Oooh I’ll chime in. I have changed my diet over the last few years, and now eat almost exclusively “clean”. I have treats from time to time, but I usually make them myself (Christmas cookies anyone?). Here is what a typical day looks like for me:
Breakfast: whole grain bagel, 1 cup fruit juice OR 2 slices toast with real fruit jam, hard boiled egg, and a piece of fruit. I always have a cup of tea with breakfast, but that is just because I enjoy it. Other breakfast favorites include Kashi Go Lean Crunch with skim milk, or if I am in a big rush, a piece of fruit on the go and yogurt mixed with trail mix.
Snacks: yougurt with trail mix, piece of fruit, or granola bar
Lunch: Salad with either chicken or beans on top (both lean sources of protein) and lots of cut up veggies. Another favorite is a NATURAL peanut butter sandwhich on whole grain bread (many people don’t realize that PB is often hydrogenated, which is HORRIBLE for you. By natural peanut butter with no sugar added – it is the stuff at the store with the oil on top, and you mix it in manually). Common accompaniments to lunch include water, carrot sticks, or a piece of fruit.
Snack: whole grain crackers with cheese or hummus; rice cake with PB or hummus
Supper: I plan my suppers for the week in advance. You absolutely should do this. This alone has the ability to change the way you eat, becuase it eliminates the whole question of “what’s for dinner”. You already know, so you are not tempted to head out an buy some fast food when you don’t know what to eat. Here are some of my favorite healthy dinners.
turkey breast with acorn squash and a whole grain bun
Tofu Stir Fry
Black Bean and Cous Cous Salad (quick and healthy)
Chicken, apple and cheese mixed in with salad greens and balsamic dressing
Broiled salmon with steamed green beans and brown rice
Ground Turkey White Chili
Black Bean and Barley Soup (homemade)
Really, the key to eating healthy is like others have said – stock your house with foods from the perimeter of the grocery store. Don’t even GO down the chip or pop aisle. And pick healthy foods you think you will ENJOY! Eating healthy should be enjoyable, not a chore – there are lots of healthy foods that I don’t like at all. I just stick with what I do!