No matter what the reasons are, the one thing that always remains the same is universal desire to live healthier. Meal prepping puts you in full control of your food. You might already know that you should be eating balanced meals with lots of veggies, so how else can you boost the healthiness of your diet?
The answer is with clean eating. Eating clean means that you are incorporating more wholesome, nutritious foods into your diet and less overly-processed packaged foods with ingredients that your body doesn’t need and that can be detrimental to it in the long run.
You’re already taking charge of your health by meal prepping – let’s dive into making it even healthier!
What exactly does clean eating mean?
Our modern-day diets are not as fresh as they used to be. There are plenty of convenient options available in the grocery store, but it comes at a price. Eating a ton of packaged and processed foods can expose you to artificial ingredients, high-calorie foods with zero nutrition, and preservatives.
Eating clean doesn’t have to mean a radical change – it just means you are being more selective about the ingredients that you cook with. To eat clean means to select whole foods and organic products that are as minimally processed as possible.
How can I incorporate more clean eating into my meal prep?
If you’re already meal prepping, then you’ve probably begun to (or mastered) this step completely! When you start with the baseline ingredients and cook your meals yourself, you are well on your way to eating cleaner than you would by eating out or buying premade frozen dinners loaded with preservatives.
It might take more time to make your foods from scratch than it would to buy ready-to-go meals, but this method will ensure that you have full control of your food and a better handle on your health. It very often saves you money as well, since convenience is rolled into the price of processed and prepackaged foods.
Whenever possible, buy organic and local ingredients that are non-GMO and pesticide-free for the cleanest eating.
If you live in Los Angeles, you can take advantage of neighborhoodmarkets (link: Farmers Markets) and health food stores that take care to source their food locally and with clean eating in mind.
Store-bought dressings and sauces can be loaded with added sugar, fat, and sodium. Making your own cleaner versions is easy! Whip up a quick vinaigrette or lower-sugar barbecue sauce and you’ll always have full control over the ingredients you feed yourself and your family.
When you buy the base ingredients like oil, vinegar, and mustard, you’ll also have plenty on hand to make more, allowing you to stretch your dollar.
If you’re committing to eating clean, you’re likely going to be doing a lot of cooking. The basic premise of meal prep is that you’re cooking large batches of food at once, so make sure that you’re setting aside enough time to prep and cook everything for the week so you won’t run short and be tempted to reach for less-clean alternatives later on in the week.
Eating clean doesn’t have to be boring – it just means that you are in more control of what goes into your foods. You can make healthier swaps in your favorite recipes to make them better for your body.
For example, if your favorite cheat meal is spaghetti and meatballs, you can make your own tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes to avoid the added sugar and add in your own fresh herbs, then toss them with whole-wheat pasta and locally-sourced ground beef.
If you love desserts, use whole-wheat flour and natural sweeteners like stevia to bake sweet treats that aren’t loaded with simple sugars. These options are still delicious indulgences, but you don’t have to worry about the food processing that goes on behind the scenes.
Eating clean ingredients and whole foods is the last step to ensuring that your diet is as fresh and healthy as possible. We challenge you to put down the packaged foods and eat more wholesome meals – we promise you it will be just as delicious, and you’ll feel better everywhere if you do.
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