Disclosure: I received a sample of The Wellness Kitchen for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience using the book. I was not financially compensated for this post.
If you follow me on social media, you know that for the last few weeks I have been trying recipes and following a 21-day meal plan from Paulette Lambert’s new healthy cookbook, The Wellness Kitchen: Fresh, Flavorful Recipes for a Healthier You. Paulette Lambert is a dietician who’s known for her role as the nutritional expert in ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.
This is a book I’d recommend, especially for someone who was trying to eat more healthily, but without feeling like they are restricted to plain, bland foods. The meal plan was also a great introduction into having a balanced diet using whole foods and fresh ingredients. Click here to purchase your own copy of The Wellness Kitchen on Amazon.
My goal was to try the 21-Day Food Plan for Health and Weight Loss in the book, but I ended up having my wisdom teeth removed this month (all four!), and had to take a week off in the middle to subsist on soup and applesauce. For the two weeks that I followed the diet plan, I was impressed and can see how it would work well and lead to weight loss. I lost six pounds during the three total weeks (but note that I was also consuming a low amount of calories the week after my wisdom teeth were extracted). The first week includes a lot of bran and fiber, which really helped regulate my digestion. The recipes were all really tasty (see my reviews of specific recipes below), and the meals really balanced. I was never hungry, because the meal plan keeps you full as you are always snacking (think hummus, nuts, Greek yogurt) – though in specific low-calorie portion sizes, and every meal includes a fruit or veggie side. In addition to the high-fiber aspect of the meal plan, you get a large amount of fruit and vegetables, and are eating all whole grains and fresh foods. The meal plan also takes into account how much weight you’d like to lose and gives you guidance on calorie targets.
Over the two week period I got to try several of the recipes. I was happy to see healthy versions of some of my favorite meal staples, such as chicken piccata, chili, omelets, and roast chicken. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that I didn’t have to add much (if any) extra seasoning to the recipes, as they were all very flavorful. I usually find I have to add extra salt or garlic to recipes for flavor, especially for meals that are “healthy,” but that was not the case with the recipes I tried from this book. Lots of garlic, fresh herbs, and a healthy amount of sea salt and cracked pepper made the dinners savory and full of flavor. I also loved that this didn’t seem like a restrictive plan, and instead was very balanced. There were carbs, meats, and savory sauces.
Here are photos and reviews of some of the recipes I tried:
Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins
This was beyond good. Not dry and crumbly like some bran muffins, but fluffy and flavorful like a regular blueberry muffin. Definitely a keeper.