10 December 2012

'Easy Vegan Meals' by SparkPeople helps make the vegan transition easy

SparkPeople.com is a health, nutrition, and fitness site that promotes weight loss through adopting a permanent healthy lifestyle, rather than dieting. So Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople is more than a cookbook; it is an introduction to the plant-based way of eating. Compiled by SparkPeople.com's recipe editor Stepfanie Romine, this e-book contains advice on transitioning to a plant-based diet, getting complete nutrition, breaking the cheese habit, and tips from users on the SparkPeople site who have been through the process.

The information on transitioning is given in a personable, easy-to-read format, peppered with contributors' experiences of weight loss or improvement in health. The nutrition information, on the other hand, is carefully laid out with numerous charts. The result is a book that is both encouraging and trustworthy.

Then come the recipes: 122 easy, healthy recipes, focused on whole foods. Many of the recipes are 'real kitchen' tested -- contributed by SparkPeople users. Serving and nutrition information (calories, fat, sodium, etc) is provided for each recipe.

It should be noted that the book addresses a vegan diet only, intentionally avoiding vegan ethics and taking a stance that "each person is different, and a vegan diet may or may not be right" for the reader. It goes on to encourage those readers who don't intend to follow a fully vegan diet or follow a vegan diet long-term to eat less meat for the sake of their health.

While those adopting vegan ethics may find some information lacking, they will enjoy the recipes, which are generally quick and simple. But Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople is a great resource for people who are interested in experimenting with a plant-based diet, or those who are adopting it for health reasons.

Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople:
The No-Stress, No-Guilt Way to Reap the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
by Stepfanie Romine
Amazon Kindle Edition
$2.99 US/CDN

Kasey Minnis | Facebook | @veggiemightee | Blog
Fort Lauderdale, FL That rare and elusive species known as the native Floridian, Kasey is passionate about protecting other endangered creatures. She lives by the principle “compassion and crochet for all,” and enjoys teaching others – including her husband of 20 years and two beautiful children – the benefits of cruelty-free eating by feeding them tasty vegan treats from her kitchen. Contact Kasey at kasey@thisdishisveg.com.

Disclosure: A complimentary copy of this publication was provided to TDIV for review. TDIV provides fair and unbiased reviews of all publications or products submitted for assessment.

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