If you’ve read my blog for any period of time, you know I am all about that healthy lifestyle. In my head. Really, I like to eat cheese and Doritos. And buffalo wings.
I want to want to be healthy.
So, naturally, when I saw this book, I wanted it. And I know some people don’t like her brand, but in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with Martha Stewart. The lady knows her stuff!
This book is so bright! Everything is white and light green and pink! It definitely stands out and gives a very CLEAN EATING LIVES HERE impression. It’s a paperback, but it’s pretty sturdy for a paperback. Although the pages are a little matte, they are in color and of good construction.
I was pretty happy about the way the book was set up. There was a beginning section for a Reset which gave you tons of information about good fats, what kinds of foods you should choose, smart swaps (like swapping traditional croutons for walnuts). This is all stuff that I pretty much already knew, but it’s nice to be reminded, and it’s especially nice for people who may be starting their healthy eating journey here. The second half of the book is the recipes.
I’ll be honest here, the actual recipes in the book sound scary and sort of look like cardboard. Overall, that’s pretty disappointing because if healthy eating looks like it doesn’t taste good, people won’t eat it. Really, I’d prefer badly shot Pinterest-style photos over artfully crafted packing peanuts.
Being someone who does cook, though, I think a lot of the recipes ARE actually good. The smoothie and juice recipes are awesome! They definitely have a lot of flavor and are pretty simply set up and easy to follow. With easy to find ingredients that a lot of people own already. Definitely a saving grace here.
The next thing I am going to try from it is the recipe for Roasted Mushroom Tartines with Avocado. I might make this for company, or I might just make it and eat it for dinner. We’ll see where the winds take us!
My final note, is that under the picture on each recipe is the nutritional information (missing from A LOT of healthy books), and also if the recipe is vegan, gluten free, nut free, dairy free, etc.
In all honesty, I’m not sure if I would have bought this book if I had picked it up and browsed through it at a Barnes and Noble. However, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to try clean eating, I’d pick it up! At the very, very least, it will give you some ideas to get started. Even if Beet and Buttermilk soup isn’t your thing (it is not mine!).
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.