Clean eating simply means that you don’t eat crap food. For most people, it really doesn’t have to get more complicated than that (fitness competitors are on a whole different level). Sometimes it’s hard to know how to make your basket of healthy items into something delicious but thankfully there are people who love to experiment in the kitchen and share their creations. This saves you from many a kitchen disaster (trust me, I’ve had a few!) and can help keep your healthy meal plan interesting.
Here are the best sites for clean eating recipes – from entrees to desserts, there is something new and delicious waiting for you to try!
1. The Eat Clean Diet
Tosco Reno is a former school teacher from Ontario who discovered her passion for fitness in her forties. Her best-selling books provide practical information and recipes for those wanting to improve their health and fitness. What I like most about her approach is that she includes healthy carbs such as quinoa, sweet potatoes, and brown rice in moderation, providing the fitness enthusiast with fuel for training and recovery. Several delicious recipes are posted for free on the eat clean website and you can also find her books at the public library in many areas.
2. The Oatmeal Project
Bored with your oatmeal? The Oatmeal Project, created by The Gracious Pantry mastermind named Tiffany, provides you with TONS of ways to make this breakfast staple a little more exciting. While I do recommend substituting skim milk with almond milk, I’ll leave that one up to you.
3. Clean Eating Magazine
Although I don’t often buy magazines, this one is actually packed full of great ideas and healthy recipes. At times it can be heavy on the carbs and often features lighter versions of comfort foods and family favorites. I recommend this site for clean eaters just getting started and those who aren’t ready to give up their mac and cheese quite yet.
4. The Dashing Dish
If you haven’t discovered this gem, head on over to http://dashingdish.com/. Not only is Katie sweet and genuine, this gal comes up with one-of-a-kind tasty treats that can help curb your sweet tooth without busting your diet. I especially like her protein shakes for post-workout recovery!
5. The Savvy Vegetarian
Although I am not a strict vegetarian (I really do love fish and a juicy steak here and there), I eat meat-free meals most of the time. Eating less meat can be a very positive choice for your health, the environment, and your pocketbook.
If you’re looking for healthy meat-free meals, this might just be the only recipe website you need! Whether you are looking for a glorious gluten-free dessert or a new way to enjoy your veggies, this site has it all. The recipes are well-organized so it is super easy to find what you’re looking for. There are also cookbook reviews, articles, and tips about enjoying a vegetarian lifestyle.
6. The Food Network
The Food Network caters somewhat to a foodie audience (grilled steak with papaya anyone?) but their website also includes relatively simple recipes that don’t require 10 million expensive ingredients (half of which you’ve never heard of) and special kitchen gadgets. This site also provides how-to videos and a special section on grilling, which is perfect for summer parties or family gatherings.
So there you have it. Now that you’re inspired, make your weekly meal plan and hit the farmer’s market or the grocery store! Your taste buds and your waist line will thank you!