Friday, 17 May 2013

Review: 'Skinny Ms. Superfoods' by Tiffany McCauley and Gale Compton

Skinny Ms. Superfoods, by Tiffany McCauley and Gale Compton, 2012, Quail Ridge Press, $24.95, softbound, 224 pages. Category/Genre: health/cooking. Cover: delicious-looking. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

This book begins by explaining what superfoods are. Firstly, they are at the very top of the healthy foods list; and secondly, they must meet one or more of the following requirements: they must have large amounts of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals; they must be filled with phytochemicals; they must be a generous source of omega-3 fatty acids; they cannot be manufactured by the human body, but they are generally necessary for health; they are crucial to proper brain function and normal growth and development; they are important for proper cognitive and behavioural function; they lower the risk of heart disease; they reduce inflammation in human tissues. 

Recipes include a variety of smoothies, soups, stews, and chilis, pizzas and quesadillas, and treats. We've already tried one recipe, 'Black Bean and Brown Rice Salad,' which we like to eat hot. 

One of the niftiest things about this book is that the superfoods are listed in alphabetical order at the back, with the pages in which recipes for them appear. Also handy is the chart which tells you all the benefits found in each superfood. There's also a vitamin chart listing the benefits of various vitamins and in what foods they can be found. 

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