I have always been attracted to cookbooks, cooking, and baking. And I have always wanted to be a healthier cook. Unfortunately I’m a southern girl, used to southern foods so I always gravitate back in some way or other to old cooking styles. Lately though, in the last year, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Since that time I‘ve worked hard to get us both on a healthier diet: off sugar, and on lots of fruits and veg, as well as eating clean.
Eating clean (organic, no chemicals) is not easy but I really like the design and format of Eat Clean, Stay Lean: 300 Real Foods and Recipes for Lifelong Health and Lasting Weight Loss. It was easy to read and seemed to make the choice to ‘eat clean’ more manageable, and doable. The book is bright and colorful with simple options for healthy food choices in a visual guide format. In this book foods are rated as not clean, clean and cleanest, so you see at a glance which foods are healthier and select the best food for your family.
The book begins with a discussion of what clean eating consists of, the benefits of whole foods, and the basics of clean eating: stop counting calories, focus on whole foods, eat organic as much as possible, choose clean packaged foods, and includes a chapter on other options for clean foods like farmers’ markets, co-ops, CSAs (community supported agriculture), and growing your own. The book goes on to talk about clean snacking, clean food storage, tricks for eating clean anywhere, and clean beauty products.
Within each section of Eat Clean, Stay Lean suggested recipes are included, allowing you to create simple home-cooked meals fast. Some recipes are what you would expect like smoothies, vinaigrettes, and soups but the book also includes fun recipes like spiced peach butter and whole milk ricotta. The book covers fruits and veggies, proteins, grains, spreads, snacks, condiments, treats, beverages, pantry staples and cooking styles.
Eat Clean, Stay Lean isn’t comprehensive, but because I found the book by Prevention Magazine a great way to get started on a healthier lifestyle, I give it 3 Daisies!
Reviewed by Leigh
Eat Clean, Stay Lean: 300 Real Foods and Recipes for Lifelong health and Lasting Weight Loss
The Editors of Prevention
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About the Author: Prevention is a leading ‘healthy lifestyle brand in the US with a total readership of 8.7 million in print and more than 6 million online’.http://www.prevention.com/food/easy-ways-eat-clean