New Year, New You Weight Loss Challenge Day 6: How Clean Is Your Diet?
Welcome to Day 6 of the New Year, New You Weight Loss Challenge
Simply put, clean eating is choosing more of the healthiest and best options from each of the food groups and eliminitating or cutting out the processed and/or not so healthy options.
This means eating fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats and cutting back/removing refined grains, added sugars, and foods processed with chemicals.
Here is a list of healthy food staples you can stock your kitchen/pantry with.
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Grape/Cherry tomatoes
- Green beans
- Leafy greens (kale, chard, spinach)
- Snow peas
- Spaghetti squash
- Sugar snap peas
- Summer squash
- Fish fillets (cod, halibut, haddock, sole, tilapia, salmon)
- Ground turkey/chicken (at least 90% lean)
- Pork tenderloin
- Skinless chicken
- Brown rice
- Healthy cooking oils (olive, grape seed)
- Nut butters
- Seeds (Flax, chia, pumpkin, sunflower)
- Vinegar (balsamic, red wine)
- Whole-grain pastas
- Cheese (reduced fat)
- Cottage cheese (low fat)
- Milk (skim for cows milk, soy or unsweetened almond)
- Ricotta cheese (part skim)
- Yogurt (nonfat Greek)
- Edamame in the pod
- Frozen fruits (no sugar added)
- Frozen fish fillets
- Frozen vegetables (no added salt or sauces)
- Turkey/veggie burgers
- Whole grain mini pitas
- Whole grain wraps
- Whole grain sandwich thins
Here is a sample list of foods/ingredients you may want to cut back on.
- white/wheat rice
- white/wheat pasta
- white/wheat bread
- flour/baked goods
- sugar substitutes
- high-fructose corn syrup
don't have to have everything on the list at once. Choose your
favorites and the ones you will use most often. Fresh fruits
and vegetables are loaded with nutrients and available year round.
Make sure you are reading nutritional facts and ingredients when shopping.
How 'clean' is your diet? How often do you eat cleanly?
What healthy/whole foods have you incorporated into your diet?
What are some of your favorite whole foods?
Have you eliminated or cut back on processed foods?