If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen some pictures recently of some absolutely gorgeous looking healthy food. A few weeks ago I decided that I was going to stop calorie and macro tracking and just focus on eating nutritious healthy food, mostly made from scratch. I’m not the most adventurous cook and tend to stick to a few tried and tested recipes so I decided that it was time for some kitchen inspiration to stop me getting bored. I’d heard good things about Alice and her clean eating recipes and so I bought a copy of The Body Bible.
The Body Bible is part recipe book part workout guide and contains lots of hints and tips from Alice on leading a healthy and balanced life. It tells the story of Alice’s fitness journey, she was never huge but she did used to carry more fat that you see on her frame now despite being a dancer and dancing for hours on end. It wasn’t until Alice started paying attention to her diet that she started to see the changes that she wanted in her body composition.
I really like Alice’s ethos and approach to food. She talks about the importance of creating a calorie deficit to lose fat, and of having a rough idea of what you’re eating so you can make sure that you’re not eating more than you need to. The real focus here though is on eating a balance of nutritious foods that are satisfying and don’t leave you feeling like you’re on a diet and then combining that healthy eating with exercise that you enjoy.
The book is split about 50:50 into recipes and workouts. I’ve not tried any of the workouts but they all look like routines that you could do yourself at home with a small amount of kit. The recipe sections is split into breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The recipes fit onto one page and most have no more than a handful of ingredients – nice and simple which is what I like!
Eggs and avocado feature quite heavily in the breakfast section but there are also recipes for some sweeter breakfasts based on oats, fruit and greek yoghurt too. Last Sunday I made the butternut squash and crispy parma ham squeak with fried eggs. It was to die for.
Lots of the recipes work well for batch cooking. Last week I made up a batch of the butternut squash, kale, feta and pomegranate salad and had that with chicken for a couple of lunches during the week. It was absolutely delicious and I can see if becoming a regular lunch for me. I’ve also tried the mexican style spicy sweet potato and chicken bowl from the dinners section which works very well as a substantial lunch when heated up at work. I added some kale for some extra greenery.
I’m really impressed with the Body Bible so far and have lots of other recipes that I’m looking forward to trying. the only improvement that I could suggest to it is more pictures of the food. I’m someone who definitely eats with my eyes and I’m immediately drawn to recipes that have pictures and not all of them do. Despite that I still love it and it’s definitely not going to be one of those recipe books that sits gathering dust on the bookshelf, that’s for sure.
The Body Bible is available to buy online in both paperback and Kindle version.