My “Clean Eating” Journey Continues!

Hi friends! Several of you have emailed me about my “clean eating”. Am I still doing it? What am I eating? I also posted this picture of a green smoothie on instagram and you asked for the recipe. So here’s my update and a recipe!

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First, yes I’m still committed to “clean eating”.  Clean eating can be different for everyone but for me, I’m trying to eat as little processed food as possible. Which means I have to cook more. Ugh!

I don’t think I will ever be 100% clean, that’s not a realistic goal for me but I would like to be 75% clean. My husband loves to ask me if our food is “dirty” or “clean”. He thinks he’s so funny!

I’ve mentioned several websites I’m using such as The Gracious Pantry, and 100 Days of Real Food. Both of them have great recipes and most of the ones I’ve tried I love!

Another thing I’ve recently signed up for is Emeals.com. Emeals meal plan arrives in my inbox every week—complete with seven simple, creative, family–friendly dinner recipes. Each meal includes an entrée and side dishes.

All you do is choose a meal plan based on your eating style (there’s paleo, clean, glutten free, low carb, slow cooker, organic and the list goes on), your family size and even your favorite grocery store.

So far, I’ve been very impressed! I joined for 3 months which was $21. You get your meals and your grocery list delivered each week! If you’d like more info. just click the button below.

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Now for the green smoothie recipe. I got this from the blog The 2 Seasons Blog. It’s a mother/daughter blog and I’ve met them in person. The one word I would describe for both of them is elegant! I loved getting to chat with them and I’ve enjoyed reading their blog.

Green Smoothie

1 cup of coconut milk, almond milk or regular milk. (I used organic whole milk.)
2 cups of kale or swiss chard
1-2 carrots
1/2 to 1 cup of blueberries
5 big strawberries
1 frozen banana (break it into pieces before freezing)
1 tablespoon of peanut butter for protein and an extra kick.
 

I didn’t have any carrots so I didn’t add them. I also like my smoothie to have a little more of a sweet taste so I added a tablespoon of pure maple syrup.

That’s it! Super good and super healthy!

Are any of you on this journey with me? How are you doing? Have you found any great websites?

Beauty For the Heart~~Christianity isn’t about larger church attendance numbers or buildings. It’s about people being born again & changed by the power of God. -Jim Cymbala

Have a blessed day!

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Our Cleaning Eating Journey

My daughter and I (along with our very reluctant husbands) are starting a new adventure on Monday. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I have mixed emotions.

Here’s one of the reasons I’m starting this new adventure. I get a lot of emails from you all with questions like, “What do you do to stay in shape?”  “Do you diet, exercise, etc.”

And I always avoid the question like the plague! Why? 1. Because I’m not really “in shape” 2. Because I don’t do a lot.

I try to eat healthy, I exercise some (right now I’m doing a pilates DVD by Denise Austin). But I need to do better. I want to exercise more, but I also want to change my eating habits.

Wayne and I have recently purchased some essential oils (more about that at another time). We’re both concerned about aging and how we feel. We can already tell we feel different in our 40s vs. how we felt in our 30s. I believe part of it is due to our diet.

Our "Clean Eating" Journey

So, I’ve decided to try “clean eating”. You may be asking, what’s that? Some of you may already be doing this, but basically clean eating is about eating foods in their most natural state.

This means avoiding processed foods, foods with loads of preservatives, foods with lots of added sugar, and foods with high levels of bad fats.

Clean eating is not a diet, but I’m hoping by cutting out sugar my husband and I might lose a few pounds. Mainly I’m concerned about us staying healthy as we age. I’m concerned because so many in my family have died from cancer. It may or may not been related to processed food but I do worry that it was a factor.

I also believe my body is a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and God wants me to take care of it to the best of my ability.

This weekend, I’m cleaning out my pantry and on Sunday after church Courtney and I are headed to Trader Joe’s to re-stock our shelves with healthier alternatives.

I’m going to tell you this is going to be HARD. I’m going to give myself grace because I know I’ll mess up at times. But we have to start somewhere and I’m hoping by telling you all, it might keep me more accountable!

I’ll keep you posted as we begin our journey on Sunday. I’m sure I’ll post a lot on Instagram. I’m cyndispivey on Instagram if you want to follow along. I’m also hoping to post some clean eating recipes on Pinterest. You can follow me here.

There are two websites that we’re using as a guide, 100 Days of Real Food and The Gracious Pantry.

Would you like to join me on this journey? Leave me a comment and let me know! If you’re already “clean eating” I’d also love to hear from you too!

Have a blessed day!

Linking to: Imparting Grace

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No Bake Energy Bites

I shared with you a few weeks ago 3 Ways I’m Getting Healthy by exercising, cooking healthier and cutting out some sugar and caffeine. I wish I had started doing this when I was younger but I don’t think it’s too late to start.

I’ve also found that I absolutely love coconut oil. I’ve been using coconut oil like crazy! I have one jar in my bathroom and one in my kitchen.

I don’t know if you’ve seen these or not, but these No Bake Energy Bites have been floating around Pinterest so I decided to give them a try and I love them!

No Bake Energy Bites
After I made mine I realized I added 1/2 cup honey instead of 1/3 cup so that’s why mine look a little different. I should have added more oats. Leave it to me to mess up the most simple recipe! But these are still delicious and healthy.

Here’s all you need:

1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I used regular size because that’s what I had but mini’s would work better.)
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all the ingredients together. Refrigerate it for 30 minutes to make the mixture firmer and easier to work with. Roll in to one inch balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

That’s it! When you’re having a craving for something sweet these are a great alternative!

There are a variety of ways to make these. My friend Myra from My Blessed Life who is my health guru has a recipe for Chocolate-Cranberry Energy Bites.

Have you tried these no bake energy bites? What’s your go to energy snack?

Beauty For the Heart~~“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” -Francis Chan

Have a blessed day!

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