Katzie Guy-Hamilton is both a pasty chef and a health coach and her approach to eating is to eat clean…most of the time. And to recognize that there are times when you want a treat and that is ok. She provides recipes for both clean, healthy, wholesome plant-based meals and tasty treats that still honor your body’s need for nutrition.
I have an eating disorder. It started as anorexia when I was 12 and, like many people with eating disorders it spirals from anorexia to bulimia. I wish I could say that I am passed it, but I have had to accept that, for me, it will probably be something I will deal with for the rest of my life. Although in all honesty, it is nothing like what it was when I was a teenager. The thing that has made the biggest change for me is focusing on nourishing my body, focusing on vitamins and minerals. That never occurred to me in the 1980s when I was growing up, it was all about calories, not nutrition. For me, eating a whole food plant based diet has helped tremendously. I have read of and spoken to a lot of other people who suffer with eating disorders who have found the same thing: whole food, plant based, the less animal products the better and I actually have a theory that there is something in processed foods that triggers binging and for those of us with eating disorders, after binging comes purging. But I have no proof of that, it’s purely anecdotal.
I love Katzie Guy-Hamilton’s approach because I think it’s realistic. I think eating whole food, plant based meals is important to get the vitamins, minerals and protein our bodies need. But I think we all crave sweets once in a while and having some good recipes for fairly healthy sweets is imperative when those cravings hit.
My daughters and I tried the Cinnamon Carrot Lemonade and found it to be super delicious and refreshing! I was also really excited to have an actual recipe for Gold Milk because I love ordering it in cafès but I had no idea how to make it. Also, I am excited for a chai latte that uses rooibos instead of black tea since I don’t do much caffeine!
The granola recipe looks amazing–the ingredients are on my grocery list! And I am buying apple cider for the overnight oats! I have made overnight oats many times with almond milk, but never thought to add apple cider and I can not wait to try it!!
There are recipes for things like sumac and gigante beans–which I have never heard of and don’t know where to buy, which is kind of a turn off with cookbooks for me. But I am excited to try both the Gentle Lentils and the Blistered Miso Sweet Potatoes.
The recipes for treats all look amazing! I have been trying to eat vegan desserts lately and all of the recipes contain eggs and dairy, but I did earmark a couple for my daughters to try and they look delicious!
I would like to thank Netgalley and The Experiment Publishing for my copy in exchange for my honest review.