How to Eat More Plants
Transform Your Health with 30 Plant-Based Foods per Week (and Why It’s Easier Than You Think)
by Megan Rossi
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Pub Date 16 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 30 Aug 2022
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A fact-based guide to plant-based eating, explaining why a diverse diet is the key to better health—with 80 plant-packed recipes from the award-winning gut health doctor and author of Love Your Gut
The secret to a healthy gut (and a healthier body and mind) is all in the microbes: the trillions of microorganisms that live in our digestive tract. These microbes thrive on fiber—as many different types as they can get.
That’s why Dr. Megan Rossi developed the Diversity Diet, a simple yet revolutionary way of eating that anyone can adopt to enjoy huge health benefits—increased energy, improved mood, and reduced risk of illness, to name a few. It’s all about eating a wider variety of plant foods—at least 30 different plants per week.
Each plant counts as one point, and How to Eat More Plants shows readers exactly how to get their “Plant Points” with delicious fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, herbs, and more. A 28-day challenge, tailored meal plans, and over 80 mouthwatering recipes set readers on the path toward better health!
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This is a must-have resource to help one improve their health and live a more full and happy life. It is full of great strategies, advice, and easy to implement ideas. This is one I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
This book is an outstanding resource for those seeking to eat more plant-based foods. I'm amazed by the creative yet realistic strategies outlined in the book. Beyond meal plans and recipes, which include prep time/cook time -- essential information, in my opinion -- Rossi suggests snacks, pantry staples, and recipe adaptations/additions that help anyone achieve the simple goal of eating more plants, in whatever capacity is available to them. The first chapters are a bit longer than necessary, but Rossi invites readers to skip them no convincing of the benefits of plant-based diets is needed. I'll be buying a personal copy of this book, as well as copies to give as gifts.
This is the exact type of book I've been looking for. Not necessarily for the info, but for the nutritionally rich recipes that make it easier to add plants to every day life. And ones that aren't bombarded with tofu and other types of ingredients. I love the meal plan and prep ideas, the book layout, and the photos. This is definitely a book I'll want on my keeper shelf to help me add more plant-based snacks and meals to my meal plans.
LOVED this book. My only complaint is that I didn't have the physical copy yet, so I could bookmark and flag all of my favorite anecdotes, tips, etc. This was a very straightforward and well-rounded approach to implementing a more plant based lifestyle into your diet. Very helpful and informative.
This book convincingly lives up to its title as a how-to book. It explains with clarity how to evaluate a "plant-based diet" (as there are many and they are not all created equal.) The eating "challenges" encourage readers to see making an eating shift as a doable "game" they can win rather than a distasteful necessity. The anecdotes of people who tried this author's method of plant-based eating add to the "invitational" quality of the text; readers are encouraged at every turn to pick one of the many recipes, just give it a try, and see where it can take you.
There is so much valuable, user friendly information in this book. The author has made it easy to improve my diet with manageable steps. I will have to buy this book to use a resource in my day to day culinary adventure.
This book is absolutely wonderful. Full disclosure, I've been vegan for about three years now, but even then, I learned quite a few things from this book. The first half of the book is all about vegan concepts and setting the reader up for success in eating more plants, and then the second half of the book is tons of tasty recipes. I love the idea of expanding the kinds of plants you're eating rather than focusing on the types of food being removed from your diet. I will absolutely return to this book for reference as well as recipe ideas as I continue to find what works for me best on my plant based diet.
Author Megan Rossi offers a delightful book on eating a diverse diet that is evidence-based and offers many health benefits. The book has colorful graphics and wonderful pictures of recipes provided. "How to Eat More Plants" may be a bit gimmicky with the 28-day plant point challenge but this may just be the motivation factor to get some people to incorporate more whole grained, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nut and seeds, and herbs and spices into their daily diet. Rossi includes a Diversity Diet toolkit, wheel of diversity, a plant-based shopping list, mindful eating exercise, nutritious recipes with attached plant points and so much more. This book would assist the novice as well the experienced person on increasing diversity in the diet.
How to Eat More Plants is a comprehensive explanation for why and how to add more plant based foods into your diet. The prevalence of factory manufactured food is becoming almost too much, and the ease of processed foods has moved people away from plant based sources of nutrition. This is causing an increase in preventable diseases and leading more people to seek out better ways to fuel their bodies. Eating plants is essential for good health and overall wellness. This book clearly lays out easy to adapt ways to include more plants and make a switch to a more whole food plant based diet.
I really enjoyed the background on eating more plants, and the focus is on diversity. The plans for different types of people (families, busy, and food sensitive) were really helpful and the system described by Rossi is definitely something I have started implementing in my own life!
I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. This is a must-read book if you are looking for easy recipes that will help you eat more plants. Excellent, easy-to-make recipes.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I am going to need a print version so I can write in the margins, tag favorite pages and good ideas, etc. I love the thinking behind the book and it is done is such a visually appealing way! Nice work, Megan Rossi! You have a best seller on your hands!!!
