The idea of eating “clean,” is pretty brilliant. It basically means eating foods that are minimally processed and natural (read: healthy), and, really, when you think about it, who wants to eat “dirty” food? Not I, said the Fit Bottomed Girl. That’s why today we’re following up yesterday’s interview with the lovely Tosca Reno with a review of The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged book.
First off, if you’re confused about nutrition or would like to learn more about food and how it can affect your health, weight and mood, read this book. It is a fantastic beginner’s guide to building a lifestyle eating plan that you can live with and feel good about. From fantastic info on metabolism to proper hydration to how to make the most of your workout time, it’s a sane approach to living well. Tosca is definitely all about moderation, and the book is chock-full of fun tidbits and tips that almost feels more like a fun magazine than a book.Which kind of makes sense since she has rocked the pages of Oxygen magazine. There’s even a FAQ section that is AWESOME.
The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged also includes a bunch of recipes that are pretty tasty. The hubs and I tried the Miso and Salmon Stew and it was delish. We also tried the Sweet Potato Oat Bars, which have become a breakfast staple at FBG HQ (more on that later). I will say that if you’re a newbie cook, the recipes may be a little challenging, as I found some of the cooking times to be off and some of the instructions to be confusing or misleading (the Salmon and Miso Stew we made was delicious but it looked nothing like the photo). But if you know your way around the kitchen and don’t mind having to improvise (or using your best judgment in a pinch), have at it. The results can be delicious.
With that said, I’m super happy to share the recipe for the Sweet Potato Oat Bars! This recipe is pretty foolproof, although I added a few notes below for clarification. An entire pan makes 24 2-inch-by-2-inch squares and the entire process takes a little more than an hour. Each serving has 189 calories, 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of healthy fat and 4 grams of fiber. Happy and healthy noshing!
Sweet Potato Oat Bars
4 small sweet potatoes (or 2 large)
1 tbsp olive oil
4 c instant oatmeal
¾ c skim milk soured with 1 tbsp lemon juice
¼ c finely ground flaxseed (I tried ground Salba and it rocked.)
½ c maple syrup (natural is best)
2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp coconut butter
½ c dried fruits like raisins, dates, cherries and/or blueberries, chopped (I loved dates!)
½ c raw unsalted nuts (almonds, walnuts and/or pecans), chopped
Pinch sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a 9” x 13” baking dish by coating lightly with olive oil.
2. Prick sweet potatoes all over. Place in oven and bake until tender. (FBG tip: Depending on the size of potatoes this can take 30 minutes to an hour.) Remove from oven and let cool. When cool enough to handle, remove potato peels. Place flesh in a large mixing bowl. Set oven to 400º. (FBG tip: OR microwave the heck out of them and save some serious time. Also consider doing this the day before so that you don’t have to wait for them to cool.)
3. Add all remaining ingredients to sweet-potato mixture. Mix well.
4. Press into prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden on top. (FBG tip: For extra deliciousness and just a few more cals, sprinkle brown sugar on top to make it sweet instead of savory.)
5. Remove from heat and let cool. Cut into squares.
Talk about a good way to get your veggies in! What’s your favorite recipe to eat clean? —Jenn
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