‘Clean Eating Alice’ is the pseudonym of Alice Liveing, an Instagram and fitspo superstar who seems to have exploded into everyone’s kitchens in 2016. Her healthy cookbook ‘Eat Well Everyday’ and workout ‘Body Bible’ book were best sellers and you couldn’t walk past a branch of WHSmith or Waterstones in January without seeing her face. If you haven’t heard of her, you must have been living under a rock!
With her friendly persona and to-die-for body she’s clearly a person who knows her stuff and her journey from an average, slightly overweight post uni body to a svelte, rock-hard abs and body to die for fitness guru makes her relatable and aspirational. Basically I want to be her (or at least look like her).
With that in mind I pre-ordered her latest cookbook ‘Eat Well Everyday’ in early December and forgot all about it until it landed on my doorstep on the 29th December. At the time I think I was in a post-Christmas food coma and shelved it until all the Celebrations and Christmas cake had been consumed. Come January I was ready for some healthy recipes and dug it out.
The book is broken down into sections for each meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Plates (a handful of recipes with the macros breakdown), and a ‘What I eat in a day’ style meal planner at the end.
The Breakfast Section
As a person with a young family, breakfast is always a ram-it-in-your-mouth-as-fast-as-you-can before dashing off to work kind of occasion, but nevertheless I enjoyed the pictures of the beautiful breakfasts regardless. I think this section of the book might be one for a retired Kate.
The Lunch Section
I’ve taken a few of these recipes into work recently and they’re always looked at enviously by my colleagues. The ‘Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chilli’ is my favourite so far. It’s been really good for a lunchtime wintery warm up.
The Dinner Section
This is primarily what I bought the book for. I don’t tend to make recipes for breakfast or lunch, but I cook from scratch every evening for dinner. My favourites so far are the ‘Harissa and Lime Salmon Parcels with Coconut Rice’ (see below) and the ‘Coriander and Chilli Grilled Chicken Fillets with Smashed Avocado and Will Rice’. Look out for one of the recipes making a feature here soon.
‘Eat Well Everyday’ by Clean Eating Alice – hit or miss?
Definitely a hit.
There are so many excellent recipes in here that don’t take hours to make or cost a fortune thanks to loads of exotic ingredients you’ve never even heard of. Some of them, like spicy chickpeas, might seem a tad straightforward but sometimes I think you just need some inspiration (rather than following a recipes exactly) and this book certainly does that. The information about macronutrients and why you should become healthier at the front were also really good and not patronising at all – which some fitness books can be.
If you’ve tried any of Alice’s recipes, let me know. I’m on the hunt for new ones after these.
Happy healthy cooking.
Around the Corner Fitness