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Hungry Girl Clean and Hungry

Product DetailsHungry Girl Clean & Hungry
By Lisa Lillien
St. Martins
Retail Price: $19.99
Amazon Price: $11.99

Book Description: 

Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry: Healthy Recipes for Clean Eating in the Real World

Complete with full-color photos of EVERY recipe, Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry combines the best of Hungry Girl with the best of clean eating. The food is still guilt-free, and the portions are still huge…but now Lisa Lillien is highlighting CLEAN ingredients and doing away with artificial and processed foods. This book gives mainstream America delicious, satisfying, and clean recipes, using healthy ingredients found in supermarkets everywhere. The best part? The recipes are so easy, anyone can make ’em!

90 vegetarian recipes
108 gluten-free recipes
56 recipes in 30 minutes or less
43 recipes with 5 ingredients or less

Recipes like…
PB&J Waffles (203 calories)
BBQ Meatloaf (196 calories)
Hawaiian Shrimp Fried Rice with Pineapple (229 calories)
Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake (100 calories)

Finally… a real-world (and DELICIOUS) approach to clean eating!

Book Review

I have been following the work of Lisa and her Hungry Girl for years.  I have always been intrigued with her high energy and creativity when it comes to preparing food.  I used a lot of her earlier books, then when I moved to a less processed diet, I had to rethink using most of her recipes.  However, with her latest book Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry, I am back to using her cookbook on a regular basis.  This book is full of clean, easy, and satiating recipes that make my life so much easier when it comes to time in the kitchen.  There are so many things to choose from and all are delicious and good for you.  To me the whole point of Ms. Lillien’s approach to cooking is just start cooking. Don’t rely on take out, fast food or sticking some cardboard box in the microwave. It’s cooking, not nuclear physics. Homemade meals are less expensive and better for your health.  I highly recommend this cookbook to get you started.

~Reviewed by Rosie B.

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    The KetoDiet Cookbook

    Product DetailsThe KetoDiet Cookbook: More Than 150 Delicious Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes for Maximum Weight Loss and Improved Health — Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, … Paleo, Primal, or Ketogenic Lifestyle
    By Martina Slajerova
    Fair Winds Press
    Retail Price:  $24.99
    Amazon Price: $17.15

    Book Description: 

    Live the Ketogenic Diet Easily and Deliciously!

    You love your Paleo or low-carb diet, but is it enough to give your metabolism the jolt it needs to really burn off that extra weight in order to live a healthier life? By eating foods higher in good fats, moderate protein, and little-to-no carbohydrates, you’ll feel less hungry. Not only that, but your body begins to burn fats stores instead of the carbohydrates and glucose that usually bog down your system.

    The KetoDiet Cookbook contains 150 recipes and practical information for living and adhering to a ketogenic lifestyle. Martina Slajerova, founder of the KetoDiet blog, provides a complete guide to the ketogenic diet based on the most recent research. Discover the science behind the ketogenic diet and the abundant practical solutions that benefit both beginners and advanced keto-dieters.

    Indulge in 150 recipes created to be perfectly compatible with ketogenic, low-carb, high-fat, gluten-free, grain free, Paleo, primal, and ancestral diets.

    Recipes featured in The KetoDiet Cookbook are totally free of:

    – Grain

    – Sugar

    – Potatoes

    – Legumes

    – Additives/Artificial sweeteners

    – Unhealthy oils/fats

    Dairy-free options are also included.

    With soups, breakfasts, appetizers, sides, and sauces, you’ll be enjoying delicious meals while giving your body the boost it deserves!


    If I were to summarize this book in one word it would be WOW!  I have been on a journey to improve my lifestyle and this cookbook is a great resource as I work on eating a healthy, yet sustainable lifestyle.

    Yes the book is beautifully presented, yes the photos are gorgeous, and yes the recipes are your typical favorite fare (rather than obscure things no one would typically eat). But the important question always is: are they delicious? Well… I can’t answer for all 200+ recipes, but I can speak for ones in particular that I tried..and they were fantastic!

    And so, I can honestly wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone following a low-carb lifestyle. You won’t regret your purchase, and I have a good every other recipe in this book is just as amazing.

    ~Reviewed by Kendra P.

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      Paleo Home Cooking

      Product DetailsPaleo Home Cooking
      By Sonia Lacrasse
      Victory Belt Publishing
      Retail Price:  $34.95
      Amazon Price: $25.03

      Book Description: 

      A quick flip through the pages of this elegantly designed cookbook will convince you that eating healthy, wholesome food doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice pleasure or flavor, and that making delicious food from scratch doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, you’ll probably find that eating healthy is quite fun and rewarding! Every recipe in the book is brilliantly illustrated, and the photos won’t fail to make your mouth water.

