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High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners

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This book is true to it's title - the protein intake count per recipe is very prominent. It comes with a 4-week meal plan, which creates direction for those who may be indecisive or not know where to start, and there's a good number of delicious sounding recipes.

I did find the cookbook to be overwhelming from a beginner's perspective. The photo to recipe ratio was unbalanced (I think I counted one photo for every five recipes in the breakfast section), and for someone who's a beginner, photos are helpful in my opinion. They also help entice to make the recipe. Many of the recipes also require you to pre-make ingredients needed to make the overall recipe (sauces, toppings, etc.), which is a little intimidating when looking at the amount of work going into it.

That said, this cookbook is great for those looking to up their protein intake on a plant-based diet. It may be better  recommended for those who don't mind spending extra time in the kitchen.
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This is a great guide to recipes that are normally quite difficult to find accessible. Simple and tasty!!
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Simple recipes, well explained. Overall nothing too special or fancy so I’d recommend if you’re starting on a vegan journey or don’t own any vegan cookbooks but want to include more healthy vegan options. Maybe as a new years resolution or as part of a diet change.
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This cookbook is a helpful guide for those looking to get started with a plant-based diet. It offers detailed information on the protein content of fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts and seeds and explains the nutritional recommendations based on your weight and physical activity level. To simplify the process of getting started, the author outlines 4-week meal plan, complete with shopping list.  I look forward to trying some of these recipes!
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I am always looking for more recipes and ideas for what to create in the kitchen. High-Protein Plant-Based Diet provides you with not only a plethora of recipes to try out, but a very handy meal plan to guides you how to make your food work for you.

Plenty of the recipes include a single serve as a base, which makes things very easy to adapt compared to having to go from a 4 person size dish downwards. 6 seperate chapters are devoted to the different meals: Breakfast, Smoothies & Drinks, Soups & Stews, Main Meals, Snacks & Desserts, and Everyday Staples: Sauces, Spreads & Salad Dressings. Each dish includes nutritional information such as calories, total fat, carbohydrates and protein (almost like what you would when looking at food packages in the supermarket). While this information is very useful, I could see how it could very easily negatively influence some individuals to worry more about the numbers instead of the actual overall benefit of the meal.

Since this is a plant-based diet, most people will be put off by this. Actually, this book shows that you are able to get good tasting food with it being nutritious. Even if you are an avid meat-eater, I am sure that there will be recipes in here that you will enjoy.

If you are looking for more recipes to try then this is defiantly worth looking at.
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Thanks to NetGalley and Author Hayes to preview this.  I am curious about plant based diet, and this has a lot of information. 

If you are serious about getting into this, this book can definitely set you up for success. 
Tons of yummy recipes. I really like the beginning of the book where the over all info as well as important things to know about this lifestyle choice and the difference of it being a fad diet. 

I will definitely be trying some of these recipes.
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What I appreciate most about this title is not just the fact that it highlights the importance of protein in nutrition, but also that it truly is for beginners. As a vegetarian who tries to eat as plant-based as possible, it can be hard to 1) understand how to create a balanced diet and 2) ensure I have enough protein for my dietary needs. I appreciate how thoroughly Maya Howard explains the principles. I am not one to follow a strict meal plan, but the recipes in the book are easy to follow and don't contain an obnoxious ingredient list. 

I do, however, wish there was a stronger emphasis on financial challenges with a specialized diet. The short section on "Plant-Based On A Budget" was not practical for all readers (i.e. using local farmer's markets or growing your own organic produce is not practical advice for someone on a fixed income) and can create barriers for those facing financial hardships. 

Overall, I think it would be a good addition to any cookbook collection.
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I was so excited when I saw this book. I have been making nutrition and fitness a  priority along either the help of a personal trainer. Protien was the number one thing the trainer stressed and I have struggled with finding ways to hit my goals while being plant based. However when reading this book the amount of protien in the recipes were low for my macro needs especially compared with the overall calories. This books title was exactly what I wanted but content did not fit my needs. It could be the right ratios for someone else but not for me. :(
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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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