March is National Nutrition Month and for those of us that are (or want to be) health conscious, now is the best time to start paying attention to your lifestyle. Recently I got my hands on a copy of The O2 Diet, designed by my go-to nutritionist, Keri Glassman, which focuses on harnessing the powers of antioxidants (fresh and natural foods) to help you feel and look your best. I’ve been a longtime fan of Glassman and have even gone in for her nutritional counseling services. I’ve always found her to be incredibly positive and empowering, giving me tips and solutions that actually help me feel like I am in control of my wellness and that have actually helped me change my eating habits and attitude in many ways.
I was really excited to find that Glassman conveys the same positive messaging in her new book. I’m generally wary of “diets” since I find them so gimmicky, but Glassman doesn’t focus on dieting as much as on finding wholesome, nutritious, and natural foods. In addition, she encourages readers to consume foods high in antioxidants which protect the body from damage by free radicals. Antioxidants have been touted to have health benefits from slowing the aging process to preventing cancers. But even more importantly, eating foods high in antioxidants make you feel good, and feeling good prevents you from going back to consuming unhealthy processed foods.
There are a lot of health books out there that promote eating natural, unprocessed foods but Glassman makes the plan easy for all types of eaters. I, for one, have always loved sweets and carbs and Glassman provides enough sweet options for me to satisfy that craving while still doing as much good for my body as possible. One of my favorite recipes from the book is the “Green Tea Walnut Loaf” (copied below) which is both tasty and healthy at the same time.
Glassman also provides a super easy to follow meal plan with recipes that anyone could master. One thing that I love about her message is that “TODAY is the day to start being a healthier you.” After reading through her book, I am always really motivated to get healthier immediately. Glassman also focuses on a well rounded lifestyle – not just promoting clean eating, but exercising, sleeping, spending times with loved ones, and lots of sex. Now who can say no to that?
It’s no secret that eating clean, natural foods will help anyone feel better and lose weight. The problem for me was that I couldn’t always be motivated to do what I know best. And that’s where Glassman comes in- and personally what I think sets this book apart form the countless other diet books- helping the reader want to take on a healthier lifestyle.
Green Tea Walnut Loaf
ORAC Value: 2,100
Makes 8 servings.
Extra servings can be frozen.
- 1-1/4 cups whole grain pastry flour
- 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup steeped green tea, cooled to room temperature
- 1/4 cup safflower or canola oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8″ x 4″ loaf pan with canola oil cooking spray.
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Whisk the egg whites, yogurt, green tea, oil, and vanilla extract in a small bowl until just combined.
- Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the egg white mixture. Mix until well combined, and then evenly fold in the walnuts.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes on the middle rack in the oven, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Serve with 1 teaspoon nut butter.
Note: Slice and portion immediately after the bread cools. You can also freeze the portions.