Saturday, February 23, 2013

Eat Your Way to Fabulous Health

You may remember when I shared with you my shock and awe over receiving an e-mail from Dr. Mark Hyman’s office asking me to review his new book, The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook, in advance of its Feb. 26 publication date. Even writing about it today -- two months later -- and the invitation still seems so surreal.

For those of you unfamiliar with Dr. Hyman, he’s well-renowned for his work in helping people like you and me lose weight and prevent and reverse disease. His book, The Blood Sugar Solution, is a New York Times No. 1 bestseller and has been featured on national shows like Live! With Kelly and Michael, Dr. Oz, Charlie Rose, et al.

What makes him a stand-out from many of the medical professionals we’ve come to rely on is that Dr. Hyman attacks the cause of illnesses rather than just treating the symptoms. What do I mean by that? He firmly believes that the most powerful medicine we can take is at the end of our forks, not at the bottom of a pill bottle. He believes control of our health belongs in our hands. And now he’s putting his money where his mouth is with this amazing cookbook that features more than 175 ultra-tasty recipes for total health and weight loss.

Whether you follow The Blood Sugar Solution six-week program or simply want to eat your way to optimum health, Dr. Hyman believes, as I do, that we are not limited to a steady diet of bland and boring “health foods” that taste like cardboard going down. In fact, there’s a world of culinary delights waiting for us when we replace the mass-produced “factory foods” that make us fat and sick with home cooking at its best. These recipes show us the way.

"In 1900 only 2 percent of meals were eaten outside of the home; now it is more than 50 percent," explained Dr. Hyman in a recent video blog. "And most of the meals eaten at home today are factory made science projects “cooked” in a microwave. The consumption of industrial fast and processed food is driving our epidemic of obesity, diabetes and chronic disease that now affects EVERY other American. We need a food and cooking revolution to change that!" Watch Dr. Hyman’s brief video in full.

At the start of The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook, Dr. Hyman invites us to take an assessment of our own health and then gives us advice on what to keep and what to discard from our fridges, pantries and shopping carts. Next come the recipes ... 175, to be exact! You’ll be pleasantly surprised, as I was, at how easy it is to prepare these healthful and incredibly-tasting foods. Many of the dishes take less than 30 minutes to prepare, so there’s no running out of delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner options no matter how busy our schedules.

His recipes are flexitarian, which means there are plant-based and lean meat dishes to satisfy vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike. You’ll delight in sumptuous meals like Chinese Eggs and Greens, Asian Prawn Paella, Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai, Veggie Scramble, Spicy Sage Turkey Sausage, Mexican AND Vegan Lasagna and a Blue Cheese Cowboy Burger. Also featured are wonderfully healthful desserts and protein shakes that will make your mouth water. This cookbook has plenty of good eats for absolutely everyone.

Matt and I whipped up his Chinese Fried Quinoa. It was the simplest stir-fry we've ever made and it tasted fantastic. The spices of ginger, garlic and chili flakes left behind a wonderful aroma, which lingered long after our meal was finished. Our kids even enjoyed it ... and they are some of the toughest critics! (Recipe and nutritional information are available in the comments section below.)

Tempted yet? You can pre-order his all-new The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook today and begin your journey to renewed vitality and optimal weight with one delectable meal after another!

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About Dr. Hyman
Mark Hyman, MD is dedicated to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach called Functional Medicine. He is a family physician, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an international leader in his field. Through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research and advocacy, Dr. Hyman empowers others to stop managing symptoms and start treating the underlying causes of illness, thereby tackling our chronic-disease epidemic.


  1. Anonymous2/23/2013

    What a tease, you show a delicious looking dish and no recipe! Please share the recipe for the above Chinese fried quinoa??

    1. My bad! I will post the recipe within the hour. Thank you for the "subtle" reminder. LOL : )

    2. Chinese Fried Quinoa Recipe

      1 Tablespoon reduced sodium, gluten-free tamari
      2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
      Juice of 1 lime
      Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
      Red pepper flakes to taste

      1 Tablespoon peanut oil
      1 medium white onion, chopped
      2 garlic cloves, minced
      1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
      ½ small head broccoli, cut into small florets
      1 large carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
      2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
      1 large red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
      1 cup fresh or frozen peas
      2 cups of cooked quinoa

      Make the Sauce
      In a small bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients. Set aside.

      Make the Stir-Fry
      1. Heat the oil in a large wok over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger to the hot oil and stir-fry until soft and fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
      2. Stir in the broccoli and stir-fry until it turns a brighter shade of green, 2-3 minutes.
      3. Add the carrots, celery, bell pepper and peas and stir-fry until the vegetables have softened, 3-4 minutes.
      4. Once the broccoli is tender, turn the heat to high and add the quinoa and reserved sauce. Toss the veggies and quinoa until they are evenly mixed and the quinoa is slightly crispy. Check for seasoning, adding more tamari, salt and black pepper, if desired.

  2. Anonymous2/24/2013

    Great recipe! Could we have the carbs & other nutrition facts? Thanks so much!

    1. Nutritional analysis per serving (1 cup): calories 227, fat 8 g, saturated fat 1 g, cholesterol 0 mg, fiber 8 g, protein 8 g, carbohydrate 33 g, sodium 429 mg