I’m wrapping up 80 day obsession this week. What a great program! And as an added bonus, it leads to all kinds of NSFW conversation and double entendres. I mean, many of the workouts target the butt and cause quite a lot of burning and next-day soreness, the resistance loops are restrictive and bondage-y, and the nutrition plan is incredibly specific and authoritative. Ever see the movie Secretary?
Anyway back to family-friendly content… as I was saying, the nutrition plan is very specific. It tells you exactly which containers to eat at each meal, and for some people, that means 80 days (but really 91 days because don’t forget rest days) of very boring meals. But naturally I took it as a personal challenge, so… I now present to you:
What I ate during 80 day obsession.
I followed the vegan meal plan at bracket C (1800-2099 calories) for weight maintenance, but the container groupings are pretty similar in nearby brackets too, so a lot of these should fit nicely in most vegan meal plan brackets with minimal adjustment. I’m only including 4 of my favorite meals for each container grouping, plus a bonus option here and there for the non-vegan vegetarians.
Note that whatever recipes I link to, you’ll probably have to adjust the ingredients to fit the containers (usually that just means using less oil.)
Pre-workout meals: 1 green + 1 red + 1 yellow B + 1 teaspoon
These meals were delicious and all, but to be honest, most days I just ate half of a baked sweet potato with some sauteed frozen veggies and beans or gardein 7-grain crispy tenders. I’m lazy and I love sweet potatoes.
- Baked okra and potato hash from Thug Kitchen (with adjusted ingredient proportions to fit the containers) and with cubed tofu
- Red lentil sauce on whole wheat spaghetti with microwaved frozen broccoli florets (red lentil sauce is just sauteed onions and garlic with mashed red lentils, a bit of tomato paste, some salt and pepper.)
- 2 tofu omelets from fixate, stuffed with sauteed kale and mushrooms
- Carrot-tomato pasta sauce on whole wheat noodles with Gardein meatballs
- Lacto-ovo option: homemade whole wheat bagel with vegan garlic basil ricotta, tomato and cucumber slices (you won’t be able to fit it all in the bagel, but fortunately tomato and cucumber slices dipped into that vegan ricotta taste awwwesome)
- Bonus option that I haven’t actually tried making yet: chickpea flour pizza crust topped with Fixate pesto and halved grape tomatoes or roasted red peppers, garlic cloves, and artichoke hearts or chopped asparagus, with a side of garlicky whole wheat toast. I’m going to make that for dinner a couple nights this week, and I bet it’ll be amazing.
Post-workout snacks: 1 red + 1 purple + 1 teaspoon
When Autumn has you holding a lunge with weights and it burns, just think of how you’re about to eat one of these things and embrace the burn.
- Banana curry from Fixate (with tofu instead of chicken)
- Chia jam, fruit and silken tofu parfait (or Greek yogurt instead of the tofu if you eat dairy) Note: this will actually be 1/2 orange instead of 1 teaspoon since chia seeds are technically orange container, but the macros are the same. I used frozen black cherries to make my chia jam and it definitely did not need any added sweetener.
- Chocolate-coconut protein shake: 1/2 frozen banana, 2 teaspoons unsweetened cacao, 1 scoop protein powder, 8 oz cashew milk, 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- Chocolate-cherry protein shake: 1 cup frozen cherries, 2 teaspoons unsweetened cacao, 1 scoop protein powder, 8 oz almond milk, 1/4 teaspoon black cherry extract
- Lacto-ovo option: banana and egg pancakes with peanut butter. When I eat these, my brain tells me I’m eating crepes with nutella. Whatever you wanna believe, brain.
Post-workout meals and also meal option 2: 1 green + 1 red + 1 yellow A + 1 teaspoon
Since I had this container grouping twice a day, I give you twice as many ideas for it. Some of them are more breakfast-y because I would often start the day out with this meal.
