Clean eating is all about getting rid of processed food, refined sugar and other unnecessary ingredients from your diet. I did an 8 week Clean Eating Challenge and felt awesome at the end of it. My skin was clearer, I was sleeping better and I wasn't craving as much junk food as I was previously. Obviously I had a few cheat meals because I just love a good burger from time to time but eating clean 80% of the time is now definitely my preferred way of life!
1. Vegan chocolate avocado muffinsI included these bad boys in my 7 Amazing Avocado Dishes blog post and I'm sharing them again because they're just too good to be true! They're so rich and chocolatey and have the gooey centre of a brownie encased in a crispy muffin shell.
- 6 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 &1/2 cups plain flour 185g
- 1 cup mashed avocado
- 1 & 1/2 cups water 370ml
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp cacao nibs
- 2 tsp baking powder
Method:Before you start, preheat your oven to 180c/350f. Puree your avocados in a food processor or a blender, add the water and vanilla and mix. You can add in some clean, non refined sugar alternative here if you like your treats sweet! Then sift in the flour, baking powder, cacao powder and salt, mix together and then add in the cacao nibs (your chocolate chip alternative!). Pop them into muffin cases and bake for 20-30 minutes.
2. Mexican chicken smashThis is one of my favourite dishes to whip up for lunch or dinner. Just because you're eating clean it doesn't mean that you have to miss our on your favourite foods and for me, it's Mexican. Simply chop up a sweet potato and roast in the oven with some seasoning on top - this is your side dish! In a separate oven dish place your chicken breasts (1 per person), chop up some cherry tomatoes and sprinkle around them, add paprika, chilli flakes, cumin, salt and pepper all over the chicken and add the juice of one lime. Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. Serve with green veg, avocado and a sprinkling of feta cheese.
3. Sugar free chocolate granolaI love cereal but when you're eating clean it's mainly off limits due to the fact that most store-bought boxes of cereal are packed with sugar. I created this chocolatey granola using all my favourite nuts, some oats and some seeds.
- 300g of porridge oats
- 90g of mixed seeds
- 60g of walnuts (blitzed up or chopped up into smaller pieces)
- 50g cacao powder
- 25g cacao nibs
- 40g chia seeds
- 20g flaked almonds
- 50g coconut oil
- 70g honey
Method:Melt down your coconut oil and honey over a low heat until it’s pourable. Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl and make sure all of your cacao powder is covering everything. Combine the wet and the dry, spread your mixture over a couple of baking trays lined with baking paper and pop into a pre-heated oven at 110 degrees C. Take out after about 15 minutes and give it a shake about and pop it back in for 15-20 minutes depending how crunchy you like your granola.
4. Chunky tuna saladThis is a really quick and super lean lunch or dinner and it's so easy to whip up. Simply cook off your seasoned tuna steak to your desired rarity and prepare a salad. I love lots of lettuce, broccoli and tomatoes with my tuna and a spicy seasoning to excite things a little bit! Who said eating clean was boring?
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