Eating Clean seems to be leading the next wave of health buzz words and is gaining popularity in the press and with healthy bloggers like myself. It really isn’t anything new, but again stresses the importance of eating lots of fresh whole ingredients. This really should be the foundation of everyone’s diet. Choose your favourite whole ingredients, indulge in them, and build your recipe index around them. It will make eating ‘healthy’ a breeze.
If you haven’t heard of Eating Clean, here are the basics to get you going:
1. Increase your intake of Fruit and Vegetables.
2. Cut back on Sugar. Sugar is not just in biscuits and sweets, but hidden in a lot of ready meals and processed foods. Read your labels.
3. Cut back on Alcohol. There are some benefits, as discussed in The Health Benefits of Red Wine post, but try limiting this to 1 drink for women and 2 for men a day.
4. Eat lots of protein. Eggs, fish, seafood, chicken, spinach, lean beef, etc.
5. Be aware of your fats. Eat lots of healthy fats, found in foods like nuts, olive oil, and avocados. Become wary of saturated processed fats.
6. Avoid Ready meals and processed foods, which will easily minimize your intake of added sugars, salt and trans and saturated fat.
7. Drink more water. Try having a glass with every other beverage you consume during the day.
8. Eat Whole Grains. Choose whole-grain bread, try quinoa, wild rice, whole oats.
And to get you going here is a super easy dinner, which can be whipped up in 15minutes. Great for the midweek rush.
Tuna Steaks, with salsa on a bed of quinoa
– 1 tuna steak
– 1/2 tsp olive oil
– 1/2 cup quinoa
– Red Onion
– Fresh lime juice
1. To make your salsa, finely chop up all the veggies and fold together with the fresh lime juice. Set aside.
2. Pop quinoa on the hob in a cup of boiling water and allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the water has evaporated.
3. Meanwhile, heat a flat frying pan. Once the olive oil is staring to dance on the pan, pop tuna steaks in for 40 seconds on each side so that they stay pink in the middle. Be careful, these cook super quickly.
4. Plate up. Layer the tuna steak on a bed of quinoa and top it with a big dollop of the salsa.