Diary / Wellness / Sep 26, 2022
How to Start *Eating Clean* (And Green)
Written by: FIT LIKE KRYS
Spring cleaning feels best when it starts with your body. Sure, freeing up some hangers and being able to actually find things in your junk drawer feels great too. But it’s been a long winter and more than just our closets need to be cleaned out.
It's not that it’s hard to eat healthy, it’s that it’s hard when you don’t plan for it. Fresh cut strawberries, grapefruit and chopped green apple? Such a refreshing and delicious dessert. But if it's not made or at least not thought of in advance, that box of cookies looks a lot more appealing after dinner.
Clean AND organize your fridge.
Emphasis on the ‘and’ in case the all caps didn’t get ya. Get a trash bag and get ready because you've probably been holding on to that creamy ranch for far too long. First, check for expiration dates and throw out anything expired. Next, start to organize your food by category. Fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, beverages/mylks. You'll probably pick up a bunch of things and have no idea how to categorize it. BREAKING NEWS: Your body gets confused too. So sure, hold on to a couple things that you love, but try to minimize your categories. If you have a large family, pick out a shelf or a corner for yourself! And commit to keeping it clean. Your own clean corner. Doesn’t that sound nice?
Eat the same thing (almost) everyday.
And no, it’s not boring, it’s genius. Deciding what to eat is the hardest part of sticking to a clean routine. So take the guesswork out and just write down a list of 3-6 healthy meals you can rotate from. You can get variety from date night or taco Tuesday. What are my go-to meals? For breakfast a green smoothie, for lunch a chopped salad, for dinner a green vegetable with a lean protein.
Eat your vegetables.
Make it a point to have a green vegetable with every meal. Add spinach to your omelette. Have a cucumber salad with your dinner. There are easy ways to add veggies in even when they are not the star of the meal. I keep a bag of frozen spinach and frozen kale on hand at all times and grab a handful to add to any smoothie.
Prep hard, not long.
Food prep has a bad rap. I think because most people are doing it wrong. First of all, you don't have to plan every single meal. And writing things down goes a long way. My idea of food prep is writing out what I am going to eat the night before and then making sure I have all the ingredients for the things I want to make the next day. When I’m really into the swing of things (#springcleaning), I prep a bunch of stuff on the day I get my groceries. Take one hour and chop veggies, pre-make salad, cut up fruit, cook lean protein and maybe a whole grain.
You don't even have to make “meals,” you can just prepare a bunch of things that go together that make it easy to put together a healthy meal on a busy weeknight. This is also great for those of you who don't love cooking (HELLO my name is KRYS and I HATE it). With this method I can prep 7-10 meals in one hour as opposed to like five hours throughout the week. When I food prep not only do I eat healthier and feel lighter, I save so much time and don't have to clean my kitchen as much. Win, win, win.
If you really don't have the desire to plan, try Daily Harvest. They have so many awesome options. I use their smoothies when I need something to grab and go (I love their ginger and greens and always add EV18 for my protein). I even use their smoothies as a substitute for ice cream (chocolate and blueberry I love you).