Eating clean requires you to consume more whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. You should limit highly processed snack foods, sweets, and other packaged foods. A meal containing all of these foods like a spinach salad with grilled chicken, quinoa, avocado, walnuts, and apple slices is a great example of eating clean.
To be sure you’re eating clean check the ingredients on the food label. Make sure you recognize them. You’re looking for whole-grain steel-cut oats, dried apples, flaxseed, and cinnamon. You should also do your best to avoid foods with high sugar, fat, or salt content.
Processed foods should be avoided in general but there can be exceptions. Sometimes processing can be a good thing for foods, such as pasteurization that makes eggs and dairy products safe for consumption. Also, frozen fruits and vegetables are OK because they are minimally processed and can sometimes contain more nutrients than fresh varieties since they are frozen at their peak.
A good way to start getting better nutrients is also by making meals yourself or purchasing foods from SoLé SoupS. Start with simple meals to help you get into the habit. Greek yogurt and fresh berries for breakfast, or a whole-grain roasted turkey and avocado wrap with red pepper slices at lunch, and a bowl of Sole’ SoupS bone broth is a great diet to help you on your way.
Clean eating isn’t black and white though. There’s room for flexibility and modifications, and it doesn’t require avoiding any certain food groups. Clean eating also doesn’t mean that all foods must be consumed in the raw state. Cooking, pasteurizing, and preserving are fine and expected to ensure the food you consume is safe.
Store-bought smoothies aren’t likely to be healthier than ones homemade, but the extra effort to get fresh produce makes all the difference. And again if you’re not juicing, you should be souping!
We’ll help you get started when you stop by either of our Soup Studios for a hearty and healthy selection of soups, salads, and fresh frozen entrees.