What is Clean Eating? Curious about eating clean, find out more below!
What is Clean Eating?
Clean eating is not just the latest trend among foodies and health nuts. Clean eating has actually been a practice for ages. Certain cultures and people all over the world who scratch cook everything or restrict their diets to preservative free, processed free foods are a great example of “clean eaters”. To put it simply, clean eating means enjoying fresh foods in their rawest state or at least pretty darn close to it. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and foods high in lean protein are the most common.
In addition to what you eat, clean eating is actually the process of how you eat. Your eating habits and lifestyle play a huge role in clean eating. You want to be sure you are eating multiple small meals a day, drinking plenty of water and getting regular exercise. Now this may all sound like a diet to you, however the act of clean eating is NOT a diet. It is a way of life. A process that will get you healthy and keep you healthy.
If you frequent social media or read any magazine by now you have probably heard the phrase “Real food is an ingredient, not ingredients” or something of that nature (there are multiple versions floating around!). This holds true to clean eating. Clean foods are an ingredient or made from very few ingredients, typically (not always) no more than 3. Unless of course it is a recipe using multiple fresh ingredients like our Kale & Feta Frittata. We use 5 ingredients in this recipe: Eggs, kale, feta cheese, tomato and olive oil. Simple. Clean. Satisfying.
Cooking clean can have it’s challenges at first, but will soon become very easy and second nature to you. The easiest way to grocery shop and plan for your clean eating venture is to be aware of packaging and labels. Read. Read. Read. Remember to avoid preservatives and processed food.
Here is a great list of NO NO’s! Top 10 Food Additives To Avoid
Start off slowly, there is no need to dive in and cut off everything all at once. When we started clean eating we realized that we had actually been clean eating most of the time for years and hadn’t really noticed it was “a thing”. A typical meal for us would be chicken or fish on the grill with a vegetable and starch, like sweet potato. From there we started swapping out everything white for whole wheat or whole grain. Pasta, breads, flour etc. I remember the first time I made brownies with whole wheat flower, not a single family member noticed. It is amazing to see how many healthy alternatives out there are just as good, if not better than a “regular” version.
So in a nut shell (pun totally intended) that is a little about clean eating. Make sure to follow us , we will be sharing a lot of great simple and easy recipes!