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50 Clean Eating Tips – If You Don’t Know Where to Begin

Can you imagine eliminating your morning “pretty coffee” filled with sugar and creamed toppings? What about cheese, desserts or fried everything? So many times people tell me they can’t stop their favorite foods, so they don’t even think about committing to a newish lifestyle. I get it. That was me. I obsessed over cheese plates, craved creamy frostings and longed for bulky pastas. I had been drinking tons of diet soda for almost two decades, so only remembered life being bloated. But that all changed when I started eating clean. And trust me, you can take small steps and get there, too.

Yes, my motivation was to be well and eliminate any toxins that could cause my cancer to grow. But after a few months, I noticed that I looked amazing. My skin was clear, my energy high, my hair less dirty AND I felt thinner. Yes, I lost a few pounds, but the bigger story is that not being bloated from soda, packaged foods and simple carbs made me feel toned and strong within my own body. I wish I would have understood how much better I would FEEL if I truly took care of myself.

That’s why I encourage others to do the same for themselves. Eating clean, being active and living with less toxins truly helps an individual look AND feel great. It doesn’t change over night. But it can be done by making a commitment slowly. Set little goals and once you progress, add a few more. It’s also important to check in with your doctor or naturopath to get their guidance, making it a recipe for success.

So if you are looking to take small steps toward clean eating with a focus of adding more fruits and veggies in your family’s life, here are more than 50 tips* if you don’t know where to begin.

50 Clean Eating Tips if You Don't Know Where to Begin

Breakfast:

1. Add warm water and lemon every morning before you eat or drink anything.
2. Drink a homemade green juice before breakfast.
3. Buy organic cold-pressed juices from your health food store. Suja Juice is my favorite.
4. Drink a green smoothie as a breakfast.
5. Eat toast with avocado and Himalayan sea salt for breakfast. Add organic eggs.
6. Add fruits to cereals. Our kid favorites are NON-GMO Cheerios, Grape Nuts and organic oatmeal.
7. Eat scrambled organic eggs or an omelette with veggies (asparagus, mushroom, peppers or spinach.)
8. Grill homemade waffles or pancakes over the weekend and freeze. Toast daily and add sun butter and fruit.

Lunch:

9. Use Ezekiel or spelt bread instead of conventional bread for sandwiches.
10. Eat avocado, spinach, tomatoes, Himalayan sea salt, red pepper on toast as a sandwich.
11. Create fun salads with leafy greens, mushrooms, carrots, beets, beans, pumpkin seeds, cabbage and olives.
12. Substitute fresh fruit (smash it up) for jams and jellies. Our favorite sandwich is sunbutter and smashed blueberries.
13. Substitute leafy collard greens for a wrap. Fill with hummus, lean organic chicken/turkey and veggies.
14. Create grain salads (farro, whole wheat couscous, quinoa with raw veggies.)

Dinner:

15. Spiralize zucchini to make zucchini noodles and use as spaghetti dinner (or start with half spaghetti and half zucchini pasta.)
16. Substitute brown rice pasta instead of simple white pasta.
17. Use grain salads (farro, quinoa, barley) with veggies as a side then take it for lunch.
18. Substitute Enjoy Life sprouted tortillas for tacos.
19. Use Enjoy Life sprouted tortillas as crust for homemade pizzas.
20. Substitute cauliflower rice for rice and sides.
21. Cook spaghetti squash with homemade turkey meatballs and red sauce.
22. Grill tons of veggies, add beans or 4oz of lean organic meat or fish.
23. Add fresh vegetables to pizza.
24. Add shredded zucchini to lasagna or make lasagna out of eggplant or zucchini.
25. Add steamed carrots to meatloaf recipe.
26. Mix in pureed squash or cauliflower to macaroni and cheese.
27. Cut sweet potato into chip sizes and bake.
28. Add small salads to eat meal.
29. Serve veggies and dips (guacamole, hummus, homemade dressings) before the meal is served.

Drinks:

30. Substitute organic tea (Numi is my favorite) instead of traditional ice tea drinks.
31. Drink more water – add strawberries, watermelon, lemon, orange, cucumber and herbs like basil and mint for infused waters.
32. When drinking alcohol, choose organic wines.

Snacks:

33. Buy/make hummus and serve with carrots, celery and cucumbers.
34. But/make guacamole and serve with carrots, celery and cucumbers.
35. Freeze homemade smoothies and throw into a purse or backpack for afternoon consumption.
36. Freeze organic yogurt tubes and throw into backpack or lunchbox for afternoon consumption.
37. Use sun flower seed butter (or nut butters if your family and friends don’t have an allergy) on carrots, apples, bananas & celery.
38. Buy raw or roasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds. (Or nuts if your family and friends don’t have an allergy.)
39. Roast garbanzo beans or pumpkin flower seeds in the oven with Himalayan sea salt and spices.
40. Add cayenne pepper to oranges for a zesty snack.
41. Grill fruit like mango, pineapple, peaches and coconut.
42. Select packaged goods with the organic or NON-GMO sticker.
43. Look for snacks with the least amount of ingredients. I like Skinny Pop and Pirate’s Booty.

