With the scare of various viruses our globe has had to face over the years, many people have chosen to take charge of their health and diet. More and more people are growing their own food and living a healthier lifestyle. Fat, sugar and chemical-laden foods are causing unimaginable health conditions. Junk food, fast food, and processed foods have been accepted as the norm, but savvy and health-conscious individuals are tossing them to make room for healthy, vibrant, and nutritious foods that promote wellness and healing.
Fermented foods, sprouts, and power bowls have all proven beneficial for our bodies. Creating these foods can be confusing without some guidance, so I found three books that will kickstart your nutrition.
Fermenting Food Step by Step
Fermenting Food Step By Step offers over 80 simple, safe, and practical recipes and shares different types of fermentation. The book is divided into nine chapters.
- Ch 1. Getting Started
- Ch 2. Vegetables and Fruit
- Ch 3. Condiments
- Ch 4. Dairy
- Ch 5. Legumes and Grains
- Ch 6. Bread
- Ch 7. Beverages
- Ch 8. Alcohol
- Ch 9. Vinegar
Although fermentation is relatively easy, you’ll first want to get some foundational knowledge and basic facts before you attempt your first recipe. The onset of the book explains what fermentation is, it’s health benefits, and the four different types of fermentation. You’re then walked through the essential equipment and vessels, sourcing ingredients, and the ideal environment for fermentation. Pouring over this information first, will ensure you create foods that are well preserved with no contamination.
You’ll learn to make a wide variety of recipes that include a range of food groups. Did you know that you can ferment fruits as well as vegetables? Want to make your own condiments? You can! Plus, along the way, you’ll also learn skills and techniques from basic knife techniques to slicing-peeling and grating techniques to soaking and sprouting and so much more.
Some of the recipes you can make include Kimchi, Pickled Ginger, Ketchup, Yogurt, Kefir, Sprouted Grains, Sourdough Bread, Herbal Syrups, Kombucha, Sato, Red Wine Vinegar and so much more. Each recipe features full-color photos, ingredient list, and the fermentation method. They also have data pop-ups that share helpful and interesting facts. Fermentation is growing in popularity and this book is a very informative guide. It’s a must-have in any kitchen.
Sprouted Seeds, Grains & Beans
Sprouted Seeds, Grains & Beans will teach you how to successfully sprout some of your favorite foods. I’ve tried sprouting on my own and ended up with a moldy result. There is a safe way to grow sprouts as I’ve learned from this book. Following the steps, guidance, tips, and techniques within these pages will ensure you have a safe product to feed your family. The included eleven chapters are filled with so much beneficial and easy to follow information. Here’s what you’ll learn.
- What are sprouts?
- Why are sprouts super?
- The best beans to sprout
- The best seeds to sprout
- The best grains to sprout
- Soak and sprout guide
- What you need to get started
- Safe sprouting
- How to sprout
- Drying sprouts for flour
- 20 delicious recipes
Sprouts are superfoods and they have profound health benefits, they aid in digestion, help boost blood circulation, amp up your immune system, great for your heart, alkalize the body, help with cell regeneration and so much more.
Once you learn to make a variety of sprouts, you can add their unique flavors to your salads, soups, and a host of other recipes. Try their recipe for Savory Cabbage Pancakes, Sprouted Summer Rolls, Adzuki Bean Curry, Buckwheat Porridge, or the Vegetable Stir-Fry. I love this book, it’s compact, concise, and constructive. You’ll not only improve your sprouting skills, but your body will benefit from these nutritional powerhouses.
Power Bowls features 35 nutritional complete recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll learn to combine energy-boosting foods into one bowl for optimal nutrition. In this book, you’ll learn what a power bowl is, how to make one, and which quality ingredients to use from all the food groups.
The recipes include a full-color photo, ingredient list, and method. Most of the recipes require some prep work like soaking overnight and cooking. Some of the recipes will have a “Sunday Prep’ icon which encourages you to plan ahead so the rest of your week is easier to make meals. You’ll also find some “Boost it” tips for a more intense flavor or nutrition. All the recipes can be manipulated to reflect your mood, taste buds and dietary needs. This book is chock full of one-bowl-wonders that make eating healthy fun.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.