The I Quit Sugar Cookbook

Wilson, Sarah. The I Quit Sugar Cookbook: 306 Recipes For A Clean, Healthy Life. USA: Clarkson Potter/ Publishers. 2015.

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SUMMARY:
As an accompaniment to the New York Times bestseller, I Quit Sugar, author Sarah Wilson shares her deliciously healthy recipes for clean, healthy, whole eating. Including simple ideas (Kale Flakes), appetizers (Orange and Thyme Rainbow Chips), super lunches (Clean Bitters Bowls), hearty dinners (Sweet Potato Nachos) and satisfying desserts (Mug Cakes), The I Quit Sugar Cookbook ensures robust but healthful meals. With lots of personal commentary, ideas and suggestions along with easy to follow, complete directions, this new cookbook is thorough. The photography of many of the recipes only enhances the book even more…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a thicker, oversized, glossy-paged, beautifully photographed, choke-full cookbook of healthy recipes, this has to be one of my favorite cookbooks in the kitchen. Admittedly, I may not use every ingredient found within the recipes; however, they are easy enough to swap due to personal preferences of taste. (Sorry, no to sardines!) I have found many easy, truly healthy ways to improve my meals and snacks (Broccoli Bites and Skillet Fish With Superslaw are two of the best). Absolutely a book to gift as well as keep!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The I Quit Sugar Cookbook from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook

American Heart Association. Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook: Delicious Recipes To Help Reduce Bad Fats And Lower Your Cholesterol. New York, NY: Harmony Books. 2015.

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SUMMARY:
Revised and updated with 50 new recipes, Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook is the ideal book to help manage weight, gain a perspective on portion control, learn about ingredient guidelines, and create a healthier lifestyle with the included 200 recipes focused on fat and cholesterol content. With a brief introduction to each recipe, an ingredient list, cooking directions and nutritional values, recipes consist of snacks, beverages, salads, meat, seafood, sides, breakfasts and even desserts. Cooking tips, healthy shopping strategies, recipe adaptations, pantry ideas, and risk factors for heart disease and stroke round out this healthy cookbook.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As the perfect companion to the heart-healthy month of February, Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook denies any excuses for not learning about the risk factors, taking charge of actions, and living a healthier lifestyle all while eating deliciously and healthy. With recipes such as a healthy Taco Salad, Chilled Asparagus Soup, Slow Cooker Pepper Steak and Cherry Pear Turnovers, most items are available in the local supermarket, the directions are straightforward and the results are nutritious and delicious. Definitely a cookbook worth considering, it is sure to be one I will use often. Nothing fancy yet so very hearty, healthy and appetizing.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Love & Care For The One And Only You

Adams, Michelle Medlock. Love & Care For The One And Only You: 52 Inspirations. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
loveandcarefortheoneandonlyyouMaking the choice to be healthy and strong isn’t always easy even though it may be the correct decision. As a certified fitness instructor, author Michelle Medlock Adams provides encouragement, coaching, compassion and empathy through the included 52 inspirations. Personal stories, scripture verses, power prayers, positive reminders, healthy hints and delicious recipes all provide the necessary motivation to meet those goals, rather running a 5K, losing weight, eating healthier, or an ultimately larger goal, all linked to spiritual guidance. Taking care of the one and only you has never been better…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having increased my own fitness goals for the New Year, I found Love & Care For The One And Only You to be perfectly timed. Like a conversation with a good friend, reading the inspirations, pondering over them, thinking about them while working out, and then rewarding myself with one of the healthy treats, this book made looking after me (for that little bit of time) enjoyable and productive. I especially liked the scripture verses which complemented each three or four page devotion along with the “work your words” and “healthy hints” sections. Easy to read yet full of meaning, this is definitely a book I would recommend to those needing that extra support to meet their goals (which is just about everyone)!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Love & Care For The One And Only You from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

The Longevity Kitchen

Katz, Rebecca. With Edelson, Mat. The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring The Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods.  2013.

SUMMARY:
thelongevitykitchenFull of delicious healthy recipes laced with tons of information surrounding cooking, healthy options, food preparation, ingredient details and health knowledge, The Longevity Kitchen encourages longevity of cooking, health and life. Acting as almost a cooking-coach, author Rebecca Katz starts with the basics, progresses through culinary knowledge, shares health information along the way, and provides success with tasty meals, all while holding a hand and offering encouragement through the process. Main dishes, sides, nibbles and sweet treats all combine with powerful information and power foods to make a lifestyle and quality of life difference.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Explaining how the body uses and processes food followed by the 16 most powerful foods readily available, this book has the power to change the quality of your life. Not only did I learn about the super foods but also many other valuable foods and their importance to good health. Part cookbook, part textbook, part life-coach and part pictures, not only did I learn a lot but I also changed my way of thinking concerning food, as well as obtained some really yummy, nutritious new recipes.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Longevity Kitchen from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Happy Cooking

De Laurentiis, Giada. Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count…Without Stressing Out. USA: Pam Kraus Books/ Crown Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
happycookingEmbarking on a new season in her life while writing her eighth cookbook, author and chef Giada De Laurentiis chronicles her many healthy, happy and creative recipes in her newest book, Happy Cooking. With snacks, pastas, vegetables and treats as well as clean eating and weeknight favorites, time-saving tips, healthy eating strategies, and special occasion ideas all compliment each other in an attractive cookbook. Gorgeous pictures fulfill the pages with easy to follow recipes, directions and unique ingredients paired with more everyday foods. Star of Food Network Giada at Home, she recently opened her own restaurant in Las Vegas, guest appears on The Today Show, and shares even more recipes and tips in her digital magazine.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Usually watching her Food Network show while putting in miles on the elliptical, I was thrilled to have the recipes in a cookbook (rather than trying to remember the ingredients while pedaling). Clean eating accompanied by beautiful pictures, tasty recipes and healthy-living ideas create an ideal book for my kitchen. Though some ingredients will be new to my meals, they are not necessarily hard to find. Always looking for new creations, especially from a trusted chef, this book will be opened often and additional copies most likely gifted.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Happy Cooking from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

Newcomb, Karen. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden: Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers. USA: Ten Speed Press. 2015.

SUMMARY:
gardenThe best-selling guide on gardening productively in small spaces is now completely revised and updated.  Be those tiny spaces a garden plot or container, Karen Newcomb shares how to plan your garden, ready the ground and soil, when and how to plant/ water, which vegetables and herbs to pick, how plants get along and controlling pests and diseases. With extended knowledge and information on the many different types of each vegetable, including maturation, color and taste of vegetable, difference between varieties and the seed source, The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden is worthy of all levels of gardeners.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With a healthier lifestyle popular now, a push for local produce, new cooking habits and my own recent review of Salad Love, how could I not review and utilize a book on gardening? Just flipping through the book, I learned so much about the assortment of vegetables, new ideas for my cooking (ingredients to try), and how to plant and maintain my own fruitful garden. With specific yet variable directions, most anyone could grow a prolific garden of vegetables and herbs with the help of this book (including me). Revised and updated with very useful information, I truly will use, share and reference this book often in the planning of my garden. Now, if only the weather would cooperate…

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden from Blogging for Books for my honest review*