WIAW: Veg Pledge Challenge!

Jenn at Peas and Crayons, who hosts the WIAW party each week, has made this month about increasing your veg intake! Here’s her link to the Challenge info page.

The pledge is to basically add an extra cup of veggies to your daily eats.

The timing is great for me as I just got back from vacation and, whenever I’m away, I get renewed inspiration for revamping my daily eats and one decision I came out of my vacation with was definitely that I want to eat more veggies again. I love them but they’re fresh and go off easily and you get into such a rut sometimes of going for quick and easy things.

One thing that definitely helped is that I ate out a lot while away, and got a lot of inspiration from different restaurant menus. Delicious new salad combinations and veggie-packed wraps and sandwich ideas have my tastebuds going!

Also, I still of course am trying to get that protein in.

So with all that in mind, let’s take a look at how I did today, counting servings of vegetables and grams of protein as I went:


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Banana Protein Pancakes. Boo-ya. Topped with unsweetened applesauce as always :). Recipe here.

Vegetable servings: 0
Protein grams: 14.5


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A delicious gourmet sandwich (haha maybe…homemade at least). Whole grain bread spread with lowfat herbed cream cheese and stuffed with avocado, cucumber slices and alfalfa sprouts! Then served with carrot and cucumber sticks dipped in lowfat ranch dressing.

Also had some unphotographed raspberries and pineapple chunks for dessert.

Vegetable servings: 2
Protein grams: 10

Afternoon snack

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The most delicious chocolate protein shake ever (here seen in my Magic Bullet to-go container – I was at work! Sorry about the lack of glamour). I Tweeted about this, saying it tastes like melted chocolate ice cream – and it really does. Today, to boost my veggie intake, I whirred in a handful of spinach leaves. I will post this soon, it so needs to be shared!

Vegetable servings: 1-2
Protein grams: 30.2


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Delicious new potato salad I got from a magazine I read on the plane. The original recipe served it with steak slices; I subbed in Portobello mushroom slices. If you like the look of it I will post the adapted recipe. I had this for dinner a few times last week – you may have seen it on Instagram! It’s a HUGE salad.

Vegetable servings: 4
Protein grams: 12.2


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Mini Toblerones x 2. Yummayyyy 🙂

Vegetable servings: alas, 0
Protein grams: surprisingly, 1!

Evening snack

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Banana nut protein muffin (based on these recipes – banana nut recipe coming soon!) broken up in 1/2 cup milk. Delicioso comfort food with a protein kick :).

Vegetable servings: 0
Protein grams: 11


Total servings of veggies: 7-8 (nice!)
Total grams of protein: 78.9 (nice!)

Woo-hoo! I call it a success :).


  • Do you count your protein intake from time to time?
  • Are you taking part in Jenn’s challenge (I know you don’t need to, Sara, you veggie supergirl you!) this month?


  1. Loving the dinner, potato wedges are so good and something I need to eat more of!
    I do not count my protein intake nor do I count calories, maybe one time for fun I will 😉

  2. girl you rocked today with the veggies and protein! fun to see the meal by meal breakdown. i agree that coming back from vacay – i always get a renewed desire to eat clean and fresh. just makes you feel so great!

    • Thanks for the moral support! Ever since I got back from vacay I’ve been determined to keep my meals at 10g or more of protein and then to throw in a protein shake each and every day. Some days I’ve been up around 90g! So glad it’s working, I used to really struggle to get protein in. Veggies? Not so much, but I loved the challenge of eating extra than I usually do!

  3. That potato salad looks delicious! I would love to see the recipe!! I love the idea of subbing in mushrooms. Yummy eats!

  4. The Magic Bullet rocks! I use mine with the to go cup every single day : )

  5. Ooohh I could totally go for some pancakes! The potato salad looks delicious, too! Love that it’s full of greens.

  6. Yes. Post the potato salad recipe. Looks yummy!


  1. […] I posted the above image as part of my What I Ate Wednesday Veg Pledge Challenge post just over a week ago, a lot of you requested the recipe, so I figured I’d better hold my […]

  2. […] Jenn at Peas and Crayons is continuing this fabuloso inspirational veggie challenge. Check out my last WIAW post for this challenge here. […]

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