      Whether you are just starting to explore the Paleo lifestyle or have long mastered the art of following its guidelines, this book will inspire you with:

      • More than 150 grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free recipes explained by a real person, in a real kitchen, using nothing but real, unprocessed food.
      • Flavorful, quick, and easy everyday dishes that will please the entire family without requiring hours in the kitchen—from main dishes, such as Shepherd’s Pie and Maple Balsamic Pulled Pork, to make-ahead sides and salads to last you all week, to yummy appetizers, including Sonia’s unique take on Prosciutto e Melone, as well as several soul-warming soups and stocks.
      • Easy recipes to help you stay away from junk-filled store-bought condiments, such as salad dressings, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, and spice mixes.
      • An entire section dedicated to homemade nut butters, complete with useful tips and a troubleshooting guide. You’ll soon be making your very own nut butters at home, from the very basics, like raw cashew butter, to crazy-intricate flavor creations, like Smoky Bacon, Dark Chocolate, and Toasted Almond.
      • Totally refined sugar–free desserts and indulgences that use nothing but natural sugars such as maple syrup, honey, and dried fruit. You will even learn how to make your own naturally sweetened chocolate chips.
      • Several useful guides to help you stock your kitchen with Paleo-approved ingredients and indispensable kitchen tools.


      If you are a down-to-earth cook switching to a Paleo lifestyle, you will be please with this cookbook. Paleo Home Cooking has everything that you are looking for to help you live a gluten-free lifestyle without giving up flavorful meals.  You will find a wide variety of recipes from appetizers to soups and salads to main dishes to desserts.  Sonia covers it all.  She also has a good section on “The Basics” to get your started.  I own a lot of Paleo cookbooks, yet most of her recipes were very unique.  I especially enjoyed the section she has on nut butters.  She dedicated an entire chapter to making a variety of amazing nut and seed butters right in your own kitchen.  I would purchase this book for that chapter alone.  It is that good.  This is a cookbook you will refer to again and again.

      ~Reviewed by Allie B.

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        The Paleo Cupboard Cookbook

        Product DetailsThe Paleo Cupboard Cookbook
        By Amy Densmore
        Victory Belt
        Retail Price: $34.95
        Amazon Price: $23.21

        Book Description:  In her new book The Paleo Cupboard Cookbook, acclaimed food blogger Amy Densmore presents an all-new and personalized approach to Paleo cooking–allowing you to tailor each dish to your unique tastes. Amy puts the focus on flavor, teaching you how to combine easy-to-find ingredients to create the flavors you love in your favorite dishes – all of which are grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free.

        Whether you are looking to lose weight, avoid food allergies, or simply want to achieve optimal health, The Paleo Cupboard Cookbook gives you easy ways to eat delicious food, feel great, and experiment with new flavors! With over 145 mouthwatering recipes and 4 weeks of complete meal plans and shopping listsThe Paleo Cupboard Cookbook shows firsthand that living a real food lifestyle doesn’t mean sacrificing variety or taste. Amy has made sure you will never feel deprived on a Paleo Diet, and you will get to eat delicious food every day, all without grains, gluten, dairy or refined sugar.

        Recipes Include:

        • Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles
        • Paleo Tortillas
        • BLT Scallops with Herb Mayo
        • Cajun Shrimp and Grits
        • Breakfast Pizza
        • Taco Soup
        • Honey Chipotle Meatballs
        • Paleo Pasta
        • Creamy Chocolate Mousse

        Inside you will also find:

        • 4 weeks of complete meal plans and shopping lists
        • A list of Paleo snack ideas that are great for both kids and adults
        • A comprehensive guide for using spices and herbs
        • A special index for 40 minute or less, nut-free, egg-free and kid-friendly recipes
        • How to make your own paleo basics such as almond flour, coconut flour, lard, tallow and much more!


        This is a great cookbook for those making the transition to a Paleo lifestyle.  While the author does offer a 4 week menu plan, this isn’t a diet book.  She just offers recipes of tasty food that follows the Paleo lifestyle and encourages clean, processed-free eating.  I like many things about this cookbook including way it is organized, the mouthwatering photographs of the finished meal, and the meal plans and shopping lists to make your transition to the Paleo lifestyle easier.  Amy also has an extensive section on herbs and spices that I found very enlightening.   I think this is a perfect cookbook for Paleo novices and their families. The recipes are appetizing and aren’t too “out there”, which is great when cooking for kids or non-Paleo eating spouses.  Yet it also has recipes that even the seasoned Paleo cook will find refreshing.  It is a must-have for your cookbook collection!

