Congratulations! You’ve decided to “eat clean.” But what happens when you’re doing well for a few days enjoying new recipes? Then you start to miss your favorite processed foods. Packing a lunch is hard when making sandwiches isn’t an option. And how are you supposed to go without your favorite pasta dish? Below you’ll find easy substitutions for some of your favorite processed foods.
Eating clean usually cuts out any and all pasta. Rice is a quick substitute, as is spaghetti squash. There are also “miracle noodles” available for purchase online and in some health food stores. They are mushroom based and usually come packed in water. To be honest, they are a bit of an acquired taste. By far the best and most versatile option is to use squash and zucchini as a pasta replacement. Use a spiralizer, a veggie peeler or just a paring knife, and cut pasta shapes from the squash. You can eat it raw, or cook it in a dry skillet until your mock pasta is al dente. Serve with your favorite clean pasta sauce, or top it with some tomatoes cooked in olive oil and garlic.
Wraps and sandwiches make the perfect portable lunch. If you’re wondering what you’re supposed to be doing without them, look no further than a leaf of lettuce or cabbage. They make great wraps and hold your favorite clean sandwich ingredients just fine.
Of course you can also bake some great gluten-free baked treats using eggs, and either flax seed or almond meal. Do a quick Google search for all sorts of quick and easy recipes to try.
If cold cereal is your breakfast of choice, you’re in luck… sort of. An easy substitute is a bowl of fruit and chopped nuts topped with a little almond milk. It’s much better than that same old bowl of corn flakes, and you’ll soon agree. Keep the ingredients ready in the fridge for a quick and easy breakfast.
If you get tired of that, then give eggs a try. They make a great breakfast food and will keep you full for hours.
Did you know that you can make pizza crust from cauliflower? It’s a bit of work and slightly messy to eat, but boy does it hit the spot when you’re craving a piece of that savory, tomato-y pie.
Depending on what you’re eating on your personal version of clean eating, corn tortillas may also be a good gluten-free option. They make perfect individual-sized pizzas.
Any time a craving hits, or you feel like throwing in the towel because you’re missing some of your old favorites, do a Google search. There are some amazing clean food recipes out there for just about anything.
It’s time to change things and take back control of what we eat and where that food comes from. It’s time to change our eating habits and give our taste buds a chance to recover to the point where they can experience the subtle flavor of a plain potato that isn’t deep fried and/or covered in salt. We need to get back to enjoying food that’s nutrient dense and gives us what we need to stay healthy and happy.
That’s what Clean Eating 101 is all about. Give it 30 days… 30 days of nothing but real food that’s good for you. Think of it as a way to reboot your system and finally kick the junk food habit to the curb.
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