One of my focus words for 2015 is intentional, and this book fits right in with that mindset. I've been working on exercising more and eating better, paying more attention to what I'm putting in my body. I love the idea of eating more foods that are fresh and have been minimally processed, which is the focus of this book.
You may have heard of the phrase "eating clean", which is eating whole foods (like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes) and avoiding highly-processed foods that usually have high sugar and sodium content, as well as preservatives. Clean Slate features recipes that do not contain butter, refined sugar, all-purpose flour, or red meat.
If you're interested in learning more about how to eat clean, the book's first section contains information on nutrients, tips on pantry-stocking, "Golden Rules of Eating Clean" and also a 3-day and 21-day detox eating plan, all giving you a place to start. The second part of the book contains the recipes, with each one having a notation if it is vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, or gluten-free. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, smoothies, and even desert. I like that each dish is very approachable with easy-to-find ingredients and simple instructions. No fancy cooking techniques required!
One of the things I love about this book is the photographs (total surprise, right?). They are all light, colorful, beautifully styled, and make me want to go to the farmers market and buy alllll the food. I will definitely be adding some of these recipes in to my packed-lunch rotation.
Clean Slate is a great resource for learning to live a more intentional, mindful lifestyle by starting with what you eat. It provides simple and tasty recipes containing whole ingredients with minimal processing.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program for free in exchange for this review. The opinions shared in this review are completely mine and have not been influenced in any way.