domenica 20 novembre 2011

Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes

thrive-foods.jpgA few months ago Nicole reviewed The Thrive Diet by Triathlete, Brendan Brazier.

In a few weeks, Brendan will release the companion to his vegan diet entitled Thrive Foods.

If you've been wanting to eat more plant based meals, then the 200 recipes provided by this new recipe book may get you off to a great start.

The book begins with a forward from Hugh Jackman who has been following Brazier's diet for the last couple years as well as relying on it to prepare for his movie roles.

Thrive Foods focuses heavily on the environmental impact our food choices make. Brazier developed what he calls the "nutrient to resource ratio". This takes into account the amount of resources it takes to produce the food, compared with the amount of nutrients that can be obtained from the food source.

Brandon Brazier says that if a person would just eat a plant based breakfast everyday for one year, it would reduce the carbon emissions by the amount that would be produced from a person driving a mid-sized car from Vancover, BC to Tijuana, Mexico.

All 200 recipes take this into account by being 100% plant based, high in nutrient density, and alkaline forming. He teamed up with some award winning chefs to create what he thinks are delicious recipes that align with the Thrive Diet principles.

Brendan Brazier's recipes use ingredients such as legumes, maca, chia, hemp, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, wild rice, and chlorella, while eliminating ingredients like wheat, yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, and corn.

The recipes provided include breakfast, lunch, and dinner suggestions as well as recipes for snacks, appetizers and desserts.

I think Thrive Foods includes a lot of good information about making wiser food choices not only for health, but also for the planet. I can see this book appealing to those that already care about their bodies and the environment, but it would be a tough sell to the many that don't seem to care about either. However, it's a great resource for those already headed down the road to more mindful eating regardless of their stance on eating meat.

Brendan also promotes his line of Vega, bars, gels, and other products in the book, which to me, damages his credibility a tad. I would like to see him focus on just whole foods as processed foods are part of the problem, including the energy it takes to make them. This seems to be a tad contradictory to his "nutrient to resource ratio". However, I'm not sure how much energy it takes to turn hemp into hemp protein powder, but I would imagine it would expend some.

Thrive Foods releases on September 6th and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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