Clean Eats is the third book by Dr. Alejandro Junger that focuses on the “clean” movement. All of the recipes in the book are gluten and dairy-free…because, according to Junger, they are the two foods that give people the most problems with their health.
Clean Eats is divided into three sections. The first section, the Introduction, explains how to use the book and provides tips on creating your “clean” kitchen. According to Junger, a clean kitchen includes the following staples: a good stock of fresh produce, grass-fed, organic, or pasture-raised meat, smaller cold-water fish which have less toxins and heavy metals, organic and pasture-raised eggs, variety of beans and legumes, starches like rice, potatoes, and plantains, nuts and seeds, organic expeller and cold-pressed, unrefined oils, gluten-free flours, herbs and spices, real sea salt, real sweeteners like raw honey and date sugar.
The second section of the book, Seven Essays on Clean Eating, by Dhru Purohit and John Rosania, focus on incorporating clean eating into your lifestyle.
My key takeaways from each essay…
Essay 1: What Is Clean Eating? Clean eating means two things: eating whole foods and staying away from your toxic triggers.
Essay 2: Food Is Information. “Think of your genes as the hardware and the food you eat as the software. Even if your hardware is great, downloading crappy software will slow your system down. It could even cause your system to crash”.
Essay 3: Cook More. “Cooking more clean food for ourselves takes back control of what we eat and how it’s prepared.”
Essay 4: Master Five. Start your clean eating journey by mastering five healthy meals.
Essay 5: Money. In the long run, getting sick is more expensive than eating clean.
Essay 6: Community. Go beyond your default community and consciously join up with people who share your interest in health and wellness.
Essay 7: Live More. “Living more means that we have the ability to give love and attention to the priorities in our life.”
The third section of the book, Recipes, provides a variety of clean eating recipes, with a major emphasis on smoothies and elixirs. Using the smoothie making technique, combined with an herbal infusion, you can create a medicinal drink…or an elixir.
Junger provides some examples of elixir combinations…
Start with a base: peppermint tea, hibiscus tea, dandelion tea, etc.
Next, add flavorings: chocolate powder, vanilla, cinnamon, etc.
Then, add a fat: coconut oil, cashews, almonds, hemp seeds
Lastly, add a sweetener: honey, maple syrup, coconut nectar, etc.
I created a pretty simple elixir, using the combination guidelines above.
Ginger Tea Elixir
Makes 1 serving.
Base: Ginger tea, 1 ½ cups
Flavorings: Vanilla, 3 drops/Cinnamon, just a sprinkle/Nutmeg, just a sprinkle
Fat: Hazelnuts, small handful
Sweetener: Honey, 1 teaspoon
The elixir came out great, the hazelnuts added the perfect creaminess and the ginger tea was strong enough so that the flavor wasn’t overpowered by the other ingredients. I chose to create my elixir with warm tea, but you can cool your tea or even use it hot. Since I love a mint/chocolate flavor combination, I definitely plan to try a hot peppermint tea elixir with chocolate in the future.