I want to share some tips on making better choices when eating cleanly so that you don’t get into the routine of preparing the same-old same-old. Doing so can leave you unsatisfied, cranky and craving foods you’re trying to avoid or limit. <My hubby HATES when I am all the above! ha!>
So here are my TOP 3 Mistakes when Eating Clean——
BooBoo #1: You limit your dinner options.
You fix only baked chicken….chicken….and more chicken. Eck.
Well I can only eat a plain baked chicken breast for so long <and for heaven’s sakes –shake some salt-free lemon pepper seasoning on the bird!> There are so many healthy protein foods to mix and choose! How about fish, turkey, lean cuts of beef, lentils and plant-based proteins?
Being healthy is not just about living on baked chicken—keep changing it up. So be creative—try quinoa, black bean burgers or seasoned fish <jerk seasoning is awesome!> which offer good sources of satiating protein and other nutrients.
One of my easy and fast dinners is Broiled Flank Steak.
Score both sides of the flank and season one side with fresh ground pepper and garlic. Place on a broiler pan lined with foil that has been pierced so that the juices from the meat can collect in the bottom part of the pan. Broil according to thickness and desire—-usually about 8-10 minutes per side.
Slice on the diagonal into strips and serve with favorite side dishes. I like using the leftovers the next day in a healthy salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
Faux Pas #2: Don’t eat the same vegetables!
Prepping the same veggies repeatedly gets boring, people! When you get bored, it’s so easy to stray from your healthy eating plan. Keep those taste buds happy so that you don’t get off track.
There are a lot of veggies out there other than broccoli or cauliflower—and they can be easy to make too. Some that come to mind are artichokes, beets, zucchini and brussel sprouts.
Try roasting butternut squash then mixing it in with sautéed mushrooms, or quick steamed asparagus seasoned with fresh lemon juice or how about chopping carrots, hearts of palm, red, green and yellow peppers and stir frying them in grape seed oil, and then adding just a splash of Tamari sauce? Variety is the spice of life so why not remember this when eating?
Mistake #3: You cut out carbs after lunch or avoid them all together. Can you say headache and pass me the chips and M & M’s NOW?
WE NEED CARBS! We need them for brain function and fuel for our exercising bodies! Leaving out a quality carb from your evening meal can really make you grab something less healthy to get you to a quickly satiated but temporary state. So don’t set your body up to crave sugar after dinner by depleting it of these carbs.
I like to serve whole grains such as quinoa, a wild rice blend or a small sweet potato to accompany our protein and veggie at dinner. Just 1/2 cup does the trick.
A simple, yummy recipe is dicing a sweet potato, toss the pieces with grapeseed oil and sprinkle sea salt on top. Roast on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes. You don’t always have to prepare potatoes by mashing or baking!! Change it up!!
I hope this is a helpful post! Now go out there a prepare your excellent, tasty and healthy dinner!!