I always read about ‘clean eating’ online and my Instagram feed seems to be filled with photos of gorgeous, colourful health foods. But do you ever wonder just how easy it is to actually get started eating clean with a busy lifestyle?
Well, that’s definitely what I was thinking 6 weeks ago! But it turns out that by just making these six simple steps you can radically improve our diet and save a ton of time during your busy working week.
Here are my top six tips to start clean eating today:
1. Start The Day Right
If you’re not a morning person, chances are you’re not starting your day with a healthy breakfast. But breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. If you’re busy, try making your own overnight oats. These can be made up to three days in advance, stored in your fridge and eaten in the morning. There are loads of great recipes online and you don’t have to be a culinary goddess to make them work for you. Alternatively, try making your own healthy muesli or enjoy a bowl of Greek yogurt with chopped fresh fruit, sweetened with honey.
2. Do Meal Prep Ahead of Time
Once a week – Sundays are usually best – take some time to prepare your weekly lunches in advance. Pre-cut vegetables, get your slow cooker on the go and pre-assemble your weekly lunch boxes. These can then be frozen or stored in the fride until you’re ready to eat them. By preparing meals in advance you’ll save yourself plenty of time and potentially even cut down on bad habits like snacking and overspending on your lunch break!
3. Freeze Meals
This is essentially a part-two to the meal prep step. Freezer meals are a great way to save time and ensure you’re eating clean. Check out Pinterest for some recipe ideas, prepare them in advance, store in your freezer and pop them into your slow cooker when needed:
4. Choose Healthy Snacks
If you’re eating three balanced meals a day, you shouldn’t really need to snack in-between. But let’s get real – cravings are bound to happen. So, instead of reaching for a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar, why not stockpile some healthy snacks to take with you to work? I like to graze on slices of fruit or make my own DIY mixed nuts (pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds & peanuts are my favourites) but homemade flapjack and dried fruit are also great snacking alternatives.
5. Get Hydrated
It’s important to drink around 2 litres of water a day. But if you struggle to get your recommended dose of H20, I recommend adding some fresh fruit to your water. This elevates a fairly basic glass of water to a refreshing detox drink. Examples of delicious detox flavours include: Cucumber & Mint, Strawberry& Peach, Lemon & Lime, and Mango & Ginger. Simply cut up the ingredients and leave them to infuse in your bottle.
There are lots of awesome water bottles to chose from to make drinking your detox water even more fun:
6. Shop Smarter
When doing your weekly food shopping it can be easy to make impulse buys or unhealthy decisions. You can prevent this in a number of ways. Firstly, never go grocery shop when you’re hungry. Secondly, plan your meals in advance so you know exactly what you need to buy. Thirdly, shop online to save time and avoid overspending in store.
Tip: As well as online shopping, I like to shop as locally as possible wherever possible in order to support my local economy. Farm shops are usually full of fresh vegetables and the best quality meat, which can really aid in clean eating – so keep a look out for your local farmers markets and farm shops.