Introducing…my new book!
Pardon the pregnant pause. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. However, I do have a fairly good excuse.
I’ve written a book based on this blog.
5:2 Vegetarian by Celia Brooks is published in the UK very, very soon.
It contains over 100 easy fasting diet recipes under 300 calories in under 30 minutes. The easy way for busy people to lose weight and gain a host of health benefits!
You can order your copy here: http://amzn.to/Hh6hBQ
I have been so inspired by my success on the 5:2 diet, losing nearly 20 lbs. in 16 weeks, that I wanted to share my experience and my recipes with the world. So I worked my proverbial buns off at breakneck speed to produce this book, striking while the iron’s hot. However I really don’t believe this diet is a fad; it’s a lifestyle. Any 5:2 devotees out there will know exactly what I’m talking about.
I’ve included heaps of information on managing fast days and building them into your busy life, plus stocking your kitchen with ingredients and essential equipment, and techniques such as…how to use virtually calorie-free shirataki noodles (and it’s not what it says on the packet!)…why a microwave is a fast-day godsend…and a section on why veg are your best friends on fast days and how to get the most out of them.
Every recipe has been fully nutritionally analysed for calories, fat, protein, carbs, fibre, and salt by leading nutritionist Anita Bean.
The bulkiest chapter is called Easy Fast Day Meals. Let’s face it: on fast days, you probably don’t want to prepare labour intensive food, but you still want to enjoy it, which is why I’ve created these easy, fast, low-cal recipes.
Chances are, if you’re on a fast day, you may be the only one in your household doing it – or perhaps you’re sharing with one other person. So here’s my design for this chapter:
• All recipes make 1 or 2 servings
• All recipes for 2 servings are designed so that second serving can be kept until the next fast day, or frozen – full storage info is given
• All recipes can be easily and reliably multiplied to feed a family – suggestions for family meal accompaniments (for those not fasting) are made at the bottom of the recipe, so you don’t have to cook separately for yourself every time
• All recipes have calorie counts under 300 cals per serving (most are well under) and prep / cook timings
• Fast-friendly additions with calorie counts are included
Think Thai Salad Wraps with Chargrilled Tofu (186 cals per serving)…Saffron Celeriac & Puy Lentil Bowl (94 cals per serving)…South Indian Egg & Coconut Curry (198 cals per serving)…
So, what’s that on the cover of the book? It’s a grilled flat field mushroom with wilted spinach, a poached egg and my Egg & Parmesan Dressing (20 cals per tablespoon). This tangy, rich, high-protein dressing, which doubles as a sauce, is from my chapter called Flavour Bombs.
See also my previous posts here for Mushroom Flavour Bombs and Sexy Chokes.
The simple recipes in the Flavour Bombs chapter create intense flavours using low-calorie ingredients that can then be added to ordinary meals for a simple but satisfying composition with minimum effort. Your basic healthy, bulky fast day meals - what I call “plain flavour canvases” - could be dull (such as a jacket potato, or a flat mushroom with spinach and egg as above), but can be transformed by the introduction of a flavour bomb - kapow!
A section with recipes for the “plain flavour canvases” includes techniques for Perfect Poached Eggs (just 74 cals) and Perfect Jackets (only 110 cals for a medium spud, 150g). Did you know that some studies have cited baked potatoes as an appetite suppressant?
The other chapters include:
• Speedy Breakfasts such as Dill & Garlic Tomatoes on Cheese Toast (108 cals)
• Simple Snacks such as Frozen Virgin Mary Pops (2 cals)
• Drinks & Appetite Crushers such as Fiery Tea Tonic (3 cals)
• Convenience Foods & Packed Lunches
I won’t be giving away any recipes just yet. But I will be back at the blogging helm waxing lyrical about my favourite fast day ingredients soon…Please stay tuned! x