What is Clean Eating?

You’ve probably heard of clean eating, but you may not know what it is exactly or how to go about cleaning up your diet. Eating clean is about eating more of the best and healthiest choices in each of the food groups—and eating less of the not so good choices. That means embracing whole foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats. It also means cutting back on refined grains, added sugars, salt and unhealthy fats. It’s not necessarily about counting calories or giving up entire groups of food.  If you think you could benefit from cleaning up your diet a little, and I think we all can, here are some tips to get started:

 

  1. Limit processed foods that contain high amounts of sugar, salt and fat.  Check out the ingredient list and stay away from hard to pronounce items or long lists of ingredients.  Some of my favorite options of clean food that can be used for a variety of recipes are whole wheat pasta and baby spinach.
  2. Eat more veggies.  High in fiber, low in calories is always a good thing for improving your health and your waistline.  Also a great source of many essential vitamins. I love that most veggies taste great both raw and cooked and can be used in so many different ways.
  3. Drink less alcohol.  It may be good for your heart but too much alcohol can dehydrate you and add unnecessary calories to your diet.
  4. Watch the fat.  You don’t have to cut out fatty foods entirely, just make sure you stay away from the bad kind. It’s as simple as swapping out saturated fats (like those in butter, cheese and meat) in favor of healthy fats like olive oil, canola oil and the kind found in nuts and fatty fish.

 

Cleaning up your diet can help you feel great and can taste great at the same time with a little concentrated effort on your part.  With plenty of recipes to choose from you are sure to find lots of delicious options that will leave you feeling happy and healthy.  Happy eating!

Krista Numbers

Krista is the founder of Simplify Supper. She is passionate about making family dinner a priority and strives to provide simple solutions to make it happen.

Feb 02, 2014
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