As you go through your clean eating journey, you will begin adding more meals and snacks to the mix, but don’t make it difficult in the beginning. If you want to be successful and live a cleaner lifestyle, then it should start simple. Here are some meal ideas when you are just starting out with clean eating.
Components for a Balanced Clean Meal
Before getting into the meal ideas, it helps to know what to include in each of your meals and snacks. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks between meals, and any desserts you want to enjoy. For clean eating and to stay full, you want to be sure you have healthy carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein with every meal. These together provide enough energy for your day and ensure you are getting the nutrients you need.
An added bonus is that cravings for snack foods will begin to diminish because your will feel fuller for longer and satiated.
Make Meal-Building Simple
If you are new to meal planning, here is a simple formula:
1 protein + 1 carbohydrate + 1 fruit or vegetable + 1 healthy fat
This can be adjusted as needed, but it is a good way to figure out your meals. For example, a very simple meal might include salmon (protein), brown rice (carb), broccoli (vegetable) and olive oil (fat) that was used to cook your salmon. This simple formula makes it easy to put meals together.
Use Ingredients More Than Once
Another tip that is going to help you with your first week’s worth of clean eating meals is to choose ingredients you can use more than once. This allows you to save money and simplifies both the grocery shopping and cooking processes. For example, you can get a whole rotisserie chicken that easily works for more than one meal, and buy your rice in bags and cook in larger batches to be used for multiple lunches and dinners.
Now for some meal ideas. These are just a few easy ways to put breakfast, lunch, and dinner together. There are of course many other options.
Breakfast – Avocado toast w/whole grain bread = mashed avocado, and poached eggs on top for some added protein.
Lunch – Chicken salad with greens, cooked chicken, veggies, and some olive oil or avo as your fat.
Dinner – Chicken (same as used during lunch), quinoa w/black beans, and some roasted asparagus.
What's your easy clean eating go-to?
My fave for breakfast is chopped spinach cooked in ghee with 2 eggs cracked on top & mushed around to make an omelet with cheese & some sliced avo on top - It's delish!!
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