This month, we launched our signature clean eats from scrumptious raw soups to healthy and naturally sweetened Power Bites. But what are "clean eats" anyway? Clean eating is a concept that stresses eating healthy, unprocessed whole foods. It dates back to the natural health food movement of the 1960s, which shunned processed foods for the sake of moral and societal values (rather than health and nutrition issues).
Today, we see clean eating as an approach that maximizes health and energy, and honours the natural source of our foods the way nature intended them to be. Many have claimed the concept as unrealistic and expensive but Clean Eating is simple when you have these three basic principles in mind:
1. Choose whole, natural foods and seek to eliminate or minimize processed foods.
Processed foods are anything in a box, bag, can, or package. Some packaged foods such as frozen beans and peas have been said to be nutritional however the majority of your foods should be fresh.
2. Choose unrefined over refined foods.
Increase you intake of whole grains like brown rice, millet, amaranth, and quinoa. Clean sugars include honey, maple syrup, and dehydrated sugar cane juice.
4. Watch out for fat, salt, and sugar.
This is easier than you think, particularly if you’ve cut out processed foods, which are responsible for most of our excess calories and high levels of fat, sugar, and salt. Clean foods are usually naturally low in all of these ingredients.
The existence of processed foods lies in convenience. It's always easier and faster to buy a bottle of pasta sauce instead of making it on your own after all. But making time to prepare a dish from scratch, while not always possible, sparks a sense of achievement and can lead to great discoveries of amazing flavours and untapped talents. At the end of the day, the benefits of eating whole foods always outweigh the many issues that unhealthy food causes which makes a great case for cleaning up your pantry.