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I’m usually not a fan of cookbooks with weight loss as part of the overall theme because I’ve tried waaay too many recipes that are: 1) Meh 2) Leave me unsatisfied &/or ravenously hungry. But...Clean Eating Cookbook for Weight Loss by Nikki Behnke is FANTASTIC !
So our love for this cookbook...which also includes a 28 Day kick-start to a healthy lifestyle, exercises, wellness planning began with its purchase on Kindle for a whole dollar.
I figured I could give a couple of the recipes a try...but wasn’t expecting much.
Since then, we’ve purchased a paper copy for ourselves & another for a family member.
We are now on Week 4 of the meals & have only been disappointed in one breakfast item called Overnight Oats.
Not only are the meals scrumptious...but the pounds are coming off, we are not hungry between meals...and there’s an added bonus for me as a Type 2 diabetic...my blood sugar numbers are great & I’m able to cut my insulin dosage by a third!
These are pop-in-your-mouth taste sensations...almost all the seasonings & dressings & sauces are created by you rather than being store bought & full of additives. Nikki Behnke is a real chef. Her real recipes are fun to make, super healthy, & the leftovers are just flavorful & welcome on the palette.
Get this book with sensible lifestyle plans, 75 yummy recipes, & some simple, at home, customizable workout plans. You will be very glad you did!
I have been eating clean for many years and I am always looking for clean eating recipes that don't require a lot of unusual ingredients. I also like recipes that are not difficult. This book has many recipes that fit that description. It starts with information about what clean eating is and I just skimmed over that part. It also has meal plans. I never use meal plans written by someone else so I ignored that part. However, I put post-it flags on every recipe that I might like to try and I flagged half the recipes. Based on that I am giving this a five star rating. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
3.0 out of 5 starsWholesome Recipes But Generally Basic and Unoriginal Ideas
Reviewed in the United States on 14 April 2020
I rely on this cookbook more for wholesome eating than weight loss success. Too many recipes have pretty high carb counts, but they’re still nutritious. The author encourages readers to get back to food basics, and that includes staples, condiments and sauces. Yes, even those type recipes are included in this healthy lifestyle book—tasty dressings, clean ketchup, an array of seasoning blends and many all-purpose marinades. Some are more palatable than others—the fresh salsa was a hit at our house, but the ketchup recipe didn’t impress anyone. Nutritional benefits between the book’s recipe and store-bought are negligible, so when it comes to this particular condiment, we’ll stick with the name brand ketchup that everyone knows and loves.
The first half of the book is devoted to clean eating ideas and plans—most of what’s in this section is healthy common sense or just a smattering of what’s really needed to embrace losing weight. There is no mention at all in beginning chapters about the glycemic index of various foods, and how those numbers truly affect weight gain/loss. I like to keep carbohydrates between 30-40 grams per meal—there are many recipes in this book that go well beyond those numbers, but they are also loaded with nutritious fiber to offset some of those carbs.
I was really hoping to find some new recipe ideas, but many are commonly recognized dishes that simply incorporate substitutions with more nutritious oils or flours. I do appreciate the inclusion of easy to prepare, make-your-own seasoning blends, and there’s one for every palate and dish—Cajun, chili, Mediterranean, Italian, ranch, poultry and taco blends. We’ve enjoyed a few of the recipes (like slow cooker chicken Tikka Masala), others not so much (slow cooker barbecue pulled pork) and a few have been duds. Our kids really did not like the fudge pops made from coconut milk, cocoa powder and honey.
This cookbook might appeal more to beginners looking for basic recipes that use wholesome ingredients. I was hoping for a bit more substance and some original, fresher recipe ideas.
Clean Eating Cookbook for Weight Loss: 28 Days to Kick-Start a Healthy Lifestyle Nikki Behnke This book contains a 28 day healthy eating plan. With this plan you will feel better and loose weight. “It takes 30 days to form a habit.” Why not give it a try for 30 days. Do not look at this as a diet, think of it as a lifestyle. Clean eating is a holistic approach to eating. “Clean eating is an approach to eating that is simple, straightforward, holistic in nature, and easy to sustain. Clean eating is consuming foods as nature delivered them, or as close to it as possible…Know what you are putting into your body and where it came from; it is a matter of self-educating.” Clean eating is vegetables, fruits, good proteins, plant based grains, and healthy fats. Leave out the refined sugar. There are 10 principles to this approach: 1. Eat whole foods. 2. No processed foods. 3. Read nutrition labels. 4. Avoid Refined sugar. 5. Eat more veggies. 6. Include healthy fats. 7. Cook your own food. 8. Drink lots of water. 9. Choose carbs wisely. 10. Exercise! Ask yourself: What are your bad habits? Set goals, clean out your cabinets. Discover your form of exercise. Set a routine. There is a meal plan for each day and each meal, including a snack. The author, Nikki Behnke includes a shopping list. There is also an exercise tracker and a habit tracker. Each week you will see a variance in your meal plan. There are recipes that your will love. The Soothing Mint Chocolate Smoothie is delicious. I really liked the Buffalo Chicken and Ranch lettuce Wraps. The Cashew Chicken Skillet was very good and so are the Turkey Sloppy Joes. My favorite is the Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw. I tried the Stovetop Flank Steak Fajitas and they were a big hit. There is a recipe for Fresh Salsa that is very good (I cut back on the cilantro.) If you like ketchup why not try making your own. The back of the book has Measurement Conversions as well as an Index. I loved the sauce recipes. This is a great book except for the binding. A cookbook should lay flat when open, this one doesn’t. My copy is paperback and I doubt it holds up long, the pages are already loose.