After making a decision to eat healthier, many people wonder where to start. It’s so easy to get confused or paralyzed into inaction by a flood of conflicting information. Often a tendency is to go all out: no junk food, no dairy, no meat, no gluten, no fat. Then after a week of kale salads with a rye cracker on a side, the siren call of old habits gets impossible to resist. What I like about Everyday Detox by Megan Gilmore is that it makes it easy to introduce healthier choices into your life without making too many changes at once. She concentrates on what is proven to work: eating more whole foods and eating less processed ones. You can start by incorporating one or two recipes from this book into your week. As time goes by you can add more. And the best thing? You never have to say “no” to dessert.
|Chocolate Pudding from the book. My execution and photography.|
I was not familiar with the blog of Megan Gilmore until reading this book, but I am a long time fan of healthy eating and everyday detox. Healthy body, healthy mind is a motto I live by. And I think with a bit of practice it is so easy to feed my body healthy foods with naturally detoxifying properties every day, rather than go on erratic diets from time to time and hope for a quick-fix. What I like about this book is that it offers recipes that use normal, everyday ingredients that I already buy regularly. The recipes are very easy to follow and in most cases a meal can be put together with just a few ingredients. At the end of a busy day the last thing I need is a complex recipe with weird ingredients.
One important plus for me is that recipes are kid friendly. It was always one of my parenting goals to establish healthy eating habits from the start. I put a lot of effort into feeding my kids healthy, nourishing foods. I like that with a few creative tricks author puts a healthier spin on classical kids’ favorites. The cauliflower flatbread pizza pleases all my pizza fans. And meatball lovers will enjoy Gilmore’s Italian “meatballs” (meat-like balls without any processed soy substitutes). When you (and your family) are ready for the next step you can start making your own almond milk, no-cheese cheese (walnut “parmesan”) and nut butter. You can even advance to the Food Groups, something that the author goes into in this book, but personally for me the whole food grouping topic is a bit too much to think about at the moment.
|Lentil Chili. Recipe from the book. My execution and photography.|
If you are all eager to get started and detox all the way, there is an easy 7 day Detox Jump Start menu with a shopping list and tips for maximizing the results. Need help with stocking your detox-friendly kitchen? The book has a guide to pantry essentials, helpful kitchen tools, and tips on maximizing kitchen success (i.e. how to measure coconut flour).
The recipes in the book are divided into seven sections.
This chapter has ten easy recipes that can be whipped up in minutes. My favorites are Cucumber Lime Cooler (cucumber, celery, pear, lime) and Back to your Roots (carrot, beet, apple, ginger).
Some other recipes in this section V-6 juice, Banana Nut protein shake, Blended Apple Pie a la mode (apple, dates, almond milk, avocado, vanilla, cinnamon), and Peachy Green Cleanser (peaches, pineapple, dates, almond milk).
In this section there are ten healthy recipes that are perfect for your morning: grain-free, dairy-free foods like homemade granola, muffins, banana bread, frittata, cinnamon coffee cake, etc. We loved the Blender Banana Pancakes (bananas, eggs, coconut flour, vanilla and coconut oil) and Caramelized Onion and Red Bell Pepper Frittata (butter, onion, bell pepper, spinach, eggs, salt, soft goat cheese).
Salads, Dressings & Sides
Give your favorite salads a makeover with healthy, homemade dressings, like Creamy Jalapeño, Honey Dijon and Hemp Seed Ranch. Try some classical side dishes like Classic Guacamole and Go-To Greek salad, or venture into unusual with Almond Pulp Hummus, Seasoned Sweet Potato Home Fries and Crispy Zucchini Chips.
Soups, Sandwiches and Wraps
Expect these healthy soups to become staples of your soup repertoire. The Carrot Ginger Soup is to die for. Broccoli Cheese soup was well loved by all my three kids. And I particularly enjoyed the lentil chili because it froze well in individual portions and I could quickly defrost it when I just didn’t have time to cook. Also in this section delicious Quinoa Mushroom Burgers (my personal favorites), Juice Pulp Sushi Rolls and Wild Salmon Sliders.
Casseroles & Comfort Food
This is a great collection of easy, healthy, satisfying foods. With a few strategic swaps you can enjoy your old favorites without the guilt. Vegan Mac-and-Cheese, Zucchini Lasagna and Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo was not only delicious, but easy to make. Creamy Pumpkin and Sage Pasta and Mexican Butternut Pilaf are perfect dishes for the fall.
Healthy desserts do not need to be tasteless and this cookbook is a proof of that. Everything we tried was absolutely delicious. Do you crave chocolate? How about Dark Chocolate Pudding, Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cozy Hot Chocolate, and Chocolate Cupcakes. Is it something fruity you want? How about Raw Lemon Bars or Banana Soft Serve? In mood for cheesecake? Raw Cheesecake (pecans, maple syrup, coconut oil, salt, cashews, zucchini, lemon juice, honey, and vanilla) will blow your mind away.
Back to Basics
Are you ready to take your detox game up a notch? Ditch store bought healthy products like almond milks and creamers that contain stabilizers and preservatives. Make homemade version of Classic Coffee Creamer, Hemp Milk, and Coconut Milk.
I think the biggest compliment to any cookbook is to say that it is used a lot. I’ve had this book for 2 months and it has been in constant use. This book proves that eating healthier doesn't mean you need to stop socializing with friends. On the last pages it offers Detox-friendly Entertaining menus that will inspire you to throw a get together (Burger Night, Taste of Mediterranean, Dairy-free Italiano, Chinese Takeout, Holiday Celebration….). I think this book will also make a nice present.
You can learn about the author here and check out her beautiful recipes on her website here. And you can buy this book on Amazon or at Penguin Random House.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.