Columnists,Lihini Welagedara,Top Story,TRAVEL & CUISINE l by Lihini Welagedara l 10 Aug 2020     - 107

The Rookie’s Guide to Clean Eating


With evolution, our taste buds craved for complicated tastes. Somewhere down the line, we submitted to unhealthy, greasy and fatty foods that provide us with no nutritional value. Clean eating is almost a trend but, often it is considered to be tasteless. Today, we are going to talk about how to give your everyday food a healthy and yet, delicious twist to stay physically and mentally fit.

Breakfast 

Breakfast is the most important meal of your day and it can determine how your entire day would turn out. So, it’s recommended that breakfast should be
a balanced meal providing your body with the nutrients to power through the entire day. Here’s a treat that is healthy yet delicious that you won’t be able to get enough of.

Ingredients:

1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 cup of plain yoghurt
1 cup full-fat milk (your doctor's recommendations should be taken into consideration)

Blend these ingredients together and you’ll have a delicious smoothie in a matter of a few minutes. This is an extremely healthy drink to start off the day with. Blueberries contain so many health beneficial properties such as maintaining healthy bones with iron, calcium and phosphorous and is flooded with vitamins K, B6, A-C ( one cup of blueberries contain 24% of the recommended dose of Vitamin C, 5% of the recommended amount of vitamin B6 and 36% of the needed vitamin K for healthy physic for a day). 
They also help keep the skin healthy, lower blood pressure and keep diabetes under control and protect against heart diseases and have many more benefits. And a must mention is yoghurt, not only a creamy treat but is also a great source of vitamin D that helps your immune system fight diseases.

Lunch

We live busy lives, barely having the time to care for ourselves or our loved ones. We often forget or skip lunch to pull through with our hectic routines. Then we “reward” ourselves with heaps of comfort food, but what these ‘comfort foods’ aren’t the real stars? 
Lunch is a rushed meal often so, prepare this earlier in the day and try this to see the difference.

Ingredients:

Broccoli
Carrots (not very thinly)
Cucumbers
Cauliflower

Take these and give them a toss in olive oil and maybe a garlic tempered chicken breast and just like that your lunch is set. But, if you are preparing the meals earlier in the day, take a few wedges of lime with you and squeeze on to the salad before you dig in. 

The benefits you get from this salad is immense. Broccoli is a great source of many vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin C and actually helps your bruises, cuts and wounds to recover much faster with healthy skin tissues. 

If you feel that a salad and a chicken breast would not suffice your hunger, you can add a cup of steamed rice with salt and pepper and a have few almonds as a quick dessert before returning to your work. 

Dinner

We often tend to skip dinner because we filled up on evening snacks or simply because we want to be healthier. This is a rookie mistake most people make. Dinner is as important as breakfast mainly because dinner provides our immune system with the necessary nutrients to defend us from diseases and for us to grow. Here are a couple of things you can add to your dinner to make it more homely, fresh and healthy.

Nuts (Roasted and salted for extra crunch)
Slices of papaya
Slices of watermelon
Bits of pineapples
Green and red apples

Along with these ingredients, it is very important to drink plenty of water because it helps to clean out all the toxins in your body.

With all the healthy alternatives available, you can make your daily meals a lot healthier with very less effort. Who said diets can’t be fun?

Stay healthy, stay fit and stay safe.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lihini Welagedara

A 21-year-old copywriter in the making; specializing in cause marketing, striving to make a difference through my work in advertising. I am a mental health advocate, an animal lover and an art enthusiast currently fattening my piggy bank to travel the world.

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