Simple Substitutions/Healthy Additions:

44. Use beans in salads, soups and pastas for protein and fiber.
45. Add fruits and veggies at every meal.
46. Buy sauces with few ingredients.
47. Buy packaged goods (organic or NON-GMO) with few ingredients.
48. Use organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil instead of mayo on sandwiches.
49. Sauté or roast veggies with organic, cold pressed coconut oil or garlic flavored grapeseed oil.
50. Eliminate junk food in the house.
51. Use avocado instead of fresh mozzarella in salads and sandwiches.
52. Substitute Ezekiel or spelt bread (in frozen section) for regular bread.
53. Make meals a family affair by shopping together – think Farmer’s markets and let kids pick the produce.
54. Have fruits and veggies handy: store tons on the countertops where they are in sight.
55. Always grab fruits or veggies while on the go: apples, avocados, oranges and bananas travel well.
56. Add pureed vegetables to baking recipes (cauliflower and squashes don’t add a strong taste.)
57. Add shredded carrots and zucchini to baking recipes.
58. Add turmeric and other medicinal spices to sauces and soups.

What other healthy / clean eating tips can you add to this list? Which ones do you think will be easiest to add to your life?

*I truly believe in including my doctors and medical team in my lifestyle choices. It’s important to always contact a doctor before any change of diet, etc. It also makes you accountable.

18 Comments

  1. I try to incorporate as much clean eating as I can into my diet. I love this list! I’ll be pinning it. :)
    Jessica H. recently posted…DIY Mother’s Day Stamped Initial Charm Bracelet

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing. I, too, try and eat clean as much as possible. Sometimes, like at weddings and various events, it’s more challenging but still manageable. One just has to think about it and try and be creative with options. Have a great rest of the week.

  2. These are great tips even for those that aren’t new to clean eating! Some of these I have never even thought of!

    • Thanks. Please feel free to let us know some of your favorite clean eating tips. As you said, there are so many ideas out there…even for those who embody healthy living, there’s always something new to learn. I loved attending the Green Festival in NYC a few weeks ago for that reason. I hope to attend ShiftCon in the fall. Have a great rest of the week.

  3. wow is this an amazing resource! Sharing!
    Kristen recently posted…What Moms REALLY Want for Mother’s Day

  4. Oh wow! This is so fabulous! I just love all the information here. Sometimes certain meals can bring up some stumbling blocks.

    Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning this too!
    xoxo
    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom recently posted…It’s Time to Clean Your Blog + FREE Printable Checklist

    • I love hearing what other moms pack for lunch or make for dinner. Sometimes we all just get stuck in the rut of eating the same things. I hope you enjoy this list and find some new snacks and meals for everyone. Thanks for sharing and always supporting me. Have a great week.

  5. Zucchini noodles, what a great idea! I love zucchini, but have never thought to do that! Thank you for that tip and all of the other fabulous ones. This article has been pinned and will be referred to throughout the summer and on :)
    Jen recently posted…The Secret To Successful Blogging

    • Thank you for sharing this. I’m excited that you want to try the zucchini noodles. It was life changing for me. You can eat them raw (cooked sauce will wilt the zucchini a little.) Or, I like them best steamed. A restaurant near me does this and it truly is delicious. Let me know what other new ideas you stumped upon or love from the list. Have a great week.

  6. Tweeting, Pinning & Shouting this list from the roof tops because it couldn’t be reiterated ENOUGH!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…The D Train: Are You On It?

    • Yay. Thanks for sharing this post. I love love love finding new fun ways to eat clean. It’s funny because I used to be the biggest fake food and sugar fan, but now I actually don’t even miss it. I’ve found too many tasty treats that make me feel so much better.

  7. I LOVE these ideas…and am happy to say I’ve been doing a few of them! Printing these out and putting them on my fridge right now! Thanks so much!
    Sarah @ Life Love & Thyme recently posted…Apple Cinnamon Smoothie Recipe

    • Yay. I’m glad you like the list. Let me know what else you try and like. I LOVE avocados so always try new things with them from sandwiches to smoothies.

  8. We usually eat pretty healthy at home and I feel a lot better since starting it. I actually feel sick if I splurge too much now. My husband just “complained” to me yesterday because he can’t eat a lot of the junky stuff he used to eat because I’ve been feeding him so much more real food lately!
    Rabia @TheLiebers recently posted…My job Appreciates Me. My Bike? Not so Much!

    • That’s awesome. Not that your husband (or you) feel sick after eating lousy foods, but it’s great that you are eating so healthy now. Isn’t it amazing how much better you feel. I used to drink at least 4 20-ouncers of Diet Dr. Pepper daily. Eliminating that alone made me feel 5-lbs lighter. Now that I eat more healthy fibers from fruits and veggies, I also think I have a ton more energy and glowing skin.

  9. This is a fabulous list, Caryn. What’s really great about it is that it has so many great ideas on it that it is easy to find a few to start with and as we get used to those we can come back to the list and add more. I’m going to pin this for future reference.
    Topaz recently posted…Growing Food in Your Kitchen – My Little Hydroponics Experiment

    • Thanks. I’m glad you liked the list. I had a lot of fun putting it together. Now that I’ve been eating clean for almost two years it all really comes natural to me. Have a great week. Thanks for the share.

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