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Plant Based Cookbook

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Going vegetarian was an important decision for me but it has also been difficult to plan meals and keep up variety. It was also hard to explain my choices to family members and friends. Plant Based Cookbook makes the guess-work easy. It breaks down how to eat a plant-based diet and fantastic recipes to go along with it.

Plant Based Cookbook Food & Drink BoutiqueAbout Plant Based Cookbook

The health benefits of a plant-based diet are at your fingertips in this all-inclusive cookbook with 200 hearty vegetarian and vegan recipes, from basics such as stocks and sauces to appetizers, meatless mains, bakes and casseroles, grains and pasta, tofu, tempeh, and seitan, desserts, and more.

The Plant-Based Cookbook also provides nutritional information, tips on transitioning to a plant-based diet, making your favorite recipes meat-free, sources of protein, cooking techniques and tools, and advice for the newbie on easy-to-do plant-based cooking.

My Thoughts

A fantastic resource for those starting out on their journey to becoming a vegetarian and those who have already been on this path for a while. This cookbook will also be helpful for family members to understand the vegetarian diet and learn a variety of recipes to cook for their family members (it isn’t all about eating vegetables!).

The hardcover cookbook contains 200 recipes with plenty of different options to choose from, not a fan of a certain vegetable or bean – no worries! Turn the pages and you will find plenty of other options. The book is divided into sections from breakfast to sides to desserts and breads. She also includes easy substitutes in her recipes if you are not a huge fan of a certain fruit or vegetable. The photography is stunning in this cookbook, large bold images span each page that make your mouth water!

The only thing I wish was included in this book was a breakdown of the nutritional value. I could easily add the recipes into my phone app but having it ready would have been nice too.

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.

Rating: 5/5

About the Author

Trish Sebben-Krupka is a chef, culinary educator, cookbook author, and freelance editor. She is the owner of Local Girl Makes Food, a personal chef and culinary education business catering to clients interested in vegan, vegetarian, and eco-friendly diets. She is a former corporate chef for the Viking Culinary Center and Carl Schaedel and Co., Inc., where she created original recipes and menus; taught culinary classes in home food preservation, plant-based cooking, and sustainable cuisine.

Disclosure: I received this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Complete Family Nutrition Book Review

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Keep your family healthy with Complete Family Nutrition, your ultimate guide to nutrition and recipes geared towards the busy family.

Complete Family Nutrition Book Review

About Complete Family Nutrition

Keeping our families healthy and nourished can be difficult in today’s fast-paced, eat-on-the-go lifestyle. It can be confusing to figure out who in your family needs-and doesn’t need-which nutrients as they grow.

Complete Family Nutrition is here to help. It is a one-stop visual guide to the best, most-balanced diet for every family member, from infants to adults. Ideal for busy parents and families concerned with eating healthy, Complete Family Nutrition explains how nutrition can promote healthy weight, optimal memory, growth and development, digestive health, and balanced moods. It discusses the essential nutrients (and serving sizes) that each family member needs, and includes details on proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, and salt.

Fifty easy-to-follow recipes are included so that you can help keep your family on track.

Family Nutrition Book Review

My Thoughts

A fantastic resource and recipe guide for the whole family. Each section is broken down by need (children, babies, prenatal, diabetic, etc..). It also includes helpful suggestions on the important nutrients, actual serving sizes (which is super helpful for someone who grew up in an Italian family!) and helpful tips and ideas. I love her background and she writes honestly and full of explanation. This is not a book that will leave you puzzled about proper nutrition but instead leave you inspired and ready to tackle your New Years resolutions! Jane truly lives nutrition and healthy living and this shines through her book. I love her statement that “food nourishes your life, not just your body” and have tried to embody this saying.

Her recipes are incredibly easy to follow and delicious. All of the ingredients are simple, healthy items you should be able to find in your pantry or refrigerator and if not head out to the grocery store to stock up! You will not be disappointed as they are full of flavour and taste.

Rating: 5/5

About the Author

Jane Clarke, BSc (Honours) SRD, is Britain’s most trusted Nutritionist
and a trained Cordon Bleu Chef, whose belief is grounded in the simple statement that: ‘food nourishes your life, not just your body’.

Jane’s mission is to change people’s lives through the power of nourishment and she has pursued this ambition through her extensive writing, TV presenting, personal appearances, charity work and private practices, which she has run for over 15 years.

Jane continues to inspire and inform the great British public by writing for a variety of publications. She has written for, amongst others: The Daily Mail, Observer, London Times and The Mail on Sunday. Jane is one of the most influential Health Writers in the UK and Europe today.

Also a qualified Dietician she continues to spearhead Nutrition and Dietetic practices in London and Leicester advising some of Britain’s leading professional sports people and many of the world’s biggest music and media personalities whilst also continuing to treat young children, teenagers and adults with health problems such as Diabetes, IBS, Dementia, Depression and Jane runs a specialist Cancer and Dementia Nutrition practice in Marylebone, just around the corner to the major London Oncology Centres and hospitals. You can visit Jane on her website.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Complete Family Nutrition in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Energy Bites Book Review

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Welcome to the new year! Many of you may be already making resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight and to get active. I know many of these are on my on long-term goal lists. Eating healthy is a long-term commitment, that sometimes we can find ourselves unsure of where to start and what food choices to begin with. Energy Bites turns snacks into protein packed and energy fueled nutrition for your body and overall health.

Energy Bites Book Review

About Energy Bites

15 flavorful recipes for high-protein, bite-sized balls of balanced nutrition to increase vitality and wellness.

Keep your blood sugar steady and your energy levels high with the ultimate snack for active lifestyles: protein balls.

Energy Bites features 15 bake and no-bake vegetarian recipes for sweet and savory bite-sized balls to feed your need for a healthy treat. A core of protein-rich ingredients combine with low-GI carbohydrates and healthy fats in frozen avocado balls, yellow lentil seed balls, kale and seaweed balls, and more. Step-by-step photography, explanations of cooking techniques, and a special infographic feature will have you building and creating your own recipes in no time.

Whether you are looking for a post-workout refuel, an intense immunity boost, a healthy midday pick-me-up, or a nutritious on-the-go treat for kids, Energy Bites has a super snack that will help you achieve your goal without having to compromise on flavor.

Energy Bites DK Canada

My Thoughts

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this extremely helpful recipe book. It was easy to follow with clear directions (and substitutions you can make) along with bright, bold and delicious looking photographs. The ingredients I did have to pick up as some were not ingredients that I commonly stored but it was well worth it. I tried out the Banana Peanut Butter bites, Spicy Sweet Potato bites and Fruit bites. My personal favourite was the fruit bites and I added in some Goji berries! They were delicious, it was actually hard to stop eating them. I made several batches and kept them ready in the fridge to go as a snack. They made the perfect snack for work (easy to pop out for a quick break at the desk and not messy), late night snack or an early morning bite with my coffee. The book also includes the caloric breakdown for each item to help you with your meal planning. Energy Bites will be the perfect addition to your recipe book collection!

Rating: 5/5

About the Author

Kate Turner is a biodynamic gardener, forager, home chef, author of the popular blog Homegrown Kate, and mother of three. Annie Nichols is a respected culinary writer, home economist, photographer, and stylist.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Energy Bites in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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