Eating clean is sometimes easier said than done. Planning for the week is the key to keeping your diet clean and healthy. Here are some tips I have found useful on my journey to clean up my diet:
- Plan: I can’t say it enough but planning is key. Without a good plan you are asking to fail. On Sunday I take 30-60 minutes to plan my meals and snacks for the week, then I shop on Monday. Knowing what my meals and snacks are going to be helps to keep me on track, when I’m hungry I know what I am going to eat and I am not searching through the fridge winding up with something unhealthy.
- Prepare: Along with the planning comes the preparing. When I get home from the supermarket I wash and cut up all the veggies so that they are ready to go when I need them. I keep a fruit bowl on the counter in plain sight so when I reach for a snack the fruit is right there. I also hard boil eggs, grill chicken and make a big batch of brown rice. By preparing as much as I can in advance there is less room for grabbing something unhealthy to eat, there are no excuses when the food is right there in your fridge ready to go.
- Drink: When I say drink I am talking about water, lots of it. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Water helps you to feel full quicker and keeps you adequately hydrated. Sometimes thirst is mistaken for hunger and by filling up on water you can prevent this from happening. I like to spice up my water with lemon and limes but you can add cucumbers or fruits too, whatever you need to do to get in your 8-10 glasses.
These are just a few tips that work for me. I also use a lot of different gadgets to assist with my clean eating such as my food processor, blender, toaster oven, and my George Forman grill, but one of my favorite tools for clean eating is my rice cooker. The rice always comes out perfectly and I can make a big batch that lasts me a few days. I am going to share an easy recipe for the delicious batch of brown rice I made yesterday.
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice
3 cups and 3 tbsp water
2 scallions, sliced thin
2 cloves of garlic minced
4 oz fresh peas (or frozen)
Perfectly cooked brown rice!!! Last night for dinner to go with the perfectly cooked brown rice we had shrimp, pineapple and red pepper kebabs and asparagus….yummy!!