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Nourishing Meals: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family Paperback – September 5, 2012

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About the Author

Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, authors of the popular Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, live in Northwestern Washington with their five children. Alissa and Tom both hold degrees in nutrition from Bastyr University. They are speakers, educators, and advocates of real foods. Visit their blog, NourishingMeals.com, for more information and for healthy gluten-free, whole foods recipes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Life Press; First edition (September 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979885922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979885921
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
It is true that the first cookbook by Whole Life Nutrition has maintained its prime real-estate on my kitchen counter for all these years. Ali is a food genius who writes recipes that are not only easy to follow, but she blends and enhances flavors in the most amazing ways! This all new cookbook is over the top with more than 300 recipes that everyone will love. Weather you are the conscious eater, or someone in your family, or you are inviting guest who only eat certain foods, or for folks who eat anything: these recipes go over well with everyone! Children love these recipes too. This book is empowering readers to take their good health, and that of their families, into their own hands. It makes a terrific gift!

Part 1 has "Foundations of Health" which includes the latest information on these important questions; "Why Whole Foods?" "Why Gluten Free?" and "Why the Rise in food Sensitivities?" Part 2 is full of wonderful information for "Raising Healthy Children" including;"7 Ways to Help your Child THRIVE!" thorough details on "Nourishing your Growing Child" and "Packing a Healthy School Lunch." I love that this book is an all-inclusive guide. The recipes sections include; Smoothies, Breakfast, Breads and Muffins, Soups and Stews, Salads and Vegetables, Whole grains and Noodles, Main Meals, Dressings, Dips and Sauces, Wraps and Rolls, Snacks and Treats, Desserts, Beverages, and Preserving the Harvest. My favorite new additions are the tabs that allow you to easily flip to the desired section, and the "nutrition tips" on foods in the recipes throughout the book. The photo section in the middle, of many beautiful recipes, is inspirational! This is a great book that will take you through your weeks, months and years, eating the best ingredients, in the healthiest and tastiest ways!
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The first book that Ali Segersten and Tom Malterre wrote together, The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, changed the way I ate. I was already health conscious and have never been into diet trends. I was "vegetarian" and before that "vegan," but that was about the extent of my idea of eating in a way that was sustainable for the environment and my body. In my early-twenties I gathered enough information to figure out that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, soy milk, Tofutti Cuties, pasta with marinara and other "vegan" foods likely weren't helping my body. I may have saved some animals during that time of my life, but it definitely wasn't the healthiest dietary option! I wrote "early-twenties" for a reason. I should have written "EARLY TWENTIES!!!" We should not send our college-bound kids into the world to try to figure these things out for themselves!

I gradually filled in some pieces, adding more vegetables, dropping all soy, eating some fish and poultry (after 17 years of not eating animals); it was an evolving journey. My first pregnancy was a wake-up call in many ways. I was fairly healthy, exercised regularly, started at a good weight, gained weight well, etc.., but I could not handle the glucose challenge and ended up with "gestational diabetes" written in red on my folder. I also had the worst aphthous ulcers after the cesarean birth of my breech daughter. I was constantly bloated and all the probiotics and cultured foods I could find would not help. That led me to find their first book. Removing gluten from my diet stopped the mouth ulcers almost immediately.
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When I first opened this cookbook, I couldn't believe the number of recipes it included. And the information to help anyone on a path to getting healthy through diet is just amazing and very thorough. It is clear that the two authors really know what they're talking about. I made the Whole Grain Waffles and posted about them on my blog ([...]). The waffles were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. My idea of a perfect Gluten Free Waffle. Flipping through the rest of the book, one can only notice the width and breadth of different recipes, different cuisines, and recipes to suit every type of cook and baker interested in gluten free, healthy eating. I was familiar with the authors from their first cookbook and from their website, and this cookbook is just the icing on the cake. In addition to every recipe that I've ever made from Ali & Tom being a keeper, I've learned a lot to help myself and my clients to achieve optimal gluten free health. As a Certified Holistic Health Coach specializing in people on Gluten Free diets, I will definitely be recommending this book to all of my clients. Don't walk, run and buy this book. You'll be glad you did!
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I am in complete awe of this book. The authors have poured their knowledge of whole foods and talent for recipe development into a 538-page cookbook that delivers a range of recipes and flavors, and provides answers to some of our greatest diet-related questions.

Why eat whole foods?
What is a leaky gut?
What are the best foods and meals to prepare to combat specific nutritional deficiencies?
Why the recent rise in food allergies and sensitivities?
How can you best nourish your child?

I have learned so much!

Then there are the recipes ... lots of them ... and all made with nourishing, whole food ingredients.

This book is a must-have for anyone following a gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free diet. Eggs are used (mostly in the breakfast section), however there are plenty of recipes (including pancakes) that are egg-free. Ingredients commonly used are the likes of chia seed, flax seed, buckwheat groats, rice flour, almond flour, psyllium husk, teff (and other ancient grains), and coconut oil. Sweeteners commonly used are applesauce, maple syrup, and coconut sugar.

This afternoon I baked a batch of Buckwheat Cinnamon Rolls (page 140). Mighty good! Tender, wholesome, with a great crumb. I also made the sweet potato Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Frosting (page 474) to top it with. Yep, another winner. The kids just each gobbled down two for an after school snack, and I'm not divulging how many I ate. I think we'll have them for dinner too!

Next up:

Low Fructose Green Smoothie
Baking Powder Biscuits
Moroccan Lentil and Cabbage Soup
Kohlrabi Apple Slaw
Slow Cooked Mexican Beef Roast
Oven Roasted Pizza Sauce
Buckwheat Chia Tortillas

I just can't put into words the magnificence of this book. All I can say is that I've had it for a little over a week and it's already showing signs of wear! It will be a keeper for years to come.
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