Deep down, we all are all aware that what we eat, will ultimately impact on our health at one point or another. For decades, we’ve watched celebrities,TV chef’s and more recently, health professionals give their views on what to eat and what not to eat – and to be honest, it can all get a little confusing.
When we were asked if we would like to review a copy of the new cook book, Rainbow Recipes, we jumped at the chance. Having already read The Rainbow Diet by Chris Wooliams and having tasted a number of the recipes from nutritionist, Barbara Cox, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the recipe book!
Rainbow Recipes is the collaboration of Chris and Barbara. Back in July 2008, Oxford University Biochemist, Chris published The Rainbow Diet. Motivated by the fact that his 24 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer with six months to live, Chris set out on a mission to help fight cancer through diet. The book showed how natural compounds are essential for prevention or as part of a treatment plan for any disease or ailment. His book tells us that by eating a ‘rainbow diet’ , everyone has the opportunity to heal.
Leading nutritionist, Barbara Cox, has years of experience in making healthy food that is practical and hassle free. She has spent many years creating recipes and meal plans to support people from all walks of life who want to improve health through nutrition. From those fighting cancer, to those wanting to loose weight properly. Barbara has also created meal plans for some of the world leading Olympic athletes.
Here in the UK, our diet is notoriously quite poor. When we compare our eating habits across the ages, we have become extremely commercialised and as a nation, we rely far too much on processed and high sugar foods. The Rainbow Diet focuses on foods that are good for you and that will have long term health benefits and Rainbow Recipes is a fabulous book for teaching us how to cook using those foods in an easy and practical manner.
We could talk for hours about this book. Having tried a number of recipes now, all of them are easy and extremely tasty. As a family, we feel fantastic, our children (who are good eaters), are enjoying the variety and the different tastes and textures, but best of all … because the recipes are filling, nutritious and tasty, we’ve shed a few unwanted pounds – without evening trying!
There are lots of recipes to choose from however here are a few of our personal favourites:
Breakfast: Baked Apples With Nuts and Seeds:
When I was little, a baked apple often found its way to the dinning table in the form of a dessert so having it as breakfast was a real treat and ff you love baked fruit, then this is a must. Perfect for a winters morning and a great alternative to a cooked breakfast!
All that is needed is one apple per person, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts and a little ground cinnamon. (Rainbow recipes recommend 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 50g of each of the seeds and nuts for four people). Once your apple is cored, simply pour the mixture into the middle of the apple and bake in an oven for 20-30 minutes. Absolutely delicious and healthy at the same time! It’s now a regular on the breakfast menu!
Lunch: Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup:
This soup is so easy to make! It heavily features Coriander (cilantro), which comes with numerous health benefits, including several cancer fighting antioxidants and vitamin K which is used for blood clotting and in the treatment of Alzheimers Disease.
The ingredients are simple: Sweet pototaes, spinach, red onions, coconut milk, coriander, pepper and yeast free vegetable stock. It’s filling and ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect midweek lunch!
Dinner: Lamb Chilli:
As a big fan of chilli (it’s easy to make, warming and best of all, not an expensive meal when you’ve a household of five), using lamb instead of beef was a first and one that we will definitely stick to. Lamb is a good source of protein and the Rainbow Recipe is absolutely delicious. Packed full of flavour and the best part is , it’s healthy! We served it with wild rice and a greed salad.(there are too many ingredients to list so you’ll have to buy the book!).
Many of the recipes in Rainbow Recipes include herbs, spices and products that can be kept in the store cupboard which means that once you have the staples to hand, creating a healthy and tasty meal for the family is easy. We absolutely love this book – it’s definitely going to be well used!
For more information on Barbara and to order a copy of Rainbow Recipes, visit: http://bcnutrition.co.uk/t/books