What did we do for foodie inspiration before Instagram? Our feed is littered with all sorts of mouthwatering treats, from beautifully styled versions of our favourite brunch staple, #avotoast, to the most extreme confections and cakes you can imagine—it's all about balance, after all.
When it comes to delicious and nutritious feeds, one of our favourite accounts to follow belongs to Clean Eating Alice. A personal trainer and trainee nutritionist, Alice is the proud owner of some seriously impressive abs, courtesy of her love of working up a sweat with HIIT workouts.
Alice's food philosophy is to “eat well every day,” and she treats her huge following to a steady stream of snaps of super-healthy homemade dishes, often with easy-to-follow recipes alongside. From healthy breakfasts that are anything but boring to protein-packed post-workout snacks, Alice's healthy diet is in no way restrictive.
Ahead of the release of her new book Eat Well Every Day, which you can preorder now, we decided to be inspired by Alice and see how a few small changes can make eating healthily easy.
Hungry for more? Click through to see healthy eating tips from Clean Eating Alice.
Have you ever thought about having broccoli for breakfast? Alice has. She loves to incorporate veggies into every meal of the day, and often has a portion of sauteed tender-stem broccoli alongside more usual breakfast fare such as eggs, avocado, tomatoes and mushrooms.
Carbs are nothing to be scared of, especially when you're doing high-intensity training like Alice, which means bread, rice and pasta aren't off the table. Just make sure you opt for whole grains rather than their refined white counterparts.
This may sound silly, but how many times have you splurged on healthy produce only to watch it wilt in the fridge because you don't actually want to eat it? It's key that healthy food is enjoyable so that you want to eat it. For Alice, it's all about eggs; they're one of her favourite foods, and they pop up on her Instagram feed most days.
Making sure that food is packed with flavour is a big part of ensuring you feel satisfied, especially when you're trying to switch to a healthier eating plan. Fresh herbs can really bring flavour to life, but dried versions work well too, and a pinch of chilli will fire up your metabolism and boost your immune system.
Followers of Alice will know she isn't stingy when it comes to plating up, especially for breakfast. That's because she loads her plate with healthful veggies and lean proteins which are important muscle fuel, and can keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Eagle-eyed fans of Alice will know that she sprinkles seeds on almost everything she cooks—savoury or sweet—because they're packed with fibre, nutrients and healthy fats. They also add texture and crunch to make meals more interesting.
Alice's busy schedule means she often has to grab something to eat on the go, but rather than rely on processed produce, she'll make her own snacks and smoothies ahead of time to take with her when out and about.
Sure, you can probably list a handful of superfoods that are a regular part of your diet, but they need to be cooked in the right way to ensure their goodness doesn't go to waste. Roasting cauliflower not only brings out its nutty flavour, but makes it a much more appealing texture too, while adding a pinch of turmeric will boost your immune system.
Yes, you read that right, but don't reach for a chocolate croissant just yet. Like all of us, Alice sometimes needs the promise of something sweet to tempt her out of bed. Her healthy solution? Porridge with dark chocolate buttons, or she makes chocolate porridge with flavoured whey protein and cacao powder.
Opening Image: @Clean_Eating_Alice Instagram
What do you think? Are you tempted to follow in Alice's healthy footsteps?