Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Vegan-Ease (An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet) Book Review and Giveaway

I am very excited to be part of the Vegan-Ease blog tour by reviewing Vegan-Ease (An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet), by Laura Theodore. I will also be giving away an autographed copy of this book & a Pascha Vegan Chocolate Bar - YUMMY!!  (see bottom of page for instructions to win). I created her maple-raisin date truffles and they were excellent! (See pictures and recipe below). 

Laura's book has a beautiful hardcover with color pictures on almost every page. This book is a great resource for anyone wanting to eat healthy and save money.  There is a section (Page 21-24) by Julieanna Hever called, Plant Based Nutrition 101.  You will love this on nutrient know-how.  She explains and answers the most common questions, "Where do you get your nutrients such as protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D or calcium?"  Veggies (especially leafy greens)  and fruits are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, she explains. 

There is a section on stocking your pantry and an easy eco-clean way to cleaning your kitchen using baking soda. I love all the helpful information on getting organized.

The first page of her book starts out with a quote from Thomas A. Edison " The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease." 


Vegan-Ease has 3 parts-
Part I:  What do I eat and why? Why a plant-based diet? Making vegan  easy, and ease-y essential guides.

Part II: The Recipes - 
Fast appetizers and fun beverages
Good morning eye openers
Muffins, quick breads and baked delights
Simple Soups
Speedy salads, dressings and sandwiches
Pasta and pizzas, pronto!
The main dish made ease-y
Sunny sides
Easiest. Desserts. Ever.
Fancy finishes
Stress-free holiday recipes

Part III: The menu, please!
Menu planning basics
Menus for every occasion

Maples-Raisin Date Truffles (made by the Health Seeker's Kitchen) Super easy to make!!


Maple-Raisin-Date Truffles
Makes 10 to 12 Truffles / Ease Factor 1  
Printable Recipe

These tasty truffles are pretty too, making an excellent healthy dessert or snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. Bonus: Impressive to serve for a dinner party too!

9 large Medjool dates, pitted
1⁄3 cup raisins
¼ cup raw unsweetened shredded dried coconut
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

Put the dates, raisins, coconut and maple syrup in a high-performance blending appliance and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture to a medium-sized bowl. Using a cookie scoop, spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the date mixture, and roll it into a ball. Continue in this manner to form 10 to 12 truffle balls.
Put the cocoa powder in a small bowl. Roll the truffles in the cocoa powder until coated and place on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate 1 hour. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, truffles will keep up to 3 days.

Watch Laura Theodore make this recipe at vegan-ease.com

Amount per serving, based on 12 servings/truffles:  100 Calories; 3g Fat; 3g Saturated fat; 1g Protein; 3mg Sodium; 20g Total Carbohydrate; 16g Sugars; 3g Fiber

Recipe © 2015 Laura Theodore, published by Jazzy Vegetarian, LLC, reprinted by permission.
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Autographed Copy of Vegan-Ease and Chocolate Bar Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win Laura Theodore's Cookbook, Vegan-Ease, by leaving a comment below with the answer to the following question:

“What are you doing to improve your health and well-being over the holidays?”
US residents only.

The drawing will take place on Wednesday, October 21st and the winner will be announced that day.

Best of luck!!  I can't wait to read al
l of your comments. We can all learn and be motivated by each other.  Thank you for sharing:)
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  THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED 


Congratulations Lois, you are the winner of Laura Theodore's cookbook, Vegan-Ease. I hope you enjoy the new book and the Pascha Vegan Chocolate Bar. Good luck with all your healthy endeavors. 


Thank you to everyone that added a comment. I loved reading your remarks and I know they not only inspired me, but many who read them. Best of health!!

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26 comments:

  1. I am going to make healthy versions of the holiday desserts we like.

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    1. Holly, that is awesome!! Thank you for your comment.

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  2. I will be cooking everything on my own so that I know all of the ingredients that are used. Low fat, low salt, no frying.

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  3. I am coming and baking more and more vegan things everyday and doing yoga!

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    1. That is great Kitty! I love yoga and how much flexibility it gives me. Keep up the good work. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Sarah,
    That is so important to know what ingredients are going in your food. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. I make everything homemade so I know what is in the food my family eats. I also replace bad ingredients for healthier ones in recipes. I love to find new recipes that are plant based and now my teenage son will eat veggies when they are combined with other ingredients into a tasty meal. (For Halloween, I give out glow sticks and play doh so I don't contribute to the sugar load of the children in the neighborhood.)

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    1. Kristen,
      That is so great!! I love your ideas on Halloween treats. Sugar is a huge problem today. Excess sugar consumption depresses your body's immunity. As little as 100 years ago, it is estimated that Americans ate around one pound of sugar a year. Today, it is estimated that we (children and adults) consume around 1/4 to 1/2 pound of sugar each and every day for a total of around 90 to 180 pounds of sugar going into our bodies every year. It really adds up and it hard to believe. Thank you for sharing your comments!

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  6. I am learning more about how to cook healthier. without fat and sugar. add more fruit and veggie to the meals.

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  7. Lately I've been struggling with eating vegan. New recipes is always inspiring!

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    1. Teena,
      That is so true! We all need new ideas. We are all here to help and inspire each other. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. I am really trying to get into yoga. Thanks for this great giveaway!

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    1. That is great Ashley! Thank you for sharing.

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