Join the Second Annual Sunset Eat Fresh Challenge!

January 3, 2014 | By | Comments (7)

Sunset’s Fresh Food Challenge 2014, January 6-10


After months of holiday treats, meals, and drinks, we’re ready to hit reset and eat a little better—without denying ourselves real food! Starting Monday, January 6th, join our editors for five days of eating nothing but the West’s fresh, nutritious foods—lots of citrus, greens, almonds, and, for the ambitious, no processed sugar, booze or (gulp) caffeine. 

It’s not a cleanse—and definitely not a diet—just gentle encouragement to eat as many whole foods (lean proteins, produce, whole grains, and healthy fats) from as many local sources as possible. To get you started, here’s a short list of our favorite recipes, with extras to mix and match, plus a grocery list for the core recipes. We recommend using this weekend to stock up and make a few batches of the suggested recipes, or pot of soup or rice that you can pull from during the busy work week. 

Tune back in on Monday and follow along each day as our editors chronicle their vice-free week through videos and blog posts! And feel free to share recipes, struggles, and other resources on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #SunsetEatFresh.

Download the SunsetEatFresh_Plan with optional mix-and-match items.

Print the SunsetEatFresh_GroceryList



Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Toasted Pecans and Caramelized Bananas

Cranberry Green Tea Smoothie


Spicy Peanut, Carrot, and Snap Pea Wraps

Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Queso Fresco


Red Quinoa Bowl with Swiss Chard and Poached Egg

Chicken with Tomatoes, Apricots, and Chickpeas


Smoky Salmon Chive Spread with whole-grain crackers

Fruit and Nut Chewy Bars

Other resources:

Find CSAs and your local farmers’ market via Local Harvest.

Don’t have a car? These sources deliver CSAs and other local foods right to your door:

Washington: New Roots Organics

Oregon: Organics to You

L.A. and the Bay Area: Good Eggs

Bay Area: Farm Fresh to You

Colorado: Colorado CSA


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  6. Karen

    Where can I get local bananas as listed in the recipe for oatmeal? I think of them as tropical, not a California crop. Likewise I think of cranberries as regionally from New England.

    This sounds like a great challenge!

    January 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm
    • Aislyn Greene

      Hi Karen, thanks for joining us! That’s a really good point. It can be tough to buy local bananas, though it sounds like some SoCal co-ops carry them. One option is to buy from places like Whole Foods, which sell “Whole Trade” bananas, or to simply sub in a different fruit (maybe berries you froze over the summer, or dried local fruits).

      January 6, 2014 at 8:48 am

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