This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash. If there ever is a time of year to think about fitness it is right now. Blue skies and warmer weather inspire me to go outisde and shed winter weight gain. If you haven’t yet tred out Shawna’s fit camp routines this is definately the moment. I know that swimsuit weather is right around the corner.
And along with a fitness program, spring makes me think about upping my nutrional profile. I’m always struggling to get in those 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruits a day. The farmer’s markets are brimming with piles of veggies and I found a new cookbook to turn these beauties into a meal. The Inspired Vegan by Bryant Terry is a vibrant celebration of life, family and good food. The first section provides cooking techniques and simple recipes that are basic in a home kitchen. For example, there are simple recipes for oven dried tomatoes ( super easy), quinoa( the high protein grain) and how to prep nutrition- rich greens.
In the second half, Terry provides menus and recipes, complete with music recommendations for serving them. I loved the South Asian supper with music by Ravi Shankar. It featured chai tea, asparagus and sweet potato curry and yellow basmati rice. I’ve found that a few vegan meals a week make it easy to increase the amount of fiber and antioxidants that I’m getting– and I make up protein needs at other meals.
I especially loved the Inspired Vegan’s ode to New Orleans with music from Wynton Marsalis. True cajun cooking while undeniably delicious is definately on the nutritional darkside. High in fat, salt and sugar, Louisiana has been consistantly ranked with some of the highest levels of obesity and diabetes in the US. Terry somehow captures the flavor of the cuisine with a cajun vegetable gumbo and roasted vegetable jambalaya so you don’t even miss the meats of the traditional versions. Its that good.