How to Eat Clean and Actually Enjoy It

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Eating clean is a great way to incorporate more healthy choices into your eating habits without having to cut off any crucial nutrients. Read this article for a more detailed view and treat yourself and your family with some of our favorite dinner recipes.

Weight loss is pretty easy compared to the struggle of making that loss sustainable. As we’ve all learned on the harder way, that’s where the real challenge lies maintaining your weight loss requires some permanent dietary changes that will be both healthy and satisfying. Eating clean encourages a lifestyle defined by exercising at least three times a week and consuming as many unprocessed, natural and home-prepared whole foods as possible.

These include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and non-fat diary. On the other hand, it advocates the exclusion of highly-processed foods containing artificial ingredients, preservatives, added sugars and trans fats. That sounds rather simple and reasonable, right?

Yet, many people experience certain difficulties when challenged to cut back on white flour, sugary drinks, salty snacks, fried foods and alcohol with the typical modern eating pattern we all share, this diet plan sure requires a decent amount of self-discipline. Eating healthy 100% of the time isn’t quite easy when you’re constantly being tempted by junk food, but you can make a good start by significantly limiting your unhealthy choices.

And clean eating is by no means a starvation technique – you actually get to eat a lot of great food!

  • Start by preparing your traditional three meals, then cut them in half and try to eat a portion every three hours. – Each meal should consist of minimally processed ingredients.
  • Each meal should count between 200-400 calories. 
  • Each meal should include complex carbs and proteins. 
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
  • Consume an adequate amount of healthy fats every day.
  • Regardless of your cooking skills, switching to a healthier lifestyle requires you to prepare most of your meals. That way you’ll know exactly what’s in your meal and you’ll enjoy it more!

Don’t worry, there are a lot of light-cooking 30-minute meal recipes that are absolutely delightful and can help you get started.

Here’s a great recipe that’s less than 400 calories per serving!

Chicken & Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients:

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, 6 ounces each
1 1/2 pounds broccoli, chopped (680 grams)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tomato, sliced (90 grams)
2 sprigs basil, thinly chopped
4 slices fresh mozzarella (28 grams per slice)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Slice the chicken breasts in half and season them with salt and pepper. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, mustard and olive oil, toss in the broccoli and spread everything out onto a sheet pan. Sprinkle some salt and roast it for 25 minutes.

Grill the chicken on both sides for about 2 minutes in a grill pan over medium-high heat, then transfer it to the oven and cook for another ten minutes,adding the mozzarella in the last two minutes of cooking. Top the chicken and broccoli with basil and tomato slices.

Servings: 4

Nutritive value (per serving): Calories: 341; Total fat: 20 grams; Saturated fat: 6 grams; Monosaturated fat: 8 grams; Cholesterol: 60 milligrams; Carbohydrate: 18 grams; Fiber: 6 grams; Protein: 26 grams; Sodium: 502 milligrams.

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Author: Jen Adair

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