Ok, let’s talk about clean eating for a minute. Unfortunately, the term “clean eating” was used so many times by so many people that it became totally overused and lost its true meaning. I am not claiming to be inventing something new here, I just would like to define what clean eating means for me. Which is simply eating something like this Mediterranean Veggie Bowl with Tzatziki sauce.
Why? Because it contains everything our bodies need. It has lots of vegetables, greens, healthy fats and plant proteins. The idea of clean eating is just that – to eat food that is as close to its natural state as possible. It means eating whole food which wasn’t packaged and processed. Many clean eating programs will suggest to eliminate product groups like coffee, dairy or grains. I however only suggest you cut out refined sugar and any product that contains ingredients that sound like they came from a chemistry lab. Which of course they did. Ideally, the food you use contains only one ingredient and does not come in packaging. Disclaimer: organic chickpeas in the can are fine 🙂
Now that we have talked about the clean-eating for a bit, let’s have a quick look at the health benefits of this beautiful veggie bowl. As I mentioned above it contains lots of vegetables, plant-proteins, healthy fats and is gluten-free of course.
Quinoa is now a fundamental staple food in many households. It is not some hippy super-food anymore, but rather an everyday food for so many, which is amazing. Quinoa is most famous for being one of the only plant foods that supplies complete proteins and offers all essential amino acids. This makes it a perfect food for all people enjoying a vegan diet. Quinoa contains large amounts of flavonoids, including quercetin and kaempferol. These flavonoids are proven to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects. Plus it is naturally gluten-free!
Like quinoa, tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. (link) I know there are some people who avoid tomatoes in their diet, as they belong to the so-called nightshade-vegetables which might cause inflammation. However, I have never experienced any side-effects from tomatoes. If you are sensitive to the nightshades, you can substitute with roasted pumpkin or sweet potato. Did you actually know that tomato is a fruit?
Cucumber is often overlooked in terms of its health benefits. It is very low in calories, but contains a great amount of water and soluble fibre which helps with hydration and weight loss. It contains antioxidants and is especially rich in vitamin K. Just in case you wondered, cucumber is a fruit too!! 🙂
If you love cucumbers, make sure to try my FIVE-MINUTE ASIAN-STYLE PICKLED CUCUMBER SALAD
Radishes are a good source of vitamins C, folate and riboflavin (vitamin B2). They contain minerals such as calcium, potassium (which helps to regulate blood pressure) and manganese (involved in the regulation of brain and nerve function). (source)
Ok, enough statistics for today, lets make this delicious
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