What Is Clean Eating?
In its simplest explanation, clean eating is limiting highly processed products and gravitating to more wholesome foods. It considers the basics of foods and their preparation, along with appreciating their origin and how they benefit the body. And rather than focusing on food restriction or calorie counting, clean eating heartens the importance of quality ingredients rather than the fixation of quantity. The recipes below comprise whole foods into numerous and desirable flavors, all without the need for extensive manipulation or unnecessary ingredients!
Clean Eating, Healthier Food Recipes
1. Overnight Oats
Oats are a notorious whole grain supplying significant fiber, iron, and folate, though the nutritious breakfast staple oftentimes becomes bombarded with sugar and butter. Ditch the oat packets loaded with artificial flavorings and additives and opt for one of these healthful overnight oat recipes.
2. Cinnamon Apple Pancakes
Naturally-sweetened and grain-free, these cinnamon apple pancakes are prepared almond flour as an alternative to refined pancake mix or wheat flour. Not only are they low in carbohydrates, but are high in fiber and protein, a nutritional trifecta mostly absent in pancakes!
3. Veggie Hash
Eating veggies in the morning may be difficult for some, though compiling into a single hash can be a simple and nutritious way to start the day. This one-skillet veggie hash features sweet and red potatoes, onion, peppers, Swiss chard, and other veggies, though feel free to swap or add other favorites. Top with a sunny-side up or poached egg for added protein and healthy fat.
4. No-Bake Granola Bars
Although granola bars are thought to be a healthful breakfast option, the individually-wrapped bars purchased from the store tend to be loaded with unnecessary sugars, refined flours, and other unnecessary ingredients. Enjoy not only the convenience of these granola bars for an on-the-go breakfast, but just how simple and nutritious they are.
5. Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
Conquer that chocolate craving with this high-protein smoothie! Not only does it feature the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but utilizes fresh ingredients to defeat any ounce of guilt.
6. Bean and Barley Soup
Not only is this bean and barley soup packed with protein and fiber, but is also vegetarian-friendly! Along with the fire-roasted diced tomatoes and spinach, add bell peppers, carrots, and other preferred veggies.
7. Quinoa Fruit Salad
So fresh, so vibrant, and so clean! This quinoa fruit salad bursts with fresh fruits to offer valuable nutrients for an easy-prep, light lunch option.
8. Avocado Shrimp Mason Jar Salad
In a clean mason jar layer from bottom to top: lime juice, olive oil, diced bell peppers, sliced avocado, deveined and cooked shrimp, cilantro and red pepper flakes for a clean eating, on-the-go salad. Find more delicious and healthy mason jar salad recipes here.
9. Lettuce Wraps
Swap out dense bread loafs with light lettuce leaves! These 15 lettuce wraps not only cuts calories and carbs, but offers the body invaluable nutrients. If deciding to use deli meat, have the butcher slice freshly slice it straight from the deli to lessen sodium content.
10. Chicken Burrito Bowl
Featuring chicken, brown rice, beans, and peppers, this burrito bowl is packed with fiber and protein. The bowls can also be extremely versatile, including the use of quinoa, sirloin, pork, onion, and other desired burrito ingredients.
11. Jalapeno Turkey Burger
Incorporating fresh ingredients and packed with lean protein, this spicy jalapeno burger is sure to awaken the taste buds without the worry of excess fat intake. Place burger in a lettuce cup and top with favorite fresh garnishes, including tomato, onion, for a low-carb option. Ditch the oil-laden French fries and pair the burger with these glorious grilled potatoes.
12. Greek Stuffed Peppers
Utilizing wholesome ingredients, this bistroMD recipe combines Mediterranean and Greek flavors for a twist on traditional stuffed peppers, while also serving as a vegetarian dinner option.
13. Lemon Chicken
The use of minimal ingredients cultivates into one maximum meal in this lemon chicken recipe! Along with the asparagus mentioned, pair with other roasted veggies, including zucchini, peppers, and carrots.
14. Citrus Marinated Shish Kabobs
Most marinades are dense in sugar and oil, tarnishing the healthful benefits of lean proteins and veggies they mostly flavor. But this bistroMD recipe combines citrusy and fresh flavors to enhance lean beef, doing so without unnecessary additions.
15. Pork Tenderloin with Cabbage and Apple Slaw
The richness of pork tenderloin and crunchiness of cabbage and apples are nothing short of satisfying in this simple, yet healthy recipe.
Snacks and Treats
Chips and dip is a frequented combo come snack time, though they mostly tend to offer nothing more than salt, fat, sugar, or even a mixture of all. Clean up the ingredients with this nutritious edamole recipe, featuring protein-packed edamame and fresh herbs.
17. Yogurt Popsicles
Rather than falling into the temptation of popsicles in the freezer section, prepare them at home! Doing so offers ingredient control as well as the freedom to play with flavors. Avoid unwanted artificial additives and create these nutritious and clean homemade yogurt popsicle recipes!
18. Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Although each ingredient of chocolate and peanut butter offers health benefits in their own personal way, the commercialized flavor duo has more than likely become injected with added sugars. Strip away from unwanted ingredients and enjoy the raw flavors of chocolate and peanut butter in this healthy PB cup recipe!