eborah Klein, "The 200 SuperFoods That Will Save Your Life: A Complete Program to Live Younger, Longer"
McGraw-Hill | 2009 | ISBN: 0071625755 | 400 pages | File type: PDF | 2,7 mb
A total program to improve health and increase longevitycomplete with over 150 meal plans, recipes and tips
Forget what you cant eat. The 200 SuperFoods That Will Save Your Life gives you the healthy news about foods you should eat and enjoy, including sweet, yet healthy indulgences like tomatoes, guacamole, and semisweet chocolate chips. More than just a list of foods, this encyclopedic guide contains recipes, dietary advice and meal plans to get you to your healthiest level ever. Author Deborah Klein provides a comprehensive tour of the worlds healthiest foods, as well as tips for incorporating them into a diet. This is a one-stop resource for information on how to live healthier and longer.
Summary: How to use 200 "Superfoods" in every meal, every day and improve your health
We all read those print and web articles entitled "The 8 Superfoods You Must Eat Now!" and the list variesusually it contains broccoli, oranges, blueberries, flaxseed, fish oil, etc etc. How can you absorb all that information floating around unless you have a photographic memory? Well, this book has a list of the 200 "Superfoods" which are foods that have various health properties. It organizes them by type (carbohydrate, starchy carb, fibrous carb, fruit, oils, proteins, grains and herbal "free foods") and then provides "Livit" recipes for you to incorporate them regularly into your diet. Eating superfoods as a matter of course as the main part of your diet is the way to health as opposed to a handful of broccoli now and then on a fast food potato, to be sure.
Each food has a "how to buy" (for example, collards should be deep green with no wilt or yellowing.) Then there are facts and nutritional data. On collards, the interesting fact is that bruising or cutting the leaves and letting them sit is believed to convert inactive compounds to the health-giving isothiocyanates. This is something I did not know. The recipe is not traditional soul food "greens" (those long-cooked and delectable Southern style soupy greens.) Instead it's "Mediterranean-Style"a chiffonade of the greens to provide tenderness as collards are TOUGH, then steamed, dressed in lemon and olive oil and garlic and served with a sunflower seed topping. I'd ditch the sunflower seed topping and add chopped olives or pine nuts, myself. So the recipe is just ok, but the food facts are fascinating here.
There are all kinds of recipes, though, including a healthy Morning Glory Muffin (I love those) and all recipes have nutritional data and calorie content. There are recipes that families will like, such as smoothies (with white tea and strawberries), Eggamuffin breakfasts with sprouted grain muffins and eggwhite or egg, burritos and things kids like.
The sample "Livit" menus are organized by daily calorie limit and there is a 1200 calorie menu and an 1800 calorie menu, so these could be used by women and men who are dieting or wish to limit their food intake.
The recipes are NOT vegan, or even vegetarian. Meats and fish are included as well as dairy products. So vegetarians won't be completely thrilled with this book, though I think it has sufficient information on superfoods to allow even a vegan to adapt most of the content of the book. The real value, in my opinion, is to let you create a way of life diet for the whole family, and even lose weight if you want, while at the same time incorporating the most nutritionally valuable foods every day. For this reason, as well as for the in-depth facts and information, I'm giving this book five stars and I really recommend it highly for just about anybody.