Clean Eating For Bimbo’s – Day 7

Breakfast – Leftover Baked Fruit Muesli

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(See Day 6 for Recipe)

Snack – Home made muesli bar with a cup of green tea

(See Day 1 for recipe)

Lunch – San Choy Bow 

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San Choy Bow is one of my favourite Chinese dishes to order when we are out for dinner. It is such a treat to be able to eat them for lunch. I used THIS RECIPE  as a base but used minced pork.

Snack –  Carrot Sticks & Tahini Balls

Recipe HERE. Not as clean eating as i have been but if your feeling a bit restricted this is a great way to branch out.

Dinner – Home Made Chicken Soup

Soup is the perfect go-to meal when you are clean eating, easy to make, tastes great and is a lighter meal for eating at night, which is  great if your slimming down.

1 cup cooked Quinoa, 4 cups pre-made HOME MADE CHICKEN STOCK, 1 chicken breast, 1 leek stem; white and light green parts only, washed well and chopped coarsely, 1 stalk celery leaves included, chopped coarsely, 3/4 cup bean sprouts, 1 clove garlic finely chopped,  salt and pepper for seasoning.

Place stock or in soup pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add chicken  bring to a boil again. Reduce heat and let simmer while you prepare vegetables. Add chopped leeks and celery and cook 10 minutes. Added pepper and garlic here. Remove cooked chicken from pot and let cool while soup simmers. Cut chicken into thin strips and return to pot with bean spouts and quinoa. Cook 3 minutes more. Add sea salt and stir. Serve immediately and freeze the rest for later.

Dessert  – Strawberry smoothie

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This is a great recipe that fills you up for ages and taste delicious. 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 2 cups strawberries, 1 banana, 1 mango, 1 T honey, 1 cup crushed ice, sprinkle of Chia seeds.

Clean Eating For Bimbo’s – Day 1

Breakfast –  Traditional Oats

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 Let’s start with something super duper easy, just throw these all in together:

Oatmeal or Oat-bran (they both have their QUALITIES), strawberries, banana, honey, sultanas &  almond milk*. If you prefer you can use raw milk  (Raw milk is the least processed of the dairy based milks but it is sometimes hard to find) or greek yogurt. Sprinkle with CHIA SEEDS.

*I really went all out on the no processing by MAKING MY OWN ALMOND MILK first. It is a lengthy process but cuts out all the sugars, preservatives, chemicals and hardeners. As well as producing almond meal from the left over drained almonds. I then used the homemade almond meal to make a fantastic flour-less banana bread (see below).

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Snack – Home Made Muesli Bar

I made this delicious snack in bulk at the start of the week, using the full recipe HERE (NB: I removed the desiccated coconut and replaced it with FLAXSEED, changed the butter to Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the brown sugar to raw sugar. I also added a handful of almonds)

Lunch – Fit Caesar Salad

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Chop and mix together 1/2 Avoacdo, 1 cup of kale (KALE is a SUPERFOOD and i use it when ever I can), 1 hardboiled eggs, 2 slices deli ham & 1T crushed walnuts. Top with a mixture of greek yogurt, seeded mustard and lemon juice. Makes 1 serving.

Snack  – Carrot Sticks &  Green Tea

1 carrot cut into sticks dipped in 1T peanut butter* & 1 cup of  Green Tea (Green tea has a whole heap of great BENEFITS as well as plenty of caffeine which for me is very necessary!)

*I like to MAKE MY OWN PEANUT BUTTER by literally just processing unsalted peanuts. I also like to make them a little bit special by adding Chia seeds and sesame seeds after for extra goodness.

Dinner –  Carrot & Yogurt Soup

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I merged a few recipes to perfect this carrot soup and ended with great results. One of my favourites, i hope you like it too.

 1 T olive oil, 1/2 brown onion, 2 carrots,  2 cup fat free/less sodium chicken broth (i made my own like THIS), small knob of ginger; grated, 1 teaspoon of  ground turmeric; grated, 1 kaffir lime leaf, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, pinch of freshly ground salt and pepper to taste.

 Heat oil & onion in a medium pan; cook for 2 minutes or until almost tender, stirring occasionally. Add carrots; cook for  4 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender. Add ginger, lime leaf & turmeric, Cook for 8 minutes or until carrots are very tender. Cover and let stand 5 minutes at room temperature.
Pour the carrot mixture in a blender, adding yogurt. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape, placing a tea towel over opening). Blend until smooth. Return pureed soup to pan, add salt & pepper & heat over medium heat for 2 minutes. Makes 2 servings.

Dessert – Homemade Banana Bread

Desserts are the toughest obstacle for me, as i LOVE chocolate, which is hard for me to find a SUBSTITUTE i’m satisfied with.

 I found some great dessert recipes at ‘Clean Eating Magazine‘ and i find the best thing to do is to spend the time to cook up a batch of something you really love and treat yourself to 1 piece per night.

I chose THIS flour-less banana bread as it is a great recipe and feels very naughty when toasted with some butter. Yum! (I made a few small changes to the recipe, i substituted Stevia for raw sugar, substituted the coconut oil for extra virgin olive oil and added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon)

7 Days of Clean Eating For Bimbo’s

Hello fellow heath-goers!!

I want to start by saying i am in no way an expert in clean eating, just someone that enjoys a healthy, active lifestyle and strives to treat her body well to live that life better .

My first interaction with clean eating came in October last year when my mother-in-law told me about the beneficial aspects of Chia seeds. I did some research of my own and  by January, without knowing it, i had started on my own clean eating diet. 1 lost 2.5 kilos in 10 days, unaided and using my very own eating plan. A few weeks later i saw reference to ‘clean eating’ on a friends personal training website and started researching more. The more i looked the less i found(!); ‘clean eating diet plans filled with highly processed, expensive and exotic items.

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Just like everyone else i have been through diets-a-plenty, just recently having participated in the ‘I Quit Sugar’ diet. To my frustration i find them all to be difficult to carry on and only ‘short term solutions’. I don’t believe we should deprive our bodies of sugar (especially natural sugars) or fat, or carbs.

So i’ve decided to try and find a balance. We were born to live of the land so live off the land i shall. For the next week i will show you how you can easily replace normal meals with unprocessed foods, while monitoring weight, mood, energy levels and cost to show you all the benefits of living healthily.

The diet i have made up is my own, made up simply from my  own experiences and research on clean eating and healthy living. I’ll try and keep it as simple and informative as possible allowing you to take  it as far as you like or just stick to the basics.

I’ll be eating every 3 hours and I’ll of course also be cutting out alcohol, soft drinks etc as well as consuming 5mls of water per kilo of body weight each day. And the best part is, i will really be making each and every dish so you know a real person has cooked and enjoyed it.

So here’s to a great week, see you tomorrow for day 1!!

xx