I am basically a lazy person who often chooses the convenience of potato chips over a slice of fresh parmesan cheese or green olives when craving something salty. I purpose to eat whole "clean" food (basically food in its most natural state) for awhile, then fall off the wagon and reach for the Oreos.
But I'm encouraged by a general trend toward more consistent healthy eating in my life, especially when I experience the benefits of feeling better.
This post is not meant to heap guilt on those of you already struggling in this area. It's meant to encourage you to venture out into the realm of eating more whole foods and see how it can still be both simple and delicious.
Here are two meals I've made lately (in between the other less healthy meals!) that were easy to prepare, satisfying, and yummy:
This is one of my favorite breakfasts: seedy whole grain toast, boiled egg, sliced avocado, and a watermelon smoothie that is deliciously refreshing and light.
2 cups of cubed seedless watermelon (or more)
1 frozen banana (or one non-frozen banana with about 1/2 cup ice cubes)
3/4 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
A little squeeze of honey
Blend all until smooth. This makes such a pretty pink drink and is light, refreshing, and nourishing. (Adapted from the recipe link below.)
Another clean eating breakfast hit was this:
Lemon Chia Pancakes
1 1/2 cups coconut or almond milk (I used more as I like thin pancakes.)
2 T. chia seeds
1 t. vanilla
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or white whole wheat flour)
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt (I almost always keep a bowl of Kosher salt next to the stove.)
Finely grated zest from one lemon
1 T. honey
Mix all together and let sit for about fifteen minutes to give the chia seeds a chance to do their thang (gel, soften, whatever). Pour batter onto hot griddle, flip after little bubbles form on each pancake, scoop onto plate and slather with real butter. I ate my stack with a blueberry sauce I made: Add a little water to fresh blueberries in a saucepan with Swerve (erythritol) or Stevia for sweetening (you can also use honey or sugar); boil until the blueberries swell, then squash most of the berries with a potato masher; simmer for several minutes while you make the pancakes.
The only "non-healthy" thing I added was a squirt (okay, three squirts) of ...
. . . because I'm not a saint.
Having shared these two guilt-free meal ideas with ya'll, please don't judge me if you happen to see me at a local diner feasting on biscuits and gravy, because sometimes . . .