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Sick of Spinach Salads? Try These Clean Eating Recipes

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Whenever you’re trying to stick to a certain type of diet, it’s easy to reuse the same recipes over and over again. If you’re eating clean, staying away from anything processed can make grocery shopping or meal planning a chore — especially if you don’t live near a Whole Foods. Before your next shopping trip, check out these easy 30-minute recipes for new meal inspiration.

If you’re sick of salad, but love being able to just bring a bowl of something to work for lunch, there are amazing bowl recipes to try. Clean eating focuses on cutting out ultra-processed and GMO foods, so brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat pasta are on the list of things that are still good for you. This Asparagus Pea Pasta Bowl recipe is made to serve four, so it’s a great choice for meal-prepping for the week! There’s even a vegan-friendly substitution solution included.

If broccoli is more your style, check out this Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad that’s delicious warm or cold.

Lunch meat is definitely not on the clean-eating menu, but there are still great sandwich options. Swing through the organic meat section and pick up 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this Clean Eating Chicken Salad recipe. With greek yogurt instead of mayo, and celery added for crunch, this is delicious either in a bowl by itself or packed in a pita.

Looking to ditch the pita? Look no further than this Avocado Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap. Instead of mayo, the avocado acts as a perfect substitute. Mixing in lime, cilantro, and garlic gives these lettuce wraps as much zest as they have crunch.

Speaking of stuffed, if you like mushrooms, you’ll love this Stuffed Portobello Mushroom recipe. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly, this dish is under 100 calories. It makes for a great appetizer, mid-day snack, or you can change up the stuffing ingredients to make a full meal.

No matter your diet, eating non-GMO, minimally processed foods are great for your body and the environment. But just because you’re eating clean doesn’t mean you have to completely limit what you eat. Keeping to a strict diet is impossible sometimes, and that’s okay! Being healthy and fit is something that needs to be taken one day at a time. After a while, better, healthier habits will start to form. You’ll notice that you’ll start to feel stronger and more energized. You’ll feel healthy. And that’s the goal.

Nicole is a writer for Heels Down Media. If she's not writing or editing, she's either running, doing yoga, or at the barn working on becoming a better, stronger dressage rider.

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