Posts Tagged ‘Organic’

Clean Eating and Why?

In Food, Life, Weight loss on September 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I’ve been asked several times about clean eating and why I’ve chosen to do it. I don’t necessarily look at it as “clean eating” so much as just eating healthy. Not dieting, not starving myself, just eating the right foods. If “clean eating” is something that may interest you, here are a few tips I go by.

  1. READ LABELS! This could be a whole different post on it’s own. But it’s as simple as that. Read the labels for your food. If it has 6-7 ingredients, chances are, you could consider it a “clean” food. Example:


5 ingredients. 

Try and educate yourself on the chemicals put in to food. That way when you are looking over ingredients, you can recognize what each one is.

2. Sugar: This could also take up another post. My method with sugar is moderation. That’s all I’ve got for ya. I don’t believe in doing anything to one extreme or another. Obviously eating a cup of strawberries is going to be different than a poptart. 😉 And your body will utilize the sugar from strawberries vs. poptart differently. Sugar naturally is brown, so keep that in mind.

3. Consider the source: “Clean” eating could be summarized as eating food closest to it’s natural state. Some people believe this allows too much wiggle room. But I believe that is the just of it. Example: If you asked a clean eater “if they would rather eat the orange, drink orange juice, or <insert orange flavored processed food>” A clean eater would pick the orange. It comes directly off a tree, making it as close to nature as possible. Buying organic oranges will eliminate the chemicals. 

4.Start With Small Changes: Clean eating shouldn’t be stressful. If the only way you can make the switch is throwing everything processed out, then by all means knock yourself out (not literally). Most of us can achieve clean eating by making small changes daily/weekly until it becomes habit.

Disclaimer: The above tips are just meant as a guideline. Always consult your physician/dietician before starting a new diet. You assume all risks for food you choose to eat. 

So those are a few guidelines I try to consider when choosing foods. There are several different methods for clean eating. I try to eat this way 85% of the time. And yes, sometimes I like to enjoy that processed poptart, only after 50 miles on the bike. 😉 Moderation is key with anything we do.

Have a great weekend!!

Kid Approved.

In Food on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

My ‘lil stinker!

Sometimes finding healthy snacks can be a challenge. I wanted to share what Sophie enjoys snacking on (which is mostly anything and everything). Picky, she is not! It seems there are better ‘snacky’ selections for adults, but most kids snacks are full of sugar and fake ingredients.

Thankfully, we have a great eater and she is very good about eating fruits/veggies.

Trader Joe’s is our go-to for all things produce. They have fantastic red grapes and strawberries. Other favorites…bananas, baby carrots, spinach, broccoli, blueberries, sliced apples, & oranges.

If you can, I suggest buying organic produce. If NOTHING else. I mean, have you walked through a Wal-Mart produce section lately? Enough said.

Another TJ favorite…mild cheddar cheese sticks. The BEST!! I even snack on them.

We both like these because they are a low calorie snack but have good protein. Plus they are organic.

Z Bar & Z Fruit Ropes

I am a HUGE fan of everything Cliff bar. Their Luna bars, granola bars, and kid snacks are the best! Cliff products are organic and these bars are baked. We both love the Iced Oatmeal Cookie. Sophie actually calls them cookies. You can’t go wrong with Cliff snacks!

Quick breakfast.

I was so excited when I ran across these. Organic whole grain oats & quinoa w/ blueberries. These are a great, quick breakfast. Target carries these.

Happy Baby pouches

So, think applesauce in a pouch. But with MUCH better varieties and even veggies thrown in the mix. This one is banana, beets, and blueberries. All organic, found at Target.

Gerber pouches

Even Gerber makes organic ones! I posted a few different brands, because these are the ones we like best. Gerber seems to have a better variety of fruits. Sophie loves all the combinations.