“The Plant Based Journey” Book Review, Recipe + Giveaway

pbjstopNo fluff needed; this is by far one of the most bold + succinct books on transitioning to a Plant Based/ Vegan lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many great books out there that will help. If it weren’t for books such as The China Study, Whole and more; I would have had a tougher time transitioning. But, those books were written from a different perspective, and that’s from a scientific approach. For someone who needs practical every day advice on transitioning, that may not work. We of course all need to know the “why” as far as this lifestyle goes, but the “how” is the really important stuff.

Lani Muelrath is as legit as they come. She has become one of the most well-known PB/ Vegan Fitness coaches and has worked with many of the big names in the field such as McDougal, Barnard, etc.  I could name all of them for you, but you know them already. Or, just go to http://www.lanimuelrath.com/ where she tells you all about it.

She was doing the whole plant-based thing before it was called plant-based; you know, back when everything was simple and just had one name? Not like the lacto-pesca-tarianism (what does that even mean) labels we all need to add nowadays. You either did it, or you didn’t.  She is like a mash-up Jane Fonda, Jillian Michaels and Tony Horton. Throw in some real whole food advice, take away all the “shystiness” of trying to sell you a shake; BAM!

“The Plant Based Journey” is less a manual than it is a compendium on how to transition to a “healthy lifestyle” while “achieving your ideal weight.” Yeah, I know the words mean the same things, but a manual sounds all stuffy and that’s not what this book is. Lani leads the reader through the lifestyle transition with care and nurturing kindness. You are not expected to jump right in. The chapters are titled “Awakening, Scout, Rookie, Rock Star and Champion.” As the chapters progress, Lani does this is such a fluid way it couldn’t be any easier.

She shares this book based on real life experience; she lost 50 lbs! Lani is a real as they come and gives the reader advice that is palpable. There are a few recipes in the book, one which I share at the end of this review for “Tacos In No Time.” I would have liked to have seen some photos in the book to go along with the recipes, I think that is the only thing I can say against the book.

One of the most important sections of the book, to me, is the appendices believe it or not. She details how to get your fridge and pantry in order. There is a FAQ for replacements for things like eggs and dairy. If you have been thinking of making the transition to a plant-based/ vegan lifestyle this may be one of the best starting points. So, you should get the book.


Speaking of which, BenBella, the publisher, has agreed to give one of my readers a copy of the book.  All I’m asking you for is a comment. Comment on this post on anything you feel relates to transitioning to a plant-based/ vegan life. Maybe you are looking to transition or you are a PB veteran. How or why have you chosen to go this route? Comment below and once we receive enough entries I will toss the names in a hat, simple! GIVEAWAY IS OVER, WINNER WAS SELECTED.

Now, onto that recipe. My boys and I tried this the other day, Taco Tuesday. We love tacos in this house and these were a big hit!

Tacos in No Time

These make a filling, anytime meal. I’ve included directions here for making
a single serving, as they make a great quick lunch. You can also serve two
or three per person with a side salad and you’re all set for dinner!

  • One 5.-inch corn tortilla
  • cup fat-free refried beans
  • cup cooked brown rice or corn
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon salsa

1. Warm the tortilla briefly in a pan on the stove, or in the microwave.

2. Warm the beans and rice or corn in a pan on the stove or in a bowl in the

3. Spread the beans over the tortilla, then spread the rice or corn over the beans.
Top with the onion and salsa.

4. Fold in half and serve.

Yield : 1 taco

You can also assemble everything cold and then pop the whole taco into the oven or
microwave to quickly heat it. However, the corn tortillas tear easily if you try to fold
them cold, so I like to warm them first.


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