A lot of members here who work like you will cook up stuff on the weekends that will give them good, clean, grab-and-go food during the week. Crock pots are used a lot. Or you can roast up 3 times as much chicken as you need and then you've got chicken to go for a few days. You don't have to live on green salads only though those are good for you if you use the darker leaves like romaine. Head lettuce is pretty useless nutrition-wise.
Cooking up dark leafy greens (chard, spinach, kale etc.) is really very quick and tasty. Of course, if you aren't used to them you might have to ease into them slowly. Once you cook them up right you might get hooked!
I like to make simple but delicious meat salads that I can wrap with lettuce (I avoid breads). Or you could make quick sandwiches with them if you can do grains. My 3 favorite salads that I keep in the fridge are tuna, chicken and egg. Adding some fresh, chopped herbs to these can really make them spark. Tuna/thyme, chicken/basil/thyme or sage, egg/basil and/or dill. those are just ideas but you can mix and match to your own liking.
Any time you cook something just make twice or even three times as much as you need then it is there for you and even for other family members to help themselves.
There are many, many snacks that are easy too. I like to have "dips" for veggies and fruits handy. My favorites (these days LOL) are hummus (homemade not that yucky pre-packaged stuff) and cream cheese/onion/dill mixture to dip apples or jicama or carrot sticks or to fill celery sticks with.
A couple of terrific packaged snacks to keep in your purse are Tanka Bars (meat) and Lara Bars (fruits & nuts). Having those handy can help to resist junk when you are away from home.
What are the foods you like? Maybe we can supply you with a recipe or two that is quick, yummy and easy to fix.
Also, if you aren't already a member of the Clean Eating & Recipes team I encourage you to join. There are lots and lots of recipes there. -annie
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Splenda is not even a food. It turns into formaldehyde in the body. I would rather eat white sugar than eat Splenda... I use stevia, honey and m,aple syrup for most sweetening. I also use dried fruit and have lately been using Coconut Nectar. It is slightly fermented and prebiotic and low GI. I get RAW nectar... it's pretty yummy.
My favorite snacks are homemade, grain free granola bars and I'm happy to say I can still eat a small amount of dairy without tto many problems. So full fat yogurt is back on my snackl list with some fresh berries or sliced bananas and a small handful of nuts.
Sugar free candy is most likely made with artificial sweetner. I would stay away from it. It also makes you want more (maybe that's why you are addicited to it???)
ANyhow, good for you for wanting to eat a better cleaner diet.
i am still reading the book, but i have the general idea what eating clean is. i need some quick go to meals. what do you guys suggest? what are your favorite snacks? is splenda allowed? what about sugar free candy? and how important is it that everything be organic? or any good links to info or recipes? i guess i had more questions than i thought.
a little about me: i'm doing well with getting my workouts in, but i am lacking in my nutrition. i am pressed for time in the evenings during the work week. a girl can only eat salad so many days a week. and i am addicted to junk food. Particularly chips. and sugar free candy.
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