Five Ways to Eat Clean
We’re proud to serve clean and healthy meals here at The Kitchen! In fact, Chef Shashank uses only all-natural ingredients including wild-caught seafood, grass-fed Grand Western bison, hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and turkey, as well as locally grown organic vegetables. But just what does it mean to eat clean? The Mayo Clinic describes eating clean as “consuming more whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats — and limit highly processed snack foods, sweets, and other packaged foods.” Eating clean is a lot easier than you think! Check out five ways to eat clean below and make improvements to your diet today.
- Eat whole foods – Choosing whole foods means picking foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. This includes grabbing fresh fruit instead of fruit snacks, chicken breasts over frozen chicken strips, and other prepackaged foods.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables – Fruits and vegetables are one of the easiest options for clean eating. Frozen fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh ones, but be sure to check the label to make sure there is no added salt or sugar. Not sure where to start? Learn how to eat more fruits and veggies here.
- Stay hydrated – Do you drink enough water? Health experts recommend eight 8-oz glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. Water can help fight off brain fatigue and supply you with more energy. Who doesn’t want that? Water will always be a better choice over sugary drinks, coffee, or alcohol. And, speaking of alcohol and caffeine…
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine – Experts recommend no more than 3-5 8-oz cups of coffee per day, and one serving of alcohol for women and one for men. When it comes to cocktails, eliminate the sugary mixers and opt for flavored sparkling water or fresh fruit instead.
- Skip the added sugar – We hear time and time again that eliminating added sugar is the key to a clean diet. When grocery shopping, learn to read nutrition labels to look for added sugar in items like tomato sauce, yogurt, and salsa. Avoid sugary drinks like fruit juice and energy drinks that are loaded up on sugar as well.
Looking for clean meals at Sidewalk Chef Kitchen? Everything you’ll find on our menu is clean and free of artificial ingredients, added sugar, and other preservatives. We make it our mission to keep everything clean, healthy, and delicious!