Spring is here and there is no better time than now to do a weather-changing cleaning in our diets and jump-start our bodies back to clean, vibrant, energetic health to prepare for the warmer months!
So, what is clean eating? Simply put, eating clean begins with replacing junk foods, fast foods, sodas, preservatives, and chemicals with fresh, healthy, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, meats, fish, nuts, and seeds. These are foods that are created in nature, not in a manufacturing plant. Sounds simple enough, right?
Some things to consider: Each person’s body is as unique as the person itself and that means not every whole food option works well for every person. While many people can consume a wide variety of foods, both gluten-free and dairy-free eaters for example must remove some options from their diet for optimal health. It is always important to consider which foods you can consume and which you must limit before making changes to your diet. Always consult your doctor if you are not sure. With that in mind, let’s get cleaning! Here are two things to get you started.
First: Know the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen List! Which foods should you buy organic, and which can you safely buy conventional? The Environmental Working Group ranks pesticide contamination of popular fruits and vegetables based on more than 36,000 samples of produce tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. The list includes the Dirty Dozen, the produce with the highest amount of pesticide residue, and the Clean Fifteen, the produce that is least likely to contain pesticide residue.
IDEA! (Snap a picture of the lists below and always have them handy when you are grocery shopping.)
Second: Find the current list of my global recipes that fall under the clean, whole foods category below. Be sure to revisit the page as this list is updated with new recipes and healthy eating ideas often!
CLEAN - HEALTHY- GLOBAL RECIPES
Coconut Water Strawberry Lemonade
6-minute Garlic Broccoli Stirfry
Melt in Your Mouth Lemon Butter Chicken
SIDES & APPETIZERS
Garlic Green Beans with Shallots & Barberries
Sweet & Spicy Steamed Cauliflower
Coffee & Garlic Rainbow Carrots
SOUPS & SALADS
Arugula with Italian Crusted Goat Cheese & Beets
Sweet Mediterranean Herb Salad
DESSERTS & BAKING
LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER!
Starting new eating habits and getting healthy is so much more fun when you do it with friends. Just know - I'm totally here for you! Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions on recipes, meal ideas, and more. I will do my very best to get back to you as soon as I can! Also, please comment on the recipes you try and tell us how they turned out!
Good luck and here's wishing you a healthy, happy, delicious winter cleanse! All my best, Lisa
For question or comments contact me @ Lisa@culinarybutterfly.com
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