We all know fad diets come and go. In fact, we see it happen all the time. One diet will tout the benefits of completely eliminating fat, and then the next big thing comes along, claiming the exact opposite.
However, the truth is that clean eating isn’t a diet, but rather a popular style of eating that highlights the quality of the foods you eat—not when you eat or how much you eat. And despite what many people may think, it’s not even a new concept. You see, long before the days of heavily processed foods, icky pesticides, and questionable GMOs, people chowed down on food directly from the source. It was a way of eating that was very close to nature with very minimal processing, no packaging, and it didn’t originate from a big factory.
Today, most food items are processed. Take a simple loaf of bread, for example. What should really only contain a few natural ingredients is often highly processed and jam-packed with things like enriched flour, preservatives, and icky additives like sugar, trans fats, and hydrogenated oil—eeek! Thankfully, for those who simply can’t give up bread (we don’t blame you) but want to eat clean, there is an option other than the packaged bread at the grocery store.
Enter: Uprising Food Superfood Bread.
Made with only clean ingredients like almonds, egg whites, and psyllium husk, the Superfood Bread from Uprising Food is truly a game-changer for anyone living the clean-eating lifestyle. Made with 9 grams of heart-healthy fiber, 6 grams of body-nourishing protein, and only two net carbs per serving, whether you’re health-conscious or not, this artisan baked bread is one-of-a-kind and will do your body a whole lot of good.
Interested in learning more? We’ve got your back. Read on as we explore healthy eating and this amazing clean eating bread option.
First Things First. What Exactly Is Clean Eating Anyway?
Simply put, clean eating means putting whole foods into your body that have had very little done (so not a lot of processing done) to them between the time they were grown and the time you consume them.
Still a little confused? To really get a good understanding of what clean eating is all about and which foods make the cut, it might be helpful to understand what constitutes a processed food item.
According to the experts over at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, processed foods are any that have been canned, cooked, packaged, frozen, or changed in nutritional composition with preserving, fortifying, or preparing in different ways. Cooking is considered a form of processing, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. Other forms of processing—like pasteurization—can make foods safer. You see, processed foods exist on a spectrum from minimally processed to heavily processed.
Let’s break it down:
Minimally Processed Foods
Think bagged veggies and roasted nuts. Minimally processed foods may have had very little processing done to them, but at the end of the day, they are still considered processed.
Foods Processed At Their Peak
This is when foods are processed at their peak to lock in nutritional quality and freshness. A few examples would include canned peppers, frozen veggies, and canned tuna.
Foods With Added Ingredients
This is when ingredients—like oils, spices, sweeteners, colors, and preservatives—are added to food (like pasta sauce, yogurt, and salad dressing) for texture and flavor.
Ready-to-eat foods, such as cereal, crackers, chips, and lunch meat, are heavily processed and best to avoid.
Of all the foods at the grocery store, pre-made meals, including frozen pizza and microwaveable dinners, are the most heavily processed and the complete opposite of what you’d find on a clean eating menu. Simply put, stay away from pre-made meals as they are king when it comes to preservatives, additives, and other questionable ingredients.
What Are The Benefits Of Eating Clean?
Seeing as processed foods are just about everywhere these days, sticking to a clean diet can be tough. But once you get the hang of it, we promise it will become so much easier. Plus, we’re sure you’ll love all the incredible health benefits that come from making clean eating choices. What are those benefits, you ask? Here are a few of them:
Benefit #1: Weight Loss
One of the greatest joys of eating foods that are as close to nature as possible is that your body tends to flourish and stay slim almost effortlessly. You see, sometimes there are internal issues involved with not being able to lose weight (think misbehaving hormones from stress, poor diet, etc.), but getting in tune with your body and sticking with a healthy lifestyle—like clean eating and daily exercise—long enough will eventually let you heal.
Benefit #2: Better Mood
Believe it or not, there’s quite a bit of research suggesting a close relationship between diet and mood. In a recent study, researchers found that diets with a high glycemic load may trigger increased symptoms of fatigue and depression. So for those looking to live a long and happy life, clean eating seems to be the way to go!
Benefit #3: Healthier Body
In the words of the one and only Hippocrates, “let food be thy medicine and medicine by the food.” Food is supposed to nourish your body—not clog your arteries or add inches around your waistline. When you nosh on nutrient-dense foods from nature, your entire system—from head to toe—is going to both look and feel so much healthier.
Benefit #4: Happy Gut
Your colon is full of naturally occurring bacteria, which play crucial roles in metabolism and digestion. Certain strains of bacteria also produce essential vitamins which benefit the colon. These super strains also help fight “bad” bacteria as well as viruses.
That said, a diet low in fiber and high in sugar and fat can alter your delicate gut microbiome, ultimately increasing inflammation. However, a clean diet that’s rich in fresh fruits and veggies provides powerful prebiotics that help the “good” bacteria flourish in your colon. And when the “good” bacteria in your body are happy, your gut will be happy, too.
What Do You Eat On A Clean Eating Plan?
Great question! If you’re about to start your clean eating journey, you can expect to eat the following:
- Fresh fruits and veggies (flash-frozen is OK)
- Whole, unrefined grains, like quinoa, rolled oats, and brown rice
- Nuts and seeds
- Unprocessed poultry and meat
- Dried legumes, like chickpeas, black beans, and lentils
- Organic dairy and eggs
- Unrefined oils, like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil
And, of course, Uprising Food Bread, made with only a handful of clean ingredients for unlimited Reuben sandwiches, avocado toast, and super crunchy homemade croutons. Mmmm!
A Final Word
When many people start eating healthy, the first thing they often eliminate is bread. And seeing as bread is a highly processed food item loaded with refined carbs and sugar—it makes perfect sense.
That said, if you’re trying to stick to an eating plan, it can be really challenging, especially when you completely cut out your favorite foods. Bread is so versatile and can be used to make so many different things, from tasty sandwiches to yummy bread pudding and everything in between. Basically, what we’re trying to say here is that of all the processed food items, bread is arguably the hardest one to give up. But thankfully, with Uprising Food Superfood Cubes, you don’t have to.
Here at Uprising Food, we love bread. What we don’t love? How processed it is. That’s why we went on a mission to make bread using only clean ingredients and absolutely no fillers that isn’t only healthy but undeniably delicious. Masterfully crafted by top artisan bakers, in each serving of our Superfood Bread, you’ll find nine grams of fiber, six grams of protein, no added sugar, and no questionable ingredients. And the best part? It’s only two net carbs per serving—perfect for keto dieters!
Whether you’re looking to eat clean or simply on the hunt for low-carb options, you can count on our bread to keep you on track with your goals.