Give your health a fresh start with Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start cookbook

Ever wished a dietitian would come into your home and plan healthy meals for you?

With Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start Cookbook, it’s like New Zealand’s favourite dietitian has done just that and packaged all her meal ideas and healthy tips into a lovely book you can refer to over and over again.

Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start Cookbook contains recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and the occasional dessert, as well as weekly meal plans, exercise tips and ideas for what to eat if you want to lose weight or maintain the weight you’re currently at.

All the work of calorie counting has been done for you, because it’s something Nadia doesn’t want her readers to obsess over.

Lim says, “Instead of counting calories I want you to get used to knowing your food groups and portion sizes. If there’s anything you should be counting, it should be nutrients!”

All meals feature some form of protein, along with fresh fruit or vegetables, carbohydrates and healthy fats.

Breakfast recipes include smoothies, homemade muesli, jazzed up scrambled eggs, breakfast fruit parfaits, banana pancakes, and loads more.

Lunch recipes feature soups, quesadillas, salads, open sandwiches, frittatas, noodle boxes and more.

Dinners are divided into vegetarian, meat, chicken and sea-food/fish recipes with lots of options like spaghetti Bolognese, pies, curries, Pad Thai, kebabs, soups, salads, stir-fries and so on.

Desserts that caught my eye include the Bitter Chocolate ‘Ice Cream’, Baked Custard, Instant Chocolate Avocado Mousse and Chia Pudding with Fruit Salsa.

But I think my favourite section is her Healthy Snacks section at the back of the book. It includes clever twists on common favourites like Chocolate Chickpea Cookies, which feature chickpeas in place of flour for a protein-rich, gluten-free cookie. This section also features a variety of tasty dips, bliss balls, ice blocks and other nutrient-filled baking recipes.

In Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start Cookbook  there are over 100 recipes, so there should be something for everyone looking to revitalise their health this year.

Check out other book reviews over at our Munch Loves – Books section and follow Nadia Lim’s blog here.


Review by Emma Abrahams,
Author of Craving Fresh

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