Wow! I can’t believe the Gluten Free Superfoods Challenge is over! My how those two weeks flew by! Let’s recap the good, hard, and the delicious results! Overall, YOU ALL inspired us and there will be more gluten free meal challenges to come!
Let’s have ourselves a little wrap-up and “tell-all” superfood challenge session! Hopefully y’all are on the same page as me when I say that I LOVED doing this meal plan challenge! One of the reasons why I loved it was the fact that it wasn’t a diet-there were no restrictions on what you could or could not eat. Instead, the challenge focused on these awesome foods and WHY they are so awesome. We wanted to find ways to enjoy these “super” foods and to easily incorporate more into your diet for an overall healthier lifestyle.
Ok, first off. The tell-all. Tell you what…I’ll tell you if you tell me.
- What was hard for you? What were some of the challenges you faced?
- What was something you did to help yourself through the challenge?
- What was your favorite superfood you incorporated into your diet?
- Your least favorite?
- Which superfood was hard to work with?
- What was something you learned?
Here are some of my answers!
Something that was hard for me: not feeling “guilty” if I didn’t incorporate a superfood into one of my meals. It’s all about shifting your mindset from fear of failing, or feeling like you have to be SUPER perfect with everything, to finding the balance and being ok with just doing your best. It’s something I still struggle with in all aspects of life, but I’m learning to find that balance and love the fact that I am not perfect all the time.
A few other things that were hard:
- Not counting wine as a superfood. Ohhhh how I so wanted to! Haha!
- Plus I had TONS Of events and travels this past few weeks. We ate out a LOT but I did my best to choose entrees with superfoods as the main ingredients. Like Beet and Radish Salad with Grilled Salmon. YUM!
- That being said, dinning out with a lot of healthyish foodies was fun! We ALL enjoyed the superfood meals and tracked it! Okay … maybe the truth is well all just wanted to take pictures of pretty food. Haha. Can you blame us?
We noticed a lot of people challenged their spouses or significant others to join the challenge with them. My husband joined and it was nice to have that support! Although I think part of that was due the guilt that came from the pop tart incident. Haha if you saw my Instagram story, you’re probably laughing right now.
But whether for competition, having someone to hold you accountable, or having a friend to help you along, having a support group makes a huge difference. A lot of people found support in our Facebook group as well!
From asking some of our participants, it sounds like turmeric was a hard superfood to incorporate. But, thanks to the help of some of our Superstars, here are some ways to easily incorporate turmeric!
- Sprinkle turmeric on your popcorn (Vania, British Columbia)
- Seasoned rice & eggs with turmeric (Julie, Indiana)
- Stir-fry, curry, or soup (Bre, Washington)
- Turmeric seasoned shrimp (Vania, British Columbia)
I loved adding turmeric to “popcorn” roasted cauliflower.
Something I learned came from one of our Superfoodies: how to make kefir yogurt at home! I had made kefir water before, but never milk. It was awesome to nerd out over the science of it with the group participants! Thanks, Vania! 🙂
Ok, ok, you probably want to know who won…BUT before we announce our winner, we just wanted to send out a big “thank you” to all our Superfood Superstars who participated in this challenge. We saw a lot of growth, vulnerability, and support from each other….as well as a lot of tasty, superfoody dishes! It was neat to see the superfooding community bond and help each other through the past two weeks.
After reviewing your social media shares and trackers, we have determined our winner is….Vania! Congratulations!! Be sure to email us at [email protected] to receive your cookbooks and Amazon gift card.
Vania shared some AWESOME superfood making tips and tricks:
- Chia Seed Crackers: combine a 1/2 cup of chia, flax, pumpkin and sesame seeds with enough water to just cover. Let them soak up the water (for about an hour). Add some turmeric and curry spice (or whatever flavor you like really). I then spread out on my dehydrator sheets and score! Then break apart when done. They last quite a long time if you make ’em really dry and store airtight.
- How she makes homemade kefir yogurt: it was about a tablespoon of kefir grains added to some whole milk (organic). Let it ferment for a day or two (depending on the temperature)…basically you want the consistency of thinned yogurt. Then you separate the grains from the milk (now kefir) and start the process again for a new batch.
- Turmeric and other seasonings over popcorn!
We loved this challenge and definitely want to do more, maybe several a year! But we want to know…
What challenges would you like to do next? We are all ears!
Can’t wait to hear your answers.
Lindsay, Alex, and Laurie (aka Team Cotter Crunch)