Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend and enjoying the first few days of spring! This post marks my last week of eating clean and I have really enjoyed this experience. I have learned so much about clean food and my health and plan on sticking to a lot of the practices I have learned.How to Eat Out and Clean!
In order to gain the full clean eating experience, I have decided to cut out wheat and dairy from my final week of clean eating. Wheat and dairy are processed foods, but, if you eat the right kind, don’t contain a ton of unknown ingredients. I have cut down on both a lot already, but I love having Greek yogurt or whole wheat toast for a quick breakfast. It is just going to take a little more planning, and getting up a little earlier, on my part, but I think I can do it. I see a lot of egg whites and fresh fruit in my future. And I also think it will be really good for me to get the full clean eating experience. With that said, I know there are people out there who love to cook but have that one night where cooking is the last thing they want to do. Even while eating clean and having my meals planned, this has definitely happened to me over the last few weeks. And I also want people to know that just because you are on a clean diet doesn’t mean that eating out is not an option. You just have to be smart and prepared about it! Here are my tips for how to eat out while eating clean! 1. First of all, like I said before, be prepared! Check out the restaurant’s menu online before you go. This way you can get a feel for the options you will have and go ahead and pick the cleanest item on the menu. Today with all of the gluten-free and vegan eaters out there, some restaurants have started to specify those items on their menu, which is a nice place to start. 2. Secondly, modify your order to be clean. If you order a salad, ask for the dressing on the side and if you order a meal that usually comes with fries get veggies or fruit instead. One of the local restaurants I have gone to while eating clean is Farm Burger. It was easy to eat clean there with their great veggie burgers and gluten-free buns. 3. I also suggest anticipating the items that some restaurants bring to your table automatically. For example, if you go to a Mexican restaurant, ask your server to not bring you a basket of chips and salsa. Or if you are know you are at a restaurant where they bring you bread, pass on that. But if you are eating with a group of friends who want chips or bread, just use your self-control. But let’s be honest, not having the offending chips or bread there to tempt you is a lot easier than resisting them when they are right in front of you! 4. My final tip is to enjoy your night off of cooking and try to find something clean on the menu that you actually want to eat. Another favorite clean eating spot of mine is Zoe’s. They have a ton of chicken entrees that you can tailor to be clean. I love getting their chicken kabobs with a Greek salad on the side. I hope those tips will help you out the next time you just don’t feel like cooking! And for when you do feel like cooking, here are a few of my favorite recipes I made this week!
Sweet Potato Oven Fries – You all know I love these; this is my favorite way to prepare them. Abbie’s White Chicken Chili – A friendly blog reader sent me this yummy and healthy chicken chili recipe. This recipe makes enough to last a week, so your lunches are covered! Spaghetti Squash Primavera – This is one of the most delicious spaghetti alternative recipes I have tried yet! Ina Garten’s Whole Roasted Chicken– I am a huge Barefoot Contessa fan. I made this last Sunday night. Then I used the leftover chicken in the White Chicken Chili and made chicken broth from the bones. And here is my dairy free and wheat free menu for my last week of clean eating! Y’all have a great day and come back in a few days for my favorite clean eating food swaps. See you soon!
- Lizzy Stroud And to catch up on 30 Days of Clean Eating, here is what you have missed! Let’s Eat Clean! Get Started Eating Clean Budget Bites Pour Some Sugar On Me…Or Not Week One Progress Report Snack Attack Out with the Bad, In with the Good Week Two Progress Report Super Foods to the Rescue!