Eat Clean and Feel Better
2017 is a prime time to skip on the grease, and load up on fresh vegetables. As far as New Year’s resolutions go, eating better is always a popular one. This is mainly because the new year offers a fresh start, and after the variety of holiday favorites, many individuals feel the need to put the chocolate down and pick up a salad.
What you put into your body plays a huge role in your overall health. From the amount of water, you drink regularly to the foods you ingest. Your skin, nails, hair, and organs will feel the difference. The clean eating movement was practiced long ago, without even knowing how important it was. This was mainly because processed foods hadn’t been made available yet. Now, a rise in awareness of the negative qualities of processed ingredients has made clean eating a priority once again.
If clean eating is one of your resolutions for 2017, check out these tips from us here at Quick RX Refill to ease you into nutritional meals, without depriving yourself of the good stuff.
1. Find Alternatives: You don’t have to give up burgers and fries for 2017 to eat better, you just need to find some healthy alternatives. Instead of deep frying store bought French fries, consider dicing up a sweet potato, drizzling it lightly with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roasting it in the oven. This makes a wonderful side to a lean turkey ground burger. Instead of a bun, use a lettuce leaf to wrap your burger in, or, if you really want that bread, aim for a thin whole wheat bun, or try a pita.
Baked goods are a huge temptation, especially when dieting. Instead of cutting yourself off from cake and cookies this year, find healthier ways to bake. Instead of sugar, try using unsweetened apple sauce as a sweetener. This method will also keep your muffins and cupcakes coming out moist each time. There are plenty of recipes online for healthy alternatives to age old favorites and comfort food.
2. Make Fresh Food Fun: Eating fresh is often associated with boring meals, but there’s plenty of fun to be had in the kitchen with fresh ingredients. If you fancy take out, try turning a fast food recipe into something packed with vitamins and nutrients. Pizza, for example, can be healthy and delicious.
Use a whole-wheat pita as a base, or find a low carb dough recipe to work with. Once you have a base, load it up with fresh tomato sauce, diced green peppers, chunks of roast chicken, and a light sprinkling of cheese.
If you’re more into Asian cuisine than Italian, bring out the wok and fry up thin slices of tender steak, bean sprouts, crisp green broccoli, and snap peas in a light drizzle of soya sauce and cracked pepper.
3. Add Plenty of Flavors: Fresh food doesn’t need to be bland food. In fact, it can be some of the most flavorful, because all the ingredients are true. Fresh garlic, basil leaves, diced green onion, grated ginger, or thin sliced chili peppers can make a world of difference to any savory dish. Whole vanilla bean pods, a fresh grating of nutmeg, and diced nuts will give your desserts an authentic flavor.
Let 2017 be your year for a new and healthy you by making gradual and meaningful changes to your diet. By 2018, you’ll need to find a whole new resolution to keep.
If you have questions about clean eating, or are concerned about changing your diet due to other health issues, contact your doctor. A family physician or licensed nutritionist can give you insight on which foods will offer the most help for a healthy you.
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