What Is Clean Eating Diet All About ?
Well, firstly, let’s talk about what clean eating diet is not all about . It is not about strict dietary limitations or depriving yourselves of the foods you love to eat. Clean eating well is having more energy, improving your outlook, stabilizing your mood, and feeling genuinely healthy and good. I know that it’s confusing to read and hear about how some foods are bad for you by some people, and others saying that the exacts sames foods are horrible for you.
Yes, scientific studies have linked that people who eat a Western diet of processed meats (bacon, bologna, hotdogs ( hot dogs ), sausage), pre-packaged meals (TV dinners, Lunchables ), takeout and fast food (McDonald’s, Taco Bell) and salty, sugary, and fattening snacks (Keebler’s Cookies, Little Debbie Snack Cakes, Dorito’s ) have much higher rates of anxiety, depression, stress, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and heart problems.
However, you can still eat these same foods but in a healthy and natural manner instead, by eating clean real foods. How do you eat clean but still get to eat food you want and crave like meat, cookies, cake, chips, sausage, etc.? By only consuming natural organic whole refined foods from clean eating recipes, and by eliminating or minimizing the processed foods! Also, you will need to eat 5 to 6 small meals a day instead of 3 large meals and a snack or 2. Here are some examples of excellent Meal Plan Menu and Snack Clean Eating Recipes to get you started on the right track for a healthy life style in today’s clean eating nutritious move:
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter and Banana Recipe
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter and Banana Ingredients:
2 cups gluten free organic oats
2 large ripened bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup organic dark chocolate chips
½ cup organic peanut butter or Nutella
Best tasting organic peanut butter that I use is Skippy Natural
A handful of dried cranberries and/or raisins
½ cup chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts
½ cup coconut flakes, optional
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter and Banana Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place your oats in a food processor or blender and blend them until the oats become the consistency of flour *No need to be perfectly grounded*. In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas with the oats until smooth. Add in your chocolate chips, peanut butter, and your vanilla extract and combine well.
Spray your cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Drop the dough by large tablespoons onto your cookie sheet and flatten them a bit with a fork or spatula. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Yield: 16 to 18 yummy healthy cookies that can be eaten for breakfast or snacks!
Homemade Lentil Tamarind BBQ Veggie Burgers Recipe
Homemade Lentil Tamarind BBQ Veggie Burgers Ingredients
2 cans cooked lentils
5 cups cold water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large chopped
2 large cups thinly sliced mushrooms (½ Lb.)
½ cup sun dried tomatoes, hydrated in hot water and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¾ cup raw walnuts
½ cup rolled oats
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon black pepper
Homemade Tamarind Barbecue Sauce (Makes one cup)
¼ cup Hunts tomato paste
2 TBS Fancy, Grade A Dark Amber, or Grade B maple syrup
3 tablespoons tamari
1½ tablespoons tamarind concentrate
1½ tablespoons Braggs apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground coriander
1 clove minced garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ginger powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
Homemade Tamarind Barbecue Sauce and Veggie Burgers Directions:
To prepare the homemade BBQ sauce, completely mix all of your sauce ingredients except for the pepper together. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to marinate for 3 to 5 days (a week if possible).
To make the burgers, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion. Season the onion and cook it for five minutes, or until the onion is soft and clear. Add the mushroom and cook them for another five minutes, Add the sun dried tomatoes and garlic. Sauteed for another minute, or until the garlic is fragrant. Add a few splashes of broth as needed to prevent sticking, then add the paprika, chili powder, thyme, oregano, and the two cans of cooked lentils. Stir all of the ingredients together until the lentils are warm and the spices are evenly incorporated into the mixture. Remove the ingredients from heat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the walnuts and oats in a food processor or blender along with the salt. Pulse until both the oats and nuts have been ground into a course meal. Add the hot lentil mixture and pulse a few times, just enough to break the lentils and mushrooms down, but do not puree! Turn the lentil mixture out into a mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix in the bread crumbs and the remaining cup of cooked lentils. Your mixture should have a thick consistency, similar to conventional uncooked burgers. Now, shape the mixture into eight burgers and place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Brush the tops with a layer of tamarind barbecue sauce Oven bake the burgers for 15 to 20 minutes.
Flip the burgers and brush the bottom side with BBQ sauce. Continue baking for another ten minutes. Serve them on whole grain hamburger buns. Top with additional tamarind barbecue sauce, lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, avocados, radishes, or other most healthy vegetables, if desired Mm mm!
These veggie burgers are good for snacking on, lunch or dinner time in your clean eating meal plan menu.
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Good luck on your own personal and implemented clean eating challenge and enjoy the good life for a long time!