Your Clean Eating Foods List

by | May 30, 2013 | 5 Comments

fruits and veggiesThe following food list is from my new book on Clean Eating.  The foods are broken down by category according to the main food group they consist of.  If you can form your diet around these foods, you will be following clean eating principles.  This list is not a bible.  You want to use it as a guideline for clean eating, but ultimately, you have to find what works for you.  Use this list as a starting point.

Lean Meats and Fish/Seafood:

  • Poultry – Chicken Breast is your friend
  • Extra Lean Ground Turkey
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Veal
  • Extra Lean Ground Beef
  • Grass Fed Beef
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Lamb rack
  • Shrimp
  • Lobster
  • Clams
  • Mussels
  • Scallops
  • Salmon, Tuna, Bass, Mahi Mahi, Tilapia and all other fish varieties
  • Venison Steaks
  • Buffalo
  • Bison
  • Elk
  • Egg whites (duck, chicken or goose)

Dairy Rich Foods and Milk Alternatives*

  • Cottage cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Skim milk
  • Plain yogurt – add fresh fruit
  • Hard cheeses
  • Unsweetened Almond milk
  • Unsweetened Rice milk


  • Fruit
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Stevia
  • Organic Agave Nectar
  • Honey
  • Sugar-Free Applesauce

Fruits And Vegetables

Basically there’s NO restriction here – as long as it’s fresh and in its natural state, it goes! These should form the bulk of your diet plan.   Try to eat organic if you can.  You can also have unsweetened dried fruit.

Grains And Starches

  • Brown or wild rice
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Oats
  • Sweet potatoes/yams
  • Popcorn
  • Brown rice cakes
  • Low sugar granola
  • Soba noodles
  • Whole grain bread, pasta and cereal – in moderation.  Look for unbleached grain products.
  • Chia seeds
  • Flours – Spelt, Whole Wheat, Oat, Rice or Quinoa flour


  • All beans
  • Black eyed peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Soybeans
  • Lentils

Healthy Fats And Oils

  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Canola oil
  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Chestnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Sesame seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Poppy seeds
  • Natural Peanut Butter


  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Ketchup – Heinz Reduced Sugar or Wholefoods Organic
  • Reduced Sodium Soy sauce
  • Salsa or Fresh Pico de Gallo
  • Hot Sauce
  • Low Sugar Steak Sauce
  • Herb Pastes
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Low sodium, fat free broths (vegetable, beef, chicken)
  • Fat free cooking spray
  • Olives

So there you have your basic food list for eating clean.  Please be mindful your known food allergies and avoid any foods you know you have health issues with.

In addition to the list, you can use any assortment of vinegars, hummus, mustards, sodium-free spices, etc. to help boost the flavor of your dishes without adding any ‘unclean’ ingredients.

*Note that some individuals may be lactose intolerant or have and will need to avoid dairy in their diet plan. When that’s the case, go for almond milk, coconut milk, or rice milk instead and avoid all cheese variations.  Also, avoid low-fat dairy.  Most have additives and chemicals added in to replace the fat that you should avoid.  This is very common with so called “diet” products.

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  1. KAlex says:

    You should check out Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet series for more information about Eating Clean and weight loss success!

  2. Schan says:

    Why is fat free sour cream not on the list? Is it a VERY bad choice?

  3. Jaylyn says:

    I’m 17 and i weight about 250lbs what can i do for the Summer to have me looking good as when i return back to school as a senior!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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