I have to confess that I’ve not spectacularly leapt onto the ‘clean eating’ bandwagon. To me, clean eating means putting your toast and chocolate spread onto a plate from the cupboard rather than just brushing the crumbs off a plate you find next to the sink.
I don’t think that’s the standard definition though.
Clean eating is actually about eating as much ‘real’ food as possible – food that it is in its natural state, unprocessed and unrefined. It’s not about cutting out food groups or stuffing your face with supplements, it’s essentially just about going back to basics, and eating more as nature intended. I think. Although it probably helps with the general ethos of things to have a clean plate as well.
As you can probably imagine, clean eating is not something that comes naturally to me. I’m much more likely to buy myself a pack of Boots sushi than whip myself up a salad of beansprouts and fresh tuna first thing in the morning. (Which reminds me, I had another dream about tuna last night. In this one, someone had cooked me a massive tuna steak, and someone else came along and ripped off half of it to share with me. it wasn’t like the dream where I turned people into cans of tuna with my eyes. Still, it’s a weird theme to reoccur.)
Recognising my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to food preparation, I’ve been trying out a new food delivery scheme from a company called Everdine.
Now, you might think that clean eating wouldn’t really fit with frozen, microwavable meals, but you’d be wrong. Freezing is actually a really wholesome way to keep food fresh, as it cuts out the need for loads of artificial preservatives. Microwaving too is one of the most nutrient-preserving ways of heating up your food, plus I have a microwave at work, so it’s really quick and easy for me to bung a few Everdine meals in the freezer for my lunches during the week.
You start off by selecting your plan. I will say at this stage that this isn’t cheap. It’s not the sort of thing that you’d use to replace family meals, but for the right person and the right circumstances, it could be a really good fit. They are perfect for example for my work lunches, and they’d be brilliant for anyone living alone who wanted to eat well but didn’t want to spend a fortune on expensive ingredients in larger quantities.
You then choose your meals. A selection is chosen automatically for you, but you’re free to go in and switch them about if there is something you really like the look of, or a meal in particular that doesn’t take your fancy.
Then you just sit back and wait for them to arrive.
Your delivery time is specified, and everything is packed in sheep’s wool for insulation. When they arrive, pop them in the freezer, and you’re good to go.
I really loved the simplicity of it all, and the flavours were amazing. They don’t quite look like the pictures by the time they’ve been microwaved, stirred and microwaved again, but then you wouldn’t really expect them to, and it certainly doesn’t impact on the taste. I loved that I could have one for my lunch at work and know that I’d had a really decent meal. It can be pretty demoralising having sandwiches again and again at lunchtime, and you don’t feel like you’re particularly fuelling your brain. With an Everdine meal, I feel like I’m properly nourishing myself, not just eating for the sake of having a meal. (Note: steam is hot. Don’t forget.)
My favourite so far has been to king prawn miso ramen. The flavour was just glorious – rich, fresh, tasty. The prawns were excellent and although I’m not normally a huge fan of mushrooms, the mushrooms in this dish were fantastic. You might think that after being frozen and then microwaved that they’d be a bit iffy, but they were firm and meaty – delicious.
If you want to give your diet a nutritional boost without the hassle of shopping for and cooking fresh ingredients every day, then Everdine is definitely worth a go.
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