- Creamy butternut squash bowl: butternut squash sauce served over 2/3 cup of kale that was sauteed in 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, 1/2 cup of boiled quinoa, and 3/4 cup of cannellini beans (from a can, because I’m classy)
- Burrito bowl: 3/4 cup black beans (yup, canned again), 1/2 cup boiled brown rice, 1/2 cup pico de gallo (um store bought… go ahead and judge me), 1/2 cup sliced onions and green bell peppers sauteed in 1 tsp olive oil with some coriander, cumin, and chili powder, and a generous splash of lime juice.
- Fixate brown rice porridge but without the toppings; keep the cocoa powder in there, sweeten it with a couple of drops of liquid stevia instead, and add 1 teaspoon of cocoa nibs. Dry fried tofu sticks and some steamed frozen veggies on the side. We’re not fancy over here.
- Meaty chili but instead of all that TVP business, I just added some Gardein ground crumbles, served over 1/2 cup of some hearty grain like kamut or farro (or just brown rice, whatev)
- Mushroom stew served over 1/2 cup of white quinoa, topped tofu cubes tossed in 1 teaspoon olive oil and baked to crispiness
- Turmeric mushroom pilaf, (with adjusted ingredient ratios), with some navy beans
- A double portion of charred corn salad from Fixate, with 3/4 cup black beans mixed in
- Blender tofu curry but with more tofu than the recipe calls for, and add some steamed frozen broccoli florets, serve over brown rice
- Lacto-ovo option: Cauliflower hash browns (I put mine in the waffle maker instead of cooking them on the stove! Hash brown waffles are awesome!) topped with a sunny-side up egg, and a side of oatmeal with chai spice mix and vanilla extract (I added almond butter to mine to make it creamier, since I used no butter to cook my hash browns. I love my new waffle maker.)
Meal option 1: 1 green + 1 red + 1 teaspoon
I found that this meal makes an excellent after-dinner snack, because it’s light enough to eat close to bedtime, but still brings in some pre-sleep protein to aid muscle repair and growth.
- Roasted tempeh and broccoli with peanut sauce (peanut sauce = peanut butter, rice vinegar, lime juice, minced ginger, crushed red pepper flakes)
- Chickpeas and cubed butternut squash, tossed in olive oil with cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, and roasted
- Baked pakora everything! But in my case, green beans and tofu.
- Vegan ricotta cheese dip with veggie sticks
- Lacto-ovo option: pina colada yogurt from Fixate, and baked kale chips with nutritional yeast
Meal option 3: 2 green + 1 purple + 1 red + 1 orange
This is the biggest meal of the day. It’s so many containers that I usually ended up splitting it into a main meal and some sort of a side dish.
- Spiralized summer squash noodles with tomato sauce, gardein meatballs, and sliced green olives
- Shredded brussels sprouts and baked chickpea croutons with vegan caesar dressing, and chia pudding made with half a banana, mashed, 1 cup soy milk, 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract, and 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Chopped kale Greek salad (nutritional yeast instead of cheese) with dry fried tofu and a side of fruit
- Mediterranean spaghetti squash with tofurky chik’n, and a side of fruit
Meal option 4: 1 green + 1 purple + 1 blue
A bit of a weird combo, I found that usually the blue container would be paired with either the green or the purple container, and the other would be more of a side dish.
- Carrot salad: 1 cup shredded carrots, 1 cup shredded apples, chopped pecans, tons of cinnamon, and a splash of lemon juice (pictured at the top of this post, before being mixed)
- Cucumber hummus rolls from Fixate (try it with flavored hummus–I like the store-bought carrot and sriracha flavor) and pomegranate seeds
- Baba ganoush with veggie sticks for dipping, and fruit
- Homemade nacho cheese Doritos flavored hummus, veggie sticks for dipping, and fruit
- Lacto-ovo option: spaghetti squash pizzas!
If you’re about to start the program or already in the middle of it, enjoy your 80 days of Autumn! If you’re curious about any of the above meal ideas but baffled by how I made it fit the containers, don’t be shy, reach out! And feel free to share any fantastic 80DO meal ideas I may have missed.