and almond butter are optional. I decided to opt out, as I didn’t want to buy them haha. Not using chia seeds or almond butter give you an extra 70 calories to spend on something else you may want throughout the day. Also, instead of using cherries (because I absolutely hate them) I decided to use blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
Each week I’m going to post what they have me cooking for the week and at the end of the challenge I will let y’all know what kind of progress I made. Follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (@itsjillaine) to watch me snap my way through meal prepping! What do you think? Do you want to join the Fit Girl’s Challenge?
Update: I was a little afraid to try this because I heard Greek yogurt was TERRIBLE. And while the Greek yogurt isn’t the best, the recipe overall is pretty nice and refreshing. I ate it slowly, which gave me time to really enjoy the berries, honey, and oats.