Eating “clean” generally means consuming food in its natural state – or as close to it as possible. This means avoiding foods with loads of preservatives and added sugars, or foods stripped of their nutritional value. Eating clean offers many health benefits – and it’s good for the environment, too.
As time and energy permits, try incorporating one of these simple ways to eat clean into your daily routine before Earth Day on April 22nd.
1. Boost your vegetable intake
One of the easiest ways to eat clean is to bump up your vegetable intake. Vegetables are full of vitamins, antioxidants and heart-healthy fiber. They are also low in calories, which will help keep your waistline in check. While it is recommended that most adults consume 2 1/2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day, most people don’t meet that goal.
To benefit the Earth, choose local and organic produce when possible. Local produce is fresher and often tastes better. Additionally, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint by choosing lettuce picked yesterday — not lettuce picked last week, packed in plastic and flown to the grocery store.