Clean eating can be easy or complicated, it really depends on how much time you want to spend in the kitchen and how much you enjoy cooking. In either scenario, many of could benefit from keeping things simple when we are looking to clean up our acts!
Having a set of go to meals that you can reach for without much thought takes the guess work out of hitting your daily veggie/fruit/protein goals. This is one of the premises behind Jackie Warner’s 10 pounds in 10 days book and I’ve heard it many other times. Her plans are bit too dry for me, but I have to admit it the overall premise works.
For everyone (all 500 of you!) doing the 30 Day Ab Challenge getting things right in the kitchen is important, so here are a few quick, easy, no brainer ideas. I’d love to hear yours!
Eggs and Veggies
Look at that you can even find them when traveling! This is my go to breakfast because it keeps me full for hours.
Above pictured omelet from Wildberry in Chicago, but at home my quick scramble consists frequently of: 1 egg, 2 egg whites, 1/2 cup broccoli, 1 cup spinach, 1/4 red pepper, salsa, avocado, salt and pepper. FAST…increasing my veggie count and filling. Not an egg fan? Try tofu scramble. (I think you are missing out)
This can be made in a WIDE variety of ways and I’ve found it’s a great breakfast or evening snack.
1/4 cup gluten free oats
1/4 cup shredded carrots (yes I put veggies everywhere I can)
3/4 cup water
After cooked some liquid remains so mix in 1 scoop of protein powder and blueberries OR a little less water and chia seeds OR nut butter.
Again I love this in a variety of ways…it allows for a huge variety of veggies and some spice to kick up the metabolism! It’s another option that you can often find when traveling with very little creativity.
Peppers chopped (all colors)
Proteins: black beans, ground turkey or checkout lentil tacos
Checkout the green smoothie starter guide for some initial recipes!
Sweet Potato Fries
Seriously I have to be careful with these! I truly believed that I hated sweet potatoes because my only experience was those crazy sweet things at holidays…but apparently a plain baked sweet potato tops my list of YUM. Easy peasy and I serve it with a little chicken salad:
Slice up (thinner to cook crispier)
Spray with olive oil mister
Paprika, salt, pepper
Cook on single sheet at 425 for 30-45 min - Times seem to vary with our toaster oven, my preferred appliance.
Dessert hummus (I call it protein cookie dough)
Recipe option: Blend the following- 1 cup cooked chickpeas, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup apple sauce, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, flax egg, 1 dropper vanilla stevia…then your choice of fruit! You can also add in nut butter ( I just tend to eat my nut butter plan for maximum enjoyment.)
Almonds and apple
Celery and hummus
1/2 grapefruit and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
Let’s hear your favorite simple clean eating meals!
I am grateful for sleeping through early morning flights to ensure I can get crackin’ on the day ahead!