In today’s society, eating clean is not always easy. In fact it can be a real challenge at times. The convenience and ready availability of processed food is very tempting at times. There are a few options like clean eating plan you can go for which will keep the processed foods and drinks you consume to a minimum, while still allowing you to continue living in the busy modern world.
If you can’t access fresh fruit during the day, there are a few “next best” options, and a few options you should avoid at all costs. For example, although 100% orange juice is processed to a certain extent, it’s not highly processed, and would be an acceptable substitute for an orange in a pinch. It’s important to check the label since many fruit drink products contain a high percentage of corn syrup, and a very low percentage of actual fruit juice.
In the absence of corn on the cob, your best replacement would be, surprisingly enough, corn tortilla chips, as long as you make sure the ingredients contain nothing but whole corn, oil and salt. And, of course, be sure to eat them in moderation.
When you can’t lay your hands on fresh spinach, frozen creamed spinach is not a good substitute because it’s highly processed. You’ll be much better of with the slightly processed prewashed spinach in a bag. In all cases, with frozen vegetables, try to avoid those in sauces of any kind. Rather get the plain vegetables, and then add a light and healthy sauce of your own.
Jarred, minced garlic is better than bottled garlic marinade. The marinade is much more highly processed than the minced garlic. So, if you’re unable to get fresh garlic, go for the minced. When it comes to soup, naturally a home-made soup from scratch is the cleanest option. But if you don’t have time to make it, rather go for canned soup than packet. The packet soup mix is more processed than the soup packaged in a can.
When it comes to beef, the clean choice is grass-fed. The second choice, because of being a little processed, would be grain-fed beef. Meat from grass-fed cattle is much higher in nutrients and has a lower fat content than meat from grain-fed cattle.
In order to keep to a largely clean eating plan it’s very important to take the time to read the labels on food to make sure you know how processed it is.