Friday, January 2, 2015

Clean Eating: Weekly Menu {1/2/2014}

A big part of healthy eating is planning ahead! I start back work next week and I want to be ready to go. 

A while back, I posted about 30 Days of Clean Eating!  I definitely cleaned up my diet, but I wasn't very diligent in blogging about it. So, I think the beginning of the year is a great time to take on a new challenge! January 2nd - January 31st - I am going to be very deliberate in avoiding as many processed foods as possible.

Whole foods
Whole Wheat / Whole Grain
Lean protein
Locally raised meat - when possible
Fruits and Vegetables
Organic - when possible (though I think it is better to eat a non-organic strawberry than a candy bar)

Do NOT Eat:
If it comes out of a box and has ingredients I cannot pronounce
Foods that say 'Fat Free, Low Fat, Light'
Fast Food
Refined or Artificial Sweeteners

I will do my best to keep you updated throughout the month on my progress! I'll also make sure to share my weekly menus with you!

Check out this week's recipes:
Tacos - just your typical tacos - but with homemade seasoning. Yum! I'll serve up some beans and fresh toppings. Check the labels on your taco shells! I use the hard shells from Trader Joe's.
Broccoli & Cheese Soup - My husband has put in a request for this soup. All the ingredients in this recipe are clean - but I am going to try to lighten it up a little. I think I can get by without all the butter. There's also a great recipe on 100 Days of Real Food. I'll make a salad on the side.
BBQ Lettuce Wraps - I LOVE these! They are so light because there are no buns. I am going to clean this recipe up a little by making my own homemade barbeque sauce
Banana Almond Pancakes - My family enjoys brunch for breakfast. These pancakes and some fruit will make a great spread. 

Breakfasts: Oatmeal with some honey and cinnamon, eggs & fresh fruit
Lunches: Salad, eggs & fresh fruit, organic soup
Snacks: organic cheese stick, fruit, carrots & hummus, nuts


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