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This post on clean eating is written and sponsored by Hampton Creek.
When the word “clean” comes to mind, it’s often associated with household chores. How about associating the word with eating, as in eating clean foods? Think about it: a clean and organized home is known to improve the health of your family, the productivity of your day, and the clarity of your mind. Likewise, eating clean foods are known to help improve health, quality of sleep, brain function and more. Whether it’s about your home or your food, going clean puts life back in order.
While cleaning your house and eating clean foods have many benefits, going clean is often easier said than done. It can feel like an extreme lifestyle change. That’s why people are always looking for tips and tricks that make house cleaning more efficient and still reap the rewarding benefits of a more organized home.
Are there tips and tricks to making eating clean easier and convenient? The diet of the average Joe consists of many processed foods and meals for this simple reason: processed food is accessible and cheap to buy. Just grab it off the shelf and go. What if clean foods could be as easy as buying processed food? Well, that possibility is now a reality.
What Is Clean Eating?
First, let’s make sure we understand what is clean eating. It refers to eating foods that are as natural or really close to their natural form. In other words, foods that minimally use refined or processed ingredients. Whole foods is another term for clean foods. Basically, a clean or whole food diet is based on raw ingredients like fruits and vegetables, or food products that have not been chemically altered. For example, free-range meats mean that animals have been fed a grass-based diet. However, cows are commonly fed a diet that is supplemented by antibiotics or hormones.
The Challenges of Preparing Clean Meals for Your Family
As a parent, you know that raising children is a build-a-plane-as-it-flies operation. Modern parenthood feels like a taxi driver—always on the go. Between going to work and rushing to children’s activities, parents may lean toward buying fast food or having processed snacks on hand. After all, those foods seem to fit an on-the-go lifestyle. Also, families are saving money where they can, and sometimes that means buying processed foods and snacks because they are less expensive. Cost may make some families that feeding their children organic or whole foods. In other words, it makes clean eating out of reach.
Clean Eating Within Reach For Families
Hampton Creek seems to understand the challenges for modern families to conveniently make tasty and healthier meals. Based in San Francisco, Hampton Creek is a food company using plants to transform common food products. The company takes this idea one step further by making sure that its food products are accessible to the average family. HamptonCreek foods are being stocked in Wal-Mart, SuperTarget, and a growing number of big box grocery retailers across the nation, erasing the idea that an off-the-shelf product is synonymous with processed food.
Hampton Food products have helped to expand the palate of clean eating. Sure, eating an apple or banana is convenient and whole-food friendly, but treats like cookie dough or dipping sauces satisfy that sweet or savory craving.
Kid-Friendly Clean Meals Beyond Fruits and Vegetables
Eating whole foods or clean foods has many benefits, but even so, people—especially kids—won’t eat them unless they taste delicious. How many times have you begged your little one to finish his or her vegetables—and how many times has your little one begged to eat that dessert without eating dinner?
Just Cookie dough makes it convenient to satisfy a sweet tooth. No need to mess up your kitchen by whipping up a baked treat using whole food ingredients. However, one thing to note: Just Cookie Dough ingredients include refined wheat flour, but the product is dairy-free and egg-free—and most importantly, Just Cookie Dough is off-the-shelf ready.
A quick web search delivers numerous recipes of integrating Hampton Creek plant-based food products with meals like brownies, pancakes and salad dressings—kid-friendly treats that traditionally loaded with sugar and other processed ingredients. Here are other clean eating ideas that go beyond eating raw vegetables and fruits:
Ranch dipping sauce: Ranch is favorite dipping sauce among kids. For some children, having a side of ranch dressing is the only way they’ll eat raw vegetables. Hampton Creek is rolling out a line of salad dressings. Hampton Creek’s Just Ranch salad dressing is free of MSG. This ingredient is a flavor enhancer in many processed foods. However, MSG is known to cause side effects such as headaches, nausea or heart-related issues. Just Ranch salad dressing can be served plain or used for other flavored dips.
Homemade breads: Easily make homemade baked goods like zucchini bread vegan-friendly friendly by using Just Mayo, an eggless mayonnaise alternative.
Just like how cleaning and organizing your home benefits your family, so does eating clean foods. You’re teaching your family a healthy lifestyle that will benefit them for years to come.
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