We are always searching for new “clean” eating recipes. What is clean eating you ask? There are many interpretations, but basically it means eating REAL food. Nothing processed, no refined sugars or starches, very few added sugars.
Obviously we’re human, and we let ourselves indulge on occasion, but for the most part, we try to eat clean because, well it just makes us feel better. Remember, food is fuel. The better we fuel our bodies, the better results we will see, both in performance and physical appearance.
And with all of the delicious recipes out there, our taste buds are always satisfied!
What are the top items of your grocery list for every week? What can you buy frozen and what has to be fresh?
Hey Pam – it’s funny you ask that. I’m thinking of doing an instagram/facebook post each week of the groceries that I buy on Sunday. Usually it includes some fresh veggies – brussel sprouts, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, etc., spinach or kale, bananas, apples, ground turkey, eggs/egg whites, unsweetened almond milk and plain greek yogurt.Then other items that I have to stock up on every other week or so are almond butter, coconut and/or other baking items, instant coffee and protein powder.
As far as frozen vs fresh, here’s a useful tip that I read: When vegetables are in-season, buy them fresh and ripe. “Off-season,” frozen vegetables will give you a high concentration of nutrients. Choose packages marked with a USDA “U.S. Fancy” shield, which designates produce of the best size, shape and color; vegetables of this standard also tend to be more nutrient-rich than the lower grades “U.S. No. 1” or “U.S. No. 2.” Eat them soon after purchase: over many months, nutrients in frozen vegetables do inevitably degrade. Finally, steam or microwave rather than boil your produce to minimize the loss of water-soluble vitamins.
Hopefully this helps!
Can you give any advice about what to order or eat when you go to a restaurant? Or do you try to avoid that?
Hey Emily – honestly, I try and avoid eating out just because you have so much more control when you’re making your own food (not to mention you save money). Also, that way when I do go out to dinner Saturday or Sunday brunch, I can pretty much eat what I want without feeling guilty knowing that I’ve been good for most of the week. Also, since I don’t eat out much I think of it has a “treat” to myself 🙂
That being said, I know that you may not always have a choice – whether it’s work dinners or just a more active social life than me (ha!), but there are definitely healthier choices you can make at restaurants! Just like when you’re grocery shopping, the best choices are always going to be foods that are not processed. Sticking to proteins and veggies is usually a safe bet. I always use eating out as an excuse to eat steak or fish or something I wouldn’t normally cook at home! And don’t be afraid to ask them to cook things in a different way for you – ask for grilled chicken instead of fried, for example. If you eat out for lunch a lot, try choosing spots where it’s easy to make healthy choices. Chipotle is actually one of my favorites because you can get a meat, veggies, salsa and guac! I just skip out on the tortilla, beans, rice, cheese and sour cream. Another favorite of mine here in NYC is Dig Inn. It’s all organic and you can choose a meat and 3 sides or veggies plus guac or hummus. Places like that are healthy and filling at the same time.
Probably more than you wanted to know but that’s my 2 cents 🙂
Can you give any advice as to what to order at a restaurant and what to stay away from etc? I think that is where I can get myself in trouble.