If you’re like me (or like most people in our world today) you want to eat healthier. You know all those late-night runs to Taco Bell aren’t doing you any favors. You suspect that the preservatives you can’t pronounce in the food you eat are probably not good for you.
So you do some research on healthy eating and you inevitably come across listicles about the “Top 10 Super Foods You Should be Eating RIGHT NOW” or “5 Foods You’ve Never Heard of That Will Improve Your Cholesterol” or “18 Obscure Ingredients to Put in Everything You Eat Starting Yesterday.”
OK, I exaggerate… a little.
What’s great about super foods is that, well, they’re super. SUPER good for you. SUPER chock full of nutrients. What’s not so great is that, some of them being a bit unusual, it’s not always clear what you should do with these super great foods.
But no more!
Sue Quinn’s Super Foods Every Day is one of the most straightforward cookbooks I’ve ever come across — period. But it’s clear particularly for a “healthy” cookbook.
First, Quinn details what a super food is, breaking it down into what benefits and ingredients are in each super food that make them so good for you. There is a glossary of super foods (with pictures) that let you know what vitamins and nutrients are in each food and what the potential benefits are.
What I liked most about Quinn’s book is not only that the recipes are mostly straightforward and easy, but that it introduces you to easy ways to fit super foods into your regular recipes. Just by cooking up recipes and skimming through the book, I’ve already thought of many ways I can incorporate these ingredients into recipes I already use.
Visually, the book is beautiful. There are pictures for every recipe, which is one of my gripes with every other cookbook out there — never enough pictures!! On facing pages, there is one picture of the raw ingredients, uncooked, and one picture of the finished product.
The recipes I’ve tried so far have all been excellent, and I am eager to work my way through the rest of the book.
My only complaint about the book is the portions. There is no real standard among the recipes. For instance, almost all the side dish recipes are measured for four servings, but all the main dishes are portioned for one serving. This is just an oddity that I have not encountered before, and means you will have to adjust for this during your prep.
A secondary caution (not particularly a complaint on my end, but might be for some) — this is a healthy cookbook in the sense that it incorporates nutrient-packed ingredients into every recipe, but it is not a low-fat or low-carb cookbook.
All in all, Super Foods Every Day is an excellent pick if you’re wanting to ease yourself into the world of super foods. I hope you all give it a shot, and let me know how it goes!
**I was provided a copy of this book by the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.