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Friday, August 28, 2015

Clean Eating for the Newbie!

It's been a while since I wrote a post.  Lots of reasons, tons of excuses!  But I met someone new this week who is very interested in eating clean.  She was a vegetarian and is recently a vegan.  Now, a lot of my recipes are for neither of those categories....  but some are.   And some can be adapted.

Since this is just the way I eat now, going on four years, I don't really think about it as much.  But I get pretty excited about clean eating again when someone has questions and wants to share.  So this is for you!  The one who is curious and has lots of questions.  As an added bonus, I am including the Cheez It recipe and a great recipe for Chia Berry Jam... two recipes that anyone can enjoy.

For those new to clean eating the big question seems to be, but what can I eat?  I started out pretty easy, just reading labels.  If it has less than five ingredients and you can pronounce them all, you are probably okay.  Even better is one ingredient.... apples, avocados, chicken, Romaine lettuce... you get the picture.

We also avoid sugar (white, brown, pure cane, etc.) and white flour.  We do sometimes use whole wheat flour.   I do buy boxes of whole wheat pasta.  I know some clean eaters don't eat any wheat products, but that's their choice.  They also eat only organic. Again, not a bad choice, but not my choice.  We try to buy local produce and we get our grass fed beef from a local farmer.  We buy the beef once a year so it averages out a to a pretty good cost.

The easiest way to be sure you are eating clean, of course, is to cook from scratch.  I love a lot of the recipes at www.thenakedkitchen.com.  They have a great marinara recipe and the Kid Approved Tortilla Soup couldn't be easier... or tastier!  Another great resource is www.thegraciouspantry.com.  She's on this journey too and offers lots of great insights and advice.

This is not a long post, but just a starting point.  If you have a specific question, go ahead and post and I will answer the best I can!






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