processed foods make up 70% of the American diet, according to Marketplace.org. We don’t know any better, but things are changing. People are becoming more and more aware of what they are putting into their bodies each day and are learning to be smarter consumers by reading the nutrition labels on their food items. This still is hard in itself, especially when the boxes are labeled with “food” we have never heard of or even know how to read let alone pronounce. In a world where the advertizing and marketing on a box is so good it can trick even the savviest of consumers to purchase it, one can see how we are easily deceived by packages marked “100% whole Grain”,“No preservatives”, or “Only 200 Calories”, which brings me to my next point.
Not-so-Lean Cuisine: What Really is in Your Grocery Store Frozen
Meal written by Julie Lampert, where she uncovers the hidden ingredients within a Lean Cuisine meal where only 4 ingredients were unprocessed. Many people purchase these meals as a quick, healthy alternative to fast food, but what they are really getting is a small dose of empty calories and a large dose processed foods.
So you may be wondering, do I really need to spend hours in the kitchen then to give my body the proper nutrition it needs? No! I have found that by eating clean I am able to focus on nutrition and not just my calorie intake. There is so much more to food than the calories we consume…haha it rhymes J Eating clean can mean using whole grain pasta instead of bleached, enriched white flour pasta, or purchasing ketchup that does not have high fructose corn syrup in it. Breakfast, lunch and dinner don’t have to be arduous, difficult or back breaking. Think simple like rolled oats for breakfast (takes 5 minutes to cook on the stove) and you can top it with fresh fruit, raw nuts or seeds, top it with plain Greek yogurt and add a teaspoon or two of honey, pure maple syrup or
agave nectar. Really your possibilities are endless! How about a yummy wrap for lunch with a flax seed wrap, baked chicken (or shredded chicken from the crock pot!), cucumbers, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, feta cheese, and a drizzle of lemon balsamic vinegar dressing (recipe on www.mmmomma.com) served with a side or fresh fruit. For dinner you can try this simple turkey
mini meat loaf (recipe on www.mmmomma.com) served with a side of brown rice or quinoa (only takes 15 minutes to cook) and steamed or roasted (baked) veggies of your choice!
So the next time you reach for something quick and easy, ask yourself, is it nutritious? Is it highly processed? Is it full of empty calories? Will it benefit me in the long run? Because let’s face it, our health is number one. Everyone deserves a long, healthy and fulfilling life.
In Blessings and Health,