Synopses & Reviews
A major addition to the hotter-than-ever “plant-based” bookshelf by an accomplished nutrition journalist and dietitian—with 75 whole-foods recipes and a 14-day plan for including more health-promoting, plant-based foods in any kind of diet, from vegan to omnivorous.
The whole-foods, plant-based diet movement is rapidly picking up steam, and for good reason: all of today’s most cutting-edge nutrition research indicates that this way of eating is the healthiest. Whether vegan, vegetarian, or omnivorous with sparing use of meat and dairy, a diet that centers on nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and other whole plant foods can protect against—or even cure—heart disease, many cancers, obesity, and more. In The Plant-Powered Diet, Sharon Palmer provides readers with a thorough grounding in the health benefits of powering up on plants and a guide to adapting the principles of a plant-based diet to suit their individual lifestyles and goals.
From the staunch carnivore hoping to skip the meat once or twice a week to the longtime vegetarian who could still afford to eat more actual vegetables, any reader will benefit from Palmer’s careful research, 75 delicious and nourishing recipes, and personalized advice on everything from working out to eating out, including 14 daily “Plant-Powered Action Alerts”—simple suggested activities that readers can put into practice at home, the grocery store, and restaurants to get them excited and informed about powering their bodies on a whole-foods, plant-based diet. The Plant-Powered Diet will help readers make simple changes and extend those changes across a lifetime—a lifetime that will, thanks to the power of plants, be longer, healthier, and happier.
“The Plant-Powered Diet makes the transition to a plant-powered lifestyle simple. The support tools, such as pantry lists, dining out tips, and recipes, will help anyone realistically make the leap into a plant-powered lifestyle. It’s refreshing to see a focus on whole food, vegetarian recipes.”
—Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet
“The Plant-Powered Diet is a celebration of the delicious, healthful qualities of beautiful plant foods in their natural form. Everyone can gain tremendous benefits from eating this way.”
—Patricia Bannan, MS, RD, nutrition expert and author of Eat Right When Time is Tight
“Sharon Palmer gently guides you to a menu of healthier food choices in this well-researched and beautifully written comprehensive plan. The Plant-Powered Diet will educate you and motivate you to include more powerful plant foods in your diet every day.”
—Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE, author of Diabetes Weight Loss—Week by Week (American Diabetes Association
"Registered Dietitian Sharon Palmer wrote a book that is much like a superfood: dense with the good stuff. The abundance of information in the first half is worth its weight in kale, then followed by 75 of the author's own, family-tested recipes. This is a tome ideal for flexitarians and new vegans who are still learning."
"The Plant-Powered Diet is a compilation of compelling arguments for the ideal nutrition plan--one that is based on whole plant foods. Palmer is welcoming to her readers as she provides solutions for eating in a more health-promoting way. I recommend this as a resource for anyone seeking a healthier diet."
--Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, plant-based dietitian and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
"The Plant-Powered Diet makes the transition to a plant-powered lifestyle simple. The support tools, such as pantry lists, dining out tips, and recipes, will help anyone realistically make the leap into a plant-powered lifestyle. It's refreshing to see a focus on whole food, vegetarian recipes."
--Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet
"In The Plant-Powered Diet, Sharon Palmer shares her passion for wholesome, delicious plant foods. This book, which is based on compelling scientific evidence, will help you find your own plant-based eating style that's healthy, sustainable, and delicious."
--Cheryl Forberg, RD, James Beard Award-winning chef, New York Times bestselling author, and original nutritionist for The Biggest Loser
"A plant-powered diet is a very powerful step in the right direction toward an all plant-based, whole-food diet. A very useful and very informative book."
--Gene Stone, editor of Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health and author of The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick
"The Plant-Powered Diet is not your typical 'diet' book, but a very well-researched and practical guide to help people shift away from the typical meat-centric lifestyle. Sharon Palmer's wisdom will be invaluable in helping people embrace efforts like Meatless Monday, which can benefit their health and the health of the planet."
--Peggy Neu, president of The Monday Campaigns
"The Plant Powered Diet is a spot-on roadmap for our time. Eating deliciously, healthfully, and with a sense of our place in the world has never been easier, thanks to Sharon--I love this book!"
--Kate Geagan, MS, RD, author of Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet
"The Plant-Powered Diet is a celebration of the delicious, healthful qualities of beautiful plant foods in their natural form. Everyone can gain tremendous benefits from eating this way."
--Patricia Bannan, MS, RD, nutrition expert and author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight
"The Plant-Powered Diet is the best book on diet and health I've read in years."
--Ginny Kisch Messina, author of Vegan for Life
"Sharon Palmer gently guides you to a menu of healthier food choices in this well-researched and beautifully written comprehensive plan. The Plant-Powered Diet will educate you and motivate you to include more powerful plant foods in your diet every day."
--Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE, author of Diabetes Weight Loss--Week by Week
A major step forward for everyone—vegan, vegetarian or omnivore—seeking the lifelong health benefits of plant-powered eating: A complete program that starts today.
Hundreds of studies lead to this one conclusion: The healthiest diet on the planet is a plant-based diet. Plant-based eating has been linked to abundant health benefits, including increased lifespan, a lower risk of heart disease and cancer, and better brain health. Now, for everyone from omnivores who want to cut back on meat and eat more vegetables, to vegans looking to benefit even more from the healthiest plant foods, The Plant-Powered Diet meets all readers where they are, explains the dramatic benefits of eating more plants, and provides an all-in-one guide to re-engineering one’s diet, day by day.
Sharon Palmer, a nationally recognized nutrition expert and editor of the respected wellness newsletter Environmental Nutrition (circulation about 80,000), gives readers the low-down on nutrient-packed plant proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and plant fats—as well as herbs, spices, chocolate, coffee, tea, and wine. Then she explains exactly how to take the “powerful plants plunge,” with a realistic 14-day plan guiding readers through the supermarket, the kitchen, making school lunches, ordering in restaurant, healthy eating on-the-go, exercise, and more—culminating with 75 original recipes, for every meal, all with complete nutritional data.
Harness the power of whole-plant foods to lead a long and vibrant life—whether youre vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous.
Eat more whole plants. This simple recommendation is at the heart of a building consensus: The healthiest diet is a plant-based diet. Plants have spent millions of years evolving their defenses against disease. Now, studies indicate that by eating whole, minimally processed plant foods, humans too can gain protection—against everyday illness, diabetes, obesity, depression, mental decline, heart disease, and even cancer.
In The Plant-Powered Diet, registered dietitian Sharon Palmer marshals the most up-to-date findings in nutrition to explain both why you should fill more of your plate with whole-plant foods and how to do so, whether youre a longtime vegan or a committed omnivore. Here is:
• Essential information on the healthiest plant foods—whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and even herbs, spices, chocolate, coffee, tea, and wine
• Advice for navigating the supermarket, kitchen, restaurant menus, on-the-go meals, exercise, and more
• A 14-day meal plan, plus daily action alerts to get you started
• And 75 original plant-based recipes for every meal—all with complete nutritional data.
The Plant-Powered Diet is not a diet youll go “on” today and “off” tomorrow. It is a simple, satisfying, and thoroughly delicious way of eating that can not only last your lifetime—but lengthen it.
About the Author
Sharon Palmer, RDN, is a registered dietitian, editor of the award-winning health newsletter Environmental Nutrition, and a nationally recognized nutrition expert who has personally impacted thousands of people’s lives through her writing and clinical work. She lives outside of Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
Foreword author David L. Katz, MD, MPH, is director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center.