November 12, 2016

Nourishing Meals by Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre - Review

I voluntarily reviewed this book

Published: October 11, 2016
Number of pages: 528
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbooks

From two popular bloggers and leaders in the functional medicine movement, here’s the ultimate guide to eating healthfully as a family—a simple, practical cookbook that shows how easy it is to ditch processed foods one meal at a time with 365 delicious, whole food-based, allergen-free recipes that the entire family will love.

It can be daunting to live a whole foods lifestyle in today’s busy world—even more so to prepare plant-rich, allergen-free meals that’ll get the whole family around the table. Popular blogger Ali Segersten and functional medicine expert Tom Malttere are a team devoted to teaching their children—and readers—the importance of living a whole foods lifestyle. Nourishing Meals makes it easy and fun with dishes that burst with flavor, such as their Cherry Pecan Salad, Butternut Squash and Pinto Bean Enchiladas, Chipotle-Lime Roasted Chicken, and Banana Coconut Cream Pie.

Every recipe in the book is free of the most common allergens: gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy, as well as refined sugar. And these dishes are designed to appeal to everyone, including vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and meat-eaters. In addition to wonderful food, Ali and Tom offer easy, doable steps to help you change your family's health, tips for making the transition easier, and ways to get the kids excited about wholesome foods. They map out the best foods and recipes for every stage of having a family, from pre-conception and pregnancy through each year of a child's life. And they explain in accessible terms what makes their recipes so effective for achieving optimal health. Originally self-published with an avid following, this edition will feature more than 30 new recipes, and many of the original recipes have been updated. This new edition will also include 100 beautiful all-new food photos featured in two inserts.

With an easy, tasty recipe for every day of the year, it’s never been simpler to adopt a healthy, whole foods lifestyle!

My thoughts:
I was not sure what to expect when I decided to review this book. My family and I have been wanting to try an eat healthier so I thought this would be a way to get some new recipes. The problem I have with a lot of healthy recipes books is that the recipes do not sound good to me. When looking through this book I found myself saying ooh I want to try this ooh that looks good. Now I know my family would eat this. Then I told both my husband and daughter that I want them to look through it as well so they can pick out some things to try. Not only are these recipes good for you they taste good too. Who knew you could have a chocolate cake that is healthy. Along with the recipes they provide colored pictures of some of the dishes so you can see what they look like. Another thing I liked is how at the beginning of each section they give you ten tips for whatever that section is about. For example ten tips for snack ideas, ten tips for using natural sweetners and so on. The beginning of the book also teaches you about eating healthy with whole foods, allergy free and gluten free. It also gives you tips on raising a heathly child. I recommend this book for all families looking for an alternative way to eat. 

About the authors:
Alissa Segersten is a cooking instructor and author of the food blog,, empowering people with cooking skills and knowledge of whole foods so that they may reconnect with pleasure in eating delicious, nourishing food.

Tom Malterre, MS, CN, is a certified nutritionist who holds two degrees in nutritional sciences, and is a faculty member of the Autism Research Institute. He coaches physicians and other health care practitioners on using Functional Medicine principals in their clinical practices, and travels the U.S. and Canada lecturing on the biochemical interactions within the body and their relationship to diet.

Tom and Ali are often described as "food whisperers" who speak and write on the connection between diet and autism, fertility, and raising healthy children. They live in Bellingham, Washington.

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