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High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the electronic copy of this book. This is a great starter guide for people who are just beginning their plant-based journey. It provides easy recipes and clear guidance on how to execute them. It’s a good book to have around and makes a wonderful gift.
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This is a good resource for anyone wanting to reduce animal products in their diet. The book explains the benefits of a high-protein whole-food plant-based diet, good sources of plant-based proteins, ways to ensure you’re getting all your essential amino acids, and how to stock your kitchen and pantry. It also includes a 4-week meal plan to make the transition easier and a shopping list for each week. Some of the recipes are a little complex with specialized ingredients most people won’t just have sitting around in their kitchen, but a good portion of the recipes seem relatively easy. I’ve made a few and the results were great.
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HIGH-PROTEIN PLANT-BASED DIET FOR BEGINNERS: QUICK AND EASY RECIPES FOR EVERYDAY MEALS.
BY: MAYA A. HOWARD

I have a niece who has her Master's Degree in nutrition. I also have a mentor who knows a lot about nutritious food that is really good for your health. I have been enjoying a plant-based protein powder for adding to smoothies, so I was interested in broadening my knowledge of how I could incorporate high-protein plant-based food and recipes. If I could sum up this beginners guide cookbook up in one word I would call it: INSPIRING!

We all know that fruits and vegetables in our diets are important, but I was excited to see a beginners guide that featured everyday meals in a cookbook. This is an amazing resource because it not only serves as an introduction as to how to incorporate high-protein recipes that are quick and easy to make; It also has valuable multi-information purposes.

It contains sample recipes for planning out your meals for four weeks, including three meals per day plus Soups and Smoothies and Drinks. I found the shopping for grocery lists for all ingredients for each week to be extremely helpful and unique for a cookbook. I am not a Vegan or Vegetarian, but I am thrilled to find a cookbook that I can learn how to make high protein meals and Smoothies & Drinks, and Soups that are plant-based because it helps with overall health. Animal-based diets are a leading cause of heart disease, Type II diabetes and are known to be the cause of inflammation. I am not ready to be a full fledged convert of giving up animal-based food because that isn't my goal and there are ways of getting high-protein meals from animals such as chicken or fish that are healthy and I enjoy. Plus family members aren't going to want to convert either. I think that if I use this cookbook to make tasteful high-protein plant-based recipes sometimes, it is well worth exploring.

Another reason this cookbook is appealing is that at the end of each recipe for a meal it lists the Total Amount of Calories, Total amount of Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Total Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, Sugars and Protein. At the beginning of each recipe it has the Total grams of Protein. How long it takes to prepare and what Equipment is needed. There are spices listed to flavor the recipes that reminded me that I already used most of them to enhance all purpose cooking. I think that this will really be useful in helping to include ingredients that I know are beneficial, but don't always remember to buy. This will be my go to cookbook for healthier recipes that spruce up vegetable dishes and will enhance my knowledge of cooking more plant-based high-protein meals. The term "Diet," in the title suggests that it is a short term plan, but this is meant to be used in my estimation, whenever one wants, however often one wishes and be meant to enjoy. I plan on buying the physical hard copy of this incredible cookbook and I absolutely love it.

I have already tried the Banana Oatmeal Bake, which has 13.5 grams of Protein, the Crunchy Almond Granola Clusters, which has 2 grams of Protein, Chia Berry Parfait, which has 16 grams of Protein, Citrus-Mint Granola Bowl, which has 14 grams of Protein, Papaya Breakfast Bowl, which has
18 grams of Protein. Plus all of the Smoothie & Drinks. Believe it or not the Strawberries-and-Cream Milk Shake, which sounds like a dessert is a nutritiously balanced high protein plant-based version which has 13 grams of Protein. The Tropical Greens Smoothie is full of electrolytes, fiber-rich fruits and of course, 16 grams of Protein. All of them are delicious and healthy and I had either for Breakfast or a nutrient rich Snack after a workout, which I am scheduling everyday after spending the last four years being too sedentary. I also have loved the Loaded Nacho Fries, which has 22 grams of Protein. Pineapple Fried Rice, which has 14 grams of Protein. Stuffed Sweet Potato, which has 9 grams of Protein. These are recipes that are easy to make and there are too many to list that I want to try. I am so glad that I discovered this, "High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners." The recipes that I have tried thus far are indeed easy, but some require separate preparation time for some ingredients if the recipe is to be followed exactly as it appears. I have taken a few short cuts and substituted things like already prepared store bought Almond milk and I plan on still using Organic eggs. I have had good luck so far. There is so much value to be found here without being 100 percent Vegan or Vegetarian.

