I found myself in a really crazy, unhealthy spot a month ago. I was concurrently taking antibiotics for a sinus infection, along with steroids for said infection, a muscle relaxer for a strained muscle and had a pain shot for the pain from said strained muscle which I was instructed not to take with my headache pill because they would not react well together. I looked at all of that and just stopped. I don’t want to be taking all of that. It just shows how unhealthy my whole life is. I don’t fault the doctors for just layering all of that on, they can’t be the only director of our health at this point. Gone are the days where they truly care about our overall health and focus more on the ailment at hand. Which leaves us to be the controller of our temple. And my temple was falling apart. In conjunction with Andrea’s challenge, I decided that I need to make some changes in my life. And I’m starting with food. I attribute all my cellulite to processed foods and see that my kids are consuming an awful lot of junk food in our crazy, busy life. So while I am not going whole hog (I refuse to throw away the food that is in my freezer and cupboard simply to start over – there is far too much money invested in that to throw it away), I am changing our meals a little at a time and taking this time to really learn about clean eating. My kids don’t love it but they are trying. My husband is totally on board. And I have to say, aside from trying to get in enough protein to keep me feeling full, the food has been delicious! I wanted to share a few of the things I have made recently with you. So feel free to change these up to suit whatever your diets needs or flavor preferences are. And not all of these recipes might not be the cleanest as written, I know I can modify them to be.
Fantastic Clean Eating Recipes
This cold, roasted veggie farro salad is AMAZING! I brought this to a barbecue and everyone loved it. I was able to make most of it the day ahead so it is a great entertaining recipe. I left the cheese out of mine but served it for anyone else who wanted it. And the leftovers were fantastic too!
A strawberry vinaigrette? Yes! SO good! Perfect on baby spinach and chicken and whatever. I have not made her whole salad recipe as she has it in this post, I just wanted to try out the dressing recipe for my son who doesn’t like salads. This didn’t make him like salads. But it made me love this dressing.
I’ve been addicted to popcorn because I get snacky and feel like it is probably a pretty safe, clean bet. Well, probably better than cheetos. I have not tried this Sea Salt and Coconut Popcorn recipe yet but it seems like the perfect snack when you need a little treat.
I made this strawberry chia seed jam to replace the hopped up stuff I had been putting on my kid’s sammies. Chia seeds are amazing. They sort of congeal making the fresh cooked strawberries not runny but, duh, like jam. And it tastes amazing! And it is super easy. And you can see how you could use all different kinds of berries to make more combos. Mmmmmmms, maybe a little ginger peach chia jam for my oatmeal?
I have not made this yet but how crazy does this coconut “bacon” sound? I know it will probably never really take the place of legit bacon but I love coconut and might be another great way to add some texture to salads. I try not to have too many nuts around the house because of an allergy so sometimes my salads aren’t as well-balanced, texturally speaking.
I’ve started a clean eating board on Pinterest if you want to find more recipes to try out. And don’t forget to browse Andrea’s site for some REALLY helpful posts on healthy swaps and how to handle the prep involved for making clean eating meals a priority.