I want to congratulate you for your decision to “eat clean”. But what happens when you’re doing well for a few days enjoying new recipes?
You have it right.
You start to miss your favorite processed foods.
Packing a lunch is hard when making sandwiches isn’t an option. And how are you supposed to go without your favorite pasta dish? Below you’ll find what are processed foods easy substitutions for some of your favorite foods?
But before we dive into that let’s remove the confusion first and give you the “processed foods definition”.
NHS Choices said that “Processed foods aren’t just microwaved meals and other ready meals. The term ‘processed food’ applies to any food that has been altered from its natural state in some way, either for safety reasons or convenience.”
Clean eating pasta recipe
When you go into a clean eating diet, you usually remove any or all pasta from your food lists. What you can do is to have rice or spaghetti squash as a quick substitute for it.
You can also check online or in some health food stores “miracle noodles” which are mushroom base and usually come packed in water. To be honest, they are a bit of an acquired taste.
An acquired taste often refers to an appreciation for a food or beverage that is unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it, usually because of some unfamiliar aspect of the food or beverage, including a strong or strange odor – Wikipedia
By far the best and most versatile option is to use squash ( Check out ” 10 healthy spaghetti squash recipes you must try for hearty meals, plus 10 more“) and zucchini ( You might like this “Clean Eating Zucchini Noodles” ) as a pasta replacement. Use a spiralizer, a veggie peeper or just a knife and cut pasta shapes from the squash.
You can eat it raw, or cook it in a dry skillet until your mock pasta is al dente (firm to the bite). Serve with your favorite clean pasta sauce or top it with some tomatoes cooked in olive oil and garlic.
Clean eating bread recipe
Wraps and sandwiches make the perfect portable lunch. If you’re wondering what you’re supposed to be doing without them, look no further than a leaf of lettuce or cabbage. They make great wraps and hold your favorite clean sandwich ingredients just fine. ( How about “Clean Eating homemade bread“)
Of course, you can also bake some great gluten-free baked treats using eggs, and either flax seed or almond meal. You can do a quick Google search and have all sorts of quick and easy clean eating recipes to try.
Clean eating cereals
If cold cereal is your breakfast of choice but decided of eating clean breakfast, look no further than a bowl of fruit and chopped nuts topped with a little almond milk. I’m sure you’ll agree that it is much better than that same old bowl of corn flakes.
Keep the ingredients ready in the fridge for a quick and easy breakfast.
If you get tired of that, then give eggs a try. They make great breakfast food and will keep you full for hours or you can check out this Clean Eating Homemade Cereal.
Clean eating pizza recipe
Ah, pizza my favorite, did you know that you can make pizza crust from cauliflower? (If you don’t believe me check out this delicious Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe.
Though it involves a bit of work and slightly messy to eat, but boy does it hit the spot when you’re craving a piece of pie.
Depending on what you’re eating on your personal version of clean eating, corn tortillas may be a good gluten-free option. They make perfect individual sized pizzas.
Any time a craving hits or you feel like throwing in the towel because you’re missing some of your old favorites, come back to this post or do a google search. There are some amazing clean food recipes out there for just about anything.
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