5 Clean Eating Time Savers

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Even though we might have the best of intentions about clean eating, life gets busy and it can be hard to keep up with clean eating.

Instead of ordering take-out, here are 5 clean eating time savers (short cuts really), that you can buy at the grocery store.

They’ll help you eat healthy even on a busy weeknight!


I’m an all-or-nothing person. Or so I’ve been told. (I’m working on it. It’s slow going. I think my progress shall be measured in decades rather than years.)

So today’s post is about compromise. You might want to cook every single meal completely from scratch with only the very best ingredients.

But sometimes our schedules get squeezed a little too tight or our energy hits a low. We might be tempted to just give up on the healthy eating thing and just pick up the phone and order some Chinese take-out.

So that’s why we’re going to talk about compromise today. Let’s look at 5 sanity saving shortcuts that you can pick up at your local grocery store.

5 Clean Eating Sanity Savers:

1. Hot roast chicken from the grocery store: Ok, it’s not as good as roasting a chicken at home. But in a pinch, it can make all the difference. Cut up the chicken and make some quick lettuce wraps with salsa. Or grab a bagged salad and add chicken on top.

2. Frozen veggies:  The freezer section is packed with time-saving tricks. Diced onion, mashed squash, green beans and chopped kale are all great options. For a quick soup, fry up some frozen diced onion, add frozen cooked squash and some chicken stock. Sprinkle in thyme and sea salt. Blend and serve. What could be faster?

Cooked Squash

3. Prepared salads: Pre-washed, pre-chopped- all ready to go! Toss it with your favorite salad dressing and serve it as a side dish or add some protein and make it your main meal.

Rainbow Salad

4. Pre-chopped fresh veggies: Pre-chopped vegetables are certainly not a bargain, but they can keep you on track with clean eating. You can use pre-chopped snow peas, bell peppers, and mushrooms to make a quick stir fry. Use pre-chopped squash, parsnips or carrots to make dish of roasted vegetables or blend them into a quick soup with herbs and sea salt.  Pre-chopped greens like kale and spinach can be blended into a quick and healthy green smoothie.

Chopped Parsnips

Chopped Butternut Squash

Chopped garlic       Kale

5. Salad Dressings: I’m in love with homemade salad dressings, but nothing beats the convenience of a store-bought bottle of salad dressing. Look for a high-quality vinaigrette in a glass bottle that is made with olive oil. My personal pick is one from a local grocery store made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Keep a bottle in the fridge for any salad emergency!

So there you go- my round-up of 5 time-saving tricks to help you stay on track with healthy eating! Let me know what works for you… I’d love to know what shortcuts you use to stay on track.

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