Clean Eating For Bimbo’s – Day 3

Breakfast – Blueberry Pancakes 

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Make these the night before and heat them up in the morning (or even for dessert!), they taste great!

Pop 1 cup ground FLAXSEED, 2 egg whites, 1 cup oatmeal, 1 banana, 1/2 cup greek yogurt & a handful of blueberries –  blend in the blender until smooth. Cook in pan with a dash of  oil (spray cans make it easier to use less oil).

The recipe i derived this from said to add vanilla essence but i replaced that with 1T of unprocessed raw sugar.

Eat with a drizzle of honey.

Snack – Home made muesli Bar

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(See Day 1 for recipe)

Lunch – Apple & chicken Salad

1 Sliced apple, 1 cup of spinach leaves, sprinkling of crushed almonds, sprinkling of shaved Parmesan and 1 small breast (or 1 half breast) of grilled sliced chicken. Drizzle some Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a squeeze of lemon over the top.

Snack – Sliced Turkey & Green tea

Dinner –  Broccoli & Corn Fritters

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I used THIS recipe but halved and added1/4 cup of corn (Just because i think all fritters should contain corn) and 1/4 cup of almond meal to thicken it up as i found the mixture was a little runny. For someone who hates broccoli this was the ideal way to introduce it to my diet. Makes about 4.

Dessert – Banana Bread 

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(see Day 1 for recipe)

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