Cooking and eating at home. But are you eating clean?

Are we transforming this time of scarcity into an opportunity of being healthier.

Nowadays with the pandemic we have seen ourselves in a situation of

1. Eating more at home.

2. Avoiding socializing and eating outside.

3. Eating more legumes, fruits , cereals and grains?

4. Feeling more motivated of cooking healthy meals.

5. Buying more books about being vegetarian or vegan or watching more videos with healthy recipes.

But here is my question. Once you made your big grocery shopping for the week did you fill your pantries with lots of sugary , salty and processed foods? or were you mindful about eating healthier meaning less sugars, less processed meats, less bag of chips, more fruits and vegetables ?

I know, nowadays is expensive to buy fresh produce and this is why so many countries have a high index of obesity because is less expensive to buy a hamburguer with chips than buying an individual fruit.

The truth is that with a little bit of mindfulness we can have a healthy pantry with non processed , sugary foods instead more natural for instance : whole meal rice, pasta, quinoa, couscous , lentils, beans etc

I’m sure you have been here. It is easy to fall in the temptation of unhealthy pack of chips. Instead we could have healthy chips from lentils, chickpea, quinoa sources.

Instead of having a plate of meat have a plate of lentils with rice , or a chickpea curry with rice I assure you that the cost is less and the nutritional benefits are countless.

Clean eating is a concept that you need to embrace a concept that revolves around the idea of knowing what your food contains and where it comes from. Clean eating is simply avoiding processed foods

Processed foods means that have been processed before such as white flour canned food , food that have ingredients we cannot identify.

Have you checked the food labels? Do you recognize every single ingredient?

I relate the sense of humor with authenticity . If is authentic it does taste good natural, fresh and it does provide a sense of humor .

Clean eating is very straight forward , it does not count as a diet it is more like a lifestyle.

Once the food is processed all the nutrients have been destroyed , often additives are added to preserve the food for longer to make it look better and taste better that makes it irresistible and sometimes we can get addictive to it without realizing it does have preservatives and additives.

This additives have been linked to serious illness like cancers so they should not being part of anyone’s diet.

“Clean eating is very straightforward, and it doesn’t even count as a diet; it’s more of a lifestyle.”

Should we eat more natural and clean? Do we teach our kids to eat healthier by eating clean? Have you started it?

My recipe of today made with fresh and natural ingredients ready from the farm directly to your plate.

The recipe of today is Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This salad will surprise you in the best possible way. It’s more than a salad, it is a bomb of nutrients and a mouthful of refreshing and delicious flavors with each bite.
Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
1 pound baby spinach, shredded
1 cup halved strawberries
½ cup strawberries, pureed
½ lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste


1 Place the spinach on a platter. Top with halved strawberries and set aside.

2  For the dressing, mix the strawberry puree with the lemon juice, honey, balsamic vinegar and olive oil and season it with salt and pepper.

3  Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve fresh.”

Published by AndreaP

I am passionate about food and nutrition. Originally from Bogota -Colombia currently living in New Zealand. I am a Nutritionist & Dietitian. After becoming a mum and working in different areas like education, banking and sales, I came to the realisation that I wanted to come back to what I loved and what I have passion for this is Health and Nutrition. In September 2016 I started my online course with the biggest nutrition school in America called Institute of Integrative Nutrition( IIN). The Institute of Integrative Nutrition has given me the knowledge and support about Nutrition in a Holistic way. I have never thought that this would be possible, but after a year I realised that definitely secondary food (food that is on the plate) is part of the puzzle of health and happiness. There is something called primary food which are the pillars that together contribute to a better wellbeing and a better nutrition. Relationships, spirituality, career and exercise plus a having good sleep habits can contribute to a better YOU. I am a Holistic Nutritionist and I am looking forward to taking you on this journey of better habits and a prosperous life. Always smile with gratitude! Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you get to know me. AndreaP

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