        ~Reviewed by Karen B.


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          The Plant-Based Journey


          Product Details

          The Plant-Based Journey: A Step-by-Step Guide for Transitioning
          to a Healthy Lifestyle and Achieving Your Ideal Weight
          by Lani Muelrath and T. Colin Campbell Ph.D.
          BenBella Books
          Retail Price:  $16.95
          Amazon Price: $13.58

          Book Description:  It’s been proven that a plant-based diet is good for your weight, health, budget, and the environment, but the proof hasn’t come with a game plan—until now.

          If you’ve ever wanted to make the plant-based switch but felt overwhelmed about where to start, we have good news: you don’t have to do it alone. The Plant-Based Journey provides the support you need every step of the way to make your transition into eating plant-based a fun and (ful)filling experience!

          Award-winning teacher, transition strategist, fitness expert and dietary coach Lani Muelrath has been on her own plant-based journey for more than 40 years and has helped thousands of clients lose weight and live more healthy and plant-filled lives. Here, she brings that experience to you, backed by scientific evidence. In this comprehensive, foolproof, and accessible five-step guide, Muelrath will empower you as you make your own dietary transition:

          Step 1: Awakening: Discover your “why” for eating plant-based
          Step 2: Scout: Assemble what you need for plant-based eating basics
          Step 3: Rookie: Increase the presence of plant foods on your plate with specific strategies and systems
          Step 4: Rockstar: Take your newfound plant-based eating success on the road and to social and family situations
          Step 5: Champion: Sharpen your skills for long-term plant-based living success

          In addition, in The Plant-Based Journey, Muelrath explains how exercise and your mindset support dietary change, and she also shares more than 20 recipes along with meal plan templates and ready-in-minutes meals that will have you pulling together delicious and satisfying meals with ease.

          Whether you’re a plant-based newbie looking to shed pounds or a seasoned vegan in search of fresh inspiration and navigational skills, The Plant-Based Journey is your essential, definitive guide—for a healthier, trimmer you.



          I have been reading a lot in the news about eating organic, juicing, etc.. My doctor even mentioned “eating raw,” that last time I was at his office. I decided to look further into it, but needed a guide to help me better understand it all. I picked up a copy of the Plant Based Journey and I’m so glad I did! It answered all my questions and provided me the info I needed, giving me a step by step template for navigating the transition to a more plant based diet. 

          ~Reviewed by Allie B.


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            Beeswax Alchemy

            Product DetailsBeeswax Alchemy
            By Petra Ahnert
            Quarry Books
            Retail Price: $25
            Amazon Price: $19.08

            Book Description:

            Modern beekeepers – take notice! Here we have the answer to one of the most common questions related to beekeeping: what do I do with all of this beeswax? In fact, the possibilities are seemingly endless! As beeswax has multiple holistic and decorative uses, projects can vary from beauty and health products to household items. Beeswax Alchemy is your first step towards using excess beeswax to make beautiful, useful gifts for friends, family, and even yourself. It offers a basic introduction to the art of extracting and purifying beeswax, as well as countless ideas for what to make with it. These include skin care creams, candles, and other home products like beeswax ornaments and wax fabric. So, get ready to suit up and collect some beeswax. There’s so much that you can do with it – and now you know how!


            This book was delightful!  There is  a bounty of information on how to use beeswax in a variety of different ways.    Beeswax is part of the rich harvest of the hive and is an entirely natural product that bees make from honey. For centuries it has been prized for making fine candles and preserving the rich shine on treasured furniture. But there is more to it than that. The recipes include health and beauty products, candles, ornaments and much much more.  This is a perfect book for those who want to live processed-free!

            ~Reviewed by Allie B.


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              400 Calories or Less with Our Best Bites

              Product Details400 Calories or Less with Our Best Bites
              By Sara Wells & Kate Jones
              Shadow Mountain
              Retail Price: $21.99
              Amazon Price: $16.12

              Book Descriptions:

              From the bestselling authors of Our Best Bites and Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites comes a unique cookbook for healthy eating. Inspired by the authors’ personal weight loss journeys, these healthy recipes, all under 400 calories, provide a wealth of ingredient option substitutions for comfort food main dishes, flavorful side dishes and yummy desserts.

              Each recipe includes mouthwatering photography, easy-to-follow instructions for swapping out healthy, low-calorie ingredient substitutions, and complete nutritional information including fat content, carbs and sugar and salt intake. Features vegetarian and gluten-free choices and tips for stocking a healthy pantry from ordinary grocery store options plus advice for making the best choices at the salad bar.


