Saturday 28 November, 2020

More plants, fewer animals, tips for 'eating clean'

Takeaway healthy lunch options with nutritious food - fish, vegetables and fruits. (Photo: iStock)

Takeaway healthy lunch options with nutritious food - fish, vegetables and fruits. (Photo: iStock)

Ever picked up the menu at the coffee shop or favourite eatery and suddenly felt uncertain about the quality of the food offered?

No? Perhaps you considered the calories, the sugars and carbs in the one meal? Where is the list of ingredients for this delicious quiche?

Mastering the art of eating green makes dining more lax and carefree, trust us!

Sustainable eating impacts the dietary choices we make that end up being as good for the environment as they are for our bodies and wellbeing.

Challenges are around the corner of change, so your Loop Lifestyle foodies rounded up a few tips to make it as seamless as possible.

Farm to table for the win!

Pay close attention to how your food/meals are farmed, caught or reared. Sustainable ingredients have minimal impact on nature – they are produced responsibly and don’t threaten wildlife populations or their homes.

This practice is all about no muss, little fuss, and food, be it crop or animals produce from nature, is typically produced organically.

Knowing the root of your crops is essential in ensuring what you consume is truly green.

So, knowing the ethical practices of the farmer in St Elizabeth that you swear by is one of the surest ways of sustainable grubbing.

On that note, if you’re shelf-shopper, checking the packages for safety assurance labels etc helps with keeping it kosher.

Waste not, want not

Try not to skimp on quality, but ensure the food you consume is still in the sustainability tier.

One way of ensuring this is by wasting nothing. In a recent Loop News article, Premier Kitchen & Caterers co-principal André Stephens embraced the ‘nothing goes to waste’ concept.

This includes making legume stew with all the parcels of peas in the pantry, adding greens to dishes while they’re still fresh, or doing the same for condiments.

Develop an open mind, research recipe ideas, and you’ll never waste another day.

More plants, fewer animals

The idea behind this concept is one of the most effective methods of sustainable eating.

Plant-based meals are usually more affordable as the present demand is lesser, and plant food is typically inexpensive.

The best part is you can go green without reducing your consumption of meat, eggs, fish, and dairy, as they remain healthy sources of nutrition.

However, bear in mind that there are healthy options in plant-based foods that supplement other nutrients and therefore make plant-based fare solid options.

Eat healthily by reducing your consumption of processed foods.

For some, processed food can be addictive. For others, it’s the ultimate turn off, while those who are on the fence, find it difficult to reduce the consumption of canned/pre-packaged foods.

Processed food negatively impact the environment with gaseous emissions ― released in production ― excessive waste, also released in production, and the added element of loss in nutritional value.

You can start by stop adding salt to your food because there’s already ‘sodium’-charged.

Choose whole grains over processed grains, limit or avoid processed meats, and substitute highly-processed snacks for healthier unprocessed options.

Aim for a balanced meal, always.

But more importantly, consult with a nutritionist. Ensure your new lifestyle is as fun as it is intriguing; the goal is to keep your meals interesting, flexible, and sustainable.

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