Publication Date: September 7, 2021; Already Available to purchase or get at your favorite Library!

Thank you to Net Galley, Maya A. Howard and Zeitgeist Publishing for generously providing me with my ARC of this wonderful Cookbook in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Trying to eat less meat for our own health and the planet ,thought this book would give us some ideas. Actually was surprised by how accessible and family friendly the recipes were. Not full of strange trendy ingredients as many of today's cookbooks are. Will be giving quite a few of the recipes a go. Even the carnivore husband expressed an interest.
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This is an excellent resource for plant based diets! Well written, researched and defined weekly plans! The recipes are delicious! I will definitely buy this one
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Aimed at readers who want to pursue a healthier, plant-based diet but don't want to do it through prepackaged and preprocessed foods that have been swarming onto the market lately, this book takes a step back to the original ingredients and follows a logical and step-by-step approach to planning a week-long menu, buying the ingredients, cooking up the food, and enjoying it!

I have to say as an aside that one aspect bothered me a little, in that there seemed to be no concern expressed here over sustainability or the environment. California is the market garden of the US, and its agriculture takes eighty percent of California's fresh water. Almonds alone use a trillion gallons of water every year, and this continues at in the height of an ongoing drought, and as new laws in California have required utilities to reduce water usage by 55 gallons per person per day by 2023!

This book has, as its focus, the creation of plant-based meals, and while that's wonderful as far as it goes, I would have been happier if a word or two had been included about the advisability of, for example, using almonds to create almond milk as the severe water crisis continues. Personally I refuse to eat almonds, but maybe that's just me.

That concern aside though, the main focus here - as the title suggests - isn't just getting healthy and nutritious food into your diet, but also finding plenty of protein along with the other vitamins and minerals a body needs. The book provides ready information on the best plants for protein, and also useful tips on how to combine such foods to make a balanced diet. This information is put fully into play by means of the extensive meal plans that the book is filled with. When it comes to creating a plant-based diet from fresh produce, I do not think you could find a better book, and I commend this one fully as a worthy and useful read.
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Thanks Netgalley for a chance to review this cookbook ahead of release. 

I'll start off by saying I'm not vegan. But I do love incorporating plant based meals in my diet. 
This book is a great way for someone to start making a change in their life. 
The recipes are fresh and easy to follow! 
The photos are lovely! 
I can't wait to try some of these!
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This is definitely the book promised by the title.  I have an autoimmune condition that my rheumatologist recommended I go vegan.  That is a hard switch for me since I was raised by a mother who grew up on a pig farm.  Food was traditional meat and potatoes, and then I made myself food out of a can or box.  Fresh fruits and salads we rarely had.  Fruit cocktail came out of a can.  I have slowly over time learned about fresh fruits and vegetables, and learned to accept salad.  This book is a great inspiration to help me make a tougher transition to no dairy, eggs, or other meat.  There are many tasty looking recipes with frequent delicious pictures of the final product.   Nutritional values are included.  Time to dig in and take control of my health.
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A great cookbook with loads of great ideas and recipes to try, so far I have enjoyed the No-Huevos Rancheros over Sweet Potato Hash and the Black Bean Fudge Brownies both were easy enough to make and tasted delicious.  I really liked that this book gives you a 4 week meal plan complete with shopping list for each week.  The only thing that I would have liked though was more pictures of the completed recipes, there were a few but for most meals there were no pictures.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners: Quick and Easy Recipes for Everyday Meals by Maya A. Howard was a good cookbook. The book was easy to understand and quite interesting. The meal plan was helpful because I am not a vegan and would like to try eating this way more often.  I tried the Quick Vegetable Soup because I had all the ingredients on hand. It was delicious. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about the vegan lifestyle to start incorporating easy recipes it into their routine.

