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Plant-Based Diet For Dummies

Marni Wasserman

ISBN: 978-1-118-83067-3 June 2014 360 Pages


Get healthy, lose weight, and feel great on a plant-based diet

The benefits of a plant-based diet have been publicized far and wide, and you can no longer deny it—you're fully ready to experience the health benefits of this lifestyle. Plant-Based Diet For Dummies has been created to help even the most stubborn carnivores adapt to and even learn to find joy in a plant-based diet. Besides providing useful tips, delicious recipes, and meal ideas, this lively resource discusses all you have to gain from adopting healthier eating habits, including a decreased risk for cancer, a lower risk of heart disease and stroke, a lower cholesterol count and blood pressure, and a lower risk, and prevention, of diabetes. A meat-free lifestyle has many benefits for your body, and author Marni Wasserman takes you on a journey of discovery into the exciting world of fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-rich foods.

A plant-based diet, while similar to vegetarian and vegan diets, is different in that it allows an individual to experience the benefits of vegetarianism without focusing on the politics of a meat-free lifestyle. This book takes the mystery out of adopting better food habits and making better meal choices. It shows you how to stock your kitchen, cook fantastic meals, and discover the wealth of delicious ingredients at your fingertips.

  • Discusses how to improve energy, lower cholesterol, and protect the body's cells, all through better diet options
  • Includes more than 40 mouthwatering recipes and sample menu plans
  • Gives specific advice and instructions for athletes, those battling illnesses, expectant parents, seniors, and children
  • Covers which plant foods are good sources of fat, protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber

Get healthy, lose weight, and feel great on a plant-based diet.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with a Plant-Based Diet 5

Chapter 1: What Is a Plant-Based Diet? 7

Chapter 2: Seeing the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet 19

Chapter 3: The Macro and Micro Essentials of a Plant-Based Diet 33

Chapter 4: Packing an Extra Punch with Power Foods 53

Part II: Embracing Plant-Based Living 67

Chapter 5: Taking the Plunge into a Plant-Based Diet 69

Chapter 6: Looking at What’s on Your Plate 81

Chapter 7: Overhauling Your Kitchen Contents 99

Chapter 8: Being a Savvy Shopper 117

Chapter 9: Boosting Your Plant-Based Diet with Supplements 131

Part III: Plant-Based Recipes for Success 143

Chapter 10: Brilliant Breakfasts 145

Chapter 11: Lovable Lunches 159

Chapter 12: Super Suppers 175

Chapter 13: Guiltless Desserts 187

Chapter 14: Sensational Snacks 201

Chapter 15: Sauces, Sides, Dips, and Dressings 213

Part IV: Plant-Based for All Stages of Life 227

Chapter 16: Navigating Restaurants and Special-Occasion Dining 229

Chapter 17: Eating Plant-Based When You’re Pregnant 241

Chapter 18: Raising Children on a Plant-Based Diet 251

Chapter 19: The Plant-Fueled Fitness Enthusiast 267

Chapter 20: Getting Older, Getting Wiser about Your Plant-Based Diet 281

Chapter 21: Purely Fit on a Plant-Based Diet 291

Part V: The Part of Tens 301

Chapter 22: Ten Foods That Are Surprisingly Not Plant-Based 303

Chapter 23: Ten Plant-Based Foods That Boost Your Immunity 307

Chapter 24: Ten Plant-Based Beauty Treatments to Use on Your Skin 311

Chapter 25: Ten Bad Things about Eating Meat 317

Index 323