Lately, I’ve been telling myself I need to eat healthier, but that is such a broad statement that I personally find it overwhelming to ‘eat healthier.’ As much as I try to plan, it can still be difficult to decide what to make for meals and snacks because there is so much information about healthy eating.
I needed not only a cookbook, but a guide to improving my diet, pantry and mindset. Clean Slate from the Editors of Martha Stewart Living has been the perfect rest. This book begins with a guide to clean eating followed by a collection of tasty, beautifully photographed recipes that will put you on the road to health.
Clean Slate opens with 50 pages of easily digestible information about forming smart, mindful eating habits. The information covers what you should stock your panty and refrigerator with and details how to cook that new whole grain on your shopping list. My favorite part of this section is the meal planner, there is a 3-day mini-reboot and a 21-day action plan that details breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas, making it easy to quickly get on the healthy eating track.
The second part of the book is filled with recipes that will take you through your day, beginning with breakfast and ending with dinner and dessert. You will find recipes for every diet ranging from vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and allergen-free. Each recipe clearly marks what diet it is suitable for, so it is easy to plan a week of meals .
I love the chapter filled with different smoothie and juice recipes. I often find myself in a smoothie rut, but this section includes 24 different recipes and accompanying photos, making it so easy to change up my morning beverage.
The dessert section is my favorite, as I am always looking for a way to indulge my sweet tooth. Most of the recipes included 10 or less ingredients and can be put together in 30 minutes or less. Keep reading to learn how to make a fresh sweet and sour citrus salad with pomegranate.
Even though many associate citrus with the summer, it is actually at it’s peak during the winter and early spring – which means right now is a great time to find juicy, delicious oranges, grapefruits and lemons. (Use this guide to see what is in season.) I picked up a white grapefruit, navel and blood oranges, a Meyer lemon and a pomegranate at my local Whole Foods.
I peeled and sectioned larger citrus, like grapefruit and navel oranges and cut the skin off and sliced smaller fruits like lemon and blood orange. I picked up a whole pomegranate, so I removed the seeds using Real Simple’s method. If you are looking for a shortcut, Trader Joe’s sell packages of pomegranate seeds that work great for smoothies, cocktails and more.
Arrange citrus pieces on plates and top with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds. This salad would be a perfect after dinner treat, but Chad and I enjoy it with our Sunday morning breakfast.
If you are looking for a way to reset your eating habits, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Clean Slate. The beautiful photography in the book alone will encourage you to start eating healthier.
Full disclosure: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.
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