As you go about trying to improve your body weight and enhance your health, one thing that you might come across is the term ‘clean eating’.
What is ‘clean eating’ and how does it influence your food choices?
Clean eating is essentially eating foods in their most natural state – foods that haven’t gone through any sort of manufacturing process.
In Metabolic Cooking, Dave and I really based a lot of our recipes around very clean eating…but it doesn’t mean they are tasteleless…quite the opposite actually 🙂
As proof, see a sample recipe from the book below for Asian Turkey Burgers!
Asian Turkey Burgers <- A Metabolic Cooking Inspired Recipe!
By choosing clean foods over those that aren’t, you’ll not only have a much easier time controlling your body weight, but you’ll also be healthier overall as well.
The problem with ‘clean eating’ is that for most people, clean is synonymous for boring. When you think of ‘clean’ foods, you think dull, tasteless, dry, and lack of adventure.
Not exactly adjectives you’d like to describe your diet with. But the good news is that clean eating doesn’t have to be any of these things. If you know the right tricks and techniques, your ‘clean’ diet can be just as enjoyable as your former diet filled with processed foods.
Let’s have a quick peak at a few of the top ways that you can make clean foods fun.
Put Color On Your Plate
The very first way to make clean eating fun is to make sure your plate is vibrant with color. Don’t sit down to a plate that’s full of dull colors.
The more variety you can add in, the better. Fruits and vegetables are some of the highest of flavoured foods and will pack in tons of nutrients that you can’t miss out on.
Make sure there are at least three different colors in every dish you sit down to eat. Not only does it make for a more appealing plate, but it also ensures that you get a wide variety of different vitamins and minerals when compared to just eating steamed brocolli every meal 🙂
Try New Ingredients
Another great way to make clean eating fun is to make sure you try new ingredients. Rather than always turning to the same old stand-by’s try something new.
For instance, when was the last time you added spinach or sliced cabbage to a stir-fry?
You may just want to try it out. Or, perhaps it’s been a while since you had flaxseeds in your fruit smoothie.
The more healthy ingredients you can add into your diet plan, the healthier and more satisfying it will be.
Spices and herbs also serve as a fantastic way to liven up any boring old meal and can also offer some clear health benefits as well.
For example, simply adding cinnamon to your bowl of oatmeal in the morning can help to control your blood sugar levels better, making this a more satisfying meal.
Try and use fresh herbs and spices whenever possible as these tend to bring out the flavour better than dried.
Not sure how to use different spices for certain flavours? Not to worry! In Metabolic Cooking there is a complete “Seasoning Guide” that not only spices up any meal, they are designed to speed up your metabolsim which in turn will help you burn more fat over time.
Add Odd Combinations
Finally, think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to venture a little away from ‘standard’ food combinations.
In some cases you may discover something that you really enjoy that others would think was completely out of the ordinary and weird as they may call it.
Let your taste buds guide you. If you like it, it’s clean, and it’s healthy, it can definitely be a part of your diet plan.
So there you have the key things to keep in mind as you go about eating clean with your diet.
Clean eating really can be fun if you let it.
Alright so obvious question now…What is your favorite “Odd Combination” healthy food?