I don’t want to get into the habit of reviewing non-vegan cookbooks, but lately some have unintentionally slipped through. Thus was the case with registered dietitians Jessica Jones’ and Wendy Lopez’ 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot.
I was too excited about seeing Plant-Powered in the title to double-check what the authors meant. While their health reboot is clearly built around plant-based foods, they don’t reject using animal-based ingredients as “flavor boosters,” in their recipes.
By encouraging plant-powered eating, both registered dietitian-nutritionists have seen dramatic results in their patients:
“The more they include plants in their diet, the more they shed those extra pounds, reduce their blood sugar and lower their blood pressure and cholesterol.”
One ingredient, in particular, merits their special attention as a “nutritious food that provides protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and a range of vitamins and minerals.”
This surprising superfood is the inconspicuous BEAN.
They’re fully aware that, for some people, beans loaded with non-digestible oligosaccharide (all-uh-go-SACK-are-ride) fibers cause bloating and gas. So they’ve give a few tips on how to eat more of them without those discomforts.
Increase your bean consumption slowly.
Drink plenty of water with beans and all fiber-rich foods.
Change the water a few times when soaking beans before cooking.
Rinse canned beans under cool water.
Our family eats beans every day! I’ve yet to notice any flatulence beyond what’s normal from a healthful diet.
Many paths lead to a fully plant-based life. Some vegans have gone completely plant-based overnight. Others transition from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to vegetarian, then to vegan and finally to a whole food, plant-based diet.
I personally spent about 6 months eating vegetarian before going fully plant-based. For me, the cookbook’s suggestion to use animal-based “flavor boosters” has completely lost its appeal.
But I still recognize that Jessica and Wendy’s Reboot could be an important step in someone else’s plant-powered journey!