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The Complete Plate

120 Recipes - 30 Meal Plans - A Stronger, Healthier, and Happier You


Figure 1 Publishing
Available: 01/02/18
8 x 9.91 · 308 pages
CDN $29.95 · pb

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Lauren Klukas

contributions by Janine Elenko and Ashlee Gillespie

This lavishly illustrated cookbook provides a science-based weight control program that is easy, healthy and delicious!

Food wellness is a term used to describe the ideal state for adopting healthy eating habits into a busy day-to-day life. When food wellness is achieved, the body and mind performs optimally. When one of these areas is missing, it is almost impossible to establish sustainable healthy eating habits.

The Complete Plate shows that weight maintenance, and weight loss, can be achieved through a balanced diet of ingredients that come together to meet both nutritional and caloric demands. Featuring meal plans for a caloric diet of 1,500, 2,000, and 2,500 calories, it is a collection of 30 meal plans with each day perfectly balanced to provide 100% of your daily macro and micro nutrient needs (based on current daily recommended intake (DRI) values).

The 90 recipes range from an indulgent “Coconut and Flax Seed French Toast” to a savory “Portobello and Prosciutto Pizza” to a nourishing “Creamy Corn, Ham, and Roast Pepper Chowder,” and include additional snacks so that readers are satiated and energized throughout the day.

Lauren Klukas was a competitive swimmer and personal trainer who was diagnosed with a rare heart condition known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), which prevents her from any physical activity. She began to look at ways to successfully manage weight through proper nutrition and created The Complete Plate. This is Lauren’s first cookbook and she currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband and daughter.

Janine Elenko, RD, is a registered dietitian with a bachelor of science (B. Sc.) degree in Human Nutrition and is currently working towards a master’s degree in Public Health. After a dietetic internship in Ontario, Janine went on to work in stroke rehabilitation. Her passion lies in advocating social change within communities.

Ashlee Gillespie is a red seal chef who specializes in pastry, Ashlee adopted a love for raw and fresh ingredients during her work in Australia and New Zealand. Ashlee also developed tremendous insight into gluten-free cooking after she was diagnosed with celiac disease.