Book Review: Deliciously Healthy Menopause

Posted April 25, 2022 by geograph in review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Deliciously Healthy MenopauseDeliciously Healthy Menopause by Severine Menem
Published by Penguin on April 5, 2022
Genres: Cooking / Health & Healing / General, Health & Fitness / Diseases / General, Health & Fitness / Menopause, Health & Fitness / Women's Health
Pages: 224
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley

Minimize symptoms of perimenopause and menopause!

Optimize your physical, emotional and hormonal health through targeted nutrition and recipes. This healthy cookbook empowers you to take control of your menopause so you can maximize the possibilities of this new phase of life.

Inside this menopause diet book, you'll find food and lifestyle guidance to support a successful transition through "the change." It also:

- Takes you through the entire menopausal journey - before, during and after
- Balances the clinical and emotional sides of negotiating menopause
- Gives expert insight into the key nutrients, vitamins and minerals at the heart of hormonal health
- Includes over 80 everyday foods and recipes that can be enjoyed solo, with a partner or by the whole family
- Suggests how to customize recipes to suit your situation: either to target a particular condition or symptom, or to cater to your dietary needs and choices

Deliciously Healthy: Menopause is a recipe and nutritional book of two halves. The first section introduces the "food as medicine" approach with a nutrient-rich meal and lifestyle plan to balance hormones, maintain bone and tissue strength, and boost mood. It demonstrates how stress, physical activity, sleep and social connection affect this period of change, and gives you strategies to find balance in all aspects of life.

The second part of this natural menopause book "puts the plan into practice" with over 80 flavor-packed recipes that embrace everything good for metabolic and hormonal health. You can customize each recipe to target a specific symptom and suit your preferences. With gluten-free recipes, vegetarian and vegan meal ideas, it's easy to include balanced nutrition into your life. You'll instantly feel the benefits!

I picked this book up because I’ve been through menopause and I sure don’t know anything about it! Still, somehow! I did skim most of the ‘story’ or ‘health explanation’ of this book so I don’t remember it being particularly Gendery (ie “let’s go ladies, make some food for our inner girl power because we have vaginas!) etc, so I think it is safe on that front. I also didn’t get to make any of the recipes in this book, but some of them look really good. They’re also tagged with a list of symptoms that each recipe helps with. I don’t know if I believe that a diet can be the #1 go to thing when it comes to menopause, but changes in my diet have helped some of my symptoms, so honestly I’ll try anything. Especially egg in a hole. What a recipe! I also really enjoyed some of the food photography here, although not all recipes have a picture. Four stars.

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Breakfasts:

Egg muffins
Matcha oatmeal
Sausage breakfast biscuits
Strawberry and tahini overnight oats
Smoked salmon and egg on avocado toast
Orange and tumeric overnight oats
Banana buckwheat oatmeal
Cinnamon and seeds breakfast bowl
Chocolate, zucchini, and ginger muffins
Mushroom and thyme oatmeal
Granola
Decadent chocolate avocado brownie
Egg in a hole
Za’atar tartine

Entrees

Scallops with sweet potato puree
Beef, spinach, and spices with rice
Blushing octopus
Lamb tagine
Mussels in white wine
Beef bourguignon
Bacon, mushroom and egg cauliflower bowl
Tofu shakshuka
Salmon teriyaki
Kale, chicken, and Parmesan bowl
Roasted Dijon chicken
French green lentils, ham, and feta salad
Baked cod with lemon sauce
Magical kale salad
Three-bean salad
Roast leg of lamb
Shrimp, avocado, grapefruit and mango salad
Chicken with green olives
Savory crepes
Beef and liver meatballs
Liver, onion and sage
Pulled pork
Orange and herb-roasted turkey breast
Sweet potato, kale and sausage bowl
Sticky ginger tempeh with coconut rice
Beet and goat cheese salad
Chickpea crepe with goat cheese and asparagus
Crustless broccoli quiche
Tuna, salmon, and mackerel carpaccio
Tofu and broccoli salad with peanut dressing
Rainbow tempeh bowls
Omelet with a selection of fillings
Baked eggs with spinach, tomato, and feta
Zucchini and shrimp tagliatelle

Light bites

Sardine and avocado wrap
Tomato and garlic toast
Black olive and tuna cake
Beet chips
Edamame beans
Quinoa tabbouleh
Broccoli bread
Rainbow salsa
Blueberry and apple cookies
Strawberry coconut muffins
Chocolate chip banana bread
Chocolate and peanut butter bites
Chocolate and hazelnut bites
Lime and blueberry muffins
Fruit jellies
No-bake cookie truffles

Desserts and baked goods

Blueberry crumble
Chocolate-dipped fruit platter
Perfect flaxseed parfait
Baked creme patissiere
Pavolva
Orange cake
Yogurt cake
Raspberry ice cream
Simply baked apples
Chai milkshake
Chocolate and chia pudding
Sweet crepes
Banana, raspberry, and chocolate ice cream
Cinnamon apple tart
Fruit clafoutis

Drink

Golden milk
Green tea latte
Bone broth
Kombucha

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