Clean Eating

“CLEAN EATING” 40 – Power Foods

Prepare a great meal that satiates your pallet, nurtures your mind and nourishes your soul.

Food is the fuel that powers our lives, a source of nutrients and gives energy to the body to carry out our daily internal and external functions. We all are supposed to believe that’s what food should be.

Unfortunately, in today’s modern age, many of us consume far too many packaged and processed foods that fail to give us the life-sustaining nutrients our body needs. Those individuals, who eat healthy food still have problems processing the nutrients required to stay healthy, energized, active and vibrant.

Plant-based foods and nuts provide the most benefits in their natural form. Vegetables which you cannot eat raw, you may steam or cook a little crunchy to protect the nutrients. If you overcook vegetables to make the food tastier, then you are depriving your body of the nutrients, minerals, and enzymes.

If you use a lot of butter/oil in your cooking to make it delicious, then it is unlikely you will lose weight and stay healthy, rather it is likely you will gain weight. You can bake, sauté, cook or steam the vegetables with salt, turmeric, and black pepper; then sprinkle olive oil or coconut oil over it and enjoy your meal. Be a little creative when you prepare your delicious recipes.

The goal of life is to be healthy, active and vibrant. For a fit and healthy body, we can consume alkaline foods which prevent mental and physical disorders. Non-alkaline foods generate acidity, which is notorious for creating gas and can be the start of dangerous conditions in the body. Here are a few alkaline foods: All dairy products, butter, most nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, chestnuts and Brazil nuts.

Fruits, juicy fruits, fruit juices and especially fresh home-made juice; apples, apricots, bananas, pineapples, water-rich foods such as watermelons and all kinds of berries, figs and papayas, all come from this category. Avocados, tomatoes, and lemons are also salty foods and are highly recommended to neutralize acidity. Well-ripped berries are an excellent food, but if they are raw they produce fermentation, and all acidic foods generate bitterness, which eventually leads to diseases. Soybean is the most alkaline food, and it helps as a treatment for acidity.

Soy products are available in the market as flour, nuggets, granules and ready-made soybeans products. These are high in protein. Most vegetables are alkaline, especially all the greens, like broccoli, kale, spinach, zucchini, and cabbage, and we can use all kinds of vegetables in our everyday life to keep us healthy. In my recipe books, ‘Scrumptious Meals From India,’ in the different volumes, you can find several interesting and delicious recipes, which you may easily cook yourself at home. There are many kinds of luscious soup recipes, which assist in cleansing the skin, intestines, stimulate the digestive system, and help lose weight. All these vegetables are full of nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, fiber and minerals. You can eat soup as much as you desire because these soups will satiate your pallet, fill you up, and help you shed some pounds. These are fat cutter soups.

It is important you read the entire book and find the foods which work best for your body. You can pick those items and make a chart of those you will be consuming on a regular basis. You may also plan an adequate portion for your daily meals. Remember, all the greens you will eat are free foods. That means even if you eat a little extra, you will gain no weight. So, feel free and enjoy all the greens available in the market. Be little creative, cook your food with love and dedication and enjoy delicious meals. This food has to be delicious because you are not feeding your body alone; you are also nourishing your soul.