My family has been “eating clean” for almost three weeks now. We are avoiding processed foods, sugar, simple carbohydrates, and artificial sweeteners and flavors. It’s been quite the adjustment, but I feel fantastic. I have more energy, my workouts are easier, and best of all, I’m losing weight.
The one thing I love about eating clean is you don’t have to starve yourself in order to lose weight. I am actually eating more now than I was before. The difference is now I am fueling my body with more protein and better carbs.
The hardest part so far has been finding recipes that are “clean.” I am using the The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno as a foundation and have found some good recipes in it.
Just about every day of the week I make a protein-packed smoothie for breakfast. It’s full of good stuff and tastes delicious! Even my husband (who is having a hard time adjusting to the eat clean diet) loves it! (If I’m not having a smoothie, I’m eating four scrambled egg whites (+ one yolk) and oatmeal with flax seed, bee pollen and berries).
This Eat Clean Oats & Banana Protein Smoothie is delicious and packed full of healthy protein, carbs and fats. It will give you great, long-lasting energy to fuel your morning. To make it you’ll need: unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, old-fashioned oats, natural peanut butter or powdered peanut butter, flax seed, bee pollen (optional) and a banana.
PB2 – Bell Plantation Peanut Butter, 1 lb Jar 16oz (4-pack)Bob’s Red Mill Organic Golden Flaxseed Meal, 16 Ounce (Pack of 4) (Package May Vary)GREENBOW Organic Bee Pollen – 100% USDA Certified Organic, Pure, & Natural Bee Pollen – Superfood Packed with Proteins, Vitamins & Minerals – Non-GMO, Kosher Certified, Gluten Free – 155g
I’ve had a lot of people ask me which powdered peanut butter, flax seed, and bee pollen I recommend. These are my top picks: PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter, Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flax Seed and Greenbow Organic Bee Pollen. I buy mine in bulk on Amazon — it saves me a trip to the store and I’ve found that Amazon has the best prices, and of course, FREE shipping!
I have made this recipe many times and have tried several different variations. I have used one cup berries in place of the banana and it’s definitely not as filling. I have also tried using cottage cheese instead of greek yogurt and the only difference is the smoothie comes out a little thicker. If you are making this recipe for the first time, I would highly recommend making it as stated. It is delicious just the way it is! If you want to reduce fat and calories, you can substitute the peanut butter for PB2, a powdered peanut butter that has 85% less fat and calories than traditional peanut butter. Recipe adapted from The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno.
Try it out and let me know what you think!
If you want to reduce fat and calories, you can substitute the peanut butter for PB2, a powdered peanut butter that has 85% less fat and calories than traditional peanut butter.
Recipe adapted from The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno.