You may have noticed the term “clean eating” being thrown around in the latest wellness magazines and your favorite health inspired social media posts. What does “clean eating” actually mean? Here are the basics to spring clean your eating!
Clean eating is very individualistic and may vary from person to person. Ultimately, to “eat clean” you are removing any ingredients that are unrecognizable to you, limiting preservatives, becoming knowledgeable on how the food is made and where it comes from as well as focusing on whole, unprocessed foods as staples in your diet. Sounds daunting? Start with small steps, or incorporate just one of these habits at a time until you become an expert.
What do “whole foods” look like? Simple hearty ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, unprocessed or limited processed grains and proteins free from chemicals and hormones. By focusing on eating clean, you are transitioning from quality over quantity in terms of calories and other factors that prevent us from choosing whole unprocessed foods. Psst… by adding in the good stuff, you will crowd out all the not so healthy options. Do you feel that you already incorporate whole foods in your diet on the regular? Challenge yourself by opting for organic or local when available to your location and budget.
Eating clean comes with many health benefits by increasing your nutrient and vitamin intake through food. Many people say they experience more energy, better sleep, mental clarity, improved skin health and even weight loss. Another perk from eating cleaner is, it is environmentally friendly to eat whole unprocessed foods because there is less packaging and chemicals!
Here are some tips to get you on track to eating clean:
1.Simplify your ingredients. Try to keep your ingredient list low while cooking and look for smaller ingredient lists on food labels while shopping or dining out.
2. Ditch the artificial additives such as flavors and dyes.
3. Cook more at home! Cooking more at home reduces unwanted ingredients and usually cuts down calories, sugar and sodium.
4. Listen to your body and pay attention to how you feel after eating certain meals.
5. Choose high quality carbohydrates by replacing refined carbohydrates such as white grains, sugar, and corn syrups for whole grains, vegetables, nuts and legumes.
Eat Clean With The Juicery
The Juicery strives to provide nourishing and simple smoothies, juices and snacks for on the go. With a focus on organic and all natural products, you will always know whats in your choices due to the ingredient lists right on the menu. The Juicery Kitchen is 99% vegan and gluten free and ingredients are either organic or all natural due to availability.
One of the newest additions to the to-go food line, made fresh in the Portsmouth, NH location at the Pease Tradeport, are Steel Cut Overnight Oats. Overnight Oats are delicious and filling for an on the go breakfast or snack. Overnight Oats can be topped a number of ways! The Juicery has a delicious option with peanut butter and organic cacao, but if your making at home, you could top with your favorite berries, local organic honey or keep it simple with chia and flax seeds.