Nutrient Dense Recipes

nutrient-dense-recipes101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without is a cookbook created by Lori Powell, the food director of  Prevention magazine.

Most healthy recipe books concentrate on cutting back on fat and calories. However unfortunately this can lead to a loss of flavor as well.

The recipes in this book are designed so every meal is focused on nutrient dense foods. This results in tasty dishes composed of fresh, whole foods that will enhance your health, prevent disease and shrink your waistline.

Nutrient Dense Recipes Basics

Lori Powell explains that it is best to get our nutrition from food instead of relying on vitamin pills. There is an intricate blend of nutrients in foods that work to enhance your health in a way that is far superior to supplements.

The Essential 13 Nutrients

Prevention has identified the nutrients that have the greatest ability to promote optimal health. These compounds have been demonstrated by scientific research to protect against conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. These nutrients also support you in your goal to achieve your ideal weight.

  1. Anthocyanins– reduce blood pressure, lower diabetes risk, protect the breain
  2. Calcium – supports bone health, alleviates premenstrual syndrome
  3. Carotenoids– boost immunity, sharpen vision, reduce cancer risk
  4. Fiber – regulates blood sugar, improves digestion, reduces cholesterol
  5. Folate– improves depression, supports cardiovascular health
  6. Iron– boosts energy, maintains muscle mass
  7. Magnesium– reduces heart disease risk, alleviates insomnia, prevents diabetes
  8. Omega-3 Fatty Acids– protect against heart disease, supports brain health
  9. Potassium– regulates blood pressure, strengthens bones, protects against stroke
  10. Vitamin B12– improves metabolism, prevents headaches
  11. Vitamin C – fights inflammation, reduces risk of stroke, promotes clear skin
  12. Vitamin D– protects against cancer, promotes fat burning
  13. Vitamin E – prevents blood clots, destroys free radicals

Readers are advised how much of each nutrient to consume each day. Also provided is a list of recipes that have high levels of a particular nutrient.

Delicious Ways to Meet Your Daily Nutrition Requirements

Instead of popping a pill you can get your daily needs for vitamin C with Asian Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups with Peanut Sauce.

More than a third of your daily calcium requirement can be obtained by starting your day with Creamy Steel-Cut Oats with Dried Cranberries and Pistachios.

You can get three days supply vitamin D from Roasted Cedar-Plank Salmon with Mustard-Maple Glaze.

101 Nutrient Rich Recipes

The secret to creating nutritious recipes is based on smart substitutions in traditional dishes and an emphasis on superfoods. However, you won’t by eating strange foods that you’re not familiar with. All of the recipes in this book are based on ingredients you can find in your local grocery store.

Some of the high-nutrient recipes you can enjoy include:

  • Blueberry-Cornmeal Waffles with Blueberry Sauce
  • Grass-Fed Beef Burgers with Blue Cheese Sauce
  • Fish Tacos with Black Bean-Papaya Salsa
  • Lemony Chicken, Spinach and Orzo Soup
  • Baked Oysters with Leeks and Buttery Bread Crumbs
  • Swiss Chard, Eggplant and Mushroom Lasagna
  • Pan-Roasted Salmon with Lentil Pilaf
  • Carrot Gratin with Creamy Goat Cheese Sauce
  • Crab Fried-Rice with Tofu
  • Dark Chocolate Walnut Brownies
  • Cardamon Yogurt Cheesecake with Caramelized Plums

Recommended Foods

Blueberries, strawberries, pears, kiwi, dates, red cabbage, kale, carrots, broccoli, spinach, beets, Brussels sprouts, winter squash, tofu, endamame, black beans, lentils, yogurt, eggs, grass-fed beef, oysters, salmon, sardines, clams, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds.

Sample Meal Plan


Poached eggs with Steamed Asparagus and Asiago Cheese

Morning Snack

1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt


Tuna and Chickpea Salad in Tomato Cups

Afternoon Snack

1 medium pear
1 tablespoon almond butter


Pumpkin Seed-Coated Chicken Breasts with Bulgur Pilaf
Curried Roasted Cauliflower with Flaxseeds


Dark Chocolate Pudding with Whipped Ricotta

Costs and Expenses

101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without: The Prevention Cookbook retails at $24.99.

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  • Encourages getting your nutrition from food rather than supplements.
  • Recipes classified according to what nutrients they are highest in.
  • Calorie and other nutrition information is provided for every recipe.
  • Includes a 7-day meal plan.
  • Includes vegetarian options.
  • Offers suggestions for simple between-meal snacks.


  • Will not appeal to those who don’t enjoy cooking.
  • Most people won’t have time to prepare the recipes for every meal of the day.
  • Will be necessary to adhere to the recommended serving sizes to control calorie intake.
  • Does not encourage exercise.

Portion Size Still Important

This book provides 101 nutrient dense recipes that feature 13 health-promoting nutrients. It will appeal to those who enjoy cooking and learning about how our food choices affect health.

Because the meals are calorie-controlled you will probably lose weight by using the recipes in this book. However, it is necessary to be aware of portion sizes and engage in physical exercise to achieve ideal results.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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