Eating healthy can be tough to stick with. I try to eat and prepare healthier meals. It doesn’t always go as planned though. It’s not always easy to come up with a recipe that is healthy and that your whole family can enjoy.
From EVERYDAY DETOX author Megan Gilmore, powerhouse blogger behind Detoxinista.com, here are 100 quick-to-prepare, affordable, and delicious whole-food recipes that make it easy to follow a healthy lifestyle for you and your family every day.
In NO EXCUSES DETOX: 100 RECIPES TO HELP YOU EAT HEALTHY EVERY DAY (Penguin Random House / Ten Speed Press; Feb. 21, 2017), Megan Gilmore presents a collection of satisfying, family-friendly recipes developed with speed, convenience, and optimum digestion in mind.
Megan Gilmore sharply identifies many of the reasons people fail to stick to a healthy diet—too busy, budget-conscious, cooking for picky eaters, concerns about taste or fullness, and more—addressing them head on and offering simple solutions. This beautifully packaged and artfully photographed book gives readers no excuse to not eat well year-round.
I was able to ask Megan some questions about her book and herself.
1. Describe your book, what should readers expect?
No Excuses Detox is loaded with solutions to common issues that hold readers back from healthy eating. Whether you don’t have enough time, think healthy eating is too expensive, are always on the go, or have picky family members, there is something in there for everyone– leaving you with no excuse to not eat well on a regular basis. I’ve included 100 recipes that are clearly labeled to help you plan, full of 30-minute meals, freezer-friendly or slow-cooker friendly meals, recipes that require only 15 minutes of prep time, and kid-friendly meals that appeal to everyone.
2. Do you have a favorite recipe from your book?
It’s hard to pick just one! I hope that everyone tries the Cauliflower Baked Ziti, as it tastes like lasagna without using any pasta, and the Cinnamon Spice Muffins which are made without any flour or refined sugar– but you’d never know by tasting them!
3. Do you have a favorite ingredient you like to cook with?
I go through phases, but currently I love working with dates. I love how they are loaded with fiber and iron, but blend seamlessly into healthy dessert recipes.
4. Did you ever run in to any challenges with this book?
Yes, I had just found out I was pregnant when I got this book deal, so I developed all of these recipes in my first trimester, when food was the least appealing to me. I had to make some of the recipes 40 times to get them right, and then I recruited over 35 taste testers to make sure pregnancy hadn’t thrown my taste buds off.
5. Do you have any tips for healthy eating?
Don’t try to do too much at once. I feel like healthy eating can feel overwhelming at first, so make small changes that are easy for you to stick to, like starting your day with a delicious smoothie. If it doesn’t taste good, you won’t stick to it, so make sure you find really flavorful recipes that you love.
6. Did anything/anyone inspire you to write?
My mother was a teacher, so I think her background encouraged me to write. She taught me to write down notes while I was studying in school, so I started doing the same thing when I learned about cooking and nutrition.
7. Have you always had a passion for cooking?
Yes, but it wasn’t always for healthy cooking. Growing up, I would make “cheesecake” using white bread, processed cheese, and sprinkles!
8. Do you have any secret cooking tips?
Don’t wing it when it comes to measuring, particularly in baking recipes. I never knew what a Tollhouse cookie was supposed to taste like until I was an adult, because my mom always eye-balled her measurements. It’s not a secret tip, but it’s important to know how to measure correctly!
9. Your cookbook is a healthier one, so what are some of your favorite healthy foods?
I love healthy food that tastes like my favorite “cheat” foods. I love anything that tastes like pizza or lasagna, so the Cauliflower Baked Ziti and Pizza Stir Fry are two of my favorites in the new book. I also love starting my day with a chocolate milkshake, like the Frosty Chocolate Shake.
10. Do you have any hobbies you enjoy?
I work as a full-time greeting card illustrator, so cooking is actually my hobby!
11. How long did it take you to write your cookbook?
It took four months to develop the recipes and write the book, but then it goes through about 6 months of editing with my publisher.
12. Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to create a cookbook?
I’d make sure you have a special idea that sets you apart from the other books out there. There’s so much competition! Having a strong social media presence and email list is a great start, in addition to making original recipes.
13. Would you like to add/say anything to my readers?
I hope they’ll find that they love healthy eating once they try my easy recipes!
I would like to thank Megan for taking the time to do this interview and answer all of my questions.