So eating clean is all about choosing foods that don’t have a ton of (or any) added chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. Doing so, as Eat Clean, Stay Lean argues, will result in a bounty of benefits.
A diet rich in unprocessed whole foods automatically increases your intake of vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and phytochemicals, and decreases unhealthy fats, added sugar, excess sodium, chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives.
By no means does that mean eating clean is boring. Check out this recipe from the book. First, you make a supersimple pizza dough in 20 minutes. Then you pile on a salmagundi of salami, ham, olives, roasted red beppers, artichokes, mozzarella, romaine, and herbs.
What you’ll need:
1 envelope (2 ¼ tsp) rapid rise yeast
1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
1 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp fine sea salt
½ cup warm (not hot) water
2 oz. uncured salami, sliced
2 oz. uncured sliced ham, rolled into straws
⅓ cup kalamata olives
1 large roasted red pepper, thinly sliced
¾ cup water-packed canned artichoke hearts, drained
2 oz. sliced mozzarella
1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
3 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
3 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
How to make it:
1. Preheat your oven to 425°F. Combine the yeast, 1 cup of the flour, the oregano, sugar, and salt in a bowl, stirring to mix evenly. Pour in the warm water and stir gently until evenly mixed (the dough will be wet). Spread the remaining ½ cup flour on a clean, flat surface and turn the dough out onto it. Knead in enough additional flour so the dough is not sticky, then knead for 3 to 4 minutes to develop gluten. Place in a warm place to sit for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to work.
2. Stretch the dough into a rough 14-inch square on a baking sheet. Brush or drizzle with the olive oil and bake for10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F. Remove from the oven and layer on the meats, olives, artichokes, and cheese. Bake for 10 minutes longer, just to warm the ingredients. Garnish with the lettuce and fresh herbs. Cut into squares to serve. Makes 3 servings
Nutrition information: 594 calories, 23g protein, 57g carbohydrates (9g fiber), 32g fat