I am in the middle of reading a book called Clean Food Diet to review, but first I thought my readers might ponder what the heck is all this “clean eating” is that people are raving about. Groups on Facebook have been popping up everywhere posting “Clean Eating” recipes, I’m even in one, but after reading the beginning of this book I realized it was a much more than just trying to eat healthier.
The Clean Eating Diet book first talks a little about this conundrum before getting to the recipes, defining it as a LIFESTYLE and not a “diet”. It’s the idea of knowing where your food comes from and what’s in it.
Simply put, clean eating is avoiding processed foods – AKA anything from a can or box, white flour (and all the yummy pastries and things made with white flour) and ingredients you cannot identify. Processed foods include things like bacon, wieners, pasta sauce, and anything “instant”.
What’s the problem with these foods? Surely they are safe to eat right? They have been processed to the point where many of nutrients have been destroyed; then preservatives and other chemicals are added to make it last longer, look “better” (think red food colouring in our meat!), improve taste, and make it addictive, etcetera.
Okay so why the heck do we eat thee foods!? They are usually faster and sometimes even cheaper because they’ve been mass produced. We have gotten away from the home cooked family meals for speed and convenience, but our health is suffering because of this modern trend. Diabetes, obesity and many other health concerns are on the rise, largely because of the “American” diet (among other reasons).
Sooo – once we remove all the “bad” foods, what the heck is left to eat?
More than you might imagine….
- Whole foods – fresh fruits and veggies eaten raw (more nutrients in them).
- Cooking with whole grains such as Quinoa, bran, bulgur, excreta, rather than processed and refined ones like white, bleached, flour.
- Canned foods are actually okay, but you’re looking for the least amount of ingredients, especially look at organic ones. Also included are any foods where you can read the ingredients and actually pronounce each one (within reason) AND know what they are!
- Dairy products that are hormone-free, from a safe source and are also low in fat.
- Healthy sweeteners, used sparingly, such as honey or agave
- Healthy fats such as coconut, avocado and olive oil; which can be used to not only cook with but can also be eaten raw.
- Also mentioned are dried fruits, farm eggs, nuts and seeds
To truly eat clean, you’d need to make your own meals at home, or else you have NO IDEA what’s really in your food, be it from a restaurant or ready-made package with weird ingredients.
The book also mentions removing any carbonated beverages (pop/soda) from your diet (and I’m assuming alcohol too), being sure to consume 2 litres of water a day to keep well hydrated! Clean cooking also means tossing out your deep fryer, instead looking to fry with minimal oil when necessary, especially steaming, stewing and simmering on very low heat your food– which helps to preserve the nutrients.
Here is one very big bonus… clean eating DOES NOT mean bland, use lots of herbs and spices – but where possible reduce all the salt and sugar content, eating as naturally as possible!!
Below is a list of all the recipes offered in the book
Hint: click on the picture and you’ll be able to see it much larger in another window.
I will post again once I get more into the book and recipes above, but I’d like to share one I’ve already made, not from this book though, but that was posted on a Healthy and Clean Eating group I belong to on Facebook.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
1 medium avocado, ripe
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons honey for Paleo diet OR 2 Tablespoons agave nectar for vegans
6 Tablespoons almond milk (other kinds work too)
optional: pistachios or other nut for topping
Mix all together (except for the optional topping) with an immersion blender and enjoy
Mine turned out amazing, I only had normal 2% milk, and just used my fork as the avocado was quite ripe. It really did taste like chocolate pudding, and I couldn’t taste the avocado at all. My husband said he could taste it a little, but not much. I used agave nectar. Tomorrow Little Man will get to try a little as well.
PLEASE remember that if you are thinking of giving this to your baby, children under one should not have honey. Agave nectar is okay, but its actually made similar to corn syrup, though it raises blood sugar less, so you only want them to have it sparingly.
– If you find it bitter tasting, you could either add more honey or agave, or use a little less cocoa powder
*This book was sent to me free of charge to review, but the opinions stated above are my own (and much of the information taken from the book itself). I was not paid in any way to provide a positive review.