Monday, July 11, 2016

Motivational Monday: Cooking Clean

Because I am gluten-free due to my thyroid issues, a lot of people assume that I load up on all of those "gluten-free" marketed products like rice and corn-based processed foods.  The truth is, I try to avoid any of those foods because you are replacing one processed food with another. Sure, I keep a stock of Udi's rolls in my freezer if I am craving a sandwich, but I try to find clean, naturally gluten-free ingredients to cook with. 

I figured I'd share my absolute favorite "clean" ingredients that are also gluten-free.   Since I am hypothyroid and losing weight is a huge struggle, these foods help me maintain a healthy weight while not feeling deprived.

Here is a typical weekly grocery list:
  • kale
  • Romaine lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini (I love making Zoodles/Zuchhini noodles)
  • black Beans
  • quinoa
  • wild caught salmon (NOT farm-raised)
  • lean ground turkery
  • eggs
  • avocado
  • almond milk
  • almonds/walnuts
  • chia seeds
  • coconut oil (unrefined)
  • organic ketchup 
  • coconut palm sugar
  • apples 
  • Greek yogurt (unsweetened) 
  • sweet potatoes
Favorite clean dinners:
California Cobb Salad
Chicken Sausage, Kale + White Beans
Sunday Night "pasta" Zoodles

Favorite clean desserts/snacks
Greek Yogurt "Cookie Dough"
4-ingredient Granola Bar
Starbucks Inspired Strawberry Frappuccino

Ever After,