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Top 6 Affordable Clean Eating Brands

Clean-eating doesn’t mean that you have to give up all commercial food products. If you make a clean-eating lifestyle too difficult for yourself then you are much less likely to succeed. Over the last few years, I’ve tried many different food products and this is a list of my current favourites.

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1. CoYo Natural Yoghurt

If you’re dairy free, or just like coconuts, this yoghurt is delicious. Thick and creamy, it really is amazing. I like to eat this for breakfast topped with home-made granola and fruit. It is really good as a replacement for ice-cream or cream with desserts, and brilliant in smoothies.

2. Meridian Nut Butters

If you like nut butters then this is the brand for you. Completely natural, these nut butters are made with no added sugar or palm oil. The lack of palm oil causes the butters to separate out when they settle, just give them a good mix before you use them. My personal favourite is the cashew nut butter spread on sliced apples.

3. ASDA Good & Balanced Wholewheat Pasta

Whole-wheat pasta does tend to be fractionally more expensive than white pasta. ASDA does a 3kg bag of whole-wheat pasta for just £2.97, which works out at about 10p for a large portion. I love whole-wheat pasta because it has more flavour and texture than white pasta.

4. Nakd Bars

When you are busy, on the go, or just in need of some rapid sustenance, Nakd bars are really good to have in your bag or purse. These bars are a much better choice than a chocolate bar or biscuit. They contain no refined sugars and are raw. My favourites are Cocoa, Cocoa Orange and Gingerbread. They even do a festive Christmas Pudding bar!

5. Blue Dragon Wholewheat Noodle Nests

Did you know that you can get wholewheat noodles? I didn’t until quite recently! Made with just wholewheat flour, water and salt, these noodles can replace refined white noodles in any Asian dish and taste just as good.

6. Tesco Courgette Spaghetti and Cauliflower Rice

Even as a fully signed-up member of the clean-eating brigade, sometimes I just feel that life is too short to be processing cauliflower into rice and spirilising courgettes into noodles. Enter Tesco with this brilliant range of fresh alternatives to pasta and rice. These really need eating either on the day of purchase, or the day after, as they don’t keep well. You do pay more for these than if you made them yourself, but it is clean-eating, convenience food at its finest!

 

Eating a healthy, clean diet doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. If you’re not in the habit of looking at your foods ingredients labels then this is a good place to start. There are plenty of better food choices out there and the more you do it the easier it gets.

Published by Sonia Nicholas, Founder of The Green Apple Club.

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