Welcome to today's stop on the Thrive blog tour. For a complete list of the stops on the tour, scroll to the bottom of this post.
For the past several summers, I have volunteered at a series of running races, The ENDURrun, which is attended by a variety of elite runners. During the course of the week, they run seven races over some very challenging terrain, covering a total distance of 160 kms.
The greatest challenge of the week is feeding these runners in such a manner that they can recover quickly and run again the next day. Add to this task that at least several of the runners have dietary restrictions such as vegetarian/vegan, lactose intolerance etc.
Author Brendan Brazier is himself a vegan who mostly relies on a raw food diet to supply his nutritional needs. He is recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on plant based nutrition.
I first heard about raw food cooking for a race participant last summer. While reading this book, I was fascinated to learn that in almost every incidence, raw vegetables are much easier to digest than cooked food (exception starchy potatoes and sweet potatoes).
In the first chapter, Mr. Brazier clearly explains why eating nutrient dense foods, such as vegetables, are important to our overall health. It's not the number of calories we eat, but whether we are eating foods that are packed with the micro-nutrients that our bodies crave.
For the past few weeks I have been discussing this book with my teenage son who is an amateur body builder. Food and protein is very important to him. I am a runner and fencer and have different energy demands. We are looking forward to trying a number of recipes that are directly aimed at the sports minded reader.
Lemon-Lime Sports Drink - contains coconut water which is perfect for electrolyte replacement
Sunflower Seed Hemp Milk - This was easy to make and tasted great.
Ginger Pear Smoothie - daughter and I enjoyed sharing this. More ginger next time.
Green Energy Bars - Looking forward to trying both these bars and hope they will replace the store bought bars that are usually less than appealing.
Walnut Cranberry Energy Bars -
As for the upcoming running races, I am planning on having ground flax seeds and hemp seeds on hand for inclusion in the post race smoothies.
This book is jam packed full of nutritional information that is relevant even to non-vegetarians. To learn more about this approach to eating, check out Brendan earlier books The Thrive Diet and Thrive Fitness. You can also sign up for Brendan's free Thrive in 30 .
Thrive Juicebar in Waterloo, Ontario. The juice bar was named after Brendan's first book, Thrive Diet. Since that is near to home, I decided that a field trip would be required. Neither of us are vegetarians, though that didn't stop me from wanting to visit this locale.
Vegetarian, vegan and other non-allergenic options rule the menu here.
I hope that you have enjoyed my review and comments about Brendan Brazier's new book Whole Foods to Thrive: Nutrient-dense, Plant-based Recipes for Peak Health. Now is your chance to win a package of his drink products. The winner will receive either an assortment of Vega Smoothie or Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer.
To enter, leave a comment telling me your favourite smoothie combination. Be sure to leave an email contact and stat that you are Canadian. Contest open to Canadian residents only. Prizes will be mailed directly by the publisher, Penguin Books. Contest closes June 10, 2011.
Update: June 3, 2011 10pm - I have decided to add a prize for my American and international readers. I am hoping to find some sort of smoothie recipe magazine. Same rules apply, leave a comment and tell my your fav smoothie combination and you'll be entered.
Blog Tour Participants
May 24 Jacob’s Beloved
May 25 In the Next Room
May 26 Tales of a Ranting Ginger
May 27 Library of Clean Reads
May 30 Lavender Lines
May 31 A Bookworm’s World
June 1 Rowangarth Farm
June 3 Books and Quilts
June 6 Book Blab
June 7 Jennifer’s Story
June 8 Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
June 9 Simple Stacie http://simplystacie.net/
June 10 Rayment’s Readings, Rants and Ramblings http://raymentsreadingsrantsandramblings.blogspot.com/
note: I will continue to update links as they become available.
Thanks to Vega and Penguin.ca for my review copy and for sponsoring the contest.