Every year millions of people resolve to lose weight starting on January 1. And every year most of those folks feel like failures around February 1 because they couldn’t stick to their new diet routine.
I totally get it.
I know a little something about losing weight. I’ve lost close to one hundred pounds over the past three years. Let me tell you-it wasn’t easy. I had to change the way I looked at food. You know, stop eating because I was stressed or emotional, when I wasn’t hungry or just because Scandal was on. Gradually, I added more activity to my days. Yep-I started exercising. But I knew exercise alone wasn’t going to cut it. So, after researching all of my options, I chose to go with the clean eating diet.
A clean eating diet helps you lose fat and weight and increases your energy and overall well-being. Other benefits include skin clarity, hair strength, and sleep quality. As a thirty something year old with three kids I needed help with all of those! Especially sleep!
Clean eating is more of a lifestyle than a diet. Nothing is strictly off limits, which is probably one of the reasons the clean eating diet is so popular. Simply put, clean eating means choosing to eat more natural foods and less processed ones.
Here are a few basic principles of clean eating.
Eat 6 Small Meals Per Day
Always Eat Breakfast
Eat Lean Protein & Complex Carbs in Every Meal
Eat 2-3 Servings of Healthy Fats Every Day
Drink 2-3 Liters of Water Every Day
So, are you ready to start eating clean? Here’s a few of my favorite recipes to help you start! Most of these are easy to prepare with ingredients that can be found in any local store. (Since I’m living it up in a small town I don’t even consider recipes with words I don’t understand. My apologies to the foodies. My three-kid lifestyle prevents me from traveling for groceries!)
Healthy Banana Muffins | Sprinkled With Health
Peanut Butter & Strawberry Oatmeal | Easy Living Today
Spinach, Artichoke, & Sun-Dried Tomato Egg White Muffins | Sprinkled With Health
Strawberry Banana Shake | Easy Living Today
Paleo Monkey Bread | My Natural Family
Mini Egg Frittatas | i Heart Naptime
Berry-Quinoa Smoothie Bowl | EatWell 101
Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars | Simply Quinoa
Clean Eating Turkey Wraps | The Gracious Pantry
Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps | Popculture
Easy Ginger Garlic Noodles | fooduzzi
Fiesta Bowl Salad | Fitness Magazine
Berry Smoothie Bowl with Coconut | Popculture
Greek Salad with Pita Croutons | Fitness Magazine
Clean Eating Tuna Salad | The Gracious Pantry
One Pot Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles | Life Made Sweeter
Clean Eating Taco Soup + Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe | Grounded & Surrounded
Slowcooker recipe alert! I love a good crockpot, instant pot, or whatever we are calling them now, meal!
Clean Eating 30 Minute Chili | Clean Eating Recipes
5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken with Asparagus | Pinch of Yum
One-Pan Pesto Chicken & Veggies | Julia’s Album
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs with sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, cherry tomatoes in a fabulous pesto sauce. Tastes like you slaved away in the kitchen-but you didn’t.
Sheet Pan Steak & Veggies | Damn Delicious
Tender steak with potatoes and broccoli all on one pan! Easy to make and easy to clean!
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Paleo Baked Chicken | My Natural Family
This chicken is so tender it falls off of the bone! The fact that it’s healthy is just a bonus!
Paleo Skillet Beef Fajitas | A Healthy Life for Me
Winter Minestrone Soup | Making Thyme for Health
Skillet Parmesan Chicken Thighs | Joyful Healthy Eats
Clean Eating Skillet Meatloaf | The Gracious Pantry
Clean Eating Slow Cooker Mexican Casserole | The Gracious Pantry
One Pan Healthy Italian Sausage & Veggies | Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Thai Salmon | iFoodreal
Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts | Basil & Bubbly
Quick & Easy Brown Sugar Herb Pecans | fooduzzi
Chewy Vegan Cookie Dough Cookies | fooduzzi
Healthy Sweet Potato Chips | Easy Living Today
Peanut Butter Energy Bites | Chef Savvy
Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bark | Go Eat & Repeat