It is virtually impossible to escape the omnipresent catchy phrase eating clean, but what does it really mean? Scroll down your Facebook timeline and you will likely find a girlfriend that has posted a picture of a lonesome plate of compartmentalized food with a caption that reads “Eating Clean”. Thumbing through your Twitter feed and undoubtedly you will locate a hash tag followed by the mystifying expression eating clean once again. And still you wonder; what is eating clean?
Many equate eating clean with eating boring. Unadorned flash steamed vegetables or an arid slab of meat lying helplessly on a mountainous bed of brown rice sounds more like torture than tempting. Truthfully, the mystery of eating clean is really not so mysterious after all. Eating clean is quite simply a dietary approach to eating only unprocessed whole foods as a means to secure a healthier lifestyle.
Eating clean is not a diet plan! The goal is to rid your existing diet of processed-chemical laden foods, not to rob your meals of fullness or flavor! Whole foods or foods in their purest state are naturally jam-packed with healthy vitamins and nutrients. It is only after they have been stepped on by unprincipled food plants that unwholesome additives are introduced to strip away their nutritional potency.
Tidying up your food intake is fairly straightforward. Relish in lean proteins like turkey, fish and egg whites. Get carried away with colorful vegetables that you would normally pass by at the farm stand like butternut squash, Belgian endive or kale. Rather than relying on canned or prepackaged varieties, cook your kale and cut it with garlic infused olive oil. Whole grains and fruits are an excellent choice for cleaner eating at breakfast. Simply recreate your favorite layered parfait with Greek yogurt, high in fiber oats and plump blueberries.
Keeping in mind that eating clean is not eating bland, be bold in your seasoning as your prepare daily meals. Seasoning your food is not equivalent to salting your food, as too much sodium may lead to serious health issues. Seasoning does however; include fresh herbs, dried spices or fruit zest from lemons, limes and oranges.
Surprisingly, dessert is no longer a taboo. The usage of natural sweeteners such as stevia, agave nectar and honey, make having a sweet treat at the end of a meal doable! Healthy fats like almond butter and mashed avocado mimic the succulent mouth feel of much, much naughtier dessert indulgences.
There is no need to throw- out all of your most loved, trusty-dusty cookbooks or purchase a meal delivery plan. Just consider re-vamping your existing favorite recipes with the clean eating approach. You may be surprised at the ease of integrating natural ingredients into your existing diet. Get a jumpstart on your newly nutritious way of life with the recipes below. In no time at all, you will be eating clean and loving every bite!
Tenderloin Steaks with Red Onion Marmalade
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Place avocado into a food processor and blend until the avocado breaks down a bit. Add cocoa powder, agave, and vanilla and blend again until you have a nice smooth consistency.
Add in the soy milk* to thin out the mixture a bit. Blend until everything is well incorporated.
Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours. Enjoy!
*You can add more soy milk if you are looking for a thinner consistency.
By Angela Jones