Nicely laid out book with tons of good information and nice illustrations. I already knew a good bit, but also learned more from this book. Looks like I'll be buying a copy of this one when it is published.
Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC!
I am a vegetarian, but usually skeptical of books that promise just to do this one thing and your health will finally be right. So I was hoping for a few tips here, but got more than that. This is a practical guide to doing just what the title suggests--eating more plants. I like the focus on eating a wide variety of plants and letting everything take care of itself after that. I think I can do this, or at least improve a lot by doing MORE like this every week. Clear and practical with quite a few recipes, many of which look good and pretty easy.
Easy to love cover and aptly named book! This was a great book to just help you incorporate a few more vegetables into your diet. You don’t have to be a strict vegan to enjoy the advice!
What did I like? The concept was/is pretty easy. Who can’t add some more nuts, beans, or spices to your meals. She gives you the best choices and it’s up to you to add them. Easy peasy! The wealth of information provided though is pretty good. I hadn’t read her first book (Love your gut) but I’ve added it to my buy list.
Would I recommend or buy? Yes I could easily see myself buying this book and trying out the healthy recipes. Simple though you don’t need a recipe to add foods, just a simple trial and error. Five stars!
I received a complimentary copy to view and voluntarily left this opinion.
Where has this book been my whole life! I have always been a flexitarian my whole life. I often find myself falling into cooking ruts where I just recycle the same 3-4 recipes. It gets very boring quick. I have been looking for new recipes to get inspired to cook again while also improving my overall gut health. I think Dr. Rossi does a great job of explaining the gut bacteria's role in our overall health. I love that she broke down the different pathways gut bacteria can impact different aspects of your wellbeing (i.e. hormones, skin, brain, etc). Each explanation includes cited references to studies to support the statements made by the author. Most importantly I enjoyed the examples of plant based foods that can "boost" your gut bacteria to address different aspects of your health. I've tried a few variations of the recipes in this book and can't wait to keep experimenting. Overall, I believe this is a really great resource for not only recipes, but to gaining a better foundation in the what and why of plant based diets and improving your gut bacteria. Important note: the author does not promote any sort of diet, but encourages readers to incorporate more plant based foods into their diets. I love that the author points out that a plant based diet is based on facts and not fads. I would definitely recommend this book. Thank you to Net Galley and The Experiment for a copy of this book. Well done Dr. Rossi!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. (via Netgalley)
Interesting read! I like that it's focused on diversity of foods and not calorie counting.
With grocery prices rising fast, who doesn’t want to save money and live healthier by eating more plants. But if you are unfamiliar with vegan or vegetarian cooking, your plant recipe repertoire may seem like a menu of side dishes. This book addresses that problem by explaining How to Eat More Plants.
The book includes an extensive, well-researched (but easily understood) guide to why eating more plants is beneficial. In brief, a healthier gut, fatter wallet, lowered disease risk, and more advantages await. The book includes over eighty recipes and three twenty-eight-day plans to change your carnivorous habits. What makes How to Eat More Plants different is it doesn’t push an all-or-nothing vegan or vegetarian menu. Eating even a few more plants is healthier and cheaper than your current meat heavy diet. Oh, and about that diet word, the book's plan is not marketed as a weight loss diet. Could you lose weight on it? Certainly, but no food restrictions or calorie counting is required—the only requirement is that thirty servings of a diverse range of plants are eaten each week.
My only concern is that the recipes seem to be for better cooks than me, on at least an intermediate chef level. Most include a multitude of ingredients too, which may mean stocking your pantry will be expensive in the beginning. But these are minor gripes. How to Eat More Plants should result in eating more plants without feeling guilty for your Saturday night steak dinner. Yay for that! 4 stars.
Thanks to The Experiment and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.
I got a lot of useful information and inspiration out of this book! The tone is wonderfully positive and affirming--it's not about dieting, deprivation, strict adherence to any particular plan, or "clean" eating. Instead it's a gentle nudge to incorporate nutrition and a diversity of plants into your diet whenever possible, for your own wellness. It's about adding, enhancing, and mindfully connecting to how we nourish ourselves.
The second half of the book is dedicated to menu ideas and recipes. I'm never going to make 90% of these recipes. They're kind of complicated, very dependent on a food processor, and way too much effort for weekdays. That said, I will definitely be inspired by them for ideas. The weeknight stir-fry guide, with several different flavor profiles, is super useful. I will make that black bean/corn mix for taco filling. I will look to fruit-based desserts. I will watch for opportunities to choose a new plant food whenever possible. There is a lot to take away from reading this and it's very much worth a look!
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
I LOVED this. I already ordered a physical copy. This is exactly what I have been looking for- not a diet, but a lifestyle change that will be healthier. I find myself saying, that's 5 more plant points today!!
