7-Day Clean Eating Challenge & Meal Plan #3

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Last updated on November 30th, 2021 at 10:05 am

Take this 7-Day Clean Eating Challenge for the first week of the next month to feel better, look better and have more energy to do the things you want. This healthy one-week meal plan again focuses on eating the best, most nutrient dense foods, without overstuffing our bellies.

Clean Eating Challenge Goal

So with every challenge, I like to have a little theme. The first one was simply eating clean for a full week. The second one was about eating lower-carb after 2 pm.

This month I want to keep only one thing in mind when it comes to cooking and to choosing meals when eating out: HYDRATION.

It’s about 16474,4 degrees outside and we need to stay hydrated to survive all the sweating and…yeah that’s it. When it’s too hot outside it’s way easier to get dehydrated, especially when you do physical exercise (gardening, walking – everything counts). You can only drink so much water, and so I want to focus more on consuming hydrating foods during this next month and this challenge.

Here are a few ways to eat your water.

Foods that are hydrating usually also contain the one or other vitamin and mineral, which is pretty awesome.

Benefits Of Staying Hydrated

Your body will thank you for this. Why? Because we’re basically made out of water. It makes up to 75% of the body weight of infants and around 55% of the body weight for the elderly. Staying hydrated comes with these benefits:

  • your skin will look better
  • you’ll have more energy
  • your memory will improve
  • you’ll have no headaches
  • your digestion & gut health will improve
  • you might lose weight

Story Time: My Reason For This Month’s Theme

Another reason for me, and I haven’t shared this yet, because it really sucked and it’s the reason I didn’t do a challenge at the beginning of June: I had a kidney stone. No idea where it fell from to end up in my kidney. That was some scary sh*t right there.

I was on vacation, alright? Not for a month, for 10 days only. I had the usual traveler digestive issues for 3-4 days. Then I had the stone right after for 2 full days.

This was the worst pain I had ever, EVERRRRRR experienced in my entire life. I thought I was dying. It was like a baby was squeezing my kidney like a toy and wouldn’t let go, even if you ask that little sucker politely. Smile and squeeze a little more, Stella can take it without passing out.

So I was in pain and throwing up, basically just water, for 2 days and then, suddenly, thank God, it stopped. And I could enjoy my last day on the trip without feeling like I’m gonna give birth to a kidney stone any minute now.

After I got back, I went to the doctor and she told me, I had another stone in my other kidney and that there was “sand” in each one. So now I’m again, crapping my pants that this will happen again.

I haven’t been eating perfectly this last year, I’m drinking coffee, but am I responsible for this? Probably a little bit. But it does run in the family, so I’m genetically predisposed to forming these stones. However, I do want to do my best and stay hydrated, eat healthy, exercise and see what happens.

On the bright side, this experience has really made me appreciate life without pain and I’m trying to enjoy every single moment of summer.

Clean Eating Grocery List

Now that this life-changing story is over, it’s time to look forward. Here’s the grocery list for the clean eating week.

Foods To Limit

During this challenge, we’ll, of course, be avoiding processed foods and drinks, but if you want to also put emphasis on hydration like me, avoid or limit these foods as well:

  • coffee (avoid)
  • nuts (limit & drink water or soak)
  • protein-rich foods (limit & drink water)
  • soy sauce/tamari (avoid)
  • fried foods (avoid)

Clean Eating Recipes For The Week

So lately I eat 2 main meals a day (breakfast and dinner – both quite big) and then have a small lunch and some snacks. When I crave ice cream, I either actually go get ice cream, which is a horrible thing to do, but that’s life. Or whenever I can, I make a smoothie or a smoothie bowl. For the clean eating week, I will challenge myself to not eat regular ice cream and have the patience to make a smoothie bowl instead or just drink water.

Now, I’ve always eaten intuitively, which means I don’t count calories and I try my best to eat only when I’m hungry. So this is the plan that I would follow with some snacks and I might eat a smaller or bigger portion of the one or the other recipe. You’ll notice a lot of chickpeas, olives, feta cheese and chicken happening in this meal plan – that’s what I’ve been craving lately, it might change, but for now this is what looks good for me.


  • Overnight Oats
  • Chia Pudding
  • Avocado Toast With Egg

Lunch & Dinner

  1. Avocado Salad With Everything
  2. Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  3. Avocado Chickpea Salad
  4. Mediterranean Bowl
  5. Tuna Chickpea Salad
  6. Shrimp and calamari in garlicky tomato sauce (will serve with some quinoa)
  7. Salmon Lettuce Wraps

Light Snacks

  • Watermelon
  • Melon
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Other seasonal fruit

“Sweet Tooth Meals”

  • Strawberry cheesecake smoothie bowl
  • Strawberry Peach Smoothie
  • Peach Smoothie


  • Water!!!!
  • Smoothies (here are 10 healthy ones)
  • Lemon water (here’s a recipe & benefits)

Meal Prep Tips

These recipes are quite easy to meal prep, at least their separate ingredients. For example – for the avocado salad with everything you’ll need some “cooked” chicken and for the chicken lettuce wraps – you’ll also need chicken. Thus you can either buy 12 oz of cooked chicken or cook it yourself all ahead, so you can prepare both recipes very quickly when it’s time to eat.

Other ingredients you can prepare for the week are:

  • quinoa
  • hummus or low-carb option
  • tzatziki / cashew sauce (you can use one or the other for the different recipes)

Alternatevely, you can also get store-bought tzatziki and hummus for these recipes. Keep different parts of the recipe (for example – hummus and chicken) in separate containers or compartments and your meals will be ready for the week!

Clean Eating Meal Plan

Please note, this is just an example of a meal plan and doesn’t need to be followed exactly. Thank you for your attention 🙂

Day 1

Breakfast: Chia Pudding or Overnight Oats (make the night before)

Lunch: Mediterranean Bowl

Dinner: Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Day 2

Breakfast: Chia Pudding or Overnight Oats (make the night before)

Lunch: Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Dinner: Tuna Chickpea Salad

Day 3

Breakfast: Chia Pudding or Overnight Oats (make the night before)

Lunch: Tuna Chickpea Salad

Dinner: Avocado Salad With Everything

Day 4

Breakfast: Chia Pudding or Overnight Oats (make the night before)

Lunch: Avocado Salad With Everything

Dinner: Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Day 5

Breakfast: Chia Pudding or Overnight Oats (make the night before)

Lunch: Avocado Chickpea Salad

Dinner: Shrimp and Calamari in Garlicky Tomato Sauce (will serve with some quinoa or probably some good bread and will only use shrimp)

Day 6

Breakfast: Avocado Toast With Egg

Lunch: Tuna Chickpea Salad

Dinner: Shrimp and Calamari in Garlicky Tomato Sauce (will serve with some quinoa or probably some good bread and will only use shrimp)

Day 7

Breakfast: Avocado Toast With Egg

Lunch: Mediterranean Bowl

Dinner: Salmon Lettuce Wraps (recipe is for 2)

Whew, that’s all! That was a little too much planning for me, but I always find it better to have some plan, than to just eat whatever. If you’re getting serious about eating healthier this year (even if it’s the middle of the year) – have at least some plan. Maybe you don’t like some of these recipes – find healthy recipes you like, make a meal plan for a few days or a week and try to cook more often, see what happens – how you feel, how you look…everything.

I hope you enjoy this meal plan and the recipes if you decide to give it a try and I hope you’re enjoying your summer!

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