Clean eating is not so much the challenge. If someone puts a plate of beautiful and well-prepared whole foods before you, I doubt you’d have any trouble consuming them. But if you are the chef, maybe you identify with the difficulty of knowing what to buy if you want to change your diet and eliminate processed foods.
Enter Costco. I’m enjoying the cost saving, big box, clean shopping. Just look at this cart full of necessities!
Yes, spinach, artichoke and parmesan dip is a necessity! We all love to top parmesan cheese “crackers” with it. Costco sells the Whisps brand- they’re pricy but worth it if you’re cutting out grains. Each serving is less than 1 gram of carbohydrates! Or you can make your own with grated parmesan cheese.
Let’s see how creative I can be using these items along with organic meats or seafood already stocked in the freezer:
- Breakfast omelet (not just for weekends- do you have 10 minutes? You have enough time to prepare an omelet. See my post “Eggcellent”).
- Greek salad with shrimp sautéed in coconut oil (another under 10 minute dish).
- Egg, bacon and cheese open-faced sandwich.
- Crock pot chicken with Mediterranean spices and steamed broccoli.
- Mile high grilled burgers topped with onions, jalapeños and avocado.
- Meat sauce stuffed bell peppers.
- Pizza (made with a cauliflower crust- Pinterest has great recipes) and salad.
- Asian chicken lettuce wraps.
The goal is to eat greens and a protein every meal, and to have a couple of protein rich snacks (like string cheese or handful of nuts). You’ll notice there’s no fruit in my basket… I don’t have great luck with avocados from Costco, but we find them at other markets and add them to salads. Berries are plentiful at Costco, but I prefer to buy local. So good with a dollop of Greek yogurt!
You might be wondering if this type of eating can get boring? I don’t think so. Since beginning my journey five months ago, I’ve discovered that I crave more and more whole foods. I stay full and seriously love the fact that the sugar addiction is behind me. How ironic, though, that I dreamed last night about trying to eat just a morsel of a milk chocolate bar but ended up consuming every last bite! Maybe a little guilt surfacing after my Mother’s Day splurge?