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Friday, June 10, 2011

Whole Foods To Thrive by Brendan Brazier Blog Tour and Contest

Whole Foods to Thrive
by Brendan Brazier
Penguin Canada
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Description: What impact do food choices have on your health? Have you ever been curious as to where your food came from, who grew it, and the path it took to get to your table? Have you every wondered how much of each natural resource was used to produce your food—in other words, the soil-to-table environmental cost? In Whole Foods to Thrive, Brendan Brazier clearly explains how nutrient-dense, plant-based foods are the best choice, not only for your health but also for the health and sustainability of the planet.

Versatile and packed with flavor, whole foods have an abundance of health benefits for those who want sustainable energy, high-quality sleep, physical strength, and mental sharpness. Whole Foods to Thrive builds upon Brendan’s stress-busting, energy-boosting approach to nutrition and food introduced in his acclaimed bestseller The Thrive Diet, and includes 200 delicious, easy-to-make, plant based recipes that are all allergen-free and contain no wheat, yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, or corn.

• Breakfast Cereals • Salads • Dressings, Dips, and Sauces • Soups and Sides • Burgers, Wraps, Pizza, and Rice Bowls• Cookies, Ice Cream, and Pies • Kale Chips and Nori Crisps• Energy Bars and Gels

Features recipes for dishes such as • Gorilla Food Green Tacos • Quinoa Falafels • Indian-Spiced Lentil Hemp Burgers • Maple Crispy Rice Treats.

The Good Stuff
  • Brilliantly and extremely thoroughly researched
  • Explained in depth but not too scholarly so that the everyday person can understand
  • Really gives some intriguing arguments on why you should eat this way, if you want to kick stress out of your life and get better sleep (Hell - I could do some of that by fostering out my kids)
  • Author is obviously dedicated to research and belief in what he is talking about
  • Obviously works, since the boy is in phenomenal shape
  • Good variety and selection of recipes for all meals 
  • If I had the time and money I would very much like to change over to his way of eating.This would be too difficult at this point in our life, but I will definitely be putting some of what I learned to improve our meals
  • Book itself is organized wonderfully with the inclusion of in-depth notes and resources
  • Must go find some Sacha Inchi seeds -- thinking probably not in Bolton - but if anyone knows where I can find them, give me a shout

The Not so Good Stuff
  • If you live in a small town like I do, the ingredients, when you could actually find them, were very expensive
  • Many of the meals there is no way in hell my kids would even try so it would be difficult to completely change over our eating habits - especially since I am not making different meals for everyone
  • Won't lie, would have liked some pictures to go with the recipes -- would have made them a bit more intriguing
Favorite Recipes

  • Dilled Spinach Salad with Avocado (Pg. 150)
  • Spinach Cream Soup (Pg. 170)
  • Spiced Sesame Sauce (Pg. 210)
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • For whole food enthusiasts -- it is a must have
  • a good introduction for someone interested in making a serious change in their diet
  • Better suited for someone who has easier access to unusual and organic ingredients
3.75 Dewey's

Sacha Inchi Baked Apple Cinnamon Cereal (pg 137).

Chocolate Almond Smoothie with Sacha Inchi Milk
Rich in protein and omega-3, this smoothie will keep you going for hours with sustainable, non-stimulating energy.
Time: 5 minutes • Makes about 3 ½ cups (2 large servings)
1 banana
2 fresh or presoaked dried dates
1 cup water
1 cup Sacha Inchi Milk (or chocolate variation) (see p. 126)
¼ cup almonds (or 2 tbsp raw almond butter)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp hemp protein powder
1 tbsp roasted carob powder
• In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Canada Only
Ends June 17, 2011 at 12PM (EST)
In Comments (With your email address included) just tell me why you wanna try the products
Prize: Contains six Vega smoothie mixes (either Shake & Go Smoothie mixes or Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer mixes) in an assortment of flavours like Vanilla Chai, Bodacious Berry, and Choc-a-Lot.

Check out the other fantastic blogs participating

May 23 The Literary Word
May 24 Jacob’s Beloved
May 25 In the Next Room
May 26 Tales of a Ranting Ginger
May 27 Library of Clean Reads
May 30 Lavender Lines
May 31 A Bookworm’s World
June 1 Rowangarth Farm
June 2 Thrifty Momma’s Tips
June 3 Books and Quilts
June 6 Book Blab
June 7 Jennifer’s Story
June 8 Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
June 9 Simple Stacie

I received the book from Penguin in exchange for an honest review 

1 comment:

  1. I would love to try these products. I very recently went raw vegan for 10 days and am still, mmmmm 80 % raw. definitely becoming vegetarian but not sure about the 100 % ra just yet. I think this product would be a welcome addition to my diet.