Looking for clean eating breakfast ideas? Then you’re in the right place!
If you want to lose weight and feel better, then simply switching to a healthier diet is one of the very best things you can do. ‘Clean eating’ means that you’re not only reducing the number of calories you consume, but also making sure that you eat healthily in order to get plenty of nutrients from fruit and vegetables. Oh, and it means avoiding rubbish food that is low in nutritional value and high in low-quality, processed ingredients.
Food isn’t just ‘fuel’ as some people seem to believe. Food provides us with the very building blocks that our bodies use to create themselves. It is what helps us build muscle, fortify our immune systems, and boost our brains.
When you eat clean, you feel amazing, and you find that it’s twice as easy to keep your weight dropping down.
Read on then for some great meals that will help you to stay healthier. These have been taken from a host of different diets – including the Mediterranean diet and the paleo diet… but they have one thing in common: they’re clean eating!
Clean Eating Breakfast Ideas
Americano: In Italy, the best way to start the day is with a Cappuccino. In fact, ordering one of these after mid-day is considered somewhat strange! However, Cappuccinos are also packed with unhealthy cream, sugar, and chocolate sprinkles; so in this case how about swapping it out for the decidedly less European Americano instead. It’s actually a great way to start the day because it will increase your metabolism and help you to burn more calories!
Grapefruit: One of the most popular ‘Paleo’ breakfasts also happens to be a good breakfast if you’re on the Mediterranean diet. Grapefruit is incredibly low in calories and also what you would consider a ‘negative calorie’. That’s because grapefruit actually increases your body’s metabolic activity, thus causing you to burn more calories throughout the day. Finally, grapefruit is an excellent source of all kinds of different nutrients!
Watermelon: Or how about going with another low calorie fruit and having some watermelon for breakfast instead? Other types of melon also work great! And they’re highly hydrating.
Oats: While the sugary cereals that so many of us eat are anything but healthy, plainer oats are actually fantastic for us for a variety of reasons. Oats are complex carbs, they are packed with goodness, and they are completely natural. Add some milk and while it’s calorific, it will also provide you with healthy saturated fats, calcium, magnesium, protein, and more.
Smoothie: A smoothie is a highly sugary and calorific way to start your day yes. But it is also absolutely jam packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more. And if you’re worried about the sugar, then why not try making a vegetable smoothie instead?
Tuna Toast: Toast is popular in France and several other areas and if you add some tuna, you’ll bring protein and omega 3 fatty acids to the table. Or you can try it with a little olive oil! Choose a wholegrain bread for your toast and that way you’ll get a much slower release of energy throughout the day once again.
Adding olive oil is relatively high in calories, so you’ll need to add that up, but it’s actually also very high in antioxidants and a host of other beneficial nutrients.
Clean Eating Lunch Ideas
Greek Salad: One of the simplest and tastiest salad recipes out there! Simply chop up some tomato, cucumber and pepper and then stir in a big bowl. You then add feta cheese and you’re good to go! This can also work well with celery. You’re getting a whole ton of nutrients, while at the same time adding a little flavor with the feta. It’s great for low carb diets.
Tuna Salad: Or how about making a tuna salad? Just take the salad of your choice and throw in a little tuna with some olive oil and vinegar.
Avocado and Chicken Salad: Take your regular mixed leaf salad, add some sliced chicken and then add avocado and flakes of cheese. While avocado is somewhat calorific, it is also a great source of healthy saturated fats. It will keep you feeling fuller for longer and will also provide you with a bunch of nutrients.
Salad Wrap: Sick of salad? Then why not turn it into a wrap? You can do this by taking a salad leaf and then using this to wrap up a piece of meat or anything else in the salad that you need to. This keeps everything held nicely together and means that you can get the benefits from the salad plus a piece of chicken or other protein.
Steamed Chicken and Rice: Chicken is a popular regular on this list owing to its low-fat nature. It’s also very flexible though too and for these reasons, it is a staple among bodybuilders – kings of clean eating! Eating steamed chicken with rice and a little broccoli is a plain meal for sure, but it’s also incredibly healthy.
Soup: Earlier, we looked at the benefits of consuming smoothie for breakfast. The equivalent at lunch time is a soup. But not store bought soup with lots of salt, cream, and sugar. Instead, you’re going to make this soup yourself using vegetables and a little water. It will be low carb, low fat, and high in minerals.
Pro Tip! If you’re out and about at lunch and don’t have time to prepare your own, then look for a salad bar! You can get some excellent value this way and eat a very healthy lunch very easily too! Be sure to share your own clean eating breakfast ideas in the comments below!