Meal Ideas for Your First Week for Clean Eating

As you go through your clean eating journey, you will begin adding more meals and
snacks to the mix, but don’t make it difficult in the beginning. If you want to be
successful and live a cleaner lifestyle, then it should start simple. Here are some meal
ideas when you are just starting out with clean eating.

Components for a Balanced Clean Meal

Before getting into the meal ideas, it helps to know what to include in each of your
meals and snacks. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks between meals, and
any desserts you want to enjoy. For clean eating and to stay full, you want to be sure
you have carbohydrates and protein with every meal. These together provide enough
energy for your day and ensure you are getting the nutrients you need. You should also
add some healthy fats to as many meals as you can.

Make Meal-Building Simple

If you are new to meal planning, here is a simple formula:

1 protein + 1 carbohydrate + 1 fruit or vegetable + 1 healthy fat

This can be adjusted as needed, but it is a good way to figure out your meals. For
example, a very simple meal might include salmon (protein), brown rice (carb), broccoli
(vegetable) and olive oil (fat) that was used to cook your salmon. Don’t worry about
adjusting it later on and just make your clean eating meals simple to put together.

Use Ingredients More Than Once

Another tip that is going to help you with your first week’s worth of clean eating meals is
to choose ingredients you can use more than once. This allows you to save money and
simplifies both the grocery shopping and cooking processes. For example, you can get
a whole rotisserie chicken that easily works for more than one meal, and buy your rice
in bags and cook in larger batches to be used for multiple lunches and dinners.

Meal Ideas for the First Week

Now for some meal ideas. These are just a few easy ways to put breakfast, lunch, and
dinner together. There are of course many other options.

Breakfast – Avocado toast w/whole grain bread, mashed avocado, and fried eggs on
top for some added protein.

Lunch – Chicken salad with greens, cooked chicken, veggies, and some vinaigrette as
your fat.

Dinner – Chicken (same as used during lunch), quinoa w/black beans, and some
roasted asparagus.