Rebecca Longshore Rebecca Longshore
July 15, 2015

Are whole grains considered clean? Yes—in fact, we encourage them!

Grains: they’re not inherently bad for you, we promise. The right ones are actually very good for you. The trick to eating clean whole grains though is to stick to whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, farro, and oats. Shop the bulk section at stores such as Whole Foods or Sprouts. If your store doesn’t have a bulk section, find the packages that contain one ingredient—the grain itself. Avoid any flavoring packets, added sodium, preservatives, or sugars.

When it comes to whole-grain bread and other baked goods, either make your own whole-grain breads and baked goods at home, or talk to your local baker about the ingredients they use to create their whole-grain varieties. We also are a huge fan of the 7 Sprouted Grains Bread, from Food for Life baking company. Almost all breads on the shelves of your grocery store are not clean. They're filled with preservatives to keep them shelf-stable for weeks. Avoid those entirely.

So, go ahead, enjoy your quinoa dishes, avocado toast, and oatmeal—just remember, keep it simple.

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