How to Start Eating Clean: Kitchen Basics
There is so much information on the internet about clean eating, it can be hard to know where to start. This article will provide you with a few tips on how to start eating clean by focusing on the most important location in your house, the kitchen!
How to Start Eating Clean:
Clean your cupboards
Making a lifestyle change like clean eating can be hard at times. Your resolution and commitment is high now, so take advantage of this and remove some of the processed food in your cupboards from sight. Consider storing them in a cardboard box in a cupboard or room away from the kitchen. This way, when your resolve weakens (which it may do on occasion), you are faced with healthy choices, not sugary quick fixes.
Invest in a food processor and/or blender
It is true that you can eat clean with no specialist equipment at all. However, one of the most exciting and enjoyable aspects of eating clean is falling back in love with food and cooking. Blenders are necessary for smoothies and can also be used for a number of other recipes such as making chocolate ice cream and blending soups. Food processors can speed up food preparation time, which for some clean-eaters, is worth the money spent on the appliance.
Stock up on clean eating store cupboard basics
When you first start eating clean, stocking your cupboards can be a costly process so you may want to do a little bit at a time. The Green Apple Club kitchen is kept fully stocked with coconut milk, coconut oil, herbs and spices, wholemeal pasta/couscous/rice, tinned and dried beans, olive oil, almond milk, chia seeds, raw nuts, Gram flour, wholewheat flour, ground almonds, coconut sugar, salt, honey, maple syrup and a whole variety of nut butters. As essentials, when you first start out, ensure that you have a good cooking oil such as ghee or coconut oil, and plenty of herbs and spices.
Making and storing fresh food, lovingly made with clean eating ingredients, requires a lot of plastic containers! Hunt down those lost plastic lids and keep a pile of storage containers ready for use each week. Small, snack–size pots are useful for transporting homemade hummus and unsalted nuts, while larger tubs can be used for taking lunches into work and storing leftovers in your fridge.
Start a windowsill herb garden
Even if you don’t have a garden, a windowsill garden makes fresh herbs available on-demand all year round. Basil, oregano, rosemary and mint are just some examples of herbs that will happily grow indoors on a sunny windowsill. Fresh herbs can lift a homemade meal into something really special, plus you’ll save money too!
Make meal plans and checklists
Pinning the week’s meal plan to a noticeboard or kitchen cupboard will help you to keep on track with your menus. Meal planning is a great way to plan your food in advance so that you are never caught short with nothing to eat for dinner or snacks. If you are a member of The Green Apple Club, you can find blank, printable meal-planners on your membership account page. If you are not a member, you can join for free today.
Although it can be a daunting prospect at first, remember that ‘clean eating’ simply means to eat unprocessed food. When you are just starting to eat clean, you can make a series of small changes that build into something bigger. Prepping your clean eating kitchen is a great place to start.