Laura Prepon’s New Book

the stash plan book

Confession: I saw Lauren Prepon on Kelly and Michael yesterday morning (my favorite morning show-am I over 65? I remember my grandma watching Regis and Kathy Lee like 20 years ago). Anyhow, she discussed her book and had me at “I soak my  quinoa in a yogurt and water mixture”.  It sounds weird and tedious, but apparently it’s super easy and it helps us to digest it even better.

I’m obsessed with the idea that we are what we eat. We’re supposed to be nourishing our bodies by what we put in them. I am also obsessed with cooking & food (and pizza-but that doesn’t count) so this is the perfect marriage. I’ve decided to buy this book because it encompasses the idea of healing our bodies from the inside-out.

I’m excited to read about the break-down of the human body in a reader-friendly way and see what foods I can eat to get my bod functioning at its prime. Scott and I love meal-prep cooking and would love to learn new, healthier options for our cooking days. Doing something like this can make you feel happier, more energetic, and can have a good effect on your hair, nails & skin, too. Wee! The book will be here in two days and I will add an update after reading it. I tend to fall asleep when reading, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to put this one down.


Update:

I have to say, I really enjoyed the book. It inspired me to eat better and do further research on how to eat well for the liver and gallbladder. I never knew how important those two organs truly were for the body. I’m still working on the daily stretches to see if they are beneficial for me, but a little stretching is always a good thing anyway.

I have to admit, as much as I loved the book, I think some of the recipes were lacking. For one, I think they miss a few key “tips” on how to get the most out of your recipes. For two, I feel like they forgot to edit some of the recipes altogether.

One of the missing key tips in my opinion is within the chicken broth recipe. There is no mention of when to take the chicken (meat) off the bone to use for other recipes. Instead, I left the chicken in for the entire cook time (12 hours) because that’s what it said to do. It tasted super dry and was hardly usable for any of the other chicken recipes. I just think that’s super wasteful! However, I noticed that in a recipe following the chicken broth it mentions to take the chicken off the bone after 3-4 hours of cooking. I ended up making note of that on the original chicken broth recipe so that I know to do it for next time. But it definitely would have been helpful to have that tip on the proper page!

As for editing the recipes, I think the meatball recipe could have used another look. It told me to pre-cook my turkey meat before forming into balls. To me, that just doesn’t make sense. Especially because the recipe does not call for any sort of binding agent, like egg. I also think the tomato sauce recipe is lacking in flavor. I was rather surprised they didn’t mention to add some of your broth to it. Next time I plan on adding some for a kick of flavor.

To end my bit on recipes, I have to say the meatloaf was AMAZE-BALLS!! It was probably the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. I don’t know if it was because I used grass-fed beef, or if it was the broth. But man, it was SOOO GOOD! I highly recommend finding your way to her recipe. Maybe some day I’ll share it, but for now I think it’s only fair that people buy, borrow, or go to the library for her book! Is that weird?

All-in-all I think the book is insightful and can help others learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle. I read it within just a few days which, for me, is very telling! It taught me a lot, especially how important collagen is for your body. It can help heal you from the inside out. The collagen comes from the bones when you make your broth and it’s known to: improve your skin and hair, repair your joints, boost your metabolism, strengthen your teeth and nails, reduce cellulite, and more. We start to lose collagen as we age, so I say the more the merrier! BRING IT ON! If only it could reverse gray hair now…. That would be nice! 😉

 

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