THRIVE FOODS by Brendan Brazier
Prepare yourselves healthy friends, this book will pack a punch with nutrient-dense, plant-based recipes that are delicious and simultaneously treat earth well. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or simply exploring healthy food, the recipes guide you towards a new delicious food experience. This book provides the reader with an extensive study of how nutrition impacts life, how the environment is impacted by food production and choices in food can impact the environment, elements of good nutrition and a wide range of whole-food recipes.
The study of how nutrition impacts life can be a bit overwhelming to read with moments of realization whilst reading about how sleep is influenced by what is eaten and how the body can go through nutritional stress if not eating the right food. It was fascinating to read about reduce the energy spent on digestion by consuming easily digestible foods and how that energy can be used in other ways in the body.
When you look at how the environment is impacted by food production it can be upsetting as the book is full of fascinating facts on our use of fossil fuels in relation to producing animal-based food compared to plant-based foods. Since fossil fuels release CO2 into the atmosphere, there are many possible detrimental impacts on the environment from climate change to human health risks. That’s just scratching the surface of information shared in the chapters on why the majority of humans can and should switch to a plant-based food diet.
Elements of good nutrition were also useful to learn and incorporate into practice. Eight key components of good nutrition are highlighted from finding the best sources of antioxidants and how they benefit your health to identifying good sources for adding electrolytes to your body. One big element that author Brendan brings up throughout the book is how raw food should be an added for efficient digestions and higher vitamin content. Brendan also highlights nutrient-dense whole foods for every pantry such as green vegetables, grains, seeds, oils and nuts that will prepare your kitchen for optimal health.
There are so many mouth-watering healthy recipes that help replace unhealthy options and also easy to make. It is wonderful to find a cookbook packed with friendly, approachable recipes. Take note, many recipes call for a blender and food processor. Favourite recipes mentioned in the book include Spaghetti Squash with Three-Step Marinara, Curried Cauliflower “Rice”, Bodacious Berry Cookie Crumble, Asian Noodle Bowl with Kelp Noodles and Almond Chili Sauce, Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips and Temple Rice Bowl. If you are travelling to the USA and Canada, be sure to check out the list of recommended restaurants. This book is a must for those wanting to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds into their diet and for those individuals who are interested in a great deal of science, the environment and food production. Enjoy exploring this book for all it has to offer!
Thrive Foods is part of series by Brendan Brazier including the following:
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide
Thrive: The Vegan Based Training Program
Debbie Alvarez recently spent three adventurous years in Hong Kong before recently returning to her hometown in Oregon. She loved the experiences that living in Asia provided. Debbie’s passion outside of children’s literature and technology is the practice of living clean and healthy. She’s explored many venues for this from restricting food to supporting her arthritis issues exploring Qigong, yoga, and creative outlets to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is on Twitter @stylinlibrarian and blogs about children’s literature, life in Hong Kong and technology resources on The Styling Librarian. You can also read her personal cancer journey on her blog Life’s Journey, Interrupted.