Dr. Jonny Bowden’s new menu-building recipe book provides the foundations for many deliciously healthful meals
by Craig Weatherby
Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, is a widely renowned and respected advisor on weight loss and nutrition who has also authored several best-sellers.
We’ve long admired Dr. Bowden’s scientifically informed but eminently practical approach to weight control and preventive nutrition.
His research is impressive, but Jonny is also adept at demystifying complex subjects. In fact, reading his books feels like a relaxed but informative chat with a friend.
Last year, we reviewed Jonny’s fantastically informative volume, The 150 Healthiest Foods.
Now we’re delighted to tell you that he’s published two more great books this year: The Healthiest Meals on Earth and The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth
We’d like to introduce to you both, starting this week with The Healthiest Meals on Earth.
This new work – subtitled The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What Meals You Should Eat and Why – offers recipes for more than 60 healthful dishes and drinks, along with dozens of tips for adopting a healthier, tastier approach to cooking.
Each recipe features the world’s most potent anti-aging, disease-discouraging foods, and is designed to be easy and delicious.
Jonny combines 40 of these dishes to create 10 menus that he calls “poly-meals”.
And you can combine the 40 entrees, sides, and desserts in myriad ways, to create countless healthful menus.
“Poly-meal” menus for tasty anti-aging power
As Jonny explains in the introduction, the poly-meal concept came from Colombian researcher Oscar Franco.
Dr. Franco proposed the concept in response to an article in the British Medical Journal, in which two researchers suggested that a combination of medications and vitamins – which they called a “poly-pill” – might reduce the risk of heart disease by 80 percent.
Those researchers’ proposal flowed from the results of decades of research into the cardiovascular effect of each of the pill’s constituents (three blood pressure drugs, a statin drug, aspirin, and folic acid).
After looking at analogous data regarding nutrients and heart risk, Dr. Franco penned a reply published in the British Medical Journal.
Dr. Franco proposed that instead of “poly-pills”, people should be enjoying “poly-meals” that combine foods rich in the most potent heart-protecting nutritional factors.
Jonny explains the link between Dr. Franco’s idea and The Healthiest Meals on Earth in the book’s introduction: “I began thinking about constructing meals as close as possible to the theoretically ‘perfect’ meal that Franco talked about in the British Medical Journal.”
As he elaborates, “The ideal meal would maximize intake of anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, fiber, good fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals (like resveratrol, in grapes and wine or cacao in chocolate) that help the liver get rid of toxins, protect DNA from damage, keep the brain and heart healthy, improve mood, and improve circulation, keeping blood and oxygen freely flowing to brain heart and other tissues.”
Jonny recruited skilled cook and fellow nutritionist Jeannette Bessinger, C.H.H.C., to help develop the recipes and menus, and the impressive result is this colorful cookbook, filled with delicious, superbly health-enhancing recipes.
Each poly-meal in The Healthiest Meals on Earth provides healthy proportions of protein, fiber, healthful fats, and several stand-out foods that pack a particularly potent anti-aging punch.
These two examples may be a bit self-serving, as they feature seafood we sell, but they’re truly attractive from both the culinary and nutrition standpoints:
Omega-Star PolyMeal (Chapter 3)
· Broiled Salmon with Tamari-Orange Marinade
· Wild Rice and Green Beans with Shiitake Sauté
· Dandelion Greens with Warm Sesame Dressing
· Spiced Pear Sorbet
Healthy Fats and Protein-Packed (Chapter 5)
· Thai-Spiced Mango and Prawns
· Crunchy Coconut Fruit Salad
· Roasted Rutabaga Chips
· Tropical Frosties
Jonny’s poly-meals are inclusive, as they feature a range of vegetarian, poultry, fish, and meat-based entrees, such as Black Bean Cakes with Cooling Accompaniments, Persian Chicken with Walnut, Onion, and Pomegranate Sauce, and the iron-boosting power of Calf's Liver and Green Onions.
He even covers Thanksgiving, with his “Healthiest Holiday Meal”, which features Citrus-Stuffed Herbed Turkey, Roasted Cruciferous Veggies with Toasted Hazelnuts, Waldorf Salad, Cranberry-Orange Relish, and Sweet Potato Pie with Almond-Oat Crust.
Another 10 recipes – such as Slow-Cooker Chicken Curry, Miso Bean Soup, and Venison Stew – make great one-pot meals.
Side dishes, such as Cold Strawberry Soup and Veggie Slaw with Flax Oil, and desserts, such as Raw Chocolate Fondue, are also featured.
The chapter on drinks includes nutritious, fruit-based smoothies, “green drinks” made with wheat grass, barley greens, blue-green algae, or extracts from greens such as spinach, kale, broccoli, and wheat grass.
Jonny provides healthy cooking tips throughout the book, as well as a list of convenient, healthy foods to keep on hand and an analysis of the foods in each recipe.
We are honored to be included in his Resources section (page 358), and to receive a special mention (page 75) as a superior source of wild Salmon.
This book pairs perfectly with Dr. Bowden’s fantastically informative 150 Healthiest Foods, which is organized by food group, and designates his top choices within each food category with big, colorful stars.
For more about Jonny, visit his website at www.jonnybowden.com.
Vital Choice Foods among Jonny Bowden’s Top Choices
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Wild Alaskan Salmon (not farmed)
- Tea (green, black, and white)
Other Vital Choice Foods among Jonny Bowden’s “150 Healthiest”
- Cayenne Pepper
- Dark Chocolate