Clean eating maple Dijon chicken breasts

Clean eating isn’t really a diet or fad. It is about eating real food that is minimally processed and doesn’t have added chemicals. When shopping, look for meat without nitrates, and generally avoid processed meats. Clean eating avoids benzoate preservatives in all foods. Benzoates are used to produce fuel and petroleum products, and have been linked to hyperactivity in children. It is best to steer clear of all artificial colors and flavors to enjoy the true characteristics and flavor of food. Two simple ingredients that clean eating avoids are sugar, including artificial sweeteners, and white flour.

The majority of foods in a grocery store’s middle aisles are processed and contain preservatives and artificial colors; be especially careful in that section. Not all pre-packaged foods are bad. Frozen vegetables are packed fresh, and as long as they don’t have any added sugar or preservatives they are a good choice. Oil-cured olives, hot sauces and crackers can be even be clean – just look at the ingredient list before making a choice. Here is an easy entrée made with commonly clean items.

Maple Dijon Chicken Breasts

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2  tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Set oven to preheat at 375°. Mix all ingredients except for the chicken together in a small dish. Place chicken breasts in a small baking dish and pour maple Dijon mixture over.

Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes or until chicken reaches 165° or is no longer pink in the middle.

Ideas for clean sides: Steamed asparagus with sea salt, sautéed rosemary zucchini, olive oil roasted potatoes.

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