Clean Eating Isn’t Boring Eating
Many of us have been there. You share with friends that you’re trying to eat healthier, and their response is groans and eye rolls. But consuming a diet of organic vegetables, gluten-free foods, and high-quality protein doesn’t have to be boring or unsatisfying.
The reality is that clean eating gets a bad rap!
Contrary to popular belief, eating clean doesn’t mean consuming bland foods with an unpleasant texture and no palatability. And the idea that clean eating will leave you unsatisfied and craving sugar-laden, preservative-filled foods is a myth!
The good news is that you can say goodbye to your delicious yet harmful foods and replace them with clean, healthy alternatives that are just as satisfying. So satisfying that you will no longer crave the foods you used to eat!
Many of us have enjoyed French fries, mashed potatoes, brownies, cupcakes, and fried chicken fingers for years. Our favorite foods are salty, savory, sweet, and yes, satisfying.
We crave these foods, and they trigger-happy memories of family, childhood, and holidays. Well, you know what? You can satisfy all those cravings and create wonderful new memories around decadent foods that won’t harm your health.
What Can You Eat?
Eating clean doesn’t mean fat-free, sugar-free, salt-free, or taste-free. So, what foods can you eat that will satisfy your taste buds? Below are just a few examples.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Brussels sprouts are easy to make and burst with flavor. Just coat your Brussels with nutritious extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt, and roast. It’s a simple side dish that everyone loves.
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
If you are watching your carb intake, creamy cauliflower mashed potatoes are a flavorful dish that will make you forget all about spuds. There are many different variations of this dish. Use sour cream, chives, garlic, and cheese to amp up taste and texture. It’s also easy to make a tasty vegan version.
Craving pizza? The nutritious and delicious topping possibilities are endless. Crushed organic tomatoes, chicken sausage, caramelized onions, and green peppers are just a few of the ingredients needed to make pizza night a success. The sky is the limit when it comes to fresh, wholesome pizza ingredients. Now that’s Italian!
In the mood for pasta? Mix fresh gluten-free cavatelli or fusilli with EVO, seared mushrooms, roasted acorn squash, parmesan, marinated pepper, and pumpkin seeds. If you prefer a more traditional dish, make a lasagna bolognese with fennel chicken sausage, mushrooms, fresh spinach, and ricotta cheese. Use almond cheese as a non-dairy alternative.
Hamburger and French Fries
Is a burger and fries on the menu for tonight? Serve grass-fed beef and sweet potato hash. And if you’re vegan, portobello mushrooms and almond cheese make a great combo.
And last but never least, dessert! Whoever said clean desserts can’t be decadent hasn’t tried squash pie topped with homemade coconut whipped cream or flourless chocolate cake served with caramel, vanilla ice cream, and cacao nibs. Both are gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and sinfully good!
So whether you are craving savory, sweet, creamy, or spicy, there are a wide variety of clean eating options to satisfy all of your cravings. Bon Appetit!