Clean Slate from the Editors of Martha Stewart Living

It is a new year which means it is time to fine-tune those bad eating habits, and Clean Slate is the perfect book to help you get started towards your goal of healthy eating.

Clean Slate is about clean eating: consuming whole, unprocessed foods—a plant-based diet. Instead of the creating a book loaded full of healthy recipes which you do not know the dietary benefits, the editors intentionally dedicated the first portion of the book to educate you on what clean eating is, how it can and will benefit your body and overall health in the long run, and what types of foods you should be consuming on a daily basis to get the benefits needed to help you stay focused and more energized throughout the day.

If you did not pay attention in your wellness class in school, you will appreciate the brief overview of what fiber and protein is and the role they play within our bodies—including many other nutrients. You will discover the best natural sources to keep your body strong daily, and potential food substitutions that may seem hard at first, especially if you’re a sugar junkie such as myself, and how to shop for the foods that you will eventually become comfortable preparing for yourself. A source of foods is listed for the following groups: Super detoxifiers, antioxidant powerhouses, inflammation fighters, and digestive aids.

One of the great things about Clean Slate is that not all the recipes are tofu based. The recipes are a combination of vegan and vegetarian recipes which helps if you are new to clean eating, and looking for a little flexibility with your meals. The illustrations included with the recipes are not your typical boring, inedible looking recipes, but great dishes which covers a variety of nutritional food groups for those who do not just want to eat salads, consume protein drinks, and water all day.

After reading Clean Slate, I discovered a newfound respect for healthy eating and how I do need to make better choices when it comes to my eating habits. I gained a lot of nutritional information which I can effectively put to use in the kitchen as well as with my grocery shopping habits. Clean Slate is definitely a great book for anyone to use, but especially for those seeking to make eating cleaner a lifestyle.

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Book Review: The VB6 Cookbook by Mark Bittman

9780385344821Disclosure: This book was provided free of charge by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Mark Bittman is one of my favorite cookbook authors, so I’m really glad to have had the opportunity to review The VB6 cookbook.

If you’re unfamiliar with VB6 (vegan before 6), it is a dietary solution Bittman came up with after being diagnosed as a pre-diabetic. He lives a vegan lifestyle until six in the evening, and after six he allows himself to indulge in his guilty food pleasures–in moderation of course.

The VB6 cookbook is the follow-up to Bittman’s VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health For Good. It consists of 350 vegan recipes which are flexible for those new to a vegan lifestyle. A great example of this is his steak su poivre with mushrooms recipe. It was an easy recipe to prepare and perfect for someone like me because I like the healthiness of the vegetables in the recipe, however, the carnivore in me appreciated the steak as well.

If you’ve ever read a cookbook written by Bittman, you will quickly see his passion for food and cooking, and that he is extremely passionate teacher on the subject. Before you get to the recipes, Bittman makes sure you are knowledgeable in cooking techniques and ingredients, and this book is no different. If you’re not familiar with the vegan diet, like I was, you will know the proper foods and dietary restrictions before you reach the first recipe chapter.

The recipes in this book covers every category from breakfast to dinner to dessert, and are relatively easy to make; however, if you lack a decent supply of spices and vegetables, you will find yourself making frequent trips to the grocery store.

Because Bittman’s cookbooks have such beautiful photography and picture tutorials, which is why I wish I would have seen more of them in this book. However, the quality of pictures are still on a level of perfection on Bittman can achieve.

The great thing about The VB6 cookbook is that it takes away every stereotype about the vegan diet. You can make a dish of nothing but vegetables and still have it come out as a 5 star steak dinner. This book is great for both vegans and non-vegans alike.