9. Cook Clean and Eat Raw
Clean eating is not just about what we eat and how much we eat, it’s also about how we eat our food. We’re not talking the different between a spoon and a fork, we’re talking how the food is prepared! That’s right, there is such thing as cooking clean. Most people don’t realize this but even if you’re eating healthy foods like fruits and veggies, the way we prepare them can sometimes diminish their nutritional benefits or increase them in some cases. “While it’s true that some nutrients are lost during cooking, like vitamin C, other nutrients are increased when foods are cooked, like lycopene, so it’s best to eat a wide variety of foods, in both their raw and cooked forms,” says EA Stewart, RD, to Shape.
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, eating them raw is always the best option. But obviously that’s not ideal. When cooking vegetables, just be sure to avoid any high-fat methods that involve deep frying or stewing in fats. Opt for a flash-cook method like stir-fying or steaming. In addition to that, when possible, leave the skin on because it contains copious amounts of nutrients. So if it’s edible and you like it, leave it on. It also prevents you from wasting food. Frozen vegetables have come a long way in terms of preserving nutrients, but they don’t have a place in clean eating. Regardless of potential additives or fewer nutrients, there are way too many steps involved in processing and packaging frozen veggies, so buy fresh instead.