Clean eating is a growing trend in the world of dieting. In this article, we’ll look at what cleaning eating is and we’ll share some great clean eating recipes with you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well.
What Is Clean Eating?
Clean eating is a diet, but not in the sense of a short-term diet to lose weight. Clean eating is a method for achieving a healthier lifestyle where you try to put a little more mindfulness into your food choices.
There are a couple of basic principles to clean eating which include:
Eat more real foods – There’s a lot of artificial stuff in foods now. Part of clean eating includes getting rid of those fake foods and replacing them with natural, wholesome foods instead. If you’re wondering what it means to eat real food, think of most of the foods offered around the perimeter of the grocery store, instead of the food found in the aisles.
Eat for nourishment – A lot of people eat for taste or to feel full. Clean eating isn’t about starving yourself, but it’s not about eating whatever you can get your hands on to fill your stomach. If you’re clean eating, you’ll want to choose foods that have lots of vitamins and minerals. If you’re going to eat, you might as well feed your body and not just your stomach.
Eat plant-based foods – Fruits and vegetables have more vitamins, minerals, and fiber in them. That means they’re more filling, more nutritious, and better for you. Beans, lentils, peas, veggies, and fruit are all clean foods worth eating.
Live clean – Another part of clean living is clean eating. Proper exercise and sleep are just as important to a clean eater as the actual eating is. If you want to live a clean life, things like mindfulness, meditation, and stress management are all important as well.
If the above suggestions aren’t specific enough for you, just follow the advice below.
If you want to live and eat clean, make sure you eat:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Less meat
- Less processed foods
- Less added sugar
- Less sodium
Also make sure you:
- Pick environmentally friendly food options
- Practice stress management
- Get enough sleep
- Drink plenty of quality water
- Surround yourself with happy, healthy relationships
Once you understand the basics to clean eating you can then move on to meal planning and cooking clean and delicious clean eating recipes.
Clean Eating Recipes
Below we’ve compiled a couple of breakfast, lunch and dinner-for-two clean eating recipes that we’re sure you will enjoy.
Clean Eating Breakfasts
1. Mixed Berry Cobbler Smoothies
A smoothie is a great way to eat fruits and vegetables first thing in the morning. The mixed berry cobbler smoothie contains almond milk, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and Medjool dates. You can also use hemp seed milk or coconut milk if you’d prefer that.
This smoothie is super easy to meal prep for and takes very little time to make.
There are a variety of smoothie recipes you can try out besides the mixed berry cobbler smoothie. Fitness Magazine also has recipes like Spinach and Avocado, Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate Chia Cherry, Peach Milkshake, Banana and Coconut Water, Berry Flaxseed and Pomegranate, and Mellow Yellow Protein.
You can get all eight of these recipes here.
2. Pumpkin Papaya Superfood Acai Bowl
This clean and delicious acai bowl is perfect for those looking to eat clean for breakfast. It contains pumpkin, papaya, acai smoothie, banana, maca, cinnamon or pumpkin spice, and almond milk.
Get the recipe here.
3. Baked Eggs With Herbs
If you’re looking for a bit more protein or savor in your breakfast, this Baked Eggs With Herbs with eggs recipe is the way to go.
All you need is eggs, milk, chives, basil, salt, and pepper. If you’re looking to really avoid extra salt you can obviously skip the salt altogether. This dish takes about 15 minutes to bake but it’s so easy to put together.
Find the recipe here.
Clean And Delicious Lunches
1. Zucchini Noodle Salad With Smoky Chipotle Dressing
This zucchini noodle salad takes about 30 minutes to make but you get four servings. In other words, you get 4 lunches worth of clean eating. You’ll need red onion, lime juice, zucchini, Roma tomatoes, radishes, corn, olive oil, greek yogurt, chipotle chiles, adobo, adobo sauce, apple cider vinegar, honey, sea salt, black pepper, avocados, feta, and roasted pumpkin seeds.
Get the full recipe here.
2. Spicy Sweet Chicken & Peach Salad With Honeyed Pecans
This sweet and spicy chicken and peach salad is absolutely amazing. It’s full of flavor and full of nutrition. You’ll need Boston lettuce, grilled chicken, sugar snap peas, roasted red pepper, peaches, Sriracha balsamic vinaigrette, honeyed pecans, shredded cheddar.
Obviously, you can replace the chicken with a properly cooked and seasoned tofu if you want or just leave it off the salad entirely. It’s important to remember that the clean eating diet wants you to reduce your animal protein, but that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it entirely unless you want to.
Get the recipe here.
Clean Eating Dinner Ideas For Two
1. Arugula, Grape, And Sunflower Seed Salad
This is a fairly simple salad that is great to split between two people if both are in the mood for a large, dinner salad. You’ll need red wine vinegar, honey, maple syrup, stone-ground mustard, grapeseed oil, baby arugula, red grapes, sunflower seed kernels, thyme, salt, and ground pepper.
You can find the complete recipe here.
2. Vegetable Hash With Poached Eggs
Who doesn’t love a good hash? This vegetable hash has everything you love about hash without all of the grease and unnecessary sodium. You’ll need olive oil, sweet onions, red potatoes, herbes de Provence, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, kosher salt (if necessary,) black pepper, tomato, chives, parsley, white vinegar, eggs, and parmesan.
You can get the recipe here.
Make Clean Eating Easier
If this sounds like a lot of work, that’s because it is. Sure, you can meal prep and that will make it easier, but you still have to shop, prepare, cook, and clean every single meal if you’re looking to eat clean.
Unless you have Fresh n’ Lean.
Fresh n’ Lean is a healthy food delivery service which will bring you healthy, clean eating meals right to your front door. All of our food is low-sodium, dairy-free, organic, and mostly plant-based. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an easier, healthier, or tastier option than Fresh n’ Lean anywhere else.
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