Ok, ok, so I might be a personal trainer and secretly I know my clients hate me when I ask for a food diary, but honestly, I don’t do it to be mean. I like to know what’s going in. I like to know what exercise is happening outside of personal training. Most importantly, I like to pass on knowledge. Yes, a key role in the job of being a personal trainer is educating form and technique, intensity and variety to your clients in their exercise. But another key role is learning what foods they like and how you can make the same dinner selection even better.
I won’t lie. I love to indulge every now and again. But I love clean eating more. If you saw the recipe below there is no way most people would think this is what clean eating means. To most people clean eating is 3 or 4 ingredients on a plate, steamed, flavoured only by herbs and everything tastes the same; bland. Clean eating is so much more than this, let me show you.
The meal below is super simple to make and tastes amazing! Especially when you then find out it is only approximately 315-320 kcal, nearly 35 grams of protein and only 5 grams of fat and 30 grams of carbohydrate per serving!!
120g lean sirloin steak (if you don’t eat red meat you can easily substitute it with a lean white meat)
1 pinch fresh ground black pepper
2 sprigs of fresh chives
0.5tsp fresh minced garlic
1 sweet potato (approx 150grams)
30mls balsamic vinegar
20mls low fat coconut milk
1 cup mixed green salad leaves (preferably organic to reduce pesticides)
4 cherry tomatoes (approx 10g each and again preferably organic)
Combine 1/2 of the balsamic vinegar with the garlic and the pepper. Pour over the steak and allow to marinade for 15-30 minutes
Wash the salad leaves and cherry tomatoes, then cut the tomatoes in to halves, mix in with the salad leaves and then place on to serving plate
Peel the sweet potato and cut in to 1cm cubes. Add to boiling water and cook until tender (approx 8-10 minutes). Remove from the heat, drain and mash. Wash and finely chop the chives. Add 80% of the chives to the potato with the 20mls of coconut milk. Transfer to serving plate.
Heat grill and cook steak for 2 minutes on each side or until it is cooked to your desired taste. Place the steak on top of your mash and top with a few spare chives. Serve immediately.
Now this is a meal for one but I will happily double, treble or quadruple the ingredients to cook for friends and family or to have for dinner one night and then refrigerate the rest and take as lunch for the next couple of days. The whole thing takes less than 20 minutes. If salad isn’t your thing then fine, add some grilled or steamed asparagus and broccoli. You can be pretty flexible with the sides and change it up,
The entire point to this article is that clean eating doesn’t have to be bland and boring, nor does it have to be ridiculously expensive and time consuming. The best tasting foods, to me at least, are the simple foods that you show a little love to.
Try it, you won’t regret it!