The Clean Getaway: It’s a Good Trip

August 6, 2009

Good taste can take you places you’ve never dreamed of.

No matter where you’ve been, you’ve probably had a great dining experience that’s rocked your world and defined the moment.  From a five-star culinary feast to out-of-bounds street food, the meal makes the memory.  It’s an experience that knows no boundaries and a language that can leave you speechless. 

Rudyard Kipling once said “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”  From the aroma of a Puttanesca sauce in Roma to the pungent, exotic smells of a Punjabi curry to the irresistable waft of grilled kebabs in the streets of NYC, your nose has a way of leading your journey.

 Whether you’re about to take off on the trip of a lifetime or an armchair adventure around the world, you’ll appreciate our ‘Street Food Comes Clean’ recipes, the “Good Trip Guide” to healthy road snacking and a taste of cleaner food to come.  Making a clean getaway lets you embark on a healthy journey around your tastebuds every day, no visa required.











Some of my favorite food in the world is Thai.  Curry in any color and pretty much anything dipped in peanut sauce rates high in my book.  However, trying to be an adventurous traveler, I became sicker than a dog whenI visited Thailand and got a serious case of food poisoning after eating chicken satay from a street vendor.  Major bummer, considering I had just started a landmark 3 week vacation and spent 2 1/2 of those out of commission in my hotel room. 


If you don’t have guts of steel or you’re trying to get healthier, you can still take the best of the street and help it clean up its act by using ingredients you can trust, made in your own kitchen.


Thai Chicken and Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce and Cucumber Vinegar

The perfect snack on a stick.  Make it using organic, free range chicken and beef and make the peanut sauce with organic peanut butter and clean cukes. 


South of the Border Burritos

A burrito gets healthy street cred when you fill them with black beans from Eden Foods, brown rice, Horizon Organic Shredded Mexican or Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream along with a generous helping of clean veggies, like roasted bell peppers, tomatoes and corn.  Wrap in Ezekiel 4:9 Organic Sprouted Tortillas and you’re ready to roll.


Middle Eastern Pockets

The pita pocket makes this portable and so irresistable.  Whole wheat pitas are a staple at your local Middle Eastern grocer and at many supermarkets.  Pile them up with lean, grilled Free-Range Lamb or Chicken sliced thin and topped with thick, Greek-style yogurt sauce, made with lots of fresh lemon, diced tomato and cuke. 


Roman  Pizza

Fresh and Easy offers a whole wheat dough that can be thrown or shaped and toppped in a flash.  Roll a thin crust and let your creativity flow.  Fresh mozzarella di buffala, tomatoes and basil make it a Caprese style pie while sauteed mushrooms and Aidell’s organic chicken basil sausage give it a hearty gusto. 


Good ‘Ole American Hot Dogs

Who says you can’t teach an old dawg new tricks?  The classic gets a healthy makeover when you use grass fed, organic dogs.  Try Applegate Farms Organic Hot Dogs on Ezekiel 4:9 Organic Sprouted Hot Dog Buns, topped organic mustard, ketchup and relish.   










A Good Trip: Clean Eating on the Fly 

There’s something about travel that brings out a carefree spirit in everyone, along with a license to splurge.  Whether you’re road tripping,  chasing your kids across the park or bounding around the country chasing down clients, staying healthy on the road can be an all-out battle of the binge.


To satiate your snacking fix without completely sabotaging your diet or suffering a melt down (it’s hot out there, friends), put down the ding dongs and pack a host of treats that’ll keep you energized and flying high!  These snacks go the distance.


1)  F+V, naturally:  Getting 5-9 servings of fruit + veggies a day when you’re on the road can be a feat of nature, but grab ‘n go solutions are easy if you think ahead and opt for items that stand up to the elements.  Chop up bite size carrots, broccoli spears, celery sticks and radishes.  Or, cut an apple with a corer and spray with Eat Cleaner to prevent browning.  2 seconds to goodnes.



2)  Food Should Taste This Good:  That’s the name of the brand and we love these better-for-you chips when you need a crunchy fix.  Multi-grain tortilla chips are made with flax, sunflower and sesame seeds so they come with functional benefits.  Flavors like Olive and Jalapeno appeal to your worldly tastebuds while Chocolate and Cinnamon satisfy a sweet tooth.  Dig it!


3)  Lotsa Mozz:  Dairy lovers, don’t despair. Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheese is easy to pack and offers 7 grams of protein a stick.  A quick breakfast or wholesome snack, without the hormones. String cheese isn’t just for kids, but we think eating it will make you feel younger.


4) Bars in Cars:  The number of energy bars out there is a bit dizzying but we lean towards the GoLean bars from Kashi.  Clean, functional ingredients like Oat Fiber, Brown Rice and Soy Protein with natural sweeteners keep you going without the crash. Chewy and Crunchy varieties let you pick your favorite texture and the flavors, like Oatmeal Raisin  and Cinnamon Coffee Cake, are all good and nip a sugar craving.





Food Safety Bill Passes!

Tighter legislation will help give FDA more oversight 


The House of Representatives passed legislation to give the Food and Drug Administration more authority and resources to prevent and stop food-borne illnesses, in response to a string of outbreaks involving peanuts, spinach, hot peppers and other foods. Under the House bill, the FDA would be required to conduct more frequent inspections. It would have the authority to order recalls and tell companies how to keep records so contaminated products could be traced more easily. Most food companies also would be required to register with the agency and pay an annual $500 fee for each of their facilities. 

Changes already are afoot at the FDA. The agency is putting more emphasis on food safety and stepping up efforts to prevent outbreaks. On Friday, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg is expected to announce guidelines for the food industry aimed at preventing contamination of tomatoes, melons and leafy greens. The FDA currently can’t make the guidelines mandatory, but the House legislation would give it explicit authority to do so.

“I think food safety has been unattended to for many, many years, and that has compromised the ability of the agency to fulfill its important mission with regard to assuring the safety and wholesomeness of the food supply,” Dr. Hamburg said in an interview. “This is the time to really make a very concerted effort.”

The FDA also hired a food-safety expert, Michael Taylor, to help revamp the food program, and Dr. Hamburg said she wants to establish a deputy commissioner’s position responsible for food safety. Beyond that, she said she wants to hire more food inspectors and train them to be more specialized.


At Eat Cleaner, we say there’s still a long road ahead but you can do a lot to take food safety into your own hands.


From the July 31st online edition of wsj.com by Jane Zhang.










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