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Interview: Chicago's Best Personal Chef Katie Simmons on Why Plants Rule in the Kitchen!

Interview: Chicago's Best Personal Chef Katie Simmons on Why Plants Rule in the Kitchen!

I find it fascinating how a plant-based diet can influence people around the world in different ways.

Late last year, I began chatting with Katie Simmons, "Chicago's Best Personal Chef," after stumbling across one of her excellent vegan recipes online and getting to know just by reading up on her background on her website - Plants-Rule.

Her story is a powerful one that has the ability to promote change - if you need some inspiration to make diet and lifestyle changes, seeing her own transition, loss of 50 pounds, and reclaiming her health is truly great. The "journey," as you will see, even comes with some scale not unlike the Lord of the Rings!

But, the story does not stop there.

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes by Dreena Burton - Book Review

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes by Dreena Burton - Book Review

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes is a plant-based cooking guide geared towards families and children. This is a unique selling point given that it can be difficult to even get adults excited and interested in eating vegan, but it is crucially important that we start to raise new generations to better appreciate the bounty nature provides for us time and time again.

What is a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

What is a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

A whole foods plant-based diet at it's core is a diet derived solely from plant-life. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, tubers, starchy veggies and whole grains comprise the main dietary elements. Meat, milk, cheese, eggs and other animal products are not acceptable if you are eating a plant-based diet. Additionally, many people who live a plant-based lifestyle also try to minimize or completely remove the usage of highly refined foods such as bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.

The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt - Book Review

The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt - Book Review

The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt is an excellent resource for those of you starting out on a vegan journey. Many books in this niche try to meet a similar need to educate, inspire, and provide a practical resource as well. The Plantpower Way does this in a manner that is very accessible and useful.