Clean Eating

How do you "eat clean?"  How do I shop for these ingredients? I don't want to break my bank account!

The struggle of everyone starting to eat clean.

Eating clean means staying away from processed foods. I know, processed foods are the easiest to get your hands on after a long day at the office, but once you adapt to a cleaner lifestyle, your body will thank you!

Tips on how to start eating clean:

1. Start by throwing out the evil foods (i.e. processed foods). Get rid of the white stuff, flour, sugar, pasta, rice, etc. Also stay away from caffeine and alcohol. You can stray away every now and again, it is up to you to decide what is best for you.
2. You don't have to start from scratch. Take your time. Your body does need to adjust to the way you're eating. Slowly take things away and substitute it for a better food.  Instead of eating the snickers, eat some almonds.  By changing things one day at a time it will give your body time to fall in love with cleaner foods as well as give your wallet some relief.
3. Buy things with less ingredients. When you go to the store buy foods with least amount of ingredients.  4-5 ingredients max. The less ingredients a food has, the cleaner it is.  
4. Plan meals with only a few items.  Take some of the food listed below and mix it together to make a delicious, quick meal!

Grocery List:

Proteins and Grains:
Brown Rice
Quinoa
Millet
Chicken (organic is best)
Beef (Grass-fed is best)
Eggs (Egg whites are great, the yolk has a lot of nutrition in it so add them in occasionally)
Black Beans
Pinto Beans
Lentils
Chickpeas
Raw Almonds
Raw Cashews
Sunflower Seeds
Walnuts
Almond Butter
Chia Seeds

Vegetables:
Kale (kale chips are great and easy to make!)
Lettuces
Onions
Garlic
Cilantro
Parsley
Tomatoes
Other Veggies (peppers, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, etc.)

Fruit:
Lemons
Avocado
Apples
Bananas
Other Fruits (grapes, grapefruit, strawberries, other berries, etc.)

Condiments:
Extra Virgin Oil
Coconut Oil
Sesame Oil
Black Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes
Cayenne
Hot Sauce
Stevia
Maple Syrup (the real syrup, not the one found in the cereal aisle!)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Red Wine Vinegar

Drinks:
Water
Almond Milk
Coconut Milk
Herbal Teas 

Snacks:
Ezekiel bread/Ezekiel tortillas (found in the freezer section)
Frozen fruit (smoothies)
Raw Chocolate (Gnosis or Nibmor) 

 

http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-shopping-list-for-beginners/
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5353/The-Essential-Grocery-List-for-Clean-Eating.html

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