What do you think of when you hear ‘clean, healthy eating’? Is it a bland looking bowl of boiled chicken or leafy greens chucked on a plate that neither looks appetizing nor tasty? Well, we are here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way.
We are not the ones to believe in diets but clean eating is something we can definitely get behind. Clean eating is all about incorporating fresh ingredients with minimal to no processed foods to prepare meals. Choosing ethical and sustainable foods is also a part of clean eating. A variety of protein, fruits, veggies, nut mix, berries, healthy carbs like wholemeal pasta. Yes please, sign us up.
Just making a few tweaks to your dishes will add a lot of excitement and flavour to them. Yes, that boring salad can be one of the best dishes you ever tasted.
Here are 4 simple ways to start your clean eating journey deliciously.
- Choose organic products
Healthy and clean eating is all about using organic ingredients. Fresh ingredients are better in taste but, most importantly, they are great for our health.
They say you are what you eat. So, what better way to be healthythanby eating healthier ingredients!
- Look for healthy substitutes
Agreed that pizza, burger, and the like are delicious. They probably are the reasons you keep pushing your plans to eat clean. But, you don’t have to wait for cheat days to eat pizza or feel guilty every time you eat it.
You can make a delicious pizza at your home using oats, whole wheat, multigrain, or even chickpea for the pizza base and adding fresh veggies. Eat it any day of the week.
Other substitutes you can make are switching out sugar with honey, whole wheat paste instead of white pasta, whole grain products instead of white products, nutmeg and cinnamon instead of sweeteners, and the list goes on.
Just introducing one healthy ingredient as a substitute would make a world of a difference. And like we say, it all starts with one small step.
- Read the labels
Preservatives are a big no-no. If you buy packaged or ready-to-mix food, take a good look at the food labels. Ensure they are free of preservatives. There are many brands out there that have healthy, yummy, and nutritious food products that are preservative-free but pack a punch of flavour.
Keep an eye out for so-called ‘healthy’ breakfast or snack options as they are loaded with processed sugar, food colours, additives, etc.
- Spice it up
Which sounds better – plain boiled chicken or boiled chicken seasoned with the right spices and condiments? The latter, any day.
Spices add oodles of flavour and it’s a great way to increase antioxidants in your diet. There are a ton of spices out there that you can experiment with, all while staying natural.
Once you start eating clean, there’s no going back. The health benefits are innumerable and the taste is unmatched. With clean eating, every day can be a cheat day!
Check out the various food products you can use to make every meal healthy and yummy. Keep an eye out for some yummy, healthy recipes for you and your family.