What is Clean Eating?
You are what you eat. Consuming food that is highly processed filled with chemicals your body can’t recognize or process leads to many metabolic disorders including abnormal cholesterol levels and obesity.
To be healthy you have to eat healthy. The human body is a machine, and all machines run a on some type of fuel, our fuel comes from the nutrients we absorb when we consume food.
If we consume the wrong things – like Fries and soda – Our bodies don’t get the micro-nutrients needed to function properly which can lead to weight gain and disease.
The concept of clean eating is basically, Eating Whole Foods, and for vegans, whole food plant based foods – that is minimally or unprocessed and free of:
- food dyes
- artificial sweeteners
- GMO’s – when possible
Consuming healthier less processed foods that are nutrient dense. Avoid unhealthy habits like frying food or eating “junk food”.
Clean Eating and Weight Loss
When it comes to Clean eating and weight loss people often see them as interchangeable. Clean eating is not a diet but it can help you maintain a healthy weight and even lose weight if you regularly consume junk food. Junk food is often low in nutritional density and high in calories
Benefits of Clean Eating
The benefits of clean eating are based on making healthier food choices. Eating more fruits (raw) and vegetables (mostly raw, steamed or roasted), healthy (Omega-3) fats, whole grains, and getting a good source of Plant protein (Legumes, tempeh, tofu seeds, and nuts). These lifestyle changes can result in the following:
- More Sleep
- More energy
- Clearer Skin
- Lower triglyceride Levels
- Normal cholesterol Levels
- Maintain Normal weight
Clean Eating Snacks for School
Clean eating snacks are great if you get hungry in between your main meals. They are also good for pre- or post-workout fuel. Best of all they are the perfect way to introduce your kids to healthier snacks that they can eat after school.
You can also prepare clean eating snacks for school, so they can have something nutritious when they’re at school and at home.
5 clean eating snacks ideas and their recipes
1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
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These tasty vegan treats are super easy sugar-free, gluten-free that have a no bake recipe. Get the recipe here.
2. Easy Pumpkin Granola
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I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Granola. It’s great with breakfast or as a tasty snack. These pumpkin flavored gluten-free, refined sugar-free snacks are perfect for fall. Get the recipe here.
3. Chocolate Almond Quinoa Stuffed Strawberries
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Strawberries and quinoa are a great combination. These is an easy snack to make if you have leftover quinoa or when your making quinoa during the week save some to make this tasty snack. Get the recipe here.
4. Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Here’s a great way to get adults and kids to eat their vegetables. Get the recipe here.
5. Crispy Spiced Chickpeas
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These spiced chickpeas are a great clean eating snack that’s also high in fiber as well as taste. Get the recipe here.
Eating Healthy can be easier then you may think, all these recipes are easy to make and even easier to eat.