Agree or disagree: Pretty much any meal is clean so long as a protein/flax shake is added.
E.g., thin-crust pizza w/veggies, protein powder w/ milled flax is a clean meal. Why? It contains fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
The reason pizza is “dirty” is because of the white flour in the crust. Would the pizza suddenly be “clean” if it was made with a flax crust? Well, then, add some flax. The idea that you can’t supplement bad food with good food to make a clean meal is silly.
I’m not sure why people aren’t more creative with their meals. Add some milled flax, protein powder, and veggies, and you can clean up most anything.[/quote]
I agree with what I believe to be your point, but I don’t think you worded it well at first.
The first sentence implies that you can make a bag of chips healthy by consuming them with a protein shake and some flax. NOT.
But yes, practically any meal can be made at least relatively clean but just using quality ingredients. For me, the dirtiest thing about pizza isn’t the white flour (though whole wheat or some other alternative is obviously better), it’s the trans fat and sugar in the crust, the sugar in the tomato sauce, and the low quality cheese and meat. But Berardi’s pizza recipe is great!
You can even make relatively damage-free desserts by modifying recipes and instead of white sugar and crisco, subbing in xylitol, sucralose or stevia, or using a lot of dried fruit, using healthy fats, etc.
Case in point:
8 medjool dates
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
?Remove the pits from dates.
?Place ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth.
?Mixture should be moist, but not gooey. Depending on the size of the dates and the ripeness of the bananas, you may need to add more or less coconut to get the right consistency.
?Bake at 325 degrees 10-15 minutes, until done. Cookies will be soft, but should cook enough to have a golden brown bottom and hold together well.