By Rachel Chemerynski
Health Coach, Nutritional Consultant, and Founder of Clean Plates Jared Koch is at it again with his latest, The Clean Plates Cookbook, continuing his mission to teach people that it pays to eat clean.
“Clean eating, as I define it, is eating that’s good for your health, good for the planet, and good tasting. In other words: healthy, sustainable, and delicious,” Koch writes. “…It means eating high-quality real food as often as possible, based on what is right for your body and what stimulates your taste buds.”
That sounds convincing enough, but what exactly does clean eating look like, you ask? Well, fortunately Koch, alongside cookbook author Jill Silverman Hough, mapped it all out in an easy-to-read cookbook that is the perfect little addition to any kitchen counter.
Not Just Another Cookbook
While we certainly drooled over the 120+ clean recipes, we were pleasantly surprised that this book isn’t just another cookbook; it’s packed with loads of nutritional information from the health, environmental, and taste benefits of clean eating to an overview of bio-individuality, or the understanding that what works for one (a strict vegan diet) may not work for another (someone who thrives on hearty meats and animal protein), the belief that there is no one-size-fits all diet.
The book shows readers the importance of food quality over quantity (including expert tips on raw versus cooked and what it means to eat “real food” in this day and age), the fascinating benefits of a plant-based diet, and even how to navigate the meat, fish, and dairy aisles with confidence.
Not to mention, the practical advice for both in the kitchen (how to reduce sodium by playing with different flavorful herbs and spices) and outside the kitchen (steps for improving your relationship with food) is priceless.
Recipes Galore, by Dietary Needs!
We can’t lie: The best (and tastiest) part of the book are the inventive recipes, which include beverages, breakfasts, appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, and guilt-free desserts, all 100 percent clean and 100 percent delicious (get a free recipe to the right! Click to enlarge). They’re conveniently labeled according to the reader’s dietary needs, such as vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, naturally sweetened, and omnivore-friendly.
While all of the recipes are considered “clean” they are far from bland, and include something for “every body” and anybody, like Shirred Eggs with Asparagus and Goat Cheese, Kitchen Sink Almond Butter Snack Bars, Smashed Avocado Toasts, Gluten-Free Chicken Meatballs, Millet-Stuffed Acorn Squash, Lamb Tikka Masala, and Chocolate Avocado Pudding.
If your stomach is grumbling like ours, you’re in luck! We’re giving away a copy of The Clean Plates Cookbook to one lucky reader – just ‘like’ SpaFinder Wellness on Facebook and leave a comment below on what clean eating means to you and how you strive to eat clean! We’ll pick a winning comment by January 25 and will notify you via Facebook!
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Rachel Chemerynski is a certified health coach and freelance writer living in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the founder of Healthy Chicks, a wellness community dedicated to inspiring twenty-something women to live happier, healthier, more satisfying lives.