I was recently given the opportunity to review Lorna Jane Clarkson's new cookbook, Nourish, by my relationship with Fit Approach. In case you weren't familiar with Lorna Jane Clarkson, she is the woman behind the very successful active wear line known as Lorna Jane. Because I love to cook, I was so excited to explore this cookbook and try some healthy new recipes.
What I didn't expect, was to be blown away by amazing photography, and inspired by Lorna Jane's quotes. I'm also fairly certain that I will be bringing a picture of Lorna Jane herself to my next hair appointment. She is simply a beautiful woman.
The cookbook starts out with several tips from Lorna Jane on how to eat clean. She discusses hydration and even includes a list of foods to include on shopping trips. One of my favorite parts of the book is this:
Okay, so I admit I’m a little frustrated by the culture of dieting that we have in our society. It just seems like we are confronted with it at every level – on TV shows, in magazines, in movies...
Even on a personal level, we all have at least one person in our lives who is constantly on a new diet, or talking about a diet or trying to get you to go on a diet with them. It just seems like we have accepted it as a way of life.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to diet! In fact, I believe it is one of the worst things you can do for your mental and physical health not to mention your metabolism, mood and social life.
The simple truth is that diets just don’t work and we need to make a promise not to deny or deprive ourselves when it comes to food. We need to make a commitment to love and nourish our bodies and give them what they need to be healthy, fit and strong.
Eating is all about balance and when you get it right you won’t feel hungry or deprived, and you won’t be compromising your health and wellbeing either.
in a nutshell, diets just don’t work and here’s why:
✱ the weight lost is too fast. ✱ they destroy a healthy metabolism and make it even more difficult for our bodies to look and feel at their best. and that’s before we start thinking about fighting disease, ageing and keeping our hair, skin and nails looking good. ✱ they can cause illness, as you are not meeting all your nutritional needs. ✱ they become addictive and you end up on an endless treadmill of yo-yo dieting. when one doesn’t work, you try another, and then another and it doesn’t stop! ✱ they are harmful to your self-esteem. as most diets are destined to fail due to the extreme deprivation that is their nature, you end up feeling guilty and ashamed. ✱ they don’t take in to account that we are all individuals and as such have different energy outputs, so require different food and quantities of foods to meet our specific needs. ✱ diets do not allow you to function normally. if you constantly have to measure, count, restrict and obsess over food, you feel punished, deprived, even angry. and that’s no way to live your life!
There are so many recipes that I was interested in, but the one that really jumped out at me was for Curried Red Lentil Soup. I love lentils and this recipe seemed like it would satisfy my craving for Indian Food!
1 tablespoon cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil
1 small brown onion (100g) chopped finely
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 stalk celery (150g) chopped finely
1 medium carrot (120g chopped finely
1 tablespoon mild curry powder
2 medium tomatoes (300g) chopped finely
1 cup (200g) dried red lentils rinsed and drained
3 cups (750ml) filtered water
1 tablespoon tamari
2 medium green kale leaves (80g), trimmed, shredded coarsely
1 tablespoon lime juice ¼ cup coarsely chopped
fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 Heat oil in a medium saucepan; cook onion and garlic, stirring, until onion softens. Add celery and carrot; cook, stirring, 2 minutes or beginning to soften. Add curry powder; cook, stirring, 1 minute or until fragrant.
2 Add tomato, lentils, the water and tamari; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10 minutes or until lentils are tender. 3 Stir kale and juice into soup. Season soup to taste; ladle into serving bowls. Serve topped with parsley.
prep + cook time 35 minutes
nutritional count per serving protein (30.1g), carbohydrate (47.8g), total fat (12.1g), fibre (22.5g).
This soup was everything I hoped it would be! It was so easy to make and it tasted delicious. It stores well for leftovers!
Another recipe I had to try was for Spinach Hummus. Combining 2 things I already love is genius so I was so excited to give this recipe a try!
½ cup (100g) dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
80g (2½ ounces) baby spinach leaves
1 clove garlic, quartered
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
pinch cayenne pepper
1 Place chickpeas in a small bowl, cover with cold water; stand overnight. Drain.
2 Cook chickpeas in a small saucepan of boiling water about 20 minutes or until tender. Add spinach to pan; stir until spinach is wilted. Drain.
3 Blend or process chickpeas and spinach with remaining ingredients until smooth; season to taste.
Serve with vegetable sticks or seed crackers.
prep + cook time 25 minutes (+ standing)
makes 1½ cups
nutritional count per ¼ cup protein (7.1g), carbohydrate (2.6g), total fat (7.5g), fibre (4.3g).
Another winner! This spinach hummus was so easy to make and tasted better than any store bought hummus. I ate that snack plate and had to go back for more because it was so delicious!
Do you want a chance to win a copy of Nourish The Fit Woman’s Cookbook?
Join @LornaJaneAcrtive for the #liveloveNOURISH initiative and you may be 1 of 10 winners to receive a hard copy of NOURISH. And, not only do you have a chance to win a copy of the cookbook, the most active participant will receive a cookbook and a $200 Gift Card to Lorna Jane!
It’s time to celebrate the #liveloveNOURISH lifestyle and the release of the new cook! Join the SweatPink Community and Lorna Jane on July 9th at 6PM PST / 9PM EST for a twitter party! Hashtags: #LiveLoveNOURISH #sweatpink #lornajane @LornaJaneActive @FitApproach