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"One person's gonna put the bananas in." "Meeee!!!!"

The ingredients in this after-school snack at the Leake household in North Carolina are simple: bananas and milk.

Homemade banana ice cream is a great illustration of the Leakes' commitment to clean eating.  That is little to no processed food.

Lisa Leake, mother, "I felt compelled to just completely overhaul our diets."

Clean eating refers to food in its most natural state, without extra sweeteners, preservatives or other additives. The key is finding ingredient labels that don't read like a science experiment.

Sue Perry, Shopsmart Magazine, "Shorter ingredient list, and simpler ingredient lists where you really understand what you're eating and putting in your stomach. It's really that simple."

Experts say refrigerated versions of food tend to be less processed than similar products on store shelves.  That may have additional stabilizers and preservatives.

Think fresh juice, salsas and salad dressings.

Geoff Davis, shopper, "If it's natural, typically it only has about two to three ingredients, and that really gets my attention, that's what I always purchase."

When the Leakes refined their cooking by getting rid of refined sugar and flour, they noticed improvements in their health, including in their daughter who struggled with asthma.

Lisa Leake, mother, "she literally went an entire year without wheezing at all after we changed our diet."

Cleaning up the food we eat could be the freshest way to start the new year.

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