Blueberries, salmon, kale, chia seeds . . . No one who is responsible for the grocery shopping, menu planning, and cooking for a family of any size can really escape the attention these ingredients have each shared . They are just part of the larger group of super foods, a term that for many years has been used in the food and wellness industries for foods that provide our bodies with high levels of much-needed vitamins and minerals or that are sources of antioxidants, which are substances that help protect us from cell damage disease.
While understanding the role of super foods is easy enough, creatively incorporating these foods into our daily diets is often a whole other issue. Super Foods Every Day: 65 Recipes for Optimal Health offers 65 easy and appetizing recipes for adding such important nutrients as watercress, bok choy, lentils, artichokes, cauliflower, cranberries, mackerel, and other super food fruits, legumes, fish, and vegetables.
After easy-to-read infographics on the different super foods and their nutritional values and benefits, author Sue Quinn offers chapters on Breakfast, Soups & Salads, Side Dishes, Main Dishes, and Baked Goods. She wraps the book up with “Sweet Things.” Each recipe offers photography of the ingredients and the finished dish, nutritional content, and potential benefits. Before shopping for ingredients, be sure to note number of servings. Many of the recipes only serve one person. Most recipes are relatively quick to make, and happily, no one ingredient dominates the book. [With a vehement dislike of quinoa, I was thrilled that the little grain was limited to one recipe.]
I’ve purchased multiple super food cookbooks, only to return them or give them away after finding them impractical. That won’t happen with Super Foods Every Day. I’ve already made a delicious slaw, lentil braise, and eggplant dish. The compact books is well worth its $14.95 sticker price.
Super Foods Every Day: 65 Recipes for Optimal Health
160 pages (paper)
Hachette Livre, 2015
Published in the United States by Ten Speed Press
$14.95 | ISBN 978-1-60774-940-0
Available through Amazon.com: Super Foods Every Day: Recipes Using Kale, Blueberries, Chia Seeds, Cacao, and Other Ingredients that Promote Whole-Body Health