As great as this has been for our palate, it has also been something that has been contributing to the obesity problem in our country and now the rest of the world.
I’ve always been wary of my weight because back in high school I used to be quite overweight. I remember being teased about it and not feeling great about myself. But over the years, I’ve learned that obesity and being overweight goes well beyond just looks. It goes deeper and affects our long term health.
This is one of the reasons I try to always find ways to put healthy food on the table for my family. My goal at least is to have food that won’t make my kids fat but yet taste good. It’s always been a challenge, since many healthy foods are more expensive not to mention don’t taste as great either.
One thing that has helped me in the past year has been the metabolic cookbook set. It’s one of the references I go to when I try to get ideas for dinner and things to buy when I go to the grocery store. Here is my metabolic cooking review.
What is Metabolic Cooking?
The Metabolic Cooking program is a set of cooking books that covers different areas of cooking. It is the creation of the combined efforts of David Ruel, who is a fitness cook, and Karine Losier who calls herself the ‘Lean Kitchen Queen’.
In total the program has over 250 recipes to choose from. I really enjoyed the variety of this. It also contains a lot of information on diet, cooking, nutrition, healthy eating and how to buy groceries economically.
Obviously, you won’t be cooking all the recipes and some don’t fit your tastes. But having the different options gives different families choices based on cultural and personal tastes.
My kids and husband are primarily meat eaters so the most value for me are the chicken, poultry, pork and meat books. I add in some fish choices every now and then so they get seafood regularly too since that’s healthier than pork and red meat.
The main package actually consists of 9 ebooks divided into the type of food. These are:
- Chicken and Poultry
- Fish and Seafood
- Red Meat
- Side Dishes
Each the books contains recipes for that type of food.
While I didn’t particularly like having the recipes separated between books at first, I grew to like it when it came time to prepare the dishes. It saved time because I could just pull out the book that that I needed. If I had chicken in the freezer, I’d just bring out the chicken and poultry booklet and find something I thought looked good. This saved me time from flipping through other pages.
My Metabolic Cooking review wouldn’t be complete without mention the extra ebooks that were included. The 9 books made up the primary package of metabolic cooking, but the package does come with bonus materials, some of which were helpful for me. These included:
- A Fat Loss Guide – this listed foods that help the body burn fat and also a guide how to read the nutrient profile charts included in the meals.
- One for making Salads and Dressings – I loved this because I enjoy salads but have had difficulty finding variety. This helps you make a salad that tastes good, including dressing that isn’t fattening.
- A Seasoning Guide – this is the one I’ve been experimenting with slowly. When I began I didn’t know a lot of the seasonings here. This was particularly helpful in terms of changing flavor profiles and keeping us away from using salt/sodium on our food.
- A Guide for Supplements – I haven’t taken a look at this though I know I should in the future. It covers the useful supplements and those that aren’t worth spending money on. Right now my kids go on multivitamins and that’s it. I think that’s enough though I could definitely be wrong.
- Metabolic Cooking Quick Sheets – these for me are extras and make it quick to find the recipes and be able to quickly glance at them, so you don’t have to go flipping through the books when you have particular favorites. A useful sheet I have modified is their master grocery list which I adapted to my family’s requirements.
Metabolic Cooking Recipes
Now the metabolic cooking cookbooks worked for me and my family and my kids particularly which are picky eaters, haven’t complained so I know it works for them. This is not to say however, it will suit you or your family. This is something I’ve learned with cooking and food, each person has their own taste.
So before you go and get the metabolic cooking cook books you may want to test out or at least look at some of the recipes. I’ve put a few down here so you can see them. This will give you a good idea of what to expect and if it works for you or not.
Metabolic Cooking Review
What I Like About It
In this section I have my overall review of the metabolic cooking package. Overall, I definitely feel that I got more than my money’s worth with this cookbook set. I like the fact it puts the nutritional values at the side of each of the recipes and have low calorie recipes that help your metabolism. The wide choices of things to cook is definitely a plus, though I know I’ll be using some books much more than others.
I’m an experienced homemaker and cooking has been something I’ve done for a while. However, the cookbooks are very simple. And for me that really helps even those just starting out. They also include videos. The dishes aren’t overly complex and often require a few steps, more importantly they use a few ingredients which makes buying grocery easier. The best things for me are they taste good, inexpensive to prepare and help keep you fit.
What I Would Like Added
It would be great if they added a main book that explains everything and puts everything together. This makes sifting through the numerous books much easier since you’re guided.
Also, they just right into the recipes. While they do include a bonus book that covers the foods that help burn fat and improve metabolism it would be great to have explanations on why each one is able to help our bodies.