I taught myself to speed-read in middle school, and to this day, it is probably the most valuable thing I’ve ever learned.
One of the really fun perks of being a blogger is that authors occasionally send books for review. This month, I’ve received several great ones (and several I decided not to review), but the speed reading came in very-handy in having the time to read all of these great new books. The four books below are my favorites this month:
Alison Golden is an online friend of mine and she has compiled a very practical and to the point guide. The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo includes tips/advice on:
- Getting started without becoming overwhelmed
- Meal Planning and practical tips
- How to stay consistent
- Organizing a paleo kitchen
- Shopping for healthy foods on a budget
- The importance of other factors like sleep and stress
- How to involve children or other adults without an up-hill battle
What I liked: Alison’s personality really shines through in her writing, and this book is a great read. Having been through it herself, she gives practical tips on changing diet and dealing with a spouse who isn’t on board.
At first, the title may seem like a paradox – chocolate and Paleo don’t always go hand in hand, but this book is a compilation of 80 mostly-healthy dessert recipes that are grain and dairy free. Certainly, any kind of treat should not be a daily indulgence, but for special occasions and gatherings, these recipes look delicious. I made the chocolate cupcakes with cookie dough frosting for a party recently and they were definitely a hit. Other recipes include:
- German chocolate cake
- chocolate granola
- chocolate pancakes
- chocolate swirl cheesecake
- Salted Carmel Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
- Homemade truffles
- a lot more
What I liked: All of the recipes were coconut/almond flour based and on the healthy end of the treat spectrum. I would feel comfortable letting my kids pick a treat out of that book to make on occasion and the pictures were wonderful!
Two trends seem to be very popular (at least on Pinterest) right now: slow cooker/make ahead food and paleo/grain free food. This book is the intersection of those two ideas. The recipes are grain/dairy free but many can be made ahead or are very fast to prepare.
Tammy Credicott (of Paleo Indulgences and The Healthy Gluten Free Life fame) compiles recipes that are easy to prepare, kid-approved and easy to eat on the go. I made her Thai Coconut Meatballs and they were a hit with my family.
What I liked: The pictures were great, the recipes were simple and all were grain/dairy free.
There were also some really creative meat recipes that I am looking forward to trying.
This book would be a great gift for college students or single/newly married adults who struggle with making dietary changes because of the social implications. It compiles healthy alternatives to common restaurant and bar favorite foods in easy to prepare recipes.
Paleo Happy Hour also includes recipes for healthier alternatives to common drinks. They still contain alcohol, but remove ingredients like sugar and grain based alcohols and instead use more nutrient dense ingredients. Example: Avocado Rita (just like it sounds, a margarita sans sugar and with avocado).
What I liked: The design of this book was beautiful and there were some really creative alternatives to regular restaurant fare.
Read any good books lately? Read these? Tell me about it below!