I was recently given the opportunity to read and explore Nourish: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook by Lorna Jane Clarkson. Just in case you don’t know who that is, she created the Lorna Jane fitness line.
I always love reading cookbooks, especially ones that are focused on health and fitness.
The book itself is divided up into several sections:
- Part 1: Discusses Lorna Jane’s views on food, life and a little more detail on herself.
- Part 2: Recipes (Wake Up, Breakfast, Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Lunch, Dressings, Snacks, Dinner, Desserts and Herbal Teas)
- Part 3: Discusses how to set a plan for your eating as well as some basic staple recipes you should always have on hand
The first thing that I loved about the book is that all the recipes are portioned correctly. If you make the recipe you are not going to end up with crazy amounts of extra food. It is perfect for someone cooking for yourself or a small family.
I wanted to share two simple recipes with you all today. They are both delicious! As you know, we are having a party this weekend with our friends and family to celebrate our new home and graduation.
I opted to try two recipes that could be used since I am in charge of some of the sides.
1/2 cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
80 g baby spinach leaves
1 clove garlic, quartered
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
pinch cayenne pepper
1. Place chickpeas in a small bowl, cover with cold water, stand overnight. Drain.
2. Cook chickpeas in a small saucepan of boiling water about 20 minutes or until tender. Add spinach to pan, stir until spinach is wilted. Drain.
3. Blend or process chickpeas and spinach with remaining ingredients until smooth. Season to taste. Serve with vegetable sticks or seed crackers.
I have been wanting to make my own hummus for quite a while. This turned out delicious. It is light and summery and PERFECT as a dip for this weekends festivities.
I also came across a simple and easy dressing that I decided to give a try. To be honest, when I first was looking for another one of her recipes to try I was trying to find ways to cook naturally and save money. This recipe was not only made with things that I have right in my home but it is also much more cost effective then buying your own dressing in the store.
1/3 cup lemon juice
4 drops natural stevia liquid
Salt (to taste)
White pepper (to taste)
1. Combine all in a screw-top jar.
2. Shake well to combine.
I loved that this dressing was so light. It doesn’t overpower the salad, and my husband even enjoyed it as well.
Lorna Jane put an excellent book together. Not only does she hit it right on when she says STOP DIETING, but she also provides healthy and natural recipes.
She also talks about the keys for successful eating while out at a restaurant and key items to have on hand in your house to guarantee yourself success.
Some of the quotes/takeaways I love from her book:
“Eat less, more often.”
“I don’t have a strict rule about how many meals and snacks I eat each day. But I do listen to my body and give it what it needs to feel great.”
“Stop dieting! Stop Dieting! oh, and did I mention stop dieting!”
“So…let’s be honest here; it’s you who decides what you eat!”
What are you doing Wednesday night? If your answer is nothing – you should join the SweatPink and Lorna Jane twitter party on July 9th at 9:00 PM EST. Hashtags #LiveLifeNOURISH #sweatpink #lornajane @LornaJaneActive @FitApproach.
RSVP to the party here. You can win your very own copy of the Nourish Cookbook from Lorna Jane!
Who is going to join the party?
Have you ever tried out Lorna Jane Activewear?
What are you food beliefs?