Published by Da Capo Lifelong Books on February 11th 2014
Many of us know the struggles and challenges of raising our children to be healthy eaters when the outside world presents all sorts of conflicting messages. Mayim Bialik has teamed up with Dr. Jay Gordon to help parents face those challenges head on. Interested in providing nutritious, delicious meals for your kids? Take their advice. Because, believe it or not, your child will eat greens if you just try a fruit-sweetened green smoothie.
From dispelling myths about a vegan diet to tackling the food pyramid, Bialik and Gordon outline how your family can eat healthier even on your busiest days. But don’t mistake this for a diet diatribe: this lively book offers 125 fuss-free recipes that will please everyone from the pickiest eaters to the savviest palates. This comprehensive guide helps parents set a foundation for lifelong healthy and delicious eating.
So, I know what some of you are going to say? VEGAN, REALLY?!! Yes vegan! No, I’m not changing my diet, honestly the hubby would FREAK, but I do like to live healthy and I’m a fan of Mayim’s so I thought, why not vegan?
I have to say, this is an amazing cookbook. She puts in here that she realizes that if you’re not already vegan that it is a HUGE step and it is hard to change, so she adds in some things that will help you practice to become vegan IF you want to.
What I’m doing is just adding a bit more of the vegan lifestyle into my life via the kitchen! I started reading this and there is a bit about why to go or not to go vegan, what you can get from this diet, how the naysayers are wrong, etc… she backs what she says with evidence and with lovely, lovely recipes!
Although I enjoyed the sciency part really I skimmed most of it because I do know about the vegan lifestyle but I’m glad that she put that part in there. I’m just not one that needed all that. My favorite part? By far the recipe section! There is a bit in here for everyone! I just got into making smoothies and she has tons of recipes for smoothies, recipes for soup, guacamole, basically recipes for nearly everything!
And the cost of the meals isn’t outrageous either. Most of these recipes are made with ingredients that you may get for a salad, and no it’s not just rabbit food (you naysayers! I’m looking at you) it’s about being healthy especially when so many are over weight.
So, in short… you can easily take this and add in regular or skim milk if you want to, add in regular cheese for the soy cheese ingredients, the recipes are easy to play with, OR you can be daring and do what I plan to do and go vegan for one or two days a week. I think it’ll be worth it!
Bialik was born to first-generation American teachers and documentary filmmakers and was raised in Los Angeles, attending both public and religious school. Bialik has guest starred on some of the most beloved TV shows of the 1980s and 1990s including “MacGyver,” “The Facts of Life,” and “Webster.” She has appeared numerous times on “The Tonight Show,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” and on Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart’s early forays into late-night.
Bialik received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies from UCLA in 2000 and earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2007 from UCLA, specializing in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. She is the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting holistic and green parenting and living.
Bialik gave birth to a son in 2005, and a second son (born at home, largely unassisted) in 2008. She is a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor and is devoted to a lifestyle of attachment parenting, homeschooling, natural family living, and vegan cooking. Bialik is the co-founder and chair of the youth branch of the Jewish Free Loan Association (Genesis) and enjoys speaking on a variety of topics, including her journey to embracing traditional Jewish values. She studies Jewish texts weekly with two study partners.
Recent appearances include recurring roles on “Secret Life of the American Teenager” and FOX’s “Til Death.” She portrayed 1960’s activist Nancy Kurshan in “Chicago 8,” and she appears regularly on CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” as Sheldon’s friend who is not his girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler. Bialik is currently writing a book on holistic parenting, to be released by Simon & Schuster in early 2012.