Wednesday, April 25, 2012

LivWise Cookbook Review

Cancer center




Several years ago, I had the opportunity to meet one of the best known and enduring celebrities of my era, Olivia Newton-John. Her career has endured and evolved over the years as she always finds a way to share her passion for life. After surviving breast cancer, she founded Liv.com, to facilitate and promote self exams, as she states,
“My dream is that all women in the world will have a LIV and love themselves enough to take charge of their own breast health.”  ~Olivia Newton-John
gaia spaTo further her mission, she is also a part owner of Gaia Retreat and Spa in Australia. The spa has received numerous international awards and recognition as a healthy and rejuvenating destination.

To follow this success, she sponsored the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre.

Olivia Newton-John CookbookAll her work is not without purpose. The 63 year old international superstar has launched a cookbook. Livwise builds on her previous projects, with "easy recipes for a healthy, happy life". 

We've perused the cookbook for about a week now, testing recipes, studying the advice and learning new methods and ingredients. The cookbook is a fabulous guide to using familiar foods in new ways and testing unfamiliar foods in a friendly way. Sprinkled with recipes from Olivia's home, spa recipes, and recipes filled with healthy ingredients, it's a wonderful addition to anyone trying to live in a healthier manner. She has a section on why using sprouted foods is important as well as simple how-to instructions. She has a list of "must have" pantry items. She includes fabulous vegan recipes as well as meat. There are chapters on salads, smoothies, and snacks as well as easy conversion tables from metric to US measurements.

The first recipe we tried was a fabulous coleslaw with cashew nut dressing. It was a refreshing and light twist on an old staple with the addition of red peppers, celery, red onion, and pineapple. Instead of heavy mayonnaise based dressing, instead she dressed the salad with ground cashews, lemon, and garlic powder. It was a delightful salad filled with protein and vitamin E from the cashews, antioxidants from the red peppers and onions, and vitamins C and K from the cabbage.

100% of the profits from the sale of this cookbook will go to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre.



In compliance with FTC disclosure rules, we received a free review copy of this cookbook. Nonetheless, we only publish reviews that we think will benefit our readers and all opinions voiced are our own. 


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