A Week of Clean-Eating Dinners and Sides

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
A Week of Clean-Eating Dinners and Sides Blog Post

Eating clean may seem like a trendy idea, but in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, it’s what we always think about when we develop recipes—and how we like to cook at home. It’s simply a healthy—and sustainable—way to approach all your meals. “Clean eating means filling your plate with real, whole foods, eating a variety of fruits and whole grains, moderate amounts of lean meats and sustainable seafood, dairy, nuts and seeds and healthy oils,” says Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian and author of Clean Eating for Busy Families.

Day 7: Cut Down on Alcohol

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Day 7: Cut Down on Alcohol Blog Post

Eating clean also means drinking clean. You can still have some alcohol if you want—but stay within the recommended daily limit of one drink for women and two for men. One drink equals 5 ounces of wine, 1½ ounces of liquor or 12 ounces of beer.

Recipe to Try: Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Day 6: Cut Back on Sugar

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Day 6: Cut Back on Sugar Blog Post

Most people eat far too many added sugars. The easiest way to clean up the sugars in your diet is to limit obvious sources of sugar like soda, candy and baked goods. But don’t stop there—healthy foods like yogurt, tomato sauce and cereal can be “sneaky” sources of added sugars. Spend some time today reading labels. Choose plain or no-sugar-added varieties of your favorite foods, and check the ingredients to make sure sugar either isn’t listed at all, or is listed toward the bottom of the ingredient list.

Day 5: Eat More Whole Grains

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Day 5: Eat More Whole Grains Blog Post

Whole grains have beneficial nutrients that refined grains are missing, like magnesium (which helps the body produce energy) and fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer. Trade your refined grains for whole grains by eating oatmeal for breakfast, swapping out white pasta, flour and bread for whole-wheat versions, or trying a new-to-you whole grain, like quinoa, freekah or barley.

Recipe to Try: Spaghetti Genovese









Day 4: Eat More Vegetables

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Day 4: Eat More Vegetables Blog Post

Most Americans fall short of reaching the average recommended daily amount of 2½ to 3 cups of vegetables—which means they’re missing out on key vitamins, minerals and fiber. Get more vegetables in your diet by adding them to sandwiches, pastas or stir-fries. Try starting your day with vegetables at breakfast (like in this Greek omelet packed with spinach) and be sure to add veggies to your dinner tonight, like in this salad-topped pizza.

Recipe to Try: Margherita Pizz’alad