Nourishing Meals Book

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Healthy School Lunch eBook!
{all recipes are gluten-free}

I'm so excited to finally share with you the brand new, completely revised, Nourishing Meals cookbook! Nourishing Meals is the ultimate guide to eating healthfully as a family—a simple, practical cookbook that shows how easy it is to ditch processed foods, one meal at a time, with 365 delicious, whole food-based, allergen-free recipes that the entire family will love. The new Nourishing Meals book releases on October 11th, 2016. If you order the book now, I'll send you my new eBook, Healthy Gluten-Free School Lunches immediately. Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more.

I began writing this book in 2010 because I wanted a resource for parents to be able to raise children who could thrive in a time of ever-increasing rates of chronic childhood diseases and disorders. Not only did I want this to be a cookbook, but a guidebook for raising healthy children. I wanted to simplify the wealth of data out there and compile it into a usable resource for other moms just like me. Feeding your children a diet of homemade nourishing foods plays a big role in their development and resistance to disease. But it is not the only factor. I decided to take the current research and combine it with what we were already doing with our children and distill it down into a few easy to read chapters.

Did you know?
  • In 2016, more children will be diagnosed with autism than AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined!
  • Today, 1 in every 45 children has autism.
  • At the current rate, within two decades, 1 in every 2 children will have autism. 
  • Between the years 2000 and 2009, Type 2 diabetes in CHILDREN jumped 30%!
  • In children 4 and under, Type 1 diabetes rates are skyrocketing, with rates increasing at 6% a year. 
  • The incidence of peanut allergies has quadrupled over the last decade!
  • Food allergies among children increased 50% from 1997 to 2011!
  • 1 in every 13 children now has food allergies. 
  • 17% of children and teens between the ages of 2 and 19 are now obese. 

It doesn't have to be this way!

As parents we are all trying to do the best we can, raising our children to be the healthiest they can be. Sometimes there are hidden weak links in us as parents that can lead our children to be more susceptible to certain diseases. It can take some research and investigative work to figure out where those weak links are. Is it an imbalance in the microbiome (the colonies of bacteria, yeasts, and archaea living in our guts)? Is it a genetic weak link that does not allow for proper detoxification of the toxins from our environment? Is it a nutrient deficiency? Is it a constant toxic exposure? Impaired digestion? An undiagnosed gluten sensitivity or celiac disease?

There are many contributing factors that are part of this rising epidemic of non-communicable childhood diseases, not any one cause. It is, in fact, a global problem. How we all choose to live our lives, how large corporations behave, and how our government acts (or doesn't act) all affect each and every child on this planet. Numerous scientific research articles are pointing to the over 80,000 chemicals in the marketplace today as a large contributor to this epidemic, many of which have not been tested for human safety or long term exposures. (If you are interested in diving a little deeper into the impact of chemicals on human health then you might consider watching the free moving online called, Stink.)

In Nourishing Meals, you will find information on reducing your chemical load. There are easy steps you can take as a family such as getting rid of air fresheners, dryer sheets, and scented candles (essential oil scented beeswax candles are ok). You will also find information on ways to help you and your children detoxify from the ever-increasing toxic load we humans have, such as eating more raw cruciferous vegetables, sweating, eating fermented foods, as well as having the nutrients needed for detoxification.

Other contributors to this epidemic of childhood disease includes your child's genetics, epigenetics, and even what the child's grandmother was exposed to (toxins as well as nutrient deficiencies). Alterations in a child's gut, the lack of beneficial microbes, or existence of too many harmful microbes are contributors as well.

We like to think of disease like this: Too many irritants, and not enough nutrients.  With this thought in mind, you can jump in and begin to help your family by reducing some of the chemicals that can be controlled, both through supporting detoxification as well as by limiting exposures. At the same time, you can support your family by increasing the amount of nutrients coming in through an increase in nourishing whole foods, through supporting the digestive system, and through supplementation if necessary. In Nourishing Meals, we cover all of the nutrients that are essential for proper development of a child, beginning in utero, and talk about the factors that can affect the assimilation and utilization of these nutrients so you have all of the information to help your family thrive, along with 365 delicious (and all gluten-free) recipes that put all of this information into action.

Whether you have a child with a disease and looking for ways to support him or her, or are pregnant or getting ready to conceive and want to learn more about ways in which you can protect your developing child-to-be, Nourishing Meals offers a wonderful overview and easy, actionable steps you can take now.

In Nourishing Meals you'll learn about the key contributors to building resilience in your children. This starts during pregnancy and pre-conception, making sure that you have minimized exposures to toxins in your air, water, and food. It continues through infancy and early childhood with breastfeeding, eliminating or minimizing antibiotic use, and of course by offering a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables, fruits, and other whole foods. In Nourishing Meals, you'll learn how to raise a healthy eater, which foods help to increase breast milk production, how to introduce solid foods to your baby (including a schedule), and much more!

