The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged Review & a Recipe!

Eat Clean Diet RechargedThe 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 Oat Bars

They really do taste as good as they look, especially with a little honey. Yum...

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

Want to read the book yourself? Enter a comment in the next week, and we’ll select one lucky U.S. reader to win a copy! The winner will be notified by email. Happy commenting!



Comments

  1. Kat says

    Um, the recipe does not say how many sweet potatoes are needed. Can you please clarify?

  2. Laura says

    Just yesterday, I met with a trainer who recommended this book to me. I signed up to swap for it on paperbackswap.com — I’m 207th on the list! Would love to get “The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged” before the next century :) Thanks for the review!

  3. becky says

    I am addicted to the CLEAN eating and OXYGEN magazines….This is a book I have been back and forth with buying. I did by the MASTER YOUR METABOLISM book by Jilian Michaels. I would be very interested to see the similarities and differences.

  4. Laura says

    I think you left out at least one line of the recipe – sweet potatoes aren’t listed in the ingredients, so I don’t know how many to use?

  5. Tj says

    I love Oxygen magazine and Tosca Reno! She is such an inspiration. I would love to read the new Eat Clean book and use it to continue learning how to cook healthy for my family.

  6. Elizabeth says

    This sounds great! Jenn, I am new to FBG, and I just have to say that I love your reviews, they aren’t just \oh we love it yay.\ I am really interested in reading this book!

  7. Debbie says

    Love to read this book! I have all the ingredients to make the oat bars except coconut butter. I’ve subbed more olive oil for this so will try it and see how it turns out. Anything with oats is a winner with me! Thanks and I will add this book to my (growing) wish list.

  8. Terra says

    Have heard so much about this book, from my friends. Can’t wait to read it and apply it. Looking forward to eating healthier! Oat bars sound super yummy!

  9. Shar says

    Definitely check this book out – you’ll love it! Still my go-to book for everything “Eat-Clean”. Your local library or bookstore will have it :)

  10. Melissa Sheldon says

    I have the book, so not entering the contest. However, I have not tried these. I may have to make them this weekend.

  11. jessica says

    i would LOVE this book. i have heard of clean eating and have even tried it in the past without any guidance. i want to show my daughters that there is more to life and food than mcdonalds and macaroni and cheese :)

  12. Stacwy says

    Cannot wait to read this book. Think I’ll be buying it unless I’m lucky enough to win it.

  13. Tammie says

    I had a baby last November and have been using Tosca’s eating clean principles to help get the weight off. I ate clean before and mostly during my pregnancy but that last month was a doozy. Donuts were my friend and enemy! Now I am fighting the last 8 – 10 pounds (I have lost 28lbs so far). Some days I am triumphant some days I am not….maybe Eat Clean Recharged is what I need to get on track and stay on it!!

  14. joni says

    Just found your site, and am excited about what I have read so far. So it would be awesome to win your book!!!!!! After back injury, steriods for that, and 55 aweful pounds later I NEED your bood. I just want to learn abou the clean eating asap.
    Thanks,
    Joni

  15. Jana says

    I really need to revamp my diet, this sounds so perfect! I would love to read this and get some new ideas!

  16. Sarah Lee says

    I am a new subscriber to Oxygen magazine – I love how the magazine promotes clean eating and weightlifting for women, and since I’ve started reading the magazine, I’ve frequently considered buying the Eat Clean Diet Recharged book by Tosca Reno. I actually just got engaged this passed weekend and realized that I now have to get serious about getting back in shape now that I have a wedding on the horizon! I know this would help!

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  18. Laura T says

    I subscribe to Oxygen magazine and keep reading abut this great book. I would so love to win a copy!

  19. theresa merkel says

    I have read 3 of the eat clean books! Very excited about new recipes in recharged!

  20. @FitInMyHeart says

    I have been WORKING OUT like a MAD WOMAN!! It comes NATURALLY!! I’ve been STRUGGLING with my DIET!!! Just a few days ago, one of my dear friends recommended this book to me!!! Perfect Timing!! I will enter!!
    “Toes” Crossed!! ;-)
    Dr. Mo

  21. Jenn Cooley says

    This is my first time hearing about this author and would love to read this book! I love the idea of “clean eating” versus dieting. If I don’t win, I’ll have to go out and buy the book. Thanks FBGs!

  22. susan gelnett says

    Thanks for the review of this book. It helps to have your opinion … how many of us have bought books like this that turned out to be a waste of money ? ! Can’t wait to try those sweet potato bars.

  23. Che says

    I love Tosca’s story! I checked out the first version from the library and then it promptly got lost somewhere in the mix of my house and 3 little monsters. So I ended up paying $30 for it still don’t have it. Sad, but definitely worth an entry to hopefully win it! Thanks for the opportunity!