At Vega®, clean means non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, and made without artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. However you define it, there are some easy ways to incorporate more into your diet.
PICK PLANT-BASED FOODS
Eating an abundance of plant-based foods helps feed your body with the nutrients it craves. Choose fruits and vegetables that are from all colors of the rainbow to get a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Remember—variety is the spice of life! Challenge yourself to try one new fruit or vegetable a week that you’ve never tried before.
STAY AWAY FROM ARTIFICIALS
Whole foods won’t have any artificial ingredients added to them, but when reality has you reaching for something in a package, make sure it’s free of artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Artificial flavors are hard to trace to their original ingredients, so it’s best to avoid them. Avoid artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame, and choose natural sweeteners such as stevia, maple syrup or coconut palm nectar instead.
Head to your cupboard or your pantry and grab your favorite packaged snack. Look at the ingredients, and if the top three ingredients listed are not something you would generally incorporate into your diet, then you may want to reconsider your snack option.
FOCUS ON HYDRATION
Staying hydrated is important, and responsible for many benefits in your body especially in helping to circulate the nutrients you get obtaining from your food throughout your body. Good quality, filtered water is one of the best sources of hydration you can get. For days when you’re sweating more, add in electrolytes—without sugar or artificial ingredients or fillers. One packet of Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator mixes with 2 cups of water for a great taste with added electrolytes.
EAT LOCAL, AND NON-GMO AND ORGANIC WHEN POSSIBLE
It’s easy to focus on non-GMO and organic ingredients exclusively and forget about local foods. When you buy local foods, you support your community, while promoting biodiversity. Plus, in season food grown locally just tastes better.
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