It’s almost cartoonish, really. You’re standing in the grocery store with the devil on one shoulder (a.k.a some sugary snack), and an angel on the other (a nice head of kale, for instance). You really want the sugary snack. It’s beckoning to you. You pick it up and almost put it in your cart. Then you remember how good you’ve been lately – and why should you ruin your good track record? So you put it back and opt for the healthy, nutritious snacks you know will make you feel good. Sometimes choices like these are reasonably easy to make. It’s obvious that processed, sugary foods are not a good choice. Then, there are the other not-so-obvious choices. Are white potatoes good or bad? Do you renounce all things sweet, or are there healthy choices available? What about flour?
Making clean eating substitutions doesn’t mean you are destined for a life of bland, boring food. In fact, you will really be training your taste buds and your brain to experience food differently. Processed foods are loaded with chemicals, sugars, and unhealthy salts that overload the senses and often lead to addiction. It’s time to start experiencing flavors as they were meant to be experienced – naturally. Let’s explore some fantastic ways to do just that. You can substitute:
Kale for potato chips
If you’re a potato chip addict, rest assure there is still hope for you. Next time you have a hankering for that salty, fatty snack, reach for a head of kale instead. Remove the stems and chop the kale into chip-sized pieces. Toss with just a teaspoon of olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. This is one snack it’s okay to be addicted to.
Sea salt for table salt
Even your regular table salt is refined. Sea salt should be slightly gray in color and may even be a little wet. This type of salt has fantastic health benefits. Its high mineral content helps you replace minerals lost during perspiration and rebalance the electrolytes in your blood.
Stone-ground, organic whole wheat flour for white flour
Most of us know that refined white flour is a not a healthy choice. However, not all flours are created equal. If you are not gluten-sensitive and still want to include flour in your diet, choose whole grain- one that retains as much of the fiber as possible, and preferably is organic.
Stevia, coconut syrup, or honey for white sugar
There are more options available than ever before for removing white sugar from your diet. Stevia is an herb that is many times sweeter than table sugar and has zero calories. Coconut syrup can be a good substitution for corn syrup. Honey is the only sweetener that has health benefits. It can help heal the gut and even reduce allergies.
Creme fraiche for sour cream
Creme fraiche is incredibly easy to make and tastes so much better than store-bought sour cream, which often has additives. Simply add two cups of organic heavy cream and add two tablespoons of buttermilk to a bowl and mix together. Cover and let it sit at room temperature for at least one day.
Sweet potatoes for white potatoes
White potatoes are not bad in moderation. However, sweet potatoes contain higher amounts of iron and vitmain B6. They are delicious roasted, mashed, or baked.
With so many options out there for clean eating, you’ll never want to go back to those sugar-laden or processed foods again! We’re here to help you achieve that goal; that’s why we’ve put together a Simple Guide to Clean Eating. We’ve even included a grocery list for you! Download your free copy today and experience how clean eating will make you even healthier!
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