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Day 2 Of BuzzFeed's 7-Day Clean Eating Challenge

This is part of a 7-day healthy meal plan that will make you feel awesome. You should definitely start at the beginning, which is here.

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BuzzFeed Life’s 7-Day Clean Eating Challenge is a healthy, delicious meal plan designed to make you feel great — without making you feel crazy, stressed, or hungry.

There's no processed food allowed—instead there's lots of lean protein, healthy fats, and fresh produce. Every meal is homemade, but don't be scared! There are step-by-step photos to help you with the recipes, and nothing is too difficult for a beginner cook.

It's important that you follow the meal plan in order starting with Day 1 since most of the recipes call for leftover ingredients from previous days. But you can start any time and find full instructions here. Aim to eat every 3 to 4 hours and try not to eat within two hours of bedtime.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Makes 1 serving


INGREDIENTS

½ cup grated carrot, from 1 small, peeled carrot

⅓ cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon raisins

1 cup unsweetened almond milk, divided, plus extra for serving

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon honey

10 raw almonds (Men: 20 almonds), chopped

½ cup plain, 2% Greek yogurt, for garnish


PREPARATION

Stir together grated carrot, rolled oats, raisins, and ½ cup almond milk and store in an airtight container in the fridge overnight. (If you're following the Clean Eating Challenge, you already did this!)

Combine the carrot-oat mixture, the remaining ½ cup almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and honey in a small pot over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and the oats are cooked, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately, with almonds, Greek yogurt, and a little more almond milk on top.

380 calories, 13.1 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 47 g carbohydrate (7.3 g dietary fiber, 20 g sugars), 19.3 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 268 mg sodium

Want to know exactly how we made our carrot cake oats? Watch the video!

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Half a Kale, Sweet Potato, and Onion Frittata with a medium apple.

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To reheat the frittata, microwave it for 30 seconds on high, until it’s cooked through. Or you can eat it at room temperature.


If you’re packing this lunch to go:
Pack the frittata in a small, airtight container and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat. Pack the apple separately, refrigerated or at room temperature.

309 calories, 13.7 g fat (3.2 g saturated fat), 22.9 g carbohydrate (5.1 g dietary fiber, 8 g sugar), 23.5 g protein, 279 mg cholesterol, 438 mg sodium

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Trim the roots from 3 celery stalks and cut them into small (about 4-inch) sticks. Spread 2 tablespoons almond butter onto the sticks, and top with 2 tablespoons dried cherries.

274 calories, 18.1 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 21.2 g carbohydrate (7.2 g dietary fiber, 10.1 g sugars), 6.6 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 174 mg sodium

Roast Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Barley

Makes 2 servings (save 1 for leftovers)

INGREDIENTS

½ cup pearled barley

1½ cups low-sodium chicken stock

1 large (Women: 10-ounce, Men: 12-ounce) chicken breast, bone-in, skin-on

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

¾ cup roasted Brussels sprouts (left over from Sunday's dinner)

PREPARATION

Combine the barley and stock in a small pot with a lid. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the barley is soft but still chewy and the water has been absorbed, about 25 minutes. If the barley is cooked after 25 minutes but there's still some water left, drain through a fine mesh strainer.

While the barley cooks, prepare the chicken. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chicken breast on the baking sheet, season on all sides with salt and pepper, and roast until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts to the baking sheet for the last five minutes, just to heat them through. Cut the cooked chicken breast in half. Serve half the chicken, half the barley, and all the Brussels sprouts with dinner.

Leftovers: Let the remaining half of the barley and the remaining half chicken breast cool completely before refrigerating them in separate airtight containers.


449 calories, 9.3 g fat (2.8 g saturated fat), 47.6 g carbohydrate (11.1 g dietary fiber, 2.3 g sugars), 44 g protein, 89 mg cholesterol, 872 mg sodium

While the barley cooks, prepare the chicken. Season the breast all over with salt and pepper, and roast in a 400°F oven until it's cooked through.

Serve half the chicken, half the barley, and all of the leftover Brussels sprouts. Let the remaining chicken and barley cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the fridge.

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If you're following the Clean Eating Challenge, you made this last night! You can get the recipe and step-by-step instructions here.

197 calories, 6.1 g fat (1.9 g saturated fat), 21.1 g carbohydrate (1.7 g dietary fiber, 25.2 g sugars), 15.4 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol 45 mg sodium

Tart Cherry Overnight Oats

Makes 1 serving


INGREDIENTS

⅓ cup rolled oats (Men: ½ cup rolled oats)

¾ cup plain, 2% Greek yogurt (Men: 1 cup plain, 2% Greek yogurt)

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

½ tablespoon honey

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons dried tart cherries (no sugar added)

10 raw almonds (Men: 20 almonds), chopped

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients except the almonds in a small airtight container. Stir together, cover, and refrigerate overnight. You're going to eat this topped with the almonds tomorrow morning.

BuzzFeed Food editors tested the entire Clean Eating Challenge and can vouch for the validity and deliciousness of every recipe. If you have questions about the challenge or any of the dishes, you can email Christine Byrne.