Whether or not you’ve join my 31 Real-Food Challenge (I hope you do!), we all could use some healthy snack and meals ideas for the New Year, right? One of the hardest things for me is that I enjoy having variety in the foods I eat, but it’s difficult to come up with new ideas. Below are some of my favorite, go-to, clean eating options. I hope you try some and add a couple to each day of your new year!
Try to make 1/2 – 3/4 of your breakfast from vegetables and fruit and the rest a healthy protein. Try to avoid eating a breakfast purely of carbohydrates, like cereal, oatmeal, toast, bagels, etc.Â
- Eggs: Eat them whole and any way that you like best
- Scrambles, Omelettes or Frittatas: Saute your favorite veggies (try a combo of any of these: spinach, mushrooms, kale, bell peppers, onions, leeks, etc). Mix up a couple eggs and pour them over the veggies. Cook until eggs are done and sprinkly lightly with cheese and top with avocado.
- Mexican Scramble: When I don’t have time to saute up a bunch of veggies, I simply scramble a couple eggs and add in about 2 tbsp of salsa and a small handful of chopped cilantro. Top with avocado and it’s amazing!
- Chicken Sausage & eggs: look for ones with no added sugar
- Protein Shake: This is the shake I enjoy almost every day: Mix almond milk, 1 scoop of no-sugar vanilla protein powder (I use MRM Veggie Protein), a small handful of frozen strawberries or other berries, a handful of fresh spinach, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp almond butter, chia seeds (optional to add more protein) and then a little water and/or ice if needed.
Try to make 1/2 to 3/4 of your lunch vegetables and the rest a healthy protein.
- Salads: Mix fresh, organic greens (look for dark green lettuces, not iceberg) with your favorite sliced veggies. I always use cucumbers and carrots + anything else I might have on hand. Pan saute or grill your favorite proteins, like chicken breast, salmon, tuna, etc. (Try grilling all your meat at once on the weekend when you have time and then you’ll have salad-ready meat all week long!). Add a hard-boiled egg for extra protein. Top it with a homemade dressing of your choice, but make sure it’s only whole ingredients!
- Homemade Italian Dressing: Mix 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 squirt of Dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp basil and salt & pepper to taste. Mix and enjoy. This keeps well at room temp, so save the extra for next time.
- Sauteed veggies & chicken or fish: Saute or roast up your favorite veggie or blend of veggies. Next, saute or grill your favorite meat or fish, season to your liking and put it over your veggies. Add a side of a 1/2 an avocado.
- Homemade Soup: Soup is one of my favorite winter-time lunches! There are so many great soup recipes out there to try. Try one that is mostly broth, protein and veggies based. Avoid ones that have added flour and keep the heavy cream at a minimum. If it calls for pasta or rice, try the soup without these! You’ll be surprised how filling and delicious it still is!
Dinners can be easy. Â One half of your plate should be vegetables (have more than one variety at dinner or add a side salad), 1/4 should be a protein and the last 1/4 can be a healthy grain.
Here are some of my family’s favorites:
- Tacos: Use ground turkey or beef and mix with Homemade Taco Seasoning. Serve in corn tortillas or over a bed of salad. Mix in some shredded cheese, salsa and organic sour cream if you’d like!
- Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
- Stuffed Bell PeppersÂ
- Beef, Chicken or Pork Stir Fry: Saute your favorite veggies and meat with a little soy sauce for a delicious stir fry! Serve with brown rice.
- Turkey Burgers: serve on a whole wheat bun or skip the bun and wrap in lettuce
- Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken: add chicken breasts and a jar of salsa to the crock pot. Cook until tender and the shred the meat. It’s fantastic over salad or in corn tortillas.
- Garlic Shrimp: Serve with quinoa, brown rice or with a salad & veggies
- Homemade MeatballsÂ
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Lentil Veggie Stew
- Chicken Tenders
Choose 2 of any of these items and enjoy a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
- Small handful of nuts: almonds, pistachios, cashews, etc. Try to find them low salt or raw.
- Hard boiled egg
- Piece of fruit
- Homemade or 1 or 2 ingredients vegetable chips (sweet potato, zucchini, plantain, etc)
- Beef Jerky
- Fresh Veggies with Hummus DipÂ (carrots, celery, snap peas, cucumber)
- Apples & Almond Butter
- Lettuce & Chicken Wraps
- Coconut yogurt or plain greek yogurt sweetened slightly with maple syrup, with or without fruit.
Do you have any other real food meals or snacks that you enjoy? Share them with us in the comments below!
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