It’s unhealthy to have an all-or-nothing mentality. Eating clean is not about being perfect; it’s about making the best choice as often as possible and working to be healthier and stronger every day. Getting all your nutrients will fill you with vigor and energy, improving your body, mind, and mood. Below, we have compiled the 50 Ways to Eat Clean, plus included clean recipes throughout. These tips are meant to be a guide to help you become a little healthier and a bit stronger each day.
1. Start your day with a glass of water.
The first thing we consume in the morning awakens our metabolism and starts our digestive system. For many of us, this means coffee. If our coffee comes in the form of a sugary blended drink, our digestive track will be hit with a full dose of sugar before it’s fully revved up. A glass of water will wake up your body without any excess sugar or fats. You can always spruce up your mornings with Lemon Ginger Detox Drink.
2. Eat breakfast.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all. A balanced breakfast will kickstart your metabolism and provide all-day energy. Recent research has found that people who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat throughout the day. Not to mention it’s easier to get out of bed when you know you have a delicious meal waiting for you! If your morings are busy, no worries, make these quick and clean Individual Egg & Spinach Bowls.
3. Work sugars out of breakfast.
For the same reason that a sugary coffee is detrimental in the morning, a sugar-filled breakfast can leave you feeling slow and groggy. Avoid putting too much sugar in your oatmeal and save starchy breakfasts such as pancakes for special occasions. Instead, experiment with high-protein, high-fiber recipes such as this avocado and poached egg sandwich, or these parmesan and red pepper frittatas.
4. Make your breakfast larger and your dinners smaller.
Many of us think of breakfast as the smallest meal of the day, with dinner being the largest. Our bodies actually work better in reverse. A hearty breakfast with lean proteins, healthy fats, and slow-digesting carbs will give you energy throughout the day and work to fend off cravings. A large dinner can lead to restless sleep or interrupted digestive processes. Check out Skinny Bell-Pepper Nacho Boats for a high protein, low-carb lightened up dinner.
5. Train yourself to use less sweetener.
Even if you use a natural sweetener like honey, too much sugar has a negative effect on your health. Processed or unprocessed, sugar quickly makes its way into your bloodstream, causing spikes and weight gain. Train yourself to use less sweetener by slowly decreasing the amount you put in your coffee and oatmeal. Grab this recipe for Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with only 7 grams of sugar.
6. Focus on incorporating more healthy foods.
If your main focus is to stay away from chocolate, a healthy diet can seem restrictive. Instead of eliminating your favorite foods, try incorporating more fruits and vegetables each day. Your body will be satisfied by the healthy items, leaving less room for sweets and junk foods. Remember that there’s always room for a treat as long as it’s enjoyed in moderation. If you have a sweet tooth but prefer a clean treat, get this recipe for Skinny Berry Parfait.
7. Eat seasonal produce.
Whenever possible, buy produce that is in season. This guarantees that you’ll get fresh fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets offer many great options at good prices. Git your Seasonal Produce Guide by Region.
8. Fight rumbling stomachs with fiber and protein.
Fiber and protein digest slowly, which means they can help you feel full longer. If you have long work or school hours, fiber and protein will keep your stomach from rumbling at inopportune moments. Ingredients such as beans, lentils, and quinoa are great for fighting rumbling stomachs. This Black Bean Quinoa Chili Bowl is ideal for packed lunches. It’ll give you energy to go all day.
9. Include healthy fats.
Healthy fats are essential to good health. They play an important role in proper brain and muscle function. Sources of good fats include avocado, nuts, seeds, and fish. Fatty fish such as salmon are packed full of essential Omegas that you need for proper brain function and good health. The best part is that salmon is a versatile ingredient that’s easy to make. Black Pepper Salmon has 34 grams of lean protein and is packed with healthy Omega-3’s.