***** I received an ARC from NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my honest review. *****
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This cookbook was probably one of the better ones that I have read. It had a meal plan with each recipe and a page number to that recipe. 4 weeks with real food that would be easy to follow if you're changing from a meat-based diet or if you were just looking to jump fully into a plant-based diet. I also like that it helped you break down how much protein you need. One of the biggest questions asked when you talk about going vegan is how are you going to get protein. It showed you how much is a recommended amount and broke down plant-based items and how many grams of protein per serving. Definitely a book to keep and use and recommend to friends who are looking for a more plant-based lifestyle.
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This has a great selection of recipes with easy instructions. Some include special ingredients that the average person isn't likely to have on hand. Helpful tips, such as a beginner's tutorial, are included. I also like the four-week meal plan. I really like pictures in cookbooks, and I do wish there were more in this book. Serving sizes weren't consistent (some for 1 serving, and others for 5 or 6), which could make it challenging when trying to feed a family. Perhaps the target audience is single people.
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I found many great recipes in this book. I’m not someone who counts my macros and I’m usually not worried about my protein intake as a vegan. However, I still like being mindful of those things so this book really helped me find new go to recipes! There’s still plenty in there I want to try but a favorite is definitely the enchiladas, I could eat those every week.
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Not only does this book have great sounding recipes, it gives you helpful tools such as a beginner’s tutorial on how to cook high-protein plant foods and a 4-week meal plan. My only complaint is there are not enough pictures of the recipes.
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Great selection of recipes with clear instructions.
I particularly enjoyed the black bean veggie burgers but was disappointed that not every recipe had a photograph of the finished dish.
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I like the idea behind the High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners cookbook, but I'm not sure about the execution.  As I was reading through the first sections about the benefits of going plant-based, how to stock your kitchen, and the 4 week meal plan to help you with the transition, it was unclear to me if I was the intended audience here.  Is this meal plan and shopping list for one person...two....a family of four?  I couldn't figure it out on the first past, and when I dove into the recipes, it seemed very inconsistent.  Some yielded 1 serving, others 2, 4, 5, or 6. Re-reading the start of the 4 week meal plan and the advice on leftovers leads me to believe this was written with only a young single person in mind, and I'm not sure how I would convert this to work for 2 adults + 2 kids.

Some of the recipes do look good and seem to be clearly written, so I will be giving them a try.  I'm just not sure about this as a truly inclusive guide for beginner who want to be coached through a transition to plant-based cooking.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC, in exchange for this honest review.
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This is a sound vegan, whole-foods book if you are the precise demographic its written for. It gives a lot of information about the benefits of eating a plant based diet and then very detailed instructions on what to buy and cook for the first four weeks. The recipes tend towards high carb even if they are higher protein than a lot of standard vegan recipes. They do tend to require a fair number of specialty ingredients like chia seeds and spirulina, and less of the things that many of us are used to in our recipes like fat and salt. This is not going to be a great fit for someone absolutely new to this lifestyle because you're not just giving up the animal proteins of the Standard American Diet but most of the familiar flavors too. It's very definitely health food, which is great, but it's a very big jump. I have a lot of experience cooking and eating vegan and whole foods recipes, and most of these did not strike me as especially appetizing. It's definitely "eat to live" kind of food, not comfort food. That's not to say we shouldn't be eating this way if we can, but there are other books that I like a lot better (one of my favorites is The Plant Protein Revolution Cookbook: Supercharge Your Body with More Than 85 Delicious Vegan Recipes Made with Protein-Rich Plant-Based Ingredients, by Robin Robertson).

There are some color photos but I would prefer a lot more. Nutritional information is provided for each recipe. There's also extensive information on things like kitchen utensils, ingredients, etc. Three stars for liked it.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.
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This is a fantastic cookbook for anyone wanting to increase their plant based food intake but unsure how to go about it. It has a lot of amazing recipes and each of them gives you info on the protein content, the equipment needed, and any allergens (gluten free, nut free). The recipes focus on naturally high protein whole foods, like chia seeds, legumes, oats, nuts, seeds etc, while avoiding highly processed vegan "meats" .

Possibly the best feature on this book is the planning. You get, week by week, four weeks of meals thoroughly planned for you:from your prep list to your shopping list, to when to do your prep to make your week easier and smoother. As any new-ish vegan would know, there is normally a fair bit of cooking involved at the beginning while you are trying to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Well, here all the guesswork is taken off your shoulders. Lunch is normally leftovers, so you won't spend your whole life in the kitchen unless you really want to.

I would absolutely recommend this book.
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This is a great cookbook for anyone starting a plant based diet. The author gives you amazing four week meal plans so you know what to eat for each meal, which I would have found enormously helpful when I started my journey. And she builds in leftovers, so no cooking for every meal! There are also some great looking recipes, but not enough pictures - never enough food pictures! The recipes are all made with simple ingredients that I think most people won't have trouble finding.
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I did not read this book through an educator lens. 

High-Protein Plant Based Diet for Beginners by Maya A. Howard was a great starting cookbook for those transitioning to this lifestyle. The beginning information with how much protein, how to eat on. budget and the weekly meal plans with the day by day prepping was really good. For the recipes, I would have liked to see some more original recipes and photography to go along with more of the recipes. Photography makes or breaks meal planning in my house when it comes to healthier meal options.
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