Blog tour and giveaway: Whole Foods to Thrive by Brendan Brazier

30 May

Publisher: Penguin Canada
Released: May 10th, 2011
Genre: non-fiction, health, food
From publisher for blog tour.

What impact do food choices have on your health? Have you ever been curious as to where your food came from, who grew it, and the path it took to get to your table? Have you every wondered how much of each natural resource was used to produce your food—in other words, the soil-to-table environmental cost? In Whole Foods to Thrive, Brendan Brazier clearly explains how nutrient-dense, plant-based foods are the best choice, not only for your health but also for the health and sustainability of the planet.

Versatile and packed with flavor, whole foods have an abundance of health benefits for those who want sustainable energy, high-quality sleep, physical strength, and mental sharpness. Whole Foods to Thrive builds upon Brendan’s stress-busting, energy-boosting approach to nutrition and food introduced in his acclaimed bestseller The Thrive Diet, and includes 200 delicious, easy-to-make, plant based recipes that are all allergen-free and contain no wheat, yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, or corn.

• Breakfast Cereals • Salads • Dressings, Dips, and Sauces • Soups and Sides • Burgers, Wraps, Pizza, and Rice Bowls• Cookies, Ice Cream, and Pies • Kale Chips and Nori Crisps• Energy Bars and Gels

Features recipes for dishes such as • Gorilla Food Green Tacos • Quinoa Falafels • Indian-Spiced Lentil Hemp Burgers • Maple Crispy Rice Treats.

From Penguin Canada website.

This book seriously gave me some food for thought (no pun intended. Well maybe just a little). Brazier talks about food in relation to stress and this is definitely something I’ve never really thought about.  I mean, I know that eating healthy is important but he explains how there’s eating healthy and then there’s eating healthy.  I’m not going to go into it here in the review because I would most likely screw up the science, but he presents a solid case for eating whole foods and explains that there’s a huge difference between filling up and being full. And the way he explained everything, although very scientific, also made a lot of sense and I found myself going  “Uh huh, yup” a few times.

This isn’t just a book where Brazier explains the concept of whole foods: about half of the book is recipes using the recommended whole foods.  There are a lot of great recipes in this book, folks. So it’s kinda like getting two books for the price of one.

Here’s just one of the recipes from the book. You’ll notice it has chocolate in it. 🙂

Chocolate Almond Smoothie with Sacha Inchi Milk
Rich in protein and omega-3, this smoothie will keep you going for hours with
sustainable, non-stimulating energy.
Time: 5 minutes • Makes about 3 ½ cups (2 large servings)
1 banana
2 fresh or presoaked dried dates
1 cup water
1 cup Sacha Inchi Milk (or chocolate variation) (see p. 126)
¼ cup almonds (or 2 tbsp raw almond butter)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp hemp protein powder
1 tbsp roasted carob powder
• In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Giveaway time!!!!

I have, for one lucky Canadian, a wonderful prize pack containing six Vega smoothie mixes (either Shake & Go Smoothie mixes or Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer mixes) in an assortment of flavours like Vanilla Chai, Bodacious Berry, and Choc-a-Lot. Yummy!

Entering is easy (as always). Just leave me a comment. Say hello. Tell me what the weather’s like in your neck of the woods. Talk about your favorite summer food. It really doesn’t matter what you want to chat about. 🙂 Contest ends June 5th at 11:59 Est and is open to Canada only.

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11 Responses to “Blog tour and giveaway: Whole Foods to Thrive by Brendan Brazier”

  1. Laura Best May 30, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    I may just try this recipe. It sounds delicious. You can’t go wrong with chocolate.

    As for the weather, we’ve been getting some thunder showers. Imagine that. 🙂

  2. carolynw May 30, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    the weather is finally nice – thank goodness – was getting tired of my rain coat!!

    thinking I just may have to by Brendan’s book – need to improve my diet…

    carolyn at luckyyogini dot com

  3. Sarah May 30, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Favourite food of the summer? It’s a toss up between fiddleheads and corn on the cob.

    As for the book, I’m very intrigued that I can perhaps assist in lowering the stress in my life by adjusting what I’m eating. Looks like it is worth a read. Thanks!

  4. chalbe May 30, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    It’s starting to heat up in Toronto and I can’t wait for all the delicious summer fruits and vegetables to hit the stores and farmers markets. Eating fresh, sun warmed fruits and mixed salads make my summer. I would certainly like to read that book.

  5. Kay May 30, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Chocolate & healthy for you – what is not to like? Meant to be Very hot & humid during the week in GTA. Cannot complain about the w/end though – it was perfect gardening weather.

  6. Jane May 31, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    Thanks for the recipe!!! Love it

    btw, bird nest is made up of about 58% soluable proteins…the highest amoung all food and even synetic protein powders

    it greatly increase tissue regeneration

    sources taken from the internet
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_nest_soup
    http://hongkong-bird-nest.50webs.com/index_e.htm

  7. Soozle May 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I’ll simply go with: Thank you for the giveaway! ♥

  8. Colleen Easter June 1, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    My favourite book so far this year? Might have to go with Left Neglected. Divergent is right up there. So is Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. All would be perfect summer beach smoothie sipping reads!

  9. Jay June 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Mmm – looks yum!
    BTW – Congrats on the great work with the auction!!!

  10. momtodc June 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    The weather here in Edmonton was gorgeous earlier this week but is rainy and cold now. I actually turned the heat back on this morning to take the chill off! They are saying it should warm back up by next week – fingers crossed.

  11. connie bradley June 18, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    I really love the vanilla chai

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