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Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health
- Author: Brendan Brazier
- ISBN#: [ISBN-10] 0738215112, [ISBN-13] 9780738215112
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
- Publication Date: September 2011
- Jacket: paperback
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* "This book will appeal to not only athletes and vegetarian but anyone who is concerned with eating to reduce personal and environmental stress. It is like a cup of Fast Food Nation in a bowl of Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health - i.e., a fascinating read featuring excellent recipes based on highly palatable nutritional science."
Building upon the stress-reducing, health-boosting nutritional philosophy introduced in his acclaimed vegan nutrition guide Thrive, professional Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier now turns his attention to your dinner plate (breakfast bowl and lunch tray too). Where does your food come from, and is it healthy? How can you be sure that you are receiving the nutrients you need? In Thrive Foods, Brazier clearly explains how nutrient-dense, plant-based foods are the best form of proactive health insurance and environmental sustainability rolled into one. And that's not all. Thrive Foods also features 200 nutritionally complete, easy-to-make recipes that utilize the power of super- foods such as maca, chia, hemp, and chlorella, and that avoid common allergens, such as wheat, yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, and corn.
With recipes from celebrated chefs (Tal Ronnen, Chad Sarno, and others) and award-winning restaurants (such as Millennium and Candle 79), the healthy and delicious dishes include:
Pumpkin Gnocchi | Italian Garden Stir Fry | Spicy Black Bean Chili | Quinoa Falafels | Chocolate Goodness Smoothie | Cool Coconut Orange Squares | Indian-Spiced Lentil Hemp Burgers | Banana Cream Pie | Summertime Chef Salad | as well as Brazier's signature energy bars and gels and many more . . .
If you're looking for sustainable energy, high-quality sleep, physical strength, and mental sharpness to meet modern-day demands, Thrive Foods is the resource for you.
- Hugh Jackman
"Brendan's book clearly shows that choosing to eat plants instead of animals is not only the best thing you can do for your own health, but also for the health of the planet. Thrive Foods keeps me healthy and performing at my best, even throughout the longest of tours."
"Drawing from studies preformed by top international organizations, Brendan cuts through the clutter. Putting information into clear and relatable terms, he effectively illustrates the easiest, most immediate, and dramatic form of activism we can all participate in: choosing our food.
- Elizabeth J Kucinich
Director Government Affairs, PCRM
"In Whole Foods to Thrive Brendan makes the art of healthy eating and the concept of a nutrient dense diet easy to understand and compelling to follow. A must read."
- Terry Tamminen
Former Chief Policy Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger, President of Seventh Generation Advisors
"The world needs to move away from meat. As Brendan Brazier so convincingly shows, a plant-based diet is better for the planet and better for human health. His wonderfully inventive vegan recipes give us food that is both nutritious and inviting."
- Chris Goodall
Bestselling author of How to Live a Low Carbon Life
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But right in the introduction of Thrive Foods, Brendan explains how this book is different: he enlisted the help of his favorite chefs (some of them very well-known among vegetarians and vegans) to come up with recipes far more flavorful and approachable than those in Thrive and Thrive Fitness, while still focusing on foods that provide the maximum amount energy at the lowest digestive cost. As a result, this book will appeal to massively wider audience. (This includes my 16-month old son, who I was shocked to discover actually enjoyed the Shanghai rice bowl recipe last night for dinner.)
The first few chapters of Thrive Foods explain Brendan's philosophy on food, and why he believes a plant-based diet is the best possible diet both for our bodies and our planet. Where he improves again on the previous books is in including several graphics and charts that make this information easy to assimilate, even to those just skimming through it.
The rest of the book comprises 200 vegan recipes. The handful that I've tried have been delicious, and as a non-raw-foodist, I was happy to find that hot, traditionally-cooked dishes like red lentil dal were included. But there are still many raw meals, with most of the non-raw dishes featuring raw components, in a nice compromise between health food and hot, comforting meals.Read more ›
Great information, great recipes all in one book!I really appreciate the way Brendan explains how our food choices affect our environment in such a clear way. It was interesting to see how plant based foods vs animal based foods have such a different impact.Then on to the food....you will not be disappointed! My favorites so far have been Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding, Eggplant Rollatini, and the Cool Coconut Orange Squares. Some people may have a harder time than other finding things like Maca or Yacon powder and Sacha Inchi seeds which I haven't even heard of, but most things can be found at a well stocked health food market or co-op. Also so far it seems none of the recipes require a dehydrator so the recipes don't take hours to prepare. I also like that you don't need to be 100% raw to enjoy this book, as it also contains some cooked recipes for those that like to include them in their diet.
He introduces a breakthrough concept called Nutrient-to-Resource Ratio which ties nutrition, fitness and the environment together (you read it here first), and clearly illustrates how one seemingly small buying decision can have an industry changing effect, and potentially tip our food habits in a massive way.
Imagine you are in your favorite grocery store and as you check out food labels, you do not only see the amount of calories, but also the amount of nutrients and the environment resources used to produce that food. What a shock to find out that it takes 2900 times MORE land to produce the EQUAL amount of micronutrients from a pound of beef than from kale! Wouldn't you think twice about having steak for dinner? To take it a step further, as we start comparing brands to see which are more responsible than others, companies will start changing the way they do their business to meet the needs of the market place, and it is our buying power that will drive what they offer moving forward.
Even if you have not gotten into the plant-based lifestyle yet, are curious about it or in the process of transitioning, you will find that this is not one of those highly theoretical and abstract books - it is a very practical one infused with humor and fun examples which make the ideas come to life.Read more ›
I found the book intriguing and important for my personal growth. Every other line that I read, I wanted to share with everyone I know... but it is better to actually buy the book instead. However, there are a few things worth highlighting.
Brendan's background in sports pushed him to look into not only quality of foods to improve his performance, but foods' nutrient density-getting most out of each meal. Brendan dissects the topic of foods' Nutrient Density importance, which will lead the reader to understand why organic foods are so much more superior to their counterparts. I eat 99% organic already, but having read the book, I appreciate it so much more--I am getting higher return on my investment nutritionally by going all organic.
Organics deliver MORE for each penny we spend on them-they are nutritionally dense, filled with minerals, and natural bacterial fighters, which won't be found in conventionally grown foods.
Brendan show how the "self-protecting compounds plants would have naturally produced to make them undesirable to the insects are in fact powerful phytonutrients." In addition to that, conventionally produced foods lead to poverty of micronutrients. If we lack micronutrients "our hunger signal remains active; overconsumption and weight gain are likely to result."
I love the Five Thrive Guiding Principles, laid out by Brendan:
1. Eliminating biological debt: acquire energy through nourishment not stimulation.
2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a vegan its inform me more in depth on fitness or eating! Even if your not read its change your wayPublished 3 months ago by Nisa Der.
This is a GREAT Book. I am grateful for Brendan's research and for providing such a valuable tool for plant based eaters or those just seeking a more healthy lifestyle.Published 3 months ago by Blissful Brandi
A lot of useful information and lovely recipes: doable yet tasty.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The recipes in here sound absolutely delicious! I have yet to try them though. The only thing I find lacking is the absence of pictures (with the exception of a few center pages). Read morePublished 7 months ago by N
If you are serious about making lifestyle changes to your eating, this book is a must have for your reference library. I refer to it constantly. Read morePublished 11 months ago by linda ellington palmer
Very helpful to kickstart a new vegan cook! But I wish they had complicated but not strange recipes - some are next level, but involve ingredients that aren't in my metropolitan... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Whole food recipes that are relatively simple to make. Seller did good job.Published 12 months ago by A Customer