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Focusing on an environmentally friendly diet, Brendan Brazier's new book builds on the stress-reducing, health-boosting nutritional philosophy introduced in Thrive. Finding creative ways to use basic ingredients such as kale, blueberries, and wild rice, Thrive Foods recipes are plant-based and nutritionally complete. They utilize the power of superfoods such asmaca, chia, Focusing on an environmentally friendly diet, Brendan Brazier's new book builds on the stress-reducing, health-boosting nutritional philosophy introduced in Thrive. Finding creative ways to use basic ingredients such as kale, blueberries, and wild rice, Thrive Foods recipes are plant-based and nutritionally complete. They utilize the power of superfoods such asmaca, chia, hemp, and chlorella and avoid ingredients like wheat, yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, and corn.If you're looking for sustainable energy, high-quality sleep, physical strength, and mental sharpness to meet modern-day demands, Thrive Foods is your go-to recipe source.


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Focusing on an environmentally friendly diet, Brendan Brazier's new book builds on the stress-reducing, health-boosting nutritional philosophy introduced in Thrive. Finding creative ways to use basic ingredients such as kale, blueberries, and wild rice, Thrive Foods recipes are plant-based and nutritionally complete. They utilize the power of superfoods such asmaca, chia, Focusing on an environmentally friendly diet, Brendan Brazier's new book builds on the stress-reducing, health-boosting nutritional philosophy introduced in Thrive. Finding creative ways to use basic ingredients such as kale, blueberries, and wild rice, Thrive Foods recipes are plant-based and nutritionally complete. They utilize the power of superfoods such asmaca, chia, hemp, and chlorella and avoid ingredients like wheat, yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, and corn.If you're looking for sustainable energy, high-quality sleep, physical strength, and mental sharpness to meet modern-day demands, Thrive Foods is your go-to recipe source.

30 review for Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is a book that I really wanted to love. As a triathlete and vegan myself, I was extremely exited to try all the exotic new foods and techniques Brazier presents here. But sadly, after 25 recipes, I'm afraid it's time to move on. The informational component of the book is nicely done. Brazier makes a very convincing case for sustainable vegan eating, particularly for athletes. He also provides an enticing introduction a variety of ingredients that most readers (myself included) will never hav This is a book that I really wanted to love. As a triathlete and vegan myself, I was extremely exited to try all the exotic new foods and techniques Brazier presents here. But sadly, after 25 recipes, I'm afraid it's time to move on. The informational component of the book is nicely done. Brazier makes a very convincing case for sustainable vegan eating, particularly for athletes. He also provides an enticing introduction a variety of ingredients that most readers (myself included) will never have encountered. It's all very exciting, until theory meets practice in the actual recipes. I'm happy to say there are in fact some incredibly good recipes contained here. His chili is the best I've ever made. The trouble is that for every great recipe, there are ten mediocre ones. As a vegan, and something of a gourmet, I've always prided myself on the quality of the food we prepare. I've always told my omnivore friends that eating vegan doesn't mean depriving yourself, or living only on rabbit food. Unfortunately, many of the recipes in this book really taste like "health food" (in the pejorative sense). Most that I tried I would shy away from serving to non-vegan friends or family. The recipes avoid many of the common staples we know as vegans like tofu, tempeh, wheat flour, soy milk, etc. Although novel at first, I just didn't find the substitutes to be as appetizing. The other problem is that all those exotic ingredients I mentioned make these recipes extremely expensive (some cracking $20). I wouldn't mind that so much if every recipe was a winner. But a few expensive, time consuming duds in a row, and you start to lose confidence. I'm very grateful we gave Thrive Foods a try, at the very least it was a culinary adventure. I started off with visions of cooking half the book, but 25 recipes in, I think I've hit my limit. Below are my top four, check my progress log to see my ratings on the others we tried. 1. Spicy Black Bean Chili [pg 239] 2. Breakfast Blueberry Chia Pudding [pg 138] 3. Roasted Garlic Quinoa [pg 187] 4. Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips [pg 265]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leah Hortin

