What's Clean Eating Cooking Look Like?

By Jennifer Smith, CHN, BHC, FBCC

You might be asking 'What's clean eating cooking look like', and how is it different than the way I currently cook? When it comes to the clean eating lifestyle, you are trying to reduce processed foods, cook more often, and have as many fresh ingredients as you possibly can. This means cooking is a little different, not just in the fact that more cooking is from scratch, but that you are also changing the ingredients you are using. Keep some of these cooking guidelines in mind.

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What Makes Clean Eating Cooking Different?

The first thing you need to remember about clean eating is that because you are cooking more, specifically from scratch, you need to plan a little bit better. While not all meals are going to take a lot of time to cook, you may be surprised by the extra groceries, ingredients needed for meals, and the prep work added on. Some purists would say, instead of buying a bag of shredded cheese, you want to buy blocks of cheese and shred it yourself.

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But seriously, I have a family of 5 to feed and don't have the time. The biggest takeaway here is that you should be focusing on whole food items such as, an apple instead of applesauce. Don't make this too difficult on yourself. I'm all for keeping it simple.

If food prep isn't something you want to add to your to-do list, buy pre-chopped vegetables and shredded cheese. Try to use the harder cheeses like parmesan and romano cheeses which are less processed and don't contain added ingredients.  Even if you have 20 or 30 minutes a night to cook, you can make clean eating work for you and your family.

Clean Eating Scratch Cooking Doesn't Have To Be Complicated

As mentioned already, most of your meals will be cooked from scratch. Even though some convenience foods aren’t too bad as far as fat and calories, they are processed and loaded with salt, which is not approved in the clean eating lifestyle. It is a better idea that you try to make everything from scratch. Buying pre-sliced veggies from the produce section can sometimes add to your grocery bill, but if you find it necessary to stick with a clean eating menu, then it's probably worth a couple dollars. It is better to do everything yourself, if you can, so that you know it is fresh and you are saving money. Stop buying pancake mix, and make them from scratch, for example.


And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Genesis 1:29

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Genesis 1:31

Making Clean Eating Meals Ahead of Time Can Be Helpful In A Pinch 

In addition to planning more for your clean eating lifestyle, you might also want to begin making some of your meals ahead of time. When you live a busy lifestyle, this really does help to avoid picking up fast food on the way home, skipping meals, or grabbing unhealthy snacks from the vending machine. Try to give yourself one day a week when you have time to grocery shop and meal plan, possible preparing some meals ahead of time for the refrigerator or freezer.

Buying in Bulk Helps to Save Money

If you need to save a little money on your grocery bill when switching to clean eating, try to buy in bulk when you can. There is more upfront to spend, but you save money in the long run. Things like meat, rice and grains, beans, and some spices or seasonings can be purchased in larger quantities.

Learning these clean eating basics can help you reduce the effort needed to make clean eating part of your everyday life.  Making the switch doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming.  Let me help you get started and learn how to make clean eating part of your life today! Book your free discovery call here and learn how we can work together to develop a plan. 


Clean Eating Recipe Idea

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Loaded Turkey Meatballs

Source: lexiscleankitchen.com

Course: Main Course

Main Ingredient: Turkey

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. organic extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 big handful frozen spinach (defrosted drained, squeezed to remove excess water)
  • 1 tbsp organic gluten-free corn meal (sub breadcrumbs of choice)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (more if you like a little kick!)
  • 1 12 tsp onion powder
  • 1 12 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 12 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Italian seasoning
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray so it is greased.
  3. In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.
  4. Roll into balls and bake on 350 for about 20 minutes or until fully cooked through.

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About Author

Jennifer Smith is a certified Holistic Nutritionist, Biblical Health Coach and Faith-Based Clinical Counselor. She has completed advanced certifications in Functional Nutrition, Biblical Naturopathy and Biblical Eating and Clinical Nutrition. 

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