New Year’s Day has come and gone and I’m checking in on all of you who decided to eat clean this month. Maybe you didn’t start yesterday because of all the New Year’s Day snacks and that’s okay! Start whenever you want. My poor husband wandered around the kitchen yesterday like a lost puppy. ‘Can I help you?’ I asked. ‘This is going to be a long thirty days. It’s not sustainable’, he said. ‘What do you mean not sustainable? It’s just eating real food?’ ‘Yes, but I can’t have my chips, and you just dumped my Coke Zero down the sink. I’m ready to watch my New Year’s Day football and there are no snacks.’ ‘I have carrot sticks for you.’ ‘I’m going to the store’, he said. ‘What are you going to buy?’ ‘I’m going to see if they make clean microwave popcorn.’ I laughed out loud. ‘They don’t, but if you can find non-GMO corn we can air-pop some and melt a little of our grass-fed butter on top.’ He was right, there wasn’t much to snack on. I’ve been sick the past few days with the flu so I haven’t been to the grocery store. About twenty minutes goes by and he walks in the door carrying two bags. ‘I bet you are curious what I bought?’ ‘Will I be taking anything back?’ I asked. ‘You’d be proud of me,’ he said with a smile. And yes, I was proud of him. He bought organic lettuce, grapes, apples, bananas, Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn seeds that are certified non-GMO, Dave’s Killer bread (he’s not celiac and it’s eating clean compliant), 100% fresh squeezed orange juice, tomatoes, avocados and free-range eggs. Maybe I’ll get him to stay on for thirty days after all and hopefully convert him to this lifestyle. I have an Eating Clean in 2015 Pinterest Board if you’d like to follow, which has lots of clean eating recipes and tips or if you are interested in following along on the blog just sign up under the subscribe area (right-side on computer, bottom of the screen on your cell phone).
I know I can’t do thirty days of eating eggs for breakfast, so I created grain-free triple-berry muffins. They are moist, contain no sugar, and best of all taste good. One of my favorite grain-free recipes are my apple-pie muffins, which are eating clean qualified.
Here are a few blogs you should check out that will help you with your journey of eating clean. There are a lot of good recipes to be found!
- The Gracious Pantry
- Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
- The Lean Clean Eating Machine
I find that reading labels really opened my eyes to what I was eating. I’ve always read labels because of my food allergy but never really paid attention to all the sugar, preservatives and dyes, contained in the foods I was putting in my body. No wonder we’ve seen such a huge increase in cancer and other diseases. So even if it’s difficult for you to jump 100% in to eating clean or whole 30, making baby steps in that direction is still worth it. JK Gourmet makes a really nice ultra-fine almond flour.