Safe to say we all fall on and off the track of perfectly clean eating here and there. Whether it’s our hormones getting the best of us or social situations too hard to resist, when we make that ‘splurge’ it may unravel an all too familiar chain of cravings.
When this happens, the fastest way to get back on track and actually distance yourself from unwanted cravings is to do something slightly aggressive to put yourself back on track immediately. However, it’s also important you don’t try something super extreme, as that just may be unrealistic and usually results in binge eating and making the entire situation worse than it was.
So, what’s a good go-to to get yourself back on track with eating super clean?
Try my salad smoothie method!
Yup, just smoothies and salads. Sure, you might want to reach for a processed candy bar when you first start because your brain might still be a little hooked on that overload of sugar you splurged on, but the great news is all you really need is three days of being aggressive with your discipline. After three days, your cravings will have left you – making clean eating easy again. Plus, with the sweetness of smoothies, you’ll also be able to keep the sugar monster inside you tame enough to move through the three days without a major fight.
Another thing I love about my smoothie and salad method is you don’t have to wrap your head around some super specific plan that you have to go to the grocery five different times to find all the ingredients for. It’s simple. It’s effective. It works every time!
Of course, though, not any smoothie will do and not any salad will do. Both need to be 100% natural (NOTHING processed) and made with clean, quality ingredients.
LET’S TALK SALAD
Be sure to buy all your produce organic. Stick to real, whole vegetables and steer clear of cheese/dairy and candied dried fruit toppings. Also, be careful with dressing. Instead of using a pre-made dressing that may be full of processed chemicals and mayo, opt for a teaspoon of cold-pressed olive oil and lots of fresh squeezed lemon! Balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar and other straight vinegars are also fine! Top with a lean meat, chicken or fish – but again, be sure it is antibiotic-free, hormone-free and preservative-free. Make the base of the salad darker greens and make this base HUGE. The greener, the cleaner, the leaner 🙂
Here is a sample salad that I personally love:
- kale, chard, spinach, sprouts, chopped slice of apple, fresh basil, 1/2 avocado, purple cabbage, cooked/steamed beets (1-2), serving of turkey meat, cold-pressed olive oil, 1/2 lemon squeezed & sprinkle of himalayan sea salt
LET’S TALK SMOOTHIES
As for your smoothies, grab a bundle of organic bananas, organic frozen blueberries, plant-based protein powder (no sugar or preservatives added), some fresh kale or spinach, chia seeds and unsweetened almond milk to keep on hand.
Here is a sample smoothie that I personally love:
- Grab your blender and add 4 ice cubes, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup blueberries, big handful of spinach or kale, 1 serving of the protein powder, tsp. chia seeds, and 1/2 cup almond milk. Throw on the lid and blend that baby away! You might need to add a tiny bit of water if you’re having trouble getting it all to smoothly blend, but remember for optimal smoothie texture a little water goes a long way.
Feel free to switch out almond milk for pure coconut water or other unsweetened nut milks, such as cashew milk! Also, mix up your berries if you’d like. I prefer to keep it simple and stick to pretty much the same smoothie throughout – just so it’s less groceries to buy. 🙂
LET’S TALK SAMPLE DAY OF THE SMOOTHIE-SALAD METHOD
Snack: Small Salad (just veggies)
Lunch: Big Salad (include protein)
Dinner: Big Salad (include protein)
How simple is that? You don’t need to even think about anything else, just smoothies and salads and how energetic and lean it’ll help you to be!
Taylor AKA The Smoothie Queen 😉
PS: Need exact recipes? Thinking about creating a full smoothie-salad method guide for you all. If you want me to do this, email me! firstname.lastname@example.org