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The 200 SuperFoods That Will Save Your Life: A Complete Program to Live Younger, Longer Paperback – December 23, 2009
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About the Author
Deborah A. Klein, MS, RD has been the top local dietitian/ nutritionist and media nutrition consultant in Los Angeles for fourteen years. Recently, she was named “Young Dietitian of the Year,” by the American Dietetics Association and served as President of the Los Angeles Dietetics Association. She is the world's first “Livitician,” a term she coined as an alternative to “dietitian,” to emphasize eating without deprivation. Currently, Klein has a private practice conducting individualized nutrition counseling, nutrition education, corporate seminars, class lectures, health fairs, television/radio interviews. Klein is one of the most sought-after speakers and spokespeople in the area of nutrition, wellness and optimal lifestyle. She regularly conducts seminars for large organizations and corporations, and is frequently featured in both print and electronic media including “Today,” CNN, Discovery Health Channel, Parenting magazine, and Fitness magazine. Visit her website at www.livitician.com.
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Each food has a "how to buy" (for example, collards should be deep green with no wilt or yellowing.) Then there are facts and nutritional data. On collards, the interesting fact is that bruising or cutting the leaves and letting them sit is believed to convert inactive compounds to the health-giving isothiocyanates. This is something I did not know. The recipe is not traditional soul food "greens" (those long-cooked and delectable Southern style soupy greens.) Instead it's "Mediterranean-Style"--a chiffonade of the greens to provide tenderness as collards are TOUGH, then steamed, dressed in lemon and olive oil and garlic and served with a sunflower seed topping. I'd ditch the sunflower seed topping and add chopped olives or pine nuts, myself. So the recipe is just ok, but the food facts are fascinating here.
There are all kinds of recipes, though, including a healthy Morning Glory Muffin (I love those) and all recipes have nutritional data and calorie content. There are recipes that families will like, such as smoothies (with white tea and strawberries), Eggamuffin breakfasts with sprouted grain muffins and eggwhite or egg, burritos and things kids like.
The sample "Livit" menus are organized by daily calorie limit and there is a 1200 calorie menu and an 1800 calorie menu, so these could be used by women and men who are dieting or wish to limit their food intake.
The recipes are NOT vegan, or even vegetarian. Meats and fish are included as well as dairy products. So vegetarians won't be completely thrilled with this book, though I think it has sufficient information on superfoods to allow even a vegan to adapt most of the content of the book. The real value, in my opinion, is to let you create a way of life diet for the whole family, and even lose weight if you want, while at the same time incorporating the most nutritionally valuable foods every day. For this reason, as well as for the in-depth facts and information, I'm giving this book five stars and I really recommend it highly for just about anybody.
So much valuable information, I take it with me everywhere--I lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks just by changing the way I eat!
The book is divided up into logical sections:
Carbohydrates: Starchy Vegetables
Carbohydrates: True Vegetables
Carbohydrates: Dairy and Dairy Substitutes
Sweeteners and Desserts
Dietary "Free" Foods: Herbs and Medicinals
Beverages - this section has no drinks it just talks
about the benefit of drinking lots of water - there
are drinks in the book like Low-Fat Eggnog but
it is included under the topic of milk.
Some of the recipes include:
Fudge Brownies made with applesauce
Blueberry muffins with oatmeal
Peachy Papaya Smoothie
Quick Black Bean Soup
Baba Ghanoush (made with eggplant)
Chicken in Red Wine
The interesting part of this book is the explanation of featured foods. Like when discussing yams the author talks about how some varieties of yams can reduce the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. When discussing mushrooms it is noted that brown mushrooms have more antioxidants than white button mushrooms. By reading through all the extra information for various foods you can learn to be wiser when shopping at your local grocery store. There are however some foods you will only find in health food stores although most grocery stores seem to have a natural isle these days.
This book will encourage you to try new foods and it will alert you to the benefits of some of your favorite foods. I can highly recommend the granola recipe as you can make many variations and the recipe is easy to modify to suit your tastes.
~The Rebecca Review