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Honestly Healthy for Life: Healthy Alternatives for Everyday Eating Hardcover – 31 Mar 2014
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'All kinds of benefits, from better digestion and healthier hair to higher energy levels and improved immunity.'
'With its mouth-watering photography and great recipes, there’s every reason you’d want a copy on your kitchen shelf.’(Health & Fitness)
'Even better than the Victoria Beckham-approved first one; we’re mildly obsessed with the coconut balls. Yum.'(Farrah Storr Women's Health)
'With over 130 recipes, you and your family will never get bored or go hungry. From angelic mince pies to quick lunches to hangover cures, Honestly Healthy for Life recipes are refreshingly down to earth and practical.'(Anna Hunter Get The Gloss)
"After the success and feedback from their first book, Natasha and Vicki have now released Honestly Healthy For Life. This book incorporates eating alkaline in all areas of life, such as at BBQs, birthday parties and Christmas. They have also transformed some wickedly-devlish desserts into guilt-free sweet treats..."(Daily Express Online)
'New recipe book from alkaline eating gurus Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson which has an amazing salad recipe mixing peach, rocket, feta and butternut squash. I’m also desperate to make the book’s alternative Bounty bars made with coconut, cashews and cacoa – but am not sure I can be trusted not to eat the lot...'(Helen Foster Healthista)
About the Author
Natasha Corrett is a gourmet vegetarian chef and young entrepreneur. Her passion for cooking started at 16 in the kitchens of her father’s restaurant and her interests in nutrition stem from a personal quest to be healthier. Since launching Honestly Healthy in 2010, Natasha has become the leader of alkaline cooking and has trained chefs to cook the Honestly Healthy way in five-star hotels in Mauritius, the Maldives and in London. Her pioneering food delivery service – Fridge Fill – provides UK customers with delicious and bespoke ready-made cleanses and plans. She is passionate about the way in which the food industry is affecting our environment, so her message of eating alternative healthy foods runs more than skin deep. She is also a contributor to Harper’s Bazaar online, Women’s Health, Huffington Post and Positive Luxury. She was recently appointed an Ambassador for the GREAT campaign. www.HonestlyHealthyFood.com
Vicki Edgson is a well-recognised nutritional therapist and naturopath, now practising in London, Majorca and Miami. Her reputation stems from her working alongside a wide range of medical doctors and specialists, empowering people to better understand how their bodies work and the nourishment they require. With several television series to her name, including Diet Doctors for Channel 5 and Fat Nation for the BBC in the UK, she is also a well-known author for health and nutrition in all the international media. She has also been running bespoke lifestyle retreats across the globe for the last 11 years. www.vickiedgson.com
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The first part of the book is more literature than recipies - but that's OK as the whole HH approach is about making life long changes - so I really enjoyed reading the information given in this section such as where foods registered on the acid/alkaline scale, how eating alkaline can help a range of heath issues such as fertility and cardiovascular problems. There is also a very handy 5 day meal planner an a HH larder list.
Moving onto the recipie section, they are not divided up into the standard breakfast - lunch - dinner - pudding sections, instead we have -
1. On the Go
2. Lazy Times
3. Hell of a Hullabaloo
4. a Breath of Freshair
5. Hostess with the Mostess
6. Fixers and Boosters
Each chapter comes with their own sub headers within, so for example the first chapter is headed 'On the Go' but has sub sections such as 'Morning Quickies', 'Lunch on the Move' and 'Sunday Prep'. So I would recomend taking the time to read through the book and familiarising yourself with the recipies in each section, then you can fit them into what you would think of as breakfast - lunch...etc..
The recipies at a quick glance contain -
1. Puy Lentil, Brown Rice and Sweet Potaot Salad
2. Raw Green curry with Courgette Noodles
3. Chocolate Kale Chips
4. Vegetable Crumble in a Creamy Thyme Sauce
5. Sesame Burgers
6. Melt in the Mouth Doughnuts
7. Orange and Almond Cake
To name but a few....
So why am I giving it 3 stars, well I am a bit dubious about the clams made in the book in terms of fertility and mood - I believe that there are multiple affcting factors that can influence particular health issues - and diet is not the 'cure all' for these problems - but I do belive that it can help.
Secondly - this book is for people that are already well into healthy eating and have a palate that is ready to accomodate the HH approach. It is a big shock to not only the bodily 'system' but to the taste buds if you are heading into this book from an un-healthy or even a meat/dairy eater position. It is a predominantly Vegan, Vegetarian, raw cook book - and it uses some ingerdients that can be difficult to source. So if you are already a Vegan or a very healthy eater and looking to refine your diet to the next level then this is the book for you. If however, you are looking for healthy recipies that are a little more forgiving and accesible then I would recomend Dale Pinnocks new book 'Healthy Every Day'.
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