It is summer! Finally! Can someone let the weather department know? Our vegetable patch is looking distinctly unimpressed at the persistent rain and cool weather in our part of the UK.
Nevertheless, as we start thinking about warmer days and vacations ahead, many of us may be trying to shed some of our winter layers. Being healthy is about getting active as well as eating well so we were delighted to check out some healthy cookbooks. We also have a giveaway on one of the best healthy eating books we have seen in some time.
Disclaimer – we were sent these books to review. All opinions expressed are our own and we were not paid to post the review.
Fitness Gourmet RRP £25
by Christian Coates (Jacqui Small Publishers)
What is it about?
More than just a diet, this is a book for people who want to eat smart whilst incorporating an active lifestyle. – Recipes are adaptable to those who want to lose weight (burn), those who want to maintain it (balance) and those who want to gain lean muscle weight (build).
The book runs on the premise that high protein intake is good, carbohydrates are mainly reserved to active days or at least minimised to breakfast and dinner (if you are looking to lose weight). Lunch and afternoon snack times are good for carbohydrates for fuelling your energy through the day.
The recipes are delicious. From coconut pancakes with papaya and nut butter, to lamb kofta with beeetroot tzatziki. Steak and salsify chips to home made baked beans with parmesan cornbread. This will satisfy the gourmet dieter, and if I had time I would make myself a meal plan based on this book. As it is I have sampled most of the breakfasts, made some of the snack ideas and been using my Optimum 9400 high speed blender by Froothie to prep smoothies and nut milks. I am working on the lunch/dinner ideas now, they are varied and flavourful. Check out these chocolate oat cereal bars I made inspired by a recipe in this book.
People who want a flexible diet.
People who work out and need a diet that has options for more active days.
What is good?
Essentially a book that adapts to your needs – diet plans run from weight loss for sedentary lifestyles, to meal ideas for competitive athlete training most days and wanting to build up.
Most recipes are adapted to suit lower and higher energy density requirements so that you won’t be deprived if you are dieting and you will still be able to use the book post-diet.
Great recipes, well balanced and won’t leave you feeling hungry.
What is not so good?
The recipes are delicious but will need you to plan and organise your shopping list.
Some of the recipes are ingredient heavy so some meal planning and organization is needed if you are going to use the book to do your weekly meals.
Bottom line – If you enjoy good food and are committed to ‘clean eating’ then this is the book for you. We think this book offers truly new ideas for healthy eating and you will never get bored. We love it. Our kids love lots of the recipes too so even if you are trying to lose weight but have a family to feed, the adaptable recipes are perfectly suited to family meals.
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Some other healthy cookbooks we have been sent to review-
Gut Gastronomy (RRP £30).
by Vicki Edgson and Adam Palmer (Jacqui Small Publishers)
Review – A diet derived by the team at leading UK health spa Grayshott Hall, this book aims to help improve your digestion, so has recipes designed to be cleansing and healing. The chefs at Grayshott Hall have worked with Vicki Edgson to create a book of recipes that are balanced, flavourful and healthy, whilst being focused on improving your gut health. Some of this makes sense – the use of fermented foods for example to boost the healthy bacteria in your gut.
I remain unconvinced about the need for alkaline diets, one of the central tenets of this book. As a practising clinical doctor who regularly measures blood acid levels in my patients I can tell you that very few have a pH (acidity level) that is approaching ‘acid’ levels and the body is perfectly capable of maintaining balance in general (unless you are seriously ill, in which case you are likely to be in hospital). It could be that the proponents of alkaline diets are referring to is urinary acidity. Whilst it is possible to influence this by diet, it is not a reflection of the body acid levels as a whole. However since so very many people seem to swear by this approach to eating I am saying ‘live and let live’ and certainly the recipes in this book are incredibly attractive and tasty- as you would expect from the chefs at a top spa. Many of them are likely to be ones you would do when entertaining (ballotine of guinea fowl for example) but I like the ideas and have enjoyed trying some of them out. Like making summer fruits en papillote and my own granola!
Greens 24/7 (RRP £14.99)
Jessica Nadel (Apple Press).
Whilst we all know we need to eat 5 fruit and vegetables per day, it is clear that green is the colour that is most nutrient packed when it comes to the rainbow of vegetables we should aim to consume.
Anyone who is anyone has a green smoothie every now and then (add some lime to cut the ‘leaf’ taste of spinach if you are a newbie). And cakes with veggies are something that are very on trend.
This book nicely lays out the variety of green vegetables the writer is going to use through her book, from courgettes to kale, and lists why they are good for you. There is also a list of other important ingredients she features in her recipes, so you can stock up on essential ingredients that feature through the book. There are over 100 recipes, from main meals to cakes, all contain green vegetables. They looks tasty, are varied, all vegetarian and photographed well.
A great book to turn to if you want some healthy eating recipes, and are looking to boost your intake of green vegetables in some creative and tasty ways.
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