7 Days of Clean Meals for the Family (GF)

Clean Meals

Before we get to the good stuff, I’d love to walk alongside you on your journey towards wholeness and health!  

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One of the most difficult parts of changing your entire food plan to eat clean is meal planning.  It’s hard enough if you’re only planning for one person, but if it’s the whole family, it can be very overwhelming!  It took me about 6 months to settle into a comfortable rhythm with our new way of eating…don’t give up!  Now I’d like to help you if you are in the middle of making the switch.  This post should also be helpful if you’re already in a healthy, clean eating pattern, but are bored with your food, and ready for some new ideas!  I’ll start with Sunday, and give you meal and snack ideas that go all the way through Saturday!

Before we jump in, I want to give you some tips on teaching your kids to eat clean.  My goal as a parent is not to force them to eat food that is good for them, but to teach them to prefer it.  That means it needs to be an enjoyable experience for them.  Over the course of the last year I have consistently presented them with the food Jim and eat, but also made sure there is something filling on the plate that they will like.  I encourage them (usually not force) to try foods each time they are presented with one, even if they’ve tried it before.  If they are having a hard time transitioning to healthier habits, do your best to find the fruits and veggies they like the best, and make sure to give them lots of those!  Honestly, my kids love healthy food, but many days they will have gluten free pizza or chicken/fish nuggets for lunch.  I accompany that with lots of fruit and veggies, which ensures that they are receiving the nutrients they need to grow and be healthy!

I pray that as you make healthy changes you will start to experience the freedom you were created to live in!  God did not design us to be controlled by food, but to be in relationship with him.  Being free from food addictions allows your heart to be more open to Him and His love.  God bless you in this process, whether or not you share my faith!

Day 1: Sunday (a little extra work to get ready for the week)

Clean Food Plan


 Breakfast:

Note: If your children won’t eat the buckwheat, or any other breakfast options I’m suggesting, see my list of healthy cereals in Example of a Healthy Pantry.  My kids usually eat low sugar, whole grain, gluten free cereal for breakfast. 

Lunch:

Snack: 

Dinner: 

    • Family Fun Easy Sushi Night.  My kids love this, but if yours don’t, see if they’ll eat it with some of your left over chicken from lunch, or serve them just the rice and edamame…that’s a complete meal.

After Dinner Snack:

    • See the end of this post for a list of great snacks for the evening.  Make sure to eat them at least an hour before going to bed…your body needs to focus its resources on healing and restoration, not digestion while you sleep!

Day 2: Monday


Clean Food Plan


 Breakfast: 

Lunch:

Snack: 

Dinner: 

    • Make some ground turkey and use half of it for Quinoa with Creamy Veggie Sauce.  I use 7% fat ground turkey (preferably free range), and cook it straight on my non-stick ceramic pan.  Just add sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cumin to taste.  If you have left over chicken from the day before you can use that, instead, but you’ll need the other half of the turkey meat for spaghetti tomorrow.
    • Organic baby spinach, to serve under the quinoa and sauce
    • If your kids do not like the sauce, give them some of the meat with fruit, veggies, and a piece of whole grain toast (Canyon Bakehouse is full of healthy ingredients, and tastes really good!)

To Do Before Bed:


Day 3: Tuesday


 

Clean Meal


Breakfast:

    •  Muffins you made the night before
    • Seasonal Fruit
    • Sliced Organic Celery

Lunch: 

Snack: 

    • Sliced apples, celery, and carrots dipped in raw almond butter (least expensive one I’ve found is at Trader Joe’s)
    • Any left over snacks or muffins from the last couple days

Dinner: 

To Do Before Bed: 


Day 4: Wednesday


 

Clean Meals

Breakfast: 

Lunch: 

Snack: 

    • Granola you made the night before, with plain greek yogurt (add raw honey if you need it), or unsweetened almond milk

Dinner: 

    • Paleo Sweet Potato Hash (just make eggs for the picky eaters…my older kids loved this!), served over baby greens
    • Seasonal fruit

Day 5: Thursday


 

Clean Meals


 Breakfast: 

    • Left over granola from the day before, with almond milk or plain yogurt
    • Sliced cucumbers

Lunch: 

Snack:

Dinner: 


Day 6: Friday


 

Clean Meals


 Breakfast: 

Lunch: 

    • Leftover Simple Paleo Meal with biscuits or bread from the night before
    • If you don’t have enough dinner left over for a full lunch, make another Healthy Gluten Free Sandwich.  Serve with organic corn chips and natural hummus.

Snack: 

Dinner: 

    • Gluten Free Red Enchilada Casserole (make the sauce and assemble the casserole ahead of time, then bake before serving)
    • Organic baby greens, with pecans, dried cranberries, organic vinaigrette, and blue cheese (optional)

Day 7: Saturday


 

Clean Meals


 Breakfast: 

Lunch: 

Snack: 

    • Sliced cucumbers, carrots, and celery with natural hummus

Dinner:


After Dinner Snacks and Desserts (all gluten free and lower carb): 


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