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on February 18, 2013
There never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything that we want to do and that can include making good, healthy and tasty food. It is often just too easy to fetch take-out, to heat up processed food or just rely on quick and easy-to-make meals.
Healthy in a Hurry sets out to show how you can eat well and healthily without it taking a large chunk out of your pressed timetable. What is more, you need not feel that you are "imprisoned" in a health farm either. There is a variety of choice on offer. Not just basic meals either!
Split into typical meal times (breakfast, snacks, lunch and so on) the book first looks at various motivational and practical reasons for eating healthily and considers some so-called "superfoods" and other health-positive ingredients. Throughout and mixed in with the recipes are many suggestions for efficient time management that can possibly further the reader towards their goals. The book's design is quite informal and friendly, drawing the reader in through its inspirational and aspirational text. It does not read as a staid lecture or high-level academic tome so youe can easily dip a toe in the water and maybe try a few recipes and - presumably - become convinced of the benefits and explore further.
When you consider the range of the meals being promoted it is quite pleasing, showing that you can enjoy much variety and change whilst following a central theme of healthiness. The text gives, in part, reasoning for some of the recipe selections so that you may gain further knowledge and confidence to adapt what has been learned with other recipes and ingredients. Even hardened meat eaters who often eschew "green things" will find some of the vegetable and fruit-based dishes to be of interest, such is the wide diversity and appeal of the dishes on offer. This is no crusading, campaigning book that can polarise its audience. It manages to find a pleasing balance that should mean it is attractive to all who want to just eat a little bit healthier if they can!
Certainly, if you look at the lovely pictures throughout, you might not realise this is even an "eat healthier"-type of book. Sure, you won't see plates of French Fries and hamburgers galore, but nonetheless you don't actively miss them either. You might even get further inspiration by drilling down within the comprehensive index at the back for dishes containing ingredients you particularly enjoy.
This is a pleasing book that is seeking to leave its mark in a fairly congested, crowded market sector. So many things can come down to personal preference and prejudice, yet this is one of those books you should certainly shortlist and possibly feel confident to purchase blind. Here you will get quality and quantity for your money, that is for sure.