I can’t tell you how good I feel doing this clean eating stuff. I’ve lost weight, my stomach has lost the bloat I normally rock, and I just feel healthy. Now, I’m no expert on the whole clean thing, but my interpretation of it is working just fine for us.
What is okay to eat?
Whole Grains (Brown rice, quinoa, barley, whole wheat)
Meats (Organic as much as possible)
What is bad to eat?
Dairy is on some people’s bad list. Not mine. I eat less cheese than I used to, but lots of plain greek yogurt.
Alcohol. You think I cut this out completely? Funny. I have cut back though.
Basically the idea is to stop eating crap. Look at the ingredients list. If it has more than 4-5 ingredients, chances are it’s processed crap. I’m amazed at how empty my pantry has become and how full my fridge has gotten in doing this. I’ve amped up the fiber and protein with beans, flax seeds and wheat germ. You have to stay full to prevent eating junk and you need to eat every 3 hours or so.
This takes planning ahead. Make extra of your dinner and eat it for lunch the next day. Chop and clean veggies so they are ready for a quick snack. You can even grill up a bunch of chicken on the weekend and put it over your salad during the week.
I’m sharing with you the recipes for one of my favorite go-to lunches, Mexican Quinoa Salad. It’s easy, it stores in the fridge and last several days.
2 cups cooked quinoa (make extra at dinner!)
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 can black beans, drained (or better, use dry beans that you cook)
1/2 cup of sharp cheddar, cut into small cubes (you can leave this out)
3/4 cup salsa (I use my homemade clean salsa, recipe here)
2 Tbsp lime juice
Mix all together, refrigerate and serve cold. It gets better as it sits and soaks up the flavor!
I’m in the process of perfecting some recipes that I’ve come up with and I’ll be sharing those with you as my family gives me 2 thumbs up!