What’s your resolution for the New Year? Is it organizing your life? Is it getting rid of household clutter? Is it spending more quality time with the family? Is it getting more exercise? Perhaps it is making better food choices for better health, like eating clean?
So what exactly is eating clean? Eating clean doesn’t always have to mean steamed vegetables and plain proteins. I love to shop along the outside of the grocery store. Take a look at your pantry and your refrigerator. Which of these has more abundance of foods? Which of these has a longer shelf life? We all know, the longer the shelf life, the more processed crud is crammed into the food right? But yet we still buy them! And the foods in our refrigerator are consumed quite quickly-because of their freshness factor!
You can learn more about clean eating in my friend Chris Freytag’s eBook and even WIN a copy from Chris herself! Chris Freytag is a nutritional and fitness expert who has literally helped me find a new and healthier self. I have followed Chris on Facebook for 2 years now, beginning with a motivational fitness group she started with her 10 Pound Slim Down workout series. I’ve used her eBook and love it! Check out my review on her page!
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Now the challenge. I challenge you this year to shop more on the outskirts of the grocery aisles and less in the middle. Buy whole wheat pastas and fresh herbs and vegetables and skip the packaged “helper” meals. Buy lowfat milk and natural cheeses and skip “cream sauces”. Stock up on packaged beans and lentils and skip the canned ones packed in sodium.
Orange is the new white! Substitute sweet potatoes for white. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables and avoid the ones sitting on the shelf for months. Eat more fruit! Fresh and frozen are all the rave.
Whole grains are cool! You don’t know how many times I’ve swapped whole grains in my kid’s food, or added oats to their pancakes and they had no clue. Make a cake from scratch and sneak in some whole wheat flour and ground flax seeds. Substitute apple sauce and fat free greek yogurt for the oil and butter in your baking. Look for raw cookie recipes like raw date cookies over butter filled sugar cookies.
Add plenty of healthy fat foods like avocados, olive and canola oil, nuts and seeds to your diet. And don’t forget that ever forgiving and satisfying rich dark chocolate. Consumed in moderation, it is a guilt free treat.
I spent the last month of last year preparing some additional clean eating meals for my family and readers. These meals are so rich and delicious, you will forget they are good for you. And some may be a bit higher in calorie, but added up with the healthy fats, they are still body beneficial.
Here are some of my original recipes, scattered from around the world.
America and Extra Fiber
Greece and Herbal Sauces
Greek Herb and Citrus Roasted Potatoes (try these with sweet potatoes!)
Cuba and a Juicy Burger
Italy and Tomatoes
Whole Wheat Stuffed Crust Personal Pizzas (sneaking in whole wheat for the kids)
China and Stir Fry
Mexico and Beans
India and Chicken
Thailand and Peanut Sauce
And the treats
So do you accept this challenge? A challenge to do good by your body and enrich yourself with good, clean nutrition. And your family’s?
What diet changes have you made this year? Please comment below and let me know if one of these meals is a favorite of yours!
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