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ALL4MYHEALTH SparkPoints: (332)
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3/23/14 7:20 P

There's no right or wrong in clean eating. You can eat clean 100% or 10%, or whatever % you want in between. For me, it's more about making better food choices overall that matters the most. You can have a salad for lunch and pasta for dinner, a granola bar for one snack and an apple with natural peanut butter for the next's all about balance. Eliminating things from your diet completely can leave you feeling deprived, which can lead to reverting back to old habits and that is never good. You'll find your preferred balance, just give it time :)

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3/19/14 11:35 P

I absolutely love searching Pinterest for clean eating ideas! I'm on a crock pot recipe kick right now and almost everything I have tried out has turned out to be so yummy. Have you ever tried using spaghetti squash instead of pasta? I typically do meal prep once a week for when I work or am busy, and one of my meals for this week is chicken and spaghetti squash pasta. I gave some to a co-worker the other day and she didn't even realize the noodles were made from squash until I told her. :)

3/19/14 9:35 P

For whatever reason I never thought about searching Pinterest for clean eating ideas! I will definitely check out the chips recipes... I don't really crave them all that much anymore, but it would be nice to have something to fall back on if the craving ever hit :)

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,194
3/19/14 7:32 A

There are all kinds of recipes here on Spark.... I was looking at one for microwave potato chips yesterday, where you slice a large potato pretty thin, mist with cooking spray (you could use olive oil in a mister which you can purchase, instead of using something like Pam) and sprinkle with herbs-- or a little salt. There are also a ton of healthy cooking or clean eating type recipes on the 'net.

If you haven't done so yet.... maybe consider signing up at Pinterest. The beauty of Pinterest is you can search something like clean eating, and see a ton of stuff that other people have already "pinned" from the 'net. It's like you get to share in all these google searches, without having to wade through all the results. And just re-pin whatever you want, to your own board.

And yes indeed, there are a lot of recipes for homemade chicken nuggets, made in the oven and not fried.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/18/14 3:50 P

Now see, I guess that's why "eating clean" is in the eye of the beholder.

For me, I'd make my own chips - but if I really wanted to, I could buy chips whose ingredients were potatoes, oil and salt - and nothing else. For me - that is clean. 3 all natural ingredients.

You might have felt that way because of the oil and sodium...especially if you haven't eaten food like that in a while. I've not eaten potato chips in over 6 months now, so I am sure my body would be in revolt against the sheer magnitude of oil and sodium in bagged chips.

Next time try making your own. I think you can even oven cook them (oven), but I'm not sure.....

3/18/14 3:36 P

Thank you so much everyone! I'm not really sure what my definition of "clean" is yet... I'm pretty new to actually enjoying the way that we're eating now (I had a rough pregnancy and now my body is craving nothing but good stuff... veggies are now my snack of choice!), and I realised yesterday after I had some potato chips just what people mean when they talk about "clean eating"... I felt so gross and unhealthy, and greasy... definitely not clean!

I am definitely up for making my own sauces, and I don't know that we'll ever get rid of processed food entirely (must google how to make homemade chicken nuggets...), but I really don't want to go back to feeling gross and unhealthy and greasy.


MICHAELSMOM Posts: 1,155
3/18/14 9:26 A

I switched my family to Trader Joes Brown Rice and Quinoa Pasta. They cannot tell the difference. I have tried the other brands from grocery stores and they are all awful and chewy. I, however, eat shirataki noodles in place of pasta. They are a great substitute and I can eat an entire 8 oz bag for only 30 calories!

My son is allergic to dairy, so I make all my sauces/gravy etc homemade where you have control over the amount of sodium, etc. that you put in.

I basically have eliminated all cheeses in our house and he we don't even miss it that much!

Good luck!

