What a cool and incredibly interesting cookbook! Nutrition CHAMPS is a collaboration of great recipes from some of the best healthy chefs, health coaches and health educators in the business. The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality is a book likely everyone should read. Not only are the recipes incredibly tasty but many healthy lifestyle and nutrition fun facts and tidbits are scattered throughout. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the link below for your chance to win a copy of this ebook.
The acronym “CHAMPS” was derived from the first letter of six plant-based food groups: Cruciferous, Herbs, Alliums, Mushrooms, Pulses, Seeds (and Nuts). These plant-based foods cover a lot of nutritional ground. Cruciferous vegetables, which include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and turnips (plus others), are known to be cancer protective. Herbs and spices are nutrition powerhouses and make your food taste great. Alliums, onion, garlic, leek, shallot and green onions provide the flavor base for many cooked and raw dishes plus they are packed with phytochemicals for health promotion. Mushrooms are not vegetables, but fungi, which provide valuable fiber and possible cancer-fighting properties. Pulses, which include all types of peas, beans and lentils are protein-packed and contain soluble fiber which might aid in lowering cholesterol. Seeds and nuts add great taste and important fats to round out the plant-based diet. Including the CHAMPS daily will make a difference in your health which will lead to having more happiness, energy and vitality.
This book contains 200 plant-based recipes from 45 different cookbook authors, bloggers and recipe developers, it contains both raw and cooked recipes for meals from breakfast through dessert. Each chapter opener introduces the benefits of the foods in each category. The chapter sidebars include information such as how to dry saute and why we love to hate Brussels sprouts. The book includes an ingredient glossary and resource section for those new to this way of eating. You will learn more about the health benefits of each food category, with tempting recipes that you can eat daily.
The other thing that I really like about this book is that Jill talks a lot about the science behind these “CHAMPS”. Jill is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree (among many other things; health educator & culinary expert) so she can talk in detail about the science of why these foods are healthy and where they come from. As a biologist with an interest in botany, this is the stuff I really like. The great part about this book tho is that it’s very fun and lighthearted, not too “techie” for folks that aren’t all that interested the complex nutrition details or the science behind these foods. Great for people who just love to eat tasty food 🙂