Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Book Review: Food to Make You Glow by Lola Berry


Title: Food to Make You Glow
Author: Lola Berry
Publication Date: March 1st 2017

Synopsis: "Whether you're looking to boost energy levels, manage stress or achieve healthy and sustainable weight loss, eating the right food is a crucial piece of the puzzle. In Food to Make You Glow, nutritionist Lola Berry shares the key wholefoods to support specific health goals: happiness, energy, beauty, immunity, calming, weight loss and detox. As well as 90 delicious recipes based around these wholefood heroes, Lola recommends the best lifestyle tips, herbal teas, exercises and activities for each health goal.

Recipes include: 'Ferrero rocher' granola * Turmeric and banana pancakes with maple nice cream * Crunchy celery, sultana, macadamia and quinoa salad * Roasted beetroot with zesty almond butter sauce * Raw rainbow pasta with brazil nut and spinach pesto * Thyme-poached chicken with roasted cauli and heirloom carrots * Lucky lamb chops with green pea smash * Mango, chilli and pistachio crumble * Chai spice cookie sandwiches*"

My thoughts: The day I got this book in the mail, I made three of the recipes out of it. THREE. The very fact that I don't have much energy in general should hit that one home for you.

This book is what it says on the tin - or rather, in the tagline. 'A Nutritionist's Guide to Eating for Wellness'. Lola Berry (great name) has organised each chapter by what health goal you want to support, and then she talks about what foods in particular will move you towards that goal. I, of course, skipped right to the chapters on immunity and calming, because they sounded most amazing to me. But I do have plans to make things out of every chapter.

The recipes have handy guides at the bottom to indicate whether the recipe is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, paleo, or a host of other possible things. I found this key really helpful when browsing through - it meant that, say I want to make something vegan for my husband, I could go directly to the key of a recipe to find out if it was suitable, or if I needed to find something else to make.

The photography is beautiful, and the general design of the book is gorgeous and user-friendly. I particularly like that Berry (who has trained in yoga) gives you a yoga pose at the start of each chapter. This was a lovely, personal touch that I really enjoyed.

Finally, I have to say that often when I come across vegan or gluten-free friendly cookbooks, I find a load of ingredients that I have to hunt the entire state for and then accidentally let it go off because I didn't store it at the correct temperature (or insert other random reason here). Berry's recipes have a few things in them that might require a trip to the health food store, but mostly it is stuff you can find in your local supermarket, and I really appreciated that. I just whipped up my second batch of Salted Almond Butter Choc Brownies today, and I had everything on hand to do so. I am really looking forward to using this book for many meals to come.


{I received a review copy of this book from Pan MacMillan/Plum Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!}

You would like this book if: you love beautiful, vegan/gf-friendly recipes, or you just love Lola Berry!

Tea to drink while reading this book: something herbal - Lola can recommend a few!

Rating:  10/10

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