The hardest part about clean eating is the expense, that and remembering to check labels on everything. Depending on what you eat, clean eating can actually help reduce cravings. It's amazing what the junk in food will do - the preservatives, the added sugars, the corn syrup, and on and on.
You may find that you have less pain and inflammation in your body. You may find that you feel better in terms of mood. You may find you have more energy. You may find you never want to go back! Even when I'm not particularly dieting, I still try to eat clean, and I notice a difference if I relapse. I spent quite a few months doing pure Paleo, which emphasizes clean eating, and lost quite a bit of weight.
If you are still out there, Souravmandal, I have just discovered some AWESOME non gluten flours that are apparently common in Indian cuisine. Millet flour, garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour, mung bean flour, sorghum, and others. Other non wheat flours are almond, acorn, soy, and quinoa. Stay away from barley, rye, aand oat flour. Also, whole chickpeas are good for you, somewhat low in fat, high in protein, and high in nutrients. As a bonus, canned chickpeas are just as nutritious as dried ones or fresh ones.View Thread
I don't do recipes, but I can give general guidelines.
Some tips for tasty, healthy food:
Shop internationally if possible.
Make entrees ahead of time, portion up, and reheat.
Experiement with herbs and spices. More flavor, less calories!
Try new fruits and vegetables.
Bake foods, a lot at a time, and portion appropriately. Example: A bunch of chicken breasts with a nice marinade or herbal rub, baked all at once, then portioned out one half at a time with a side of vegetables.
Stir fry is your friend! Easy, quick, healthy.
Soups are awesome too! Boil beans, peas, garbanzos or other legumes first, add hard root vegetables next, and save soft things like mushrooms for the last. It's a great way to get vegetables and lean meat. I like a stew made with chicken, black beans, tomato, and chili spices boiled together. It's tasty!
Another really good, healthy soup is lentils cooked with tomato juice, tomato soup, or crushed tomato. Add the spices of your choice. You can have it hot, mild, with cumin for a Mexican flavor, or even curry powder if you like curry. So many possibilities. Don't like tomato? You can make the lentils with broth instead.View Thread
It has a lot of vitamins and minerals. Even though it's a byproduct of sugar manufacture, it actually affects blood sugar much more slowly than white sugar and gives you nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and a whole lot more.
As you may know, it has a dark, sweet, slightly bitter flavor. It's great on oatmeal, on toast, in cookies, over apples, in pies, stirred into milk, with fruit, or with peanut butter as a topping. The best kind is unsulphured gluten free blackstrap, or "robust" flavor. If you can't find it in the baking section look near the maple syrup in the pancake section.
My recent favorite is drizzled over banana chunks, vanilla ice cream, or both!View Thread
If you eat a LOT of soy a day, soy does contain phytoestrogens so it can have a small effect. I haven't known the effect to be that large though and there are several Asian countries who practically live on the stuff. I'd be more concerned about GMO origins than phytoestrogens.View Thread
I have to ask, did she have some kind of traumatic event regarding fruits or vegetables when she was little? If you ask her, can she say why she is afraid?
Also, who keeps giving her biscuits, chips, and chocolates when she won't eat real food?
A few suggestions: try making puree fruit popsicles. If anyone eats fruits or vegetables in the house, have them make a big deal about how tasty they are but don't ask her to eat them. Give her children's vitamins, most of them taste like candy, so that will help. Frozen banana and fruit milkshakes might taste good to her too. Don't give her ANY junk food AT ALL. And try to find out why she is so afraid.View Thread
Summer Rolls Summer Rolls have their origins from Vietnamese cuisine. These rolls are the easier to distinguish. The wrapper will either be tapioca or flour based and will be a wet wrap, unfried, translucent white color. The fillings will usually be fresh uncooked vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber, basil, mint, and cilantro. There's usually a light filling of meat in the form of shrimp pieces and or Vietnamese pork ham slices. There can also be rice vermicelli noodles in the filling. As a dip, you can choose between a peanut based dip or a sweet chili, garlic, and fish sauce dip.
Need a Summer Roll Recipe? Look Here Spring Rolls When comparing appearance, the Summer Roll can be confused with another type of roll, the wet rice roll. When distinguishing names, the Summer Roll is most confused with the Spring Roll, so let's get into that. What is a Spring Roll? Spring Rolls are fried rice or flour wrapper with a cabbage and mixed vegetable filling. Spring Rolls may have traces of meat in the filling to enhance the flavor but usually does not have any meat filling. What's confusing about Spring Rolls is that sometimes eggs are used to seal the wrapper closed. When eggs aren't used to seal the wrapper, then it's usually a flour batter that's used. The determining factor for a Spring Roll is that the fillings are mainly vegetables and that it's fried. Spring Rolls are usually wrapped in a thicker size than the rest, between 1-1/2 inches to 2 inches thick. Eggrolls What is an Egg Roll (or Eggroll) ? What distinguishes Rolls above the rest of the rolls is that the filling is mainly meat (any kind of meat), and that it's fried. There will be variations, but usually, the meat is mixed with other shredded vegetables such as onion, carrots, bean sprouts, bean vermicelli noodles, and even cabbage. Eggs are also used in the filling to help emulsify the fillings (acts like a glue for the fillings). As the Egg Roll is wrapped up, eggs or a flour batter will be used to seal it.
Chicken or fish laid in a casserole pan with salad dressing poured over, baked till meat is done and served over rice. That's tasty! Also, cook double what you need and store half for another meal later in the week. Baked chicken is great cut up over salad.View Thread
Ah! Love sushi, sashimi, raw, cooked, it's all good, with wasabi and shoyu if you please! Indian food is great too. I know there is so much more to Indian food than curry, but at the same time I haven't met a curry I didn't like. There are several kinds of curry for each cook making it, with infinite variation, and one of these days I'm going to come up with my own curry mix.
For Vietnamese cuisine, try some veggie-filled summer rolls! If you haven't already. They are great!
I wouldn't mind a hibachi but the PITA factor would make it a bit of a waste of space. Instead, we make crazy stir fries.
Okay, my turn for an odd food: white pepper. You can get it really cheap at Hispanic oriented stores, like eighty nine cents a bag, instead of ten dollars a jar! It's best when ground in a mortar and pestle, though you can always reload one of those pepper grinders you get at the dollar store. White pepper has a nice, bright, strong flavor.View Thread