3/18/14 8:33 A

LOL@ RUSSELL. The reason Hot Pockets are half ice is so when you burn your mouth on the molten lava part, the frozen part keeps it from being worse.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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3/18/14 8:01 A

If pasta is the extent of the processed food you're eating, I think you're doing ok ;)

Like the other posters said, as long as you're sticking to foods with short or no ingredients lists, you're on the right track.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,194
3/18/14 6:42 A

I'd agree that it depends on your definition of "clean". I was reading a clean eating blog the other day, and it listed things in boxes/ cans/ whatever that have 5 or less ingredients, all of which are *ingredients* and not a bunch of additives and chemicals. Looking at a random (whole grain) pasta box from my pantry, it lists whole grain durum wheat flour, semolina, durum wheat flour, and oat fiber. That's it. Sounds like they took a bunch of ingredients and made pasta out of it, saving me the expense of a pasta machine, and the labor to make it. I don't have room in my kitchen to store a pasta maker.... I'm ok with buying pasta in a box.

(Out of curiosity I looked at the other pasta boxes in the pantry; the spaghetti has one ingredient-- duram whole wheat flour.)

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
3/18/14 5:16 A

I don't think of pasta as unclean, except for the spaghetti sauce that occasionally speckles my shirt as I twirl spaghetti on my fork, with too much sauce. I hate that! Mostaccioli is much cleaner.

Look at the ingredients, and decide whether it is a problem for you. We aren't talking about Hot Pockets here, so I think the basic principle is being followed, even though it is in a box. Avoid the T.V dinners, and Lunchables, and I think you will be fine. technically canned foods are processed, but we need to decide for ourselves the level of " processed foods " we can be okay with. For me, that is just making sure none of the ingredients sound like a foreign language, and I can figure out where the food came from, and what they did to it.

I can understand pasta. Hot Pockets, not a chance. How do they make it so one half is frozen, and the other is 400 degrees? Science!

The pasta has semolina ( wheat ), Durum ( wheat ), and lots of nutrients like thiamin, niacin, riboflavin.. but it is just wheat. I am guessing they added nutrients to the ingredients because they added them to the wheat, so not naturally occurring. Maybe you can find one without the kind my brother uses, but I doubt adding nutrients will sully the pasta. Still, you may find this troubling.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,902)
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3/18/14 3:42 A

I think it depends on whose definition of "clean" you are using. I consider "clean" to be unprocessed.
I assume most people go off their plan at times. I think the key is to plan to fuel your body with the best you can afford and acquire at the time.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 3/18/2014 (06:05)
CERTHIA SparkPoints: (22,539)
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3/18/14 3:22 A

Why not? It depends on what your idea of eating clean is. If you can have whole-wheat, you can have pasta made from whole-wheat flour. If you want to eat gluten-free, you can exchange the pasta for bean-sprouts, zucchini or rice noodles (I must admit, I personally think rice noodles offer too many simple carbohydrates to meet my idea of clean eating. I still have them, but not very often.)

And it's not that difficult or inconvenient to make your own sauces. All you need for a great tomato sauce are fresh tomatoes, a red pepper, onions, garlic, herbs and 20+ minutes. Roast the tomatoes and garlic cloves whole along with the other ingredients (cut the rest in halves or quarters) and blend. Sprinkle with olive oil (and some balsamic vinegar if you like that), grind some pepper. Add your choice of protein and you have a lovely meal.

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3/17/14 11:14 P

emoticon -don't forget bacon.......

NIRERIN Posts: 14,124
3/17/14 9:50 P

For what it's worth Tosca Reno's Eat Clean cookbooks have pasta recipes in them. I cannot find any special instructions on which kind to buy either, so I am just assuming it is the stuff in the pasta aisle.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/17/14 8:38 P

It's a personal thing, eating clean. What is your definition of eating clean? Yours might be slightly different than mine :)

Does your form of clean eating mean nothing produced by someone else (comes prepackaged), or no chemicals or additives (can't pronounce it, don't eat it), etc?

Pasta is generally semolina, durum flour, water (and possibly egg? I don't know). There is usually nothing artificial added (colors, preservatives, etc.)

Does that fit your definition of "clean"?

You could always buy a pasta maker and make your own, too.

Edited by: EELPIE at: 3/17/2014 (20:47)
3/17/14 8:29 P

Is it possible? I want to get my family to start eating cleaner; not that we eat horribly, but I've decided that I like how much cleaner we've eaten the last 6 weeks. However we like to have pasta dishes... is it possible to mostly eat clean and still keep our pasta dishes (usually spaghetti)?

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