With the new year just a few days away, I am going to be doing a big push for healthy eating in my house. Over the last month I have gotten lazy and relied too heavily on quick and easy meals that may not be all that healthy. Too many sweets, too many restaurant meals, and not enough fresh fruits and veggies. I know I am not the only person interested in learning more about healthy eating this month so hopefully this book review comes in handy! Keep reading for more information on Fresh and Healthy DASH Diet Cooking: 101 Delicious Recipes for Lowering Blood Pressure, Losing Weight and Feeling Great
Healthy Eating with the DASH Diet
Title: Fresh and Healthy DASH Diet Cooking
Subtitle: 101 Delicious Recipes for Lowering Blood Pressure, Losing Weight and Feeling Great
Author: Andrea Lynn
Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2012)
Format/Length: Paperback (144 pages)
My Rating: 5
From the Publisher:
Originally developed by the National Institutes of Health, the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet’s simple, amazingly effective approach has taken America by storm. This volume of nourishing, beautifully photographed recipes makes sticking to the program easier than ever. There are mouth-watering ideas for every meal—including dessert. From roasted tomato bruschetta, celery root puree, and cilantro brown rice to twice-baked sweet potatoes, braised chipotle turkey, and frozen pineapple pops, this book shows that DASH diet followers don’t have to give up good eating to get great results. Focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and disease-fighting antioxidants, every recipe is satisfying, full of flavor, and DASH-diet compliant. Each dish has been fully evaluated by a dietician and comes with complete nutritional information to help readers plan meals. With easy, step-by-step instructions and helpful cooking tips, this book is an indispensable source of inspiration for getting the most from this fantastic new nutritional program.
About the Author (From Amazon):
Obsessed about food from an early age, Andrea Lynn has always been happiest when in the kitchen dabbling with ingredients, making a career in food always in the cards. As a freelance writer and recipe developer, Andrea Lynn’s articles and developed recipes have appeared in print and online for numerous publications. After a stint working at a New York Times three-star restaurant, she transitioned into cooking as a personal chef. She has worked as Senior Editor for Chile Pepper magazine and edited recipes for Art Culinaire. Andrea Lynn has a degree in English-creative writing from Agnes Scott College in addition to a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education.
The first thing I always do when I pick up a cookbook is do a brief flip through and look for pictures. I love to see bold colors and mouth watering photos of the recipes included in the book and this cookbook has tons. There is a brief introduction to the cookbook that describes what the DASH diet actually is. I don’t usually follow specific ‘diets’ but this one is really common sense. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat proteins and dairy, whole grains and what I call ‘real’ food. This cookbook aims to improve your health by showing you that simple foods can be incredibly tasty without a lot of fat, salt, or artificial ingredients. The author includes a section on ‘getting started’ to help you understand serving sizes and realistic suggestions on how to replace your current NOT so healthy foods with ingredients that are better for you. It is nice that the author doesn’t expect you do jump in 100% on day one since that isn’t realistic. She recommends small changes over time for better results.
The recipes themselves are divided into simple categories like appetizers, salads, pasta, fish, deserts, etc. There is a section called ‘vegetarian’ which is nice to help encourage people to reduce their overall meat consumption. There is additional information on most of the recipes that include things like nutrition, shopping dips and a little DASH diet tidbit that relates to the recipe. I like that the recipes include ingredients that are easy to find in most major grocery stores. I don’t always have time to run to a specialty store to find odd ingredients just to make dinner. The ingredients are simple, as are the directions although there is a nice range of recipe types. There are some you would call simple family cooking and others that are a little bit more exotic if you wanted to have company.
Overall, I think if you are interested in healthy eating, eating a more natural diet, and getting healthier I think this cookbook will really come in handy.
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