10 Clean Eating Tips To Nourish The Body And Soul
Clean up your Kitchen Pantry!
Spring has certainly sprung, and what better time to rejuvenate your pantry, stocking it with delicious wholefoods that are going to nourish your body and soul.
By making some simple swaps, you’ll soon find yourself reaping the benefits.
- For breakfast, swap processed cereals with whole grains. Make porridge with oats or try millet, quinoa, brown rice or buckwheat flakes. As a porridge or combined to make a homemade muesli or granola, these complex carbohydrates will keep you going till lunch.
- Add seeds, nuts, berries or grated apple. If you need a sweet hit, try a spice blend of fennel seed, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves or a little raw honey rather than refined caster sugar.
- Throw out any pappy-processed loaves as they are crammed with sugars and additives and are simply empty calories. Seek out your local bakery and find a 100% rye loaf or wholegrain wheat or spelt sourdough; the organic bakery, E5, is awesome! If you need to avoid gluten, opt for brands like Biona that offer gluten-free breads or try making your own with wholegrain gluten-free flours like buckwheat, brown rice and teff. You can find a complete list of them all in my book, Clean Cakes, with bread recipes too.
- Spread bread with organic butter or coconut oil, and then add your favorite toppings like nut butters, eggs and avocado. If Nutella is your weakness, try making your own — mix cacao powder and a little honey with hazelnut butter.
- Reach for caffeine first thing? Don’t! It is dehydrating. Instead, hot water with slices of fresh lemon, ginger and turmeric is a wonderfully cleansing drink; stock up on herbal teas too. If you do need a caffeine hit, a cup of two of good quality coffee or tea a day is fine.
Lunch and Dinner
- For lunchtime and supper, swap white pasta, noodles and rice for tasty wholegrain pastas, buckwheat soba noodles, brown rice, and whole grains like quinoa, amaranth and millet.
- Rice cakes and oatcakes are great with lunch and to snack on instead of sweet biscuits or crisps. Liven them up with nut butters, smoked salmon and full fat cottage cheese or feta, hummus and avocado, or crab and cucumber.
- Rather than ready meals, keep your pantry stocked with good proteins like free range eggs, tinned tuna and sardines in olive oil and plant-based proteins like chickpeas and lentils. Spices, tinned tomatoes, tamari, tahini, onions and garlic are great to have to hand too.
- Feeling an energy dip around 4 p.m.? Me too! Personally I don’t think snacking is bad at all, just do it properly! Why not get healthy baking and whip up batches of flap-jacks, energy bars, tea breads enriched with nuts and seeds, or cakes sweetened with fruits instead of refined sugars.
- My book, Clean Cakes, has a huge array of satisfying biscuits, brownies and energy-boosting bites made using wholegrain gluten-free flours, divine dairy-free alternatives like virgin coconut oil and nutty cold-pressed British rapeseed oil and unrefined sweeteners like caramel-ly coconut sugar and sticky dates. These treats are going to satisfy any sweet cravings and keep you energized.
So get stocking your pantry with all of these wonderful flavorsome and totally good-for-you ingredients. And if you’re hankering for a little chocolate after supper, just make sure it’s the dark stuff!
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