I bought a cook book today! I already own about 100 of them. In my younger days I loved to bake. I still do but I honestly don’t eat a lot of sugar, so here I am in the cook book isle at Barnes and Noble with my stomach growing! Over the past year the most valuable think I have learned is to listen to my body when it comes to food. I selected 28 Days of Clean Eating, The Healthy Way to KICK DIETING FOREVER My body is screaming for fresh salad or this Roasted Butternut Squash and Israeli Couscous Pilaf! Cinnamon rolls and muffins still smell delicious (sugar coated cereal does not) but these eggs poached in homemade marinara sauce on page 102 look divine! Part of the reason that I picked this book over others was the selection.
A brief introduction goes over explaining just what “clean” food is, before talking about digestion, oils, your heart and the dangers of processed foods. One of my favorite parts of the is the short section that breaks down how to restock your pantry, complete with recommended oils, spices, grains and flours, dried fruits, nuts, etc. There is a menu lay-out and then it rolls into one of my newest favorite obsessions, smoothies! Not all of them were packed with kale and spinach, but all were simple and looked delicious. Here is my #1 pick for today:
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
1 ½ teaspoon lime juice
¼ teaspoon lime zest
1 ½ teaspoon honey (use local)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Add ice to desired thickness while blending. This is heart-healthy and full of monounsaturated fats and vitamin C.
Another thing that I might add, but am not completely obsessed with is that this book notes the top, outside corner of each recipe if it is vegan or gluten free!
There is a nice soup selection where I found a must-try Creamy Asparagus Soup recipe. If you are a tuna lover, (we are talking perfectly cooked tuna steak) the Tuna Nicoise Salad looks picture perfect!
Pleasantly surprising deserts in my new 28 days of yummy guide look simple and delicious with a healthy twist. There is a Strawberry Shortcake recipe with Greek vanilla yogurt and whole wheat pastry that looks out of this world!
I am as excited to clean my pantry and stock it as I am to try my first smoothie from this New York Times Best Seller. More to come as I dive in and offer some live testimony, but for now I give it a 2 thumbs up! Best of health to you and please consider eating clean!