Clean eating doesn’t have to be overly expensive, hard to follow, or complicated. By choosing real, whole foods that don’t come in a package, you’ll be on the right path. Find tons of clean eating tips and recipes in this article.

If you’re new to clean eating or looking for more recipes, then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve rounded up the best clean eating recipes for beginners that are both easy and delicious.

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Clean Eating for Beginners

There’s no better time than now to clean up your diet, start eating more real foods, and begin supporting your health. The good news is that most people don’t have to follow a strict plan to get where you need to be.

Studies show that more moderate ways of eating are more sustainable over the long term that super strict diets. That’s why I love clean eating: it’s flexible, moderate, and easily adapted to one’s own needs. Learn more about what foods to eat on a clean eating diet

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What is Clean Eating?

Just to be clear, there isn’t one strict definition of clean eating. I like to say that clean eating includes real, whole foods most of the time, choosing organic and sustainable options whenever possible. Clean eating also means selecting foods that meet one’s individual needs. 

Learn more about the basics of clean eating and get my free list of gluten and dairy free foods.

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Also, feel free to get my Clean Eating Quick Start Guide! I’ll send you five days of tips to get started with a clean eating diet. 

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What is your clean eating food list?

There is no one set clean eating food list that everyone agrees on, but a general rule is to choose real, whole foods over processed foods (see my clean eating food list). Think fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, dairy, and healthy fats like avocado and coconut. You can read more on my list of foods to eat every day.

How do you clean eat for beginners?

Take it one meal at a time or make small upgrades to your meals whenever possible. Add an extra serving of vegetables at dinnertime or swap a processed food with a real food option. See more of my tips for how to eat clean.

What are the rules of clean eating?

The only rule is that you eat according to your needs. There are no rules with clean eating, just do your best to choose real, unprocessed foods as often as possible.

How do you eat clean when picky?

Cook what you love. Don’t force yourself to eat kale if you hate it. If you don’t like bitter vegetables like broccoli, then choose carrots or red bell peppers. See my list of the best vegetables for picky eaters.

Can you get everything you need from food?

Probably not, due to the fact that our soil has become depleted. Check out my articles on the best vitamins for women over 50 and the best vitamins for 30-year old women.

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Easy Clean Eating Recipes

Now it’s time to share the recipes! You’ll find a selection of my favorites in my free e-book, but you can also find my free clean eating recipe index here so you can pick exactly which ones you want.

If you don’t find enough recipes on this list, then you can also check out my list of the best clean eating websites.


Clean Eating Recipes

Here are some of the best clean eating recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All of these recipe are made using real food ingredients, and are gluten-free and dairy-free.

Breakfast Recipes

Here are some of the best clean eating breakfast smoothies from my blog.

Clean Eating Chicken Recipes

Here are some of the best clean eating chicken recipes. These are all gluten-free and dairy-free.

Clean Eating Vegan Recipes

This section includes easy, gluten-free vegan recipes that are part of a clean eating diet.

Clean Eating Desserts

Yes, you can have treats on a clean eating diet. Here are some of the best clean eating dessert recipes.

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Note: this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.