That said, I have asked for our nonfiction buyers to add this. I hope it shows up in their catalogs. I read it on the Netgalley app, which was kind of frustrating, but doable. I can't wait to actually have a copy of this in my hands.
I loved the 30 day challenge. When I get the book, I plan to follow it!
Megan Rossi knows her material and carefully lays out an approach that is adaptable and manageable for all types of diets. I loved the organization of this book and the very clear and actionable ideas that she lays out. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet but am eager to explore those as well. I think this is an excellent book for anyone to read - especially those who don't currently have a plant rich diet.
In How to Eat More Plants, registered dietician Megan Rossi explains why and how you should eat a diverse, plant-based, whole foods diet (though not necessarily vegan or vegetarian). I have studied nutrition and am already incorporating most of her suggestions, but this would be great guidance for someone eating a more typical American diet, or even someone already eating healthy foods but just lacking in variety.
The author includes all kinds of helpful lists and charts, including simple diversity hacks, low-FODMAP ingredient swaps, and three menu plans for different lifestyles: Fueling Families, Busy People, and Sensitive Guts.
The second half of the book consists of more than 80 high-fiber, plant-powered recipes that offer flexibility for food intolerances, dietary preferences, time limitations, budgets constraints, and cooking skills. I tried a good sampling of the recipes and was happy with their flexibility, healthiness, and flavor. Some of the recipes looked very easy, and some were more challenging, but they did seem clearly written with helpful tips. All of the recipes feature a diversity of plant foods; most can be made vegetarian, and many could be made vegan. Some of the recipes include gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, or nightshades, but they are usually still workable with substitutions or omissions.
Each recipe includes number of servings and preparation time, as well as plant points (the author’s system for tracking plant diversity in your diet). Icons indicate features such as freezer-suitable recipes for batch-cooking, low-FODMAP recipes, “Fridge Raids” to use up any produce that’s about to spoil, and zero-waste recipes. Most of the recipes include attractive photographs on a separate page, but I was disappointed that the book doesn’t include nutritional data. Most recipes can be made with widely available ingredients. Some recipes require a food processor.
The chocolate Muffin in a Mug was quick, simple, and delicious. The Omelet Bowl was also quick and tasty, though I will probably season it a little more next time. I was deeply suspicious of the vegetables in the Eat-the-Rainbow Pancakes, but we tried several varieties and they were all good. The Thai-Inspired Fish Cakes and Crunchy Salad required quite a bit of effort, but was beautiful and a refreshing change of pace. Chicken ’n’ Veggie Meatballs were fun, moist, and delicious. I was delighted by the Stir-Fry Adventures, which provided a basic template modifiable for different cuisines (such as Indonesian or Korean) and offering different choices for each category of ingredients.
The No-Freeze Cream-less Ice Cream and the Snickers Smoothie Bowl were both simple and delicious treats, but perhaps our favorite of all the recipes we’ve tried so far is the Gut-Loving Carrot Cake with Vanilla Cream Frosting. It’s the best raw dessert I’ve ever tried, and in my opinion, that recipe alone is worth the price of this book.
If you’re looking for healthy new recipes to add more plants to your diet, this is a great choice.
I was provided an unproofed ARC through NetGalley that I volunteered to review.
If you've been thinking about how to add more plant-based foods to your diet, or even if you have been eating a plant-based diet and you're looking for more ideas or you're looking for ways to improve your diet and aren't sure where to start, you will want to pick up and read "How to Eat More Plants". Megan Rossi presents plant-based foods you've wondered about and more that you may not be aware of.
For those who need a bit of encouragement to move to more plant-based foods, the 28-day plant point challenge provides the push needed to try and adopt more plant-based foods in your diet.
Highly recommended: five stars.
Lots of great tips and ideas for incorporating vegetables into one's diet. I'm definitely glad I got to peruse this and it's definitely going to get a lot of circulation at my library. Cookbooks are always popular with my library patrons and lately more people are asking for ways to eat fresh vegetables so this will be a welcome addition.
This is the kind of plant-based cookbook I am always on the look out for! Offering recipes with minimal/no processed foods and really making plants the star of the show is the most useful tool, in my opinion. Anyone can substitute in fake meats and cheese and call it vegan, but the beauty here is that plants are affordable and accessible. This book is laid out so well, offering recipes, plans, snacks, swaps and more. I will definitely be encouraging my library to order a copy and would like to own one myself!
The book gives many tips and detailed recommendations on how to incorporate more vegetables in your diet along with recipes and creative suggestions for substitutions. It is also visually appealing and not overwhelming in size. The author's credentials as well as her writing style inspire trust in the reader. The book is an excellent read for people interested in nutrition advice, healthy eating and for those who are not sure how to increase the amount of vegetables on their plates.
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