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Thrive Energy Cookbook: 150 Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes
- Author: Brendan Brazier
- ISBN#: [ISBN-10] 0738217409, [ISBN-13] 9780738217406
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
- Publication Date: March 2014
- Jacket: paperback
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Easy-to-make and performance-enhancing, these chef-created recipes merge purpose driven functionality (every ingredient has a nutritional purpose) with mouth-watering appeal. From the alkaline-forming, plant proteinpacked Vanilla-Almond-Mocha Motivator Smoothie to Roasted Red Pepper & Sweet Potato Soup, Thai Green Curry Rice Bowl, and desserts such as Raspberry Chocolate Pomegranate Tart, Thrive Energy Cookbook will have you quickly preparing nutrient-packed and delicious dishes.
"Brendan gets it! His nutritional approach is what supercharges results."
Tony Horton, creator of P90X, the world's bestselling workout program
"Thrive Energy Cookbook is a must-have for gourmets and athletes alike."
Sean Hyson, C.S.C.S., Group Training Director for Men's Fitness and Muscle & Fitness magazines
"When world-class athletes want to get even better, Brendan is the man who gets the call."
Brendon Burchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Charge
"As our head of nutrition, Brendan's implementation of purpose-driven nutrition has allowed our pro cycling team to meet the demands of grueling training better than ever before."
Matt Johnson, President of Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling Team and founder of The Feed
"Brendan's commitment to the study of plant-based nutrition and research makes for a wonderful cookbook."
Joe Hogarty, Baltimore Orioles strength and conditioning coach
"Brendan's systematic approach to performance plant-based nutrition has helped me to reduce inflammation, speed my recovery, and has boosted my overall performance. The recipes are delicious!"
Mike Zigomanis, NHL player and member of the 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins
"This guide is what your plant-based kitchen is missing. You're going to feel better, and you're going to enjoy every bite. Oh, and in case you were wondering: You're not going to miss the meat."
Angela Haupt, senior editor, U.S. News & World Report
"Brendan makes learning to eat healthier enjoyable and his approach to better health simply makes sense. Take the leap and eat the 'Thrive' way."
Terri MacLeod, Access Hollywood
"Thrive Foods offers a diet that's good for you and the planet."
The Washington Post
"Thrive focuses on vegan foods that help fuel your way to uber athleticism."
"The Thrive diet feeds your body all the nutrients it needs without empty calories and with minimal stress."
VegNews 15 Most Anticipated Vegan Cookbooks of 2014,” March 2014
International Book Award Winner, Cooking and Health, 2014
This was one of the hardest books to choose a recipe from, since they are all quite original and delicious.”
New You Magazine, August 2014
Athletes or anyone in need of an energy boost will enjoy dishes like kale chips with edamame hummus; avocado, black bean, and chipotle burger; and even the decadent cashew chocolate mousse layer cake.”
The Independent (UK), 1/25/15
Inventive.” (A Top 10 Best Vegan Cookbook)
Size: One Size | Color: One Color
Top Customer Reviews
However, as good as his recipes look or sound like, they also are time-, energy-, and money-consuming. The ingredients for the recipes are often exotic and hard to find at your local grocery store (even at a co-op or natural store). You will have to go through three markets (including probably an Asian one) to find all for the coconut lime lemongrass soup as tempting as it is! Also for the spice mixes, you will have to find powdered reiki, or echinea and astralagus.
At last, his desserts and drinks recipes sound oh! so yummy, but come on! ...I need a high speed blender, slow-speed juice extractor, and high-speed juicer! I can't even start to think about making a green juice following his mighty king chlorophyll juice!
To sum up, I would say it's a great book with amazing, tasty, healthy recipes for people who have a lot of time and quite some money on hand and live in big cities where health stores flourish.
He means transitioning if you are still used to eating burgers and want fake meat and cheese! There are so many burger recipes in this that use the same aioli and the same sprouted buns over and over again. Plus wraps. I think he just made the sauces so complicated to justify a wrap recipe. One burger recipe consists of 5 different recipes. Same goes for desserts. Incredibly long ingredient lists--one cheesecake recipe says prep time is only 20 minutes. It took me 20 minutes just to read the recipe!
I love to cook and probably spend 2 hours a day cooking and some of these recipes are so ridiculously complicated in their ingredients, preparation, and time that I don't even want to tackle them. Also, I was surprisingly turned off by all the photos of him running and bicycling. He comes across as a total ego-maniac. (It's as bad as the mommy bloggers that get cookbook deals and then put a zillion photos of their children in their cookbooks.)
If you want an adventure and have a high-speed blender, this is the book for you.
If you have a busy life and not a lot of time or have apprehension in the kitchen, probably not a good book for you.
The recipes break down into: transition (for those who are starting a Thrive diet and more accustomed to traditional eating patterns/foods), Raw (recipes where the ingredients haven't been heated above 118f), gluten free, protein rich, and super nutrient dense (number of calories in relation to the nutrients).
The book details staples - the items every pantry should have available as a basis for many recipes. Those pages are color coded for easy reference. They includes discussions on oils, vinegars, nuts, rice, wheats, beans, and more. Also included (and with color coded pages) are recipes for other staples.
The book has 150 plant based whole food recipes. They are ordered by morning, appetizers, sandwiches, soupls, salads, rice and noodles, smoothies, deserts, and sports recipes. Recipes include: Pad Thai Sauce, Reuben Sandwich, Falafel Wrap, Portobello Burger, Caesar Sprout Salad, Tropical Breeze (drink), even Creamy Chocolate-Avacado delight.
As can be seen from the list, there is a wide variety of recipes, many of which are plant-based alternatives to the common versions. The sports recipes are nutrient rich and intended to be eaten shortly before, during, or after exercise.
At the back of the book are meal plans that use the recipes (each recipe has its page referenced for ease of look up). They included transitional, standard, and athletic meal plans. And there is an ingredients index to make shopping easier.
Some recipes have been hits with our family and some misses.Read more ›
The recipes have short lists, clean, easy-to-find ingredients and very simple instructions. For those who love to sprout and soak their nuts and seeds, you can always take these recipes a step further by germinating, dehydrating, etc. But if you really want to eat clean food that tastes GOOD, these recipes nail that objective simply.
I love the "athlete" section for those who want good pre and post-workout food. So often, we don't know what to eat around our workouts and the book offers some simple, delicious solutions.
Even if you've never eaten plant-based, these recipes are perfect for any palette (however resistant you might be to "healthy" foods). As a 15 year vegan and an athlete all my life, this book is what I've been waiting for.
Because even when we're healthy, we can get into ruts eating the same things again and again. Thrive Energy breaks us out of that rut - for good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book enjoy reading about health,food, and what a vegan diet does for you. Love the receipt easy to make too!Published 1 month ago by Nisa Der.
Made a lot of the recipes and they were easy to follow and tasted good. Directions are simple and clear. Like the pictures-- a very attractive cookbook. Read morePublished 2 months ago by cypress
I was once vegetarian, but switched to Paleo. Though, I still use this book for veggie dishes, smoothies and other. I adapt other recipes for Paleo use. Still love using this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LYMANation
Waste of food, energy, time and money. There are much better vegan cookbooks out there. Don't buy this book. The only thing I have tried which came well was the almond milk. Read morePublished 7 months ago by db
It has simple and more complex whole food recipes. Sometimes I can't get them to come out like the book says. Seller did a good job.Published 10 months ago by A Customer