How to shop for Eating Clean

How to shop for Eating Clean this Fall Season

With the growing awareness on health and fitness clean, eating has been one of the attractions for celebrities, youngsters, and older generation to seek a better lifestyle. Clean eating is eating whole foods that are close to natural and being minimal or totally unprocessed, refined or preserved.

While modern food and scrumptious recipes have made clean eating quite a challenge, people are trying various means to adapt clean eating habits. We have prepared a whole list of things that you can buy or eat to pursue this habit.  Keep this list in your wallet, or take a snapshot on your phone to have a look at it next time when you go grocery shopping.

Fruits:

All sorts of fresh fruits are clean. Fruits like apples, peaches, grapes and strawberries can be taken in organic form. If you wish to have canned fruits, frozen fruits and dried fruits must all without sugar or preservatives.  In the case of fruit juices, they are clean when they are 100% pure with no artificial flavors.

Vegetables:

Vegetables are vital when you are onto clean eating. They contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and most of them are low in calories. So you can have plenty of them in your meals and munch them during hunger attacks. Peppers, potatoes, and celery can be taken in the organic form.If you are buying frozen or canned vegetables, they too are healthy but watch out for the salt and sauce they add to flavor it up.

Whole Grains

All whole grains, such as barley, oats, quinoa, brown rice, farro, millet are unprocessed and super clean. When you wish to buy whole-grain products, you can purchase whole-wheat versions of pasta, bread, muffins, pizza dough with no salt and sugar in it. If you crave for popcorns, buy the kernels that contain no additives or butter and can easily be made on the stove. If you want to buy flour, the unbleached, whole wheat, coconut, almond, buckwheat, chickpea, oat and gluten free flour mixes can be your clean choices.

Proteins:

When you are looking for proteins, get leaner meat for your meals, including chicken breasts, chicken thigh, and lean ground beef. In clean eating, say no to processed foods such as salami, pepperoni, bologna and hot dogs as they are high in sodium, preservatives and artificial colors. Fish and Shellfish can be another brilliant choice in clean eating. Fish such as Pacific Cod, Wild Salmon, and Tilapia contains hearty healthy omega fats and can be better choices. The egg is super clean and that too with the yolk.

Nuts and Seeds:

Nuts and seeds are healthy, all sorts of including cashews, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, etc. You can also have plain nut butter, without added sugars, such as almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, and tahini.

Condiments, Spices and Natural Sweeteners:

All herbs and spices are clean if they are fresh and bulk packets. Seasoned packets are not clean. Avoid blend of herbs and spices, with added sugars and salts. We mostly buy ketchup but ketchup isn’t clean. If you can make one at home, might be a cleaner version. Most people reduce salt in their meals thinking it isn’t clean. You can purchase Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt as a cleaner choice. With honey, maple syrups, the purer the better you can find.

The best way to eat clean is to read out the labels and check for preservatives. You might not get everything clean but you can certainly find most products clean and fresher than preserved.

If you are looking to create change in your body this Fall, I invite you to check out our Seasonal Fall Cleanse Program here!

 

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Throughout my journey in this lifetime, I have had many identities including Professional Mechanical Engineer, Merchant Marine Officer, Naval Officer, Collegiate Athlete, Swim Coach, Windsurfing Instructor, Fitness instructor, Daughter, Sister, and most importantly Mom and Wife. All of those things are just things I DO, but they are not who I AM.  Many of us have asked the question “Who am I and what am I here on Earth to do?” Read More