Saturday, November 21, 2009

This is How We Eat....CLEAN!!!

Many people have been asking me about Clean-Eating lately, specifically what foods/recipes I eat, so here is a post for you all.  If you are unfamiliar with Clean-Eating, its basically eating foods the way nature intended; free of chemicals, artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives and additives of any kind. Aside from eating foods that are natural and unprocessed, it also means eating more nutrient dense food. When foods are prepackaged, they lose valuable nutrients in the process. Below is a picture of our food for 1 whole week. I spent $45 at Trader Joe's about $35 at Shaws. In the picture below are; eggs, almonds, chopped walnuts, milk, Greek yogurt, chicken, fish, whole wheat pizza dough, whole wheat tortillas, a loaf of bread, peanut butter, pizza sauce, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, 100% cranberry juice not from concentrate, a pineapple, apples, pears, bananas, garlic, red onion, white onion, green onion, garlic, cilantro, red, orange and yellow peppers, cucumbers, and oranges, lemons, limes, broccoli, fresh mozzarella cheese and protein bars by Clif. As you can see, that's a lot of healthy food and $90 for 2 people isn't that bad. in the extra money that you spend with Clean-Eating you save by not going out to eat as much.

Thumbs up for Eating clean!
Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa (keen-wah), lentils, veggies and spices. I hate following recipes, I make up my own. easy and surprisingly fast!

Stuffed peppers with broccoli and sweet potatoes with cinnamon. Quinoa is an ancient grain that is complete and packed with protein and fiber.

This is what Bethany typically takes to work. Protein shake with milk, peanut butter, a banana and unflavored 100% whey protein powder, a pear, Greek yogurt(has a ton of protein), hard boiled eggs (I don't eat the yellow part), a string cheese, almonds, broccoli, organic apple sauce (dessert), cut up veggies with hummus (read the label, you gotta find the hummus WITHOUT preservatives, a sandwich-tofu mixed with veggies and brown rice.

I whipped up fish quesadillas in about 10 minutes. Above is all the veggies I added, again, made up my own recipe. ingredients-tortilla, spinach, cucumbers, peppers, onions, cilantro, corn salsa, lime, mozzarella cheese (not shredded, the kind you buy in a ball) and of course, fish.

Gotta love the George Foreman Grill.
This pizza is SO easy to make and it only takes about 15 min from the time you open the fridge to the time you eat. I made the pizza on whole wheat bread called Naan, it's Middle Eastern. Then I put on sauce, veggies and fresh cut mozzarella cheese.

This is a cranberry chicken recipe I created. I wasn't sure how it would taste but it was delicious and made the apt smell like fall! ingredients are chicken, cinnamon, cranberries, nutmeg, cranberry juice, oranges (and peels) and walnuts.

I started Clean-Eating at the end of June. Since then I have lost about 6 pounds, noticed a lot more muscle definition, been feeling more rested from less sleep, more energy (no afternoon crash), I feel stronger, I recover faster and all around I just feel so much better! And I felt pretty great before! Also, since eating clean I have been running SO much faster! Not just by a few seconds, I'm talking big PR's all around. Ryan started eating clean back in September and he has lost about 8 pounds and he has been running faster and stronger too!

Clean-Eating has been really fun too! I love going food shopping each week! It's definitely a lifestyle and not some fad diet that you do for a month then quit. We are definitely going to eat-clean forever!!!!  WAHOO! :-)


N.D. said...

You got engaged at the marathon?? Oh my gosh! I have to check if you posted that story. Congratulations!!! I have 2 of the eat-clean cookbooks that I use - the pizza crust was awesome! I have to go check out this post - but thanks for your comment on my blog!

N.D. said...

Ok, i'm going back to eating clean starting tomorrow!! All of this looks great.

Meg Runs said...

Ok, that is so sweet...getting engaged in Boston? Congrats on that and I love the picture of you two in Boston. Are you running this year?
You seem to be very creative with your clean eating. I love the idea and have heard a lot about it but you have so many cool ideas and recipes. Thanks for the pictures too!
Thanks for leaving such sweet comments on my blog, I love yours and want to follow your running AND relationship...very sweet!
Have a great week!

Colleen said...

Wow, I'm hungry!! And I can't believe how MUCH you eat at work! If you're so skinny and in shape and can eat like that, then count me in :) I am done with WW at the end of the week, so maybe it's time to switch to clean eating. Although, WW has helped me so much, I'm kinda scared to leave it. Do you have any specific times that you cheat on this? I saw you eat cake at the wedding, do you cheat when you go out, or once a week, or what? I think I could do it most of the time, but I need my ice cream and cookies once a week :)

Marlene said...

Good for you guys sticking the the clean eating. You make it sound very appealing.

Also, thanks for stoppin by my blog and for the Goofy advice. I'll try to remember that...

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Wow sounds great! With kids I feel like we are sooo lazy with our eating. I should try to balance and at least do half and half..

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Yes I am an event planner and would LOVE LOVE to give you ideas..

First one that comes to mind.. My running partner and her new hubby had their bridemaids and groomsmen enter the reception to the theme from Chariots of Fire and pretend like they were running. It was very cute.

Tell me what things you have planned already and I will add.. I live in Seattle, WA area so I doubt I could do too much...but I am always free to offer suggestions :)

Meg Runs said...

It's me again! So happy you're running Boston again! We usually stay at the Marriott Long Wharf but this year(sniff, sniff), my husband isn't going to come! What will I do? So sad! I'm flying out with a friend and we'll find a place. Any ideas of places closer to the finish line?

Chad said...

Oh my! You are hard core with the clean eating!

Check out my running blog:

Denise said...

Neat post...and it's nice to see that I'm eating clean, too. I think part of my problem is I eat the same thing every day and don't change a thing. I need to experiment with more variety.

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