    Definitely an interesting read! I found myself wanting a little more though... The book is mostly recipes and resources, I would have liked a little more dialog. The recipes themselves look good but there are a number of them that require ingredients I have never even heard of, or that require a dehydrator which I don't and probably won't ever own. A lot of them are also very labor intensive so I tended to shy away from a number of them; but I do have quite a few bookmarked! This book is obviousl Definitely an interesting read! I found myself wanting a little more though... The book is mostly recipes and resources, I would have liked a little more dialog. The recipes themselves look good but there are a number of them that require ingredients I have never even heard of, or that require a dehydrator which I don't and probably won't ever own. A lot of them are also very labor intensive so I tended to shy away from a number of them; but I do have quite a few bookmarked! This book is obviously targeted toward vegans and not those that are contemplating it, though he does make a compelling argument to its environmental importance. I'm not necessarily pro-vegan but I am a conscientious eater - both for my own health and wellness but also for the environment. I tend to buy local and organic when I can and we don't eat a lot of meat to begin with, and very rarely beef. I love that he is an athlete and a lot of his recipes are geared toward pre-workout energy and post-workout recovery. I will definitely be using his sports drink and energy gel recipes for my training.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maeve

    I have to check out his other books. This book reaffirmed why I became vegan and is a wonderful guide to healthy food choices written by an Ironman triathlete.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Max

    It has some nice information, but the recipes are a bit too weird for me!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Just got this and can't wait to try some recipes this weekend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Good intro to the cookbook. Really enjoyed the science behind plant-based eating. Wasn't the biggest fan of the recipes although they sounded delicious for someone who is a little bit more adventurous with food.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    Good Information and some good recipes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Worth it to read the first 126 pages before the recipes. I found insightful the concepts of nutritional stress and nutrient to resource ratio, which provide good rationales to drastically reduce meat consumption

  9. 4 out of 5

    Misha

    A great source for high energy, environmental friendly, nutrient dense foods. The first 130 pages speak about the environmental costs food production has on our society. Though I agree with him in many of his arguments, there were a few things I thought were inflated. That being said, I think many of his points resonated with me. First, if you are eating healthy (and by healthy I mean no processed food whatsoever, no refined sugar, just natural goodness) you do not have to limit your intake of f A great source for high energy, environmental friendly, nutrient dense foods. The first 130 pages speak about the environmental costs food production has on our society. Though I agree with him in many of his arguments, there were a few things I thought were inflated. That being said, I think many of his points resonated with me. First, if you are eating healthy (and by healthy I mean no processed food whatsoever, no refined sugar, just natural goodness) you do not have to limit your intake of food. I agree. Ever since I have switched to this kind of diet, I have not counted calories or watched what I ate. Due to a chronic virus I have contracted, I have not been able to exercise for 9 months. I have not seen any weight gain, in fact, I have noticed the pudgy muffin top that would threaten me with several of my pants, was no longer a threat. I feel good and arguably look better too. Being sick has facilitated me in my research about healthy food and completely turned around my thinking of how I eat. How I wish I would have done this BEFORE I got sick, and prevented this virus. The author wrote this book in response of all the research he gathered in trying to find the best foods that maximized his athletic performance (he is a professional iron man triathlete). What he found he wanted to share with the world. Yes, I have become a 'hippy' in several respects and will go buy some hemp seed at the local co-op. But--I can honestly say it has made a huge difference. I'd suggest this book to anyone who wants an introduction in how our food is becoming less nutrient dense, the cost on society and understanding why making the switch is so important on all levels. The recipes definitely look earthy, but I'm excited to try them and continue to know I'm giving my body the best possible nutrients for recovery!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam Miller

    I thought this was a great follow-up to the original Thrive book release. It adds 200 more recipes to the already over 100 recipes in the first book and goes into great detail about our food choices and the impact they have on the environment and health. He adds two great things to look at in relation to nutrition. First, the idea of nutrient density of the foods we eat and trying to maximize the most nutrient packed foods into our diet while reducing the foods that often take as many calories o I thought this was a great follow-up to the original Thrive book release. It adds 200 more recipes to the already over 100 recipes in the first book and goes into great detail about our food choices and the impact they have on the environment and health. He adds two great things to look at in relation to nutrition. First, the idea of nutrient density of the foods we eat and trying to maximize the most nutrient packed foods into our diet while reducing the foods that often take as many calories of energy to digest as the foods have to offer us. He reiterates a lot of the information in his first book and goes into a little more detail about some issues, especially what foods are good for what purpose. Overall a great read and a great companion to the first book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I love this book! He does an amazing job building a case for a plant-based diet. He shows how it is better for our health and better for our environment. (e.g., "For the average American, switching to a plant-based diet would prevent more CO2e from being released into the atmosphere than by eliminating driving altogether.") I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering cutting back on their animal product consumption, anyone who wants a mostly or completely plant-based diet, anyone wh I love this book! He does an amazing job building a case for a plant-based diet. He shows how it is better for our health and better for our environment. (e.g., "For the average American, switching to a plant-based diet would prevent more CO2e from being released into the atmosphere than by eliminating driving altogether.") I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering cutting back on their animal product consumption, anyone who wants a mostly or completely plant-based diet, anyone who wishes to improve their health through food, anyone who is concerned about the future of our food and food sources, and anyone looking to impact the environment in a positive way.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beckett

