Eating Clean, A Plan

Want to eat healthy but still want tasty meals and snacks? I know we do. Cook with us as we try to find cleaner, healthier options that are delicious and fun to make

Alex and I have a fun little side project going on. The past few years, we have sort of ignored our health in a significant way and gotten rounder and rounder. I think it’s a fair statement to say we’re both kind of done with that situation. I can get really nutty and super into a project like this and wind up burning myself and Alex out so I’ve taken a bit more of a measured approach to situation.

A few months ago, I connected with Dave and Megan at Midtown Barbell. Not long after I started, I had the major setback of our work lives being blown up so I kind of lost my way for a bit. With some gentle encouragement and a considerable amount of patience, Dave got me back in the gym. It’s hard and gross and I could seriously talk myself out of going every single day but I haven’t and I’m there, sweating and swearing and trying to keep my chin up.

This past weekend, Megan sent me a little food plan. It’s pretty straight forward:

The Plan


3 eggs, ¾ cup of oatmeal, 1 tsp slivered almonds, 1 tsp butter


5 oz turkey or chicken or tuna

Dijon mustard or some sort of sugar free sauce

2 cups spinach

2 tbsps dressing

Handful of cashews


6 oz lean meat, 1 cup steamed broccoli, 1 baked yam, 1 tsp butter


½ small fruit, 1 oz cheese, 1 small handful of nuts

1 oz cheese, 36 calories worth of crackers

1 oz meat, 1 slice of bread, 1 tsp mayo

1 hardboiled egg

Small handful of grapes and nuts

No pop, no juice, no alcohol

I sat with this for a couple of days… it was the long weekend which means lots of cocktails and yummy food so the eating plan could wait. And it gave me time to consider what she had written out. I really dislike boring food. And this just strikes me as 10 days of boredom which will be hard to keep myself motivated through. So I’ve had enough time to think and I’ve come up with a few ideas about how to eat this lean protein, high vegetable plan with a little panache.

Here is how we interpreted it on one of those 10 days

3 scrambled eggs with 2 tomato slices

¾ cup steel cut oatmeal with a few blueberries

Lunch for Danielle turned out to be a store bought chicken, corn and hardboiled egg salad with a mustard/olive oil dressing. Alex had 2 leftover chicken thighs and a sliced tomato.

For snacks, I had some cucumber slices with 2 oz of cheese. 


A few roasted almonds

And then for dinner, I made a pretty nice little schmammer:

Yam, Kale and Ground Turkey Hash

Author: Chef Alex

Have Knives, will travel.

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