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Whole Foods To Thrive: Nutrient-Dense, Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health [Paperback]

Brendan Brazier
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May 10 2011
What impact do food choices have on your health? Have you ever been curious as to where your food came from, who grew it, and the path it took to get to your table? Have you every wondered how much of each natural resource was used to produce your food—in other words, the soil-to-table environmental cost? In Whole Foods to Thrive, Brendan Brazier clearly explains how nutrient-dense, plant-based foods are the best choice, not only for your health but also for the health and sustainability of the planet.

Versatile and packed with flavor, whole foods have an abundance of health benefits for those who want sustainable energy, high-quality sleep, physical strength, and mental sharpness. Whole Foods to Thrive builds upon Brendan’s stress-busting, energy-boosting approach to nutrition and food introduced in his acclaimed bestseller The Thrive Diet, and includes 200 delicious, easy-to-make, plant based recipes that are all allergen-free and contain no wheat, yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, or corn.

• Breakfast Cereals • Salads • Dressings, Dips, and Sauces • Soups and Sides • Burgers, Wraps, Pizza, and Rice Bowls• Cookies, Ice Cream, and Pies • Kale Chips and Nori Crisps• Energy Bars and Gels

Features recipes for dishes such as • Gorilla Food Green Tacos • Quinoa Falafels • Indian-Spiced Lentil Hemp Burgers • Maple Crispy Rice Treats

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Whole Foods To Thrive: Nutrient-Dense, Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health + The Thrive Diet: The Whole Food Way to Losing Weight, Reducing Stress, and Staying Healthy for Life + Thrive Fitness: Mental and Physical Strength for Life
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'I am forever grateful to this book and to Brendan...I have noticed increased energy and more restful sleep. My desire for sugar and salt is waning, and what's more, I am following these recipes and loving them.'
- Hugh Jackman

'Brendan's book clearly shows that choosing to eat plants instead of animals is not only the best thing you can do for your own health, but also for the health of the planet. Thrive Foods keeps me healthy and performing at my best, even throughout the longest of tours.'
- Moby

'Drawing from studies preformed by top international organizations, Brendan cuts through the clutter. Putting information into clear and relatable terms, he effectively illustrates the easiest, most immediate, and dramatic form of activism we can all participate in: choosing our food.
- Elizabeth J Kucinich
Director Government Affairs, PCRM

'In Whole Foods to Thrive Brendan makes the art of healthy eating and the concept of a nutrient dense diet easy to understand and compelling to follow. A must read.'
- Terry Tamminen
Former Chief Policy Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger, President of Seventh Generation Advisors

'The world needs to move away from meat. As Brendan Brazier so convincingly shows, a plant-based diet is better for the planet and better for human health. His wonderfully inventive vegan recipes give us food that is both nutritious and inviting.'
- Chris Goodall
Bestselling author of How to Live a Low Carbon Life

'Thrive Foods offers a diet that's good for you and the planet.'
- Washington Post

'Brazier drills deep and delivers surprising news and statistics on the eating and production of food and how one person can make a big difference by eating plant-based meals.'
- The Vancouver Sun

'Thrive Foods will have you and your family brimming with energy and health.'
- Reader's Digest

* 'This book will appeal to not only athletes and vegetarian but anyone who is concerned with eating to reduce...'
- Library Journal (*starred review)

About the Author

BRENDAN BRAZIER is the bestselling author of The Thrive Diet and Thrive Fitness and is the formulator of Vega, an award-winning line of whole-food nutritional products.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Brian G
Format:Paperback
As an aspiring vegan, I would not hesitate to say that I am a fan of Brendan Braziers 'Thrive' series. Instead of replacing the SAD (Standard American Diet) with similarly processed, refined, and nutritionally depleted soy alternatives, Mr. Brazier introduces a variety of foods and their preparations for optimal health and performance.

With the previous books in mind, 'Thrive' and 'Thrive Fitness,' I looked forward to the third, recipe-oriented, installment. Happily, the book delivers a number of excellent recipes from Brazier and other contributors. In addition, it appears that a conscious effort was made to make them a bit easier to prepare than the previous books' examples.

Unfortunately, the poor editing of 'Whole Foods To Thrive' diminishes the recipe section significantly. For example, any page reference made to another recipe, a dressing for a salad, for example, is incorrect. Correct the references early to make future use of the book easier. In addition, don't be surprised when a listed ingredient disappears, and/or is replaced, in the preparation section.

Finally, albeit brief, Brendan Brazier makes a reference to eating starchy carbohydrates to gain size and strength. He says that he refers to it in another Thrive book. Owning each of the three books, I was unable to find any other information pertaining to, or supporting, this statement. A small detail admittedly, but as a non-endurance athlete who would like to put on some additional size, Mr. Brazier's insight into this area would be appreciated.

Despite a relatively neutral review, I would still recommend the books in the THRIVE series for those interested in supporting their athletic endeavors through proper nutrition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
What if you can look & feel good and put a dent in the universe while at it? Can you really have it all? Yes, yes and yes! No other book has linked nutrition, fitness, economics and the environment in one complete package till this!

We are led to believe that we need to pay top dollar to be healthy and fit. And that we need to do complicated, inconvenient things to be green. The author debunks these MYTHS by offering a simple solution: incorporating plant-based whole foods to our diet. Yes, it's that basic, that's why it's a break-through.

He explains WHY - through fun icons, credible data and entertaining examples (who would have thought we could save trillions of trips to the moon by eating more consciously?). He then shares HOW - through easy and yummy recipes that are not only super healthy, but also cost-effective and really "green" (pun intended!).

So, if you would like to not only transform yourself, but also become a catalyst for change, go and get one! Don't delay. It's your time to level up and truly THRIVE!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review July 6 2011
By L.C.
Format:Paperback
I just got the book a couple of weeks ago and skimmed through it and really like it. I think Brandon Brazier is great and a true vegan. Only thing negative in the book is that it refrences different pages for receipes to go with other ones but when you get to that page # it is not the correct receipe??? A bit disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An imortant book to share! June 29 2011
Format:Paperback
Brendan Brazier has once again written a terrific book with accessible and practical information on how to choose foods that not only benefit our personal health, but also the health of our planet. It is a hyper-critical time to share this information, because "as within, so with out," and vice-versa. With simple explanations, Brendan Brazier explains why we thrive when the planet thrives. His book, Whole Foods to Thrive, also offers over 200 amazing recipes to help ease our transition from over-consuming sub-nourishing foods to appreciating nature's abundance of eco-friendly, super foods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having been introduced to the Vega line of products years ago and loved them, when I found this book, I knew I'd love it too. I wasn't disappointed. Brendan Brazier speaks to a lifetime of research and accumulated knowledge on the subject of eating to enhance physical performance, decrease stress, detoxify the body and mind, and bring balance to one's day to day life.

While much of the book is dedicated to recipes, a great deal of effort has gone into explaining why the foods in the recipes are superior to those excluded. Learn why a plant-based diet it not only better for the body and soul, but also for the environment at large. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing Sept. 16 2012
Format:Paperback
This book takes everything you wish you knew about food/lifestyle/diet and condenses it into a power-packed tool for greater health and understanding. I love this book and I love the Vega products!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expert advice July 20 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm excited about this book because it gives lots of background information about key foods for a healthy diet, and reducing nutritional stress, which has been an issue for me (food sensitivities).
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