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Over the past couple weeks I’ve been trying to get back on track with clean eating. Although I don’t feel like I indulged all that much during the holiday season, I found that with the craziness of the season I really slacked on my fruit and veggie consumption. Honest confession time: When things get busy, I frequently find myself eating oatmeal with peanut butter or almond butter for dinner instead of an actual meal. Sad but true.

So, rather than embarking on a giant juice cleanse or detox, I’ve just been re-focusing my efforts to eat lots of fruits and veggies and get a bit more variety in my diet. Since I usually start off most mornings with a bowl of oatmeal, I aim to make lunch as nutrient-dense as possible. Fruits smoothies, salads, kale chips and veggie soups have all been on heavy rotation lately, even if I would rather eat a giant bowl of pasta when the weather is freezing cold outside.

I’m hoping to be more diligent about snapping photos of lunches that I’ve been enjoying. And I would love to hear suggestions from you all about what you do to incorporate more fruits and veggies in your daily routine. Any new healthy recipes you’ve discovered and loved? Pass them along! Here are the “recipes” pictured above.

Clean Eating Lunch
Berry-Almond Milk Smoothie
*1 cup unsweetened almond milk
*3/4 cup frozen mixed berries
*1 packet stevia (Truvia)
*Dash of vanilla extract

Kale Chips
*Garlic Kale Chips Recipe HERE

Chips and Dip
*2 tablespoons hummus
*8 whole grain tortilla chips

Happy Tuesday, friends!
Madison

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  • http://foodloveswriting.com/ Shanna

    YUM. I could go for this whole plate right now.

    • Madison Mayberry

      Shanna I think we could dine together all the time based on the recipes you share at Food Loves Writing. :)

  • Baking Serendipity

    I think I need a clean eating day too. This lunch is definitely the way to kick it off!

    • Madison Mayberry

      Isn’t it amazing how one clean eating day can make a huge difference in how you feel?

  • http://twitter.com/lesseriouslife Sara

    clean eating is so refreshing after the holidays even if you didn’t get too crazy. i’m not a big detox person either – just getting back to basics is important. this look like a great healthy lunch!

    • Madison Mayberry

      Glad to know I’m not the only person who isn’t huge on detoxes. Though I’ve seen a lot of photos on Instagram of people who are doing some juice cleanse or another!

  • Elizabeth Ann

    Looks awesome! :-) I love kale chips! :-)

  • Laura @FoodSnobSTL

    Do you think Stevia has a funny after taste? If not, what brand are you using? I feel like it has a horrid after taste!

  • L.Rupp

    I love making soups with a lot of veggies, like minestrone or ribollita (minus the bread). It’s so comforting to eat a healthy, delicious soup on a cold day. They’re super easy to put together, and you can eat off a recipe for several dinners and lunches.

  • Kiersten ECD

    Awesome post! I have been following Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet series to kick off the New Year. I feel amazing!!