A Beginners Guide to Clean Eating: 22 Recipes to Get You Started
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A Beginners Guide to Clean Eating: 22 Recipes to Get You Started

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When it comes to healthy eating, nothing can really top clean eating recipes. More moderate than low-carb diets or low-fat ones, clean eating simply requires you to eat real, *unprocessed* foods. This means eliminating grains, dairy, sugars, and artificial ingredients, and instead choosing foods that can be prepared and consumed directly as they’re harvested. In other words, meats, vegetables, nuts, fruit, naturally occurring sugars, and starchy carbohydrates such as potatoes and gourds. If you’re ready to make the switch to healthy meals, these clean-eating recipes will take you from breakfast all the way through dessert.

Breakfast

1. Arugula, Asparagus, and Avocado Breakfast Salad: Start the day off right with heaps of fresh greens. Loaded with healthy fats, this breakfast salad will help you begin the day with nourishing Omega-3s to keep your hormones in  balance. (via Downshiftology)

2. Paleo Pumpkin Granola: While most cold cereals will be off the table once you start eating clean, a homemade granola with nuts, seeds, a light dusting of spices, and pure maple syrup is on-point. Oh, and did we mention the canned pumpkin? (via Jay’s Baking Me Crazy)

3. Paleo Zucchini Oatless Oatmeal: Zoats (that is, zucchini oats) took the world by storm earlier this year, and we’re obsessed. All you need to do to make this lower-carb oat alternative is grate your zucchini into a bowl of boiling water, then add the toppings of your choice once it’s cooked. (via Skinny Fitalicious)

4. Paleo Cinnamon Roll in a Mug: Trust us — mug cakes are your new best friend, especially for indulging on a Sunday morning. This one is made with completely whole foods, namely coconut oil, coconut flour, maple syrup, and a magical blend of spices. (via The Iron You)

5. Paleo Sweet Potato Toast: Sweet potato toast is a beloved standby for most clean eaters, and for good reason. When you’re no longer eating regular bread, you REALLY miss toast. Sweet potatoes make for an amazing substitution, and are packed with all kinds of vital nutrients — and flavor. (via The Dish on Healthy)

Lunch

6. Healthy Stuffed Tuna Avocado: Avocado is clean-diet-approved, as it’s packed with not only tons of vitamins and minerals, but also healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. These tuna-stuffed avos showcase the flavors of jalapeño and cilantro, as well as tuna, bell peppers, and lime. (via The Stay at Home Chef)

7. Carrot Raisin Pineapple Salad: This sweet salad would make for a fantastic substitution for cole slaw. When made with vegan mayo, it’s dairy-free, and it’s sweetened only with pure honey and natural fruits. We’d recommend serving this alongside a lean protein such as chicken or turkey. (via Noshtastic)

8. Roasted Paleo Butternut Squash Soup With Apple: The sweet flavors of apple and butternut squash are combined in this SUPER yummy, Paleo-friendly recipe. Make this warm, hearty soup so you can bring it with you to work and heat it up throughout the week. (via Noshtastic)

9. Clean Eating Turkey Chili: Speaking of hot soups, this turkey chili recipe is AMAZING at keeping you toasty on chilly winter days (see what we did there?). It’s also packed with protein, fiber, and healthy carbs to keep you full and satisfied. (via Dear Crissy)

10. Greek Tomato Cucumber Salad With Crispy Chickpeas: Pan-fried chickpeas are the secret in this crunchy, refreshing vegetarian salad. They pack in protein and are a much healthier alternative to croutons or chips. Add them just before serving so they retain their crispiness. (via Recipe Runner)

11. Detox Immune Boosting Chicken Soup: Check out this nutrient-packed chicken soup. It’s loaded with superfood ingredients like turmeric, garlic, mushrooms, chickpeas, and dark leafy greens, so you can eat well while fighting off colds. (via Eat Yourself Skinny)

Dinner

12. Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry: Use a healthy cooking oil, such as coconut oil, in place of vegetable or corn oils (those two are much more processed!). Bonus tip: To make this recipe completely gluten-free, spring for tamari instead of soy sauce. (via Dinner at the Zoo)

13. Sweet Potato Pizza Crust: This sweet potato crust is wholesome and totally gluten-free. A note of caution though: If you really want to make this recipe “clean,” you’ll want to prepare it without cheese. With so many delish ingredients, though, we doubt you’ll miss it. (via iFOODreal)

14. Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna: Here’s another replacement for a carb-heavy dinner fave: lasagna. The flavors of zucchini noodles are played up by onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and baby spinach. Leave off the Parmesan and replace the cottage cheese with coconut yogurt to keep this 100 percent dairy-free. (via iFOODreal)

15. Easy Healthy Baked Lemon Chicken: Sometimes, it’s the simplest dishes that really pack the most flavor. This juicy baked chicken recipe is no exception — chicken broth, lemon juice, honey, and garlic play up the flavors of free-range chicken breasts to DELICIOUS effect. (via La Creme de la Crumb)

16. Turkey, White Bean, and Kale Stew: This warm, hearty stew is brimming with flavor, protein, and nutrients. Bonus: This is another one you can cook ahead of time and reheat throughout the week. (via iFOODreal)

17. Turkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: These loaded sweet potatoes are an easy 20-minute meal you can throw together for busy weeknight dinners. Mix up the spice blend ahead of time as part of your meal prep; it may seem more time-consuming than using a pre-made taco seasoning, but it will help keep your sodium levels under control and allow you to customize to your taste. (via Cookin’ Canuck)

18. Spicy Shrimp With Cauliflower Mash and Garlic Kale: Tender shrimp, kale wilted in bacon fat, and a creamy cauliflower mash make for a nutritious upgrade on comfort food. Since bacon fat is so flavorful, you only need a small amount to impart a ton of flavor. (via Pinch of Yum)

Dessert

19. Healthy Avocado Brownies: One of the reasons desserts taste *so* good is because they employ two indulgent ingredients: a fat and a sugar. In these nourishing brownies, the fat comes from heart-healthy avocados, while the sugar comes from pure maple syrup and unsweetened applesauce. (via The Healthy Maven)

20. 2-Ingredient Banana Coconut Cookies: It really doesn’t get much simpler than this. As the title suggests, these little treats are made with just two healthy ingredients: bananas and coconut flakes. (via Fresh Planet Flavor)

21. Sautéed Apples: Okay, we lied. It *does* get a little simpler — you could literally just sauté some fresh apples and top them with cinnamon, coconut milk, and sea salt. (via Sweet Treats)

22. Raw Vegan Fudge Truffles: With only four ingredients, these decadent chocolate truffles are dangerously easy to whip up. With clean ingredients like dates and raw cacao, you’ll have zero guilt indulging in a couple of these when that sweet craving hits. (via Well and Full)

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(Additional reporting by Jessica Smith)