We all hear about eating “whole foods” to stay healthy, lose weight, have glowing skin, etc…. but it can be hard to define exactly what is a whole food.
What’s in a name?
Whole means complete, meaning the food is minimally processed. Whole, or clean foods full of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. They are . Think about what you would find in nature!
• Fruits and vegetables – all of them!
• Whole grains, like wheat, rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat, rolled oats, faro and barley.
• Beans and legumes: lentils, kidney beans, lima beans, split peas, chickpeas
• Unsalted nuts and seeds: peanuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, linseeds, pumpkin seeds
Whole Foods for Holistic Health
Now that you know what a whole food is, let us explore what whole foods DO! Whole foods provide nutrients, vitamins, minerals, calories and fiber needed for a well-balanced diet. Eating clean helps fight against chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as nutritional deficiencies. By leaving processed foods behind, we prevent diabetes, hypertension, and even some forms of cancer.
How to Buy Whole Foods
You can purchase whole foods at your local grocery store or farm or grow them yourself! You’ll find an find an abundance of whole foods at local farm stand as they most likely have been picked within the last 24 hours. In terms of freshness, your next best bet is a farmer’s market. The grocery store may not be as fresh as it has had to travel a distance to get there, but still a good choice!
If you want to start a whole foods diet but don’t have the means to keep fresh fruit and vegetables on hand, never fear: frozen fruits and vegetables are here! Look for ‘flash-frozen’ on the packaging, as the process preserves the same nutritional benefits as fresh produce. Other easy on-the-go whole foods include bananas, apples, dried fruits and nuts, and oatmeal.
Whole foods prepared, cooked and ready to serve
Farm to Fit’s whole food meals are designed and created by our in house culinary team. Once a recipe is written, it is put through a leading nutritional software system to ensure you are receiving the right amount of calories for your meal plan. Our menus change seasonally, every 10-12 weeks, to ensure variety, freshness and seasonality.
Just heat, eat, smile and repeat!
As you head into your whole foods journey, remember to focus on freshly picked produce, raw nuts and grains, and foods that you could grow in your own backyard. Support your local farmers by purchasing from produce stands and farmers markets, and stock up your freezer supply with flash-frozen vegetables, fruits and starches. Filling your body with natural, fresh foods will lead to a healthier you, inside and out!