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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energy, and Supercharge Fat Loss

** A complimentary copy was received for review.

Manuel Villacorta’s new book makes bringing Peruvian superfoods easy, delicious, and healthy. Whether your goal is a healthy reboot, weight loss, or an introduction to clean eating, let Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energy, and Supercharge Fat Loss guide you.

I am a trend setter. That’s right, this woman, raised on traditional Southern foods in all their fatty goodness, is a trend setter. I’ve incorporated superfoods into my diet for several years now. No television doctor introduced them to me. And they were a bit cheaper then. Sigh. I love cilantro, avocado, sweet papaya, beans, artichokes, and purple and sweet potatoes. Chia and quinoa came to the party later, but cacao has been on my love list forever. Purple corn? It’s so pretty in summer salads and salsa. While some of this delicious goodness was easy to find and use, things like yacon, yucca, and Pichuberries, Maca, and Inchi Seeds did not hit my radar until recently. And what the heck are Kaniwa, Kiwicha, Camu, Aji, and Lucama? Manuel Villacorta, M.S., R.D. introduced me to them and a batch of fantastic recipes in Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energy, and Supercharge Fat Loss. Whether your goal is a healthy reboot, weight loss, or an introduction to clean eating, make this book your guide.

The 135 recipes in Whole Body Reboot include smoothies, breakfast, sandwiches, curries, salads, soups, stews, snacks, dips, and sweet treats. I dove into the recipes right away because it was snack time when the book arrived. The Chia Cacao Protein Smoothie (page 154) hit the spot. It was sweet, chocolate and banana goodness that tasted like the frosty goodness I used to love from a fast food chain. I’ve had it a few times now and occasionally shared a taste with Hubs and Daughter. Son refused to try it because I used almond milk, but the other family members liked it. I whipped up the delicious Garbanzo Saltado (page 109) to serve as a lunch side dish. It was yummy at the final tasting after preparation and even better the next day after the flavors had more time to blend. The Mu Shu Pork-Peruvian Fusion Lettuce Wraps (page 173) made a nice change from our usual Latin night dishes. The meat-eating family had pork, while the vegetarians had seasoned meat substitute instead. Everyone was happy and enjoyed the nearly utensil-free meal. The addition of quinoa to one of our grab-and-go breakfast options (Quinoa, Spinach, and Egg Muffins; page 79) was a protein-packet hit with everyone. Another big hit was the Breakfast Brain Food Parfait (page 69). It was not limited to breakfast. This treat contains the creamy, sweet, and crunchy goodness that I crave at snack time. The Purple Potato Frittata (page 77) is on the menu for the next Breakfast for Dinner Night.

One thing I truly like about this book is seeing suggested ingredient substitutions on the ingredient list and not at the end of the recipe. I probably liked this little edit more than a normal person would. It makes it easier to whip up a recipe from a stocked pantry when the ingredient swaps are so accessible. If your have a household of eaters with different styles, this book works. There are gluten-free, omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan recipes in the mix. If you’re new to clean eating and want to lose a few pounds, Villacorta includes seven-day menus full of superfood goodness.

If you’re feeling sluggish after a post-holiday splurge or need a jump start, the 5-day Smoothie Detox (Chapter 2) might do the trick. Snacks are included on the detox menu and the Cheat Sheet (page 24) shows you how to fight cravings. Try the Red Reboot for a powerful phyto-chemical punch. If you make it the night before, remember that Chia seeds thicken and you may need to add additional water to reach your desired consistency.

Red Reboot

Red represents energy, strength, power and courage, according to color psychology. Red fruits and vegetables are rich in lycopene and anthocyanins, powerful phyto-chemicals that possess the characteristic red pigment. Lycopene and anthocyanins are linked with:

Ingredients for 1 Serving

1 ½ cups Strawberries, fresh or frozen
½ cup Tomato
½ cup Cooked Beets
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
1 teaspoon Camu Camu powder*
¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup Coconut water
20-25g protein, Protein powder (rice, pea, or whey)

*Note: Camu Camu is a Peruvian super food that provides therapeutic levels of vitamin C in its natural form. Refer to Appendix C to find where to buy camu camu. If you choose not to purchase camu camu, skip this ingredient. Another great alternative to include a Peruvian super food with Camu Camu is to add a shot of youthH2O.

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add tap water until it reaches the desired consistency.
Recipe from Whole Body Reboot by Manuel Villacorta / HCI Books/December 2014 – ISBN: 9780757318214

If you want to pump up the daily menu with superfoods, order Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energy, and Supercharge Fat Loss . Pick it up before March 31 and receive an exclusive e-book of recipes and a 25% discount from Villacorta’s online shop.
Villacorta says ‘stop dieting and start living.’ Whole Body Reboot is a step in that direction.

Disclosure: Sherrie Thompson received a complimentary copy of this book for her review. No monetary compensation was received. Sherrie's thoughts, opinions and ideas are 100% her own words and have not been influenced by the sponsor.

1 comment:

jopb said...

This sounds like a wonderful book to help,me understand all the different Superfoods and I also like the part where the swaps are given. I already,use some like Chia seeds, but not enough.