We are halfway through our Clean Eating for Beginners series! If you have been following along and focused on just one healthy swap a week you have implemented 4 clean eating solutions. Personally, I have added in a ton more fruits and veggies to our families meals and snacks, given up soda, started using organic sugar and local honey and stopped using vegetable oil. I feel pretty good about it so far!
[ To find the whole series, start HERE ]
This week we are talking about healthy grains.
I have been told and read that white bread and flour is one of the worst things you can put into your body. Uh oh. Guilty of that in our house. Honestly, this will be a tough one in our house because my teen boys are so used to white bread. However, there are a few beginner clean eating solutions we can implement and take our baby steps there.
In the past, I have purchased and used white bleached flour to use for baking. Now that I know that is definitely not a clean choice, I searched for solutions.
Here is what I learned :
Organic grains are best! If you can’t swing organic grains, then look for whole grains with few or no additives.
Unbleached wheat flour is a better choice. I like King’s Arthur or Trader Joe’s or Bob’s Red Mill.
Sprouted wheat is best for breads. Ezekia 4:9 is a good brand. Trader Joe’s has some great options as well. Your next best is to again look for whole grains with few or no additives.
Ditch the crackers. We really don’t need these, but if you are like us, you like them every once in awhile for dips and easy kid snacking. Opt for a multigrain or whole wheat cracker.
These are good from Trader Joes
Clean Grain Choices :
- Wheat flour
- Brown rice
- Pasta (with recognizable ingredients)
Clean Gluten Free Choices :
- Coconut flour. I have baked a few things with it and we love it!
- Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour
- Udi’s [bread, rolls, etc]
What is your experience with white and wheat flour? Have you tried any of these clean grain choices? What will be your first Clean Eating Swap this week?
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