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Create The Perfect Clean Eating Kitchen

I’m sure you have heard the term “eating clean” at some point in the last few years and may have even been slightly confused by the reference. Even though it may seem like a buzzword, it is actually a reference to a healthy-eating lifestyle that puts emphasis on consuming organic, GMO-free, whole foods. That means no processed, junk food and a limited amount of sugar, gluten and dairy products.

By eating clean, you can expect to feel an increase in energy, improved mood and a more regulated sleep cycle. In order to help aid in this lifestyle choice, it’s necessary to reorganize your kitchen. By throwing out the bad foods and filling your pantry and fridge with the right provisions, you can officially begin your path to a more nutritious way of life. Here are a few ways to help start your journey.

  1. Veggies should be your main source of nutrients in your diet. The good news is that vegetables aren’t expensive and offer enormous health benefits. Make sure to always have leafy greens like spinach, kale, swiss chard and spring mix. These offer a rich source of antioxidants and fiber. Root vegetables are another staple to keep on hand. Not only do they last forever, but veggies such as sweet potatoes and parsnips are filling enough to act as the main part of the meal, not just a side. Also make sure to stay stocked with staples such as onions, garlic, basil, parsley and chives to add flavor to every meal.

  2. Quality over quantity is the main idea when it comes to choosing your meat. Whether it’s beef or chicken, it is essential to choose organic, grass-fed and free-range animals. You don’t need more than 6 ounces to complete a nutritious meal. You can also store bulk amounts of protein in the freezer for months, making it easier to keep these healthy options on hand. 

  3. When it comes to fish, wild-caught is going to be the most flavorful and most nutritious. Salmon, halibut and trout are all healthy varieties to cook fresh, but you can also get your omega-3s from certain canned fish as well. Try sardines for an easy lunch filled with protein and vitamin D.

  4. The only labels that matter when it comes to buying eggs are “organic “ and “free range.” These types of eggs are high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and E. Don’t worry too much about cholesterol with these little guys, their health benefits outweigh this claim.

  5. Keep gluten-free dry goods like quinoa, buckwheat and rice in your pantry along with beans, legumes and lentils. These protein-filled options will help keep you full and act as a great meat substitute for vegetarians.

  6. Keep healthy fats in your cupboard such as organic, cold pressed olive and coconut oil. Avocado and nut butters are also great additions that help with digestion and brain function.

  7. We have recently learned that not all salts are created equal. Ditch the refined table salt for sea salt and pink Himalayan salt, which aid in digestion, adrenal and cellular function. 

  8. Condiments are crucial for spicing up any dish, just make sure you aren’t using sauces and dressings that are super high in sugar and salt. Go for whole-grain mustard, soy sauce and my personal favorite, balsamic vinegar to add a flavor boost to any dish.

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