There are so many weird and wonderful foods across the world, but it is always important to come back to mother earth and consume real food. This is whole, unprocessed food that is free from chemical additives, and rich in nutrients.
However, since processed foods became popular in the 20th century, the western diet has shifted toward takeaways and fast food. We’ve all done it before — woken up bright-eyed and with good intentions to come home and cook ourselves a healthy, fresh dinner, only to finally get back after a long day of work and collapse on the sofa, too exhausted to cook. We get it!
While processed foods can be convenient for those leading a busy life, they can in fact harm your health. Following a diet based on real food may be one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health and a high quality of life.
At MyDine, we deliver freshly prepared Caribbean meals, straight to your door. We are passionate about clean eating and wanted to deliver this to our customers in the most economical and eco friendly way.
Benefits of Clean Eating
Oral Health Bonus
Healthy teeth, gums and breath is a huge benefit of eating clean, freshly prepared foods. The amount of sugar and refined carbs in the Western diet is actually destroying consumers oral health; plaque-causing bacteria live in your mouth and thrive off sugary foods.
Consuming freshly prepared, home-cooked meals you can improve your oral health. Gums are the hero of the mouth. They keep your teeth secure, protect your oral bones and battle against bacteria on a daily basis. There are a few foods that are great to improve gum health that can be found in all our recipes:
- Leafy greens
- Peppers and citrus fruits
- Celery, carrots, and apples
- Milk, yoghurt, and cheese
Cheese can help prevent cavities by increasing pH and hardening tooth enamel. A recent blog by Colgate found that eating cheese dramatically improved enamel strength.
Happy & Healthy Gut
Eating meals that use fresh ingredients can be great for your gut microbiome, which refers to the bacteria that live in your digestive tract. In addition to promoting gut health, these fatty acids may improve blood sugar control. Some great sources of prebiotic foods include:
There is a lot of hype around antioxidants and their benefits on the body, but what are they? Antioxidants are compounds that help fight free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage your body’s cells.
They are found in all whole, natural foods (some more concentrated than others)
- Whole grains
Fresh, unprocessed animal foods also contain antioxidants — though in much lower levels. For instance, egg yolks offer lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect against eye diseases and macular degeneration.
Healthy Fats Are Good For You
Takeaways and fast foods are often full of trans and processed fats like vegetable oils and spreads, which makes them ‘fatty foods’. Whereas naturally occurring fats are actually good for you. MyDine’s meals are prepared with no added oils, the highest quality ingredients and only contains naturally occurring fats found in meat, fish and plant-based proteins.
- Extra virgin olive oil is a great source of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that promotes heart health.
- Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, which may increase fat burning and assist with weight loss.
- Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish help fight inflammation and protect heart health.
Other real foods that are high in healthy fats include avocados, nuts, seeds, and whole-milk dairy.
Provides a Varied & Balanced Diet
Eating the same foods over and over can get repetitive and boring, your tummy craves stimulation just like your brain. Did you know, if you include diverse foods in your diet you are less likely to snack on unhealthy nibbles throughout the day.
At MyDine, we offer a vast array of Carriabean fusion meals using different ingredients and flavours, including a wide variety of meat, fish, dairy, vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, and pulses.
Make a point of regularly trying new foods. Some unique and healthy MyDine food options include our Soy & Honey Glazed Salmon, Quinoa, Jerk Chicken Breast, Caribbean style Peppered Steak, Grilled Sea Bass fillets and Lime Rice.
Glowing Inside & Out
Opting for a fresh, balanced diet is not only good for your guts and teeth on the inside, it is also good for your skin on the outside. Certain foods are right in vitamins and minerals which promote skin repair, fight sun damage and help reduce ageing.
- Dark chocolate
- Olive oil
The world population is growing at an exponential rate, and with this growth comes increased demand for food. Unfortunately, producing food for billions of people has an environmental toll.
This is partly due to the destruction of rainforests for agricultural land, increased fuel needs, pesticide use, greenhouse gases, and packaging that ends up in landfills. At MyDine we have taken a conscious step to reduce our impact on the environment.
- 100% recyclable packaging
- Locally sourced produce
- Zero food waste policy
High in Fibre
Fibre provides many health benefits, including boosting digestive function, metabolic health, and feelings of fullness. Beans and legumes in general are super high in fibre, as well as a few of our favourite ingredients:
- Chia seeds
Consuming fibre through whole foods is much better than taking a supplement or eating processed food with added fibre.
Ready to Start Clean Eating?
Forget all of your preconceived notions about frozen foods; MyDine only uses organic, fresh, non-GMO ingredients, and never uses preservatives, so you know your meals are high quality and doing your body good, whether you’re someone who typically follows a clean diet or not.
Our ready to eat meals are cooked fresh to order, have no added oils, are low in salt and are calorie controlled. We are the only meal delivery company in the UK that provide healthy Caribbean fusion meals.
Here’s how it works: you, the consumer, gets to choose from over 1000 hand-crafted Carribean meal combinations that are fully prepared by professional chefs, rather than some automated machine in a factory.
Let us know if you try it out, and which MyDine item you liked best!