A 28-day plan for new vegans or anyone looking to get their diet back on track, from the wildly popular creator of Brussels Vegan and Best of Vegan
No matter what diet you practice, a reset is a way to jump-start or refocus healthy habits and get your body to a state of optimum health. Here, blogger and Instagrammer Kim-Julie Hansen of Best of Vegan and Brussels Vegan offers a practical and easy-to-follow program, laid out day by day with meal plans, prep, shopping lists, recipes, and personal tips and inspiration. If you want to become a vegan and don’t know where to start, this is the ultimate guide. But it’s also invaluable for anyone (vegan or not) looking to kick-start healthier habits, whether to lose weight, become fitter, or simply cultivate a more balanced lifestyle. Kim-Julie introduces you to the benefits of a reset; guides you through the 28-day meal plan; and finishes with additional recipes to carry you beyond the reset—all brought to life with her gorgeous photography throughout. With its emphasis on satisfying plant-based foods and its achievable 28-day plan, this program is a great way to meet your goals of health and well-being.
Blogger Hansen's 28-day plan is a thoughtfully crafted diet and exercise regimen for those starting a plant-based diet. Hansen explains the logistics behind weight loss or weight gain, and what to expect from one's body when it transitions to performing on plant-based fuel. Debunking the notion that a vegan diet is expensive to maintain, Hansen offers suggestions for cheap grocery shopping and strategies for saving money, such as buying in bulk and opting for generic brands. What stands out most in Hansen's book, however, is her concern for optimal health, including an emphasis on meditation, restorative sleep, and the importance of hydration. The 28-day plan itself is meticulously constructed with comprehensive grocery lists, meal-prep schedules, and journaling exercises. Her recipes are no-frills and use a limited number of ingredients such as a blue medjool smoothie with blueberries and dates; white chocolate nut butter made from macadamia nuts and cacao butter; herbed lentils and white bean dip; a tofu spring roll bowl served with a side of maple pumpkin seeds; and a baked mustard-tofu sandwich. This plant-based reboot is an excellently organized and enlightening resource.
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Our first week and last week.
My wife and I have been vegan for a while now, and we bought this mainly to help with meal prep as we found ourselves dining out or making the same dishes often.
I’m prepping day 4’s lunches for us right now, and so far the experience with the recipes has been truly lackluster. We’ve had to fix or adjust every recipe in some way, otherwise the dishes would’ve just tasted like plain cooked vegetables basically.
- you have to check the next day’s recipes if you need soaked cashews because the book doesn’t tell you the day before.
- In two days they have you eat 4 sweet potatoes. Why? That is far too many sweet potatoes. It’s ridiculous.
- Who makes tacos with plain cooked chickpeas, optional herbs, a pinch of sea salt, raw tomatoes, and plain cooked vegetables. That’s not a taco, that’s just a bunch of plain cooked vegetables in a tortilla. A taco has seasoning of some sort - cumin, chilies, something.
- the smoothies are anywhere from 1/4c to 1/2c off on the amount of liquid they require.
- the chickpea cabbage boats would’ve been flavorless if we hadn’t fixed the recipe.
- the chickpea cabbage boats called for a sauce made out of mustard and maple syrup. The chickpeas themselves had a single teaspoon of curry powder per serving with nothing else to form an actual sauce/flavor profile. This is not great: ended up turning the chickpeas into Chana masala and saying screw the sauce.
- the loaded sweet potato sauce was trying to be a vegan cheese sauce and it failed miserably. There are some really good vegan cheese sauces on the Internet - there’s a nacho cheese sauce that uses sweet potatoes, carrots, and some other stuff that I would eat a thousand times over versus actual nacho cheese sauce, even if I wasn’t vegan.
-the loaded sweet potatoes included too many sweet ingredients (cooked onions, carrots) along with asking the diner to consume 2 whole sweet potatoes.
Overall, I’m finishing day 3 and prepping day 4, and we probably won’t use this book again after we finish this week out.
This was a great idea, I really wanted the meal prep this book provides to work for us, but we like flavor and having to fix what these recipes give you to start with, every meal, is annoying.
A Beautiful Guide to Healthy Eating
Vegan Reset is an excellent cookbook - but, it isn’t JUST a cookbook. It’s a month-long, meal-by-meal guide to healthy, plant-based eating. If you're intimidated by veganism and have no idea where to start - or if, (like me) you've been vegan for many years but could use a healthy "reset" of your already-vegan diet - this book is an incredible resource. The meal plans include creative, healthful, but manageable recipes. On top of that, this book is simply beautiful. Kim-Julie Hansen did an incredible job planning and photographing these healthy and delicious meals. She has created a guide that will help people eat healthier (without harming animals!) for years to come. I highly reccomend it.