Clean eating is a term that has gained popularity over the last several years. But what does it mean? First of all, it is important to understand what clean eating is not. It is not a diet, but rather a lifestyle; one that is subject to much individualization and interpretation. Clean eating can be adapted to almost any taste, preference, or palate.
Clean eating emphasizes choosing healthy, whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible. It involves a balance of proteins, fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed starches in each meal. According to nutritionist Diane Weland, "While it may not be possible all the times, you can up your intake of whole grains like brown rice, millet, amaranth, and quinoa. Beans and legumes are also important. Clean sugars include honey, maple syrup, and dehydrated sugar cane juice."
Additionally, clean eating experts all promote choosing unpackaged, unprocessed foods whenever possible as the processing process adds additional "empty" and sometimes dangerous additives as well as extra calories. Clean eating advocates also recommend avoiding empty calories from refined sugars such as candy and soda as they contribute little to no nutritional benefit.
Most importantly, as most experts will point out, is that clean eating is just one part of a healthy lifestyle. Clean eating goes hand in hand with an active and healthy lifestyle. At Primal Kitchen Restaurants, we are constantly teaming up with other local organizations and businesses to bring healthy food and clean living to local communities.
If you or someone you know would be interested in franchising a healthy, clean-eating restaurant, please contact Primal Kitchen Franchising today!