Clean eating changes lives. From helping me properly recover from harder workout and race days, to improving my attitude and keeping me healthier overall - I am so thankful that I made this change in my nutrition. With experiences making recipes, and struggling through the easy and hard days - I doesn't just coach, I lives the philosophies that I teach.
That being said, clean eating can be very difficult to adhere to. Sometimes its the cooking/baking time that turns people off, and sometimes it's just not really understanding what is "clean."
This post will be devoted to all kinds of healthy, clean eating recipes that are easy to make and reheat if necessary (and they will be seasonal!). All recipes posted here will have been tried (and approved!) by my very own picky-eating self (gluten free, dairy free, gross-free) so they will also likely pass the "kid" test. :) Enjoy - and please feel free to make requests!
3 pieces of bacon
1lb shrimp shrimp
2C thinly sliced fennel bulb
1C grape tomatoes
1/2C thinly sliced red onion
9oz fresh baby spinach
2TBLS finely chopped shallots
3TBLS extra-virgin olive oil
1TBLS balsamic vinegar
1TSP Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings, and crumble. Add the shrimp to pan, and cook 2 minutes, turning once.
Combine bacon, 2 cups fennel, grape tomatoes, red onion, and baby spinach in a bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add the shrimp and balsamic mixture to spinach mixture; toss well.
Green Kale Smoothie
1C Fresh Kale (cut up)
1C Pineapple Pieces
1/2C Mango Pieces
1/2C Orange Juice (freshly squeezed, that's 1 orange!)
Add all ingredients into the blender for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Optional: Add cool designed bendy straws in and call it a day!
Why it's awesome: It has vital nutrients and minerals that can help you change your mood, get extra energy, and stay full longer. Add in chia seeds for a fuller taste!
Purple Berry Smoothie
1 frozen banana (skin removed and cut in chunks)
1/2C frozen blueberries
1/2C orange juice
1tbls chia seeds
1tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Place bananas, blueberries and juice in a blender, puree. Use honey and/or vanilla to taste. Use more or less liquid depending on the thickness you want for your smoothie.
Why it's awesome - Super healthy with just enough natural sugar to keep you away from candies! The chia seeds will fill you up and add some texture to this delicious shake!
Red Shrimp Curry
2 tbls Red Curry Paste
12oz Strained Coconut Milk
2C of fresh veggies - (peppers, broccoli, spinach, water chestnuts, peas, asparagus are my favorites, but add in some mushrooms, zucchini, etc for more veggies too!)
2C of quinoa, rice, or pasta
While the shrimp and quinoa/pasta/rice is cooking, cut (bite size!) and steam the fresh veggies in a pan with coconut oil. Add in coconut milk and bring to a low boil, add in curry paste and stir. For a thicker sauce, add in xantham gum or corn starch, Add in your cooked shrimp and choice carb source - serve and enjoy!
Why it's awesome - Super fast and easy - for any night when you get home late (like me!) and you want to order out / make box mac n cheese, but need to stay healthy. Lots of vitamins, flavor, and macros to help you feel full longer.
1lb Ground Turkey
2 Fresh Tomatoes
6 Cloves Diced Garlic
1 Diced Onion
1-2 Cans Tomato Puree
2 Cans Black Beans
2 Cans Kidney Beans
1 Can Chili Beans
1tbls Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1tbls Chili Powder
1tsp Cayenne Pepepr
*Serve with Rice, Greek Yogurt, and Low Fat Cheese
Mix all the ingredients together in a crockpot. Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 1-2.
Why it's awesome: In addition to being super macro friendly, this recipe is easy to assemble and forget about. Mix everything up the night or morning before you're ready for it, and it's great for the whole family. Perfect over whole wheat pasta, quinoa, or brown rice.
Spicy Sweet Potatoes
3-6 Whole Sweet Potatoes (Washed and Diced into 1x1 cubes)
As instructed or To Taste (I like things spicy!):
2tbls Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2tsp Cumin Powder
1tbls Chili Powder
4 Cloves Diced Garlic
1/4C Diced Onion
Boil Sweet Potatoes on med/high for 5-10 minutes. Strain, and add to frying pan with 1 tbls of coconut oil. Begin to fry sweet potatoes, add in spices, garlic, and onions. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until heated and thoroughly mixed. Serve and enjoy the goodness!
Why it's awesome: sweet potatoes are a great source of magnesium, which helps with stress (!), and they're also great for your heart, arteries, bones, and brain! why not!?
No Bake Energy Bites
(WARNING: these are addicting)
1C Natural Cranberries (no sugar added)
1C Shaved Almonds (unsalted)
1C Shaved Coconut (no sugar added)
1/2C Enjoy Chocolate Chips (Vegan/Dairy Free!)
1/2C Chia Seeds
1C Gluten Free Oatmeal
1-1.5C All Natural Peanut Butter (Drain off extra oil before pouring in)
1/4C Natural Honey
If your diet is low on sodium - feel free to add some.
Mix all ingredients together into one bowl - adding more peanut butter/honey ratio if it seems dry or if not sticking together. Make them into bite size balls (kids love these, and so do adults!), or form into a bar shape and let set.
Why it's awesome: these bites hit the sweet spot without weighing you down from eating that candy you wanted (it's ok, i wanted it too!). Replace your afternoon candy treat with these and you'll be feeling better in no time. The chia seeds help fill you up, and the oatmeal gives you the fiber you need to keep going all day long.