In L.I.V².E. (Latin Inspired Vegan & Vegetarian Eats): Local & Organic Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle, Melinda Gonzales shares tips for eating clean and healthy Latin-inspired meals on a budget.
How good does a taco or plate of fajitas taste? Even vegan and vegetarian versions can lean to the less-than-healthy side. Extra cheese, sour cream, deep fried chips, and oil can add unwanted (yet delicious) calories to what could otherwise be a perfectly healthy meal. Melinda Gonzalez wants to show you how to have your cake and eat it, too. Her new e-book covers the bases of bringing organic, local eats to the table and how to live a healthier and fitter life.
Melinda Gonzalez knows what GMO foods do to the environment and the human body. The activist anthropologist presented on GMOs at the 2013 SANA Conference and is passionately devoted to teaching others to clean up their plates on a budget. L.I.V².E. (Latin Inspired Vegan & Vegetarian Eats): Local & Organic Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle includes 50 easy recipes, printable shopping lists, an 8 day meal plan, and exercise plans make L.I.V².E more than just a cookbook. This guide gives a starting point for reclaiming health with a vegetarian or vegan meal plan as the foundation. Her recipes are gluten-free, organic, paleo-friendly, clean, and high raw.
Gonzalez takes time to discuss how many of the current superfoods are of Latin origin. Avocados, black beans, amaranth, quinoa, chia. cacao. and other real food superstars have been around and appreciated for decades. Recipes a divided by type of meal and each chapter includes Latin twists on the classics. Annie’s Ambrosia is a delicious vegan interpretation of a Santo Domingo breakfast. Mangu, a plantain and onion mash, tofu-based Queso Frito, and dreamy combination of garbanzo beans and kale make a colorful, filling, and delicious dish that works for any meal. The Quinoa Cranberry Salad is gorgeous and would make a fine addition to the holiday table. It also makes a fine make ahead dish to pack with lunch. The Vegan Veggie Mofongo is a comforting bowl of goodness. It’s the best version I’ve tried to this day. And her Blueberry Smoothie with chia makes a great choice instead of coffee between meals or post-workout. Reduce some of the liquid to make a blueberry chia pudding as a late snack. Trust me on that!
Speaking of workouts, Gonzalez includes week-long schedules showing her standard routines. Someone already on a fitness track may enjoy her pre-injury schedule while those starting out or recovering may opt for her post-injury schedule of yoga, Pilates, walking, and classes. Her post-injury schedule was perfection. Also included in is a printable workout schedule designed by Holistic Nutritionist and personal trainer Lori Brannen-Graham.
L.I.V².E. is more than a cookbook. It’s a beginner’s guide for anyone seeking a healthier way of life with recipes. The information on making an organic diet affordable, clean eats, menu, and fitness schedule are worth giving this one a look. If you want the recipes alone, its worth the look. Pick up you copy of the 169 page e-book for $19.99.
To learn more about Melinda Gonzalez or to schedule a consultation, visit her on Facebook, or her blog.
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