Eating clean isn't about eating every scrap of food off your dinner plate; it's about eating as close to the food source as possible. Fig Newtons, for example, are healthy but not clean. The cleanest fig food would be the fig itself, followed by fig preserves.
Also known as a Mexican Yam or a Mexican Turnip, jicama's tuberous root is edible. I really was hoping our family would like it. Dr. Oz, the cardiac surgeon turned TV celebrity, lists jicama on his Longevity Grocery List. It's high in potassium, which reduces blood pressure.
I made a watermelon and jicama salad from a recipe by Food Network Star Bobby Flay. The reviews were glowing: "Amazing! Like sunshine and happiness mixed in a bowl," gushed one cook. I was so hopeful. Look at this photo from the Food Network's website.
I nibbled a bit of jicama chunks (I couldn't get them to cut so neatly into those "matchsticks") as I waited for my husband to come home from work. Hmmm... the jicama was pretty tasteless. Kind of like watercress. Surely Flay's recipe, which includes orange juice, lime juice and honey, would make it flavorful.
During dinner, I tried to make sure I had watermelon mixed in with the jicama on each forkful so its flavor wouldn't overwhelm me. I noticed my husband had pushed all the jicama slices to the side of his plate and was just eating the watermelon.
I looked over at my son.
"This tastes like dirt," he said. He should know. He's ingested plenty of dirt as a middle school baseball catcher.
Three strikes. This so-called wonder vegetable is out.