Here is what you’ll find in Nourishing Meals:
  • 365 nourishing GLUTEN-FREE recipes
  • Vegan, paleo, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free recipes 
  • How to raise a healthy eater & prevent picky eating behaviors
  • Key nutrients for pregnancy and childhood and contributors of deficiencies 
  • How to protect your child's developing microbiome 
  • A schedule for introducing solid foods to babies
  • How to create balanced family meals 
  • Vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and meat main dishes 
  • Nutritional benefits of soups and stocks 
  • Tips for getting your children to eat more vegetables
  • Tips for a quick, nutritious breakfast
  • Charts for soaking and cooking whole grains
  • How to pack a healthy school lunch 
  • Wholesome gluten-free breads and muffins, including sourdough recipes (all made without xanthan gum)
  • Healthy snack ideas 
  • Alternatives to refined sugar 
  • Nourishing grain-free dessert recipes 
  • Ways to preserve the harvest, including recipes for lacto-fermented vegetables

A Sampling of Recipes and Photos from the Nourishing Meals Cookbook:
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  • Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie
  • Ginger Berry Green Smoothie 
  • Pumpkin Pie Granola 
  • Winter Vegetable Hash 
  • Chicken Breakfast Sausages 
  • Fluffy Cashew Pancakes 
  • Baby Banana Pancakes 
  • Sourdough Buckwheat Burger Buns 
  • Everyday {gluten-free} Sandwich Bread 
  • Coconut Raspberry Muffins 
  • Chocolate Banana Bread 
  • Healing Beef Bone Broth 
  • Cream of Broccoli Soup 
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Stew 
  • Cilantro Cabbage Slaw 
  • Garden Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing 
  • Fig-Balsamic Vinaigrette 
  • Lemon-Tahini Kale Salad 
  • Purple Potato Salad with Radishes and Chives 
  • Curried Root Vegetables 
  • Rutabaga Fries 
  • Wild Rice, Kale and Apple Salad 
  • Quinoa Tabouli 
  • Dairy-Free Fettuccini Alfredo 
  • Apple Cider Baked Beans 
  • Garbanzo Bean Burgers 
  • Tandoori Salmon 
  • Herb-Roasted Halibut
  • Hot and Sour Soup
  • Chicken Pot Pie (including a Grain-Free Crust recipe and Vegan Gluten-Free Crust recipe)
  • Apricot-Glazed Chicken 
  • Whole Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables 
  • Nourishing Meat Loaf 
  • Slow Cooked Mexican Beef Roast 
  • Fresh Apple Salsa 
  • Thai Green Curry Sauce 
  • Easy Grain-Free Wraps 
  • Ginger-Macadamia Nut Energy Bars 
  • Dark Chocolate Coconut Custard 
  • Frozen Banana Coconut Cream Pie 
  • Peanut Butter Monster Cookies 
  • Chocolate Avocado Frosting 
  • Rooibos Rose Iced Tea 
  • Homemade Grape Soda 
  • Cayenne Hot Sauce 
  • Homemade Fermented Dill Pickles 
  • and much more!

I have five children all of whom we've raised from pre-conception onwards using the principles and types of recipes found in Nourishing Meals. Four out of five children have never had antibiotics! In fact, we've only used antibiotics once in over 14 years of raising our children! They don't get ear infections, strep throat, or other common childhood illnesses. Yes, they get the common cold and flu bugs that go around, but we think of these as training for the immune system. Although my second daughter has a sensitivity to gluten, and our family is gluten-free, none of them have any food allergies or any environmental allergies such as to pollen, dust, or animals.

Ready to order Nourishing Meals

When you order Nourishing Meals from your favorite online retailer, you can come back here and enter in your order number and I will send you my eBook, Healthy Gluten-Free School Lunches (containing all new recipes not found in any of my books) for FREE! I know how important it is to have some easy, nourishing school lunch ideas to get those school lunches packed! I have four school-aged children who pack their own lunches. As long as I have nourishing, homemade foods readily available to them, morning times are not as crazy.

The new Nourishing Meals book releases on October 11th, 2016. If you order the book now, I'll send you my new eBook, Healthy Gluten-Free School Lunches immediately. 

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Editorial Reviews of Nourishing Meals:

“[A] comprehensive, enthusiastic guide to whole-foods living… [and a] rousing call to parents trying to raise healthy kids. What follows are 365 appetizing and practical recipes for nutritious meals and snacks that put the authors’ philosophy into practice. Readers will find a persuasive argument for adopting this lifestyle and plenty of advice to get started.” 
~Booklist Reviews

"Tom Malterre and Ali Segersten write, without a doubt, the best cookbooks for people and families who want healthful, nutritious and allergy-free cooking. Nourishing Meals, 2nd edition is their newest assemblage. 

Whether you actually need to be dairy, gluten, or soy-free, you'll find the recipes to be delicious and expand your ideas about cooking in the 21st century. Whether it's the meals, the smoothies, or the deserts you'll say YUM!"

~Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS, IFMCP, LDN 
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Author of: Digestive Wellness and Digestive Wellness for Children

"There are many good cookbooks available today in the gluten-free world. There are a few excellent cookbooks. And then there are the 'Great Ones'. Nourishing Meals is in the latter category. Incredibly delicious, wholesome and easy to prepare, this cookbook is destined to be dog-eared and stained from use in no time flat. Ali Segersten, I would sit at your table any and every day to eat your nourishing meals."
~Dr. Tom O'Bryan
Author of: The Autoimmune Fix