Whole Food Recipes for Personal and Planetary Health

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: Whole Food Recipes for Personal and Planetary Health

Mario Roxas

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: Whole Food Recipes for Personal and Planetary Health Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN

As clinicians we give dietary advice to patients on a regular basis. Treatment plans typically include lists of “Foods to Avoid” and “Foods to Include” as a means of directing the patient toward a healthier lifestyle. But healthy eating can be a tough sell unless it is accompanied by practical suggestions that can be incorporated into everyday life.

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook helps reinforce clinician recommendations while simplifying the transition to a healthier diet. Written by chef Alissa Segersten and nutritionist Tom Malterre, this husband-and-wife team has developed a cookbook that marries the health benefits of whole foods with truly delicious recipes that even the fussiest palate will enjoy.

The authors start by introducing readers to the basics of whole food diets, the value of organic foods, and the potential health problems associated with gluten, dairy, and eggs. The book guides the reader through the diet transition by providing a sample seven-day, whole foods menu and a list of essential cooking utensils and foods to stock in the pantry.

Once this groundwork has been laid, now the real fun starts. From creative breakfast smoothies (e.g., Tom’s Fruity Medicine Chest Smoothie) to desserts that are gluten and dairy free (e.g., Double Chocolate Cookies), readers will have plenty of selections to keep their whole-foods experience interesting. And lest you think this is a cookbook just for vegetarians, think again. There are some great mouth-watering recipes for fish (e.g., Baked Wild Salmon with Ginger Lime Marinade), poultry (e.g., Apricot and Fig Roasted Turkey Breast) and beef (e.g., Fall Vegetable Beef Roast).

What is really appreciated is the way the authors have made a whole foods diet simple for readers to follow and apply to everyday life. Recipes are not intimidating and the book layout is very user-friendly.

In the search for great books to suggest to patients, I am happy to include The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook on my recommendation list.

Whole Life Press, 114 W. Magnolia, Ste. 445, Bellingham, WA 98225 ISBN-13: 978-1-4243-1639-7; ISBN-IO: 1-4243-1639-1; Softcover; 319 pages; $17.95

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