Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have picked up on the idea that “Clean Eating” is all the rage right now. What’s Clean Eating, you ask?
The simple definition is eating “whole” foods, foods that are un- or minimally processed, refined or handled… food that is as close to it’s natural state as you can get. Now, processing isn’t in itself bad. That smoothie you made with kale, strawberries, avocado and coconut water is processed. The organic applesauce at $7 a jar is processed. However, you do want to avoid the ultra-processed foods… the fake foods.
When getting into animal protein, you need to keep in mind that you are what your food eats. So clean eaters try to be mindful of the source of the animal they are consuming, what did it eat, where was it raised, how was it slaughtered. (as an aside, I just finished at eye opening book on slaughterhouses which will really make you think about that meat in your grocery store!)
In a nutshell, unprocessed foods include:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Dried legumes
- Farm-fresh eggs
Minimally processed foods include:
- Unrefined grains, like whole wheat bread and pasta, popcorn, steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
- Unprocessed meat; wild over pastured, pastured over grain-fed
- Hormone-free dairy
This week, I’d like to highlight 4 recipes from our currently running link-up that are great to start your clean eating journey. Now, some of these are not 100% clean (hello, candied walnuts!) and could easily be adapted to being 100% clean with a few adaptions.
Kale and Blackberry Salad with Blossoms and Posies
Kale and Green Pea Shoot Pesto with Thyme for Cocktails
Blueberry and Poached Pear Salad with Sumptuous Spoonfuls
Lentil Tacos with The Worthier Part
Be sure to link up your favorite meatless recipe for Lent and be sure to visit 2 other bloggers to share the meatless love!
Until next time!