This year, I've been on a clean eating kick. Not a diet or a weight-loss plan, just an "I basically only consume pasta and bread and it makes me tired want to sleep all day so that should probably not be a thing" plan. I try to steer clear of refined sugars, gluten, fried foods, and excessive dairy. It's rough when you're a pasta-all-day girl, but overall, clean eating has been easier than I thought. The only rough patches I hit are when I need dessert. I tried to be a staunch no sugar lady, and I could pretend that I'm super healthy, don't eat dessert, and do crunches every day. But the truth is, sometimes you need ice cream or a mozzarella stick to keep you sane.
I've learned that if I don't stock up on the clean-eating goods, then when the cravings and long days come around, I cave. So, these are my favorite protein-packed and good-for-you treats: