When it comes to New Year Resolutions, if you really want to eat clean and ditch the dirt, Detox Kitchen suggest purging your fridge and cupboards – with the following foods being kicked to the kerb for starters. Instead, fill your shelves with delicious, vibrant and seasonal fruit and veg, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean protein (fish, white meat), as well as herbs and spices.
The sugar and calories in cartons of juice are comparable to any other type of soft drink and can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels. The other problem with shop-bought juice is that the longer you leave a juice, the less its nutritional impact will be, because water-soluble vitamins soon start to become less potent.
One glass of juice or smoothie a day as a nutrient booster rather than a meal replacement. Drink it as soon as it has been pressed and keep your fridge stocked with fruit and veg to whizz up in the morning.
Buy the best quality you can afford. Ordinary table salt contains an anti-caking agent and may be iodised, whilst cheap sea salts may have been chemically cleaned, which can make your dish taste of chemicals.
Maldon sea salt is best for cooking because of its light, clean flavour and soft, flaky texture.
Jars of sauces
Ready-made sauces, dips and ready meals are full of additives, preservatives and refined sugars. Refined sugar has no nutritional value and has been strongly associated with obesity and other chronic health problems. Excess sugar also plays havoc with blood sugar levels, affecting hormones, stress levels and mood.
Cooking from scratch and avoiding processed foods is the best way to have more control over your diet. It takes little time to whip up a fresh tomato sauce or blitz chickpeas with tahini and lemon juice for a moreish hummus.
Often marketed as a healthy option, but in most cases the cereal is packed with added sugar. Looking at one of the UK’s most-loved brand’s latest granola product, advertised as being straight from the farm and a healthy breakfast option, per 100g the cereal contains 28g of sugar. To put this into perspective, our homemade granola contains just 4g sugar (from raisins) per 100g serving.
Home-made breakfast cereal, using sweet spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg for flavour. Pair granola with rice milk, which is naturally sweet.
Processed meat products
Avoid sausages, burgers and sandwich meats because, more often than not, poor-quality meat is used, and added sugar and salt are mixed in.
Lean white meat (chicken and turkey) and fish. Breast meat is robust enough to take on big, bold flavours, and offers great versatility in cooking – from grilling to roasting to pan-frying or stewing. Also be mindful of how animals are reared: it is proven that the healthier the animal the healthier the meat.
Thanks to the The Detox Kitchen – detoxkitchen.co.uk – offers dishes that are free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar.