Growing Organically | Clean Eating
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If you know me at all or even a little bit, you probably know that I have a major sweet tooth. It’s pretty bad. I literally crave sweets all the time. Candy, ice cream, cookies, you name it; they are all my downfall. Since none of those are healthy for me or my waistline (I am getting older, you know), I have decided that this month for my growing organically series I would make a conscious effort to eat clean. Clean eating and working out (I will touch on working out in the near future) are two of the things that I have the hardest time with and I think that the majority of people can relate; especially moms. How do you find the time to make healthy and nutritious meals when you are running after one kid (or a few) and are trying not to be late for every. single. appointment. (You’re not alone.) It can be tough. But you know what? It can be done! I’m sharing some of the things that I did this month for my clean eating mission that I think you and your family would love!
The good thing about me is that I love food. Maybe a little too much. And I love all different kinds of food from all different cultures. (Except Ethiopian food. That’s the only one that I haven’t really gotten into yet.) So when I decided that June was going to be the month for clean eating, I told myself that I had to find foods that would be easy for me to pick up and/or make because of my crazy schedule. This way I could be fueling my body with the type of foods that it really needs and not craves.
I wake up around 7am each morning to start my day. (Mind you, I normally go to sleep anytime between 11pm and 2am – just depends on how much I have to do for BBP and Baby Chick that day.) When you have a full day of appointments, phone calls, projects due and your family’s schedules to take care of, you must start your day off with a good, healthy meal. Here are some of my go-to’s!
I use a whole wheat tortilla with one egg (over medium) and I spread some guacamole first. I then add the egg, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and sriracha sauce. (I seriously put Sriracha sauce on pretty much everything.) This is one of my favorite breakfasts that I make quite often.
A fruit smoothie with strawberries and bananas or blueberries and raspberries with some protein powder is another delicious option that doesn’t take a ton of time to prepare. Also, if you need to get your veggies in and have a powerful blender (like the amazing Vitamix — I seriously need one of these), you can make the most delicious smoothies ever. Their are a ton of recipes that you can find.
Protein Pancakes w/ Blueberries
My husband makes these quite often when we have a little extra time in the morning. They are amazing! I like to add blueberries to the mix, but obviously you can add whatever fruit you’d like. And you can also make waffles with this protein mix too. So yummy!
Peanut Butter Banana Toast w/ Honey
A slice of whole wheat bread toasted with some almond butter, sliced banana and honey is perfection! This breakfast treat helps me feel full/satisfied and also kicks my sweet craving. 🙂
Oatmeal w/ Fruit
A bowl of oatmeal with some fruit on top is another quick and easy breakfast. Gotta get that fiber!
At around 10am-11am, I start getting a bit hungry again. I have now been grabbing these easy options below, which don’t require much work and are great to grab and go.
String cheese | Nut Mix | Applesauce (with cinnamon) | Fruit
For lunch, I need something that I can easily make the night before or the morning of that won’t take too long. I normally don’t give myself a full lunch break during the day (I usually eat while I’m working at around 1pm or 2pm) so whatever I’m eating needs to be fast but of course, tasty.
Salad in a Jar
I love the fact that I can make several of these salads in jars in advance. I can be set for the whole week! It makes it really nice to know that I have them ready to go and I don’t have to worry about making lunch every day. That’s my kind of easy meal prepping!
I’ve always been a sandwich kind of girl. PB&J’s, chicken salad, meat & cheese, you name it! And I like to think that I make pretty darn good sandwiches, too. This one here is a turkey, tomato, pickle and cheese sandwich with toasted wheat bread. So good!
Sushi is my all-time fav!! I could literally have sushi every day of the week and not get tired of it. When purchasing sushi, I like anything with salmon or tuna with some extra spicy mayo on the side. 😉
I normally need another snack at around 5-6pm (I usually don’t leave my office until 7pm or as late as 9pm). These are some easy snacks that I can bring with me and leave in my office fridge and pantry.
With it being summer time, I love getting a watermelon at the grocery store and having a few slices as a cool snack. Nothing beats that for a summer snack.
After I get home from work (I work Monday – Saturday), which is usually as early as 7:30pm or as late as 9:30pm, I’m ready to get home and have dinner! Since it can be so late, I don’t like to make things that take forever. Eating late is not a good thing since I don’t want my body to be digesting a whole meal while I get ready for bed. If I’m really lucky, my hubby will make me something and have it ready when I get home. That’s always a special treat. 🙂
I know, I know, another salad. But I personally love salads. Especially since I can put tons of different ingredients in salads to switch them up. Sometimes I’ll put cherry tomatoes, feta, kalamata olives, and cucumbers for a Greek salad; and another day I’ll have avocado, bell peppers, corn, chicken, etc. to add a Mexican flare to my salad. There are so many different things that you can do to change it up.
Some days my husband will make me a delicious burger (grass fed beef: 90-95% lean) that is seriously mouth watering. I try to remove some of the breading from the bun so it’s not too bad for me. For a side dish, we will split a half of a sweet potato with a tiny bit of unsalted butter.
This may be random, but I love artichokes. Eating artichokes always remind me of my childhood and the great dinners when my mother prepared them. Even as a small child, I loved eating them and the activity of working your way to the center. They really are incredibly delicious and you have to eat the heart — that’s the best part!
When you’re a #momboss busy with your littles or a #bosslady running your business(es) (or a #mompreneur doing both!) it’s great to be able to throw a few ingredients in the crockpot and come home to a meal ready to serve. This is every mom’s and business woman’s lifesaver and there are tons of different recipes out there.
If I get home early enough (or it’s the weekend) I will treat myself to a little dessert. (Dessert has been the tough one for me to kick.) Luckily, I have found these two options that have really been helping me satisfy my sweet cravings, but they won’t hurt my waistline…too bad. 😉
Only 80 calories?! Heck yeah! These Dannon Greek yogurts are super yummy and I love that I never have to feel bad for having two. Win!
Dark Chocolate & Wine
Okay, okay. I know I shouldn’t be having wine — that’s not the healthiest choice for clean eating. But haven’t you heard that one glass of red wine a day is actually good for your heart? AND this bottle of wine (Bonterra Cabernet) is made with organic grapes. It doesn’t get much better than that! And these dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds are addicting. The perfect way to end a crazy day — wine and chocolate. At least it is for me.
I hope some of these options have inspired you to try something new. Eating cleaner has made me feel better, has cleared my mind, and it has given me the energy that I need for the day. Do you have any recipes that you would like to share? I’d love to know and try them!