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Broccoli, Love & Dark Chocolate Because food, love, and life should be delicious! by Liz Pearson is beautiful book explaining the nutrition value of food, demystifying foods as well as common misconceptions, and also contains many beautiful healthy recipes along with a life lesson for each recipe.
The first 126 pages are dedicated to the "Bottom-Line Advice On What To Eat For A Long And Healthy Life" and is broken down into five subsections. In the first subsection it the author addresses the power of super foods such as berries, apples, dark green coniferous vegetables, spices, and more. The second subsection is dedicated to dietary hazards such as lack of exercise, sugar, tips to reduce sodium just to name a few. Commonly asked questions in regards to alcohol, vitamin D, multivitamins etc. are addressed in the third subsection, while the fourth subsection is dedicated to demystify food myths and misunderstandings including snacking, coffee and more. The fifth subsection addresses how to loose weight, keep it off, and stay active. Each subsection is easy to read, understand, and the "lesson learned" section for each subchapter is very well done capturing the information in a nutshell.
The remaining 162 pages of the book are dedicated to healthy recipes and life lessons meant to inspire the reader. The recipes are divided by baked goods, soups, salads, veggie sides, whole grains, beans, fish, chicken - pork - eggs, snacks, drinks and also delectable treats.
All recipes are easy to follow and include a complete nutrition analysis; while there are not too many pictures of the dish each recipe also includes on the adjoining page a Life Lesson including inspirational quotes and a brief summary as Lesson Learned. Recipes include scrumptious items such as Apple Pie Muffins on page 133, Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup with Beans and Baby Spinach on page 153 (creamy without dairy), Honey-Roasted Spiced Lentils on page 223, Orange Ginger Glazed Salmon on page 233, Decadent Chocolate Cake with Caramellized Coconut Icing on page 289 and more. The bulk of the recipes are easily adaptable to a dairy free diet by using vegan margarine such as Earth Balance and substituting your favorite "milk" (ours is Almond) for cow.
Here is my nitty gritty review
Broccoli, Love & Dark Chocolate
Beacause food, love, and life should be delicious!
Author Liz Pearson
Paperback: 304 pages
Difficulty of Recipes: Easy
Cuisine: Health conscious American cuisine
Galacosemia friendly: Yes, the bulk of the recipes can be easily adapted to suite a dairy free
Pro: Contains lots of easy to follow advice healthy foods, diet, etc.
Good to know: Less than 75 recipes combined in all sections
Suggested Retail Price: 29.95