Houston foodies make healthy eating a Snap
Can you change your life in 21 days?
That's the premise behind the Snap Kitchen 21 Day Challenge, which dared 21 local celebrities from Houston and Austin — including Blue Apron Caterers' Chip Hight, stylist Cerón, photographer Julie Soefer and CultureMap editor-at-large Shelby Hodge — to pause their regularly scheduled dining habits and switch to Snap's chef-prepared meals and snacks for three weeks.
Challenge completed, the 11 Houston participants met up inside the Kirby store to celebrate and share their experiences Tuesday night. The goal? For some, weight loss. And for others, better skin and healthier living.
How easy is it to stay on board this reduced calorie program for 21 days straight? Life, as we all know, can get a little crazy. Several participants traveled throughout the three week period and all are busy with full schedules and little free time. Can the program keep up with the hectic pace?
“I drove out of town today with my food in the car. It was actually nice not to have to rely on a gas station for snacks and lunch," said Studio Communications principal Stuart Rosenberg. "The salads have been really tasty but my favorites have been the chimichurri and paleo dishes." Soefer professed her love for the breakfast egg scrambles while Claridge + King's Laurann Claridge said her favorite was the quinoa-based truffle mac and cheese.
Even with only one cheat day per week, weight loss and clean living proved attainable for some as public relations pro Mark Sullivan, Ceron and Soefer each shed almost 10 pounds. The program focuses on lifestyle changes with an emphasis on being more aware of portion sizes, eating throughout day and counting calories.