Keep It Real: Create a healthy, balanced and delicious life - for you and your family Hardcover – 11 Feb 2016
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Let well-being expert Calgary Avansino guide you on how to create a well-balanced - and delicious - life for you, and your family in this healthy living bible focused on living a plant-based lifestyle.
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Eat * Feel * Live WELL - recipes to help you feel great and look amazing
Let Calgary into your kitchen to inspire you with her sought-after advice on healthy eating and her delicious plant-based recipes - for you, your family and friends. Discover why it's so important to eat real foods, how to cut down on sugar, processed food and gluten and how to boost the plant power in your life. Brimming with practical advice, including ideas for healthy swaps and meal plans, you too can make healthy eating second nature.See all Product Description
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The food is to be 'real food', not processed and removed from food our grandparents would have recognised. Avansino recognise that such convenience foods have gained a hold on us because we feel so time poor. In this book she seeks to give some tips on how to organise yourself to be able to eat real food in a convenient way. Her plant based approach does not mean becoming vegetarian or vegan but is about including plant based foods at every meal and snack. There's nothing new or ground breaking here but it's communicated in an appealing way and is good for inspiration.
There are a few pages with lists such as The filthy 15 and the clean 15, a list of sugars and sweeteners, lunchbox ideas, what to keep ready prepared in the fridge, tips from the experts `the kids` and more.
Some of the recipes are:
Curried wild rice salad
Herb and tufu summer rolls
Rainbow fried rice
Kale and tofu enchiladas
Black bean burgers
Chocolate, cranberry and buckwheat cookies
I would say about a third of the book is recipes.
Some of the ingredients are expensive and not all are in the supermarket. If you were to go into this way of eating overnight there is a lot of prep and shopping. Personally I would do it gradually so as to ease the family gently into this way of eating and living.It would be quite easy to eat this way most of the time. This way of living is becoming more popular but is not for all of us.There is a fair bit of reading before you get started.The book contains some nice pictures, is printed on good quality paper and is hardbacked.
I prefer to cook from scratch with the occasional treat, this book has done nothing really to make me want to go and empty my cupboards and restock.
I have learned a lot from this book, especially the information on the filthy fifteen, suitable fruit and veg for freezing and really useful hints on preparation for the week ahead which makes a healthier diet much more feasible and less time consuming. As well as lots of tasty recipes, there are many ideas for healthy snacks and ways to introduce new foods to your family. Although my children are now teens, this advice on including new tastes and textures is still valid as they are fussy eaters and we'd like to reduce our meat consumption generally without spending a fortune on new ingredients.
My son has a nut allergy and I was pleased to see a wider variety of vegetarian and vegan options without the compulsory inclusion of nuts. It's still difficult to source plant based dishes without nuts but Keep It Real has more available than other cookery/lifestyle books in this range and is perhaps more down to earth in its approach to eating better.
If you have a young family and are keen to include more plant based meals in your weekly menu, then this is an ideal place to start.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am so happy I found this book. I use it to fuel my body pre/post ballet class, feed my little son who is weaning on delicious nutritious recipes and cook for my husband and I. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Merroneymaria
Good and imaginative recipes, but pretentious, annoying pictures in which the author poses like a celeb. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Silly01
I was really impressed this book, it's the first time I've read a cook book from cover to cover on receipt. Probably because this is so much more than a book full of recipes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Very Tired Mummy
This is a non-judgmental and extremely practical guide to whole food plant based eating.
You won’t find any militant veganism in here! Read more
I wish I'd had this book when my family were younger! It has easy, accessible tips and ways to help you and your family enjoy a healthy plant based diet that is succulent and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jay Rainbow
Here we have another lifestyle / healthy eating manual to get us all eating better and so hopefully feeling better too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Lumley