Cookbook Review: Clean Slate

Saturday, December 27, 2014

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I was pleasantly surprised to find that Clean Slate is not a diet book but rather a cookbook with a guide for eating healthy and choosing nutritious ingredients.  Clean Slate provides helpful tips for detoxing your body and resetting your health through several principles: choosing whole foods over processed, embracing a plant based diet, practicing mindful eating, engaging in an active lifestyle, eating enough fiber, boosting energy with lean protein, paying attention to how you feel by keeping a food journal, staying hydrated, planning your meals, and keeping things in moderation.  Half of the list is doable for most people.  I picked a few things to start off with.  Over time I might be able to follow eighty percent of their suggestions.  

The book also gives you a comprehensive list of food to stock your pantry and a list of smart swaps (ie. yogurt for sour cream, sweet potato for white potato, romaine lettuce for iceberg lettuce) for a cleaner diet.  I like their 3 day plan and 21 day plan for detox with accompanied menu suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It would have been nice to see a 7 day plan and a 14 day plan but you can probably pull menu suggestions from the 21 day plan.  The plan gives you so much flexibility that you can switch things around depending on what’s available at your local supermarket or in your pantry.

So far my favorite section is breakfast since I struggle with what to make on a daily basis.  I really like the different porridge recipes that the book offers (cardamom quinoa porridge, millet with pineapple and flaxseed, black quinoa with almond and honey, coconut breakfast pudding) as well as juices and smoothies.  We juice a few times a week so it’s nice to have additional juice recipes to add to our collection.  Our toddler seemed to really like the smoothies and juice that we made for him.  The recipes for the entree section mainly focus on chicken and fish which I really appreciate since our diet consists mainly of those proteins.  The recipes are not complicated and usually takes less than half an hour to prep and about an hour to cook.  My least favorite section of the book is dessert. It only has a handful of recipes and none of them are that interesting.  Overall Clean Slate is a wonderful book with thoughtful recipes and helpful tips to kickstart your journey to a healthier way of eating.


*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher

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