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Clean eating 101: What it is, what it's not and 3 recipes to get started

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

Because clean eating doesn't have to be complicated, boring or restrictive

1. Fresh fruit-infused water recipe

Because clean eating doesn't have to be complicated, boring or restrictive
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Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 large plastic or glass pitcher
  • 1 gallon filtered water
  • 2 cups chopped fresh fruit (add a variety of chopped fresh fruits, such as nectarines, apples, berries, citrus, melon, kiwi, grapes or pineapple)
  • Fresh herbs, such as rosemary or fresh mint
Tip: This is great to keep on hand and sip throughout your day, especially when you want something with flavor.

Directions:

  1. Add the gallon of filtered water to the pitcher. Add the fresh fruit and herbs, and mix well.
  2. Allow the water to chill several hours to help the flavors blend.

2. Clean deviled eggs recipe

Because clean eating doesn't have to be complicated, boring or restrictive
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

Serves 6  (2 halves per person)

Ingredients:

  • 6 organic eggs, hard-boiled
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Paprika and fresh parsley, as garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Slice each hard-boiled egg in half, and remove the yolks. To a bowl, add the yolks, Greek yogurt, mustard and chives, and mix everything well until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Taste the mixture, and season as desired with salt.
  2. Spoon the filling into each egg half. Garnish with fresh parsley and a sprinkle of paprika. Chill until ready to serve.

More: 14 healthy food swaps that make eating better a breeze

3. Clean-eating baked coconut shrimp recipe

Because clean eating doesn't have to be complicated, boring or restrictive
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

Adapted from The Gracious Pantry

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound peeled shrimp, deveined
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the egg whites and the coconut oil, and mix well.
  3. To a separate bowl, add the coconut, panko breadcrumbs, garlic and onion powder, and mix well to combine.
  4. Dip each shrimp into the egg white mixture and then into the breadcrumb mixture. Place on the cookie sheet, and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 5/9/16

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