Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Whole Foods to Thrive" giveaway!

Brendan Brazier's message is simple: eating nutrient-dense, plant-based food is the best choice, not only for your health but also for the health and sustainability of the planet.

And Brazier knows a thing or two about nutrition and optimum performance. A former professional Ironman triathlete (a competition whereby participants swim 3.8 km, bike 180 km and then run 42.2 km) and two-time Canadian 50 km Ultra Marathon champion, he's experienced first-hand the relationship between food intake and fitness performance, but also sleep quality and stress levels. He's also a vegan.

In his latest book, "Whole Foods to Thrive: Nutrient-dense, plant-based recipes for peak health," Brazier explains how nutrient density -- also known as the micronutrient content of food (referring to its vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and carotenoids) -- should be a key consideration when choosing foods that nourish the body.

Chapter 1 looks at just how dependent health is on nutrition.

Chapter 2 discusses how eating lower on the food chain and embracing more of a plant-based diet is gentler on the earth, as conventional animal-based food production is very resource intensive.

Chapters 3 looks at how to gain more micronurients in your diet (while expending the fewest natural resources), while chapter 4 discusses the eight key components of good nutrition -- elements such as antioxidants, calcium, electrolytes and essential fats.

Chapter 5 provides a detailed list of nutrient-dense foods that provide the basis for high nutrition: everything from green veggies to squashes, wild rice and flaxseed, but also more exotics such as sacha inchi (a star-shaped fruit) and palm nectar.

Chapter 6 culminates with 200 recipes that showcase the best of these health-boosting, planet-friendly ingredients.

You'll find recipes such as this one for a Chocolate Goodness Smoothie:

• 1 banana
• 1 cup frozen blueberries
• 1 cup unsweetened hemp milk
• 1 scoop Chocolate Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer (see prize pack below)
• 1 tsp wheatgrass powder
• 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
• 1 tsp mesquite powder
• Stevia powder or maple syrup, to taste
• 2 - 3 cups water
• Handful of ice

In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!

While only a few of Brazier's recipes require ingredients from his VEGA line of health food products, there are some ingredients that won't be found on your average supermarket shelf. Still, there are enough recipes with a plant-based twist (even classics such as Caesar salad, guacamole and tomato soup) to inspire anyone interested in super-charging their diet and overall health while reducing their planetary footprint.

The contest:

Simply leave a comment below (single entries only, please) for a chance to win six VEGA smoothie mixes, either Shake & Go Smoothie mixes or Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer mixes, in an assortment of yummy flavours like Vanilla Chai, Bodacious Berry and Choc-a-Lot.
Canadian residents only, please.

I'll announce a winner on June 6, 2011. Good luck!

Thanks to Penguin Canada for sponsoring this contest.


Taylor said...

This sounds like a fantastic book! I'm vegetarian, but I suck at cooking, so this would be extremely helpful.

David said...

Fiona, I'm not exactly a vegetarian but do like smoothies and vegetarian food. I've harvested my first bowl of lettuce ever. I'm certainly going to grow more lettuce in the fall. I guess there's still hope for a meat, potatoes, and corn kind of guy.:0)

Have a great day in the garden.

judy said...

Is hemp milk what I think it is? And on catching up on my reading while at the VA hospital it really became apparent to me how important what you talk about. That most veg. like spinach lose 50% of their nutrients after they leave the store within 7 days-so if your not eating it from the time it leaves the farm till you put it on the table-----but I'm sure you know all that,but I did not.

Mrs. Maker said...

Greetings from Manitoba! I'm so happy to see that you are back! And I would love to be entered in this draw! Many thanks...

Krystal said...

What a great giveaway! I would love to try them.

Erin said...

I would love to try these... great giveaway!

Lindsay said...

Oooooh awesome giveaway :) Enter my name!

Joanne said...

Greetings from Horsefly , BC. Veronica suggested your site to me a while ago and I am really enjoying reading about your experiences. We moved from Oakville to BC a few years ago and we have been learning about gardening and homesteading as we go along. We write a bit about our experiences at

Josée said...

Fun giveaway! I'll have to check out the book :)

Soozle said...

This looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the review and giveaway! :-)
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