5 Day Clean Eating Challenge

clean eating challenge

Eating clean is something I committed to a little over two years ago and I haven’t looked back since!  It literally changed my life for the better and the way I look at food.  Now don’t get me wrong, living a completely clean lifestyle doesn’t mean I’ve given up sweets and the occasional pizza completely, but I believe in living life by the 80/20 rule.  This means 80% of the time I choose to eat organic, non-processed healthy foods aaaaand 20% of the time I allow myself to splurge.  This not only allows me to keep my sanity because YES I still love indulging in some of my favorite meals I grew up on, but it also helps me stick to this chosen lifestyle.  Truth be told my skin has never glowed more, I’m in a much better mood (so say my friends haha), my workouts have gotten stronger and, believe it or not, I sleep better too!  Oh and of course I can’t leave out the added bonus of needing new jeans which is always a plus.

So when two of my favorite girls Jamie and Kristen from the blog I Don’t Go to the Gym reached out to me about their 5 Day Clean Eating Challenge – I totally had to jump on board!

Beginning Monday, March 2nd, these girls will be kicking off this challenge by providing a full shopping list, meal plans, delicious recipes and daily check-ins all to make it oh so easy to start your journey to eating clean.  If you’re not new to clean eating then that’s okay too!  This is still a great way to maintain your healthy lifestyle, try new recipes and seek out motivation from others doing the challenge.  So how do you join??

Well Jamie and Kristen have started a private Facebook page that anyone can join that is SO helpful because this is where you’ll find your weekly meal plan and recipes as well as everyone else that has joined the challenge for awesome accountability and support!  Best part??  This is completely FREE!!  All they ask is that you “LIKE” I Don’t Go to the Gym on Facebook to begin – it’s THAT easy!!

So whether you had some New Years resolutions you haven’t been sticking to or you’re simply ready to kick start your healthy eating plan for that summer bod, what better way to start than with a bunch of girls all with the same goal!  Remember clean eating is a lifestyle, NOT a diet so if you approach it head on with that mindset then you’re already off to a really great start.  Here are some helpful tips to stay on track:

  • Always stock your fridge with fresh produce
  • Eliminate added sugars from your diet
  • Try sticking to the outside of your grocery store where all the fresh produce is
  • Drink TONS of water!
  • Don’t eat foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce
  • Focus on nutrients, not just calories
  • Cook your own meals and try to plan out the whole week ahead of time
  • Portion control!

So are you ready to get started?  Simply comment below that you’re ready to commit and join the group Facebook page HERE!  The meal plans will be posted this Friday, February 27th so that you can get all your shopping done this weekend and be ready to start on Monday!  I’m planning on doing this myself so hope you’re with me!

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20 Delicious and Surprisingly Healthy Funfetti Recipes

Funfetti.

Oh ya know, pretty much one of my greatest childhood memories where, admittedly, I would willingly take this delicious cake batter straight to the face without a moment’s hesitation because, let’s face it, who really BAKED funfetti cake??  Okay so maybe I’m the only one who skipped that last little part of the instructions where you actually put it in the oven (probably because I didn’t have enough batter left to actually make a cake), but as most of you know, funfetti is still one of my all-time favorite indulgences as an adult.  Now I know funfetti is synonymous with cakes and sweets, but that doesn’t mean that all recipes are loaded with fat and calories!  Case in point, one recipe that I LOVE to make is this Funfetti Cake Dip which is perfect for parties or on the occasional Friday night when I’m craving something sweet.  It’s made with only three simple ingredients, takes under 5 minutes to throw together and tastes great with fat-free animal crackers or even fruit!  Oh and I promise – you’d think you were actually eating cake batter or those little Dunkaroos your mom used to put in your lunch box back in the day, except this is the guilt-free version.  Oh and here’s something cool you can do – using the same ingredients you used in making the cake dip, if you simply substitute 2 eggs in for the cool-whip, you now can make Skinny Funfetti Cookies!

Sooo I figured these can’t be the ONLY lightened-up funfetti recipes out there so I thought it’d be fun to create a delicious round-up of all my favorite HEALTHY cake batter inspired recipes that not only taste amazing, but are lighter on the calories {and your waistline}.

Yep you’re welcome.

20 Healthy Funfetti Recipes | Eat Yourself Skinny

So for ALL these recipes and so much more, head on over HERE!

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15 Delicious Avocado Recipes That May Just Surprise You

Avocados and I have a love-hate relationship.

You see I really want to LOVE them because they are so incredibly good for you, but eating them on their own in all of their avocado glory just isn’t that appealing to me.  Avocados are one of those healthy fats that are full of vitamins, antioxidants and TONS of fiber.  They also just so happen to have more potassium than bananas (crazy right?) and their creamy texture makes them the perfect substitute for all sorts of ingredients in many of your favorite dishes.  Sooo I have been on a mission to incorporate these little fruits (yes FRUIT) into my diet as much as possible and have found some incredible recipes that taste so delicious you wouldn’t even believe that avocados were in them!  For example, avocados make the perfect substitute for oil or butter when baking, they add a whole new level of creaminess to smoothies and ice cream and I can pretty much guarantee you a life-changing experience upon trying chocolate and avocado together.

Avocados have such a light subtle flavor that when added to your favorite recipes you really can’t taste them!  Let’s also not overlook the clear and simple fact that they make the dish SO much healthier.  A win-win.

Now who said comfort food had to be unhealthy??

15 Delicious Avocado Recipes | Eat Yourself Skinny

I’ve put together a list of my favorite avocado recipes that I’ve personally made myself as well as some yummy ones from other fabulous bloggers.  So for all these recipes and MORE, head on over HERE!

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