I hope that those of you who follow me because we share a love of fiction will not mind if I review some vegan/vegetarian books and some yoga books.
I have been a vegetarian for 30 years and lately, more and more I am finding that I don’t want to eat dairy or eggs. I know that part of this is that being a vegetarian has changed so much in the last ten years. More and more people are eating healthier, organic and plant based – it’s no longer just for crunchy hippie types. There are tons of blogs and cookbooks for plant based dishes and the innovation has been amazing! Thirty years ago, at 16, I lived on vegetarian chili, pasta, salads and peanut butter sandwiches. Now there are so many amazing and delicious recipes and more and more I am finding that I don’t want to eat dairy and eggs because there is just no reason to and I feel better when I don’t.
I will say that I don’t judge other people for eating meat or dairy or eggs. I think we all need to do what makes us feel our best and I think often there is a learning curve with that. I will also say that although I do follow a plant-based lifestyle, I don’t follow it blindly, I do my own research and I do what makes sense for me and for my family.
There are so many different ways to eat – paleo, vegan, raw food, Mediterranean – and they all claim to be the healthiest for you. How are you supposed to know what is really the best way to eat? Everyone agrees that more plants and less meat; more whole foods and less processed foods are healthy so start there. Then listen to your body. Moderation is key. Drink plenty of water. Move around more. Anything that seems extreme is probably not the best idea.
I am so happy to be part of the book review community and when I signed up for Netgalley, I never thought about the possibility of reviewing vegan and vegetarian books or yoga books, but those are things that I am passionate about, too and so I hope you will bear with me.
Some of the things I LOVE about this book: There are bulk cooking recipes, 30 minute recipes and lunch box recipes! As a busy mom who tries to eat healthy, I appreciate being able to make food ahead of time or quickly.
My daughters and I tried the Recovery Smoothie which is like a decadent chocolate milkshake and soooo good and creamy and delicious! I also made the Lentil Balls with Zesty Rice and my husband said to put it in the rotation! My daughter is dying to make the Pumpkin Maple Donut Holes but she’s decided that sounds very fall-ish so she is forcing herself to wait until fall.
The Cauliflower Curry Grill Packets, Campfire French Toast and Campfire Banana Splits seem like they could be fun for camping. We are going to a vegan potluck soon and I am planning to make the Peanut Butter S’Mores Dip.
I love the author’s take on ethnic dishes like Kluski – like the author’s father, my father is Polish, too, and I was excited to have a vegan option for this! I was also excited to have vegan recipes for hearty fall and winter meals like pot pies. I find it’s easy to be vegan in warm weather when fresh fruit and vegetables are plentiful for salads and it’s a little more of a struggle when fall hits and there are not a lot of stick-to-your-ribs hearty meal options…but innovative folks like Jackie Sobon are creating delicious, hearty vegan recipes and for that, they are my heroes!
I would like to thank Netgalley and Fair Winds Press for my copy!