    not a fan, unless you are an intense vegan/raw food person these recipes would be hard and expensive to make. It was interesting in some ways but I was not impressed overall with the recipes for the normal person. if you live in an area where you can get these ingredients than it would be great but I live in the middle of nowhere near an organic/health food store is 30 miles away and way expensive.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Grace Dadoyan

    Not much new information (for me) in the first half of the book. There's some strange comparisons to number of driving miles saved by food choices that seemed a little abstract to me. But all in all, good information. The second half of the book is full of healthy, interesting recipes. I took this book out of the library but decided I had to buy a copy so that I could have all the recipes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    This book is a great resource. It describes for you the health benefits of nutritional components as well as lists foods to eat which have these nutritional components. Some foods may not be something you wouldn't have originally thought of thus giving you alternatives. There is also a great recipe section which is awesome and really helpful! Love good healthy recipe ideas! Great find!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Adamek

    I love the concept of the book...tying together plant-based/animal food's nutrient density with the environmental toll of food production. What I liked most was the highlighting of the 8 components of good nutrition, and examples of foods within each category (and especially that it is geared towards athletes). I can't wait to try the recipes!

  16. 5 out of 5

    DG

    Phenomenal Book with amazing recipes! Has a lot more information than just recipes. It goes into detail about the benefit of being Vegan not only to us as humans, but the environment as a whole. He is very thorough with calculations of water, energy, and land savings by going Vegan.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    As someone who is 90% vegetarian, it seems like this book will help me choose nutrient dense foods to optimize my health. After eating it: Got it from the e-library. Loved it so much, I will buy it for my Kindle to refer to it when needing to make best choices in menu planning.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    Thanks, Nat! Looks real good, I've got about 30 recipes tagged to try first, plus new ingredients to buy (sacha inchi? yacon syrup? dried goldenberries? arame?) and some shelved ingredients I could always use more (dulse, coconut, cashews, spirulina, nori)...and then I'll complete this.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paulla

    I found this book to be a little to text-book-like for my taste so I ended up skimming a lot of the boon. There were some interesting facts in the book as a good recipe section. I did not try any of the recipes but may go back as do that at a later date.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pbvravi

    Great book. Brendan makes logical argument about the nutrient/ resource ratio. I really liked the vegan alternatives to get nutrients. I've not tried all the recipes at the end. I tried few so far with pleasant results. Now I would like to read his first book 'Thrive'.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tess Masters

    This is such a fantastic book about plant based and sustainable eating. The recipes are delicious and the information is in a digestible format that makes it easy to reference when you need to. The ingredient glossary is really helpful.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aja Marsh

    Skimmed this. The recipes were really inconsistent and not especially inspires and I did not feel inspired. But then, the whole vegan athlete thing is big and I don't disagree with it but it's not specifically my bag, despite my near vegan diet.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Justin Vawter

    Interesting recipes, but be ready for complicated ingredients (which, admittedly, buying organic is a main premise of the book.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    This is a great book full of solid and useful information in the front and interesting vegan and raw recipes in the second half. I like Brendan Braziers philosophies and straightforward approach.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melusina

    Probably the best book on veganism I have read! Excellent background info too, about environmental issues etc.

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Stepper

    Informative & useful plus several good recipes. Informative & useful plus several good recipes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Short and to the point on advantages and reasons to eat a plant-based diet. I think a lot more information is available in his previous book and website. This is mostly recipes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Winter

    Best and most important book I've read all year.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Brooks riffel

    Liked it so well I bought it after I read it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    The recipes are abundant, diverse, and pretty simple. The first few chapters go into what he talks about in Thrive, so if you've read that, you can probably just skip to the recipes.

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