              I have all the Best Bite cookbooks and have never been disappointed, so I grabbed a copy of this one hoping for the same quality.  I was not disappointed.  As usual, the recipes are easy to put together for a weeknight dinner while keeping the calories down. Plus, love the “comfort food” factor! Every recipe I tried was so delicious and always a hit with my family.  I’ve been watching my weight and cooking meals from this cookbook have helped me to stay on track.

              ~Reviewed by Allie B.

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                The Healthy Heart Book


                The Healthy Heart Book
                By Morag Thow, Keri Graham, and Choi Lee
                Human Kinetics
                Retail Price $17.95
                Amazon Price: $13.29

                Book Description: 

                At last, answers, advice and support for the millions who have been diagnosed or are living with heart conditions! The Healthy Heart Book provides the blueprint for protecting your heart and living a healthy lifestyle. Inside, you’ll find out• what coronary heart disease is and how it can be treated,• emotional and physical considerations after a heart event,• how the risk of coronary heart disease can be assessed,

                • the most effective exercise for prevention and recovery,


                If you are interested in changing your lifestyle and incorporated heart-healthy principals into your life, than you will want to get a copy of this book.  It is full of practical advice covering not only diet and exercise, but also lifestyle issues such as stress.  It including heart-healthy recipes that actually taste good as well.  You don’t need to have had a heart attack or have heart disease to benefit from this book.  It is full of prevention tips and the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. I found it a very beneficial read.

                ~Reviewed by Allie B.


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                  Reversing Inflammation

                  Reversing Inflammation
                  By Don Colbert MD MD
                  Retail Price $16.99
                  Amazon Price: $13.41

                  Book Description: 

                  It is essential for the healing process since it is a programmed response necessary
                  for fighting infections and repairing damaged tissues. However, problems arise
                  when this inflammatory reaction becomes systemic and goes unchecked for
                  months or years. When this happens, the same chemicals used for healing can
                  cause weight gain and eventually trigger a host of deadly diseases.
                  Based on the life-changing principles shared in Dr. Colbert’s New York Times
                  best-selling books—tailored to specifically address inflammation—Reversing
                  Inflammation walks you through the process of building a healthy lifestyle.
                  With nutritional and alternative health tips, it reveals:
                  • What foods contribute to inflammation
                  • What foods control inflammation
                  • Groundbreaking research on how fat contributes to inflammation
                  • How to shop and eat out while on the anti-inflammatory diet
                  • Supplements that support weight loss and overall health
                  • And so much more!


                  My chiropractor recommended this book to me after I complained about back spasms and hip pain. He wanted me to start a core workout program and he also thought I wasn’t eating right. I began the core program immediately and started reading this book in earnest and it made a big difference in my life.  Every time I waiver from eating the foods that help keep the inflammation from my back & hips, and the pain that goes with it, I refer back
                  to this book for a refresher. It is a God send for sure, so much so that I keep it handy on my nightstand. The alternative to following Dr. Colbert’s advice is a daily dose of ibuprofen, which eventually will kill my liver and probably my kidneys. I find it miraculous that simply eating the right foods is the best medicine.

                  ~Reviewed by David H.

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                    The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet

                    The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet
                    By Cherie Calbom MS CN
                    Retail Price $17.99
                    Amazon Price: $15.80

                    Book Description: 

                    If you are experiencing joint pain, fatigue, or difficulty losing weight,
                    you might have chronic inflammation that comes from a poor diet.
                    Research shows that inflammation is at the root of nearly every disease
                    and ailment.  The good news is that just changing the type of foods you
                    eat can bring instant relief.
                    The anti-inflammatory diet is the answer. It’s the diet that remedies
                    conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.  It’s the path to recover
                    from just about every ailment—and it works.
                    The Juice Lady Cherie Calbom has teamed up with Chef Abby Fammartino,
                    of Abby’s Kitchen, for a four-week menu plan with easy, delicious recipes
                    in a new twenty-eight day program to mend and restore your body.
                    You will discover which foods to eat, which to avoid, and learn how to
                    prepare them into tasty meals that you and your family will love as you
                    heal your body and rejuvenate your life.


                    This really is a must read book. It started me on my way to healing. I was not feeling well for over a year, had digestive and allergy-type issues. Doctors just ordered nose sprays and helped me not at all. The digestive issues plagued me for years. I gave this a try and am hugely grateful! My digestion is over 100% better! This book  set me on the right path and gave me inspiration to eat in a way that heals.

                    Though it was chocked full of information, the book was presented well so you didn’t get overwhelmed.  The author did a wonderful job explaining the hows and whys and giving you the resources to succeed.  If you are looking to change your diet so you will feel better, than this book is for you!

                    ~Reviewed by Elaine W.

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