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Keep It Real: Create a healthy, balanced and delicious life - for you and your family Hardcover – 11 Feb 2016

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Kite (11 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473619211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473619210
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 2.6 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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By Purpleheart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2016
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Calgary Avansino was born in California and started her career in the UK working for Vogue. If that is summoning up a bit of a stereotype of a blonde, quinoa eating, wellness lifestyle guru, then you're probably not far wrong. However, her clean eating ethos is one I believe in myself and which was succinctly summarised by Michael Pollan in seven words as "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."

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.
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By mellowpellow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2016
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This book is all about the `Clean Living` as it called these days, basically back to basics as did our predecessors. Buying fresh, no additives,no processed foods cooking from scratch. It starts by telling you all about the health benefits from living on mainly vegetable based meals and no processed foods, then moves on to clearing out your cupboards and fridge. It gives you ideas on storage, using containers for freezing , preparing food to keep ready in the fridge,and how to keep in your cupboards full of goodness.There is a chapter on sugar and how to stop using it then moves on to eating together as a family and then the all important recipes.
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:
Buckwheat tabbouleh
Curried wild rice salad
Herb and tufu summer rolls
Rainbow fried rice
Kale and tofu enchiladas
Black bean burgers
Vegan lasagne
Chocolate, cranberry and buckwheat cookies
Chocolate brownies
Popsicles
Smoothies

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.
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By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2016
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I am a sucker for a pretty cook/lifestyle book but I have to admit that sometimes there's not much substance underneath the stylised, aesthetically pleasing surface. Therefore I didn't have particularly high expectations from Keep It Real.

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.
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Clearly, honestly written, great pictures, I have a few of this type of book now and cant imagine my eating plan without them. They have improved my health no end. Refreshing, great, simple ideas not too complicated if you are a novice cook like me. Thoroughly enjoy actually reading this book and re-reading it over and over like a good book its so enjoyable.
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I am loving this book! Just tried out the broccoli 'meatballs' which were a hit and it's not easy to convince my children to try something new. Also I like the practical tips she gives on how to manage a busy life and healthy eating for the family. Looking forward to trying more recipes.
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I don't usually feel inspired enough by a cook book to write a review, but when it comes to 'Keep it Real', I totally was. The book is well made, accessible and engaging. About a third of the book are recipes and I always feel the real substance of a cookbook are how well the recipes turn out. Unlike many of the other books/authors in the 'vegan/healthy living space' whose recipes are, to put it fairly, rather foul; Calgary doesn't disappoint. All the recipes I've tried so far have been delicious. Being a vegetarian is always a labour of love, but this book makes it easy. I hope Calgary will write some more books, perhaps one with only recipes. If you're wondering which books to buy to be 'clean and lean', skip the others and go with this one.
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