Dining Out and Eating Clean

I love breakfast. I love food in general, but I especially love breakfast. So what’s a newly-almost-paleo-breakfast-lover to do when the café barista hands you a menu that’s not gluten or wheat-free? Or when you see those hot glazed, flaky apple tarts glistening up at you through the glass showcase saying ‘remember me, you used to think I was so tasty’? Y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶r̶y̶. No you stay strong, take a breath. You might have said farewell to your former breakfast life of café waffles and buttery croissants, but there’s a whole new breakfast world to explore.

Plan ahead. There’s a lot of great places that now cater to people with diet restrictions and to make dining out a little easier, Adam Bryan of Gluten Free Guide HQ helps you find those places with his menu guide.

If you didn’t plan ahead like I didn’t this morning, and stop by a place on the whim that doesn’t have those options, don’t be afraid to ask the staff if they can customize something for you. Most places will be happy to oblige. It’s your health, kudos for you on being proactive. Oh and that breakfast Fritata pictured above, it was bomb! Thanks Cozee Cafe <3 

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How to keep your fruits fresh and make your food last longer

Wash Your Produce

I know it can be easy to skip this step, especially when you’re buying pre-washed salads or organic, but all sorts of residue can still be left on the surface. I usually like to give a quick soak to my fruits and veggies in a 1:4 vinegar-to-water solution. I like using Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. After I’m done soaking for a minute, I’ll place the produce in a colander and run it under some cool water to strain off the left over vinegar and it’s ready to eat. My food has never tasted more crisper, just try it!

If you want to do this in batches and store in the fridge for future use you can do that as well. Just dump onto a dish towel to wipe off the excess water and dry off before storing in a sealed container. You would think the vinegar would somehow ‘spoil’ or make the food go bad faster, but I’ve found my fruits, especially the strawberries which can go bad quickly have lasted longer by using this method.

Freeze your Food

This is kind of a no brainer. But if you’re buying organic, which can go bad faster since it’s not loaded with preservatives try freezing your fruits and veggies. It’s especially great if you’re making smoothies or juices say in autumn when blueberries are out of season. You can go to your freezer and pull out those berries you froze from over the summer!

This tip also goes for pasta sauces. Did you know that pasta sauce has a shelf life of only 1 week after you’ve opened it, regardless of the expiration date? If you cook for yourself or just one other person a lot of times you’ll find you have some leftover sauce and it’s easy to leave it in the fridge and forget about it until the next time you decide to use it again. Pasta sauce can safely be left in the freezer for up to 3 months .

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Nuts like almonds are great to put in the fridge. I like putting my homemade almond flour in the fridge so it doesn’t go rancid and stays fresh for months!

Dehydrate your Food

This is a method that not too many people know about but if you’ve ever had dried fruit or turkey jerky then you’ve eaten dehydrated food. Dehydrating food is great if you live in colder climates and you want to cure fruits for example and have them on the go or put in your morning oatmeal or cereal. Excalibur has a great line of food dehydrators, but it can be pricey, but I know raw foodies swear by it. You can find cheaper food dehydrators though at garage sales, thrift stores, or ebay. And if you’re really in the DIY mood, you can make your own by using the good ole’ sun and building a solar box.

Happy healthy eating, and as always…

 

How to start a Detox : The Basics

So you want to start eating clean.

Remember all those years ago when Cover of you were a teenager and all the grown ups said they envied you because you could eat whatever you wanted and not have it affect you? Well fast forward a couple years, the sand glass is running out and you’re probably starting to realize you can’t eat the way you used to anymore either. You’ve lost that spring in your step, you’re constantly tired, or sluggish, your allergies seem to be getting worse every season, bloating after a meal is a common nuisance, you’re not satisfied with your body as much as you’d like, and your skin is showing signs of gulp AGING! What is HAPPENING?! Years of bad eating habits is what is happening. For me, college happened. Late nights spent guzzling down energy drinks and cups of coffee, 4th meals at Taco Bell, eating out more than cooking in, tailgating every weekend during football season, and way too much ramen.

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